First things first â€“ an amazing, veggie-packed lunch. I think Iâ€™m turning a corner on vegetables, by the way! I used to not be the biggest fan of veggies (yes, a vegetarian who didnâ€™t like vegetables!). The key was figuring out how I liked to prepare veggies (mostly roasted), finding some â€œnewâ€ veggies (like parsnips and Brussel sprouts), and actually BUYING the veggies. If itâ€™s in my fridge, Iâ€™ll eat it!
I had a whole wheat wrap with jarred artichokes, sundried tomatoes, sprouts, steamed asparagus, and hummus.
Plus, steamed Brussel sprouts and an orange from Angela:
As an afternoon snack, I had a Chobani Pineapple:
As mentioned, dinner was SO amazing. FoodBuzz hosts a special event called 24, 24, 24 every month, and my friends Ryan and Lindsey were selected to host a â€œWorld Tour of Vegan Eatsâ€ for a group of about twenty people.
Can you believe these amazing chefs served everyone 7 courses?!
The Husband and I made a serious effort to try a little bit of everything, and we both ended up STUFFED. I also drank a beer while I munched.
The first course was from Italy. We had bruchestta with tomato, white kidney beans, and balsamic vinaigrette.
I had one bruchestta.
Second course was from France. It was a delicious mixed green salad with potato, green beans, and olives.
Third course was from Africa. It was a peanut sweet potato soup. I must try to recreate it at home!
At this point, the Husband muttered, â€œOHMIGOD, VEGAN FOOD IS SOOOO GOOD.â€ 🙂
Fourth course was a palette cleanser. It was a mint sorbet.
Fifth course was from Mexico. We each had corn-wrapped tamales stuffed with black beans, corn, and verde salsa.
Sixth course was from Jamaica. We had jerk-flavored seitan with dehydrated plantain chips.
I just tasted the seitan and had a bunch of plantain chips. The seitan tasted a little too much like meat for me!
And the SEVENTH course was raw smores with coconut milk â€œmarshmellowsâ€, dehydrated graham crackers, and cocoa and agave chocolate syrups.
All that vegan food was so amazing, delicious, and satisfying. It felt like I was eating at a real restaurant!
Hanging out with everyone was so fun! It was such a great coincidence that Angela was in town for this amazing party.
Mine says â€œWill run for beerâ€ (so true) and the Husbandâ€™s says â€œEndurance.â€ Haha. I canâ€™t wait to wear it under my helmet when I go biking tomorrow! I think it will wick away all the sweat and keep me from getting that awkward red helmet imprint.
Whew! What a night. We had so much fun. Thanks Ryan, Lindsey, and Foodbuzz for an incredible meal!
Last, but not least, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO KATY!
Currently, Angela and I are sitting on the couch, side by side and blogging. <3 Aww.
Angela and Eric are leaving early in the morning, and then I have a 40 mile bike ride! We better get to bed!