OK I definitely should be studying for my GRE which is in exactly 2 weeks but I figured if I don’t post up this whopper of a post today, I might not until September! So here is my attempt at posting a whole weeks worth of 21st Bday goodies into one giant post. I originally planned to break it all up but I’m gonna try to churn it all out now!
Ready? Set? Go!
Tuesday- August 3rd
I started off the morning w/ a bowl of cereal before jetting off to JFK to catch my flight. I’m super anal about getting to the airport 2 hrs prior to departure in case there is a long line at security! Turns out, there wasn’t but I was stalled by a minor mishap in line (i got stopped at the metal detectors for having a wine opener on my carry on–this was actually leftover from my sisters graduation and I never unpacked it. The security guy thought it was funny since just two seconds ago i told him i was turning 21 that nite lol)
So I had about an hour and 45 minutes to spare at the airport and decided to grab some snackage. $10 worth of Starbucks fruit cups and a $3 Dasani water? Sure- i love supporting airports :)
I read a bit of The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks and then I was off!
Hello Michigan here I come!
Ginger Spice picked me up from DTW (GSpice is actually Vegetarian K but I decided she needs a cooler nickname on the bloggie and sinces she’s a red head who also loves the Spice girls, it just fits :))
We then headed over to her apartment where she decorated it w/ pink and purple streamers <3 The fridge was also stocked w/ mucho goodies. I will refrain from posting too much pictures of the night but lets just say it was fun, full of awesome ppl and definitely my best birthday I’ve ever had! I never get to spend bdays with friends since as a summer baby, most friends are off on vacay. This was a super nice change!
Also…something I’ve been waiting all summer for….
Bella girls reunite!
You didn’t think I’d forget about Bella C did ya? Christina joined me earlier in the night along w/ some close friends before the partay for some din din at Seva’s one of our favorite vegetarian/vegan restaurants in Ann Arbor which we’ve reviewed about a gajillion times
In honor of my love for all things lentil and curry, I started w/ the curried lentil soup
Soup in 90 degree weather? Bring it. Love love love <3
Bella C stuck w/ something more weather friendly- cooling Gazpacho
For the main course, I stuck with the curried theme (and because Bella C would not let me get my usual BBQ ‘wich). To get out of my menu ordering rut I got the North African Couscous
From menu: aromatic mix of carrots, potatoes, onions, cauliflower, peppers, tomatoes and garbanzos in north african curry spices on couscous with chargrilled tempeh and fresh cilantro AKA lurve on a plate!
The portion size was humungoooo! I ate half of it and saved the rest for later that nite (for the much expected munchie cravings). It was delish tho and I’m glad I experienced something new
DO you ever get stuck in a menu rut? Do you tend to order the same things or try something new everytime?
Bella C got The TLT
A rolled up sandwich of chargrilled tempeh, cheddar cheese, guac, tomatoes, and shredded romaine lettuce in a whole wheat tortilla
We both fell in love with the way Seva prepared their tempeh! Yum Yum and double yum! I am definitely experimenting with grilling tempeh in the Fall!! (luckily i’m bringing up the george foreman…im sure Old George never expected it to be used for tempeh!)
Wednesday Aug 4th- My BDAY!!
I had an amazing night w/ amazing friends! I fell asleep around 530AM and rolled out of bed at 8AM. WHAT? I guess I was just super excited to celebrate my bday some more. I finished off the couscous for brekkie, and had some of this
If turning 21 means you can have cupcakes for breakfast, I want to turn 21 everyday! :) This is one of the many vegan bday cupcakes that Bella C made me!! (curtesy of our cupcake bible- Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World) She also made me a vegan bday cake from the same batter that we lit the night before
After digging in to my sweetastic brekkie, me and Bella C left Ginger Spice to do her hwk and we took a stroll of Ann Arbor. I’ve missed thee beautiful town! While on our stroll we took advantage of the bday freebies!
6 free bagels from Zingermann’s Deli
Free Entree from Seva (cool summer salad w/ grilled veggies) that I split w/ Bella C
I also purchased a drink (cuz i can! lol) called scurvy- fresh OJ, Rum and Razz Syrup
Free scoop of Fro Yo from B&J’s, which my dairy intolerant self passed onto Bella C- clearly she enjoyed it ;)
I did some more cupcake loving when we split a free mini vegan mocha cupcake from The Cupcake Station
We then happened to pass by the Farmers Market! We both forgot it was Wednesday and the market was in full swing. It’s a lot slower in the Summer months, but we know it’ll be packed come Fall! Luckily we live only a couple blocks away this year!
