Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Vegan Dining Out @ Giuseppe's

Well, I had to go out for lunch today with the group from work. We were celebrating someones new assignment in a different area so, of course, that person got to pick the restaurant. Lucky for me, they chose Giuseppe's, which is a local Italian restaurant. You might remember a post from the past where I ate at another local Italian place called Raffaele's. Well, this place is owned by the same family, except it's a little more upscale, and a little pricier. That really didn't matter for me though because the boss ended up paying for it. WOO-HOO! Free vegan lunch!

I knew we were going out to eat today, so I really skimped on breakfast because I knew I would probably be eating a lot at lunch. I just had a couple of pieces of light toast since I didn't want to skip breakfast altogether since that's not so good for your metabolism. So by the time lunch rolled around I was starving. I was so hungry in fact, that I forgot to take a picture of my salad because I inhaled it at soon as it hit the table. At any rate, it was just a simple salad since I had all the non-vegan ingredients left off, so you're not really missing anything. It was good though, and I just got the individual bottles of olive oil and balsamic vinegar to dress my salad with. The balsamic vinegar that they had was extremely good. It was quite a bit sweeter than most others I have tried. It was so good I was passing it all around the table and several other people enjoyed it as well.

I ended up ordering a dish off the menu called Pasta Toscana. I asked for them to make it vegan by leaving off the cream sauce and just giving me the pasta & veggies stirred up some olive oil and roasted garlic. There's bowtie pasta with shiitake mushrooms, spinach, sundried tomatoes and walnuts in there. YUMMY! It was kinda' funny though because I was trying to tell the server that I needed my food to be modified since I'm a vegan and she said, "What? You're a villain?" I'm not sure that she ever even really got it because after I asked for the omission of the cream sauce, she asked me if I wanted chicken on it. Um, no. Anyway, I was worried about what I might get, but it came out exactly like I asked for it to, and it was delicious! Several people in my group eyed my plate and commented that my food looked really good. I think one or two of them might have been envious of the vegan food today.

Anyway, it ended up being a really nice lunch and I was extremely pleased with what I ordered. It tasted really, really good. I'm gonna have to be extra good for dinner tonight to make up for eating so much for lunch though. Maybe just a green smoothie or something. Although I am going to try a new recipe that I've been wanting to try tonight so I can have something new in the lunchbox tomorrow. It's fairly healthy, so perhaps I will indulge in a little bit of that dish later this evening. It sounds like a really good recipe and I am excited to try it and share it here on the blog.

So thanks for coming by the blog today.

I'll be back with the lunchbox tomorrow. See you then!


veggiegirl said...

Your lunch looks positively delicious. Haha, that's so funny about the waitress - I've had this experience on SEVERAL occasions. My favorite so far occurred when I was out of town a few weeks ago, and I asked the hotel concierge about restaurants in the area. She asked me if I was interested in a particular cuisine. When I informed her that I was vegan, she said, "oohh, a VEGAN... wow...." haha! as if I'm some creature from another planet. Despite the confusing looks I've received from concierges and waiters and others, I always end up with a tasty vegan meal when dining out :)

Kim said...

Hey there,
Been checking out your blog lately. Your lunches always look so yummy! And I like that you pack lots of veggies. I need to eat more of them...
Anyway your pasta today...that was a good idea ordering a non-vegan cream based pasta without the cream sauce. Sometimes I scan menus and when I see cream sauce I usually skip it but I never thought about keeping all the veg and good stuff and leaving off the sauce. Thanks for sharing that tip!

Vegan Eating Out said...

That looks delicious! I've had to eat out with coworkers before and I didn't always have time to prepare. Since then I've made a website for any vegans who need help deciding on what to order and where to go:

Vegan Menu for Eating Out

I hope it is of some good use to you!