Good eats and good friends

I had the great pleasure of spending time today with a few fabulous ladies, including Nelly, Lisa, Patrizia and Jenny at our long-planned and highly anticipated get together! Part of the reason I started blogging in the first place was to connect with other like-minded foodies, so spending the day with a bunch of awesome raw-oriented vegans was a total treat. I’m very grateful the thunder showers forecast for today held off because we were able to enjoy a delicious meal on the patio and sip on some sangria.

We snacked on some pretty awesome food, much of it from Ani’s Raw Food Essentials. They were pretty much all hits – so many winning recipes in this book!

I made cheddar kale chips, onion rings, and mango salad. It’s hard to go wrong with kale chips! The onion rings were OK, but just OK. They didn’t wow me… the buckwheat breading was too thick, perhaps? At any rate, probably my least favourite recipe from Ani’s new book so far, but with so many other stand-outs, it’s no big deal.

Nelly made tostadas – corn-based tortilla, topped with chipotle cheese, lettuce, salsa, walnut-based taco meat, and sour cream. So delicious!!!

Lisa brought some amazing blueberry lavender ice cream. It reminded me that I really need to start using lavender more often! Topped with some of my leftover cashew lemon cream, it was divine.

Patrizia brought vegan chocolate fudge cake and I am a lucky girl because the leftovers are now in my fridge šŸ™‚ And Nelly, moon pie machine that she is, brought some of those babies.

I also made some amaretti cookies. Yum.

Thankfully, I was able to convince Jenny to take some of the goodies home with her so I wasn’t responsible for eathing all the leftovers! My waistline is thankful.

Kristin was supposed to join us but something came up at the last minute, so we didn’t get to sample the chocolate torte she was planning to bring. Next time! And there will definitely be a next time, so even more can join us. Wish all of you were here with us! Thanks ladies, for a wonderful afternoon!

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13 Responses to “Good eats and good friends”

  1. Wow, I am so jealous!! Everything looks unbelievable!!

  2. beautiful post to honour such a beautiful day!!!

    thanks so much for being such a spectacular host. everything and everyone was perfect today.

    love you all.

    ā¤

    enjoy the rest of your weekend girlie and i'll see ya friday!!! can't wait!

    • nelly… you ARE a moon pie machine. i devoured one (no, really, DEVOURED) and camille explained to me how it’s made. it seems crazy time consuming, and i know i could never do it with my impatience. it was probably one of the most delicious things i’d ever eaten. and i have another one in my freezer plus the amaretti cookies that will probably ALL be gone tomorrow, i kid you not. SO GOOD.

      it was wonderful meeting you all in person. it’s great to have raw veg friends as i dont even have a vegetarian friend. sorry i was so late… next time hopefully i wont be coming from running around the city in the heat and will be in a much less spacey mood…

      xoxo

  3. Wonderful food and great friends..nice combo!

  4. Oh what a wonderful day! wish I was there! Food looks great, and company no doubt was awesome. Glad the good weather held out for you too. Bonus!

  5. Sounds awesome! I need to find me some vegan, raw-interested friends who live near me šŸ˜›

  6. What wonderful looking food and beautiful ladies!!

    Maybe next time we can try to make it ; )

    xoxo

  7. Whoa girl! What an event!
    I love all the pics, thanks for this fab post.
    Nice little community forming in Tdot! I look forward to joining in with you gals sooon!

    Hugs!

  8. So much fun! I am so jealous of your yummy food and wonderful company!!!

  9. those tostados look amazing! thank you for sharing your delicious day with us!=)

  10. Whoa – those tostadas look ridiculously good! I would love to know more about the tortillas.

  11. Oh my gosh! Can I come next time?!?! Everything looks more than amazingly delicious!!!

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