Vegan Delights

Trip Start May 13, 2011
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Trip End Apr 28, 2012


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Sunday, May 22, 2011

In my family, we are blessed with 2 foodies... that would be Abigail and myself.  Amit and Kahlan, well, they do like to eat, don't get me wrong, but Abi and I LIVE to eat good food.  Since becoming vegan, it has been challenging to eat out at restaurants, constantly inquiring about what we do not want to put in our mouths.  So, we were totally jazzed to find a tiny restaurant in a hippey town across the Delaware River from NJ in New Hope, PA.  This town is a mile from where the big GW (nope, not the one from Texas) made the famous crossing of the Delaware.  http://www.ushistory.org/washingtoncrossing/

New Hope is a town that holds many memories from my youth.  It used to be, and still is in some regards, and eclectic groups of shops and restaurants, that range from Kitchy antique to bong shops to art galleries, pizza joints, landmark inns and cafes to biker bars.  Sprig and Vine, http://www.sprigandvine.com/, is a creative venture by a chef/owner Ross Olchvary.  He is a master at texture, fooling even the most carnivorous of us all.  He makes eggplant taste and feel like bay scallops, oyster mushrooms like the skin and meat of chicken thighs on the grill, portabella mushrooms like pulled pork, and mushrooms like chicken fried steak. 


We went for the Sunday brunch, and although of course we added our own comments for improvements we can make at home (nice to have a mom who is a chef), we were delighted in our choices.   I think it is refreshing to be able to walk into a restaurant and order anything on the menu.  Surprisingly, we have found many vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Austria and Croatia and Italy, so we are hoping for the best.  If you are interested in veganism, here is a great link to learn more (yes, shameless plug).....http://www.vegsource.com/news/2009/11/why-we-love-dogs-eat-pigs-and-wear-cows-book-review.html.

After eating our delicious meal, we walked around New Hope, reminiscing our youth and goofing around with the kids, we came across this guy.  A local artist, Dana Stewart, created one of my favorite sculptures ever, the lovable and endearing, Boomer.  http://www.danastewartsculpture.com/reviews3.html

We also witnessed a Harley Davidson parade of sorts.  About 300 different hogs passed by, waved, honked, beeped and roared down Route 32, showing off their bad ass selves on their beloved Harley's. The kids and I waved and shouted, enjoying watching people gathering to explore their passion.... c'mon, everyone loves a hog. 



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