As mentioned in my last post, I’ve been in Michigan for the past week and a half. It’s been a nice, family “vacation” but I was pretty busy the first half of it because I was finishing the Vegan Cuts Fall Harvest eBook! Just like the Summer Bash eBook, there is a mix of recipes and photos (done by me), as well as tips from some of your favorite bloggers. I changed up the design of this eBook and really love how it turned out, plus it’s free to download!
I plan on doing a photo recap of my trip in Michigan once I get home, but above is a quick look at some cool things from the Eastern Market in DT Detroit. Also, I just want to say that it’s so exciting to see vegan options in so many cities! Talking about how excited I am about each one probably makes me sound like a total goober to my friends and family here, but it just shows that veganism is becoming more and more mainstream (yay!). Another thing that I can’t stop talking about is how beautiful Autumn is here. I may or may not have taken a hundred pictures of trees.
So that I don’t spend all of my money trying out restaurants here, I’ve purchased a good amount of local produce (plus visited a WholeFoods, so sue me) and have been cooking pretty frequently. One of the easiest meals to make, without repurchasing all of your favorite pantry items, is stuffed squash. Grab some bulk quinoa, some veggies, Dried Italian Herb Mix and Tofurky Kielbasa, and you have yourself a solid meal!
As some of you may know, I was in Michigan a couple of months ago visiting family, celebrating my grandmother’s birthday (center in the above photo) and searching for any vegan food that I could find. Well, there has been a sad turn of events in the past couple of days, that being that my grandmother has passed and I am now on my way to Michigan via sketchy Delta plane (as we speak) for her funeral. My close friends and family have been so great, and things are going as smoothly as they can be. I have a week of Polish recipe tributes that I am going to be doing in a couple of weeks, and I can’t wait.
So, besides the sad introduction (sorry!), the topic of Michigan leads me into this review of Marie Catrib’s restaurant that I visited during my last trip. Usually, when I go to Michigan, my family and I fly into Detroit and then drive up north to Luther, MI. which is near Cadillac. Sometimes we’ll stop at thrift or grocery stores along the way, but when I found Marie’s restaurant on my Happy Cow App, I knew that I needed to go there. If you take a look at the menu, you’ll see options for vegans and omnivores alike; which meant it would be the perfect place for my parents and I to go.
We arrived there in time for a late lunch at around 2:00pm, and it was PACKED! The restaurant is a good size, and a third of it is a deli/small market full of delicious-looking goodies; but, it was completely filled with hungry folks looking for some good food to eat. It was a good 20 minutes until we were able to sit down, but it wasn’t too bad. My mom and I spent our time gazing into their deli cases with our mouths watering over desserts, black bean salads, beautiful loaves of fresh-baked bread and various vegan entrees; planning on what we would end up taking home with us.
They had their menu written on a large chalkboard in the deli, so we were able to prepare before sitting down. I ended up order some hot tea to warm my bones, and it came with the cutest tea pot and plate of lots of teas. Just look at the layout, I would order it even if I didn’t like tea!
They had a vegan soup of the day, which sounded delicious; a combination of tomato soup (a personal favorite) with quinoa and spinach, which was delicious. For my main course I ordered the Larry David Sandwich, just listen to how good this sounds:
Lentils, wild rice, tomato, onion and spices make up this very special vegan burger patty. Served with spicy tomato jam, grilled onion, spinach, tomato and garlic veganaise on your choice of grilled bread.
Most of their bread is vegan, so it makes it really easy to order, and everything is labeled clearly if it is vegan.
Overall, the food and service was great. The portions were good for the size and the price, and my parents liked their dishes as well. We ended up taking a few things home with us including a delicious curry vegetable pie, and this incredible vegan, peanut butter chocolate cupcake with a surprise banana filling. Doesn’t it look amazing?
We talked with Marie, herself, and she was as nice as could be and very privy to vegan food culture. It was great to see a restaurant like this in Grand Rapids and I can’t wait to go back there once I’m in the area. I highly recommend that you try it out!
After my (too short) trip to New York, I flew to Michigan to visit family and celebrate my grandma’s 86th birthday. Most of my family here is from the Detroit area, but my grandparent’s house is pretty much in the middle of nowhere about 25 minutes outside of Cadillac. After meeting up with my parents, we headed up north and spent a few days there; unfortunately the weather sucked and it was freezing, windy, and raining.
But, the trip was relaxing and not all bad. One of the neighbors that we’re close with has a big garden and brought two HUMUNGOUS heads of kale, a baby-sized rutabaga, and a nice zucchini over for me to cook! I was totally overwhelmed by the size and quantity of the kale (pictured above) and it took me quite a while to trim and clean it, so get ready for a lot of kale recipes!
It’s really awesome to experience the middle of fall out here in Michigan, it’s nice and cool now with a breeze and the leaves are falling all around. I’m out here for another few days, so we’ll see what adventures I can find and I may just post some non-food pictures showing you where I’ve been. Do you think that’s a good idea?
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