Yesterday’s post contained my homemade leftovers for the month of July, so today will be all restaurant/outside-my-home eats! First up is a roasted red pepper hummus & pita plate I had at Grinders, where Matt and I met some friends after wandering local art galleries at First Friday.
Matt and I took the day before my birthday off work (it was a Friday) and spent the afternoon and evening in Lawrence, home of my alma mater, KU, and where I lived for three years during college. We sipped glasses of crisp white wine on the patio of The Bourgeois Pig, shopped around Mass Street, and stopped for dinner at Zen Zero, consistently voted Lawrence’s best veg-friendly restaurant. Matt ordered the Phad Kee Mow, a saucy, Thai-basilful flat-noodle stir fry, with tofu.
I got the Singapore Noodles—rice noodles stir-fried with onions, bell peppers, and snow peas in a ginger-garlic curry sauce, also with tofu. LOOOVED this!
Since we were closing in on my birthday, we had to have dessert. Oh, who am I kidding—birthday or not, we probably still would’ve ordered these chocolate-banana spring rolls.
These deep-fried rolls were stuffed with cashews, bananas, and chocolate, and served with vanilla bean ice cream and rum-caramel sauce. Resistance was futile.
The following week, one of my best buddies Emily and her fiancée Sarah traveled with me to St. Louis to see Hole. On the way, we stopped in Columbia, Missouri for a late lunch. I’d done some research ahead of time, and found that there’s one all-vegetarian restaurant there, Main Squeeze Café.
Sarah ordered the Tempeh Burrito, which was a sprouted wheat tortilla stuffed with grilled tempeh, brown rice, tomato, red onion, cucumber, spinach, local feta, olives, and lemon tahini. It came with a side of very garlicky kale-potato soup.
I noshed on the Lotus Plate—brown rice, tofu, and the vegetable of the day (yellow summer squash) with lemon tahini dressing on a bed of spinach. I’m actually not a fan of squash, but I liked it here.
Emily got the Big Sky Burrito, a whole wheat tortilla filled with brown rice, refried beans, Monterey Jack cheese, tomato, and red onion, with housemade salsa on the side. All three of us enjoyed our meals; I would definitely stop there again next time I pass through Columbia.
Another meal I ate with Emily was at Wai Wai, our favorite quick-Thai place. I always get the Thai cashew curry with tofu, and I know I’ve featured it several times in this blog already, but here it is again!
I’ve been wanting to try Blanc Burgers + Bottles, a “gourmet burger joint,” since it opened, and I finally went there with Matt. Since it was busy, and we could tell it would take awhile to get our meals, we started with fries—truffle fries for Matt and sweet potato fries for me, served in these cute (though entirely nonsensical) mini shopping carts.
I was excited to try their spiced lentil burger, which I ordered on brioche and with several special requests and substitutions. It was HUGE!
The curried-lentil-and-vegetable patty was was topped with roasted red peppers and thick slices of avocado. It was fabulous! I absolutely want to eat at Blanc again.
Finally, Matt and I attended Blissfest in Parkville, Missouri on the last day of July. It’s an annual “conscious lifestyle festival” with live music, vegetarian-vegan-raw food vendors, eco-health vendors, food demos, workshops, and guest speakers. We didn’t make it there till 5pm, though, and unfortunately (and unexpectedly) most of the booths seemed to be shutting down already. Luckily, we were still able to snag some food. We shared a bowl of hummus with grilled pita to start.
Matt had a bean & rice burrito, but was disappointed at how underseasoned it was.
Next year, I’ll make it a point to get to Blissfest earlier in the day, but I did end up quite content with my meal—Jamaican rice with curried tofu and fried plantains. Mmm!