Bright Thursday at Grand Rapids Natural Health Event & Curry Kitchen

So last night Amanda and I went to a fundraiser at Grand Rapids Natural Health. When I saw they’d be serving raw food, I was imagining something fancy like cucumber hollowed out and filled with tapenade, so at first I was bummed when we walked in and saw platters of fresh fruit and raw veggies. That did not seem very exciting. However…

The fruit was served with a delicious coconut cream that tasted like Cool Whip! And for the veggies there was a cashew “cheese” dip, and red pepper hummus. Later I discovered a bruschetta made with garlic grown in the garden of one of the girls working the event. There was also a really wonderful dark chocolate. And wine! And I have to say, Amanda is a good drinker 🙂

We could’ve also gotten massages and henna tattoos, but we were too busy standing in the corner shoveling in the food and refilling our little biodegradable plastic cups with red wine while we caught up on all that has been happening in each other’s lives since before Holy Week.
All of this was just $10, to benefit Ele’s Place, “a nonprofit, community based organization dedicated to creating awareness of and support for grieving children and their families.”

Afterwards we were this close to going to Founders, but…

we were distracted by the call of fried Indian foods. Sorry this picture is so horrible, I have no idea what I was doing – probably hurrying so I could eat more! We had the vegetable pakora and onion bhaji, plus I got a bowl of lentil soup. I decided the soup worked better for dipping than the sauces.

And this crispy chickpea flour thing, whatever it is. So addicting.
Zohr joined us and had rice pudding, not pictured.

After I dropped off Amanda, Z and I headed over to the church to help set up for a big sale we’re having this weekend. We hand curated a collection of Hipster goods. It was a late night, but we had fun.

Tonight I am hoping to treat myself to decadent tacos…or something.

Vegan-Friendly at Curry Kitchen

Okay, I have to go way back and tell you about a wonderful Indian restaurant where Amanda and I enjoyed dinner a few weeks ago. For my birthday, she very sweetly gave me a handmade coupon for dinner at Little Africa. We made plans to meet up on a certain night when the restaurant is supposed to be open, at a certain time when the restaurant is supposed to be open. It was not open. We were hungry. We looked across the street and saw Curry Kitchen.

Like I said, we were hungry. We ordered three entrees to share and there was WAY more than enough for the two of us, hungry as we were! Our waitress told us what items were already vegan, and which ones could be made vegan.

And…well, I can’t remember what they are called. In the upper-left corner is a dish with cauliflower and peas. On the right, an eggplant dish. The one right in your face at the bottom is made with lentils.

I think we went with level 5 on everything, and it was not too spicy at all. The flavors were great. Everything was well-seasoned, but you could still taste the individual veggies.

We split the leftovers and I had enough for a huge lunch the next day. I ate it cold and it was still great!

I have to say, the service was excellent. The food came quickly. Our waitress seemed so happy, she was really friendly, just kind of bouncing around and always smiling, so much so that it made us smile, too. So: friendly staff, great service, delicious food, plenty of vegan options – yeah, pretty sure I’ll be back. Thank you, Curry Kitchen, for a filling a void! And thanks for dinner, Amanda!!