Food, Friends & Fun

I’ve been having so much ‘blog-worthy’ food & fun lately, that I’m having a hard time keeping the blog up-to-date!  I promise to post about the Cambodia portion of our trip very soon, but first I wanted to do a quickie blog post of some recent good times.

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Blogger Meetup

While I had just seen Alexandria a few days earlier, it was hard to believe I hadn’t seen Marisa and Cate since the Fall – we were long overdue for a meet up!  The three of us, along with Katie of Peace, Love, & Oats, got together last weekend for a Yoga & Dinner outing.

We met at Moksha Yoga in Wrigleyville last Saturday for their Free Community Yoga class, taught by a rotating cast of Student-Teachers.  I’ve been attending this class once or twice a month since last winter and I love that nearly every time I go, there is a different instructor with a different teaching style – I never get bored! 

After Yoga, we walked just a couple blocks over to the Lakeview location of Native Foods Cafe, the perfect place for good conversation and a casual meal of vegan comfort food.

From Left to Right: Me, Katie, Cate, Marisa, Alexandria

I ordered the Gyros Bowl of thinly sliced Seitan with hummus, lemon, and kale over quinoa, and a Side Salad.  The Gyros Bowl was very good, but the Sesame Kale Macro Bowl still reigns as my favorite dish there.

 

It was a fun evening, and we’re all hoping to get together again very soon!

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Brunchin’ in the City

As I’ve never really been one who enjoys night-life, Mike and I most often see our friends over Brunch.  However, lately I’ve been feeling a little bit burnt out on Brunch.  All the best places have crazy long waits, and all the most delicious sounding things on the menu sound like they’d put me in a food coma for the rest of the weekend.

As a remedy, I suggested that instead of going out for brunch, we have some friends come over to our place instead.  We enjoyed it so much, I can’t wait to host again!

Our Menu:

  • Mimosa’s - A must! (vegan)
  • Vietnamese Coffee – We brought some back with us from our trip and served it Vietnamese style – highly concentrated, with ice and sweetened-condensed milk.
  • Durian Cakes - These were also from our trip, and while they were a quality product, I thought they were TERRIBLE.  One of the most popular fruits in Southeast Asia, it’s known for being unpopular with tourists.  We’ve heard it’s flavor described as a cross between “custard, garlic, and vomit”, and I’d have to agree!  Still, it was a fun experience to try these with our friends and see who could actually stomach these.
  • Blueberry Breakfast Cake from Everyday Happy Herbivore (vegan)- the most popular recipe of the brunch.  I already posted a picture & link to the recipe here.
  • Fresh Cantaloupe (vegan)
  • Bell Pepper & Feta Scrambled Eggs (with 2 whites for every yolk) 
  • Banana Rabanada (Brazilian French Toast) from Vegan Brunch (vegan)- My personal favorite recipe of the meal.  This vegan French Toast was made by soaking French Bread in a puree of Bananas & Almond Milk.  Maple Syrup, Cocoa, Cinnamon, Strawberries, and Bananas on top made it especially decadent. 

         

I’d love to hear from you!

What Foodie-Fun have you had recently?