How was your Monday? Mine was fun! I had a lunch with my vegan friends Hillary, Adrienne and Elena. We went to Sevananda Natural Foods Market. Sevananda is a really cool co-op that tries to empower the community to improve its health and well-being. They do not sell any meat (including fowl and fish), with the exception of pet food. So it is basically a vegetarian/vegan grocery store. How cool is that? They even sell supplements, vitamins and herbs. It is like a smaller Whole Foods, but better in many ways. I love the fact that when I shop or eat there I do not have to smell any seafood or meat and that their hot bar does not have trays with dead animals swimming in gravy. To learn more about this awesome store, read Adrienne's blog post.
Hillary got an assortment of Thai foods from their hot bar, Elena had a sandwich with fake chicken salad and me and Adrienne shared some tasty vegan Mac & Cheese and vegan crabcakes "crabfakes" with tartar sauce. The Mac & Cheese was great as always and the crabcakes were so yummy I had to buy some for my husband for later. By the way, the food at the deli is very affordable, especially their baked goods.
After the lunch I spent the rest of the afternoon at Adrienne's house chitchating over a cup of Teeccino coffee and a decadent Carob cake (with vanilla icing) from Sevananda. The cake was sooooo good! I will have to buy more next time I am there. Adrienne has two precious kitties. Her kitties are so beautiful and sweet, I was hoping that one would jump into my bag and I could take her home :-)
When I got home I made vegan chili with fire-roasted tomatoes for dinner which was a great success because my husband asked for seconds and thirds :-)
Here is just a fraction of Sevananda's vegan options from their deli and a hot bar
Vegan cupcakes for $1 a piece? That's a pretty good deal!
Next time I am getting this vegan Cinnamon Roll