Jun 062014
 

My Summer Coolers with fresh fruit and herbs are perfect to bring with you on the go. They will leave you feeling light, refreshed and are 35 calories or less!

Refreshing Summer Cooler with Fresh Fruit

Refreshing Summer Cooler with Fresh Fruit

Drink eight glasses of water.

Eat your fruits and vegetables.

Don’t drink sodas or diet sodas.

Hey, we all know the rules. We know we need to stay hydrated and eat our fruit, but drinking water all day gets boring, and reaching for a granola bar or diet soda is easier.

I’ve found a delicious way to get your water and fruit in – that is so refreshing, you’re freezer will be filled with mason jars.

Why are we supposed to stay hydrated anyway?

I’ve got a few good reasons. Are bodies are made up of mostly water. We need it to cushion organs, flush toxins and cool our bodies.

Speaking of cushioning our organs – think of what happens when our brain is dehydrated. Hello headaches and fatigue.

Many times we think we are hungry, but we’re actually thirsty. I can’t tell you how many time’s I’ve read a blog post or tip that tells me to drink a full glass of water before each meal to keep me fuller. Do I do it? No. Why? Because that glass of wine is calling my name.  But THIS recipe is a whole other story. I drink it morning, noon and night, and after one taste, I bet you will too.

Refreshing Summer Cooler with Fresh Fruit

Refreshing Summer Cooler with Fresh Fruit

A few other luscious ideas:

Herb Coolers

Herb Coolers

Blueberry, Thyme and Grapefruit Essential Oil (Or use fresh grapefruit juice)

Strawberry, Cucumber, Basil and Peppermint Essential Oil (Or use fresh peppermint)

Mint, Basil, Blueberry, Thyme and Lemon Essential Oil (Or use fresh lemon juice)

**Please note, use can absolutely use fresh juice in place of any of the oils – it just won’t be quite as fragrant or potent.

**If you are using oils, do NOT use just any old oil. See below for tips.

**If you would like to try the certified organic oils I use, visit my essential oils page.

Tips

Stay cool!

Refreshing Summer Cooler with Fresh Fruit

Refreshing Summer Cooler with Fresh Fruit

Refreshing Summer Fruit Cooler

Serves 2
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipe

Ingredients

*Certified Organic Lemon Essential oil (or juice 1 lemon)
1 cup fresh fruit (I used berries and peaches)
Filtered Water
2 Mason Jars

Directions

1. Spoon 1/2 cup fresh fruit into each mason jar; cover with filtered water; drop two drops of lemon essential oils into each of the jars; freeze Mason jars overnight.

2. Fill remaining space in mason jar with water (and additional fruit or herbs if desired) and drop two additional drops of lemon essential oil into each jar; cover, shake and enjoy.

 

Nutrition Facts
2 Servings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 35.0
Total Fat 0.0 g
Saturated Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 7.5 mg
Potassium 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrate 8.5 g
Dietary Fiber 1.5 g
Sugars 5.5 g
Protein 0.5 g

Vitamin A 1.0 %
Calcium 3.0 %
Iron 2.0 %

*Percent Daily Values for Refreshing Summer Coolers with Fresh Fruit are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Mar 292013
 

We are back from another lovely trip to Key Largo and also spent a fair amount of time in Islamorada. Here are a few of the snapshots from the trip.

John Pennekamp state park has lots to do for families – several beaches, a boat ramp, snorkeling, glass bottom boat, aquarium and walking trails. Definitely bring the bikes and beware that if you are tenting it the ground is mostly rock, so be sure to bring some strong L-shaped aluminum tent stakes.  We had quite a time setting up the PahaQue tent but it was so worth it to have the extra room.

Also note that these are not very private sites and there are no fire pit rings in the sites. If you want to have a fire at night you must bring your own fire pit or otherwise you can light some wood in the raised grills at each site. Sundowners is a great restaurant in Key Largo but our favorite restaurants are in Islamorada which is about a 25 to 30 minute drive. We love Lorelei for the fun and low key atmosphere and Morada Bay as a nice dinner – we had my mom’s birthday dinner there.

