One day a few weeks ago, Paul and I grabbed some noodles for lunch at our favorite Korean noodle shop — Crazy Noodle. They have the best ramen bowls in town. I got the Tofu Ramen — veggie broth, tofu, noodles, and assorted veggies.
The very next day, my friend Nico had a birthday party at Crazy Noodle. I typically alway order ramen or mandu guk when I'm there, but since I'd just gotten my ramen fix, I opted to try something new to me — Japchae! I'd made this sweet potato glass noodle dish at home before, but this was my first time ordering it. It was so freakin' good. The noodles are soft and chewy, and it was loaded with shiitake mushrooms, carrots, onions, and bell peppers.
We had Vegan Drinks at Babalu Tacos & Tapas at the very end of May. They have a few vegan dishes on the tapas menu, but I'd been wanting to try their Black Eyed Pea Hummus for awhile. So I ordered a plate off the appetizer menu and made that my dinner. Served with homemade chips and fresh veggies. Yes, I ate ALL OF THE HUMMUS by myself. It's covered in what they call "black eyed pea popcorn," which are crunchy, whole fried peas. Adds awesome texture.
I ordered FitQuick Java Chip Protein Waffles for post-run meals. I became a fan of FitQuick waffles after listening to the Rise & Resist podcast, and I'm already most of the way through bags of their pizza waffles and birthday cake waffles. But now I have java chip in the rotation too. Each waffle has 22 grams of vegan protein! One morning, I had one with the chocolate gravy from Cookin' Crunk.
Yesterday morning, I had a java chip waffle with maple-agave syrup, vegan white chocolate chips (the Vegan Sweets ones are super-good!), and fresh raspberries.
On Monday, after driving all night to get home from Bonnaroo, I woke up craving breakfast for lunch (because I woke up around noon). I made a Follow Your Heart Vegan Egg omelet stuffed with FYH pepper jack and Cool Foods bacon bits. On the side, I fried up some frozen hash browns with frozen mixed veggies (because, after being gone for four days, my crisper was empty of fresh veggies except for some salad stuff). Also toast with Miyoko's Creamery VeganButter.
Even though I tried to eat a fair amount of veggies and fruits at Bonnaroo, I was still feeling deprived of fresh food. And I did have some lettuce and carrots and radish in the fridge. For dinner on Monday, I made a Big Ole Dinner Salad with veggies, pinto beans, Daiya, Just Ranch, and homemade croutons. That new Just Ranch dressing has filled the ranch-sized hole in my heart. Thank you, Hampton Creek.
Finally, yesterday, I popped into Pink Diva Cupcakery for lunch. Got the Tangy Gold BBQ Tofu, Vegan Mac & Cheese, and Sauteed Mixed Veggies. Cassi's tangy tofu is made with a mustard-y 'cue sauce that's so good, I may have licked my plate when I was done. No shame. And her mac is on point.