First, thank you for all your lovely comments + e-mails on my last post regarding frustration. I never say it enough, but all you readers constantly amaze me with your insight, wisdom + support! I appreciate you letting me release my feelings via writing (the best way I know how) – it has given me such confidence to pursue my writing dreams. And for that, I thank you.
Second, do you ever have one of those days where everything that could go wrong inevitably does go wrong? As in, you walk out your front door at 6:45am only to find yourself holding the broken doorknob in your hand and locked in your apartment? How’s running into a car accident, train crossing and every single red light possible on your way to work? What about a hole in your favorite skirt, massive paper cut across your thumb and shoving down lunch while cleaning up after people who just ate? Do you ever have a two-inch-long centipede fall from the ceiling into your bathtub as you are bathing then proceed to jump out of the tub screaming at the top of your lungs like a 13-year-old girl at a Justin Bieber concert?
Or wait, is that just me?
Yes, it was that kind of day. Luckily however, I got to meet up with three lovely ladies at The Green Owl Cafe – the only vegetarian/vegan restaurant in Madison! If you know Madison at all, this is an incredibly surprising fact, seeming as this homey Midwestern town is known for its liberal, hippie ways.
How’s about some “Home-style Vegetarian & Vegan Food for People Who Love Food?”
Yes please, preferably with a side of kale chips.
Feeling quite frisky (maybe it was the 4-mile run beforehand sending those endorphins flowing?), I started with something completely new to me…
PASSIONFRUIT KOMBUCHA (!!!)
You know how I mentioned kombucha scares me? Well, call me a convert, because I downed this sucker – bacteria and all.
Then, I went to town on this Vegetarian Meatball Sub….
Those would be homemade eggplant balls. <insert inappropriate joke here>
With it, I got my side of kale chips crisps…
I am a firm believer that a pickle makes a meal complete.
Homemade vegan desserts?
Well, don’t mind if we do.
Split four ways, we’ve got a slice of Vegan Marshmallow Mud Pie…
…as well as the winner for the most intriguing dish of the night, Vegan Parsnip Cake with Lemon Glaze…
Even though it had a distinct parsnip taste (as well as chunks of parsnips, right Allison?), I must admit this cake was good. We decided it’s probably not something we would ever crave or order again, but I am glad we sampled it. Convincing myself I racked up one serving of vegetables eating it helped as well.
My adorable, lovely dining companions…
Allison + Kristie
Julie + I
In case you are wondering, I did go to dinner straight from that 4-mile run. Turns out time management isn’t my strong suit. However, I figured if you are to go to dinner a smelly, sweaty mess; you might as well be meeting up with other healthy living bloggers who understand the importance of exercise.
We may or may not have also gone to the co-op after dinner, and I may or may not have purchased another kombucha. Bacteria and all, I sense an addiction coming on.
Have you tried kombucha? This is my first time, and I can say – it was surprisingly refreshing.
What’s the most intriguing dish you’ve tried lately? The aforementioned parsnip cake was definitely something I had never tried OR even seen before!