woke up and hit up timeless again for a quad almond latte and a garlic cheddar scone. DELISH. finished reading the book that i’ve been reading for the past 6 months. finally i can move on to something new! sheesh!
i made plans with a friend from high school who i haven’t seen since 1998 or so… she lives in burlingame and wanted to meet me in the city to catch up and eat vegan food! so we met in the mission and ended up at gracias madre. she loved it. we ordered four items and split everything…
~QUESADILLAS DE CAMOTE Sweet potato and caramelized onions folded into tortillas with cashew nacho cheese and pumpkin seed salsa
~GREENS CON CHILE Y AJO: Kale Greens sautéed with fresh garlic, and chiles
~Papas something or other which are roasted potatoes with a cashew cheese sauce (not listed on their website)
~and the special which were ceviche tostados – coconut meat marinated in lime juice with avocado and a bunch of other amazing toppings.
the quesadillas were once prepared with butternut squash and they were my favorite thing on the menu along with the roasted brussel sprouts. they changed the quesadillas to sweet potato (not as good in my opinion) and the brussel sprouts were not available. they are a seasonal restaurant and only use what produce is available from their farm and other local farms… so i get that the menu changes frequently to reflect this… but i missed the butternut squash.
the special was amazing. the caramelized onions on top were stellar. it was super flavorful and i loved every bite!
i’m obsessed with the roasted potatoes smothered in cashew cream sauce. super spicy. super yum. one of my all time favorites and they were perfect!
the kale was garlicky and delicious. everything we ate was well prepared, although are meals seemed to take over 35 minutes to get to us. the service seemed a bit off. no sense of urgency whatsoever from the staff. ah well. i guess that’s just how it is in the mission. gracias madre is still good. just not as good as it was when they first opened.
leaving gracias madre we were STUFFED. we gave a homeless guy our leftovers (hopefully he likes kale)! and headed over to philz for some coffee. i got the gingerbread iced coffee with almond milk (yay bay area for giving us lactose intolerant people more choices other than soy!). it was super yum. i grabbed a few pepples vegan donuts to go and we walked to dolores park – stopping in a few stores on valencia along the way.
i guess it’s a good thing i’m walking so much – need to burn off all these sugary treats i’m inhaling. i guess it is good that florida lacks vegan noms. when they are all in front of my face (like the donuts) i can not resist!
what does a hungry vegan do when it’s too cold outside and it’s 10pm and they’re already in their pjs? call lanesplitter and order a vegan sicillian! unfortunately the pizza box they bring this gigantic pizza in is bigger than any fridge i’ve ever owned… and the small fridge in the room i’m renting can barely fit a normal to go box… so i had to get creative when storing the leftovers. mmmmm. i can’t explain how delish the thick sicillian crust and notta ricotta taste. oh lanesplitter how i’ve missed you…. good thing i’m hiking tomorrow. i need to do some serious exercising to work off all this delicious food! eeeeeeeek.