I should title this post "Why we haven't moved to some great veg-friendly city yet." I've mentioned this before, but for you newbies...we live in a smallish college town in the Midwest. Not the most veg-friendly college town, that is certain, and there are plenty of things to complain about (the the least, lack of mountains and/or ocean), but it is easy-ish to live here car-free and most important, we have some of the most awesome neighbors on the planet. Even when people come and go, as they are wont to do in a college town, we end up surrounded by really great people. Most of them are not even close to veg which makes the fact that we've had impromptu dinners with three different sets of lovely neighbors three nights this week even more special to me. The conversations at the park, the beers shared on the porch, the help with house projects, and the casual meals are all priceless. It makes living here so much greater than the sum of all its parts. Unfortunately for the blog, I didn't take any pictures. One evening was spent eating gloriously green veggie soup at Anthony and Jean's house and I had to hold myself back from getting out my iphone for a photo.Fiesta Cafe. They mention vegans on their website so over the many years we've sort of blown off the place, it has now grown on us. One can't say "no" to margaritas outside where the kids can be kids. We had a leftover black bean burrito from the Fiesta Cafe evening which ultimately resulted in the title of this post. I bought We Can't Say It's Sour Cream, from Strawberry Fields on a whim, to go with the burrito. Usually I don't review a product unless I like it. If you can't say something nice...yadda, yadda, yadda. However, I have tried some other Wayfare products with good results. I feel like it is my duty to give some feedback to a company when they can make quality vegan items to let them know when they miss the mark. The We Can't Say It's Sour Cream is off the mark....way off. I would say it tasted and had the consistency closer to plain unsweetened soy yogurt than sour cream. In fact, I checked the label three times to make sure they really were not saying it was sour cream. Ugh! Now I have a 16oz. container of the stuff. I'll stick with Tofutti or make my own.
Thara Thai and actually looked at the menu. Do you ever get so comfortable with a place that you can order half a dozen dishes and never look them up? We know the owner and her family and our kids have grown up eating her food. Yet, I had no idea they served vegan pho. I mean, really! Why have we been waiting for the once a month pho chay in Urbana when we could have been eating pho all the time at Thara Thai? What a fool I have been! Always peruse the menu, even at a place you know intimately. I was the only one who ordered the pho and it came later than the rest of the food so they gave us an extra vegan pad thai with veggies which you see Dema (above) eating the next day. I like the flavor of Thara Thai's pho better and it had just the right kick with "medium" spice ordered.