Even though my birthday was last week, I’m still celebrating and that’s all right with me. This week at work has been just insane, so it was wonderful to break away for an extended lunch break with my dad and his wife for a late birthday lunch. Since I didn’t get to go to the Yard House on my actual birthday, I decided to try again for lunch. I’ve been so curious to go since this location opened a few weeks ago because they have an entire Gardein meat alternative menu.
A lot of the items are vegetarian, not vegan, but easy enough to veganize removing the cheese. I went with the Gardein Orange Peel “Chicken” and our waiter lit up like a Christmas Tree when I ordered it exclaiming he was a vegetarian too and that was his favorite dish. I can see why, it’s gorgeous.
Normally I’m not a fan of fake meats, but the Gardein chunks in this dish did not seem like your typical fake meat. They were more like flavorful firm tofu chunks with a light and moist texture. And those are little fried carrot curls on the dish which were great with the orange glaze. As great as this dish was, I don’t think it helped my evening run tonight! I was feeling sluggish and abnormally tired and had to push my way through it. Oops!
My dad also gifted me with a pretty big haul from his garden which is always welcome!
I know what you’re thinking, “WTF is that orange thing in the back?” Good question!
A hybrid pumpkin spaghetti squash? He planted seeds from last years spaghetti squashes and ended up with these. Something got cross pollinated somewhere!
It’s cool looking and I can’t wait to find out what’s inside. Have you ever seen anything like this?
I also scored some generous Amazon gift cards for my birthday and got the first shipment from them today. Not that long ago, I probably would have ordered shoes or a purse. Times have changed! But one can never have too much coconut oil.
I’ve never ordered organic medjool dates online, but I took a gamble with these since they were cheaper than Whole Foods and had good reviews.
And a new supplement to try. Since I tend to eat less beans and other high-iron foods in the summer, I decided a little supplementing would be a good thing – Vitamin Code’s Raw Iron.
Nice to know it packs a little B12 too. :-)
Do you take any supplements?