Cheers!
Dawn

KeysA

 

John Pennekamp State Park, Key Largo

John Pennekamp State Park, Key Largo

John Pennekamp State Park, Key Largo

John Pennekamp State Park, Key Largo

Sundowners, Key Largo

Sundowners, Key Largo

Mom and Dad at Sundowners, Key Largo

Mom and Dad at Sundowners, Key Largo

Tarpon at Sundowners, Key Largo

Tarpon at Sundowners, Key Largo

Feeding the pelicans at Sundowners, Key Largo

Feeding the pelicans at Sundowners, Key Largo

Sundowners, Key Largo

Sundowners, Key Largo

Feeding the Pelicans at Sundowners, Key Largo

Feeding the Pelicans at Sundowners, Key Largo

Tired baby at Sundowners, Key Largo

Tired baby at Sundowners, Key Largo

Vegan Mushroom Skewers and Rosemary Potatoes, Sundowners, Key Largo

Vegan Mushroom Skewers and Rosemary Potatoes, Sundowners, Key Largo

Sundowners, Key Largo

Sundowners, Key Largo

Family at Sundowners, Key Largo

Family at Sundowners, Key Largo

A beautiful wedding at Lorelei, Islamorada

A beautiful wedding at Lorelei, Islamorada

Our daughter and Justine and Kerry's son at Lorelei, Islamorada

Our daughter and Justine and Kerry’s son at Lorelei, Islamorada

Justine and Me at Lorelei, Islamorada

Justine and Me at Lorelei, Islamorada

Lorelei, Islamorada

Lorelei, Islamorada

Morada Bay, Islamorada

Morada Bay, Islamorada

Justine's hubby Kerry and and my hubby Chris at Morada Bay, Islamorada

Justine’s hubby Kerry and and my hubby Chris at Morada Bay, Islamorada

Morada Bay, Islamorada

Morada Bay, Islamorada

Morada Bay, Islamorada

Morada Bay, Islamorada

Morada Bay, Islamorada

Morada Bay, Islamorada

Dad at Morada Bay, Islamorada

Dad at Morada Bay, Islamorada

Theater of the Sea, Islamorada

Theater of the Sea, Islamorada

Theater of the Sea, Islamorada

Theater of the Sea, Islamorada

Beach outside Outdoor World, Islamorada

Beach outside Outdoor World, Islamorada

Beach outside Outdoor World, Islamorada

Beach outside Outdoor World, Islamorada

Beach outside Outdoor World, Islamorada

Beach outside Outdoor World, Islamorada

Beach outside Outdoor World, Islamorada

Beach outside Outdoor World, Islamorada

 

 Posted by at 7:28 pm
Feb 212013
 

Six Disney Food Survival Tips

Blissful Blueberry Bake

Blissful Blueberry Bake

Disney World.

Is it one of your life’s dreams to get there? Or are you not into the lines and crowds?

I would definitely put myself into the latter category.  Camping is one of my favorite pastimes.  Nature. Solitude. Calm.  My life is crazy enough as it is, so going into an environment of man-made chaos is not my cup of tea.  Nevertheless, I just returned from a three day Disney adventure because we had family that flew in from Massachusetts that my daughter had never met and she very much enjoyed meeting her cousins…and Mary Poppins.

One of the first and most obvious things to me, of course, was the food choices of many Disney-goers.  At the “resort” we stayed at there was a cafeteria where my family and I ate.  During one particular breakfast I noticed a sadly obese child that had skittles, some sort of cinnamon bun, a chocolate chip cookie, bacon and a chocolate chip pancake on his plate and was washing that down with his ($17) mug of Coke.  The more I looked around, the more I realized it was the same with many of the parents and other children’s plates.  Some of the “healthy” choices were Light and Fit yogurt, flavored milks and frosted flakes.  If you know anything about the commercial dairy industry and GMO corn, you know this is not actually a healthy choice.

So what is a food conscious person to do?  With a little planning you can both save money and stay healthy!  

1) Spend a little time to plan ahead. Choose a few recipes to make beforehand, such as this five ingredient black bean burger. **(For those flying in see below.)
2) Find out if you can get a refrigerator in your room or if you will need to get ice each morning.
3) Bring a canvas bag for non-refrigeration items, a large cooler for anything that must stay cold and smaller lunch bag for the day trips.
4) Each morning separate breakfast items out and then pack enough food items for lunch and snacks in the smaller bag. (You will have a much easier time of this with a plant based diet since you won’t need to worry as much about refrigeration.) If you are not going back to the room for dinner, you will need to pack that too.
5) Bring paper plates, napkins and utensils. (If you are flying in you can get these on the park grounds, but taking them along allows you to forgo having to stand in line to obtain only a plate.)
6) Bring some reusable storage containers that you can portion your lunch into and rinse out each night.

