San Diego: Adventures in VeggiesPosted: February 25, 2013
A good trip home came with a good sampling of vegetarian eating (always enjoyed with family and friends, thought I’d take a moment to relish some beast free high lights.
Monday: Stopped by the full vegan deli at Oceanbeach People’s Food COOP for a post dental cleaning lunch with the madre (no cavities BTW, considering I work of a chocolate confectioner I think this warrants a pat on the back). Mom and I both got a bowl of simple and stellar coconut beet soup with a sampling of other rawfferings on the side. The Soomi Seaweed Salad is a nice salty sweet option, while a heap of the macadamia nut cream drenched Zucchini Alfredo left my fat tooth well satisfied. Mother Debbie opted for a spinach salad and a square of lentil loaf.
OB People’s = Clean, Simple, Satiating
That evening I stopped by my raw alma mater Peace Pies to catch Dave the Raw Food Trucker describe his transformation and tout the power of liquid greens. I am being cynical (two hour talk, o gawd), but the guy did beat cancer and lose 200 lbs. Thankfully the Peace Pies friends were willing to chat in the kitchen and feed me kale chips, faRAWfels and chunks of mango curry wraps. When the talk finally wound up and dinner did happen I went right to my old fav.
Sunseed Mock Tuna Sando on milled flax onion bread. Dessert… chya. Cashew Cheese Cake w/ fudgy walnut date crust
Tuesday: Made some simple birthday fare with the sis. Deadly roasted butternut w/ steamed broc & kale and a side of sibling bonding.
Wednesday: Met my Pops at a new local sourcing outfit called Seasons 52 (don’t know what the 52 is all about, I doubt there is 51 other ones around). I got a mixed green salad and the ‘Vegetarian Tastings’ (Roasted Pear & asparagas, steamed beets with cilantro salsa, corn tort taco, spear o’ butternut, quinoa cranberry salad, and cedar plank roasted tofu)
It was good, but really just five things I make myself at home for a quick no frills dinner. Adventuresome for the veggie novice but for anyone off the meat wagon for more than a month, this was a plate of old hats…. ‘cept for the taco, that was fun.
My dad is a good source for a friendly reality check. As the conversation turned to diet he gave me some good advice.
Stop. Think. What is the worst that could happen. Your taco has some black beans, your roast pear has some sugar, what is the worse that could happen. Answer: a little constipation and a mild grogginess, i.e. not much. This sounds silly but for those with and unconformable amount of food anxiety it can be a day saver (as it was on Saturday when I found out a frittata slice I ate had milk and cheddar. Sh*t happens and so does dairy, no use crying over unspilt milk.
Thursday: Met up with long time tasty companion Leron for some cool chat and clean greens at a spot in Carmel Valley of all places. Urban Plates has an epic salad bar that leaves way to much room for creativity.
I got the Raw Kale Salad but went 1/3 kale 2/3 hearts of romaine, nixed the mandarin oranges, subbed in some olives, had them hold the foccatia and throw a pasture hard boiler on instead. That prep cooks head spinning.
All star of this salad though is the raw tofu, which is far from the silken chunks of blah found at your local grocer. I don’t know where it comes from but melts in your mouth like a warm cube of subtle brie. I always forget to ask what local soybeanery is churning these magical curds. Urban Spoons has a lot goin’ on at the hot bar to, but remains one of the only spots I have found where salad for dinner isn’t a chilly bummer.
Friday: Back in the Oakland at 3pm work at 4pm, guess I gotta get Flacos for a hurracha, hold the beans, pile on the avo.
Good to be home… Happy Nomings