I disappeared again! But for a shorter period of time, at least 🙂
I’ve been enjoying peaking in on Vegan MoFo every once in a while to see what everyone comes up with. Loving the planned out prompts this year.
And although I missed many days, but hopefully this post will be fun enough to make up for it.
My birthday was on September 13th, and my family came into town for a fun day in San Antonio and then Austin. We also had some really great vegan food that I thought I’d show you!
Vegan in San Antonio: Vegeria
Vegeria is AWESOME. Tex mex is a huge thing here, so I’m so excited that there is a restaurant that makes 100% vegan (and gluten free) tex mex. Everything I’ve tried there so far has been amazing, but my favorite thing about Vegeria is their ALL-DAY Saturday brunch.
They always have some kind of breakfast type burrito, waffles, kale salad, chickpea pozole, and chips and salsa. The waffles and pozole are probably my favorite!
YUM YUM YUM. This is Vegeria’s second location, too, that JUST opened up! I hadn’t been to this one yet, so I had us meet there. It’s really laid back and everyone is so nice.
Oh yeah — and their desserts are awesome too! I’ve had cheesecake and cupcakes from here so far. We ordered one of the chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting (and filling) to try.
I would LOVE to be able to sell my own vegan, oil free, and often gluten free desserts at a place like this. Maybe one day.
My dad also ordered a ginger cider, which was also vegan and gluten free. For some reason he didn’t think it would taste like ginger ale, so he wasn’t a fan. However, I LOVE ginger so I thought it was great. Too bad I’m not much of a drinker.
After Vegeria, we went back to walk the dogs before heading to Austin for kayaking and bat watching!!
Unfortunately, the bats come out when it’s dark… so I really wasn’t able to get good pictures of them. But I did get some great shots of the river and Austin skyline… and my camera turned to grayscale on me. Which actually made the pictures even cooler!
So after the bat watching and the shoulder workout from the kayaks… it was time for dinner. But by the time we finished kayaking, it was around 9:30 p.m. I had still been trying to make up my mind about where I wanted to go — check out the Vegan Guide to Austin I wrote for some of the amazing vegan places this city has! — but one of the candidates was a vegan-friendly place that was five minutes away and was open late: Sagra!
Vegan in Austin: Sagra
I love this Italian restaurant! (And I love Italian food.) They have an entirely vegan menu upon request at Sagra, and the servers are always so accommodating. And it feels formal in there too, so it’s a fun excuse to dress up a little 🙂
Happy, happy, happy with my favorite people!
For appetizers, we ordered the Polenta & Brussels (crispy polenta fries, fried brussels, cecci, parmigiana, salsa rosa) and the Antipasti Misto (chopped broccoli, brussel sprouts, red peppers, chick peas, olives, balsamic). Both were sooo good, especially the former — those polenta fries were awesome.
Oh, and you always get the oil/vinegar and bread here. Who doesn’t love that? Also, ask for the gluten free bread. It is the BEST. Sadly, they were out of it when we got there. But the regular bread was great too 🙂
I ordered my fave dish here: the vegan Funghi Pizza. The name might throw you off, but it is SO GOOD. I usually get it without the vegan cheese (not usually a huge fan of any type of cheese), but I forgot to ask this time and ended up really loving it.
I also tried a Basil Raspberry cocktail (Waterloo Gin, raspberry puree, fresh squeezed lime, Galliano Liquor, basil, simple, splash of soda) and it was really good.
After dinner, we went back to my parents’ hotel and had birthday cake! And, since it’s me, I insisted on making it myself and it had to be adventurous… so I created a quadruple-layered Brownie and Chocolate Chip Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Icing. (Recipe to come later!)
And my super talented sister decorated it! SO CUTE.
This cake is vegan (obviously), oil free (except for some oil in a little vegan cream cheese I bought for the icing), and gluten free. I used reduced sugar and healthy fats from cashew butter.
It’s also DENSE. I love making desserts that still contain some degree of health-promoting ingredients, which often makes them much more filling than traditional sweets.
And perhaps the best part of making this? Having leftovers to eat in bed the next morning. Plus, Shae bought me some Sweet Earth vegan bacon too, so I had that.
CAKE AND BACON FOR BREAKFAST. With a great book. Heaven.
Needless to say, I’m glad this is not an everyday (or every week) thing but it was so perfect for a birthday week. Nothing better than being around people who love you, a beautiful city, and great food!
And now, back to my normal, more veggie-filled routine 😉