Monday, February 8, 2010
One of these days (hopefully very soon), I will tell you about the whole foods cleanse that I worked on throughout the month of January. In the meantime, I had a wonderful dinner-and-a-movie night with one of my most fantastic friends last night (you may recall that I previously gave him producer credit for our visit to Swingers and he certainly deserves another producer credit for this current evening in question). We saw Crazy Heart (go see it!) and then headed to BoHo without knowing if there would be any vegan options on the menu.
When faced with a seemingly vegan-unfriendly menu, my rule of thumb is to ask the server if there are any veganizable dishes. Our friendly and knowledgeable server pointed out that many of the vegetable sides could easily be made vegan and I quite happily chose the Baked Cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts, both of which were delicious!
The cauliflower was cooked until tender and was subtly flavored with garlic. The Brussels sprouts were really special. They were baked with thin slices of Meyer lemon with the peel intact. Since Meyer lemons are a little sweeter than the average lemon, I ate them, peel and all, with the Brussels. The result was tangy and fresh, something that I will certainly attempt at home.
By coincidence, around the time that our food arrived at the table, a couple was seated next to us. The first thing I heard the woman say was, "Is there anything vegan on the menu?" Fortunately for our server, he had my meal to use as a guideline and maybe having two vegans in a row will encourage the chef to add some vegan appetizers, entrees, and desserts to the menu. As it was, though, I had an excellent meal with even better company.