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Sweet Tomatoes, Pizza Bagels, More Elk Pics

Sweet Tomatoes is a chain restaurant with three locations in Chicago’s suburbs. For vegans, they offer a huge salad bar, soup, baked potatoes, and fresh fruit for dessert. The salad bar is huge and has toppings galore. Usually there are one or two vegetarian soups and you can always ask an employee about ingredients to see if they are vegan (they have a book they can check that lists ingredients). Most of the vegetarian soups are vegan but always check first. Lately, they’ve been testing out vegan soups to see if they should add them to the menu. They are even labeled vegan which is not something you see very often in a chain restaurant! This time the vegan soup was Moroccan Garbanzo Bean and Lentil Soup. It was delicious and I added some crushed red pepper to mine for a little bit of a kick. There are feedback cards next to soups they are testing so I always fill them out and thank them for offering vegan soups. For dessert, we had fresh pineapple slices which were sweet and juicy. They often have coupons in the paper so lunch is only $6.69 per person and it’s all-you-can eat. Remember to arrive hungry so you can get your monies worth. 😀

My giant salad had romaine lettuce, baby spinach, cucumbers, red onion, green cabbage, purple cabbage, celery, carrots, jicama, banana squash, radish, scallions, mushrooms, green pepper, zucchini slices, chickpeas, broccoli, cauliflower, and pepperoncini peppers. I don’t really like salad dressings so I topped mine with lots of sunflower seeds and toasted pumpkin seeds. Yum!

Salad

Here’s the Moroccan Garbanzo Bean and Lentil Soup:

Soup

We stopped and get some bagels from The Great American Bagel because I had a coupon. They’re bread-like bagels but work perfectly for pizza bagels. I’m still on the look-out for traditional bagels but I’d use these bagels again for pizza bagels. I’m also on the look-out for Tofutti Cheeze around here. I think I’m going to have to see if some place will order it for me. I used the Vegan Gourmet Cheeze this time. I also topped the pizza bagels with fresh tomato slices and stuck them back under the broiler for another minute. The herbs on top are the Little Italy NYC Style Herbs I picked up at the Spice House in Evanston, IL.

Pizza Bagels:

Pizza Bagels

We also stopped by the Elk Conservation area again. The elk were right up by the fence and it was neat to see them up close. The first two pictures were taken between the chain link fence openings for an unobstructed view.

Elk:

Elk

Awww, she’s so cute:

Elk

Look at those antlers:

Elk

Yesterday was absolutely gorgeous. It was bright, sunny, and around 50 degrees. This is a pretty picture I took at one of the Forest Preserves. The sunlight was reflecting off the ice that hadn’t melted yet.

Beautiful Day

Hope you have a fantastic day. 😀

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  • Twisted Cinderella March 19, 2007, 7:49 am

    That all looks fabulous! I love homemade pizza bagels.

  • Kati March 19, 2007, 9:40 am

    The soup looks yummy – I even like the bowl with the handle. The elk are so cute. The one you got the close up of looks so soft I just want to pet her! I’ll have to look that place up and have my parents take J and I when they visit over the summer. Your pizza bagels look very tasty, too! I bet that herb blend makes all the difference.

  • Sara March 19, 2007, 2:16 pm

    That salad looks great, I wish I didn’t like salad dressing, I always use too much. And the pizza bagels! Yum!

  • pinknest March 19, 2007, 2:46 pm

    i’ve been to sweet tomatoes! in texas. how funny!

    i like the shot of the sleepy/sun dozing elk.

  • midwestvegan March 19, 2007, 6:03 pm

    Sweet Tomatoes was one of our favorite recipes in Orlando. It was a great place to go with my omni friends because we could all eat rather cheaply and healthy.

  • melody March 19, 2007, 7:21 pm

    What a great restaurant.. it’s so nice to hear of a chain restaurant committed to healthy food that is fresh and vegan friendly.

  • cherie March 19, 2007, 7:38 pm

    That salad is so huge! It looks great, you can enjoy it longer! But not get as full as if you were eating something heavier.

  • bazu March 19, 2007, 8:43 pm

    I loved sweet tomatoes in Florida, but we don’t have one here! =( In California, the same chain (I think?) was called Souplantation. It’s good to hear they are bringing out vegan soups! For me, happiness is a soup and salad bar- ever since I was a kid, they’ve been my favorite restaurants. I can honestly say salads are my favorite food. Mmmmmm.

  • bazu March 19, 2007, 8:44 pm

    OH, and what adorable elks!

  • johanna3 March 20, 2007, 1:40 pm

    yum! i love pizza

    cute elks 🙂

  • Aurora's Mom March 20, 2007, 2:55 pm

    I like the tofutti moz slices. I find they taste very similar to the “real thing”. I put them on pizzas, quesedillias, which are really the only things I miss cheese on. I like the vegan gourmet stuff too, but I find the tofutti slices last longer since I only need a bit at a time…: )

  • K March 20, 2007, 9:20 pm

    OMG, Emmy. This is so amazing. Peter and i went to Souplantation (same as Sweet Tomatoes!) last night! Hadn’t been there in MONTHS. Oh that is Twilight Zone music if ever i heard it. WOW!! That’s just freaky freaky. And i love it. We ate GOOD there. We were soooooo hungry. We ran and worked out, then went to see the movie “Zodiac,” which is just over 2 1/2 hours…

    LOVE the pizza bagels. Those really look awesome. Nicely done!

    The elk photos are wonderful. I do so love animals. ALL animals. Very wonderful to see them. Thank you for sharing.

  • mikaela March 21, 2007, 8:19 am

    I want an elk! 🙂

  • judy March 21, 2007, 9:10 pm

    Your salad looks amazing. It’s nice to hear that a chain restaurant lists veggie options, as well as vegan. Your little bagel pizzas look yummy too.

  • Randi March 24, 2007, 9:03 pm

    I must be in the minority because I dont really like sweet tomatoes. I went to soup plantation one too many times in cali. The salads were good, but some of the soups were too salty and the muffins sucked. Btw, you find the BEST books. Where do you keep them all?