Sunday, March 26, 2006

I'm back!

I returned last night from my little trip to Milwaukee and Chicago, and share the following "hilights" with you:

1. I created a 69-point word while playing Scrabble with my mom on Thursday night. ("Quartz" on a triple word score.) This 69-point word helped contribute to my total score of 303! I've never had a Scrabble score of over 300 before in my life! Wahoo!
2. My Dad put more transmission fluid in my truck, and it runs MUCH better now.
3. The food at my cousin's wedding was pretty good! (A miracle, if you ask me! Wedding food usually sucks.)
4. I hung out with some friends on Friday night, and we had a great time. I wish I could see Jess and Dan more often!

I also ate out three times: once, at a Mexican place that shall remain nameless because I can't remember what the place was called and the food was horrible, once at Heinemann's, which is always great, (I love their baked oatmeal, but this time I had a veggie omelette, which was nummy!) and once at Chin's Asia Fresh, which was tasty, too! (Chin's is very veggie friendly -- they offer brown rice as a choice with their stir-fries (!!!!), offer tofu as an opion, and their menu has clearly labeled vegetarian options. It's also fast, and reasonably priced!) I had the tofu and veggie stir fry with Thai Peanut sauce. Mmmmmm!

I've noticed, however, that when I travel I just don't eat as healthfully as when I do at home. Many places are becoming more vegetarian friendly, but it's still tough, I think, to find veggie food on the road. (Or more specifically, veggie food that's not cheese-dependant.) Especially in the land of beer, cheese, and bratwurst. Alas.


Flo @ Yielded Heart said...

I had to jump here and say hi when I learned that you're from the TC. I'm in Eagan:)

You mentioned in another post that you've lost weight. I'd love to hear your story! The same thing happened to me, and I just started cooking vegan last summer.

Say, do you have any vegan-friendly restaurant recommendation in the Mpls/uptown area?

Catherine Weber said...

Hey Kai!

That's awesome -- always great to meet another Twin Citizen. I've read your blog off and on, but haven't commented yet. I'll pop over there again soon!

Let's see . . . since I eat vegan at home but not necessarily when I'm out, I'm not sure about vegan options in Uptown. Galactic Pizza is veggie and vegan friendly, (they offer soy cheese -- although I don't know whether it contains casein,) and I think they'd be happy to make you a pizza without cheese at all! They source as many of their ingredients locally and organically as they can, and heck, their delivery folks dress up in homemade superhero costumes and drive a little electric car I've named "the Galactic Pizza Mobile." (Not very creative, but everyone knows what I'm talking about when I say that!) I also love the Uptown Diner, although I haven't investigated any vegan options there, yet. I truly don't eat out much . . . but if I discover someplace fabulous, I'll let you know!

OH, I mentioned Chin's Asia Fresh to one of my friends today, and she says we're getting one in . . . Bloomington? I'll verify and let you know!

I'll post about my weight loss -- it's too complicated to stuff into this comment!