eating out, food

New Hampshire, "Vegeterians Go Home"

Having been a vegetarian for nearly a decade I’m used to hearing the jokes and the attacks. I don’t announce I’m a vegetarian unless I have to, and I don’t demand people consider becoming a vegetarian— it’s their choice, just like being one is mine. It doesn’t take long to learn to let the silly comments , “eat meat, stupid” or the bizarre claim that my vegetarianism is white upper/middle class privilege. Or the even more bizarre logic that if people stop eating meat there will be all sorts of problems because of the animals we are not eating. I’m not here to say why those things are dumb.

What I am here to say is this: if you want more than pasta or a sub-par veggie burger you ought to try and avoid New Hampshire. At one place I “ate” (a kind of fancy place no less) the waiter defined a vegetarian meal as a meal in which you can’t taste any meat. Seriously. At that restaurant I could only order from the appetizer and side-dish menu

I am sure that there are other places that are just are vegetarian unfriendly, but I doubt that there are many places (especially in the northeast) that are less happy to see a vegetarian. Many menus it don’t seem to consider the possibility of a vegetarian existing. And I’ll tell you this too, the grocery stores aren’t much better.

My proposal for new highway signs: Bienvenue, New Hampshire welcomes you… unless you are a filthy vegetarian.

eating out, seattle

Restaurant is Good but Needs a New Tidal

First, let me apologize for that pun, but let me also point out that if I was really sorry I wouldn’t have done it in the first place. The Ebb n’ Flow located at 2114 N 45th St in Wallingford area of Seattle is a great (though not cheap) place for brunch. But don’t go to there expecting seafood, that just isn’t their thing, even if the name suggests water they offer a gourmet greasy spoon menu. At least that’s what I saw looking at their brunch and lunch menus. Dinner may be different, and from what I hear dinner may be worth missing out on.

I was torn between waffles and french toast (they called it Pain… something, “pain” is French for bread). I’ll tell you this, the french toast was very tasty. Right now I don’t know about the waffles. I did see them at a table beside me, and I think I made the right choice going with the toast. And let me tell you this was no run of the mill french toast. Made with thick white bread in a oval shape, a little (too) light on the egg, then add cinnamon and a brown sugar/butter spread with some maple syrup on the side. Yikes, it was good. The serving size was enough to fill me up with some meal to spare and it cost about $8 plus some tea, tips, and taxes*. Reasonable for sure.

My friend ordered a custom job of scrambled eggs with spinach and bacon, and some potatoes on the side. it looked pretty good, though again it was absurdly light in the egg department. Maggie didn’t seem to mind too much until the end when the egg was difficult to find among the bacon and greens. I didn’t notice the price, but I think it fell along the same lines as mine.

If you are in Wallingford, which is a nice part of Seattle —home of Open Books, nice tea and coffee joints, the Erotic Bakery, some decent park space and a bunch of other neat stuff— then you should make it a point to get brunch there.

*I should point out that in my rush to catch the bus I forgot my wallet and now owe my friend Maggie a meal. Thanks again, Maggie.

[tags]brunch, eating out, ebb n’ flow, restaurant review, restaurants, seattle, vegetarian options, wallingford, ebb n’ flow[/tags]

eating out, environment, outdoors, random, seattle, travel

Yum & Yuck

rowingI ate down by the water the other day at a Mexican restaurant called Agua Verde Cafe. The food was delicious, not too pricey, and it was happy hour so my beer only cost $2.50. Okay, can I just say that $2.50 does not a happy hour make, that’s more like a pleasant hour. It wasn’t like I got some expensive beer, it was a Pacifico. Anyway, I had this taco composed of yams, onions, and cheese with some sort of tasty sauce. It was called a Taco Boniato and it was worth every penny. We ate on the deck which was nice, but would have been nicer if the weather was just a tiny bit better, because then they would have had the removable sides taken down, giving a full view of the beautiful lake we were eating beside. After that my friend and I went down to the docks just below so that I could see what water looked like in Seattle. It looks just fine. Below Agua Verde is a paddle club where you can rent kayaks, at $15 an hour it seems worth it to be able to explore what looks like a pretty amazing seascape.
waterwarning signs

I mean, look at how pretty the water looks on the surface, [cue “hard hitting” tv “journalist” overdub] and yet beneath this seemingly pristine facade lies a terrible reality. After these messages!!
[cue commercial] Buy the new iPod

I found this sign posted in quite a few places. But hey, at how often could it possible rain in Seattle? Even if sewage isn’t overflowing into the water while I’m there I’d like to avoid anywhere that sewage ever overflows into. Look at that swimming person on the sign, why can’t he see what a terrible mistake he’s made!  I realize that birds, fish, and little kids do all sorts of business in the water, but sewage seems like taking it up to the next level.