What I Ate (Meeting the Parents)

by Sarah on April 23, 2014 · 11 comments

“Are you nervous?” the Professor asked, over the dinner of veggie burgers and sweet potatoes I forced encouraged him to eat last week.

“About if you like my veggie burgers?”

“No..about meeting my parents.”WIAWmeetparents

Ah, yes, Jenn and all you members of the What I Ate Wednesday ‘inner circle,’* the whole meet the parents weekend has past, and it was–of course–not without its delicious food moments.

*Hopefully you’ve actually seen the movie and get this allusion…IMG_7211 (1024x571)

In exchange for a small jar of Chocolate Cherry Chia GranolaI had to bring a food gift to the parental pair who self-reportedly ‘stalk’ my blog–I left Happy Hour at Black Warrior Brewery with a slice of (the Professor’s favorite) Mellow Mushroom Kosmic Karma pizza.

IMG_20140419_153248After spending Saturday at a baby shower and attempting to plan a 200-person lecture, I joined the Professor and his parents at Epiphany Cafe, a place I’m starting to feel like I know well.IMG_20140419_211511

Much debate resulted in me placing an order, retracting an order, and convincing others to order everything I originally had intended to get. Luckily my hay-smoked (?) seared Viking sea scallops with smoked trout were delicious–even if only one-fourth of the turnips were roasted fully.IMG_20140419_202613_075 (1024x575)

Lemon Ginger Creme Brulee (heavy on the lemon, lacking on the ginger) and Chocolate Espresso Mousse Cake w. beet foam and pistachio cream were quickly consumed. [I’m still not sure how I feel about the beets, but the pistachio cream and chocolate crumble were perfect!]IMG_20140419_211736

While I was stocking up at local farm eggs and rutabagas at the farmers market on Saturday morning…IMG_20140419_081655

….the Professor and his parents were stocking up on tomatoes and local lettuces.IMG_20140420_174415_703 (1024x577)

The salads were tasty and fresh, but the olive oil, herb, and Parmesan grilled tomatoes were simply divine.IMG_20140420_174418_228 (1024x577)

Our al fresco Easter dinner was pretty typical for me and the Professor:IMG_20140420_174420_746 (1024x577)

grilled Mahi (pork for the others) and smoked sweet potatoes washed down with some Italian wine.IMG_20140420_193109

Clearly you can’t have Easter without chocolate.

Well, and Jesus.

But also chocolate.IMG_20140420_202340

It seems fitting to end the way we started…with Mellow Mushroom pizza.IMG_20140422_195904_922

This time there was trivia, and a free small pizza coupon involved, which meant I finally achieved my plan for world domination of covertly ordering the pizza with tofu on it. :) Mega Veggie….mega delicious.IMG_20140422_201250

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Liz @ I Heart Vegetables April 23, 2014 at 7:43 am

Awww how fun!!! Meeting parents can be a scary thing, but I’m sure they loved you :) Now you’ve got me craving Mellow Mushroom, Sarah!


Emily April 23, 2014 at 8:36 am

Gahhh, I love Mellow Mushroom and now I want some.


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table April 23, 2014 at 9:18 am

Now all I want I pizza. I used to work there in college… you’d think I’d be over it.

Glad the parental meeting went well! How could any meeting not be good with that spread? 😉


Melissa @ Treats With a Twist April 23, 2014 at 10:21 am

So here’s a terrible story for you. I’ve only had, like 1 bite EVER of mellow mushroom pizza. It was from my brother’s fridge, leftovers. But I’ve never been to one bc HIS girlfriend used to work at one and I’m not super fond of her so for some reason I just can’t separate the two, and thus have never been to a MM. There ya go.


Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl April 23, 2014 at 10:58 am

I ALWAYS hear such amazing things about Mellow Mushroom! I really need to get there and give it a try.


Tricia @ Saving room for dessert April 23, 2014 at 11:28 am

You make me smile – I know they loved you! Sounds like a fun weekend :)


Calee April 23, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Glad meeting the parents didn’t go like Meet the Parents did. I want to hear more about The Professor.

Also, can you do a find-and-replace for “The Professor” and replace with “Professor X”? That would rock.


Calee April 23, 2014 at 1:41 pm

PS I have to share my morbidly embarrassing Meet the Parents moment. I met the fan in 2009 when the BF graduated and I used the acronym (which I’m sure is now a word) “MILF”, to which his mom asked “What’s a MILF?” Ummm … still mortified.


Anne April 23, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Sounds delicious!

Local lettuce… we in the north are officially envoius…


Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets April 27, 2014 at 2:52 pm

I love those tomatoes.


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