Day two of our little mini vaca was quite fun! Before I get to that, though, let me finish off day one.
As anticipated, we hit up Whole Foods for lunch. This picture is actually from day two/Whole Foods trip numero dos. I got pretty much the same thing both days, though. Hey, when you don’t have a Whole Foods within an hour radius of where you live, you gotta take advantage of it!
I had a salad with onions, peas, corn, artichoke hearts, cauliflower, mushrooms, grated beets, grated carrots and hummus. On the side I had a delicious raw kale salad, a zucchini salad, and cappelinni with a lemon marinade and tomotoes. So, so good!!!!
Saturday night Jon took me to our hotel – Aloft. It’s a lower scale version of the W hotel, which we only dream of staying at! Aloft was really nice, though, and we loved having a night away! We only stayed there one night, and we stayed with my sister the other nights. Sunday morning we slept in of course, then got up and went on a hunt for our camera. We ended up finding a really great deal at Best Buy. We decided on the Canon Rebel xsi. We love it! I am now obsessed with it, and I carry it everywhere I go;) I think Olive is getting a little jealous. We also did some fun shopping at Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters and Crate and Barrel.
Warning: there may be some really random pics coming up on the blog because I tend to take a picture of everything I see!
Later that day we met up with my sister and spent some time at Ikea. We got a few odds and ends. Once we get them up around the house I’ll post some pictures. I snacked on a Cliff bar on the way to Ikea. You definitely don’t want to get caught in the middle of Ikea hungry.
After galavanting around Ikea for about 2 hours, we headed out for dinner. My sister knew of a vegetarian/vegan restaurant that she wanted to take me to. She had never been there, but a couple of her friends had and they said it was great. It was supposedly in a Hindu temple, but that was all we knew.
Unfortunately, we were not impressed with the look of the buffet. I know a lot of people LOVE Indian food, but I am not a fan, and there was a high percentage of Indian dishes. It was definitely a very cultural experience, but we opted out of eating there and decided to hit up a different vegetarian restaurant called Cosmic Cafe that she had taken us to before, but not before I snapped some shots of the temple.
Cosmic Cafe is so quirky, and they have a great menu. I wish I would have taken a picture. We started off with the hummus because it is to die for! It comes with warm nan for dipping.
I ordered the “Pizza Mystica,” which consisted of black bean burger crumbled on top of nan with a tomoato sauce, mushrooms, spinach, onions, and some other veggies. I asked for them to hold the cheese. This pizza was excellent, and I totally want to reinvent it at home!
My sis and Jon both ordered the veggie tacos. I had a few bites of course. They were awesome as well! The black beans that came with them were a little undercooked, but the white rice was awesome! It had some sort of flavoring on it that I couldn’t quite place.
Throughout our entire dinner I was facing a menu board that was advertising vegan cakes – chocolate, hazlenut chocolate and vanilla chai. So, naturally, by the time I finished eating I convinced Jon and Cristen to share a slice with me. We ate about half this slice, then I finished the other half off for breakfast the next morning. Hey, it’s vacation, right?!
I kind of felt like the blueberries and green sprinkles were a little random, but I wasn’t about to complain! ha!
Here are a few shots of the restaurant. This place is so fun; I can’t wait to go back!
After dinner we headed back to Cristen’s apartment. It was pretty late, and we were all exhausted! Besides, the babies were waiting for us after having been locked up for several hours.
That’s all for day two! Stay tuned for day three tomorrow. Day three was kind of a half day because we had to get back to my hometown by evening, which is about a 3 1/2 hour drive. Sorry this post is SO long, I think I definitely set a record for number of pics. I am loving my new camera, though. I just need to figure out how to use it!
I’m off to make some spinach enchiladas with green verde sauce. We aren’t necessarily celebrating St. Patrick’s day, but I guess it kind of works out! Hope you all are having a great day!
I’ll also be working on a post to sum up the 20 day challenge. I’ll have that up asap. Let’s just say it did not go as planned, but I’ll go into more detail later:)