>> Sunday, July 29, 2012
For breakfast we landed at Eats. In addition to coffee and tea, we had a plate of their tofu scramble with spinach, cauliflower, and home fries with roasted garlic. It was really the only vegan meal on the menu but it was really yummy so we didn't mind.
For dinner we had another one of my favorite meals at Enjoy Vegetarian Restaurant. Which is a pretty good name for a vegetarian restaurant if you think about it.
The Chinese menu offered more faux meats than I was even prepared for... including, but not limited to, prawns and sea slugs??? While I can't vouch for the freshness of the sea slugs, I wouldn't let the exotic "meats" turn you off, because every dish we ate was awesome. The portions were also big and great for sharing!
We feasted on the Golden Basket with fried "chick'n" nuggets, green beans, mushrooms, eggplant and broccoli with a sweet and sour dressing.
Sweet and Sour Chicken
We also ordered these crazy noodles that I think were called "E-Mein". They came with enoki mushrooms and managed to be one of the best dishes I've tired while here.
Day four started out GREAT with a cup of genmaicha tea and an artichoke and spinach focaccia from Arizmendi Bakery in Inner Sunset. They always have at least a few vegan baked goods.
One of the highlights of my trip was seeing the Pacific ocean. The beaches were totally unlike the Florida beaches I'm used to. Muir beach was particularly gorgeous.
In Mill Valley we had some mixed veggie burritos at Grilly's. It hit the spot but wasn't anything too exciting.
Then we tried some vegan frozen yogurt from Swirl. Apparently, they always have at least one non-dairy flavor. It ended up tasting more like a sorbet, but the toppings bar was what really made it. Check out that mochi!
Then we had pad thai and black rice pudding with coconut cream at Thep Lela Thai in Tiburon. Both were really awesome.
Day five was our big Muir Woods redwood hike so we skipped breakfast and picked up sandwiches from Ike's Place. They have a ton of vegan sandwhich options. I opted for the "Vegan Pilgrim" which had tofurky, cranberry sauce, sriracha, and vegan cheese while Lindsey had the "Vegan Reuben" with an awesome poppy seed slaw and dressing.
We were in Oakland on our way to a concert and were looking for a quick bite so we dropped into Tamarindo. Originally, we didn't think we'd be able to eat much but our server was very knowledgeable and told us everything they could modify for us. All in all, the plates were small and pricy, so based on that, I wouldn't say it was totally worth it.
We had the guacamole (which was great)...
and the roasted veggies with tamarind sauce (which was so/so)
The masa with cactus (also great. Who knew cactus was so delicious!?) with a side of plantains (weirdly enough, these were not so great and were very dry)...
Believe it or not, I have one final post in the works. We ate a lot.
I'll leave you with some beautiful muir woods shots from our hike...