Vegetarian date in Houston?

Vegetarian date in Houston?

You have a hot date and you don’t know where to go because he or she is vegetarian and you don’t want to look like a fool? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered, here is a list of restaurants with awesome vegetarian options that will make both of your bellies happy and you will totally look like a pro on your vegetarian food game.

Just Dinner on Dunlavy

Starting February 2016, Just Dinner is offering a full vegetarian menu on Mondays with their favorite must try items like Eggplant Parmesan and Ratatouille. Super cozy ambiance and half-price corkage every Monday as well. Reservations only.

Uchi

Usually they have special vegetarian nights on Tuesdays and Uchi accommodates to all your cravings and necessities any day of the week. There are so many choices at this Japanese spot, from Kinoko, king trumpet sushi to Vegetable Nabe, crunchy rice with vegetables; their food selection is perfect for sharing and trying a good amount of dishes. Their vegetarian menu changes constantly and never disappoints. Try the lemon gelato and the peanut butter semifredo for dessert. After all, diet starts on Monday. Reservations are highly encouraged.

Caracol 

This Mexican Coastal restaurant located in The Galleria area has awesome seafood dishes like Chicharron de Calamar, fried squid with tomatillo sauce and Pescado Zarandeado, boneless whole fish wood-grilled; and will also make you crave and want to try all the mouth-watering vegetarian dishes like Vegequeso, melted cheese tacos with grilled veggies and the Green Enchiladas, stuffed with roasted veggies. Reservations are highly encouraged.

Mascalzone

For an authentic Italian experience try this new-ish restaurant on Sheperd, homemade pasta and wood oven pizza is all I have to say. Their food selection is great for vegetarians as well as meat eaters. It takes them a little while to bring the food to the table since it is all fresh and made to order and it’s so worth it because only very few places will make you feel like you are actually eating in Rome, Mamma mia! Reservations are encouraged.

Cuchara

Very popular spot, they usually have special dinners with super authentic flavors from Mexico City that you won’t find anywhere else in Houston. To start, try the Tacos crujientes de jamaica, crunchy tacos stuffed with hibiscus flowers and cream cheese; then order the Mula de nopal, grilled cactus stuffed with panela cheese. This is a first come, first serve spot.

Extra points: Call ahead of time to make a reservation at Uchi or Caracol and ask them to have their vegetarian menus available and they will give them to you by the time they sit you down.

There you go, you’ve got this date all ready to rock!

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Movies and documentaries I’ve seen (part deux)

Movies and documentaries I’ve seen (part deux)

You will find so much information online, keep yourself curious. Do some research, after all you are what you eat, seriously. And if you want to do it for ethical reasons, also do your research because as soon as you go vegetarian or vegan, all of the sudden everyone else seems to have a degree in nutrition and will try to tell you how wrong you are because you are choosing this lifestyle.

Here are some more amazing documentaries I have seen. Please let me know if there is one you have seen that has caused breakthroughs in your life, I am always up for something new.

The Cove – Oscar winner for Best Documentary. It came out in 2009 and talks about something you probably have no idea it’s going on. Once a year in Japan, fishermen hunt and kill all sorts of dolphins off the coast of Taiji. Super interesting, plus they put hidden cameras, needless to say, the makers of the movie are banned from Japan. The full movie is available for rent on Youtube for $1.99. The Cove full movie

Vegucated – It’s about three people going through the process of going vegan for six weeks. Interesting because the camera follows them everywhere as they are challenged every day by this new lifestyle. The documentary is available on Netflix.

EARTHLINGS – This is the most powerful documentary I have seen about human behavior towards other beings on earth. Divided into four, it talks about speciesism and ways humans abuse animals. Pets (this is what got me…); Food, Entertainment and clothing. Do you want to go vegan today? Watch it on Vimeo.

Forks Over Knives – Great piece of information about nutrition, the SAD (Standard American Diet) and how it is killing us one by one without even realizing it. Available on Amazon, Vudu, Netflix and iTunes for $3.99.

 

Movies and documentaries I’ve seen

Movies and documentaries I’ve seen

One of the most powerful and helpful tools I found on my journey when I went vegetarian were movies, clips and documentaries. I feel like the visual impact they create, help a lot. I am not saying I sat all day watching films about killing animals in horrible ways, even though some of them do have some graphic material that helped me out realizing that I was part of that awful and very silent truth.

