Back over Thanksgiving, while I was home in Pittsburgh, my mom and I went down to the Carnegie Museum of Art and walked over to Phipps Conservatory for lunch. Their menu is very refreshing for a cultural institution. It can sometimes be hard to find something healthy and interesting to eat a museum or other such institution, since the restaurant/cafeteria isn't the focus of the institution's mission, plus they typically have you trapped inside since you paid to get in!
I shouldn't have been surprised that Phipps had such a great menu - if you're going to find a healthy and sustainable menu somewhere, a botanical garden and conservatory would be it! It's great to see to see its spirit of conservatism extend into it's food offerings. Check out the great menu below! So many veggie options!
It's a great deal too! My mom and I split the Roasted Veggie Sandwich and the Tomato Basil soup. It was so great. I hadn't had tomato soup in so long, since most places normally add some sort of cream. The sandwich came with two sides so we got the cabbage slaw and the lentil and black bean salad. It was such a filling meal!
I love how much the recycle and compost too! These signs make it so easy to know where everything should go. I wish every restaurant had this set up! It's great knowing that I can count on Phipps for a great meal I can feel good about - I'm helping my body and the planet!
Ma Po Tofu from Sesame Inn
Last week while I was at home my lovely aunt treated me to Chinese food for dinner. We chose Sesame Inn, my favorite Chinese restaurant in Pittsburgh. Their original (or at least I think it's the original...) location is in Mount Lebanon, near my house, and my family has been getting take out from there for years.
I used to get the Garlic Chicken or Orange Chicken because I liked the combo of vegetables and spiciness. Since I became vegan I was turned on to Thai food - I would now say that when I am in the mood for Asian food I pick a Thai noodle dish. However, most Chinese noodles like Lo Mein and Chow Mein are made with egg noodles. Most Chinese vegetarian dishes that are a combination of tofu and vegetables don't come with a spicy sauce, so i generally have to pick between a spicy sauce or some vegetables with my tofu. I've heard many bloggers talk about how much they love Ma Po tofu and how they've made their own recipes for it, so I thought I would give it a shot!
It was great! I good combination of tofu and vegetables. I do have to say that it was very spicy. I needed aaaaaa lot of rice, water, and wine to calm it down - and I like spicy stuff! I don't know what it was but there was something in the after taste that had a ton of spice in it. I don't know if this is typical of all Ma Po dishes, but it is of this one! Anyway I love Sesame Inn and you should all give them a try!
I'm back in Pittsburgh at my parent's house for Thanksgiving and the three of us ordered pizza for dinner from our favorite place - Bado's. This has been our favorite pizza place for as long as I can remember. I spent my childhood Friday nights playing indoor soccer and eating Bado's pizza.
I selected my own toppings to create a custom order - Basil, Broccoli, Spinach, Tomatoes, and Roasted Red Pepper, hold the cheese.
I'm generally a crispy-crust person, but there's something about the softness of the Bado's crust that is so comforting to me. I liked how the broccoli wasn't cooked before it was put on the pizza - it has just the right amount of al dente crispness from the pizza oven. The basil was so fresh. It was delicious over all. You're the best Bado's.
This blog is about my adventures adhering to a plant-based diet in a meat-based world and incorporating vegan practices into more parts of my life. As many of my friends and family aren't vegan, and the best part of cooking is sharing your food with others, I try to make recipes that can be enjoyed by vegans and meat-eaters alike.