A Fresh Dille

better leftovers.

Posted in FOOD, MAGAZINES by clairedille on May 1, 2010

After a long day at work yesterday, I knew that cooking was not going to be in the plans for the night. We headed out for a late dinner at the vegetarian restaurant, Inn Season, because a certain someone was craving their delicious and creative pizza. The last meal I ate there was to celebrate my birthday with my mother and boyfriend and they were both just as in love as I was. It has a different feel than my all time favorite New York vegan spot, Candle Cafe. It has a more hippie type decor and the food ranges from refreshing juices and salads to comfort fare like chili and pizza. It opened in 1981 and was the first vegetarian restaurant in Michigan, with an emphasis on the freshest organic, seasonal, and locally grown ingredients. Forgetting my camera didn’t seem to matter when the freshly baked flatbread and red pepper hummus came to the table. We devoured it within minutes and the bread was wheaty and fluffy with a tiny touch of sweetness, just how I like it. For my entrée, I went with a simple veggie filled stir fry with a shiitake miso sauce on the side. V (my date) went with the Bistro pizza, the same dish my mother had ordered on my birthday. It is served on the tuscan crust using roasted garlic, fennel, organic whole corn meal and organic wheat flour, topped with sun-dried tomatoes, capers, garlic, caramelized onion, garlic roasted walnuts, tomato sauce and cheese or soy cheese. I love that this restaurant adapts all meals to your diet, whether you are vegan or not. I don’t know about you, but when I eat at a vegetarian place, I always wonder about the percentage of omnis vs veggies. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was half and half because the food is so delicious, I know anyone would enjoy. We went home with happy full bellies and had to skip the decadent desserts but promised to get lighter meals next time so that we can fit in a tasty treat.

Here are some shots of our leftovers for today. Although they might not look that grand, we both felt they were just as good cold for lunch.

I may have eaten the majority of the vegetables last night, leaving cups of tamari shiitake brown rice. I didn’t mind.

I just baked some Veganomicon Banana Bread muffins with vegan chocolate chips for my parents arrival from Barcelona. I’ve made this bread before and it is the best banana bread I have had to date. Kylie posted the recipe on her blog with some beautiful photographs as well. Check it out here if you do not have the cookbook.

Sorry, I realize this post is a little food porn heavy but isn’t that what the weekend is for?

Other things:

Do you read the edible publication in your area? I just found our local edible magazine at the restaurant last night and was unaware we had one in this state. Previously, I have read edible martha’s vineyard and edible manhattan. They are a great resource and some communities have lots of content on their site as well. Search for yours here.

Are you addicted to tastespotting yet? Now you are…

What are your weekend plans? The first farmer’s market in my parent’s town opens tomorrow morning. I can’t wait to get some local goodies!