Saturday, July 9, 2011

Vegetarians Travel Too

We’ve been fortunate to be able to do some traveling in the past couple of years. While we love traveling, there is always the dilemma of where to eat. As vegetarians, that is always an issue. We seek out Indian places and other veg-friendly cuisines. The issue is that we are always stuck with the same thing, or worst yet the one vegetarian dish on the menu, usually some uninspired grilled vegetable dish.

Fortunately, we have been able to find some pretty awesome places that cater to vegetarians or vegans, so we can enjoy ordering pretty much anything in the menu. Here is a small list in order of my favorites:

  1. Café Flora, 2901 E Madison St., Seattle, WA. Aside from the inherent coolness of Seattle, this would be reason I’d consider living there. The food here is amazing. I recommend anything and everything.
  2. Greens Restaurant, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA. This is the fanciest most gourmet vegetarian restaurant, I have ever seen. Not only is it a class above vegetarian restaurants, but I’d consider it one of the best restaurants I have ever been to. By the way, I have been to America’s best restaurant, Per Se in NYC, so I think I know what I’m talking about. I recommend it all here too.
  3. Ethos Vegan Kitchen, 1235 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL. The simple dishes, organic beer and the always cool clientele, from hip-hop hipsters to hippies, make this place our favorite place to hang out in Orlando. I recommend the Vegan Philly Cheesesteak.
  4. Atlas Café, 73 2nd Avenue (Between 4th & 5th Street) New York, NY. This Lower East side place has a huge menu. Even carnivores can eat here, which almost disqualified it from the list. However, my punk vegetarian brethren that frequent this place, along with the Lower East Side hipsters, overcome that small flaw in the menu. Don’t expect gourmet; this is veg sandwich heaven. I recommend the vegan chocolate cake.
  5. Candle Café, 1307 3rd Avenue (Between 74th & 75th Street) New York, NY. I know this place has a sister restaurant Candle 79, that is supposed to be it’s fancier version. I have read lots about both, but have only had delivery from this one. I can’t vouch for décor, location or anything of thee sort. All I know is that their delivery is fast and the food is awesome. I will check out both, I promise. I loved their spring rolls.
  6. Grasshopper Vegan, 1 N Beacon St, Allston, MA. Technically this is not one of our traveling finds. However, given that Boston has nearly no vegan places, I have to list it here. There is one reason above all to visit this vegan Chinese restaurant, the No Name. I can’t describe this gooey, crispy, decadent-for-sure concoction of vegan protein, so you’ll have to visit us and try it yourself.
  7. Maos Vegetarian, 1817 M Street Northwest, Washington D.C. Carnivores can keep all their BK Lounges, McDonald’s and whatevers, but we’ll take Maos. It is vegetarian fast food with locations in several cities around Western Europe and North America. We have visited the DC location and nearly visited the one in NYC. Their falafel is fantastic.
  8. Dharma Kitchen, 3667 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6R 2B8, Canada. This place has fantastic food. We didn’t like the stuck-up Buddhist waiter and the décor made me think of a Buddhist monastery. Those are not bad things at all, but they seemed rather heavy handed. Regardless, the Dharma Dude, that’s a dish, was pretty yummy.

Do you know of any vegan/vegetarian places we should check out? We’ll be venturing over the pond soonish, so anything in Western Europe or the UK would be appreciated.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Scandinavian Movies, Tattoos and Girls Named Noomi

I'm a sucker for girls with tattoos *cut to my lovely Mandy* and for girls in punk gear (I still think of Trini Alvarado and Robin Johnson in Times Square, back in the day) so it was no surprise that I thought The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was awesome.

I liked the somber, appropriately lit scenes with a building story line that was thrilling. It's supposed to be a thriller, after all. I thought Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist were excellent. It was so Scandinavian.

I was excited to see the other two movies that make up the Millennium trilogy. I wanted to like them so much, but they are just terrible and it had nothing to do with Noomi or Michael.

It seems that they switched directors for the last two, This new hack thought he was doing Die Hard sequels or something. Clearly, he wants to move to Hollywood.

I wonder what David Fincher will do with the actual Hollywood version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Mandy is excited. I'm just waiting to see Noomi on the next Sherlock Holmes movie. In the meantime, I'm up for a trip to Ikea.

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