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Food on Our Trip

A great place to stop in between Detroit and Chicago is the People’s Food Co-Op in Kalamazoo. They’re not affiliated with the one in Ann Arbor (I asked). They have quite a few vegan items to choose from and all of it is easily marked vegan on the signs. They also put “love” as one of the ingredients πŸ˜€ On our way to Chicago, Rob got a Tofurky Sandwich with avocado and I had a Cauliflower Peanut Pasta Salad. The salad was good but it contained peas so I ate around them. I didn’t finish all of the salad so Rob ate what was left, peas and all. To drink, we each had an Izze. Rob got Blackberry and I went for the Pomegranate. The co-op also sold these delicious almond butter bars topped with chocolate (vegan). On the way back to Detroit, we decided to try their soups. They had three to choose from and they were all vegan. Rob had the green chili which was nice and spicy. I had a sweet potato soup which was fabulous. I really liked the co-op. It’s very small but the employees were really helpful and friendly. I’m just glad we found an in-between point that has vegan-friendly food.

Rob’s Tofurky Sandwich & My Cauliflower Peanut Pasta Salad (a bit pricey but you can’t always avoid that while traveling):

Vegan Food

There’s a good Middle Eastern restaurant in Schaumburg, IL called Pita House. We’ve been there several times over the past few years. I really like their Mama Gannouj which is like Baba Gannouj but it’s made with zucchini instead of eggplant. It’s delicious. I also tried their lentil soup which was good, but it wasn’t anything like the crushed lentil soup I can get around here. I opted for the falafel plate with rice this time. It was great and very filling.

We stayed at an apartment-style hotel geared towards business travelers. I like those places because you get a mini-kitchen and they are more spacious than a typical hotel room. We had an apartment on the second floor. On the night we went to Pita House for take-out, it was raining and very windy. Earlier, I lost my umbrella to the weather when the wind tore it apart. When we got back, we had a short walk from our car to the outdoor staircase. Since it was raining and we were umbrella-less, we made a run for it. I took about one step on the stairs when I noticed something. Looking back at me from the top of the stairs was a giant raccoon. Not exactly what you want to see while carrying a bag of food!!! All I could say to Rob was Raccoon!!! Run!!! Rob said “Follow Me” So we ran back into the rain and I followed him to a staircase located on the other side. Luckily, this was enough to make the raccoon go back down the stairs and we could safely enter the apartment. I wonder if any of the other hotel guests heard the commotion and wondered what the heck was going on?

Lentil soup, hot sauce (I think they might make their own, it’s spicy, love it!!), Mama Gannouj, tahini sauce, falafel plate with rice, and pita bread:

Pita House

We also stopped at Starbucks and got Gingerbread Soy Cappuccinos. I love the gingerbread flavor and will have to buy a bottle for when I make coffees at home (I have a Starbucks Barista Athena espresso machine). I was intrigued that a label of your order prints out and they stick it on the appropriate cup size. What a cool way to do it. As you can tell, we don’t go to Starbucks much because I make our coffees at home. The baristas were much nicer than the ones in the Detroit area too. They didn’t make any grunting noises or annoyed faces when I ordered soy.


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  • Brandie November 15, 2006, 1:31 pm

    Good luck with the move and new job! I’m getting ready for a relocation to Georgia myself because the area I live in currently doesn’t have a need for graphic designers. Keeping my fingers crossed that your house sells very quickly!

  • Nikki November 15, 2006, 2:21 pm

    Mama Gannouj? That’s great!

    I also love all things gingerbread…so good!

    Good luck with the move and everything.

  • bazu November 15, 2006, 5:42 pm

    I’d never heard of mama gannouj- and I agree with Nikki, it sounds cool! That is so great that you guys found good vegan food on the road. On most road trips, vegan food for me means potato chips and coke (or if I’m very good, something I packed myself!)
    It sounds like this move is the right thing for you guys, so continued good luck. congrats on the new job!

  • bazu November 15, 2006, 5:42 pm

    Oh, and raccoons! I had to laugh at that one- you know how much I love raccoons!

  • aTxVegn November 15, 2006, 10:14 pm

    Raccoons are such food bandits! I’m glad they didn’t get your food from Pita House. Zucchini hummus – yum!

    I hope Chicago works out great for you!

  • veganruthie November 16, 2006, 12:48 am

    How cute! I love the raccoon story. πŸ™‚ It looks like you guys are having a good move, that’s so wonderful. πŸ™‚ I’ve actually learned to love moving. It really helps keep your life simplified. I’ll be praying for luck on your house to sell. My parents are trying to sell right now, too, and it’s just unfortunate that we’re in a buyer’s market right now πŸ™

    Peace! And don’t break any Pyrex!!

  • Candi November 16, 2006, 4:52 am

    Good luck with the move and new job and selling your home quickly!!!! It all sounds so fun and exciting!

    I love the food finds! πŸ˜› I hope to luck out like that when we travel!

    Raccoon! Run! LOL! I can just imagine how funny that sounded!!!

  • Gaia November 16, 2006, 9:37 am

    Good luck with everything Emmy ! I hope that this new life in Chicago will be even more wonderful taht you are hoping for !
    So, are you going to live near the Chicago Diner ? πŸ˜‰

    I love raccoons πŸ™‚ I’m sure it’s scary to run into one when you don’t expect to, though LOL

  • Sara November 16, 2006, 2:06 pm

    I love the sound of that Mama Gannouj. I might have to work on that. And good luck on your move! Moving sucks.

  • Kati November 16, 2006, 3:56 pm

    Hey – it’s cool that you’re moving to Chicago! I just moved here in August and it’s pretty enjoyable so far. There are tasty veggie restaurants, if nothing else. Good luck with the move!

  • vicki November 17, 2006, 10:47 am

    kalamazoo kalamazoo kalamazoo – just had to get that out of my system – what a cool name. and they have a cool co-op too – it’s not easy to eat vegan on the road & that it’s easily marked is a total bonus.

    art and i watched 2 racoons up our tree in the middle of the night — jolie barked like a banchee, but it was fascinating. they mad-dog us at our back door too, & they aren’t afraid of us. glad you got away from those BANDITS! best of luck with your move & i’m crossed that your home sells now.

    Adios Detroit & Adios Vegetarian Family! I’ve moved too — hope you’ll update me & drop by on along your way to Chicago.

  • johanna3 November 17, 2006, 2:46 pm

    crossing my finger for you!

  • mikaela November 19, 2006, 12:25 pm

    Much much, much luck and love to you on your move, new home and new jobs. Whew! What a big change πŸ™‚

  • pinknest November 21, 2006, 5:07 pm

    ooooh that falafel looks AWESOME!!