We interrupt this scheduled programming to bring you…a surprise road trip post! Matt and I drove down to Dallas for Halloween weekend. (If you hadn’t noticed, I LOVE Dallas.) Before we left Oklahoma City on Saturday afternoon, we stopped by (where else?) 105degrees for a couple of smoothies. Matt had the Blue Bee Milkshake (again), with blueberries, local honey gelato, white chocolate, and bee pollen. I had the Strawberry Seduction, a blend of strawberries, banana, almond milk, cacao nibs, and coconut butter. 105degrees seriously has some of the best smoothies you’ll ever taste.
When we reached Dallas, we went straight to Cosmic Café, a quirky vegetarian joint about which I’ve written previously. Matt ordered the No Bull Burger, a black bean patty with mushrooms, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, and sprouts.
I ate a non-raw meal for the first time all week, the Cosmic Stir. It was a stir fry with asparagus, broccoli, bell peppers, onions, carrots, squash, snow peas, ginger, and tofu. It was served over brown rice, and I ordered a side of beans. This really hit the spot.
It was Matt’s first time at CC, so we had to order their Sweet Awareness dessert, my favorite. It’s simply peanut butter, tahini, honey, and sliced banana, wrapped in naan and served with a side of mango-syrup-drizzled whipped cream. LOVE!
So, clearly, I broke my recent all-raw status and had cooked veggies, soy, gluten, and even a bit of dairy all in one meal. Oh well! I was actually looking forward to getting back on track, though. After a late night out on Saturday, Matt and I had planned to hit up Bliss Raw Café & Elixir Bar for Sunday lunch. We loved it the last time, and we knew before arriving which elixirs we wanted. I ordered the Hemp Horchata, with hempmilk, agave, and cinnamon. So silky, smooth, and luscious! Matt got the Paradise Lemonade, with goji berries, aloe vera, tocotrienols, coconut oil, agave, and lemon. It’s tart, tangy, and tasty.
For his entrée, Matt ordered the California Pizza, a flax-apple crust topped with pignoli cream, basil pesto, a pineapple pico de gallo, and nice, fat slices of avocado. So incredibly good! The sweet crust and pineapple salsa mingle wonderfully with the salty cheeze and pesto, and the creamy avocado ties it all together.
I got the Greek Wrap: two romaine leaves full of raw tahini hummus, cucumber, olives, tomatoes, guacamole, carrots, black sesame seeds, and a dab of hot sauce.
I really liked it! Lettuce and all. Matt insisted on committing this rare leaf-eating occasion of mine to film again, also taking the opportunity to laugh at how messily I ate the wrap. Hey, I couldn’t help it!
As soon as Matt laid eyes on the chocolate mint cake that was brought to another table, he wouldn’t accept anything else for dessert.
Now usually, I’m not a fan of mint, but in conjunction with chocolate I often do enjoy it. This cake, with its nutty cacao crust, flufftastic mint mousse, and rich, smooth chocolate cheezecake layer was beyond enjoyable.
Beyond compare, even, I’d say.
We left Bliss full and happy, and moseyed over to the new Whole Foods nearby to pick up snacks for later.
This was the biggest Whole Foods I’ve ever been in, which was cool enough, but you should have seen our jaws hit the floor when we found this right smack in the middle of the store:
That’s a full-service wine bar, with an actual bartender and an actual bar, and a menu offering a variety of wines, cheeses, and beers. In a grocery store! Oh MAN! Too insane! We couldn’t get over it.
When we finally forced ourselves to stop ogling the wine bar, we picked up a few snacks. Matt got a massive hunk of blueberry coffee cake for himself, and I got some Kaia sprouted sunflower seeds (sweet curry flavor), a bag of Hail Merry blonde macaroons (my #1 reason for going to a Whole Foods in Texas in the first place!), some fresh-grind almond/cashew butter, and a couple bananas.
We knew we had a long night ahead of us at The Church‘s Halloween bash (the same awesome goth club we went to the last time we visited Dallas). After a power nap at White Rock Lake Park, we picked up some sustenance at Espumoso Café. I got a smoothie with papaya, passionfruit, and guanabana (a white-fleshed tropical melon I’d never heard of!), plus a chickpea-mash-stuffed empanada. Yum!
We partied at The Church till 1:45am, then drove back to Oklahoma City right then and there. We finally collapsed into my hotel room bed after 5:30am, and guess what I did at 7am? Woke right back up to start my second week at the 105degrees Academy. Whew! Matt and I packed a lot into our day-and-a-half in Dallas, and it was fun, rewarding, and exhausting…which is why I’m off to take a nap, and will try to post about today’s class later tonight. Ta-ta for now!