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365 days of dinner: Feb. 12-14, 2009

February 16th, 2009 at 11:11 am

This first dish, which we had Thursday, is my No. 1 favorite meal and has been ever since I discovered it. Pasta Della California, from Veganomicon, with my personal twist of putting baked, chopped-up Morningstar buffalo wings on top at the end. It's pricier than most of our meals because it requires not only buffalo wings but avocados and arugula. But it's simply the most delicious dish in the whole world!

Friday I wanted something simple and laid-back, so we had spaghetti in a really simple recipe, with olive oil, garlic, fresh flat-leaf parsley, and crispy breadcrumbs on top (I sauteed them in oil to crisp them up). AS and NT also had shredded parmesan on top. It was quite tasty despite its simplicity!

Saturday night AS made danishes for us to have the next day. We split one before we went out to dinner! Breathtaking, and 100% vegan. This pic doesn't really do them justice...

We had our Valentine's dinner at a little organic, mostly vegetarian, locally sourced restaurant. Right away coming in you could tell they were having some kind of drama. I think they had more customers than they were used to or something, and they were out of several dishes. The waitresses were tense and stressed-out. Despite all that, our food came promptly and with no problems and tasted perfectly fine, so we're still not sure what was going on.

I had a very tasty falafel appetizer with dill-tahini sauce:

My main course was a vegan mac & cheese. I could tell they did a nutritional-yeast sauce similar to what I do at home. Mine's better though, much more flavorful.

NT's main course was a gorgeously flavored portobello tureen over roasted cauliflower. I wished I'd ordered that!

AS had a barbecue tempeh sandwich and salad. The tempeh had a really different texture from what we're used to, but the waitress said she couldn't really ask the chef about it. Tension!

For dessert we had a cappucino brownie and some cookies. Nice, but nothing compared to what AS can come up with at home. She spoils us!

7 Responses to “365 days of dinner: Feb. 12-14, 2009”

  1. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I've tried the buffalo wings before, and found them to be way too spicy for my taste buds. Glad you all liked them though!

  2. whitestripe Says:

    hmm, maybe the chef was stressed and cranky because of a lot more orders. when i worked at a restaurant we had one particular chef who would start swearing and bashing things about when it got busy (and she claimed to be a born again christian!!!) and it made all of the waitreses very stressed out too. only reason i say this is because your waitress said she couldnt ask the chef Smile

  3. pearlieq Says:

    Oh my goodness, those pastries look heavenly!

  4. kashi Says:

    Neat! What's the name of the restaurant? I'm always looking for more vegan options here...

  5. ceejay74 Says:

    It's Cafe Agri on Bryant Ave. South. Very cute place, and I'm sure not usually as tense an atmosphere as we experienced! Smile
    Have you tried Namaste Cafe on Hennepin? I think I'm going there for my birthday dinner, and I've heard nothing but good things about it.

  6. kashi Says:

    Namaste is AWESOME. I love it. It's very cozy and the food is tasty.

    I had my birthday dinner at Beirut Lebanese Restaurant in West St. Paul - have you been there? Really good. Just watch out for the rice, they put butter in it.

    I've heard of Cafe Agri but haven't been there yet. Maybe one of these days I'll go!

  7. ceejay74 Says:

    Being a bus person, I hardly ever get over to St. Paul. I hope the light rail goes there soon! We're looking into car-sharing, so maybe we'll make it over there more often. Lebanese--sounds good!

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