Vegan Princess in an Omni Kingdom

Adventures of a vegan girl living in an omni world.

Poppy Birthday Dinner September 23, 2013

Filed under: restaurant,Seattle — bookie85 @ 11:11 AM
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This past July for my birthday, my Aunt K treated me to a wonderful birthday dinner at Poppy. Poppy is a restaurant on Capitol Hill here in Seattle that specializes in creating thalis, which are platters of food served to each guest. While Poppy doesn’t have a vegan thali on the menu, if you call ahead and tell them that you are vegan, they will create something wonderful for you. As our waiter said, they can always create something for a vegan to eat, but if you want something spectacular, you need to call ahead.

We started with drinks. This is the sort of place that has a bunch of ingredients in their cocktails that I had to Google to figure out what they were. After consulting with the waiter (and hearing him use the word bitter three times to describe the other cocktail I was considering) I ordered “lovage story.” What is lovage? Read more here. We also ordered pakoras to start, and they were really good, slightly spicy but not overwhelmingly so.

Lovage story (and pakoras).

Lovage story (and pakoras).

Next up was my custom vegan thali, the main event.

Vegan thali.

Vegan thali.

Counterclockwise from the bottom yellow dish, I had a potato and carrot stew with dill (probably my favorite), pickled radishes, a bean and cucumber salad, carrot ginger soup, potato salad, steamed peas and other veggies, and quinoa. Poppy is known for their naan, but they use dairy in it, so it isn’t vegan, so I got the quinoa instead.

Veggie stew

Veggie stew

Carrot ginger soup

Carrot ginger soup

 

This was so much food that I couldn’t finish it, but it was all very well seasoned and thought out. I loved that each dish was different, but used similar enough ingredients (potatoes and carrots throughout) and seasonings that everything harmonized, and didn’t compete with each other.

No birthday dinner is complete without dessert, and when my aunt asked the waiter to bring out their best vegan dessert (the menu didn’t have anything vegan) he said he had just the thing, and disappeared in to the kitchen for a minute.

When he re-appeared he had a fruit gummy candy, which is naturally vegan since they make them with fruit pectin. The candle was a nice touch.

Fruit squares

Fruit squares

After dinner we took a stroll through their garden in the back, where they grow some of the veggies they use in the kitchen. There was the biggest fennel plant I have ever seen in my life back there (no pictures, unfortunately). In the summer there is seating out in the garden as well.

I really enjoyed my meal with my aunt at Poppy. The food was fantastic, well thought out and beautifully presented, and the service was attentive and knowledgeable. I look forward to returning in the future.

Poppy is located at 622 Broadway East, Seattle WA 98102.

 

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Vegan Eats in My Hometown December 31, 2011

Filed under: restaurant — bookie85 @ 10:30 PM
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In my hometown of Longview, WA there is one health food store that also has a cafe. The last couple times I have been home (not counting the time I was getting my wisdom teeth out, that wasn’t a visit where we were on the hunt for food) my Mom has tried to take me there. We were finally successful the Friday before Christmas when I arrived in Longview via a train from Seattle, right at lunch time and completely starving.

Country Village Nutrition Shoppe and Cafe is on the border of Longview and Kelso and takes up most of the storefront space in a small strip mall. The first thing that I noticed when I sat down (besides the fact that my Mom and I knew half of the patrons in the place, love that about going home) was that they had information about vegan substitutions right at the top of the sandwich section of the menu. They have an impressive selection of sandwiches, salads, soups and juices made fresh each day. I got the “Happy Charlie San” that had a mix of raw nuts, veggies, vegan mayonaise on sprouted wheat bread. The menu said that “Charlie was happy because the tuna was still in the sea.”

I was impressed that the waitress noted that because I was getting no cheese on my sandwich and requesting vegan mayonaise I probably wouldn’t want the pasta salad that was made with non-vegan mayonaise and offered to substitute a green salad before I could even ask any questions about the ingredients in the side dishes.

Happy Charlie sandwich with a green salad

The sandwich was really good, I loved the nut mixture, it was flavorful and satisfying. I didn’t have a chance to eat any of the green salad that was on the side because I was so stuffed from eating the whole sandwich. It was a bit messy to eat, and some of the nut mixture fell out, allowing my Mom to taste some. She said that she would have to get it next time, and agreed with me that it was a creative vegan option, and much better than the salads I usually eat in restaurants in Longview.

We will definitely be back, next time I want to try one of the fresh juice options. It is nice to know that there is a nice place that my Mom and I can go to when I am home.

Country Village Nutrition Shoppe and Cafe is located 711 Vandercook Way in Longview, WA. They are open Monday-Friday from 10am-3pm

 

Vegan Chili November 6, 2011

Filed under: Cooking,Family — bookie85 @ 7:24 PM
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Last weekend I was down in my hometown for a consult with the oral surgeon for the wisdom teeth extraction I am having done this week. I had the appointment on Friday afternoon, but decided to stick around the rest of the weekend to hang out with my family. My Mom and I spent most of Saturday running errands and trying to come up with vegan options (besides salad) for the two of us to eat.

My Mom has started eating mostly vegan when she spends time with me, as she is discovering how much better she feels when she doesn’t eat meat or cheese. This is not from lectures from me, this isn’t even from giving her a book. It is simply from making awesome food for us when I am home, or she visits me in Seattle. Anyway, after settling for pizza with no cheese for lunch we decided that it would be far simpler to make a vegan chili in the crockpot at home for dinner than try any further to get decent options out in a restaurant.

We used this recipe with no avocado, and a chili mix instead of the individual spices. We also discovered that the amount of liquid the recipe calls for is far too much, it says 7 cups of veg broth or water, I would do maybe 5. The end result was far soupier than we had envisioned for chili. It was still spicy and delicious though, and we enjoyed it with whole wheat rolls. My Mom informed me via text message a couple days later that “Dad enjoyed the soup,” which I consider a high compliment.

Simmering away in the crockpot, 5 hours in to the cooking process.

Simmering away in the crockpot, 5 hours in to the cooking process.

I only wish that I had a crock pot in my kitchen, but with little counter space and hardly any outlets that don’t require appliances to be on the floor, it is probably an appliance better used at my parent’s house. Which means, chili for everyone when I come to town!