Jokerz And Gardens

I love how much bloggers sympathize over dropped tableware! Only you guys would understand, haha.

Jolly Beans

With the sun shining in, I knew an outdoor run would help me feel energized. I pushed it about as late as I could–10:30–and got ready to run. Right before heading out I popped the jelly beans from the Whole Foods bulk bins for quick energy. They’re all-natural, vegetarian, called “Jolly Beans”, and absolutely delicious; just like with other brands, my favorite colors are the white, orange, and yellow. Which are your favorite jelly beans?

9.4 Miles In 1:20:46

I ended up running 9.4 miles in 1:20:26, which was a really good pace for me. I had to hit the Providence hills because on my way back I made a pit stop at University Heights Whole Foods to grab a Jokerz bar. I think I’ve found a new addiction! I also swung by the dining hall before coming into my room right at 12 with the rush; that was not timed well, and there wasn’t even much for me to work with :-( I stilled managed a tasty and quick lunch.

Kidney Beans With Ketchup And Hemp Oil, Maple Tofu, All Over Spinach

Another bean salad–I’m just loving these! Red beans are definitely not my favorite(I prefer chickpeas or black beans), but it’s what they had so I worked with them and made a dressing from organic ketchup and Foods Alive hemp oil sweet & sassy dresing. It reminded me of BBQ beans. On top, I threw on the maple tofu I roasted Monday but ended up not eating. What turned out being thrown together from stuff on hand was actually a great meal. Do you have a favorite type of bean?

Jokerz Go Max Go Foods Candy Bar

Wednesdays win for my long days: 3 1/2 hours straight class in the afternoon. I definitely needed something to look forward to in my Object History class to keep me sane. The funny thing? This weeks “object” was sugar and other food in colonial America. We also talked a lot about the potatoes role in society from it’s origins as a South American crop to Europe. As much as I love food, I feel like class is the one place I can escape from having a single track mind. C’est la vie.

Vegan Milk Chocolate Enrobing Vegan Caramel, Nougat, And Peanuts

It felt a little ironic to be eating this Go Max Go Foods Jokerz while we talked about the expansion of sugar in the 18th century English diet and how 1 ton of sugar equated to the life of a slave at the time. Guilt? I don’t know the meaning of the word–this was downright delicious! So sweet and good. And, yes, it’s a candy bar and not at all healthy. But it is all natural :-) And I had a surprise waiting for me after class…

Dad

Guess who was in town! Literally, he was in town on a special business conference, and since he got off dinner when I got out of class, meeting up for dinner seemed natural. First we stopped at a store to get avocadoes, kombucha, a new bowl, and jelly beans(aka, all of my staples). After that, we found a little local restaurant that Heather recommended.

Garden Grille Cafe

Garden Grille Cafe is a small, hole-in-the-wall restaurant over in East Pawtucket. I have ran right near this so many times without even paying notice; I wasn’t even 1/4 mile away twice on my run this morning! The menu is all vegetarian, highly vegan/gluten-free, and they even have some raw items. Though it didn’t say, I would bargain all the ingredients to be all-natural. They even had organic brews on tap(not that I was getting any of that action), along with fresh squeezed juices and blended smoothies. Now those sounded good. I’ll definitely be planning to end a run on a nice sunny day by here.

Eggplant Rollatini

For my entree, I chose the eggplant rollatini, described as “grilled and stuffed with herb tofu nut cheese, crispy polenta, garlic sauteed spinach with homemade pomodoro sauce”". The flavors were just what I was craving at the time. It also appealed to me that this was vegan, gluten-free, and–at least I would say so–didn’t compromise my Lent give-up of “prepared soy”(it had some tofu, but less than any other menu item, and since the house probably used raw tofu and just prepared it tonight, it’s less “prepared” than the ones I had in mind). The eggplant rolls with the tofu-nut cheese were amazing; I could have ate 5 more! The polenta I just had a sliver of; it was well formed, but even well formed polenta is pretty boring unless you dress it up with heavy cream or a sharp cheese(and this dish was vegan). Overall, it was a great experience and I’ll probably be eating there again. Did I mention they have vegan cinnamon rolls on the Sunday brunch menu? They do.

A few last things: first up, Katie alerted me to this article fronting Newsweek this week; apparently, I’m a good writer ;-) And I also agree with a lot I have to say! Go figure. And check out this ch-ch-chia seed giveaway from Lucky Taste Buds that comes with a sweet recipe! happy end of humpday, ya’ll!

