TGIF! And I couldn’t be readier for the weekend after this week and soooooo much going on at work. It was actually relaxing and therapeutic to step out to our backyard garden to water it and inspect all the growing loot. And even better that I pulled my first pumpkin from it!
Okay, it’s a puny, little pie pumpkin. But it’s my first time successfully growing a pumpkin. I’ve tried many times before while living in Florida and California, but have never had luck growing the monster pumpkins. Either pests would get to the vines or hubby would while mowing the lawn. This year I’m accidentally growing more pie pumpkins than I know what to do with! For Thanksgiving and Christmas, I made a few raw pumpkin pies (that’s an awesome pumpkin pie recipe, BTW :-)) and tossed the seeds into our composter. Apparently they survived and sprouted when I used the compost in our garden beds. Last I checked, I have about 15 more of these little guys growing. Anyone need a pie pumpkin?
But neither of us were feeling like cooking and, as we usually do on Friday evenings, stepped out for dinner. We initially tried to get into one of our favorite Mexican places where I know I can get a high-raw, vegan jicama salad. But that wasn’t happening due to an art festival in the area attracting massive crowds and no available parking. Instead, we found ourselves at Suede Blue, a nearby classy place. But there was a very limited vegan selection on the menu, just an appetizer and steamed broccoli in the side dish section – that’s it. I know, crazy I would even venture into such a place – right? But in Melisser Elliot’s The Vegan Girl’s Guide to Life, she recommends venturing into restaurants like this and making your desire for more vegan options known. I agree! And I’ve had great success with it before. I think every restaurant should have at least one vegan main dish on their menu, it’s not hard to keep pre-pressed tofu on hard and much cheaper than meat! Or at least a note on menus and websites that they can accommodate vegans.
Anyway, I politely explained to the waitress that I’m a vegan and she promptly offered many off-menu options like a baked potato topped with veggies, steamed veggies, etc. The artichoke pasta sounded most appealing to me, so I went with it and this is what I got.
It was wonderful packed with hearty steamed broccoli and artichoke hearts. Most enjoyable was the pasta though because it’s been ages since I’ve had traditional pasta and this was the perfect serving size of it, not too heavy or bloating.
For dessert we didn’t have to order off-menu because they had a lovely sorbet trio that was also vegan.
Orange, raspberry and lemon-lime sorbet topped with fresh mint – yum!
It was so nice to chat and vent about the week with a great bottle of wine, great ending to a hectic five days and a perfect start to a long weekend we’re taking.
How was your Friday? Any weekend plans?