I must say pre-Bells Palsy this was not really something I had to consider in my life. Putting things off or giving them up due to an "inability to get things done" (although it be at a whirling pace) was never an issue. God really slowed me down with the Bells Palsy. With it's remaining symptoms, He has left me with no choice but to have a better pace. Why did He do this? because I could not do it to myself! And because He loves me!
In light of this, I am choosing (by force) to prioritize and say "no". Things seem to pile up in a corner of my mind but some things dissipate mainly due to non-neccessity. Do I really need to do this or that? Things really don't have to be perfect. Pretty freeing for me.
An example would be my new dish routine. My old way (a little OCD) was no dish was allowed in the sink. It was dirty? Directly in the dishwasher please!.. or wash it dry it and put it away- right then...I could not stand a dish in the sink. This meant I was constantly doing dishes...constantly. The new way? I only do them once a day. No matter how many dishes I use, large or small they pile up in the sink and I choose to not care about it, then I do them before bed and it takes me 10 minutes. Done. I love it. Freeing. My adorable husband wants me to sit and relax...never had time for that before, now I do. I make time. So, now that I have freed up some time, I can do a little posting once again here and there. God is so good in what He teaches us, if we are willing to listen and learn.
Guasaca- A Vegan Review - Times Two!
Why times two? Because I went two times in a row!
The first review is with dear Kathryn, my numero uno restaurant review friend. She, of course scopes out the Gluten-Free side of food, while I do the Vegan side. A good combo and balance. We don't ever seem to run out of places to try, or room in our tummies!
It was Kathryn's month to choose and she had a tip from Marc and Marie-the newlyweds to try Guasaca in Raleigh. We were up for the challenge. Really though...we usually are. (!)
I won't reiterate all the great information Kathryn posted on her site about the restaurant so check it out on her blog. But I will just give an overview that it's Venezuelan cuisine with a cafe feel. Fresh, fun and delicious! They have introduced some new flavors to the Raleigh area in their South American grill/cafe and unusual arepas. Arepas are like corn meal pitas. They fit in your hand (kinda) and are filled with fresh ingredients or you can get a salad style in a bowl and eat one on the side like me.
After ordering, we sit. pray and start taking photos....before we eat.
Hard to to sometimes, but we manage to pull it off.
Here is mine- bowl style. Although it was April 4th (!) that we went, I can still remember the flood of delectable flavors and textures in my mouth at once. I had cool crunchy veggies, and soft and sweet warm plantains, spicy salsas, black beans and more. As a vegan, my choices were great, I was very satisfied and lacked nothing.
Kathryn also went for the salad bowl but she got the famous "guasaca sauce." It is 90% avocado and flavorful salsa together. I have to mention here that I am not a fan of avocados unless they are in my yummy shake and I can't taste it. BUT- Katherine loved her lunch, and the guasaca sauce did smell great.
Here, is lovely photographic Katherine with her lunch.
We sure enjoyed ourselves and ate it all...we usually do...for the sake of research of course.
I really enjoyed the place and the staff was very helpful and patient for a picky couple of gals going for their first time. We ask a lot of questions and take our time, and they were very helpful and encouraging to us, allowing tastes and suggestions. Guasaca was a place I would definitely return to...
...a few days later! Guasaca Review Part TWO
(as in I went there twice in three days!)
Our good friend Bob, affectionately and appropriately referred to as Super Bob for the last 7 years. Why does he have super-hero status? Well because he can DO anything (we haven't witnessed him do it in a single bound though) and do a super job, and he's a super friend and a super guy, and we always have a super time with him! So, Super Bob is relocating to Buffalo (boo-hoo!) and we got together to share a meal and celebrate his birthday.
Where to eat?
Ahhh...how about Guasaca?
First a visit with some furry friends...they think he's pretty super too.
Tinchi (on his left who he re-named Roxy 6 years ago) is trying to talk us into letting her move to Buffalo and live with him.
I got the same thing but I forgot to order the lettuce and I put a lot more hot sauce on there this time. Those yummy plantains and the fresh ingredients were a hit for me again. It sure filled me up.
It was delicious, but I ate far too much.
Did I mention I was really full after? ugh...
So you can see the arepas, here are the guys' food. They got two each.
My Bob got one fish and one veggie, and Super Bob got one chicken and one fish.
Salsas on the side.
Here are the two Bob's gobbling up their yummy choices.
Everyone enjoyed their meal and we all agreed we should have eaten less. We pigged out.
Super Bob commented about 4 times that he wanted to get "a gallon more of the Guasaca sauce."
I think he was serious.
My hubby's favorite surprisingly was NOT the Guasaca sauce (I thought he would flip for it being an avocado lover) but the cilantro sauce was his favorite.
Well, that is April's review.
A very special guest is joining us for May's restaurant review! Stay tuned!
Thanks for waiting on my posting...an even pace is better for me.
Middle aged and still learning...but I'm willing.