Burger Free at a Burger Joint

I checked my archives and couldn’t find when/if I’d ever posted about Red Robin.  It’s not a place I eat at a great deal but I remember it was one of the first eateries I visited soon after making the switch to veganism.  I remember researching what options were vegan and I remember utilizing a build-your-own burger option.  I checked Red Robin’s website and couldn’t find it but I did choose what I wanted veggie burger, bun, and condiment-wise, printed it, and handed it to the waitress.  If I remember correctly, Red Robin’s veggie burger isn’t bad.

I re-visited Red Robin last week.  It was a gorgeous day and my step-father had a gift card so, after a walk at the reservoir, off we went.  I was already primed for a veggie burger and fries when I noticed a new option in the appetizer section of Red Robin’s menu.  My local Red Robin was offering guacamole, salsa, and tortilla chips.  Burger forgotten, I placed my order.

There are not words to express how much I enjoy guacamole.  When paired with salsa and crispy, salty, tortilla chips?  I’m willing to walk the reservoir a second time, if necessary.  It probably was necessary because the waitress told me the guacamole was bottomless.  Yep, she said bottomless and I did find it necessary to eat a second helping.  In order to feel good about my level of protein, I ordered a side dish of the southwestern black beans to accompany my guacamole goodness and tucked in.

This was delicious.  There wasn’t room in either dish to mix the guacamole, salsa, and beans together so I’d take a bite of one and then the other.  I had plenty of chips: one order covered two helpings of the guac and one of the beans.

Black Beans 2

Guacamole is, perhaps, difficult to get wrong, but Red Robin doesn’t miss the mark.  It wasn’t too salty and neither were the tortilla chips which meant the entire meal didn’t overwhelm.  The salsa and guacamole come in the same ramekin topped with jalapeno slices which aren’t too hot.  I would have said they could have used a touch more heat but my family was chortling at me as I began to turn red so, apparently, the meal was spicy enough.  I enjoyed it and it’s nice having a non-burger option at what is definitely a burger joint.

I can’t find the guacamole, salsa, and chips on Red Robin’s online menu so this option might be location specific.  Going to Red Robin?  I found this handy guide online.

Feeling The Modern Love

While I was across state lines being introduced to the newest member of our family, I was able to stay with a woman I’ve been friends with for decades.  Not only did she offer up her guestroom but in true long-term friend fashion, made reservations for us at Modern Love.  This gesture was especially loving as my friend is not a vegan and regards some of the vegan substitutions *cough seitan cough* with a wary eye.  It was a perfect evening for me: I got to go to a completely vegan restaurant and my friend drove me.  Good food and no effort on my part other than hauling myself into the passenger seat.

I am still unused to going to vegan restaurants and tend to get overwhelmed when I can order anything on the menu.  I wanted Mac n’ Shews, Seitan Buffalo Wings, the Hummus Plate-a little of everything-but could neither afford nor eat that much.  My friend had one of her work friends join us and the three of us decided to get different things and sample.  I ordered the Seitan Buffalo Wings and Tortilla Soup as my contributions to the feeding frenzy.

I Can Have Whatever I Want!

My fellow diners ordered the Roasted Garlic Hummus and the Citrus Beet Salad.  An extremely nice Server brought all of our food at the same time and the three of us tucked in.

Get the Hummus plate.  Ours came with rosemary flatbread that was utterly incredible.  If we’d eaten nothing else, we’d have been satisfied.  Fortunately, everything else was just as tasty.

I’d never had Seitan Wings before.  Seitan is something I’ve had to develop a taste for although taste isn’t the problem; it’s texture.  I’ve tried making my own seitan twice and it’s been inedible both times.  I’ve yet to get the texture right.  Modern Love does not have that problem: their wings were perfectly firm and the flavor just right.  With the seitan triangles breaded and coated in spicy buffalo sauce…well, I couldn’t ask for anything more.

