Following on from my Atlanta adventures of popsicles and Japanese snacks, frozen yoghurt, and some of the best modern American cuisine I’ve had of late, I tucked into my travel plans a week of perfect contentment, laughter, and vegan deliciousness with my soulsister/big-sister Gena in Washington, DC.
For all that I would like to sing the intricacies of my week with Gena to the stars, I am so dramatically behind in blogging my travel adventures that I shall simply say Gena is a true gem, and I miss our quiet-raucous-deep-light-sharing-laughter-sisterhood days together greatly.
I also miss her box of Vega maca chocolate, but I promise that plays second fiddle to Gena herself. (Cue maniacal chocolate grin:)
Gena’s magical wonderland of a pantry, into which I was allowed to rummage free, free, free as the wind. (You’ve seen Gena’s blog. You can guess how amazing her pantry is.) One morning, polenta oat porridge made with coconut, almond, and chia milk, swirled through with Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter from Vida Vegan Con.
Another morning, Ezekiel toast soldiers with the same chocolate peanut butter on one piece, and Dijon mustard on the other. (Don’t judge. This Australian has been away from Vegemite for far too long, and desperate times call for desperate measures.)
Photo courtesy of Gena
More coffee. Always coffee.
Adventures in new vegetables: roasted kohlrabi, summer squash, and onion tossed in heady spices, served with perfectly steamed quinoa and sautéed greens.
Adventures in Mad Men-inspired cocktails for Gena’s birthday at The Passenger, whereby I discovered that the Roger Sterling ($11), comprised of Bulleit bourbon, soda, and apricot shrub, was far too strong for my lightweight tastes.
Sidenote: There is something deeply wrong with a world in which a Pete Campbell cocktail is more delicious and drinkable than any of the Don Draper, Joan Holloway, and Roger Sterling options. I feel a little like my entire universe is a lie.
The giddy delight of getting to share in Gena’s taste-testing of Veestro, a new vegan meal delivery service. The tofu scramble with soy chorizo and raspberry tofu cheezcake were both worthy in taste of the excitement their names inspired in me. Salty-spicy-strong, sugary-soft-subtle. The yin and yang of savoury and sweet, in two different dishes.
I think that made more sense in my head.
And I think that makes this my cue to step away from the computer until Part Two.