two super good restaurants with two of some of my most favorite people in the world - javier and jessica garcia. married for almost two years now, javier and jessica are young, carefree spirits and an unbelievably kind duo. javi is one of my closest friends from high school and it's great to see him find someone like jess who carries the same outlook on life as him - simple yet refined (and always a little bit of crazy.)
mellow mushroom in delray beach
sublime in ft. lauderdale
eggplant rollatini, mushroom ravioli and broccoli cheddar quiche
sublime is a nationally recognized restaurant because of their emphasis and pride in serving all vegetarian meals. believe it or not, my mellow mushroom mates from above are the ones i got to try their food with too and provided for another great evening of laughter alongside tasty treats. as i briefly mentioned before about them not eating meat, the two are also trying to eliminate all the bad crap (that we all usually eat) for good in order to maintain a healthier lifestyle. it's pretty inspiring to see the lengths they are taking in their overall life and i always find it fascinating with all the facts they share with me, as they are still learning themselves in going all organic.
sublime's menu isn't as complicated as a meat eater would probably like to believe and has a loyal following of vegans, vegetarians and all eaters alike. they even have a few classic dishes for the weary souls (mmm... javier!) such as the steak sandwich which is really made out of gardein (a plant-based food slow-cooked to taste like meat) or the sublime picatta - gardein cutlets served with a heaping of potatoes and veggies served over a lemon caper sauce.
us gals were excited to try anything because the truth is that no matter how much we are used to ordering a meal with meat, most vegetarian dishes will still satisfy you in the same way and wait for it... make you feel good about what you just ate! that's a tough one to fathom for some but our crispy eggplant rollatini (a little ricotta, a little mozzarella with butter and fried - boom!), mushroom ravioli with slow-roasted tomatoes (haaaaallelujah - yes, like the singing out loud kind) and broccoli cheddar quiche served with a kale salad all served for perfect examples that you don't need meat to enjoy a great meal. jess and i were elated with everything but i think it's going to take javier some more convincing. overall, dinner at sublime was well spent amidst the great company and truly tasty food. perhaps even another 'winner, winner, chicken, dinner' too... hey, at least i didn't make it the title of the post.