Note: For lunch items such as a bean burger, there are a few restaurants that are happy to allow you to use their condiments such as salsa, lettuce, tomato and onion when you tell them you or your child has food allergies – especially if you do purchase something from them such as a side salad or small iced coffee (I packed my own coconut creamer).

**If you are flying in, prior to leaving home, purchase and pack a soft sided cooler.  Upon arriving in Orlando find a grocery store such as Publix and stock up on some ice and essentials.  You can still make these five ingredient black bean burgers – all you need is a can of beans, mustard, ketchup, some instant oats, salt and pepper and a microwave.    

The outcome? With just this little bit of preparation: 1) I saved enough money to cover my daughter’s three day ticket into the park as a Florida resident and 2) we had some really delicious food compared to some of the generic items available.  There would have been almost nothing either of us could eat between my plant based diet and my daughter’s food allergies.  I found almost no meat/dairy free choices, unless we wanted to get a iceberg lettuce salad or a plastic packaged $7 bowl of melon.

Some of the items I packed included refillable water bottles with filters, fresh fruit, dried fruit, sun butter/peanut butter, whole grain bagel thins, rice cakes, home made bean burgers, an avocado, onion and tomato, carrots and hummus, salsa and organic corn chips, oatmeal, coconut milk creamer, rice milk for my daughter and a few splurge items such as a container of Blissful Blueberry Bake, gluten free fig newtons and GF pretzels.

Looking at the population of people that was in the parks was disheartening.  There were so many people that were so overweight they actually had to have motorized wheelchairs to get around.  It made me so sad and wishful that I could help them.  But as with all things in life we can only Live and Let Live and lead by example.  The more of us that band together in these situations and show people that eating and living healthy is possible the better.  My hope is that even ONE person saw what we were doing and said you know what, I’m going to do that next time!

Blissful Blueberry Bake

Blissful Blueberry Bake

This blueberry bake is a simple and satisfying warm dessert.  For those folks where fresh blueberries are not available, frozen would work great too.  Whatever you choose, be sure to get a variety that does not contain added sugars or salt -this way you can control the amount that is added to the recipe.

I encourage you to dress this base recipe up in different ways – some ginger or cinnamon would be lovely or the addition of some extra pecans or other nuts.  Don’t like agave?  Try  subbing some 100% maple syrup.  Any which way, you can’t go wrong with baked blueberries!

Blissful Blueberry Bake

Blissful Blueberry Bake

Blissful Blueberry Bake

Serves 4
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipe
**Items on sale now at Native Sun Natural Foods Market, Feb 7 through Mar 6, 2013

Ingredients

1 pint fresh blueberries**
¼ cup agave nectar, (Madhava)**
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 cup gluten free granola, (Natures Path)**
1 tsp coconut oil, melted (Nutiva) **

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350F; mix blueberries, agave, lemon and salt in a small baking dish; mix granola and coconut oil in a small dish and then spoon over blueberries evenly; cover and bake 60 minutes, until warm and bubbly.

Nutrition Facts
4 Servings
Amount Per Serving 

Calories 213.6
Total Fat 4.5 g
Saturated Fat 1.5 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.8 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 166.4 mg
Potassium 94.2 mg
Total Carbohydrate 42.9 g
Dietary Fiber 4.4 g
Sugars 29.8 g
Protein 2.7 g

Vitamin A 2.0 %
Vitamin B-6 1.9 %
Vitamin C 24.7 %
Vitamin E 5.0 %
Calcium 1.3 %
Copper 3.1 %
Folate 1.6 %
Iron 4.3 %
Magnesium 1.3 %
Manganese 14.2 %
Niacin 1.8 %
Pantothenic Acid 0.9 %
Phosphorus 1.1 %
Riboflavin 3.0 %
Selenium 0.8 %
Thiamin 3.3 %
Zinc 0.8 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Enjoy my Blissful Blueberry Bake and Six Disney Food Survival Tips!

