Sunday, April 14, 2013

Wellness Weekend Eats

This past Saturday, my BFF Sheridan and her co-workers at Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts in Little Rock, Arkansas organized a weekend yoga and wellness retreat. There were numerous yoga workshops but also lessons in tai chi, qigong, crystal healing, essential oils, hypnosis, and other new age-y stuff. And Sheridan asked me to come down and do a vegan cooking demo!

I drove to Little Rock — about 2 1/2 hours from Memphis — on Friday just in time for the Wellness Weekend meet-and-greet. Here's Sheridan and me! We sipped on red wine and munched on flatbread crackers with hummus:

But hummus and crackers can only take you so far. By the time the meet-and-greet was over, we were ready for a big meal. Sheridan, her partner Drew, and I went to Seigon for some Vietnamese and Thai food. I can't remember the name of this dish because it was written in Vietnamese, but it was made with sauteed tofu, curry, coconut milk, and lemongrass. So good!

Wellness Weekend workshops started bright and early at 9 a.m. on Saturday, and since Sheridan was working the event, she had to be there at 7 a.m. I slept in at Sher's house, and Drew made me the most delicious Breakfast Sandwich — Simple Truth Organic Meatless Breakfast Patty, Daiya cheese, Vegenaise, and a tofu egg on an English muffin.

Dude, these breakfast patties were the shiz. They're made by Simple Truth Organic, the generic Kroger organic brand. I'd never had them and haven't even seen them in Memphis Kroger stores, but I'm going to have to seek them out. This beats the pants off of Lightlife sausage! It seriously tastes JUST LIKE meat sausage. It was so good that I forgot to snap this picture until the sandwich was almost gone.

After breakfast, I drove to the park for Wellness Weekend and attended a tai chi workshop followed by a lesson in crystal healing and a qigong session before lunch. Lunch was prepared by Little Rock chef Travis Meyer. His selections were pretty meaty though, except for this Cuban Black Bean & Rice Puree Sandwich with Sun Chips:

The warm, spicy black bean and rice puree almost melted into the soft, white bread. It was delicious. But it was very small, like slider size. I could have eaten at least four of these! But it's probably best that I didn't eat four, because I needed to save some room in my belly (more on that in a few).

After lunch, I held my cooking demo. I made the Vegan Pimiento Cheese and the Eggless Tofu Olive Salad from Cookin' Crunk:

After the demo, I sold a few books. Then I snuck away from the event for a very special treat. You see, inside the Green Corner Store (an eco-friendly gift shop in Little Rock), there's an ice cream and soda fountain called Loblolly (named for the Loblolly pines that grow all over Arkansas). Loblolly always has a couple of vegan flavors and several vegan toppings. Plus, they have homemade kombucha on draft!

So I snuck out of Wellness Weekend and made the 20-minute drive to the Green Corner Store. That's where I enjoyed this delicious (and adorable vintage) bowl of Chocolate Sorbet with Waffle Cone Pieces and Toasted Almonds:

I followed that with a glass of iced kombucha flavored with Loblolly's homemade Earl Gray simple syrup! So good!

I arrived back at Wellness Weekend just in time to meet Sheridan and Drew as they were cleaning up. Afterward, we went to the Town Pump for veggie burgers and fries (which I forgot to photograph) before I hit the highway back to Memphis.

Fun weekend!


Sheridan & Drew said...

Yay!!! It was so great to have you involved in Wellness Weekend! You did an awesome job and we got to hang out! Miss you already!

Adi said...

My goodness you always eat such delicious looking food! Every photo of food I saw got my stomach rumbling. On a different note, glad to hear that you had a great time at the Wellness Weekend and tried out some new things.

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Dana said...

I'm glad you had fun in Little Rock! It might not be the most vegan friendly, but a few places are making it better for the handful of us here. Loblolly is amazing. They sometimes have a spicy thai vegan ice cream that is out of this world! I try to post as much as I can about vegan food in rock city over on my blog Check it out if you like! :)

Babette said...

That breakfast sandwich looks SO GOOD!

I have yet to make the pimiento cheese sandwiches, but I made the eggless salad the other day and it was wonderful. One of the best eggless salads I've had.

foodfeud said...

Earl Grey simple syrup in kombucha! I would sneak away from anything for that.
A rice and beans sandwich sounds interesting! I like cute little sample sliders, but yeah they are far too easy to eat.

xvavaveganx said...

Sounds like you had such a fun weekend!! Everything looks delicious but that breakfast sandwich is calling my name! YUM!!

Amanda said...

Those Simple Truth Meatless Breakfast Patties are awesome! They have them at the Mendenhall Kroger in the Natural Foods freezer section. I think they are about $4 and you get a huge bag. I have been eating them with humus, tomato lettuce and BBQ sauce on Ezikeal bread for breakfast this past week! So good! I love that there is a hint of rosemary in them.

Erin Sammons said...

Just found your blog!! I am in love!! I am a vegan, living in Little Rock and now sad that I missed out on this wonderful weekend on wonderfulness!! Thanks for all you do!