Except the Tortilla Soup.  I should have thought ahead and not purchased two spicy items but I’m not complaining.  The soup was a great hit, even with my skeptical non-vegan friend.  I had a great deal of soup left over-the Seitan Wings were filling enough-and I put the leftovers in my friend’s fridge, confident she’d enjoy them.

We all three were stuffed after sampling each other’s meals and yet it was a first visit to Modern Love for each of us; how could we refuse dessert?  We three talked it over and thought we’d have enough room if we split something.  We decided on the ice cream sundae.

Modern Love’s ice cream sundae is a scoop of vanilla dairy free ice cream, a scoop of chocolate, salted maple caramel, candied peanuts, coconut whip, and a cherry.  Due to allergies at the table, we left off the coconut whip but didn’t miss it.  Dessert at Modern Love is well worth indulging in.

I don’t often make it back to Omaha, NE but Modern Love is definitely one of my go to places for future visits.  There are many more scrumptious sounding items on the menu I have got to try.


Out On The Highway

I am a Great Aunt!

I am not speaking of how wonderful an Aunt I am, though I am fantastic.  The “Great”, in this case, speaks of age.  My niece has had a baby.  Since some cuddling of the newborn was in order, my family and I headed out on another road trip.  We were leaving after I got off work, so dinner along the interstate was going to be a necessity.

Nebraska is undeniably beef country.  There is no shortage of places where one can get a steak or hamburger.  Fortunately for the traveling vegan, Nebraska also has several Asian and Mexican restaurants.  My step-father doesn’t care for Asian food so a Mexican restaurant was the only option.  My mother and I logged on to Trip Advisor and set to searching for an eatery in the Ogallala, NE area.  For this road trip, we decided on Mi Ranchito.

The restaurant is about what you’d expect regarding vegan option.  There are vegetarian fajitas, a guacamole tostada, and bean burritos.  The menu has a little green ‘v’ next to the bean burrito which indicates a vegetarian choice but I don’t know if that means the beans are made without lard.  The burrito does come with cheese and the photo on the menu shows the side beans covered with cheese.  Fortunately, the helpful staff is willing to leave the cheese off.  Same with any sour cream.


The only complaint I have about my meal is how salty I found the rice.  I can’t say whether or not the rice was inordinately salty or if my focusing on raw foods in my daily diet has made me more sensitive to the salt content in prepared food.  I couldn’t eat it.  I have no complaints about the bean burrito itself.  It was filling, tasty, and void of dairy products.

I have no complaints about the staff.  Everyone was friendly and willing to make changes for me.  I didn’t have to specifically ask for the cheese to be left off the side of beans.  I asked for “no cheese” and no cheese was what I got: both in the burrito on for the side.  The chips were free, crispy,  and not too salty and served to scoop up my side of beans.  My water glass was always full.

If you find yourself driving down I80 in Nebraska, you’re feeling peckish and in need of a vegan meal, try Mi Ranchito.  You can’t miss it.  Just look for the glowing cactus.

It was too dark for me to get the details of the sign.


Call Me Mellow Mushroom

I know, Donovan is cringing.


The day my friend flew into town she met up with another friend of hers in the airport.  The two of them were flying in and out on the same flights and it made sense for my mother and I to give both of them a lift to the airport.  The last day of my friend’s visit found us on the 16th Street Mall, meeting up with her friend and looking for a place to eat.

I’d planned on eating at Native Foods.  I knew there was a location on the 16th Street Mall.  What I did not know was that particular location was permanently closed.  The four of us were left standing on the Mall at a loss as to where to go next.  Fortunately, my friend’s friend had heard of Mellow Mushroom, had heard it served good pizza, and was supposed to be good place for vegans and non-vegans alike.  My friend pulled out her trusty smartphone and Google maps told us where to go.