Nov 072012
 

We’re back from another camping trip – this time to Key Largo!  The weather was perfect – sunny, clear and warm in the 80’s.  Here are some of the snapshots before I get back to my regularly scheduled recipes…..

 

 

 Posted by at 12:26 pm
Sep 102012
 
MoonFish – a fabulously unique find in the land of Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.

MoonFish
7525 West Sand Lake Rd
Orlando, FL 32819
407-363-7262

MoonFish, Orlando, Fl
For foodie visitors to Orlando, finding a unique restaurant with personality can be very challenging.  Luckily I had my trusty Urbanspoon app on my phone to guide me to MoonFish.

My husband, four year old daughter and I were greeted at the front door by a friendly face; the valet gushing about the food quality and family run atmosphere.

Upon first step inside, we saw a deli case with fresh fish and a friendly hostess ready to seat us.  A much welcome site after walking around the Magic Kingdom all day.  What?! No screaming kids and 2 hour lines?  Sign me up.

MoonFish, Orlando, FL

…I was glad we got there early, around 6:30 pm, because in about 30 to 34 minutes, the restaurant was filling rapidly.

MoonFish, Orlando, Fl
When we sat down in the darkened, cool dining room, the waiter brought us our menus and some lovely steamed, moist cleansing cloths – a very nice touch after coming in from the sweaty heat.

Since I couldn’t choose what wine to try, I found this flight of three refreshing and crisp Rieslings for only $10.  What a find!  I loved all three.  They were a bit sweeter than my usual Chardonnay, but they offered a welcome change.

Wine flight offered at MoonFish, Orlando, FL

Flight of Riesling at MoonFish, Orlando, Fl
The bread they brought out was a splurge-worthy delicacy.  I rarely eat dairy, but this is one of those instances where I savored each bite.  The loaf was light and airy and topped with an Asiago cheese and herbs.  I’m embarrassed to admit – I lacked self restraint and dove in for a second taste.

The bread at MoonFish, Orlando, Fl

 For my allergic-to-everything daughter we ordered some fresh vegetable medley, steamed tender-crisp.

Steamed veggie side at MoonFish, Orlando, Fl

….a side of protein rich edamame….

Steamed edamame at MoonFish, Orlando, Fl

….. and a splurge for her with French fries.  My husband and I decided these, in our 30 some-odd years, were the best fries we had ever had.  In fact, we asked the waiter what their secret was, and were honored that the General Manager, Adam Santorelli, personally stopped by our table to tell us.  Come to find out, they are baked off first and then dropped into the fryer, making for a soft, buttery, baked potato texture on the inside and super crispy outside.

So nice to meet you Adam!

My husband ordered a mixed seafood platter with crab, shrimp, fish and lobster for around $32.  The fish, crab and lobster were perfectly cooked but those smaller shrimp were a bit tougher.  Next time we might simply ask for the shrimp to be cooked separately. 


I immediately decided on the Thai Mussels with coconut milk broth, lemongrass, ginger, pineapple and Thai basil for $12.95.


I figured I would save the sushi for next time.

Sushi Menu, MoonFish, Orlando, Fl
The mussels were everything I could have wished for.  Tender, sweet and a bite of ginger.  I must recreate this in a vegan dish!

Of course, my little one had to visit the ladies room and was so intrigued by the bathroom fixtures I had to take a photo.  How cool are these?


Overall our visit was exceptional – the food, service and details were all top-notch.  We can’t wait to go back to visit this unique and local find in Orlando Florida.

MoonFish on Urbanspoon

 Posted by at 8:06 pm
Jul 302012
 
How often is it that you meet someone on line (other than a dating site), become friends even though you live many miles away, and then someday get to meet in person? Last Friday I was in for a special treat.  Cara from Cara’s Cravings was down for a visit.  We actually became friends through blogging – commenting regularly on each other’s sites and emailing back and forth.  Who knew that years later we would get to meet up!
First up, we at ate Metro Diner for breakfast and then strolled around the artsy town of San Marco.
Afterwards we rode back to the house to get settled in and lounged by the pool for a few hours overlooking the river.
The Pool
Later we headed out to the boat to take an evening boat ride….
St Johns River
 ……to Whitey’s Fish Camp! They feature river access, a huge bar and dining area and a SUPER relaxed atmosphere – complete with a little sandy beach and live music.
Dawn and Cara at Whitey’s Fish Camp

Whitey’s Fish Camp

Saturday we did “the usual” and hit Saint Augustine for the Old City Farmers Market, walked St George Street and had lunch at The Floridian.

