My little secret for finding vegetarian options on the road: iPhone maps!
I just type â€œvegetarianâ€ into the search bar and BAM! I can usually find a great option within a few miles, although sometimes searching for â€œvegetarianâ€ pulls up chain restaurants that arenâ€™t truly the best vegetarian options (like Macaroni Grill or something). But more often than not, â€œvegetarianâ€ is a quick and painless way to find a veg-friendly (and very often gluten-free) joint. I always prefer to eat at locally owned businesses!
This I how I found Natural Way CafÃ© in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. The moment I walked in, I knew I was going to like it â€“ itâ€™s run by a Chinese family, and customers were calling the older lady â€œMamaâ€ and the man behind the cash register was asking about everyoneâ€™s kids, jobs, new houses. He knew right away that I was a newbie! Very cool.
Itâ€™s a half grocery store, half cafÃ©. Lots of odds and ends to look at.
Traditional Chinese medicine products packed the shelves. I always like to look at the medicine and products because of what the Husband does (he has his graduate degree in TCM), even though I donâ€™t really know what anything does. There were other foreign items too, like cookies, drinks, and other food stuffs.
The Natural Way CafÃ©â€™s menu was a little bit overwhelming. I liked how they used symbols to distinguish between vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. Lots of items on the menu were faux chicken or beef, which I am generally not a fan of (too much like the real thing for this veggie woman). I ended up choosing the GF dumplings (yum) and a fresh-pressed juice.
The juice was a combo of wheatgrass, celery, kale, green apple, and ginger. It was called the â€˜Liver Boost,â€™ and Iâ€™m pretty sure my liver is sparkling after that drink. Very healthy. Not so delicious.
Earlier, I spoke at Glen Rock Middle and High School. Heather, the schoolâ€™s guidance counselor, has been a loyal HTP reader since 2010 (!!) and helped bring me out. I was so excited to meet her â€“ sheâ€™s a really interesting person. We ended up having a far-deeper-than-youâ€™d-expect-first-conversation between the presentations about religion. She was easy to talk to.
The students were great â€“ of course! I spoke to the 7th and 8th graders and then to the 9th and 10th graders. A few juniors and seniors attended, too.
The last two days after been amazing, but such a whirlwind. Iâ€™m pretty pooped. However, my flight doesnâ€™t leave until 6:40 PM, so Iâ€™m going to kill some time. Maybe I can find a gym. A few people commented on my previous post that just because I canâ€™t find a spin class doesnâ€™t mean I canâ€™t ride a stationary bike at the gym. I guess youâ€™re right, but I just hate stationary bikes so much (too boring). Maybe Iâ€™ll go get a manicure, too!