Tuesday, October 27, 2009
a big pile of rice and Loving Hut.
Whoa, I sure did suck at VeganMofo this year, didn't I? I had every intention of posting regularly, I really did. Sadly, this month I had some personal issues that kept me away from the computer most days. But I'm back, baby!
I recently picked up a "new to me" cookbook that my friend Michelle recommended. The recipes in The Complete Vegan Cookbook focus more on lighter, healthier fare, which I can use a lot more of in my life. The first recipe I made was for a Rice Bake with Black Beans, Corn and Tomatoes. I used brown rice for added nutrition. This recipe made a ton of food for way cheap. And the leftovers seem to taste better and better every day, too. Especially when we melt a little of the Cheddar Daiya on top. Oh my. On night one we had it on top a bed of spinach, with a dollop of Tofutti Sour Cream.
No, generally I don't need a cookbook to tell me how to make beans and rice. This was a little different as the rice was baked in the oven, rather than on the stove or in the rice cooker. I think that helped the flavors really soak together. Good stuff, for sure.
A few weeks ago we checked out a new vegan restaurant near us. Loving Hut is a national chain that just recently appeared in metro Atlanta. It's such a pretty place, it really is. And they put a lot of effort into making their food and drinks pretty. Sadly, most of the food we tried was lacking in flavor. It wasn't awful, just kind of bland overall. But we will definitely give it another shot and order something different next time. We started with basil rolls, which were probably my favorite part of the meal.
I ordered the Au Lac Crepe with vegan ham, tofu, and bean sprouts.
Ken stared at his bland pile of lo mein noodles most of the evening, wishing for an extra splash of soy sauce or two.
For dessert, Ken ordered a root beer float that he actually loved. I forgot to take a picture of it because I was too busy running my mouth with friends. But I didn't forget dessert. I ordered Sun & Moon, which was two cookies with a couple scoops of soy ice cream. This was pretty tasty, and made me feel a little better about my poor choice of entree.
The people at Loving Hut are so amazingly friendly, and it's such a clean, peaceful space, that I do want to try it again sometime.
More soon, I promise!