Friday, August 31, 2007

Game Day

Instead of the typical work-day, yesterday our team was treated to an afternoon out at the Astros ballgame. To start my morning right, I decided to try out DGMGV's pan-seared oatmeal, which I've been eyeing for weeks now. After a slight set-back in trying to open my new bottle of balsamic glaze (which resulted in a nasty cut on my finger, boohoo!), I made this relatively simple, but delicious and filling breakfast. I topped off the oatmeal with bananas, raspberries, walnuts, and agave nectar (with the glaze on the bottom). I have never really eaten much oatmeal, but this might change all of that!!



After a short morning in the office, our group went out to lunch at an apparently famous (and popular) Mexican restaurant called Irma's located just north of the ballpark. Whenever I go to a new restaurant, I always do my homework, which mostly involves searching for the menu on the web and reading any reviews. This particular restaurant only serves breakfast and lunch, and there are usually only 3-5 items available, which changes daily. This is scary for a vegan. Especially in a cheese and meat loving city. At the restaurant all that I could eat was a green salad with tomato and carrot. They did at least garnish it with some cilantro, which I thought was nice, but I was still hungry! Thankfully I came prepared with a peanut butter, jelly, and banana sandwich. It hit the spot and kept me full throughout the game...




Onto the ballgame where the Stros, who are having a less than stellar year (not that I follow, just what my coworkers told me), played the St Louis Cardinals. We had great seats. I just had to kind of control my upchuck reflex when seeing all of the loaded hotdogs. Another disappointment was the sign across the foul ball line, courtesy of Chick-Fil-A. Not surprising considering their other advertisements...




An aside, check out my newly purchased vegan shoes!! I got them at Whole Earth Provision Company, but for those of you outside the Lone Star State, you can get them at mooshoes. I love them, wish I could wear them to work everyday!




And the Astros pulled it off, defeating the Cardinals 2-1. The best part of the afternoon was that I got to get home a bit early and relax before heading out to dinner.

We met another couple that we are good friends with at Rickshaw, a sushi place that we've recently been frequenting more often for it's wide selection of vegan food! I think my favorite is the Coconut Curry Tofu (far right). I could eat several bowls of this stuff on my own. I followed that with some sushi selections.... veggie sushi in soy paper, avocado nigiri, and inari. This was my first time trying inari and I was not very impressed, maybe it's just not for me. But I love the sushi with the soy paper, I'm going to have to find an Asian market that stocks it so I can try making my own!




Hope everyone enjoys their weekend! I"m so glad it's a long one here in the US.....

12 comments:

Celine said...

your PB sandwich is slaying me!
have a great, long, relaxing weekend. :D

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a fun day. MOM

Kumudha said...

Pan Seared Oatmeal looks wonderful!

I just saw Paella, and it looks so colorful. I should try this sometime.

VeggieGirl said...

as a major oatmeal-lover, that pan-seared oatmeal looks MARVELOUS!!

good thing you had that PBJ w/banana sandwich - that salad at the Mexican restaurant definitely does not sound filling at all!!

I love your new vegan shoes - very cool :0)

enjoy your weekend!

Megan the Vegan said...

i've never heard of soy paper. hmmmm, interesting.

I'll eat all the inari you pass over...I love the stuff.

the pleasantly plump vegan said...

that oatmeal plate looks like a work of art! awesome job!
also, that sushi and tofu look amazing. i wish i had a place like that near us.

Vivacious Vegan said...

I saw some soy paper online a while back and it was very colorful and fun (but a little too pricy for every day eating - more a party item for me). You can see them here: http://www.soywraps.com/

Your shoes are awesome! They look really comfortable.

I've been eyeing that pan-seared oatmeal for a while now but it's just felt too hot to make it in the morning. Come winter though...

Don't Get Mad Get Vegan! said...

your oatmeal looks spectacular. I was so happy to hear that you'd tried it and yours came out beautifully (isn't it easy?!). I tell ya, I'm convinced that anyone who tries oatmeal this way will never eat the bowl of mush again hehe.

your pb,b&j looks especially scrumptious, and love the vegan sushi options, yum!

Veg-a-Nut said...

Love the oatmeal, love your new shoes, and love PBJ. I need to cook tomorrow. Wedding is 14 days away. I can't believe it. It is like crunch time. I was asked today to maybe give my daughter a few words of wisdom and maybe a blessing at her bridal shower next Saturday. I said I think all I will get out are *tears*. I am excited and happy for her. Sorry I am blabbing about the wedding, but you understand because you are right behind us.

Katie said...

Wow that oatmeal looks *almost* too good to eat! (and yay for Texas vegans!)

-Katie (another of the few Texas vegans out there)

bazu said...

I've been eying that oatmeal too, for ages! I tell myself, as soon as I find balsamic glaze, I'll totally go for it. Like you, I don't eat as much oatmeal as I should- I'm always looking for ways to switch it up.

Oh, and I love your shoes. My mooshoes boots are my all-time favorites, so I can't wait to get some more from there.

Yay Astros! Yay sushi!

aTxVegn said...

Your shoes are too cute! What a nice outing your office treated you to, and a win for the 'Stros! I've been secretly in love with Craig Biggio for many years.

When I make PBJ&B sammies, I mash the banana with the PB - your way looks easier!

The vegan sushi place is a great find.

Enjoy your weekend!