Tuesday, February 9, 2010
That's the name of my fantasy restaurant. It was Green Tree, but I changed it. Actually, it changes a lot. Although, I should really be thinking about a name for our farm, not my never-restaurant. (Which reminds me, if you have any good farm names, send them our way.)
I have wanted to open my own restaurant ever since I started making good food from our own garden. Having special eating requirements myself, I realized that when you eat out, you really have to throw a lot of your food consciousness out. Honestly, a lot of people don't really even care what they eat but here in Bham, I think that is a little different. People want fresh, local, healthy, organic, and maybe even veggie or vegan options. There are many places that offer these things but Bham does lack the veggie and vegan only restaurants and I really do think they could survive financially if you knew what you were doing. Alas, I do not know what I am doing (about most things in fact) so I never plan on opening a place, I just like to think about how good it would be.
Another reason I got inspired was because Bellingham just got their first vegan-only restaurant, Bloom. In minimal words, it was bad and uninspiring.
In more words, Bloom offered only a couple dishes. A quinoa bowl and a rice lentil bowl. Now...being a veggie/part vegan, I like to impress people with the delicious things I can make. I don't want to bore them with the stuff they KNOW is vegan. People know rice, is vegan. They know salad is usually vegan (with the right dressing). I think you should give them fake meat, be creative. Give them waffles but make them vegan. Give them killer gourmet that is vegan. That's how I believe you do it. Bloom was not that way. They offered wraps and these two bowls. No one said, oh man, this is good. That is sad to me. Making non-vegans appreciate the food is what my mission would be.
So maybe someday Green Bowl will come out of the woodworks (very doubtful) and it will serve breakfast and dinner. Give me waffles, biscuits with mushrooms gravy, faux sausage. Give me squash pasta, portabella burgers, sweet potato fries, hell maybe even killer veg stir fry. (my menu is diverse right now. haha)
Some people want that. They do!