The Daily Post at WordPress asks: if you could have anything to eat right now, what would it be? Here’s the rather massive meal that I’d go for (all foods that I love but can’t get in Halifax):
- A veggie burrito from Chipotle
- WholeSoy lemon yogurt
- Bubble tea from Rose Tea Cafe
- Vegan cupcake from Dozen Bake Shop
On the way back to Halifax after Christmas, we decided to stop in Moncton again to try out another vegetarian restaurant. This time we stopped at Calactus Cafe for an early dinner. The menu has all sorts of different kinds of foods – sandwiches, salads, pizzas, and Mexican and Indian dishes.
I ordered a burrito, with tofu cream substituted for cheese. Interestingly, the burrito tasted more Italian than Mexican, but when I loaded it up with guacamole and salsa it was good. The tofu cream tasted kind of like ricotta, so I think the tofu cream would be great as a cheese substitute on one of their pizzas. Jeff had the Taj Mahal, which was also good, but only slightly Indian flavored. The pakoras were my favorite part of his meal.
The restaurant was quite busy and we found it interesting that most of the customers were speaking French. I knew that New Brunswick is officially bilingual, but I hadn’t expected to hear much French there. Hearing conversations around us in another language made me feel a bit like we were on vacation abroad, so that was fun. It’s exciting that Moncton has two great vegetarian restaurants!
Halifax only has one burrito joint, but it’s a good one: Burrito Jax. I knew this place had to be good because it sounds a lot like one of my favorite old burrito joints in Boston, Burrito Max.
I always order the small veggie burrito, but I look forward to eating a large veggie burrito on some very hungry day when I can afford to fall into a subsequent food coma. Anyway, this burrito is delicious with its whole wheat tortilla, smashed beans, rice, smashed sweet potato, guacamole, black beans, lettuce, tomatoes, green onions, green peppers, and salsa! I skip the jalepenos, cheese, sour cream, and burrito sauce, but it’s probably all good.
It’s a little weird how after building your burrito fast food assembly-line style, they grill it seemingly endlessly. The grilling step really slows down the fast food to go process that you expect in a place like this, but the final product is delicious, so I can’t complain too much.
I love to bake. But when it comes to meal preparation, unless it’s for a special occasion, I am sooo lazy. Basically, I don’t think about preparing or eating a meal until I suddenly find myself starving…and then I want food immediately.
A few years ago, this meant that if I wasn’t going out for dinner or someone wasn’t making dinner for me, I would be having cereal for dinner. Then I graduated to frozen prepared foods, like veggie burgers, veggie dogs, and Amy’s burritos and mac and soy cheeze. Lucky for me, Jeff loves to cook and makes amazing dinners for us regularly. But when he’s out of town, I have to hustle up my own food. Here is a “recipe” for one of my quick meals that is a marked improvement from cereal and frozen dinners.
super fast and yummy burrito:
- Microwave some frozen veggies. I’ve been using diced butternut squash a lot. Corn would be good too.
- Open a can of refried beans and mix with some salsa in a bowl. Microwave this.
- Microwave a tortilla for about 15 seconds, just to get it warm. I really like Dempster’s ancient grains tortillas.
- Line the warm tortilla with spinach leaves. Then add in all your other stuff, wrap the burrito up, and eat!
If you want to fancy this up a little bit and are willing to spend more than 5 minutes making your meal, you could add rice or quinoa. And guacamole makes everything yummier too.