I don't know what's in the air. G's baking bread and I'm eating out. I suppose part of it is still the excitement from Let Us Eat Local and seeing how well other (actually trained) chefs can make food, and partially out of being cheap.
Groupon had an offer for $54 worth of food for $19 at a local all-vegan restaurant, V-Spot, so I jumped on it. For the Groupon deal we had a limited menu but were still able to pick some tasty looking things. The meal was for two appetizers and two entrees. We went with raw nori rolls and two empanadas for the appetizer. I was especially excited for the raw nori rolls, which were filled with a ginger-almond pate, carrots and cucumber:
This is the one and only photo I took before I got self-conscious and frustrated with the lighting. They were tasty little nuggets. G also really liked the empanadas. I had half of one, but really couldn't deal with the oil. I think a lot of people must be fans, though, because I see V-Spot at veg events a lot and there is always a long line to get the empanadas. These were filled with carrots, corn, seitan, and some other things.
For the entrees, G went with Bandeja Paisa - a "Columbian variety plate" with seitan, vegan chorizo, brown rice, black beans, avocado, plantain, and an arepa with queso (I believe it's Daiya). My meal was quinoa with coconut-curried kale, chickpeas, and tofu. Although the restaurant serves mostly Latin-American inspired food, this was a lot like an Indian chickpea-paneer dish, with the super-firm tofu acting as paneer. This was really tasty. The chickpeas were cooked well and no one flavor was too overwhelming. The quinoa was crunchy and slightly sweet.
Unfortunately, neither of us could take more than a few bites of the entree, not being used to even a two-course meal, haha. I had the leftovers today for lunch:
I added the raw broccoli on the side, heh.
Since it's rare that G and I go out together (though it's becoming less so, I suppose), we allowed the restaurant experience to include dessert. There's always room for that, right? We picked a slice of pumpkin cheesecake to share, which was great. Very firm. I don't know that I'd ever be able to recreate it. Not too pumpkin-y, but nicely spiced. We tipped well (I should mention the place was poppin' and our server was very patient and kind) and walked to the train, to get some digestion going. The walk may have been punctuated with a rest stop at a bar for a beer. I got Southern Tier Pumpking and G got a Weihenstephaner Kolsch. The Pumpking was so good! It was sweet and spicy.
Anyway, I would call the night a success. We almost went to go see Moneyball but we need an excuse to go out again.