We shared the Southern Belle.
Choice of grilled tempeh, shrimp or
fresh catch over local lettuces with
fresh peaches, roasted sweet potatoes,
candied pecans and GA blue cheese
tossed in a lemon-basil vinaigrette
and drizzled with FL honey. Tempeh
$12/ Shrimp $14/ Fresh Catch $MP”
It was the fresh peaches that had me drooling, and the tempeh was flavorful and moist.

And we also shared the Cornbread Panzanella.
Choice of grilled fresh catch, shrimp
or tempeh over pan-fried cornbread
tossed with Fresh Start’s arugula,
heirloom cherry tomatoes and
house-pickled veggies with
Thomasville Tomme Cheese, and a
drizzle of basil-buttermilk dressing.
Tempeh $12/ Shrimp $14/ Fresh
Catch $MP
This is not something I would normally eat because there was some some dairy in the dressing – but the salad was AMAZING.  Arugula offered a little bite and the cornbread “croutons” were firm but with the signature cornbread texture.  If you’re gonna splurge on a salad – let it be this one.
Then my daughter, the budding photographer, wanted to take some photos.

Later that night, even though I was a bit under the weather, we managed to make quite a feast that featured some fresh shrimp and fish coated in a fresh seasoning Cara picked up at a spice shop, this gorgeous avocado salad and a roasted butternut and chickpea dish with spinach.
Sunday afternoon we met up with a third local blogger, Ashlee Wetherington of Veggie By Season for her daughter’s first birthday before Cara had to depart for her flight back to Boston.  What a whirlwind July has been!
Now tell me, have you ever met a friend on line and then met them in person? I’d love to hear!
 Posted by at 10:39 pm
Jul 222012
 
Summer is in full swing here – my best friend I grew up with, Jenny, came down for a visit with her boyfriend Jay and we stayed in St Augustine at our favorite Edgewater Inn Friday night.
Jenny and Dawn at Edgewater
Beforehand my daughter played in the sand.

Since I was running around like maniac before they got here I didn’t have much time to cook so I threw together a round two recipe with stellar results.  Remember the shepherds pie I made last week with the fresh summer veggies and quinoa?
 Since there are only three of us, we had so much left over that I remade it into a sort of burrito casserole that I had not planned on posting – but we all loved it so much that I snapped a shot before we polished the whole thing off and figured I would share it.

Stay tuned for next week….I have another special visitor coming in town to visit me and you might know her from another of your favorite blogs!

Summer Burrito Casserole
 Summer Burrito Casserole
Serves 3 to 4
Gluten Free, Vegan
Ingredients
1 tsp adobo seasoning (or seasoning of choice)
1 cup cooked black beans
3 gluten free tortillas (or tortillas of choice)
1/3 cup Daiya cheddar cheese (or cheese of choice)
1/2 cup good quality tomato sauce (I used Garlic Joy Marinara)
Directions
1. Preheat oven to 375F.  Spray a small baking dish with cooking spray.  Mix shepherd’s pie, adobo and black beans in a medium bowl; roll 1/3 mixture into each of three tortillas, placing each in the dish as you roll.  Pour tomato sauce over evenly; top with cheese.  Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until cooked through.
No nutrition info available on this one.
May 292012
 

I just returned from a relaxing Keys vacation and came back with a Slow Food Restaurant find in Key West!

We stayed at the Islander Resort in Islamorada….our favorite place to stay as the grounds are beautiful and they have kitchenettes which is great for people with families or anyone who would like to save a little money on eating out every meal.

Hotel View in Islamorada

The first night we watched the sunset and ate at Lorelei-a great restaurant right across the street…we rode our bikes everywhere!

Anthony and Courtney
View at Lorelei

At Lorelei, Islamorada
Double Rainbow Viewed from Lorelei, Islamorada
Theater of the Sea

Dolphin Show at Theater of the Sea

Heading into Butterfly Conservatory, Key West
My was practicing her photography skills.
Courtney caught a butterfly!

