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What A Week

 

Hi everyone!

So it’s been about a month since my last post. A MONTH. How horrible. Things have been so ridiculously busy that I guess the bloggy just went into the back of the fridge with the baking soda :\ Sorry friends.

I’m glad to participate in What I Ate Wednesday though and you can join the party too by heading over to Jenn’s blog!

 


But I’m back! And let me tell you, this past week has been one of the craziest!

So here’s a highlight from the past week.

REB and I enjoyed the outdoors at our favorite vegetarian restaurant in town, Seva. We sat outside and enjoyed the beautiful sun and spring weather!

Mojito for her, Solar Blast juice for him

We started with an appetizer that was on their specials menu, called the Mediterranean black bean dip. We were intrigued.

It was delicious! It had kalamata olives, black beans, tomatoes, herbs (cilantro and parsley I think), yellow peppers and onions and then a yummy citrus-like dressing. It was so light and refreshing!

Whenever we go to Seva, it’s for their weekly specials menu. It changes every week and it could really be anything! So this time, I opted for the lentil burger. Delicious.

It was so good! It had some crisped kale on it and a yummy homemade ketchup that had a kick. I hope this is something they’ll return to their menu this summer :)

So let’s fast forward to Friday. My favorite day of this past week. Not.

Most of you know that I work downtown, so I have the luxury (and yes, I call it a luxury) to take the bus. That said, I don’t drive my car that often. I use it mostly for running errands after work or on the weekends, or alternating which car we drive when REB and I go some where, or to drop/pick up the dog from Petsmart’s day camp. So I was out on Friday minding my own business in the turn lane, about to turn into a business, and then some jack hole comes out from the left into my turn lane (to use it as a stopping point before merging into the other two lanes no doubt) and runs right into my car, head on.

I was not a happy camper. I was an even more unhappy camper when I saw the damage done to my car.

Sad car is sad

His Mercury Cougar was hardly damaged (externally anyway). Luckily there weren’t any injuries (I had a little neck pain the next day but it’s totes fine now), and he didn’t drive off thankfully. The police came, took down all our info and he was ticketed and found at fault, and then he was allowed to leave. I, however, had to have my little go-kart Cavalier taken to a shop and now we’re in the process of hearing from insurance if it’s repairable. I don’t think it is though. I never take it as a good sign with a collision shop “suggests” that I clean out my car of its personal items and also gives me my license plate. Poor car. It had less than 100K miles on it (only 81K!), and aside from that horrible front-end, everything else was fine. I should hopefully get something for it so we can get a new car at least. I hope!

I’ve never been in an accident EVER, so needless to say, I was a bit shook up and scared. But after all that escapade and a wonderful hug from my husband, I was in need of a drink. So we headed downtown to the rooftop of an Italian place in town, Palio. They have a completely different menu if you sit on the roof than if you sit downstairs or on the sidewalk. But why do we go there?

Sangria. Enough said. It was just the thing I needed after a day like that one. Plus, Friday was nearing a close and I was getting pumped for the weekend.

My friends and I do something we called Family Sunday Funday. It started with just us and another married couple and we’d meet on Sundays to eat dinner and watch Game of Thrones. Then it turned into alternating Sundays and the hosting couple would cook, and then we’d watch Game of Thrones. Then it turned into inviting another friend, alternating dinners, playing Rock Band and watching Game of Thrones. And now it’s included another married couple and has become a family fun night for us – something we’ll most likely continue even after Game of Thrones is finished with it season. So this past weekend it was our turn to host for the Sunday Funday 7 (there are 7 of us after all ;)).

I made an Indian feast.

Yes, feast.

I cooked two of the curries on Saturday so that all I had to do was warm them up on the stove on Sunday. And I made the third one on Sunday. I opted for simple north Indian dishes that I can make off the top of my head, so I wouldn’t have to cook for two days straight.

On the menu: channa masala, aloo mattar, mattar paneer, naan and rice. The first two I made the night before, the paneer I made on Sunday because I wanted to grill the paneer.

Grilling paneer - WIN

I think everyone was pleased with the dinner :)

4 of the Sunday Funday 7

 

This photo courtesy of Amber E. at Adventures of Amberherself

To end the week on a light note, I started taking pictures of how Starbucks has been spelling my name on the cup. It always amazes me that people can’t say or spell my name and don’t even make an attempt to try!

I even spelled it for them and they still put a "T" in there. WTF.

Anyway, hope you all have a pleasant week and I’ll try to not take a month hiatus again ;) <3

What was the best thing you ate or made this past week?

Boring Day of Food

 

For the first time ever, I actually remembered to take pictures of what I ate on Wednesday! It will probably never happen again. It’s also not the most exciting day of eats, but some of the items should come as no surprise to you! So here are eats from April 4!

Breakfast:

Oats with chia and granola, and a big ol’ cup of coffee with sugar free creamer and Splenda! It totally got me through the busy morning I had.

Lunch:

I had my leftover ghallaba pita, some hummus and bread for my lunch. Uh, can we say carblicious. I promptly worked out when I got home to avoid feeling guilt ;) But hey! At least the food got eaten and didn’t go to waste.

Snacks:

Fiberlicious and delicious, these Gnu Foods Flavor & Fiber bars are just what my afternoon need!

