Let's start with the doughnuts, shall we? Imagine Vegan Cafe made doughnuts for brunch one morning, but I wasn't feeling great. So I skipped brunch. And I couldn't stop thinking about doughnuts. I texted my friends Pam and Stephanie, who were there eating brunch, to see if Imagine had any left. They did. Pam offered to bring me some — Chocolate and Vanilla Doughnuts. Doughnut delivery! My friends are the best.
Not to be outdone, Cassi decided to make doughnuts at Pink Diva Cupcakery the following weekend. Of course, her doughnuts were pink. Life is so hard with my all my friends making doughnuts in their restaurants!
While we're on the subject of my two favorite vegan restaurants, here are some things I ate at them both. I recently had Vegan Ravioli with Garlic Toast at Imagine.
And last weekend, at brunch at Imagine, I went off-menu and ordered the Epic Burger — veggie burger with onion rings, mushrooms, and cheeze sauce. They made it once as a special, so it's not on the menu. But if they happen to have onion rings in the freezer, they'll whip one up by request. It's the kind of burger you eat with a fork.
Now that it's fall, I can eat pumpkin. I have a strict "no pumpkin until the Autumn Equinox" rule. Last weekend, Stephanie made these Pumpkin Spice Insanity Bars to sell in Imagine's bakery case. Layer of sugar cookie, layer of Pumpkin Spice Oreos, layer of blondie. BEST THING EVER.
I eat at Imagine and Pink Diva at least once a week, so I also have some more meals from Pink Diva to share. I was a little hungover Thursday morning after the Memphis Flyer's annual Best of Memphis party. But these BBQ Tofu Nachos from Pink Diva did the trick.
One day a few weeks back, I ordered The Susan Sandwich at Pink Diva. It's a chickpea salad sammy named after my Flyer managing editor Susan Ellis. Avocado Kale Salad on the side.
I don't get out to LYFE Kitchen, our new vegan-friendly fast-food chain, as often as I'd like because it's way out east. But we had Vegan Drinks there last week. I ordered the Quinoa Crunch Bowl — quinoa, edamame hummus, avocado, radish, steamed broccoli. I even liked the arugala. What's happening to me?
Our friend Chef Nigel hosts a weekly vegan brunch in his backyard, and we stopped by a few weeks ago. I got the Tofu Scramble, Garlic Kale, and Sausage & Peppers.
One night a few weeks back, I went to Jonesboro to visit my parents. We picked up personal-sized pizzas from Uncle Maddio's. Mine had whole-wheat crust, Daiya mozzarella, green & black olives, mushrooms, caramelized onions, tomatoes, and artichokes with a garlic olive oil base.
Used a Cafe Eclectic gift card after the Cooper-Young Fest to get this Black Bean Hummus & Veggie Wrap with Guacamole & Chips and a Side Salad.
I FINALLY tried a sno cone from the legendary Jerry's Sno Cones. It's a Memphis must, and it's been on my to-do list for years. I went with Shock Tart — a mix of blue raspberry and green apple. So good! I'm gonna miss the hell out of sno cone weather.
Let's contrast that high-fructose-laden sno cone with something healthy. I made this Banana Split Protein Smoothie at home. Banana, cherries, Vega One Berry protein, cashew milk, So Delicious Cocowhip, and nuts.
Midtown has a new vegan juice bar — I Love Juice Bar! I stopped in on opening week for an Orange You Glad Juice (orange, carrot, pineapple, ginger) and an Energizer shot (wild orange and peppermint essential oils with coconut water).
A couple days later, I popped into I Love Juice again for a Cacao Banana Smoothie (cacao, banana, peanut butter, coconut milk) and some Spring Rolls. YUM!
Most of the meals I cooked at home were for Mofo, but I did whip up some non-Mofo-related Vegan Chicken Tacos — Simple Truth Organic Meatless Griller Strips fried up with hot peppers and nooch, Daiya, Tofutti sour cream, and peach salsa. Side of Beanfield's Pico chips.
Whew! That was a LOT of food.