If you are ever in Santa Barbara, it'a must-try. And it's definitely the place to go to taste seitan at its best. Seriously, the most tender, flavorful preparation I've ever had of seitan, beating anything I've ever made with it. I need to know their secret!
A picture will be forthcoming, I just didn't bring the cable to download from my camera to my laptop with me :(
Sometime I travel to check out potential venues for future BlogHer events. These folks are usually forewarned that I'm a vegan, and they jump through some pretty awesome hoops to make me feel welcome. Now, I don't fool myself. I am well aware that when it comes to the actual conference, and serving a smattering of veg*ns out of a couple of thousand attendees, they're never going to prepare something half as nice for the masses.
But I enjoy the special meals that I get. Like this one:
First of all, it was very cute to serve al out meals (including the non-veg ones) in this manner. Interesting to see who approached it which way. Some people at the table ate one whole section before moving on. I preferred to taste from all alternately.
The choices were:
Bottom left: YUMMY chickpea fritters with an Indian dipping sauce. I love fritters :)
Bottom right: An heirloom tomato and mango salad with Spanish olives (I ate the tomatoes, left the mangos.) Also a "black bean soup shooter". Which was OK, but sort of basic, could have used some spice.
Top right: Asparagus wrapped in a zucchini/squash, served with a pea-infused risotto (Picked out the asparagus and ate that and LOVED the risotto. The green pea flavor came through surprisingly strongly.)
Top left: Chocolate cake, but of course. Very rich, very dense, could only eat half.
Lucky me. Hope they treat your everyday vegan who comes in for dinner as well.
I've written about carriage horses before too. She's got carriage horse purveyor on her site slamming her in comments. I had one too, but I lost a bunch of old comments when my comments vendor discontinued the Haloscan product, so I can't find my own carriage horse troll.
I guess I should give the carriage horse folks credit for being so up on social media that they find blog posts on the subject and come defend themselves. But it doesn't mean I find their arguments about how much they love their horses compelling. No one who has watched a horse trudging along a busy Manhattan street, amongst the taxis and the buses, in the middle of a New York summer has thought "There's a lotta love there."
So, go Alicia! And come on, New Yorkers, ban carriage horse rides.