I decided to start blogging to share with others that you can still be active, have an abundance of energy, and accomplish semi-lofty goals all while on a vegan diet. You'll read posts about running, food, activities, and more. Hope you enjoy and Happy Running!
Food = Energy
Sunday, February 9, 2014
I just want to post about an incredible weekend it has been. Yesterday was Val and I's 3rd anniversary and it was quite a day (and weekend).
While Val had to go into work for a few hours in the afternoon, I was able to get in a good 80 minute, 10 mile run. Wearing short running shorts on a 28-29 degree day definitely turned some heads throughout my route, but I didn't care; it felt great to get out there and wearing shorts is definitely the way I like to run.
When I picked up Val from work I surprised her with a gift certificate for 5 yoga classes to Sakula yoga studio in Metuchen where she's been to before and had a good experience. I figured I couldn't go wrong as she's been talking about yoga recently and her mom got her a new yoga mat for Christmas.
Then it was time for Goldie's.... (Pictures at the end of the post!)
Goldie's is a relatively new vegan restaurant in Asbury Park. It opened up in September right down the street from an awesome vegan lunch place: Twisted Tree Cafe which explains why we never heard about until a month ago when we were trying to plan where to celebrate our anniversary. What an amazing experience we had.
We've been to Blossom's in NY, Vedge in Philadelphia, Sprig & Vine in New Hope, PA, Elizabeth's Gone Raw in Washington, D.C., and out of all of these fancy shmancy (Sprig & Vine is much more casual, but still) places, Goldie's topped the list.
You would think three appetizers and our entrees would fill us up and it might have had it been non-vegan food. But the beauty of vegan eats (for Val and I) is that we get to eat more before we really begin to feel it! Given that, we decided to get two desserts to finish out the night. Or so we thought. After those two desserts...2 more. And just to satisfy our intense sweet tooth, we ordered our fifth dessert plate and the last dessert option on the menu! Yeah, we have a problem. You don't have to tell us!
Our eats & drinks:
Fried Hen-of-the-Woods mushrooms
Roasted brussel sprouts with an incredible apple butter spread on the side
Chickpea Socca (Val)
Truffle-marinated Tempeh (Me)
Desserts: TOO MUCH TO TYPE!! but here I go (in order)
Truffles (70% cocoa)
Olive oil cake w/ lemon almond ricotta and berry coulis (i.e. fancy culinary terms for "sauces" or "toppings")
Roasted Gala apples w/ an amazing hazelnut brittle and cinnamon rum cream to top it
And if that wasn't enough...
Chocolate cookies with a hazelnut butter and panna cotta (these were our favorite of the 5 and literally (almost) to die for!)
....and I guess I'll add the "Perfect" Manhattan to this list although it was wayyy too strong for either of us lightweights!
Most decadent chocolate truffles ever!
Olive oil cake
Val's chickpea socca (bottom) definitely beat out my tempeh dish
My Tangerine Mojito (left) and Val's Kale-Ginger margarita
And if all of that wasn't enough....today, after devouring Carob-covered Raisins for breakfast, we went to Val's best friend's house for lunch with her and her parents.
On the menu:
Val's famous homemade Black-bean Quinoa veggie burgers
Val's second set of parents and I. Claudia showing off Val's veggie burgers!
Thank you, Val for putting up with me for the past 3 years. It's been quite a ride and, God willing, we have countless years ahead of us!