Friday, January 29, 2010

Onion Rings at Buckeye Roadhouse

Crispy Onion Rings with Mustard Seed Ketchup

A cast-off (my wrist) celebration dinner last night was my first meal at Buckeye Roadhouse in Mill Valley. I'd always thought of it as a meat place, but there were plenty of delicious vegetarian options. Everyone I mentioned my dinning location to raved about the food and had a favorite dish to recommend. D. sold me on the mountain o'onion rings featured above. L. told me the Pan Roasted Artichoke with Creamy Tarragon sauce was excellent - it was, and I love artichokes! There was a time (in my extreme youth), when I ate two artichokes for dinner every night!

We also loved the Iceburg Wedge with Point Reyes Blue Cheese Vinaigrette (no bacon). The service was excellent.

Fellow foodie, and awesome dessert chef, D. and I had a lovely girls night out. I love going out and sharing a selection of dishes with friends.

No arm twisting required to make another visit to Buckeye! Items to try next time: P recommended the garlic fries! D. loved the Portobello tart, and that English Pea lasagna calls to me!

You can download the menus from the website: Buckeye Roadhouse

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

What Am I?

Guess in the comments!

You guys really are good! This was indeed Grilled Turnip Cake, a vegetarian version made with sweet turnips, mushrooms, and rice flour, from the Dim Sum brunch menu at Harmony restaurant in Mill Valley. I'd never had this dish before. Creamy with a slight crispness to the outside, sweet, yet savory. Delicious, and a huge portion compared to the other items. Loved the pea shoot dumplings, but why only two tiny pieces :-( I could eat 6 of those no problem!

Harmony is a little pricey, but the food and service are excellent, and there's plenty of vegetarian option.

Friday, January 01, 2010

Lydia's Kale Salad

Happy 2010 everyone!

I'm starting the new year on a vegan diet. My plan had been to avoid premade foods and focus on some new recipes. But, as Fate would have it, I broke my wrist ice skating the day after Christmas. Fortunately my left wrist, but I can't peel and chop vegetables, sort of basic to my style of cooking.

Thank goodness, this delicious organic raw kale salad is available at my local Whole Foods! A product of Lydia's Organics, a local business out of Fairfax, this kale salad has carrots, arame, sesame seeds and a delicious sesame ginger dressing. I'm hooked! It's one of those foods that makes you feel healthier by the mouthful. And it's a beautiful looking salad.

Here's to a happy and healthy 2010!