Bright Wednesday at Stella's

Sorry I’ve been absent for so long, I’ve been so dead tired after Holy Week I didn’t even have a chance to get on here and say…

Christ is Risen!
Truly He is Risen!

I have decided while I really love keeping vigil on Holy Friday and will probably do it again next year, I’m too old to make do with one hour of sleep! I think I got a total of four hours of sleep over two days.

Anyway, I actually went to Stella’s on Bright Monday, but late at night (11:30!!) it’s too dark to get good pictures. I happily returned last night with my dad and Tete.

I think Whiskey Sour is my new favorite drink. I picked this old school cocktail both Monday & Wednesday because I’m still rocking my Paschal Beehive!

Poor Man’s Potato Wings in mild BBQ sauce, with a side of house-made vegan avocado ranch. They are so crisp and crunchy on the outside, and nice and soft on the inside. I think I’ve tried every sauce now and they’re all great.

Delicious beer-battered onion rings, made vegan upon request. Also served with a side of vegan ranch, but I like to alternate between that and ketchup.

And finally a grilled cheese sandwich with pesto, onions, tomato, and fresh spinach. The vegan version replaces cheese with avocado. I asked to add Daiya, next time I’d leave it off unless they promise to melt it! The sandwich was still very good, though. And it came with a side of my favorite fries…crack fries! I love those skinny, spicy little things.

Tonight I’m going to a special Girls Night Out fundraiser event where there will be raw food & red wine, manicures & massages, and probably lots of blabbing about ex-boyfriends (there will be some sort of relationship specialist there).

How are you celebrating Bright Week?

oh she eats: vegan food around GR

So, I have mentioned this once or twice. In the very near future I will be joining my brother for a 2 week Grecian Adventure! I haven’t been to the beach in almost 8 years, and I definitely do Not have a beach body. I’ve been trying to be good with my eating habits, and exercise, and…I have mostly failed. A lot. This last week in particular I have gone out to eat 3 times so far (I say “so far” because I’m going out again tomorrow). Even though I feel somewhat ashamed of myself, I now can present to you: Vegan Food Around Grand Rapids! Of course this is just the tip of the vegan Grandrapidian iceberg.

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Wednesday A invited me to join her and her best guy friend at Stella’s. She and I both got the Full Monte vegan nachos, with a sunflower seed cheese.

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I also got onion rings and Poor Man’s Potato Wings. I did share, though!! But we were talking and laughing so much, I forgot to take more pictures. I don’t usually go out on a Wednesday night, I think it was just what I needed.

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Thursday afternoon Fr. R & Z and I (and two short people) went to Erb Thai for lunch.

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I hate ordering salads at a restaurant, but if you cover it in rice wrappers suddenly I love it.

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I had the basil curry with cashews, it was wonderful – and so pretty!

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Then Thursday night my dad took me and Tete out to Pietro’s. This is Pietro.

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This is where stuff gets made.

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This is the very vintage tile floor, and Tete’s shoes.

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…maybe this is Pietro’s cousin. Anyway. There’s not a ton of vegan stuff on the menu, but I found a couple things.

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Like this bruschetta with a rich, heavy balsamic vinegar, and lots of garlic.

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And a veggie pizza that is not on the menu, but is made, apparently, especially for vegans.

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Onions, tomato, green peppers, black olives & mushrooms.

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It was pretty good stuff. I have to say I never find vegan pizza around here that’s REALLY good, unless I go somewhere that specializes in vegan stuff. But I really appreciated that they had the option. They also do a gluten free crust, and some gluten free pastas.

Hopefully after tomorrow I won’t be going out again before I leave, I’ll try to stock up on scheduled posts while I’m away! Or…who knows…maybe I’ll even get a chance to update from Greece.

**Went back to Pietro’s. The waitress we had this most recent time told us the bread used for the bruschetta has milk in it.

hippie stuffed black bean & lentil burger at Stella’s, with poor man’s potato wings

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Well, I went back to ArtPrize for the third time this week, and I *still* haven’t seen everything! I wish I could go back this weekend, but I think that’s it for me. Unless I can sneak back to the old Public Museum one last time….
Anyway. After N and I walked around for a few hours, and got sprinkled on a couple times, we decided to get something to eat. I’ve been wanting Stella’s Poor Man’s Potato Wings for a while, and N had never been to Stella’s. So we went.

It was PACKED – not nice and (somewhat) quiet like it was on my birthday. I’m guessing ArtPrize had something to do with that, but maybe Thursday is just a better night than Tuesday in general. And by better I mean better for the restaurant. For us, that meant a long wait, and music that was turned up louder and louder every time a new group walked through the door. I am such an old lady, I got a headache.

I didn’t let that slow me down, though – I was hungry!

I started with the Poor Man’s Potato wings with golden BBQ sauce, celery & vegan ranch on the side. Once again, the crispy skins on the potatoes were amazing. And the serving really is big enough for you to eat these as a meal, assuming you can keep everyone else away. But I need to keep my womanly figure, so…

I also ordered the Hippie Stuffed Black Bean & Lentil burger (N had the same). It tasted a lot like falafel, in other words, delicious. The seasoned Chronic Fries are the perfect compliment.

I was so full, but the food was SO good it took all my strength to put my fork down and ask our waitress for a box. Of course I have already eaten the leftovers.

And tonight’s ArtPrize gem: