Last night we celebrated my mom's birthday with dinner at the Wildwood Inn. The food, service, and atmosphere were so lovely!
I love going to restaurants with a trained chef because I know that with some advance notice they will be happy to create a vegan dining experience. So if you plan to go there, let them know when you make the reservations. It's so helpful to the kitchen and allows them to plan ahead.
Pictured on the left is the tropics salad. It was spicy and creamy, with coconut, pickled onions, and fruit. I gave my kindergartener a bite and he finished off the rest of the salad before be gave the plate back! In the middle is the Caribbean black bean cakes with pesto rice and asparagus. This dish was also so flavorful, with just the right amount of spice! We finished with a tangy-sweet lemon and rosemary sorbet. I think there was honey in the drizzle, so be aware of that if you stay away from honey. We loved the fresh hint of rosemary with the lemon.
So when you are looking for a fancier evening out, think of the Wildwood Inn!
This afternoon, my friend Christian came over to learn a few things about cooking vegan food. We put together a meal, which we split, and then she took her half home to her beautiful family for dinner. The photo on the right is hers.
My family has been vegan for years now, so I've had the opportunity to try and fail a lot in the kitchen. It's pretty awesome to be at a point now where I can help Christian make a meal. Last week I showed another friend, Jessica, how to make a birthday treat for her husband. I love sharing great food, but even better is the fun of having friends in the kitchen together! This is definitely something we should all do more often.
The amazing mac & cheese recipe can be found here: http://vegnews.com/articles/page.do?pageId=40&catId=10
Lunch at Banter today with some of my favorite fare! Here we have the Vegan Frito Pie (sans onions), a soy latte, and what was left of the awesome oatmeal raisin cookie made by the Denton Vegan Cooperative. I couldn't help myself and started eating the cookie before the other food was ready!
For a healthier option, you can try the Cardinal Sin, which is the same dish but with sweet potatoes instead of the Fritos. Happy eating, Denton Vegans!
** UPDATE ** Banter is now closed for business. So long, sweet friends!
So honored to win the vegan dessert category of the Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship's annual chili cookoff! These mini coconut lime cupcakes were made with a recipe from Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero's book Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. This is one little trophy I'm so proud to have earned! Also, props to my beloved fellowship for having vegan categories in chili and dessert! Chili Bull makes me proud.