The Mellow Mushroom suggestion saved the day.  There was chicken wings, pizza, and decadent desserts for the non-vegans and more than one option for me.  Tofu and Tempeh were both offered on the menu; something that’s so rare I had to take a photograph, although I had a hard time with the overhead lights.  🙂

I’ll be going back to try both the Tofu and the Tempeh

I didn’t think I was hungry enough to do justice to either of those meals and ordered the pita sandwiches instead.  Mellow Mushroom gives good value for a dollar: I expected one pita sandwich and ended up with two.  I tried, I really did, but couldn’t eat them both.

I can’t say enough good things about Mellow Mushroom.  My sandwiches were perfect.  The hummus was creamy and was a perfect balance of tahini, garlic, and chickpeas.  No one ingredient overpowered another.  It wasn’t too rich nor too salty nor mixed with any exotic ingredient.  Just good, plain, hummus.  The lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers were fresh, crisp, and juicy, and the sprouts tasted clean.  Anyone who has had bad sprouts knows what I’m talking about.  I’ve had experiences where the sprouts taste like they haven’t been washed or else they’ve been washed but weren’t thoroughly rinsed.  Both are disgusting.

Not my experience at Mellow Mushroom.  As we were driving directly to the airport, I didn’t take my leftovers with me and it was difficult to walk away from the food.  I’ve got to go back to Mellow Mushroom and try the other vegan options, but I have a feeling I’ll be ordering the hummus pita sandwiches again.

Another Restaurant Makes the Favorite List


There Will Be Beans

My friend’s visit from Wyoming was followed by another friend’s visit from Nebraska.  She has the book where she can collect stamps from all the National Parks and so we decided on a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park.  We checked out Bear Lake and then, having never seen a waterfall before, my friend wanted to do the hike to Alberta Falls.  A hiking lover, I was game.

My hiking pace isn’t too fast and my friend was having some trouble with the lack of air in Colorado so the hike I anticipated taking an hour took two.  Even with our car snacks, we were starving after our visit to the Falls.  My family is used to my vegan lifestyle by now and Mexican Restaurants top the list of food choices.  My Mom had seen a restaurant when we’d first entered Estes Park and as my non-vegan friend said she was okay with cheesy-beany, we went in search and found Peppers.

Peppers is a bit difficult to get into: my family and I had to drive into the Safeway parking lot and come at it from the other side.  The restaurant looks unassuming and I didn’t know what to expect.  Fast food can be iffy but I knew that, at least, I would find beans.

Peppers was a pleasant surprise.  If you’ve been in a Qdoba or Chipotle, you’ll be familiar with the set-up.  There’s a bar filled with fresh ingredients and you can go down the line and choose what you want.  I ordered the Veggie Burrito from the menu and asked for the cheese and sour cream to be left off.  Peppers was the first restaurant that allowed me to have an extra at no charge because I was leaving off cheese and sour cream.  I chose the mango salsa and I highly recommend it.

My burrito was so large it had to be double wrapped and eaten with a knife and fork.  I wasn’t sure how I felt about sweet potato in my burrito but Peppers has made me a convert.  The sweet is off set with the slightly smoky rice and spicy salsa.  I could choose very hot, medium hot, or mild and medium hot was plenty for me.

I ordered chips and salsa as well, having no idea the burrito was going to be as large as it was.  The chips were lightly salted and the order came with two choices of salsa.  I chose another small tub of the medium hot and thought I’d try the corn salsa.  The corn was sweet and a perfect texture: no mushy salsa at Peppers.


I was able to recommend Peppers as I left the restaurant.  A family was crossing the parking lot as mine left and they called to us, asking what we thought.  I tell you the same thing I told them: Peppers is excellent.  If you find yourself in Estes Park, CO, stop in.  If you try the margaritas, let me know what you think.

I liked the peacock wall hanging


The Yak and the Yeti

My family and I have a tradition of going out to dinner for birthdays.  When mine rolled around, I wanted to try The Yak and the Yeti  and my family agreed to go.  Then, the week of  my birthday, I broke a tooth and my birthday dinner was postponed.

