Some of you may have seen my hastily posted Move Recap. I actually wrote that as a final “assignment” for my coaching program. It was the best possible outcome for the move and let me tell you: it basically worked! Long story short: we hit practically no traffic, made it down here in 6.5 hours with at least 1 hour of that in stops (picking up my coffee table on the other side of CT, gas fill ups, food breaks, etc). We had everything moved in in a couple hours and with the exception of Verizon screwing up (which actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise…more on that in a minute) my internet order, everything went ridiculously smoothly. 🙂 It basically rocked.
Four days later and I’m almost settled. The past couple of days have been a flurry of errands…running around to return that, pick up that, replace that, etc. I managed to get a couch + some chairs for the exact amount I wanted to pay for my couch (win!) and have basically furnished my entire apt for around $500. Again, I can’t complain! 🙂
Of course we’ve had to check out the local cuisine as well and for the most part I’ve been impressed. The first night mom, the beau and I grabbed a quick bite at Mimi’s, a local Mediterranean food place that does everything from burgers to pizza to falafel (yea…you know the type of place I’m talking about). There were definitely some options on there I’ve never seen before (an Egyptian version of hummus that was outstanding) and though it wasn’t the most outstanding food, I’m glad there’s such a veg-friendly place within walking distance.
The next night we planned on going out to a nice dinner to celebrate. We ended up at a new Mount Washington establishment called Blue Sage Cafe & Wine Bar. They are a fairly new restaurant that opened in Mount Washington Village, the little downtown area in my neighborhood, that specializes in freshly-made foods + craft brews, high quality wines, and specialty cocktails.
First we got dressed up…
Next we decided what we wanted to eat…
Note the vegetarian section… 🙂
Then we toasted with our amazing cocktails…
Cucumber sangria…it tasted like a green smoothie with wine in it. #win
And finally we enjoyed our delicious meals!
Portobello fries…seriously they tasted like chicken wings. SO good.
Gnocchi with asparagus and spinach in a white wine sauce.
Beau’s pizza with olives, tomatoes, spinach, and feta.
All in all our evening was wonderful. The service was rather slow but the food was amazing. For some reason the pictures on my iPhone came out no better than the ones on my old phone but oh well…I’m still learning how to use the darn thing!
The next morning we dropped mom off to catch her train home and headed into downtown Bmore to get some brunch. We ended up at the City Cafe which was less of a hit with me. The food was delicious but they were not good about substitutions or accommodating food needs. I must say, it is a huge pet peeve when places want to charge me to substitute veggies for meat. Bertucci’s does it all the time (and its part of the reason I don’t eat there as often) and City Cafe wanted to do it as well. There is no way a veggie burger costs more than country ham. And if I decide to not get the country ham then yes, I do deserve a discount because it is significantly more expensive than the other items in the order. *rant over* On to the oh-so-delicious food…
My potato pancakes with apple chutney and scrambled eggs.
The beau’s breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs, green chili chickpeas, Monterrey jack cheese, guac + sour cream, and the most amazing potatoes ever.
For some reason, I was craving eggs that morning. I can’t remember the last time that happened but I did indulge…and was absolutely positively stuffed to the point where I couldn’t finish my potato pancakes! They were good but not delicious and I’m glad it was a small serving of them because in reality I did feel a bit weighted down (literally? figuratively? a little bit of both?). I think my body was craving protein or some other nutrient in eggs because very rarely do I crave animal products (except cheese but as we all know, its meant to be addicting!) except when I’m craving something deeper. Since their brunch menu wasn’t too veggie friendly (they had salads and a veggie burger on their lunch menu but I was still in bfast mode) I went with it.
All in all my first few dining experiences have been pretty wonderful. The company also helps. 😉 I’m excited to continue exploring Bmore’s food options and seeing where I can get good, fast, cheap vegan eats. All in good time my friends. All in good time.
Apartment photos are forthcoming…there are still too many boxes around for that. 😉