Wednesday, September 23, 2009

On the Road Again ted

We just can't seem to stay home on the weekends. We're always somewhere, and the past two weekends in a row have brought us down to the area where we went to college, and where my husband grew up.

A few weekends ago (has it really been that long?), we hit up the first annual DC VegFest.

Lots of vegan vendors, and lots of vegan food. We both, obviously, had to have dessert. Our own desserts. I had already been to Vegan Treats and Sticky Fingers, so we hit up Emily's Desserts. Nick had the chocolate cheesecake, which was to die for.

I was boring, and had my default dessert, carrot cake. If ever there is carrot cake available, that is what I will be having! And this was one of the most adorable carrot cakes ever.

After all that sweet, I needed some more substantial food. Nick had a falafel which was gone way before there was an inkling of picture time. I had a house made mini veggie burger from Sunflower Vegetarian Restaurant.
Does anyone else not like sandwiches? I didn't eat the bun, just the burger, and the little cup of chili. It was pretty good, although I wasn't a fan of the service...the person taking orders was a little intense.

When we head down to either the DC or Baltimore area, we stay with my in-laws. My sister in law is gluten-free, so even though she is away at college now, my mother in law is constantly searching for places that she can go to when she is home. In doing this she found Great Sage, which is all vegetarian, almost all vegan, often gluten free restaurant in Clarksville, MD. We went there one weekend with my in-laws, and I forgot my camera. But we liked it so much that we went back by ourselves the next weekend.

This didn't quite capture it, but the atmosphere is really nice. Very calm, and that art on the back wall is actually a water feature. I think I stared at it for 75% of the time we were there the first visit.

We were really hungry, so Nick dug into the bread right away.

He was nice enough to let me snap a quick pic of his vegetable terrine before he dug into that.

I had the special which was grilled polenta with white truffle, on roasted garlic puree, topped with vegan parmesan (Daiya - not a fan, I took it off), and garlic sauteed spinach, garnished with roasted pearl onions. This was totally as good as it sounds, even though the picture is kind of dark.

If you ever find yourself in Clarksville, or are driving from Baltimore to DC, or are just going south on 95 and want to stop for some really good veg food, you should most definitely go there.

We also visited St. Michaels on Maryland's Eastern Shore. While there was no fun food, I did see flowers that looked just like the head flower from Alice in Wonderland.

Is anyone else really looking forward to the new version of this coming out? Looks trippy. Alice in Wonderland was always one of my favorite movies. Its one of the few movies I actually own.

We walked by the water too, and saw some jellyfish. I watched them for far longer than was probably considered normal, but I think they are so cool. Plus, I've never seen them in the "wild" before, just in aquariums.

I have the hardest time going away on the weekends because I miss Zoe! She is a really good girl while we're gone, but I like to think that she really misses me. So when we came home, we cuddled a little.
So that is where I have been, and what I have been doing. Now that school is in full swing, I don't know how often I will be able to post, but we are canceling our cable tomorrow, so hopefully I will have more time to dedicate to blogging instead of feeling like I have to catch up on television!

But I wouldn't expect to hear from me this weekend. Now we're heading up north to my family!


  1. what i wouldn't give to be able to leave my pet alone for a weekend. we got rid of cable too and i'm so happy. it's easy to still get a tv fix now and then via netflix, itunes, and hulu.

  2. Sounds like you've been busy, but at least eating well. That restaurant sounds really cool, and the vegfest must have been fun. I'm fascinated by jelly fish, too, in a hands-off kind of way since there are a few really deadly species in the water here. I got stung once, by a non-deadly one (obviously), but still find them really cool to watch. I love the way they move.

  3. First time commenter!! I love your pics and am drooling over the carrot cake.. yum yum. Your trip sounds super fun. I'm quite jealous :)

  4. I am similar to you, I am not much on sandwiches, especially when eating out because it's always white bread. My Nick also always eats the bread, all of it! I just give mine to him :)
    Have fun with the family!

    P.S. I have not received the bars yet, should I have?

  5. omg you were in my area!! emily's desserts was at the dc veg fest a few weeks ago and i loved it! also this vegan bakery from pa that made me wish i lived there so hard. vegan doughnuts HELLO. glad you had a great time!

  6. I love that you said the flower looked like the head flower from Alice. so so true, and such a funny observation! (i'm a huge alice fan--the original books and the movie!)

  7. Mmm so many yummy foods!

    And aww, it is always nice to snuggle with our furry loved one's when we get home.

    Enjoy your trip up North!

  8. The cakes! The burger! The kitty!

    Whew, this post was awesome. I really want to go to a veg fest!

  9. So there you are...having fun in the real world! lol

    Awww that pic of you and Zoe is too cute! She's nibbling ya!

    Wow that polenta dish looks good as does the veggie terrine.

  10. Oh man, that restaurant makes me wanna move up north like whoa. You would think there would be more veg-friendly places in South Beach but its quite the opposite. Sad day.

    I know what you mean about Zoe. As soon as i get home froma trip the first thing i do is grab my lucy and take a quick nap..... before i get up again and make her a little pancake... and me a big one.

  11. The Vegfest sounds neat! And that is one precious little carrot cake. I love the pink and white shell...

  12. I have a friend who doesn't like sandwiches either, but I could live on them! The burger looks goooood and so do the sweets from the festival. I would like to go to one of those. Didn't even know it was going on. That's a big jellyfish. I was stung by a small one in NC. I've swam in the Chesapeake bay in MD, but don't know what's in there and that's how I like it.

  13. Gina,
    So good to see your cute face, and Nick's, and Zoe's. :)

    I want to go to vegan festivals and vegetarian restaurants. One day soon, Nashville will catch up with other veggie-friendly cities...I hope.

    Hope you have a good week sans cable, and by the way, carrot cake is NEVER boring.

    Tim Burton is doing a remake of Alice in Wonderland? Now, that should be interesting.

  14. What a fun trip! I really should check out more of the veggie festival things.

  15. The desserts look soooo good and the burger too!

  16. Cute blog. The VegFest sounds/looks amazing!