Another Breakfast

I know today’s prompt was supposed to be inspired by a city, but it’s been a busy week here in NC and since it’s a Holiday weekend work is crazy for me today. I didn’t have time to make any food inspired by a city for today, but here’s another breakfast idea for a busy day.

Soy yogurt, granola, and strawberries. Simple for a busy morning and not terribly unhealthy.

Bagels

On my most recent vacation, I had vegan cake for breakfast one morning. Not the best breakfast for a day of walking and visiting museums. A lot of hotels that offer free breakfast often don’t have a lot of vegan options. For today’s prompt I wanted to make something that could be easily prepared at a hotel and would be enough to get you through the day.

I toasted a bagel (if the hotel doesn’t offer vegan bagel options you can try toast or you can bring your own) and topped it with peanut butter (this is cheap to buy and easy to store if the hotel doesn’t have any) and sliced fresh fruit. I had strawberries at home that I needed to use. However, every hotel I’ve been to has bananas and apples, which would also make good options.

Back to Camino

A second trip to Camino this month. I had an awful day at work. Camino seems to be my bad day comfort spot, where I can relax and drink something fancy.

My favorite spring/summer drink is the elderflower spritzer. It is fizzy water with elderflower syrup, mint, and lime. A light and refreshing mocktail for the southern heat.

Fried Rice, Katie Style

This dish isn’t really about traveling, but it takes me back to a place I loved. When I lived in Canada my roommate was from China. She was the best roommate I ever had and our house was always filled with fun and laughter. I would watch her cook and I figured out the seasoning she put in her fried rice. Then I took them and made them my own.

Fried rice is great because you can use whatever you have on hand. I used frozen veggies because I haven’t been grocery shopping yet this week and I was running low on a lot of things.

Fried Rice

  • 1.5 Teaspoon Sesame Oil
  • 2 Cups Cooked Rice
  • 1 Cup Veggies of choice (use whatever you have on hand)
  • 1 Teaspoon Diced Fresh Ginger
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, Diced
  • 2 Tablespoons Mushroom Soy Sauce (or normal soy sauce if you can’t get the fancy mushroom soy sauce)
  • 1 Tablespoon Siracha
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes (if you like it spicy)
  • 1 Teaspoon Hoisin Sauce
  • 4 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar

Heat the oil in the pan and add everything in, expect the vinegar and the hoisin sauce.

Cook until everything is warm and cooked through (this will depend on the veggies you cook).

Add the hoisin sauce and rice vinegar.

Taste for seasoning and add more of anything you might want.

 

 

 

Washington DC Highlights

I still haven’t posted about my most recent vacation, so I’m using this weeks theme to write about it today. This post is going to be fairly long because we ate a bunch of amazing food.

In May my partner and I went to Washington D.C. (I wrote about stopping at GWAR bar and that was a part of this trip). As a combined Christmas/Birthday gift my parents gave me tickets to see Apocalyptica in the city of my choice. I picked D.C. In part because my partner had never been. So, in May we took a few extra days to explore Washington, D.C.

We arrived at our hotel and hopped on the metro into the city and explored some of the monuments and memorials. Then we hopped on the metro again and went to Fare Well cafe. It’s a vegan restaurant with lots of amazing options.

I ordered the cookie dough milkshake. It’s hard to find vegan milkshakes where I am in NC, so it was great to not have to pull out my blender.

 

For dinner I ordered the chicken fried steak. It was so good, I have to prevent my partner from stealing my dinner.

My partner ordered the burger. He was excited at first because the menu mentioned that it was the new Impossible burger, but with the Impossible burger shortage they had the Beyond Burger instead. My partner was happy with his burger, but he was still jealous of my food.

I assumed the hotel wouldn’t have any vegan options for breakfast, so I ordered a cake to go. I settled for the S’mores cake. It was really moist and delicious. I was surprised to see mini-marshmallows between the layers of cake. It wasn’t the healthiest breakfast, but it was delicious and I was on vacation.

 

Our second day in D.C. we woke up early and went to a lot of museums. We stopped at the Hirshorn gallery and we got lucky. They were serving Thai curries in one of their exhibits and one of the curry options was vegan. It served as a nice snack before visiting more museums.

 

After even more museums we were starving. We hopped on the metro and road up to Takoma Heights. There’s a vegan soul food restaurant just steps from the metro station, Evolve Vegan. My partner and I each paid extra to get Mac and cheese as a side dish to our food.

I got the maple bbq chicken wings, black-eyes peas, and Mac and cheese. My partner ordered chicken curry, cabbage, and Mac and cheese. I don’t really like mock meats, but the wings were fun. My partner and I both loved the Mac and cheese. The Mac and cheese was the BEST vegan Mac I’ve ever had. It even impressed my vegetarian partner. who said it was better than most dairy Mac and cheese he’s had. There was a lot of food, so I had to share my wings with my partner.

