Sunday, August 1, 2010

Brunch at Zenith

Zenith is a quirky antique store that also doubles as a vegetarian restaurant on the weekends.

Here's a picture of the entrance to the store.

I've been to Zenith for lunch once before, which was great. But it was nothing compared to their Sunday brunch extravaganza.

Ten bucks gets you an entree, tea or coffee, and access to the buffet. I ordered the vegan apple and walnut pancakes for my entree, which was fantastic. It was served with a side of garlic rice, also tasty.

And the buffet! Let's just say, there was an entire table devoted to homemade cakes and pies. I had a small slice of root beer cake with vanilla icing. The cake was moist and the icing sweet but not too sweet.
Other highlights of the buffet incuded noodle salad, grape leaves, green beans, and a pesto potato salad. I didn't even get a chance to try everything, because I had so much to eat.
After that crazy, gut-busting brunch, J and I weren't extremely hungry when dinner rolled around, so I made a pot of Creamy Zucchini and Basil Soup from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen. My friend Nina highly recommended this soup, and I'm so glad I tried it. You should definitely try it too. It tastes like perfect summer goodness. I wish I had a garden full of zucchini, because I'd made a gigantic pot of this soup and eat it for days.

One of my co-workers is celebrating a birthday tomorrow, so I made a batch of Chocolate Chip Bars from How it All Vegan. I was a little alarmed by the whole cup of oil called for in this recipe, and I suppose I could have added less oil, but I didn't want to mess things up and have to make another pan. Here's a couple of picture of the bars.

I wanted to try a small piece, but am trying to figure out how much of a pain it will be to transfer everything to another pan. It's probably too much trouble, so I won't get to try one until tomorrow. It looks good though.

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