I. Love. This. Concept.
An old gas station – turned natural foods market and cafe with a raised garden outdoor seating area.
I do think we need one of these in Jacksonville.
I found help yourself by googling “Slow Food Key West”.
Slow Food Key West – Help Yourself
help yourself cafe



Indian Summer Salad – Creamy Mix of Chickpeas, Quinoa, Carrots, Raisins, Onion with Indian Spices Over Mixed Greens with House Vinaigrette
This salad…..oh my gosh.  Protein rich with chickpeas, quinoa and nuts, lots of fresh veggies and Indian spices-I loved the weight and mix of flavors.

help yourself cafe -almost everything can be made gluten free
They made my daughter a GF chicken wrap with lettuce and apples.

help yourself cafe has a vegan lasagna with layers of zucchini.  Next time I’ll be trying that!
Some of the info that really resonated with me is that they use all whole grains, no GMO, no dairy (coconut is the alternative), fresh juices and everything is prepared from scratch. Can you see why this was my kind of place?
That night we ate at Morada Bay – my favorite in Islamorada!
Morada Bay in Islamorada
 Monday, while everyone else was driving back up in traffic I could beat on a bike, we hit the pool and did some shopping.
There is an outdoor world there wish a really cool fish tank.

The last night there we ate at Islamorada Fish Company.  Our waiter was very nice and the view was gorgeous but the food was ok.  I asked if they make their on dressing and they said no.  That is my telltale way to tell the freshness and quality of the food.

Islamorada Fish Company

View from Islamorada Fish Company

 Posted by at 9:34 pm
Jan 192012
 
Lovely historical Savannah, home of the Lady and Sons restaurant-that butter, cream, meat and fried food laden buffet owned by Paula Deen.  I’m sure you’ve all heard about her unfortunate but not surprising announcement that she has type II diabetes that can lead to heart disease, glaucoma, foot, skin, mental health problems…all kinds of nastiness. 
Paula, if you read this, now is the time to say no to that deal with the drug company devil that wants you to be the face of their new diabetes medication and show your fans how powerful diet can be.  Cut out cholesterol, processed foods, too much saturated fat; and add lots of plants, legumes and grains.  Take your fans along with you in the journey back to health through diet and exercise and NOT drugs! 
Her contribution to the SAD (standard American diet) is epic.  Who else would bring a macaroni and cheese dish that is wrapped in bacon, breaded and deep fried?  I love her sparkling personality but her cooking is so detrimental to our society that at my visit to Savannah last weekend I did not stand in line for the Lady and Sons buffet; instead I sought out unique, local restaurants that have health, local farming and sustainability in mind. 
This was no easy task.  Googling top 10 restaurants in Savannah will actually bring up Paula’s restaurant as her brand is so well known. It took a little digging around to find some restaurants with substance.  I visited the newly created Savannah Slow Food site and found Green Truck Pub.   It’s a burger joint that features grass fed beef, organic free range chicken, vegetarian and vegan options.  Any of their burger creations can be subbed for a bean burger which is wonderful.   The atmosphere is lively, being close to the art school, complete with a juke box and old time-y décor.  If you go be sure to get there early as there will surely be a long wait.

Hmm…these specials look interesting.

I’ll take a cold one bartender!

I tried the “Rustico” bean burger with basil, balsamic caramelized onions and a bit of goat cheese. Their bean burger was firm, moist and flavorful-completely home made-as are all their dressings.  I had the side salad with balsamic.  All the veggies on the salad were super fresh.   My dad commented on how good the onions were, of all things. 

Their little garden out back.
In a stand next to the door I found a booklet of other local restaurants, including Taco Abajo-Fighting the Tyranny of Bland Mexican Food.  We decided to head over there the following day.
We found the place in a trendy area, also near the art school.  The storefront is very inconspicuous, but when you walk down the stairs, the restaurant opens up in an expansive, brick floored room with a festive mix of contemporary music and Tex-Mex furnishings.

The salsa is home made and super fresh…we asked for a second bowl.  I got a grilled veggie taco and splurged on an authentic style fish taco with cabbage slaw, probably the best I’ve had. My daughter got a grilled fish taco on a corn tortilla with rice and black beans.  This was the first time she had ever actually picked up and eaten a fish taco (and loved it).
Proof of a 3-year old eating a fish taco!

Veggie taco, fish taco and black beans.
We will definitely visit both places again at our next visit.

Green Truck Pub on Urbanspoon Taco Abajo on Urbanspoon