I’ll spare you a description of my howls of agony, stemming both from the torment of the dentist’s chair as well as the cost of a crown, and leave you with a piece of advice:  do not assume that, because an olive has been stuffed with a pepper and almond, that its pit has been removed.  Such an assumption will lead you into error.  An expensive error.  Especially if you have an encounter with an un-popped corn kernel the next day.  But I digress.

At last, tonight, my family and I finally made our visit.  I perused the menu before going and was pleased to see this restaurant strives to be vegan friendly.  There are notes next to items on the menu that say they can be made vegan on request.  Forewarned and forearmed, we headed off.

The Yak and the Yeti is, by far, the most vegan friendly non-vegan restaurant I’ve been to in Colorado.  I didn’t have to ask about menu items.  The restaurant has a page in the menu called “The Yak and the Yeti Vegan Items” so there’s no need to search out what’s vegetarian/vegan in the midst of all the chicken and fish items.  Once I’d told the waitress I was vegan, any information I needed was forthcoming.  I ordered a Vegetable Biryani and was asked if the dates and nuts were a problem.  I didn’t immediately understand and said I didn’t have a problem with nuts and the waitress then explained to me that the topping was cooked in butter.  I thanked her and she graciously left them off.

Word of my veganism spread because, when a second waitress brought papadams and sauces, she already knew and told me which sauces contained dairy and which did not.  My family were fond of the yogurt sauce and mint chutney but I didn’t feel like I was missing out: the tamarind sauce is perfectly sweet/tart.  No vegan could ask for anything more, except maybe the spicy tomato sauce.

Papadam Dipping Sauces

Fresh naan was brought to the table and my mother tucked in.  She’d chosen the buffet so had her food before my step-father and me and only ran into one option that was too spicy for her palate.  Spice is another way the staff of The Yak and Yeti strive to make their food available for everyone.  When placing the order, I got to decide how spicy I wanted my food.  The options are very mild, mild, medium, hot, very hot, and Indian hot.  I chose medium and it was perfect.

My Biryani had complex layers of flavor.  I expected saffron and curry but it was flavored with anise and pepper as well.  The spice doesn’t burn the tongue; rather it’s a heat that sneaks up.  I thought it was perfect but will admit I got rather flushed.  It’s the bane of very pale skinned people who love spicy food. 🙂  I don’t think I could go hotter: I’d probably explode.

My Biryani

I ordered a vegan chai to accompany my food and have to say it was the best chai I’ve ever had.  I was asked if I wanted it made with coconut milk or soy.  I chose coconut milk and indulged in a drink so rich it served as dessert.

I can’t say enough good things about The Yak and the Yeti.  My entire family enjoyed everything they sampled and there are several other veg options I want to try.  The staff is incredibly friendly, helpful, and ready with answers before the questions are asked.

We were invited to tour the party rooms.  The large room was being set up for a party and I wanted to explore but felt a little odd touring someone else’s party so just poked around the edges.  If you are looking for a place to hold an event, consider The Yak and the Yeti.  The chandeliers in the main room are spectacular.  I’ll plan to go a little earlier next time and pay more attention to the party spaces.  I didn’t make it up to the upstairs room and am going to have to indulge my curiosity.

The Yak and the Yeti is going on my family’s favorite restaurant list.  We’re not big drinkers but the restaurant has its own line of craft beers made at the Arvada location.  One beer won’t hurt and I’ll bet it would go well with vegetable samosas.  We’ll definitely be going again.


What if I Don’t Like Mushrooms?

While I do think restaurants are improving, eating out as a vegan is still fraught with difficulty especially if you, like me, dislike mushrooms.  I’ve tried very hard to like mushrooms and have eaten various types cooked, raw, grilled, etc. and have come to the conclusion I dislike mushrooms and that fact is never going to change.  Since most vegetarian options at a restaurant are mushroom based, I find I’m putting a meal together from the side dishes even when there’s an option that can be easily veganized.

