Friday, October 17, 2008

VeganMoFo: California Food Journal

Day 5 - Santa Cruz

Ah! I'm trying to play veganmofo catch up (hopefully post dating blogs is not considered cheating).

We only got to spend one night in Santa Cruz, but it was a good one! John and I met up with Amey (from Vegan Eats & Treats) and Musty for dinner at Malabar / Asian Rose for Sri Lankan cuisine. Amey and I discovered we both had a serious weakness for bread (and that garlic olive oil was still on my breath the next day!). I attempted to take photographs of dinner, but my camera was misbehaving... though I thought the resulting effect was kind of cool. We sampled three different dishes and shared them at the table including a mango curry, something called the India Jonze curry, and an eggplant dish with tofu. So delicious! I would highly recommend Malabar... especially if it comes along with Amey's accompaniment, because she had me laughing so hard with stories of her travels. Oh, how I love blogger meet ups!
The next morning after tips from several folks (thanks to all of you!) I stopped by the Bagelry for breakfast before starting a long day of interviews. It felt like quite a novelty to be able to order a bagel with tofutti cream cheese out in public. On campus, I also spotted a Sjaak's chocolate bar. This wasn't for breakfast, but it made for a great mid morning snack.
Tomorrow I'll post the conclusion of my California Food Journal. And then I'll be back to cooking and reading blogs as normal. Thanks to those of you who have left comments even though I haven't reciprocated! I'll be visiting soon ;-)

10 comments:

aTxVegn said...

I'll bet dinner with Amey and Musty was a blast. Every place you've eaten has looked great.

Amey said...

Ooooh! I'm so glad you got a Bagelry Tip! I like their bagels, and so many vegan toppings. This weekend I went to a super crappy bagel place in San Luis Obispo that made me realize I take good bagels for granted. You are always welcome back in Santa Cruz! I'd love to see you again!!!

Bianca said...

Sure that chocolate bar wasn't for breakfast...I believe you. wink, wink.

Veg-a-Nut said...

I am so glad you got to meet up with Amey! How fun to have other bloggers to laugh and share a meal with. No kidding, I too would feel wierd being able to order tofutti cream cheese in a restaurant. Cool though!!!

tofufreak said...

ahhh! bread! garlic olive oil! yumm :D

it is quite a novelty to find tofutti publicly! lucky you! :)

Kylie said...

Malabar is my favorite restaurant in Santa Cruz! I'm so glad you went there. Every time I have that naan and ghee with garlic, I have garlic breath for the next few days after but it's so worth it. That stuff is HEAVEN. I can't get enough. Oh yeah and the Bagelry's awesome! Next time let me know you come to Santa Cruz and I'll tell you other great places to check out!!!

shellyfish said...

How cool is it to meet up with other vegan bloggers? So when are you coming to France? Granted, I don't have any vegan restaurants near the house, but I'll feed you!

vegannifer said...

That looks like on serious bagel. Chocolate, Naked Juice and a bagel are all examples of perfect foods!

Bex said...

bread and olive oil are quite possibly on my top 5 favorite foods of all time list so simple but homey, comforting deliciousness.
And it is certainly not cheating (cause I've done it once or twice maybe)

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

I love Amey! I still need to make it to Malabar.