Happy (Belated) World Vegan Day!

Okay, I couldn’t leave “vegetables are what food eats” up long and still feel like me, so here, enjoy some tasty and delicious vegan food from November 1, World Vegan Day! Above are very delicious vegan desserts; below, what I normally see described as pumpkin steak and cauliflower steak

… though technically speaking neither are steak, and Millennium‘s menu only described the pumpkin above as “steak,” just referring to the below as “roasted cauliflower”…

… but either way, all of it was highly delicious!

-the Centaur

 

Vegetables are What Food Eats

So my wife and I were talking about restaurants, and since I’m a foodie, two of my favorite restaurants in the Bay Area happen to be fine dining:  Alexander’s in Cupertino – steakhouse – and Millennium in Oakland – vegan. Both are a bit pricey, but, as a vegan, my wife has experience with only one of these.

For a carnivore married to a vegan, it’s quite useful to acquire a love of vegan food, so we go to vegan restaurants like Millennium and Happy Hooligans a lot. But by the time the two of us have done drinks, alcohol, three apps, a dinner entree and their dessert assortment, Millennium is, um, pricey, and my wife wondered whether it was the most expensive place that I ate at.

“Um, no,” I admitted. “Alexander’s is way pricier.” (And it is. Some entrees at Alexander’s, like the Alexander’s Trio of different kinds of Wagyu beef, are more expensive than our entire meal for two at Millennium).

After a beat, my wife said, “Well, it had better be that expensive, because the animals you eat at Alexander’s get fed the kind of food we eat at Millennium.”

After a moment, we laughed and agreed that this was probably true – and that we should call up an old carnivorous friend who once told the story of one of his friends who refused to eat vegetables because “that’s what food eats.”

-the Centaur

Pictured: Appetizers, entree and dessert trio at Millennium, teh yums; Alexander’s Trio and a mother-bleeping four-and-a-half-pound wagyu tomahawk chop, which is the largest steak I’ve heard of at Alexander’s, the  second largest steak I’ve ever heard of and a full third bigger than the biggest steak I’ve ever eaten (and at least twice as big as the largest steak I’ve eaten without regret). 72 ounces? Even I can’t eat that much … and anyway, I prefer the savory taste of regular beef over the super-richness of wagyu. Actually, just after even writing that, I feel like posting more vegan food to balance it out … here’s a vegan burger and vegan fish and chips at Happy Hooligans:

You’re welcome.

Caffe Romanza @ Books Inc.

pound cake and mocha frappe at caffe romanza

One of my favorite bookstore / cafe combinations in the whole world is Books Inc. I used to come here back when I only visited the Bay Area; I’d drive down from wherever I was staying, hang out next door for an hour in the fantastic used bookstore Bookbuyers, then wander over to inspect the new offerings at Books Inc before finishing off in the cafe upstairs.

books inc

It didn’t just have good, sweet, frozen coffee-flavored beverages, it had a great upper seating area which was conducive to kicking back and working on a problem. I’ve written a lot of words and drawn a lot of drawings in this cafe.

coffeehousers at work

There’s also an art gallery lining these walls, which my wife has shown in a few times. It really makes this a fun, exciting place to hang out and eat, drink, read, and write.

the art gallery upstairs at books inc

But as always, the ultimate test of a coffeehouse is the ample selection of power strips in which you can plug your laptops … wait, what? Seriously, the ultimate test of a coffeehouse is the coffee … and I think Caffe Romanza passes with flying colors:

the mocha frappe from caffe romanza

Did I mention the Mocha Frappe? Get yourself here.

-the Centaur