Oh, look! It's my friend Sharon and some amazing vegan dishes at Seven Mile Cafe! I ordered the new VIGAS and she went for the tired and true TOFU BENNY. Also new on the menu: a breakfast plate with scrambled tofu and spicy soysage, nondairy ice cream, and vegan shakes. Rejoice!
A lovely new restaurant opened recently at Unicorn Lake, down from Beth Marie's. It's called Blue Ginger and they have a lovely assortment of veggie sushi. My husband loves the hibachi veggie plate with fried rice (no egg) and miso soup.
On Thursday evenings through August there is live music on the patio by Beth Marie's, like a version of Twilight Tunes. Now you know where to grab dinner AND music!
Rasoi always has vegan goodness hot and ready! Try one of their daily veggie dishes that with a cabbage salad, hold the yogurt dressing. We love the samosas!
The atmosphere is also a Denton original. It's a renovated gas station with a variety of drinks in the coolers and Bollywood movies on the screen. Definitely a place you need to check out, especially when you want to eat good food in a hurry!
For special occasions, sometimes we like to spend a night in Dallas. It's not too far to drive, but it feels so far away to be in the downtown area with so much in walking distance. We typically choose the Fairmont. It's just a few blocks from the Dallas Museum of Art, has a lovely pool with amazing views, and has this cozy restaurant called Pyramid.
Pyramid has been one of our go-to places because of their healthy lifestyle sub-menu that has options for all kinds of special diets. You can find macrobiotic, diabetic, heart healthy, and, yes, vegan. We were so disappointed to find out that the company is discontinuing this special menu. However, the chef assured us that gourmet vegan food can be had at any time. So here is what we were treated to recently, pictured above:
top left: roasted beet salad with white balsamic vinaigrette
bottom left: herb crusted tofu on a bed of quinoa and vegetables, including baby artichokes, sun dried tomatoes, shiitake mushrooms, etc. with a blueberry sauce on one side of the plate and balsamic glaze on the other
bottom right: chocolate avocado mousse with fresh berries and edible flowers
top right: breakfast in the Gold Lounge (purchased with room) of oatmeal with nuts and fresh berries, espresso with soy milk and grapefruit juice
Yes, it will cost more to stay and eat here. It was worth it. We had the kids with us and the restaurant was even so thoughtful to bring out smaller salads for them. When traveling and looking for vegan options with no avail, I find it's helpful to call a restaurant with a trained chef. They have prepared for this kind of thing in culinary school and can put some amazing dishes together with advance notice. The chef at Pyramid did just that and made our celebration so special. Our compliments and thanks!
For more on amazing vegan food in Dallas, check out DallasVegan.com
I have this friend and she makes the most beautiful cakes! Really, check out her Facebook page here for the proof here.
For my older son's birthday, he wanted a creeper cake. I had seen a photo of her Minecraft handiwork before and knew she would make a great cake. So here is the result! What you can't see is the three layers of chocolate cake with chocolate ganache in between. And yes, all vegan.
So now you know who to contact for your next celebration!
Thank you, Ganga!