Another week and weekend flew by which has been the way lately with work being busy. It’s also been a week of decadent eating with the Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge going on all this month, so much that I’m going to need a food detox when it’s over! Let’s start with healthier eats at home – a potato chickpea marinara saute, salad with ginger miso dressing, tempeh oil free stir fries, and sauteed Brussels sprouts with veggies.
We made it back to Pho Vegan Asian Cuisine for lunch one day to try their Vegan Pekin Duck with Pao and not that I’ve ever had the non-vegan version, but this was delicious! The savory texture of the vegan “meat” with onions was a great combo.
And it went well with spicy Pad Thai and vegan egg rolls. Hubby sweetly picked up dinner from Zest Kitchen one night where I tried the Roasted Veggie Tacos and Pistachio Cheesecake which were both great, especially the kicky sauce on the tacos and perfect blend of savory and sweet for the cheesecake.
Friday night we stepped out to Wild Rooster Bistro for their vegan chef challenge menu – the Asada Tacos, Vegan “Steak” Nachos, and Coconut Pudding were delicious!
And yesterday we headed to the Sacramento Vegan Food Festival where I was not sure what to expect because it’s the first year for this event. And it was packed! Absolutely packed! The park it was held at was not big enough! The line to get in was crazy long. And when we got in, it was tough to get around with so many massively long lines for the food vendors. As annoying as that sounds, we were thrilled to see it so popular.
There were two food vendors there I was particularly interested in trying because I have not been able to try them at past events – Bambi Vegan Tacos and Compassion Meals. But getting both would not be possible with the lines, so we settled on Compassion Meals.
I almost changed my mind with I saw the massive line just to order food, I’m not that patient of a person. But the event was so crowded that moving around trying to look at other booths would not be much better, so we waited it out and in total to wait out the order and food pickup lines – it was about 2 hours! I know, crazy and so not like us. But it was not bad sipping on high alcohol kombucha, chatting with friends, meeting and chatting with new vegans in the line, people watching, and listening to the live music. It did not feel like 2 hours and the crazy vegan fried “chicken” bowl was pretty worth it.
Layers of mashed potatoes, corn, vegan mac n’ cheese, and insanely delicious fried “chicken”. After we finished, the event had about 15 minutes left, so we grabbed the last flavor Conscious Creamery had left, Mango Chili-Lime Sorbetto, and took in the final live music performance. This event was like Sacramento’s little Eat Drink Vegan and I hope it comes back next year at a much bigger venue!
Today we are chilling catching up on housework, getting ready for the week, and taking a break from eating out – whew!