Staycation – Day Two & a highlight from Day Four

Olive was still had her friend’s house all day on Friday so Nick and I tried to decide what we wanted to do. We thought about heading to Frederick, MD for donuts, but ended up making breakfast home and deciding to eat somewhere new and tasty for lunch.

We ended up at the Mosaic District in Fairfax, and decided to try the True Food Kitchen for lunch. It’s not a vegan restaurant, but they have quite a few vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options on the menu. Their menu is based on the anti-inflammatory diet, and everything is non-gmo, organic, and locally sourced when available. We wanted to order all of the vegan options, but decided to share a starter and sandwich. We chose the Shiitake & Organic Tofu Lettuce Cups to start, and Andy’s Favorite “TLT” on the gluten free pita for our main dish. Nick chose the Hangover Rx to drink (he was NOT hungover, ha!), and I chose the Sparkling Apple Soda (not pictured).

Real Food Kitchen
The Hangover Rx is a juice mix of coconut water, pineapple, vanilla, and orange. You could actually see the the vanilla beans in the juice! It was super tasty, and quite refreshing. Nick ordering that had inspired me to order my soda. Mine was a mix of apple, lemon, cinnamon, vanilla, and cane sugar. It tasted like sparkling apple cider. Yum!

True Food Kitchen
The lettuce cups were not gluten free because of the soy sauce, but they were SO AMAZING. The tofu was the best preparation of tofu that I’ve ever had. The flavor was complex, and you could really taste the ginger and cashews. The hot tofu mixture with the crisp Bibb lettuce was a match made in heaven. I could have eaten all 3 by myself.

The TLT was a tempeh, lettuce, tomato and avocado sandwich with a smidge of Vegenaise. Even though we’re not primarily gluten free, I’m always game for trying new gluten free and vegan products. Their gluten free bun wasn’t vegan, but the pita was so we opted to try that. I’m usually not a huge fan of tempeh, but this was prepared wonderfully! It was soft on the inside with a bit of crunch on the outside. The flavors worked really well together and it was super tasty and satisfying sandwich. We also chose 1/2 kale salad, and 1/2 sweet potato hash for our sides. They were good separately, but they were amazing together! I’d certainly order it again.

We also ordered the chia seed pudding with banana and coconut for dessert. It wasn’t very photogenic and we also dug right in when it came to the table. Being such a texture person, I was a pretty skeptical I’d like it, but I know that Nick loves pudding. I was super surprised that I liked it so much! It was super thick and creamy, and the fresh pieces of banana, and the crunch coconut chips were the “icing on the cake” if you will. We both said afterwards that we can’t wait to go back! Truly delicious.

We did a little shopping after lunch, picked up our SUPER tired pup and headed home for dinner. Nick made an awesome Chickpea Tikka Masala (even if I did add a bit too much coconut milk, ha!) and homemade flatbreads. He’s the man!
Chickpea Tikka Masala

Sunday was the Doggone Pool Party in our housing area. The pools have closed for the season, and so before they drain all of the pools, they open one up for a dog pool party! Olive likes water from what we can tell – she’s always walking and jumping in streams while on hikes – but we didn’t know how she’s like the pool. Nick tossed her to in to see if she could swim – and she did! But she was also totally over it. (click picture for video!)

After that she just kind of ran around, met tons of other dogs, and stole a treat from the registration table. What a goofus.
Doggone Pool Part

All of the excitement wore her out, and so we dropped her off at home and headed to church. What an awesome long weekend! I think it was hard for Nick to go back to work on Monday, but he’s setting back in nicely. It’s good to have a routine as well.

Happy Wednesday!


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