For example, Hacienda Colorado has few vegetarian options beyond their portobello fajitas.  If you like thick slices of portobello mushrooms, then these are for you.  If not, the mere attempt of eating them will make you green with…well let’s just say it won’t be envy.

I ran into the same problem at a recent on-the-fly stop at On the Border.  The vegetarian options was a spinach and mushroom enchilada; I only had to order it without the cheese.  Fortunately, I was able to purchase rice, black beans, grilled veggies (zucchini, yellow squash, and onions), and slices of avocado and make my own vegan bowl.  Doing so also made my meal a bit cheaper than ordering off the regular menu: a bonus, in my opinion.

My family’s favorite place to eat out is 3 Margaritas, not to be confused with Tres Margaritas.  I’ve blogged about 3 Margaritas before and my favorite item at this restaurant is the Garden Burrito.  It comes stuffed with grilled veggies, rice, whole beans, and yes, mushrooms; but I can pick those out.  They don’t go to waste: my mother loves mushrooms so I push them to the edge of my plate and she eats them.  The burrito is covered with fresh lettuce, cabbage, tomato, and a meatless chili sauce.  No sour cream and no cheese.  Oh, 3 Margaritas offers veggie enchiladas as well: the carrot puree is tasty but the enchiladas are filled with-you guessed it-mushrooms.  Ultimately, you can’t go wrong with the Garden Burrito and the margaritas aren’t bad either.

I wish I could tell you how the veggies and rice in the Garden Burrito are made.  Chicken stock?  Grilled with butter?  I sent a request for information through the contact form on the website but, as I never received a reply, I can’t be sure the Garden Burrito is unequivocally vegan.  I put it out to the vegan community-does anyone know?  If so, share with the rest of us!

Until then, I do the best I can when eating out and the Garden Burrito is both tasty and filling.  I usually make two meals out of it.  If you give it a try, let me know what you think.

Lunching at Watercourse

I finally made it downtown to Watercourse Foods.  Another co-worker and I discovered we were both vegan and made plans to meet for a late lunch at the restaurant.  I was excited to go for two reasons: I like getting to know new people so was interested in learning more about my new friend and I had no idea what it would be like to peruse a fully vegan menu.

Watercourse Foods is NOT easy to get to, in my opinion.  The restaurant is located on 17th Ave in the North Capital Hill area of Denver.  I don’t like driving too far and, since I had no idea what the parking situation would be like, I decided to take the train.  After 40 minutes, I disembarked at 16th and California, shuttled to the Civic Center, and hiked six or so blocks to the restaurant.  By the time I arrived, I was desperate for water and food.

My friend suggested eating outside and, as it was a gorgeous day and I could hide my paleness under an awning, I agreed.  A friendly waiter showed us to the table, blessed water in hand, and then gave me my first all-vegan menu.

Every Entree is Vegan!


What to do?  Where to start?  All of my pre-vegan favorites were on the menu: Fish and Chips (made with tofu), Macaroni and Cheese…I felt odd to not be attempting to string a meal together from the side dish menu.  I dithered between choices but finally settled on the Carbonara.  My friend chose the Fish and Chips and we got to know each other while waiting for our food.  We’ve both been vegan about the same amount of time but she was a vegetarian for years before that:  we both chuckled over the difficulty in giving up cheese.  It was nice to talk comfortably with another vegan and my new friend gave me an entire list of places that offered vegan menus.  I’ll have to take myself out and try them all.

I’d read some mixed reviews about Watercourse Foods but I didn’t find the wait for our food to be too long.  My new friend had never tried the Carbonara and I’d never been to the restaurant so, when our food arrived, we each shared samples of our food and dug in.

All I can say is, “yum”.

