Eating to Live on the Outside: Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant

It’s Friday! Time for your favorite, Eating to Live on the Outside! This week, via the powers of the internet, we’re heading to Leaf in Boulder, Colorado. And, it looks pretty good. Lots of veggie food!

Leaf is a vegetarian restaurant, which is always a good start, so after much contemplation. Here’s a list of things I’d consider ordering.

Persian Sambusa

  • Butternut squash, caramelized onions and dried fruit chutney; sounds cool, chutney is always fun!

Thai Spring Roll

  • Rice noodle, carrot, Romaine lettuce, bean sprouts, basil, cilantro and peanut dipping sauce; the noodles are iffy, but I deal with it.

Chopped Market Salad

  • Hearts of Romaine, red bell peppers, grape tomatoes, red onion, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and tahini vinaigrette; I like it, but with dressing on the side.

Papaya Salad

  • Green papaya, shredded carrot, tomato, fresh basil, roasted peanuts and spicy chili dressing; this type of salad is one of my favorite things, ever!

Falafel in Pita

  • Chickpea croquettes, black hummus, cucumber, lettuce tomato, red onion and tahini sauce; I’d get the dressing on the side here too.

Mushroom Burger

  • Portabella mushrooms, walnuts, onions, herbs, tomato, onion, provolone and remoulade; looks okay, but I’d ditch the remoulade.

Butternut Squash Tower

  • Butternut squash, roasted eggplant, caramelized onions, collard greens, grilled green apple, and cranberry-cashew cream; the cream is obviously nut-based, so I dig it!

Jamaican Jerk Tempeh

  • Tempeh, forbidden black rice, coconut, coconut plantain sauce, sautéed greens and fruit salsa; I’m not a big tempeh guy, but I can’t pass on the greens, even if they are sautéed.

Tomato Napoleon (Raw)

  • Heirloom tomatoes, zucchini, pine nut ricotta, sundried tomato sauce and mizuna; raw stuff always intrigues me, sounds cool!

Okay, my favorite is the Papaya Salad, whenever I see it on a menu, I have to order it! The Chopped Market Salad is cool too. Overall, I think Leaf works! Plenty of Fuhrman-friendly options and not a lot of grief, can't beat that!

Alright, it’s your turn! Check out Leaf’s menu and let me know how you handle Eating to Live on the Outside. Just drop a comment. I'm waiting. 

Image credit: Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant

CSA Boxed Share 8.17.09

Yesterday was interesting, just look at that bizarre mutant tomato! I think it’s related to Swamp Thing. But the rest of the box share was pretty tame: basil, lettuce, parsley, zucchini, squash, green peppers, purple peppers, garlic, potatoes, cabbage, eggplant, hot peppers and more tomatoes. All good stuff!

 

CSA Boxed Share 8.10.09

Ugh! It hardly feels like summer this year with all the rain we've been having. If it wasn’t for my CSA box shares I think I’d pack up shop and move to California. Luckily, this week was a good haul. It cheered me up a bit.

As you can see, I got a whole box of tomatoes, plus cherry tomatoes, cabbage, corn, shallots, green bell peppers, garlic, potatoes, zucchini and yellow squash. After I split it with my buddy, I took home half the tomatoes, some potatoes, the squash, a few shallots and the garlic. Sweet!

CSA Boxed Share 7.27.09

I really didn’t want to leave the house yesterday. It was hot and sticky—I hate the humidity—but I had to. My CSA box share was waiting and even though I split the share with a friend. I’m the go-for. Luckily, it was a good haul this week: wild flowers, red onion, scallions, tomatoes, potatoes, parsley, garlic, cucumbers, zucchini and some sort of squash.

My friend just had a kid. So I let her keep the flowers. She looked like she went a few rounds with Mike Tyson. So they brightened up her day. Plus, she didn’t want much else. My friend only took a few potatoes and some scallions and red onions. I kept the cucumbers and gave the rest of the stuff to my mom. She’s a much better cook than me.

Eating to Live on the Outside: Fasika Ethiopian Restaurant

As a Yankees fan going to bean town is almost a sacrilege, but sometimes we all have to make sacrifices. This week Eating to Live on the Outside “travels” to Fasika in Boston, Massachusetts.

Baseball loyalties aside, Fasika looks like a great place to eat. They serve food made with a variety of vegetables, like collard greens, cabbage and eggplant. Here are some good choices:

Ethiopian Salad

  • Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, red onions and jalapeno peppers in lemon vinaigrette; nothing wrong with this, but I’d order the dressing on the side.

Azifa

  • Lentil salad with jalapeno peppers, onions and vinegar; looks cool.

Tegabino

  • Traditional sauce made from roasted legumes and Berbere; beans are great and musical too!

Yé-Misir Wot

  • Split lentils cooked in berbere sauce; no problems here.

Yé-kik Alicha

  • Split peas cooked in garlic and ginger sauce; I dig it.

Yé-Gomen Wot

  • Collard green leaves sautéed with onions and garlic; the sautéing is iffy, but the collard greens are awesome.

Yé-Atakilt Kilikil

  • Green beans, carrots, potatoes and onions cooked in a mild sauce; another good one.

Yé-Tikil Gomen

  • Fresh cabbages, carrots, potatoes and green pepper cooked in a turmeric sauce; cabbage is very musical too, hooray!

Vegetable Curry

  • Eggplants, squash, green and red peppers sautéed in a curry sauce; same deal with the sautéing.

Fasika totally works! I'd order either the Yé-Tikil Gomen or the Yé-Gomen Wot. In general, Ethiopian food is pretty rock star! Not a lot of frills and packed with vegetables.

But, Ethiopians do eat some funky stuff too. I saw on TV that they drink coffee with butter and salt. Yuck! Anyway, do me a favor. Flip through Fasika’s menu and tell what you’d order.

Image credit: Faskia Ethiopian Restaurant

On Manager's Special 6.1.09

A bunch of yellow squash $1.15.

 

One more squash and some zucchini $1.06.

 

Five cucumbers $1.00.

 

This week's total, just $3.21. Italians from Jersey always have a stockpile of zucchini. It's a must!

On Manager's Special 5.11.09

A bunch of yellow squash and zucchinis $1.00.

 

Some McIntosh Apples only $1.07.

 

A few cucumbers $1.00.

 

And this week's grand total is just $3.07. Pretty happy about the apples, I've been eating a lot lately. 

On Manager's Special 5.4.09

Different kinds of apples $1.09.

 

Some zucchini just $1.00.

 

A whole bunch of yellow squash $1.00.

 

Today's grand total, only $3.09. Now, for more sweet deals, check out the new Cheap Fruits & Veggies category.

On Manager's Special 3.23.09

 

Some ripe nectarines $1.29.

 

 

Random pepper slices $1.00.

 

 

A squash and some zucchinis just $1.00.


Grand total, just $3.29. Not to shabby.

Nectarines are great and since I'm pretty stocked up on veggies, I'll give the rest of the stuff to my mom. Just trying to stay in the will! 

On Manager's Special 1.26.09

 

Ripe bananas only $0.73!

 

 

Great broccoli for $1.00.

 

 

Squash and zucchini $1.00.


Final total just $2.73. Perfect.

That’s a great haul! I eat broccoli a couple times a week. Squash and zucchini are cool. And bananas, I love bananas!