Frank’s Noodle House


Every so often Raf gets on a Food Network kick and will watch every episode of a FN show. Currently, he is into Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. It seems like they visit Portland restaurants a lot on that show! Most of the places featured are very meat oriented. But every once in awhile a vegetarian option will come up. One of those options was Frank’s Noodle House. We decided we would go there for lunch this past Monday. They feature traditional Chinese hand-pulled noodles.

Wow. It was delicious. I got the vegetable noodles and Raf got the tofu noodles. He said he could’ve done without the tofu because there was nothing special about it. I loved the vegetable noodles. The noodles were definitely fresh as were the veggies. They served it with house made egg drop soup which was also delicious. And the prices were very very reasonable. We didn’t even have to wait for a table!

on getting with the program – or not.

Health and Fitness


So today I decided to start my “Reboot” program, a diet program based on the juicing program in the film, “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.” I decided to go with the 15 day program which is not a juice fast but a program that also includes eating meals that consist of fruits and veggies.

I did pretty well. The photo above is breakfast, baked apples and cherries with raisins and cinnamon. I liked it well enough. I also drank my allotted juice and ate my carrot soup for lunch (also delish). However, when I looked at the clock and the day was pretty much gone and I wondered what the fuck I did all day I realized I spent my entire day juicing and preparing food for these meals.

And now I wonder if this is something that I really want to do. There is also a cost factor. I bought the stuff yesterday for today’s meal plan and it cost and inordinate amount of money for food for one day. So there is a question of whether or not I can even afford this diet.

There are other factors that concern me, as well. It is very low calorie and there is virtually no protein. I don’t like this. I really want to get serious about my running regimen and in order to do so I need the proper fuel.

So I think I am going to decide not to do this. But all is not lost. I did not fail. Actually, in the lead up to this I have been eating very healthy and I think I have come up with a plan that will work for me. Which is what is important, anyway. I need to figure out what will work for me. I know myself and I know that I won’t stick with something if I am spending an entire day preparing food for meals.

Noodle Soup


I posted a photo on Instagram of a bowl of noodle soup that I made for dinner and was asked for the recipe. So I thought I would post it here. I found the original recipe at the blog, Where There’s a Vegan, There’s a Way and I didn’t really change it up that much so I won’t re-type it up here.  The only thing I do differently is add an inhuman amount of rooster sauce to both the soup and the seitan. It’s really yummy and you can find the ingredients in the health food section of you local grocery store.


My favorite street food is, without a doubt, the little crepe food cart on Hawthorne in Portland. Every time I go there I get the same thing: smoked salmon with arugula and cream cheese. OMG. So yummy.

I was just there this past Monday with my husband. In addition to this delicious salmon crepe I got a sweet crepe: dark chocolate and pear. Not as good as thought it would be. Apples would have been better.


The vegetarian store


So Raf and I have been hearing about this ABC Vegetarian outlet advertised on the Air America affiliate here and were stoked to find out about it. We are no longer vegetarians, but while living in Santa Cruz got used to visiting the many local vegetarian-friendly grocery stores (and there are LOTS of them there). We still enjoy many of the foods we were introduced to as vegetarians.

So we planned on going there this weekend. I went online to find the address and I saw that the ABC actually stands for Adventist Book Center. That’s cool. I’m totally fine with that. So we drive out there.

It’s on the west edge of town, near the airport. As we drove up, closer to the address, we noticed that it was kind of in the middle of nowhere, nestled in a forest-like area. We drove past it at first, because it didn’t look anything like “food outlet.” To drive into the place you had to drive past this heavy gate. It kind of felt like driving into a compound. As we drove up to the place it was clear that this was not your average grocery store. This was a “food outlet” that was inside the church’s bookstore. It had a very “churchy” feel.

We walked in and, sure enough, the Christian books were on the left side of the store, the vegetarian stuff was on the right side of the store. We went ahead with our purchases, and were very happy with them. The people working there were very nice to keep the store open for us while we shopped.

It was a very strange experience. It had a very culty feel. The whole “compound” thing is what does it, I think. But they did have a nice assortment of vegetarian food.

I just think it’s so funny how vastly different this experience was than, say, going to this awesome hippy vegetarian grocery we used to go to in Santa Cruz called the Food Bin. These places were polar opposites. At the ABC food outlet we were being checked out by a nice, gray-haired, church-going lady, while at the Food Bin we would be helped by kids that looked like they were born in the wrong generation.

There is another vegetarian-friendly grocery in this town near where i live. It’s kind of like a local version of Whole Foods. It’s got some good stuff in there, too. But the vibe is very yuppy and pretentious.

So my search for a cool Food Bin-style veggie grocery in Spokane continues…