Yes, I know there was a royal wedding yesterday, and I’ll probably talk more about it some other time (you know, the waking up at 2:45am after just 1.5 hours of sleep and somehow succeeding in convincing Matt to get up with me – well, I had to bribe him with scones, but still – and watching 4 straight hours of wedding coverage and absolutely loving everything about the church and the procession and the pageantry and the bride and groom and the GOWN! and how Princess Kate is probably my new beauty icon, in fact I think I have quite the girl-crush on her, but anyway yes, I’ll talk about it some other time), but today, I should share with you Matt’s birthday dinner that occurred a full two weeks ago. Eeks, I’m behind! I’ve got to get myself together before I leave to go to Living Light in just a few short days…
When I asked Matt where he’d like to go out to eat on his birthday, I was delighted when he said Eden Alley Café! Eden Alley is KC’s oldest vegetarian restaurant. Last time we ate there, Matt could not stop raving about it, so I’m surprised it took us this long to go back. (Incidentally, Matt just went there again yesterday for lunch, he likes it so much!)
We ordered off the Specials menu, which has since changed, so I can’t even name exactly what we got. This, though, was the burrito I ordered, with Mexican-spiced potatoes, brown rice, and cashew cheeze inside. The sauce surrounding it was a really tasty sweet potato-tomato purée.
As good as mine was, when I tasted Matt’s tostada – a thin potato-corn patty topped with brown rice, stewed black beans, cashew cheeze, and a chickpea-laden pico de gallo, I liked it better! Matt, in his infinite sweetness, agreed to trade with me halfway through the meal, so we each got the best of both worlds.
Dessert was definitely the pièce de résistance—this vegan mocha fudge cake. It was an incredibly moist, gooey chocolate cake with ultra-rich swirled mocha and caramel icing. When you add this to the chocolate-covered strawberries and red velvet cake I made him, it’s clear that Matt had quite the trinity of delicious birthday desserts.
We rounded out the night with a Tool tribute show at the Beaumont Club and some drinks with friends at our favorite local dive bar, Buzzard Beach. Now I better start brainstorming how to top all this next year!