Happy Sunday, plant lovers! I hope your weekend has been filled with lots of love and blessings!. It’s a dreary and cloudy day here on the East Coast. It’s the perfect day for oversized comfy sweaters, (read: borderline obnoxious) floral leggings, boots, and slow pour coffee from Wildflour Vegan Bakery Cafe.
Hey, coffee is #plantPOWER too!
As you may or may not know, I’ve sort of omitted the word “treat” from my vocabulary when it comes to food. You can read more about that here. I did receive a special, non-food related”treat” in the form of Caitlin Croswell yesterday though, so that is my #plantPOWER treat for today!
Cait Comes to Visit
My dear friend and best blend, Cait, arrived here yesterday and we’ve been workin’ our bb magic for the past two days. She arrived at my condo in the late afternoon and, of course, we kicked off our weekend with gifts! Since we don’t have the luxury of seeing each other often, Cait and I have made it a tradition to give each other special gifts when we get together. It adds to the excitement of being in each other’s presence!
A couple of weeks ago, I was at Staples with my Dad and saw the most perfect gift for Cait while we were waiting in line at the checkout counter. I looked to my right and squealed as I saw a small stack of notebooks gazing back at me. One, in particular, stood out because it sported a phrase that Cait refers to time and time again: “Too Blessed to Be Stressed.”
Check out that beautiful smile! She was so genuinely stoked. It was awesome!
Next, it was Cait’s turn to give me my gifts! Yes…plural. She went over-the-top and I wanted to lovingly kill her First up, the card. I flipped out.
There are many musical layers to yours truly and one not-so-closeted layer is my love for Justin Bieber. Babyyy babyyy babyyy, ooooh! As if the card wasn’t enough, Cait also gifted me with maple pumpkin butter (!!!) and toasted coconut coffee from Daybreak Coffee Roasters. Heaven!
Girls Night at Garden Grille
Cait and I did our BB thang and chatted for awhile before getting ready for dinner at Garden Grille with my good friend Raquel. Cait and Raquel met each other last February, the same night that Cait and I met each other for the first time! It’s hard to believe that Cait and I have only been friends for eight months. It honestly feels like we’ve known each other forever!
Garden Grille is quite small and, with it being a Saturday night, we knew that we had a potentially long wait ahead of us. Luckily, just 15 minutes later, we were ready to be seated!
I promptly ordered a class of pinot grigio while Raquel opted for water and Cait chose a Manhattan.
The three of us decided to split the sweet potato wedges with housemade BBQ sauce while waiting for our entrees. We had a blast chatting away. The food was the perfect backdrop to the highlight of the evening: the incredible company!
Garden Grille recently released the “First Fall” edition of their menu and I was so excited to see what seasonal options were waiting for my squash-loving eyes. I was not disappointed! After perusing the menu for mere seconds, I knew exactly what I wanted to order: The “Beets & Squash” plate.
Are you swooning yet? If not, we have issues. The dinner plate consisted of seed-crusted beets on top of escarole and white beans with a horseradish cream. On the side was roasted acorn squash topped with a mustard seed glaze and resting on an apple puree. It was a home run meal! The squash immediately made me think of my girls Lisa and Kasey.
Cait opted for the Za’atar Spiced Tofu special, which came with braised local cranberry beans, roasted Brussels sprouts, sherry-tomato jam and sautéed greens. She was in love and practically licked her plate clean!
We finished our meals with satisfied bellies and happy smiles.
The word “treat” is one that I associated with restriction from my past eating disorder-ridden days. Personally, for me, the word “treat” is synonymous with something that I willingly restrict because of the belief that I “shouldn’t” eat it. This idea is no longer a part of my life, as I do not restrict anything from my life!
Now, the word “treat” is one that I associate with special encounters that don’t come around often … like this beautiful weekend with Cait. Do any of you feel the same way?
P.S. – The Fashion page was updated today!