I have no complaints about the food either.  My Carbonara contained colorful green peas, juicy tomatoes, and was wonderfully flavorful:  vegan sausage and a rich savory sauce coated penne pasta and the crumbling of crispy vegan bacon over the top added a nice texture contrast.  It was filling as well: my hike to the restaurant had left me starving and I was only able to eat half.  My sample of the Fish and Chips was surprising.  I would never have breaded and fried a tofu cutlet on my own but the texture was so pleasant I’m definitely going to try it.  The sauce served with the ‘fish’ was odd: it had more of a tang than I expected but it wasn’t unpleasant.  The sauce was thin and light with a strong dill taste: a nice complement to the fried ‘fish’.  I bet I can get my non-vegan Mom to try it.

I was very pleased with the food, service, and restaurant itself.  Five Stars all the way around.  If I do have any negative comment to make, it’s price.  My family has a joke that one should always beware when prices aren’t noted on the menu.  I found that to be true.  My Carbonara set me back $14.00.  The Kombucha I ordered cost $4.50 and my friend and I split a $5.75 cookie.  (Splurge on the cookie.  The one we shared tasted like a soft-baked Samoa and, since it was made with sweet potato, wasn’t really a bad choice for dessert.)  I live on a pretty strict budget and the cost of my meal made me choke.  If the location wasn’t prohibitive, the cost definitely would be.  It’s a place kept for special occasions or, split a meal with a friend.  The portions are large enough two could eat and save a bit: then the cookie won’t be such a splurge!

I plan on visiting Watercourse Foods again.  Maybe I can talk my family into trying an all-vegan restaurant.  I’ll have to both save and rest up from this visit but I think that Orange Teriyaki Bowl is calling my name…



Mod About Veganism

I was astonished to have my social calendar explode during the month of February.  Shortly after my trip to Nebraska, I got together with an ex co-worker of mine.  We hadn’t had a chance to catch up in person for quite some time and our only questions was; where do we go?  We were both in the Greenwood Village area and my friend suggested Mod Market.  Many of my current co-workers regularly eat there and a quick perusal of their website told me it was vegan friendly.  I was game and the date was set.

We met at the restaurant shortly after 4pm and, if you are meeting with friends and want to be able to sit and talk without being interrupted, Mod Market before 6pm is your place.  It didn’t fill up all that much after 6pm on a Monday night so my friend and I were left alone until we’d talked ourselves out and were ready to leave.  I’d adjusted my work hours during the day so had eaten lunch rather late and thus didn’t feel up to trying the sesame tofu plate.  I will be returning to Mod Market to do so but, this particular visit, I ordered a seasonal sandwich; the Eggplant Goat minus the goat (cheese).

Eggplant is a touchy veggie for me.  I’ve had eggplant cutlets that are incredible and then I’ve had slimy slices of eggplant that turn the stomach.  I’m always hesitant to order eggplant as I don’t know which variant is going to arrive but I’m striving to be adventurous so I gave it a try.

The sandwich looked a bit frightening when it arrived but this is definitely one where looks are deceiving.  The eggplant was not slimy, the charred onion added smoky flavor, and the harisa tahini was that perfect spicy that leaves a layer of tingle on the tongue but doesn’t make eating so painful one gives up in tears.

The sandwich came with a pickle!

The sandwich was surprisingly filling.  My friend and I occupied a corner of the restaurant for three hours and the sandwich didn’t leave me starving an hour after consuming it.  I could have added a side dish if I’d wanted and I look forward to trying the rosemary sweet potato mash when I visit again.  Side note: that sounds so good I may try them at home.  With a side dish and a beverage, I think this sandwich could have made a satisfying meal.

I tried my first kombucha at Mod Market.  I’ve had people recommend it to me before and know some hearty souls that ferment their own.  I’m adding more and more fermented foods into my diet but, while I purchased Fermented VegetablesI have yet to ferment anything at home much less try my own kombucha.  Part of me has been wary to try it and that wariness was completely without foundation.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.  The helpful waitress at Mod Market warned me not to shake the bottle; a useful tip as there’s sediment on the bottom and I may have shaken it without thinking.

