As soon as I arrived back from San Francisco, I was hammered with questions about my trip. Since the whole reason for my California dreamin’ was the Foodbuzz Festival food blogger conference, the most common query was “What was the best thing you ate?” and I had to laugh every time.
^Well, except for when faced with Cowgirl Creamery cheesecake.
*I want to say “who could then become friends” but I thought that might take the cheese level a little too far. And right now, my stomach and I don’t do cheese.I don’t know how to explain it, but you walk in, sit down, and immediately feel like you are in a safe haven of food and happiness and you get a strong desire to eat clean and be a vegan forever. I’m pretty sure by the time I left I was convinced I was going to open my own vegan restaurant where we could all dine in peace and harmony and hippie-like San Francisco compassion.
Negotiating the menu was a challenge, as everything is immediately appealing. Smoothies and juices and both raw and cooked soups, salads, entrees, and desserts…all of which are named with a positive affirmation of self.*
*When they serve you your meal, they say, “You are _______” which makes the whole thing a boost for your spirit, as well as happiness for your stomach.
I declared Christin “the winner” right away, with her “I Am Rejuvenated” juice of wheatgrass, apple, lemon, and ginger, and the “I Am Adventurous” raw soup of the day: a coconut curry that totally enlivened my tastebuds and made me want to run out and start hacking baby coconuts off of non-existent-in-Texas palm trees as soon as the cookbook arrived at my door.
It was a good thing both items were cold, because they were so beautiful and color-coordinated that I had to take twelve or more photos before I’d allow Christin to eat. [Please note, this was not my order. Apparently that morning “I [was] Demanding.]Lori and Christin both ordered “I Am Whole,” a rice and/or quinoa bowl covered in sea veggies, kale, and house-made kimchee…all smothered in tahini-garlic sauce.Again, the food was too beautiful not to photograph a thousand and one times. I had aimed to taste their dishes, but mine was so satisfying I forgot. After much debated, I had settled on “I am Fortified,” a slight variation from the above, featuring a similar quinoa-and-brown-rice blend……but covered in garden veggies (broccoli, carrots, bell peppers, zucchini), and with my tahini-garlic sauce on the side.*
*I can’t help it. I just have ‘a thing’ about needing it on the side! Must be an “I am In Control” issue.When you are seated, the server asks if you’d like to hear the question of the day. The Sunday, it happened to be, “Of what do you have in abundance?” My first thought? Joy.*
–or afternoon or evening…or even Monday, if that’s when you read this)—
What are YOU grateful for?