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  1. Jessica @ How Sweet 10. Mar, 2010 at 9:11 pm #

    I absolutely agree that those things are staples! :)

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  2. Caroline 10. Mar, 2010 at 9:31 pm #

    I’m that one weirdo who loves all the black jelly beans!!! :-)

    I think your object history class sounds wicked cool. The only thing cooler might be a Food History class! What classes are you taking at Brown this semester? Do you take advantage of the open curriculum or do you try to get a lot of balance in your schedule?

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    Evan Thomas Reply:

    My classes this semester are Greek History, Greek 400, Latin 1120, and Object History. The first 3 are for my major(classics) and the object history is more for fun.

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  3. Lauren @ Eater not a runner 10. Mar, 2010 at 9:35 pm #

    I think I might have to try a Jokerz bar soon….

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  4. Megan (from Happily Healthy) 10. Mar, 2010 at 9:54 pm #

    Wow! That dinner looks soooo good! Maybe I can re-create it?? Probably not! But I’ll continue to drool over your pic lol!

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  5. Emily 10. Mar, 2010 at 10:10 pm #

    Yum, your dinner definitely does look yummy. It must have been great to have your Dad luckily in town. :)

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  6. Jessie (Vegan-minded) 10. Mar, 2010 at 10:23 pm #

    Woah, that Jokerz bar looks incredible! Eggplant rollatini is one of my favorite meals too, I am very jealous right about now! :)

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    Evan Thomas Reply:

    You should totally look for the bar if you can find it near you http://gomaxgofoods.com/where.htm It did *not* taste vegan; I have no idea how they did it with rice milk

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  7. eatmovelove 10. Mar, 2010 at 10:51 pm #

    Your Dad is adorable!!! And he brought you to a vegetarian restaurant!! Wow – for some reason I kept thinking that you weren’t a huge fan of your parent’s eating habits???….or are they “good” eaters like you, but just not all-natural and stuff??? Do they ever get “Frustrated” with your foods or “pickiness” (not that there’s anything wrong with that!!! totally your choice!!! :) )

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  8. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) 10. Mar, 2010 at 10:54 pm #

    dressing from organic ketchup and Foods Alive hemp oil sweet & sassy dresing = i have both those things in my fridge.. very tempting!

    wow your dad looks so young! holy crap. just means that you’re really young and im old :)

    this:Vegan Milk Chocolate Enrobing Vegan Caramel, Nougat, And Peanuts
    borders on soft porn and i happen to love it! OMG I am breaking into my jokerz tonite. last nite was popcorn mania but tonite joker me!

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  9. Naomi (onefitfoodie) 10. Mar, 2010 at 11:11 pm #

    oh the foods alive dressings are so good! I got some free a while back when I first started blogging adn they were gone so quick!!!

    the eggplant rollatini looks so good!! i love how its smothered in sauce!

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  10. Matt 10. Mar, 2010 at 11:12 pm #

    Gad you got to see dad! I think my favorite kind of bean is refried black beans :)

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  11. marathonmaiden 11. Mar, 2010 at 12:06 am #

    glad that you were able to enjoy time with your dad. and i think my fav jelly beans are the strawberry ones. or any fruit flavor :)

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  12. Hangry Pants 11. Mar, 2010 at 12:06 am #

    Glad you liked it!

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  13. sophia 11. Mar, 2010 at 12:49 am #

    Yay for dad! I miss mine, too. Wish he would make a surprise visit…
    My favorite jelly beans are the toasted popcorn flavor!

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  14. Madeline - Greens and Jeans 11. Mar, 2010 at 1:01 am #

    Ohhhhhhhh my Gooooooooodddddddddddd I LOVE Garden Grille! I am so incredibly jealous that you went there! Their butternut squash quesadillas rock my world.

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    Evan Thomas Reply:

    My dad got their burrito and called it “the best he ever had”. I’m not much for mexican food, but there’s a lot on that menu I could see myself loving

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  15. Stef @ moretolifethanlettuce 11. Mar, 2010 at 1:07 am #

    the town is really called east pawtucket? sounds like a totally fake name lol! that place sounds awesome

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  16. MelissaNibbles 11. Mar, 2010 at 10:36 am #

    The eggplant rollatini looks amazeballs! I need to get there and try it for myself.

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    Evan Thomas Reply:

    Definitely! I swear the table next to us weren’t having quite a “blogger meetup”, but I could overhear that they were all newly vegetarians who met over some internet forum

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  17. Ashlei 11. Mar, 2010 at 4:41 pm #

    Oh it’s been too long since I’ve had grilled eggplant…looks delicious!

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  18. Jo 11. Mar, 2010 at 6:26 pm #

    I think I know what your favourite bean would be- cacao beans ;)

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