Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Stuff I Ate

I don't what's gotten into me, but I've been eating out A LOT lately. I think I dined out every night last week, and I've barely cooked anything at all. So lots of random meals to share tonight. I'll start with the amazing Chubby Vegetarian Mushroom Debris (a mushroom po'boy named after my friend/co-worker Justin's blog, the Chubby Vegetarian) at Second Line.

The Second Line is a casual Creole-inspired cafe with a meat-heavy menu, but they have this one sandwich that's vegan as long as you ask them to leave off the mayo. It has boozy mushrooms, and the soft bread is all soaked in gravy. Delicious. (Btw, I can't say for sure if the bread is vegan, but I assume it is. I have a general rule about not asking too many questions about bread. I'd rather just not know).

I went to Second Line at lunch and got the half-sandwich/fries combo. They have some fantastic fries. I ate all of these. And all of my sandwich.

I know I say a lot of things are my favorite thing, but I swear I mean it this time. Last week, I had THE BEST meal I've ever had in a Memphis restaurant. Seriously. I was working out east, so I was close to Cosmic Coconut — a vegan juice/smoothie shop with a small lunch menu — at lunch time. I popped in to grab a bite, and they were offering a Buffalo Cauliflower & Tempeh Wrap with Cashew Ranch on special. OMG. So good! So, so, so very good. The kale really took this grilled wrap to the next level, and that ranch — I could have drunk a gallon of that.

We had our monthly Vegan Drinks meet-up at Robata Ramen & Yakitori Bar last Tuesday. I had the Rice Noodle Ramen with Yasai Broth, Tofu, & Corn. Pretty solid, although the broth wasn't as flavorful as it has been on past visits.

I always order the Garlic Yakitori at Robata because it's awesome. Grilled garlic on a stick. 

I went to Pink Diva Cupcakery for lunch today and got the BBQ Tofu with Vegan Mac & Cheese and Avocado-Kale Salad. You get to pick two sides with the BBQ Tofu entree, and I always get these two. It's such a perfect combo and so colorful. 

Last Sunday at brunch at Imagine Vegan Cafe, I went with an old stand-by — the Reuben Sandwich with Garlic Kale. Seitan pastrami, kraut, housemade Thousand Island, and housemade white cheeze sauce.

Finally made it to the new Midtown Casablanca location last week. Casablanca is a locally owned chain of Middle Eastern eateries, and my area of town just got one. I went light with a Mezze Platter — falafel, baba ganoush, and hummus served with warm pita. Casablanca is famous for having the best baba ganoush in town.

Last Friday night, I had the best time dining with my new friends Jennifer and Simon. We went to Blue Nile Ethiopian Kitchen and got a family-style Vegetarian Platter and dug in. Nothing beats eating delicious food scooped up with soft and spongey injera bread.

I did eat at home one night last week! I made a salad with chopped Boca chick'n, lots of veggies, and Drew's Roasted Red Pepper Dressing. Carrot "tuna" salad (made from carrot juice pulp) on the side.

And this morning, I had some Avocado Toast with nooch, hemp seeds, and Yellowbird Sauce!


vegan peace said...

I should not have read this post when hungry! Every single picture is making me drool!!

Cadry said...

Oh, my gosh! All of that looks amazing. The next place that I live has to have an Ethiopian restaurant. End of story.

Jennifer said...

"I have a general rule about not asking too many questions about bread. I'd rather just not know"

Nothing is worse than finding out the bread isn't vegan. It makes me want to knock the table over screaming "IT'S JUST WATER FLOUR AND YEAST!! HOW DO YOU MESS THAT UP!?!" XD Or worse, getting the waitress to give you a look like you are crazy.

janiam said...

Went to Blue Nile for the first time last weekend. It was so so good!! Loved every bite!

Unknown said...

What a great assortment of meals! I am always in the mood for middle eastern food- my favorite place Taim has an awesome sabich with grilled eggplant, hummus, tahini sauce, and veggies (i have them hold the egg). And ethiopian is so much more fun with a bunch of people. I want a grilled skewar of garlic with everything.

Susan said...

YUUUMMMMMM. So much goodness! I particular need to have some garlic yakitori in my mouth pretty quickly.