Saturday, June 28, 2008

Laughing Seed


This place is deeeeelicious! But sorry, folks, it's in Asheville.
They have a wonderful vegan and vegetarian menu and it's tasty and creative.
On our first visit there, I had a warm, full burrito accompanied by a zesty salad. Ray ordered the Baja Burn pizza, and well, he got burned. There was some miscommunication between him and the friendly, yet aloof, server. When he ordered it, she said, "it's kinda hot." Of course, he interpreted it as "sorta" hot, but thinking about it psycholinguistically, I realized she meant that it's really hot, but didn't want to seem as if she was underestimating his ability to handle hot food. Well, his lips turned red and swelled. It burned! (Otherwise, he said it was a good mix of flavor.) He was disappointed that the server didn't have clearer communication.
On our second trip, Ray got an Asian Fusion salad and I got the Laughing Seed salad topped with grilled tofu. I shared some Salsa Verde gazpacho with Leslie (who was with us) and that was my fave. It's so perky. Just smelling it gave me a smile.
One of the great things about eating at this restaurant, besides the fact that the food and crayons are good for the kids, is that when I come home, I feel so motivated with my cooking. I went to the YODFM and bought way more vegetables than I should have. But I was feeling good...
I made a salad that maybe Dan would be interested in. Billy had some and he said it was good...but that could mean alot of things. :)
I made a dressing of mayonnaise, avocado, lemon, and cilantro. I grilled cubes of extra firm tofu, lightly braised with oil and sprinkled with the Tony Chechere's (sp?) Creole seasoning and added it to the dressing. I chopped tomatoes and celery and added it to the mix. We had it with crackers. I loved the flavors and consistency, but it would be a hard sell for Ray because of the color. The avocado makes it green. If you can get past that, it's a nice way to have tofu.

Friday, June 27, 2008

I need more sleep...

I just asked Oliver what color my eyes are and he said "red."

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Madeleine L'Engle


"When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability ... To be alive is to be vulnerable."