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Before seeing The Godfather II at the Michelob Ultra Cool Film Series at the Victoria Theatre, Beth and Kayleigh decided to go out to dinner (yes, for Beth’s birthday.  Don’t worry, she already knows it’s excessive).  I decided to tag along and they didn’t stop me so we headed to Roost Modern Italian in the Oregon District.  Having only been to Roost for a very yummy brunch, I didn’t really know what to expect for their dinner menu.  I was thrilled that they had so many vegetarian options but sad that they had very little to comply with my diet.  Since I was already there and sitting down and it was such a nice day, I just went for it and had a pasta feast.  It was totally worth it.

We sat on the patio to partake in the ambiance of the Oregon District and among other great things, saw one of my friends from high school sitting in and half out of a window across the street.  Since he couldn’t hear me, I made sure to tell him that we were worried he would fall out of the window via Facebook.  Technology is a wonderful tool for people who worry too much like me.

The weather was perfect for dinner on the patio and I hope we get a chance to go back before it gets too cold to enjoy it.  Since we had late spring weather in March, who knows if autumn will be early, too?

As a huge fan of Belmont Party Supply, I was excited to hear that they would be opening a sandwich shop next door.  Stackers has a full menu of yummy sandwiches and wraps and I was happy to see that their sides (although deep fried) are at least fried in oil that hasn’t had meat in it.  They really seem committed to providing great-tasting vegetarian fare alongside their traditional sandwiches.

I ordered the Veggie Melt without the cheese (I call it a compromise with my diet) and it came with very delicious chips (I could only compromise myself into eating 2 before the guilt stopped me).

Stackers is carryout only, they don’t have any seating.  So my husband and I grabbed a six pack from next door at Belmont Party Supply and went home to eat.  It was a great night and I’m so glad Stackers turned out to be amazing!

Stackers Subs & Grub
2615 Smithville Road
Dayton, OH  45420

Well, another Heedfest has come and gone and I can say that after the 24 Day Challenge from Advocare, I lost 10 pounds!  I’m so happy with the results and recommend Advocare to anyone wanting to start a healthier lifestyle with a kick start in the right direction.  I didn’t reach my goal 100% but I’m confident with enough time, I could get back down to where I need to be.  Staying on program even gearing up for festivals you’ve been waiting for all year isn’t as hard as you would think, but I realize that I have a lot of practice with dietary restrictions because I’m a lacto-ovo-pesco-vegetarian (milk-egg-fish for all you non-Latin speaking people), so there have been plenty of times when I couldn’t eat anything at a gathering anyways.

And after the festival I lost an additional 2 pounds, bringing my total weight loss to 12 pounds!

I really want to learn Spanish but I also really don’t want to spend time or money doing so (unrealistic desires are one of my more annoying qualities).  So on a recent trip to the library, I was delighted to find Lonely Planet’s Spanish Phrasebook & Dictionary – this tiny tome packs in a ton of essential Spanish for travelers.  The most I would ever get to use my knowledge on is one of the many amazing and authentic Mexican restaurants in the Greater Dayton Area.  Chains like El Toro, El Rancho Grande, La Piñata, etc. give the people of Dayton a great opportunity to appreciate another culture, and even if the servers all speak English, sometimes they don’t mind helping you make a fool of yourself attempting to speak their first language.

The only times I really feel that I need to know Spanish usually involve food.  Being someone who doesn’t eat meat can make it hard to order food at restaurants where you can’t always communicate 100% effectively (but keep in mind, I’m pretty sure if you said you were a vegetarian at Applebee’s, you’d get some blank stares in response as well).  Add to the mix any additional food restrictions and you might have to resort to charades.  To keep you from flailing around like a moron, here are some helpful phrases:

¿Tienen comida vegetariana?  Do you have vegetarian food?

No como carne roja.  I don’t eat red meat.

¿Tienen comida vegetariana restricta?  Do you have vegan food?

¿Me puede preparar una comida sin…?  Could you prepare a meal without…

huevo  eggs

pescado fish

caldo de carne meat

cerdo pork

aves poultry

Soy vegetariano/a.  I’m vegetarian

Estoy a regimen especial.  I’m on a special diet.

There is nothing that says “we are homeowners in Ohio” quite like a cookout.  My husband has been crazy for a grill since the weather turned a few weeks ago.  Saturday, on the way home from an appointment, I felt him turning the car towards North Dixie Hardware unexpectedly.  Once there we found his perfect grill (finally) and took it home (you know, after brunch and a trip to Belmont Party Supply).  He was in a bit over his head with the whole ordeal so I canceled plans to help him clean the house and buy grilling supplies.  We hosted his parents for the OSU v. Syracuse game at our house that evening with hot dogs (vegetarian ones for me!) and asparagus.  I’ve never seen the husband so happy and bonus:  OSU won!

My husband had so much fun, in fact, that he decided to grill out Sunday, too.  This time he made hamburgers with jalapeños and feta cheese (he’s calling them Spartan Burgers after the Michigan State basketball team – get it?  Green and white?).  My burger was made with fake meat but I was still able to stuff it with the filling.  I made asparagus again on the grill and it was better this time.  If you want to make asparagus on the grill, take a pound of asparagus, cut and clean the stalks, arrange them on a sheet of aluminum foil, drizzle olive oil and whatever spices you like (I use red pepper flakes, garlic, sea salt, and LOTS of pepper), and 2 ice cubes.  Wrap the mess tightly so that the steam won’t escape and put it on the grill for as long as the rest of your food takes.  I think 10-15 minutes works.

Right now my favorite brunch place is Olive, an Urban Dive for their concise and flavorful menu, byob policy, and insistence that local is always best.

I recently tried Olive for dinner and loved it!  I ordered the chickpea – brussels sprout soup followed by tofu-veggie kabobs with gluten-free cookies for dessert.  The staff is so helpful and attentive – they make suggestions when you’re not sure what to order and help parents decide what to order for kids because they don’t have a designated kids menu.  Seating is limited (Olive is located in the old Wympee at the corner of East Third Street and Wayne, if you’ve never seen it, it’s tiny) so they always recommend that you make reservations if you know you’re going there ahead of time.

I can’t recommend this place highly enough, if you haven’t tried it yet, go now.

Olive, an urban dive
416 E. Third St.
Dayton, OH  45402
(937) 222-3483

So as it turns out, I like German food!  I went to Boulevard Haus mostly because I wanted to try German food for the first time and had heard that BH made vegetarian dishes.  I ordered the vegetarian sampler to try a little of everything and loved it!  Now, if only all of the Oktoberfests in the area would start serving vegetarian cabbage rolls, I would be all set.   I read the reviews of Boulevard Haus online before I went and have to agree that the service was a little slow considering we were one of three tables, so I would recommend this restaurant to groups and families who are looking for a quiet place to catch up, eat, and drink (they have a great beer and wine selection as well as a full bar with a creative seasonal drink menu).

Boulevard Haus
329 East 5th Street, Dayton, OH 45402
(937) 824-2722 ‎