Eating to Live on the Outside: Vegetarian House

Good morning kiddies! It’s Saturday, I can finally unchain myself from the blogs, but first. Its time for Eating to Live on the Outside and this weekend I’m “off” to Vegetarian House in San Jose, California. It’s certainly got an encouraging name.

Now, at first glance the menu looks pretty good. However, I do see some stir-fried and sautéed stuff, which can be iffy, but good thing there’s a ton of veggies too. So then, here’s a quick list of food that caught my eye:

Steamin’ Greens with Rice

  • Steamed green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, red bell pepper and tofu in a light lemon sauce, served with rice; skip the rice and you’ve got a real winner.


  • Chickpeas, sesame tahini, spices and pita bread; you might pass on the pita, but I’m okay with it.

Mu Shu Rolls

  • Steamed mixed vegetables, soy protein, rice paper and spicy bean sauce; not too bad.

Heavenly Salad

  • Shredded cabbage, tofu, fresh herbs, soy protein, vinaigrette and peanuts; sounds good, but dressing on the side.

Greek Salad

  • Romaine lettuce, vegan feta cheese, tomato, cucumber, olives and Greek olive oil dressing; same deal with the dressing and I’ll pass on the fake cheese.

Baby Spinach Salad

  • Cranberries, baby spinach, corn, toasted almonds, sesame seeds and light vinaigrette; dressing on the side.

Autumn Salad

  • Mixed spring salad, Romaine lettuce, tomato, cucumber, carrot, soy protein and house dressing; again with the salad dressing.

Split Pea & Barley Soup

  • Barley, carrot, split pea and celery; provided it’s not salty, I like it.

Steamin’ Greens

  • Steamed greens, broccoli, cauliflower, red bell peppers, carrot, pine nuts, tofu and light lemon sauce; sounds cool.

Simple Green

  • Steamed green beans, pine nuts and light lemon sauce; very simple, very good.

Steamed Collard Greens

  • Fresh steamed collard greens with mushroom sauce and carrot; no problems here.

Healthy Brown Rice

  • Roasted pine nuts, sesame seeds, nori, vegetables, cucumber, brown rice and tangy sauce; not a bad choice either.

Vegetarian House has a lot to offer, with not a lot of problems. Sure, there’s a bunch of stir-fried stuff, but as you can see, you’ve got of other options. Now, if I had to pick something. I’m going with the Baby Spinach Salad or the Steamin’ Greens.

Okay, listen up! If you’re not too busy partying this weekend, do me a favor. Flip through Vegetarian House’s menu and let me know what looks good to you. Do you like my picks or something different? Either way, do tell, do tell. Peace.

Image credit: Vegetarian House

Eating to Live on the Outside: The Present Moment Café

It’s Saturday, time for another Eating to Live on the Outside! And this week I’m off to warmer climates again, heading to Florida, to check out The Present Moment Café and I’m pretty hopeful about it. It looks good. And seriously, I wish I was REALLY heading to Florida. Sigh.

Now, Present Moment’s menu isn’t as cut and dry as you’d think. There are lots of exotic sounding and creative looking goodies, so it’s hardly boring, but there are still plenty of menu items worth trying out. Here’s a short list of foods I might consider ordering:

Miso Soup Bowl

  • Shitake mushrooms and coconut udon noodles garnished with green onion and red pepper; if it’s not too salty, I’d give it a whirl.

Kale Avocado ala Present Moment

  • Red pepper, kale, avocado, tomato, lemon garlic-olive oil and topped with candied walnuts; kale is great, so is avocado, but I’d get the oil on the side.

A Middle East Peace Hummus

  • No bean hummus blended with cashews, drizzled with mint oil and served with fresh vegetables and corn chips; the chips are iffy, the veggies are awesome and “no bean hummus” is very intriguing.

Collard Wrap of the Day

  • Fresh collard leaf rolled around veggies served with almond ginger dipping sauce; sounds fantastic!

Maki Sushi Roll with Cup of Miso Soup

  • Parsnip “rice”, avocado and vegetables rolled in a nori sheet and served with wasabi and ginger tamari dipping sauce; same deal with the soup, no wasabi for me and the parsnip rice sounds interesting.

Sunlight Burger

  • Open-face walnut, sunflower, almond, carrot and zucchini burger served on a slice of tomato, topped with cashew “provolone” and caramelized onions, served with salad, pickle and chips; no chips for me.

Pad Thai

  • Sweet and spice glazed Asian vegetables served over sea glass noodles in a sesame sauce topped with curried cashews; the noodles aren’t great, but I can handle it.

Mango Samosas

  • Indian curried vegetables folded into mango coconut wrappers and served on a bed of seasoned baby spinach; I’m not sure what the wrappers are, but everything else is cool.

No doubt, The Present Moment Café serves up some unique creations, but if I had to choose, I’d probably go with the Kale Avocado salad or the Collard Wrap. Both are cooked up with plenty of greens. You might consider a juice too. Some are made with beets and goji berries. Sweet!

Okay, I know it’s the weekend and the last thing anybody wants to do is work, but I need your help. Flip through Present Moment’s menu and tell me what you like. What would you order? The same stuff as me or something different? Put your thinking cap on and let me know. Peace.

Image credit: The Present Moment Café