When I was doing my research, I had to go through a lot of websites and it took me a long time to find what I was actually looking for and that is one of the actual reasons for my blog, to tell other people “here it is, go through it, watch what interests you and I’ll be here if you have questions.” 🙂

I will talk about them in the order I remember watching them, some of the documentaries talk about health concerns, about losing weight, about the ignorant human world and about killing animals for different purposes. Eventually watching all of them along with reading books and talking to very knowledgable people got me where I am now. I have been vegetarian since 2012 and I really love it.

The first documentary I watched is called FAT, SICK AND NEARLY DEAD. It’s a film where this guy Joe Cross, who is the creator of the whole thing, goes on a 60 day challenge. He commits to drink only juices and exercise every day while he is traveling cross country through America. He started his journey because like the name of the film says, he was fat and sick, he was taking very high amounts of medication. By the end of the movie he has completely changed his life, he is living a healthy life, he goes back to eating food but not the kind of junk he was used to, instead he starts eating really good food.

The documentary has really good advise for when you don’t know where to start. I also feel like stories of success give a great amount of motivation. I am not saying we should drink nothing but juices for 60 days and that is what worked for him and he did great and you can do it as well at whatever level you want to go.

Watch FAT, SICK AND NEARLY DEAD for free at their website!!!!! Here’s the link

If you watch the documentary and want to know more about Joe and his reboot system click here, his website has awesome advise, recipes, workouts and success stories that will motivate you to keep a healthy lifestyle.

Coming up… Part deux

Delicious pasta with zucchini sauce

Delicious pasta with zucchini sauce

4 portions

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 Onion finely chopped

4 Mexican zucchinis or calabacitas roughly chopped

400 gr. Short pasta (orecchiette, penne, fussily, etc)

6-7 Leaves of fresh basil

1/4 Cup Shaved almonds

2 Tbsp Olive oil

Red pepper flakes

Salt and pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cook the pasta according to the instructions in the package for pasta al dente, adding 1 Tbsp of salt and tbsp of olive oil.
  2. In a large pan, add the oil and sauté the onions, add the zucchini and cook for about 4 minutes on medium heat.
  3. Add 1 cup of the pasta’s water to the zucchini, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes, let it cook for 10 more minutes or until zucchini is tender.
  4. In a blender, add the zucchini, basil leaves and almonds; blend until you have a sauce consistency, add some of the pasta’s water if needed.
  5. Serve the pasta with sauce and decorate with fresh basil leaves.

* Add parmesan cheese for a vegetarian version

VEGAN

Why did I start thinking about going vegetarian?

Why did I start thinking about going vegetarian?

I have never really followed any regimens or diets, I used to eat whatever I want at any time of the day or night. Eventually I started gaining some weight but nothing to be too worried about.

People ask me if I have met people that influenced me to change my diet and I did, in 2010 I started a new job and met a guy and a girl that were vegan so I got a little curious about it and asked them questions like why they were eating vegan and how they did it.

One of the first things that came to my mind were “I could never do that” and “Ugh they don’t know what they are missing out” because I thought they were only eating lettuce or very plain food but since I still wanted to know I began to pay attention to what kind of stuff they would order at restaurants or what they would bring for lunch.

To my surprise and very opposite to what I was thinking they would order burgers, pasta, sandwiched, wraps, fries, noodles and other food I never even thought about it as vegetarian and it was soooo good!

 

Hello world!

Hello world!

I am starting this blog because I always get lots of questions about why I became vegetarian and how I did it so I thought I would write it down and have this journey explained from my point of view.

Some people are interested on going vegetarian or vegan but they just don’t know how to do it or they think they don’t have the tools or the willingness to get into it so I really hope that if you at least feel a little curious about how someone just like you has done this, keep on reading, I will tell you about people, books, movies and different stuff that motivated me to change my lifestyle.

Also I will write about some amazing restaurants I have been to all over the place. When I go on vacation I try to go to at least one vegetarian restaurant and other restaurants that also offer lots of amazing yummy vegetarian and vegan options that even meat eaters have completely approved because they are just great.

If you have any questions please feel free to send me a message, even though I am new to this blog/website admin thing, I will figure it out soon. I feel like I am about to enter into another world, we will see if I pass it or get killed while I try it.

Thanks for reading.