Thursday, March 8, 2012

Sweet Potato Heaven (For lack of a better name)

I've never cooked with sweet potatoes until last night. In fact, I never even liked sweet potatoes (or at least I didn't know I did) until recently. My tastes in the past year have changed drastically, so I guess it's a new like. One day the thought of sweet potato crinkle fries sounded like the best thing on earth so I tried some (I didn't make them myself though) and I was right. Best thing on earth, for sure.

So a few days ago I bought one single sweet potato at the store, vowing to make something homemade with it, though I had no clue what to make. Last night I realized it was going to go bad soon so it was time to do something with it. I looked at a few recipes but none of them seemed like something I wanted. Finally, I just decided to go with my instincts. I peeled and cubed the sweet potato and then threw the cubes in some boiling water. While they were getting soft, I looked through my pantry to try to figure out what I was going to do to the sweet potato. I decided to sauté the cubes in some vegan butter, brown sugar, and a little water, and I sprinkled in some cinnamon. What resulted was nothing short of a sweet party in my mouth.

I didn't get a picture this time. Normally that would be because I ate it as soon as it was done. This time it was because I put it into two containers to take it to work today and tomorrow. I just ate the first serving and I already can't wait to eat the rest tomorrow!!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Imagine Vegan Cafe [Take 1]

My first experience with the only fully vegan restaurant in Memphis was disappointing but inconclusive. It was Sunday. I had just gotten off of a bus where I spent nearly 4 hours surrounded by other people and I needed desperately to pee the entire time. This was the day after the worst work week of my existence, which concluded with a 35 hour shift that did not end until the wee hours of Sunday morning. During this shift, I was injured, as was my coworker, and some heartbreaking [confidential] things happened. I was in an extra special kind of bad mood.

My fiancé decided we should try Imagine, probably in an attempt to cheer me up since he knew about my heinous week. We parked on a side road nearby and walked. As we got close we realized that despite the neon sign proclaiming that they were open, they were, in fact, closed. I looked at the hours. Sunday: 12pm-3pm, Monday and Tuesday: closed. I didn't read beyond that because my return trip was today (Tuesday). Or maybe it was because I was annoyed that a restaurant would be open only 3 hours total between Sunday and Tuesday. That's just stupid to me. Apparently vegans don't need to eat those days. I'm sure the other hours were stupid too.

Regardless, I will go back and try it one day soon. That's why the review is inconclusive. I suppose I'd rather have a vegan restaurant with stupid hours than no vegan restaurant at all. And this just proves the need for my dream restaurant that I hope to open one day. :)