Tre Pupazzi or the Three Puppets is close to the top of my favorite Roman restaurants. It was a big deal when I learned we were planning on going there. I had very fond memories of my food. And for some reason I also remembered the decor, which hadn't changed.
OK, after breakfast being the most important part of your eating in Italy comes Gelato. Truly, you only need to survive on gelato in Italy. There's nothing like it anywhere else in the world. It's ice cream, only better. There's a variety of flavors that you aren't likely to find even at Baskin Robbins.
One day during our visit to New York City, Paul's mom joined us for a stroll around town. After tootling around town, we stopped to eat. We chose Soho Park, if I remember correctly, because it didn't look too expensive, didn't have too long of a line, and had vegetarian options on the menu. Actually, there were four vegetarian sandwiches on the menu. And I believe without cheese, the burgers are vegan.
We were freshly landed in New York, and it didn't take long for us to be getting really hungry. Paul's dad took us to a fabulous restaurant he had just discovered a few days before. Bread & Olive. I don't know how both of my in-laws have this sense in quality restaurants, but this one was completely fabulous.
About a year ago, I posted a story about the fabulous selection of fun prepared foods on the hot and cold bars at the Whole Foods Columbus Circle. Well, Paul and I went back there because we needed some fast, good food. We ran out of time for a great sit-down lunch because we had been too busy being tourists and needed to get to the airport.
Notice I didn't say "Last Visit"? Perhaps it was my last visit for our overnight trip, but I hope I will never have a "last visit" to Moosewood Restaurant. Did I mention this place is in Ithaca New York? Do you know how far away our little house in Orlando is from upstate New York? I can dream, can't I?
I had a two-fold reason for visiting Hoover's Essential Health, previously Economy Foods. I was looking for a cheaper grocery store in general, one that offered a larger variety of gluten- and dairy-free products given that more and more we're finding friends and family with such allergies. By visiting their website, I learned about their bakery and their deli for lunch. So then, I knew I just had to go so I could review dining there, too.
Peacefood Cafe was recommended to us by Leigh at Marvelous Kiddo. She certainly has good taste! We loved our experience at the restaurant. It was amazing that there was always a line for a table during our entire lunch. Maybe that doesn't mean much in crowded New York City. Still, I've always maintained the belief that people being willing to wait for a table is a good thing.
My unplanned last full week at work, a new Jimmy John's about a mile from one of our offices brought us free samples of their subs. Jennifer, our front desk queen, remembered that I was a vegetarian and selected a sample for me. When I was done with patients, I trekked on back to our kitchenette, and despite the depressing looks of the sandwich, pregnancy had me hungry enough to taste it anyway.
Still catching up on posts from two months ago. Here's a picture of some divine looking juice at a grocery store in Chelsea Market in Manhattan, New York. We almost picked some up, but it wasn't pasteurized, and I was a bit nervous drinking it during pregnancy. It really did look tempting. I would invite someone to try it and tell us what they think. Just watch out for the expiration date. Look for the freshest dates. Watch because the juice expires quicker without pasteurization.
If you're in town on November 22 and are looking for people who feel as strongly about their vegan food as you do, take a look at this scheduled event for the day. It's called Thanksvegan, which is a clever name for a luncheon and games for the children focusing on being compassionate toward animals during a season that is often focused on gluttony and turkey or ham.
The following are some vegan or easy-to-make-vegan recipes that you might want to bring to share.
While out with my mom one Friday, we stopped at a bookstore and ran into our pastor's wife. She asked us if we wanted to join her for lunch and recommended a health-food store like Whole Foods called Chamberlin's. I'd never been there before, but I once heard a patient rave about their yogurt. I was excited to give it a shot, but was saddened to learn that they no longer offered frozen yogurt.
Miami is a tough place to survive in. You have to pay (often a lot) for parking. And generally in one way or another, you have to pay to use a restroom. Such situations put a pregnant woman in a predicament. For the latter reason, when we came across Portofino Gelato with a sign on the door that facilities were for patrons only, I wasn't sorry that Paul was happy to have a snack of gelato. I took snacked, too, but only after I used the facilities.
While walking down Las Olas Blvd. in Ft. Lauderdale looking for a reasonable place to partake of lunch, we happened on a flag outside a chocolate shop advertising Gelato. We walked in and reviewed the case of about 20 flavors. The proprietor had an accent and an inviting smile. He was helping someone else when we entered, which gave me time to take a look at the chocolate selection. Even on sale, they were out of my price range, but the packaging was well done and the flavors sounded yummy.
We've only ever eaten at an In-N-Out Burgers twice on our visits to California. In fact, many years ago I spent a summer in southern California and never laid eyes on an In-N-Out. So, I'm not exactly sure in what regions they are located, but it's a chain with branches even in Arizona. The restaurant offered a map for people traveling by car this summer to locate restaurants along the way. It would have been fun to get one, but I am learning to be more concerned about the environment and not so wasteful.
We went to Big Louie's Pizzeria on recommendation and were happy for the edible meal because the beach had made us hungry. We had passed up a number of restaurants with tempting menus on Las Olas Blvd.--including one or two that were Zagat rated. However, they did seem rather expensive. Too late, we learned that most restaurants had the same range of prices. Perhaps we would have reconsidered Noodles or Mancini's had we known. But, that's life.
A couple weeks ago, the office ordered lunch for us courtesy of a patient because our nurse practitioner, Shani, is moving away. That's a story in and of itself cause we've bonded so much, and I'll miss her terribly. Anyway, not realizing feta is considered a "soft" cheese and is off my diet, the girls were quite proud that they had ordered this delicious looking Pacific Veggie pizza for myself and Shani (who is a pescatarian). Also, not realizing that the pizza had feta on it, I dove in because it looked so fabulous.
After my first ultrasound, we headed over to Park Ave. in Winter Park for a lunch. I knew immediately I wanted Powerhouse Cafe. On a hot midday in the scorching Orlando summer, I wanted the coolness of a cold sandwich and a smoothie. Not to mention, frozen fruit in general makes me very happy right now.
I believe I have made it clear that with summer in full swing and my eating habits far from their best, I'm really enjoying cold and fruit. Preferably mixed. So, yesterday when it was near a snack time and we were still at the RDV getting a little bit of workout (not much more cause it was a "sick day"), we stopped at the Nature's Table Cafe upstairs to pick up a fruit smoothie. There are a number of dairy-free drinks that are nothing but frozen fruit and a mixture of 10 fruit juices. I chose number 8, something about berries (naturally) and really enjoyed it.