I enjoyed a cool refreshing watermelon juice from Pilar’s Tamales, where we previously learned to make horchata and hibiscus tea!
And we bought some zucchs for dinna.
After a bit more exploring stalking/lurking outside our future apartment, we headed back to GSpice’s apartment, snacked on some bagels (Zimmermanns u may be the king of sandwiches, but you got nothing on NY bagels–yet i still happened to have 2 of u throughout the week :D I’m not that judgy)
Then we headed to the market and bought some essentials for GSpice to make some chili in a crockpot. While it cooked, I napped- did i mention i only got 3 hrs of sleep? We watched some United States of Tara on DVD and then when the smell of this cooking was too much to bear, we dug in!
The night was spent with some more Tara, some Euchre, and some more good company :)
Thursday- August 5th to Sunday August 8th
Next morning, the two Bellas said goodbye to GSpice and Ann Arbor and headed to Bella C’s casa for some more R&R. I’m going to recap the week w/ some pics :D
Christina’s family garden:
Fresh veggies for amazing meals throughout the week! Including this new lurve–
Eggplant Rollatini from Veganomicon
There’s a lot of steps but with the two Bellas in the kitchen, we are unstoppable!
The Tofu Ricotta that went into the Rollatini (Give this to all tofu haters- it WILL convert them!)
Eggplant after it was breaded–X3! It made a lot–we had left overs to snack on (no complaints there!)- this tasted like chicken cutlets at least to me and Christina it did- not so much to the carnivores but they enjoyed every bite too!
Look at this lovely swiss chard. We bought swiss chard at the market instead of spinach becuz someone I won’t mention who coff Bella C coff read the instructions wrong and we thought we had to wrap the eggplant in the leaves so we got chard to make it easier. Luckily we read the instructions again and realized the veggies go inside the eggplant! O wellz, we cut em up and it tasted amazo.
It’s been a while since both of us have taken pics for the blog and so many times we were half way through eating before realizing we shoulda captured it on film. So here are some pics that made it onto the camera but are definitely not even close to summing up the amazing eats had:
Baked Asparagus w/ EVOO and sea salt
Grilled Portabellas curtesy of Bella C’s Masta Grilla Dad
Sweet Cornnn-iline Good times never seemed so good Oh i’ve been inclineedddd…ok sry super cheesy but the Neil Diamond song just popped into my head when i wrote sweet corn :D
Some pretty tasty shmasty salads were also conjured from the Garden de Bella C
Raw Cauliflower salad w/ homemade Cranzberryz Juice Dressing
Garden Fresh Salad w/ the all the fixings!
And of course it really wouldn’t be a Bella Reunion w/out some dessert feasting
Some more cupcakes from VCTOTW
Dear Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, we are available 7 days a week (just give us substantial amount of ample amount of time to drop out of college)
Some Banana serve lovin
Some totally not vegan but we are going to pretend we don’t care Marshmallow roastin
Meltastic Gooeylishious Heaven
‘Mallow smashed between two graham crackers (i had enuff sense to avoid the milk chocolate- though it was calling out to me lol)
I’m not sure who feasted more that night, us or the mosquitoes that were also having dinner on us- literally. :(
After an amazing week at La Casa Bella C, I flew out Sunday morning back to the NYC
Had some Mexican huggin salad at my layover in Ohio (cheaper tix but longer flight blah)
Along w/ some unpictured pretz w/ the left over guac and a ton of this new choco granola carby love from Milk & Honey Granola (this granola has honey in it to any strict vegans out there, but they do make a vegan papaya cashew granola)
I got this from Christina’s Auntie V for my bday who got it from WF bulk section but they also make it in packages. Seriously O My Mmm, yumm..this wont last long lol
Ok so that was my foodie adventures back in Mich. I’ve seriously missed my Bella in Crime and my Ginga Spice and cannot wait to return in September! For now I’ve got to survive the GREs, and grad school applications. Joy de joy! I dunno when I will be back but i’ve got to go lock myself in a hole now to study!
But don’t worry these two will be back and reunited soon.
Love u all <3 <3
Thanks for everyone who made my Bday so special and spectacular!