*sigh* I really don't want to write this one up -- we went out to dinner at one of the few (if not only) places where we know we can get a vegan meal without having to explain what "vegan" means -- The Mustard Seed in Fairlawn, OH (they also have a store in Solon, OH).
Now, we've been going to this store since they opened (and even before that when they were still a little store in a former Lawson's down in the valley 20+ years ago), and their vegan food has always been serviceable, and occasionally very good (they did our wedding cake 16 years ago, a lemon vertical cake, that was phenomenal).
This "special" menu item tonight however... $17.99(!) for steamed veggies with marinara sauce over pasta with tempeh.
I should have known better, but still, I thought it couldn't be this bad.
I was wrong.
The thought process must have sounded a bit like this... "let's take the stir-fry products, steam them and put them over pasta instead, with a couple of chunks of steamed (not even fried) tempeh. It'll look like an Italian Stir-Fry"
It looked very pretty, but with zero flavor... It makes me never want to eat yellow squash again... and the price? Tempeh isn't that expensive.
Bleh... Double bleh.
I don't want to go out just to eat fake-meat products. Time to re-vamp and re-think the vegan portion of the menu...
Friday, March 16, 2007