Wallet Un-friendly Week

This week has been bananas, I’ve had something to do pretty much every night after work. Luckily, it’s all been fun stuff, but it meant for a lot of eating out! My wallet is crying a little. So where did I eat this week?

Tuesday – Alma Cocina

An old work friend, who I havent seen for almost two years, was in Atlanta for some meetings. Through the power of twitter, we reconnected and met up for drinks after my yoga class. Alma Cocina is a BEAUTIFUL new mexican/Latin American inspired restaurant downtown. We only went for margaritas (to die for) and some chips/guac. The Guacamole with Butternut Squash is fabulous, we got it sans cheese. The menu looks delish, but I’m not sure how vegan-friendly, but it looked like they did have some options that could easily be made vegan friendly on their menu.

They were PACKED when we went in because there were a lot of meetings in town, and downtown is our convention/tourism district. At first, we were told the wait was an hour, but I think the hostess took pity on us, watching us stalk people at the bar. She came up to us and told us she had a table opening up, and that it was ours if we would wait a few minutes. Jackpot! Our server was super-attentive and very friendly.

A great place to go for drinks after work and for their guac. The ambiance is trendy, but with a cozy, warm, approachable feel. I’d definitely go back to explore their menu more.

Wednesday – Wrecking Bar Brewpub

I’ve been SO curious about this property for a long time. I think it was an antiques shop for a while? But when I heard they were converting into a brewery/event space/pub I knew I wanted to try it.

D was playing a show at Star Bar in L5P (Little Five Points, for the non-Atlantans, is our sort of “bohemian” neighborhood) Wednesday night. I had a long overdue date with my friend Beth, and since she lives in Candler Park, right near Star Bar, I suggested Wrecking Bar. I had no idea if they would have anything I could eat, but I checked out their menu online and saw some great options.

I had the Veggie Seitan Gyro (without the tahini).

photo courtesy of Wrecking Bar's Facebook Page
I also had a side of their brussels and butternut squash hash (I’m on a butternut kick). They also had some yummy looking Kale on the menu.
Also, I found out that every Tuesday is veggie night! All veggie/vegan specials. I’m definitely going back for that!
Thursday – Crock Pot Chili
Thursday night I had yoga. So before I left for work, I threw some chili in the slow cooker. I combined a recipe for Cheater Chili found in the Vegan Slow Cooker Cookbook and the Chili Sans Carne recipe from Happy Herbivore. It cooked for about 8 hours on low. When I got home, I quickly made HH’s no-beef broth and mixed in with the bean. I added a garnish of Tofutti and Daiya chedder.
It tasted great, my only complaint was that some of the beans burned a little, so there were a few chunky bits in the chili. But overall, it turned out great!!
I can’t remember what we ate on Monday. I don’t even remember Monday. It’s like a forgotton day. I might have made Spaghetti and Meatless Balls??
Tonight, I’m thinking stir fry again.
Happy Friday everyone!

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