Kombucha is naturally effervescent.  This appeals to me because I have a weird allergy I’ve never been able to pin down but drinking anything with a citrus flavoring makes my lips swell; which can be fun until my throat closes as well.  This being so, I avoid all sodas and fizzy drinks unless I make them myself with plain soda water.  With the kombucha, I was able to enjoy the fizz without the near death experience.  And, all those healthy probiotics made me feel quite virtuous.

kombucha (2)

Catching up with my friend was the highlight of the evening and I thank her for suggesting somewhere my vegan self could eat.  I don’t eat in Greenwood Village much but Mod Market is now one of my go-to places whenever I find myself frequenting the area.




The Go-To Restaurant

My family seems to find go-to restaurants on the trips we take together.  As none of my family are vegan, the places don’t always have a great deal of vegan options but there’s always something and the staff at these places bend over backwards to help me out.  The go-to restaurant on our Utah trip was Denny’s.  On our Nebraska trip, it was Perkins.

I used to frequent Perkins a great deal when I was in high school.  I remember meeting there with my thespian friends and indulging in Perkins’ baked goods.  I don’t indulge in the baked goods anymore.  Instead, I scour the menu looking for something that doesn’t contain eggs, meat, or dairy.

I didn’t find many but Perkins does serve oatmeal (made with water-I asked) for breakfast and the side menu is fairly extensive.  I had the oatmeal at the Perkins in North Platte: our waiter was willing to leave off the milk and the raisins and brown sugar were served on the side so I could decide how sweet I wanted my breakfast: something I appreciate.

Our next meal at Perkins was dinner in Kearney, NE.  It had been a long drive, we were tired, and our waiter was so nice.  Dr. McDougall would be thrilled with my meal: I ordered the baked potato plain-no butter-the steamed broccoli, and fresh fruit.  I reiterated no butter on the broccoli and and everything arrived butter-less.  The jacket of the potato didn’t look or taste like it had been buttered during the baking process.  I cut the potato into chucks, scooped my broccoli over the top, and added salt and pepper.  It sounds dry but it wasn’t.  The steamed broccoli was still a bit crisp and wonderfully flavorful.  The fresh fruit was a dish of  (a) grape, cantaloupe, and honeydew melon: a sweet finish to my meal.

Don’t let its looks fool you-it’s tasty.

It’s an odd thing to not add a bean or other vegan “protein” to a meal.  It’s taken me years to be comfortable with the thought that all plants contain protein and that a meal of nothing but vegetables can be both filling and nutritious.  This meal was completely filling and yet not heavy.  I was comfortable but not stuffed when I went to bed.  My experience was so pleasant, I didn’t quibble when my Mother suggested Perkins for breakfast the next morning.

The next morning was Valentine’s Day and Perkins was PACKED.  No worries.  I was prepared.  I had a couple packets of peanut butter (a staple in my vegan survival kits) and planned to order dry toast and the oatmeal.  That is, until the waitress told me they were out of oatmeal.  Did I panic?  I think not.  I had my peanut butter, after all.  But then, my mother suggested I go to the car and get a packet of the instant oatmeal I’d purchased before beginning the road trip.  I felt a little weird about bringing an entire breakfast in for myself but the waitress said if I wanted to go get a packet, she’d be happy to prepare it for me.

Talk about service!  I retrieved a packet of blueberry-chia-quinoa oatmeal and the waitress was true to her word.  She cooked it up and served it in one of Perkins’ square plates.  She even brought me raisins just in case I wanted them.  Did I?! I am ever so grateful to her for being so kind.

My trip to Nebraska was definitely an adventure.  I’m never sure what I’m going to find in restaurants food-wise but I always find the nicest, most accommodating staff.  My thanks to everyone I met during this quick trip and especially the staff at the Kearney Perkins.