So I’ve been on a cooked vegan food run for a month now. If you live in the Cleveland Ohio area, check out some or all of the restaurants mentioned in this post.
It all started with a falafel salad I got at Raving Med a Mediterranean Street food restaurant.
The picture below is not of the actual salad but it looks appetizing.
I tried the Beyond Burger (several times) with pretzel buns, follow your heart pepper jack cheese and just mayo chipotle spread. They were delicious! Whole Foods carries them already cooked in their prepared foods section.
I decided to support local vegan restaurants during this foodie run like Poisen Berry Bakery. I got a mint chocolate cupcake, a mocha cupcake and an apple critter.
I got lunch one day at an all vegan food truck, the Wild Spork. Buffalo ranch tater tots and a pizza grilled “cheese” sandwich.
www.clevelandvegan.com Also had a pizza night. I got a loaded taco pizza and a simple garlic herb pizza. I shared the pizzas with my daughter.
On my vegan foodie run, I had Ethiopian food for the first time. I love the avocado salad which is actually raw (if you don’t eat the injera bread). I went to Empress Taytu Ethiopian restaurant. http://empresstayturestaurantcleveland.com/
My best friend came in town for the weekend of August 4th and I had Vegan chocolate chip waffles at Johnny Mango
Country Pad Thai ( veganized) from Map of Thailand
For my snacking pleasure I returned to an old favorite of mine, Boom Chicka Pop salted caramel popcorn.
Everything was vegan and that’s what is most important to me.
I’m glad I satisfied my curiosity but I don’t feel as good as I’m used to feeling when I eat raw vegan. I appreciate eating raw vegan more because of this experience.
I have an all or nothing personality and I’m glad I was able to be compassionate with myself and not beat myself up for eating cooked vegan food.
My goal is still to be raw vegan. This time I’ve spent in the cooked food arena has taught me a few things:
- When I eat cooked food I’m hungry all the time
- I feel sluggish
- My mood is sullen
- I’m dehydrated
- My skin isn’t as clear
- Poor digestion and bloating
I need a reboot. I think I’m going to do a water fast.
If you try any of the restaurants mentioned, please share your experience.
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