This past Sunday brought us a South American-inspired menu, and it was delish! I was already halfway through my plate when I realized I'd left my camera at home. So, no pics of this one. Sorry! But just imagine a plate with a little of everything on it: an arepa (a Latin corn cake), "guacabello," chorizo tofu scramble, cilantro lime rice (the scent was heavenly!), black beans, chimichurri sauce, a chive spelt biscuit with smoked almond gravy! We had apparently arrived too late to try a couple of the dishes -- fried plantains and slaw -- but even so, we had plenty to eat. And we got dessert: a gluten-free sweet potato pancake with granola and maple syrup!
What's more, Jehan has been talking to the folks with the Let's Be Totally Clear campaign about getting Grit's Bar to go smoke-free. At least for the time being, they have agreed to have Smoke-Free Sundays (till 4 p.m.)! Now we can enjoy uninterrupted wafting scents of vegan brunch. Thanks, Jehan and Grit! (...?)
It's a makeshift operation for the time being, to be sure -- think of it as a party you're invited to, and you just kick in a little money to make it possible. With your support, who knows what it will become?
On another subject, I made it to the uptown farmer's market this past Tuesday morning. I was happy to see there were two organic growers selling produce. The first was this table, where the sellers clearly enjoyed posing with vegetables:
I bought some good-lookin' green beans and okra here at the Oakland Organic stand. The girl explained that while they're not certified organic, they use no chemicals at their farm.
Here's the other organic stand:
If I hadn't already had a bunch of tomatoes at home, I'd have loved to get some of these.
And here's (what I think is) the prettiest stand:
So get your shoes on, everyone, because there's lots of foodie stuff for vegans to do these days!
Finally, I just wanted to post a link to a biscuit recipe I made tonight -- can you say UNBELIEVABLE? Try the add-ins described in the comment left by "THE EARTH CAPITAL." That's what I did, and I could've eaten all twelve biscuits in one sitting (but didn't). You'll never miss Popeye's biscuits again! See third line below for link.
Grit's Bar ~ 530 Lyons Street ~ NOLA 70115 ~ (504) 899-9211