We did end up going out for dinner but staying in the neighborhood. You all know by now that means Ian was involved. The restaurant was booming tonight which is odd for a bad weather evening. Another quick storm rolled through while we were at dinner. Fortunately we were under the roof and were able to get the best of both worlds dry but yet still outside.
As usual we started with our personal favorite the Middle Eastern Plate for an appetizer. It comes with hummus, caponata, house-made pickles, olives, pepperoncini and whole wheat pitas. Seriously what is not to love here? This has been one of our favorites for years. It is just a vegan plate of deliciousness, in our opinion that is.
To wash this down there were many pots of green tea. We have to have those antioxidants to go with our meal.
Next we ordered the gazpacho which normally comes with crab or shrimp on top, so it is easy to make vegan without any difficulty. Next time we need to remember to ask if Ian has any habanero in the kitchen since we are big fans of heat. We think finely diced habanero would be great in this.
To go with the gazpacho we also had Ian’s version of fattoush. He makes his with cucumber, tomato, garlic, romaine, and mint which he tops with sumac and serves with warm whole wheat pitas crisps. If you haven’t had sumac it is a ground dark red berry that has lemony flavor. It can be hard to find locally I order mine on-line from Zamouri.
For our last course we had a special order which included gnocchi with thinly sliced fennel, julienned carrot, thinly sliced onions, garlic, fresh tomato, portabella mushrooms, shitakes, and fresh baby spinach. The mushrooms gave the dish a very meaty flavor without meat. Ian was worried this dish didn’t have enough flavor but we thought it was wonderful like all his food.
Here is a shot of the specials from this evening. The specials always give me inspiration of things I want to veganize so I wanted to share in case they do the same for any of you.
We were chatting with Ian this evening as he was leaving for the evening. He is going to be adding whole wheat pizza to the options and wanted to know if that was something that we would be interested in. While we don’t eat much flour at home, we will certainly be interested in having that occasionally. There are so many veggie options I can think of for vegan pizza from what he has in the kitchen for other dishes. Whole wheat pizza crust will open up the veggie options for us.
This is going to be my last post for tonight. I will chat with you all tomorrow. I will probably make bibimbap (vegan of course) for dinner tomorrow. It was my back up plan for dinner this evening. My tofu should be very tasty by tomorrow since I started marinating it this morning.
I hope you are all having a great evening.