Monday, August 5, 2013

Vegan Thursday

Colleen is upset that I haven't been blogging since I returned from my trip, so here is a short post from last week.  I intended to spend most of last Thursday afternoon in Boston before meeting Faye for the Guster concert in Providence.  However, my plans were thwarted when I got a rather large splinter embedded in my heel.  So after visits to both the Minute Clinic and Urgent Care to remove it, I was finally on my way.  Unfortunately, it was after 1:30 by the time I got on the T at Riverside, so I had to make a change to my original Davis Square falafel plan.  That would just have been too much food too late in the afternoon - I wanted to save my appetite for Providence.  So instead I got off the T in Central and walked to VO2, the cafe in the O2 yoga studio on Mass Ave.  What a great place!  The staff was super friendly.  I ordered a chuna sandwich, which was made from chick peas and tasted uncannily like tuna.  I also got a spicy monkey smoothie, whose main ingredients were bananas, coconut milk, peanut butter, cocoa, and cayenne pepper - it was delicious!  I chatted a bit with the owner, who is still in the process of tweaking the menu.  She worked on it at the counter with another staff member while I ate.  She brought me a sample of her nacho "cheese" - it was awesome!  It was the most real fake cheese I've ever eaten.  It was a perfect stop for a late lunch, filling but not overly so and delicious.

My goal for dinner was to eat at Veggie Fun in Providence.  Rush hour traffic almost thwarted that plan.  However, we made it to Providence at 6:50.  The concert started at 7, but neither of us had much desire to see the opener.  Since the restaurant is around the corner from Lupo's, and since it wasn't very busy, we decided to go for it.  A good decision, as far as I am concerned!  We each had a summer roll to start - thin rice paper around firm tofu and veggies with a delicious dipping sauce.  I went the unhealthy route and ordered General Tsao's seitan - so good!  The sauce was fantastic.  Faye ordered eggplant in black bean sauce, which was also delicious.  I enjoy the fact that this is a vegan Chinese restaurant that is not focusing on fake meat - I will definitely go back!

We made it to Lupo's with time to spare, and I caught my first headlining Guster show in quite some time.  It was a good day.  :)

Tomorrow I'll write a longer post about vegan paradise weekend!


  1. Ouch on the giant splinter! That all sounds super tasty (and good to know about that cafe in the yoga studio). :)