As if you didn’t already know ;)

After work:

April 4 was National Walking Day! After the workout, I did my cool down by taking the pup on a much needed long walk.

I think he appreciated it ;) Then again, walks are his favorite thing after fetch and food. It’s the little things.

…Well it was last week. This week it’s been cold, rainy and I even saw a few flurries on Tuesday. Gross. Make up your mind, Michigan!

After a quick shower, I got ready and headed downtown to have dinner with my girls and play music trivia like every Wednesday!

Walked by Faerie Village on my way to the restaurant. I’m sure you’ve seen pictures I’ve taken of the fairy doors around town. It’s probably one of the reasons Ann Arbor is so great! We have fairies living in our little city :) You can read more about the Urban Fairies here. It’s total cute overload ;)

Dinner:

Dinner was at Prickly Pear where I had the sweet potato enchiladas with black beans and rice on the side. I wasn’t a fan of the rice, but those beans are delicious! So were the enchiladas ;)

And just in case you guys don’t think all I ever drink is tea and water…I do in fact drink other things!

As always, if you want to join the party, head on over to Jenn’s blog to find out how! Happy Wednesday!

What’s the yummiest thing you ate over the weekend?

Vegetarian Paradise

Seva: I love this restaurant. It’s probably my favorite restaurant in Ann Arbor. Hands down. I’m sure you can guess why. It’s one of (if not the only) vegetarian/vegan restaurant in this entire beautiful, cute city.

I love the tag line: “Fresh imaginative vegetarian cuisine” — ah, I love the sound of that. They just put it all out there, so you know they’re full of awesome.


When you walk in, you have two options: Go into the restaurant straight ahead. Or, you can go downstairs to the comedy club.

Did I mention this place is full of win? Because it is. So yeah, you can eat and then catch a comedy show! (And, REB and I have been to the comedy club a few times and the people they have coming though there are hilarious! But that’s a different post…)


Seva is incredibly quaint on the inside. It isn’t super huge, but I think it seats 100 or so people. I think. The hostess stand is right there when you walk in, bathrooms and bar to the right.

So what’s with that shelf and the hallway?

Those are t-shirts and hoodies on that there shelf. You can buy those t-shirts (I have one in black w/ white writing for around $10. But you might ask yourself, “Um, why do I want to do this?”

This is why:


If you buy a t-shirt and travel (like I do every few weeks), you can take a picture of where ever you are with your t-shirt on, bring in the photo and get a free entree. Pretttttty sweet!


If you prove you’ve been some where with the Seva t-shirt, you also get a pin on their U.S. or World Map on the location of where you were.

I’m guilty of not showing them my photos! I have quite a few. I’m sure I’ve racked up enough entrees for a party of 5 or 6 by now. Should get on that. (–___–;


They have a full-service bar with beer, wine and juice! And their juices are amazing, so definitely check out this area of the place. There’s also more seating around the bar area and near the back of the restaurant.


We were fortunate to be seated in the corner in the front part of the restaurant (past the hostess stand), so I could be a creepster and take a picture of this part of the restaurant. I love the streamer lights along the top and the plants. I love the plants. They make the place seem so green and friendly. The wooden walls make me feel like I’m eating in a cabin.

Sigh. The ambiance of this restaurant makes me happy. I feel at peace, if that’s even possible.

How about we get to the whole point of this place.

The FOOD.

Like I said, it’s all vegetarian, but you meat eaters shouldn’t be super upset about this. There are a ton of great items on their menu that even the meatiest meat eater would be satiated. Everything from North African cous cous, spinach enchiladas, portobello sandwiches and Greek salads, to all vegan items like Tempeh burgers, black bean burgers and tofu eggs.

Before you all start gagging, you should give it a chance!

Tonight, I got the Eggs Veracruz, which was a crispy tortilla topped with black beans, eggs (I got mine done over-hard. It usually comes with over-medium), sour cream, guacamole, scallions, tomatoes and salsa. And some grapes on the side. It was pretty much amazing.

And to move onto my next point: They serve breakfast items all day.

It was more food than I could even eat, but it was oh so delicious.

REB got a char-grilled vegetable and goat cheese wrap with a cup of potato & leek soup (also known as vichyssoise). He let me try his soup and it was TO. DIE. FOR. I swear to something/someone divine and holy, it could have been made by the Late and Great Julia Child. …Except it was made with vegetable stock instead of chicken, of course.

In addition to outstanding food, the service is wonderful. We were served by one of the most friendly, and helpful servers. She kept the drinks filled and checked on us often to make sure we were happy. The food arrived fresh, hot and looked amazing.

Now, prices can be kind of high depending on what you get. Their lunch menu is the way to go where you can get half a sandwich with a cup of soup, salad, etc. That runs about $7 or $8. The entrees can get spendy and are any where from $10-15. They do have specials on the back of their menu every day (or week), though. They feature a special appetizer, salad and 3-to-4 entrees. They also make note of a wine that would complement the meal well, which is always nice.

So check out Seva! I’ve never had a bad thing to eat there, and a lot of my carnivorous friends would agree it’s a pile of win. So check it out! I know you’ll love it. And if you don’t, tell you love it any way so I don’t cry from confusion.