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Restaurants and Weekend Trips – swell

Restaurants and Weekend Trips

Table Setup for Dinner
Heirloom Tomato Salad Test Plate
Italian Herbed Carrot Soup with Toasted Almonds
Summer Risotto with Fresh Herbs and Carrot Ribbons
Dessert Plate
GF Pizza with Arugula, Portabellas, Artichokes and Garlic
Breakfast Plate from People's Coop

Where does the time go?  Since I last blogged, I started a new job at a new coop (love it!), hosted a dinner party for 22 people in my 1+ bedroom apartment, I went to San Diego for a wedding and family/friend visits, and then fall weather happened overnight.

Wait! What?  A dinner party for 22 people you say?  It’s true, and the shoddily-photographed evidence (apart from any diner photos, as they were just TOO terrible to share) is here.  We (two friends and I) served a five-course vegan feast complete with pre-dinner sangria, and wine, beer, and lemon verbena-cucumber water.  Our guests dined on whole-grain miche crostini with truffled cashew cheese, balsamic fig spread, and fresh basil; a creamy Italian herbed carrot soup with toasted almonds; quinoa with heirloom tomato basil salad and balsamic reduction; a summer risotto featuring loads of fresh herbs, homemade veggie stock and local carrots (including purple!), served with more herbs, carrot ribbons, and balsamic reduction; and finally, a lemony chocolate avocado tart with vanilla lemon coconut cream in a toasted nut crust AND a scoop of coconut-based vanilla-basil ice cream with balsamic-marinated strawberries.  Was it delicious?  You betcha.

I also got the chance to take a whirlwind trip to San Diego for a friend’s wedding, and I made good use of my time shopping and eating at People’s Coop, which is probably my favorite coop EVER, and going out to eat at various restaurants about town, like Pizza Fusion.  There I had a delicious gluten-free thin crust pizza with arugula, portabella mushrooms, artichoke hearts, and garlic.  It was a lovely, if brief, little visit to the city I used to call home.

But I’m really happy to be home in Minnesota again.  It’s really where my heart is.  And with the weather rapidly changing and the colorful leaves soon to come, I’m getting really excited for my first favorite season (the second being spring).  Scarves and sweaters and long socks, and apples and root vegetables and toasty ovens, hooray!  My new baking job has afforded me, among other things, a lot of inspiration and thinking time for what I’d like to bake, things I’d like to put in zines, stuff I want to blog.  So it’s happening, and it will be delicious.

19 Responses to “Restaurants and Weekend Trips”

  1. Sarahfae says:

    I wanna go to your dinner party!! :(

    Looks LOVELY, and congrats on the new job.


  2. JennShaggy says:

    Thank you so much :) I was a crazy kid to be around…I definitely had my share of religious zealot parents pull friends away from my side haha.

    How have I never stumbled upon your blog before? Your photography is gorgeous. All the food looks divine. Thanks for finding me!

    • A-K says:

      We’ve commented on each other’s blogs before, but I’ve jazzed it up a little recently, so you might not recognize it. Always excited for your new posts!

  3. Kiersten says:

    Your dinner party meal sounds fabulous! I want to know more about this chocolate-avocado tart. I am even more impressed that you fit that many people into your apartment. I have a one-bedroom and I sure as hell wouldn’t know where to put that many people!

  4. Courtney says:

    Wow–your dinner party sounds fantastic! I wish I could have been there…it sounds amazing!

    So glad to hear you are enjoying working at Seward. Can’t wait to hear more about the new job this weekend :-)


  5. Mandee says:

    Your dinner party sounds so professional, A.K! And the photos, gorgeous!

    I must have forgotten to upload my reader as I’ve missed a few of your recent posts, my bad! ;)

  6. andrea devon says:

    ohmagawd! what a menu! your friends & loves are so very lucky. i love planning parties like that, but yours certainly takes the cake!

  7. Looks like you have been busy! I would have loved to be at that dinner party ;)

  8. veganlisa says:

    A-K – you’re soiree is what dreams are made of. I’m sure your guests were in awe.

    I love Fall too. Sweaters and scarves make me smile.


  9. Alyssa says:

    So glad I was a part of your fabulous dinner party, and it is great to see you back on the blog. Let’s have some fall adventures!

  10. Wow, your dinner party sounds like quite the gathering! All of the food looks terribly delicious… Oh how I wish I was invited! I’m very intrigued by the ice cream; coconut based anything is always great in my opinion!

  11. Kristie says:

    Hello AK. Robert and I recently dined at Ecopolitan and you were nice enough to suggest a cook book and give us your blog address. Thanks so much. Everything looks delicious on here and I look forward to trying a couple of recipes. I have a question related to our Candida Diet. We are supposed to refrain from eating mushrooms and cashews do to the mold. What is your feeling on this? Would appreciate the feed back.


  12. Kim says:

    yay, you’re working my my favorite co-op! that’s great, A-K. and that dinner party looks incredible. let’s get together soon! :)

  13. Julia says:

    You’ve been busy! I so wish I could have been a guest at that dinner, it sounds (and looks) exquisite! I must try the truffled cashew cheese….wow.

  14. jd says:

    A dinner party for 22 people in a 1 bedroom apartment?!

    You are my hero!

    For that, and for your always indelibly scrumptious-looking food ;)

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