We decided to walk around a few neighborhoods, just for fun. We wandered Columbia Heights and stopped at Sticky Fingers. They won Cupcake Wars. However, we couldn’t really stomach a cupcake after all the soul food, we were too full of food. I managed to save eat a peanut butter cookie though.

The next day in DC and we got started early again. We went to even more museums. Then we decided to go check out the concert venue. On the way to the venue we stopped for some lunch. We ate at Calabash tea and tonic. They had some amazing food and beverage options. My partner and I both opted for the iced drinks. My partner got kombucha and I got lavender lemonade. We got vegan Jamaican patties to eat and I got a vegan cookie for good measure.

 

We wandered around the neighborhood where the concert venue was for about and hour and visited the African American Civil War Museum. We still had lots of time to kill before the concert so we went around the corner to Bus Boys and Poets. It’s a restaurant and book store and the perfect place for us. We ordered the vegan nachos to share. It was a tower of food. As we were eating I watched a band member walk down the street by the restaurant and got even more excited for the show. After eating we went to the venue to ensure we got front row seats. We got front row seats and had an amazing time at the concert.

 

 

Our final half day in D.C. We walked to all the monuments in D.C. we didn’t get to see. My partner was so jealous of my chicken fried steak at Fare Well, he insisted we eat there again so he could get his own plate. So we took an Uber over because it was hot and I didn’t feel like walking more. I ordered the s’mores shake and some pancakes for lunch. I know, I eat a lot of pancakes, but for the first time since going vegan I didn’t have to cook them!

Bonus picture: I wore my Captain America dress the day of the concert and found a Captain America shield at the US history museum.

Pho

Today’s prompt is recreate an international favorite food. Picking a favorite is hard, but I’ve got a dish that I recently ordered that fits the prompt. I’ve been dealing with really rough seasonal allergies. Every summer I get a cough that lasts for a month or 2. It’s not fun. My partner suggested we go out for pho.

I have a ton of recipes for pho, but I haven’t had the time to make them recently. Instead we went to one of the few places in town that offers a vegan/vegetarian pho option.

Surprisingly, the pho actually made me feel better and helped relieve the coughing for a good while, so it’s a total win.

Road Trip Snacks

Today’s prompt is road trip snacks. When traveling I almost always do a road trip, in part because it’s more affordable. My car is a manual transmission, so all my road trip snacks need to be easy to eat as well.

My go to snack while on a road trip is the simple Luna Bar. I know bars like this aren’t always the best thing, but when you travel sometimes you need something easy to heat that has a bit of nutritional value.

Trail mix is another favorite snack. You can make it however you want. For a non-summer road trip I enjoy almonds, cherries, and chocolate chips.

Thanksgiving Sandwich

Today’s prompt is to make food for your favorite holiday. Well, this is a bit strange. I’m actually writing about food for my least favorite holiday. I never liked Thanksgiving, sure I enjoyed the break from school, but now I work holidays. I’ve never really been big on eating anything, save for my mom’s sweet potatoes, which she veganized for me and they ended up being better than before they were vegan (even the non-vegans like them better now).

I just realized a new deli opened up across town. Their goal is to have a menu that’s 50-50 vegetarian and omni. All their vegetarian sandwiches can easily be made vegan by swapping out cheeses and sauces.

I ordered the Thanks sandwich, which is based on Thanksgiving leftovers. It had deli sliced house made seitan, cranberry sauce, lettuce, and sprouts.

Brownies Are In Season

I’m sure everyone else is blogging about healthy dishes made with a rainbow of beautiful in season fruit and or veggies. I had planned on making something super healthy too. However, I chose to make brownies for my partner, but luckily, blueberries are in season! So, he got the Fudgy Wudgy Blueberry Brownies from Veganomicon.

My partner is always asking me to bake brownies and I rarely make them. So, I decided to surprise him with brownies and to stay on prompt I used some fresh blueberries.

My partner was happy with surprise brownies, so I’ll probably make them again for him when the brownie cravings hit again.

 

Picnic

I’m being liberal with my definition of picnic. I had a whole weekend off work, which is rare for me. Before I went to my book club meeting my partner and I stopped at a brewery downtown. We decided to go to Incendiary. They opened about a month ago. We got 2 beers and shared them because they were both really good. The red one is a cherry blueberry sour and the amber is a mango pineapple sour. I got some locally roasted peanuts to share. We drank beer in the sun for a few minutes before getting hot.

My partner wandered to the pizza place next to the brewery and discovered a vegan pizza, so we moved inside to the pizza place to enjoy our picnic. The place is called cugino forno. They specialize in Neapolitan style pizza. The vegan pizza is sauce on crust. But the crust was really good.