Saturday, June 26, 2010

Missouri Part Two

St. Louis

I can't imagine a better "vacation from our vacation". We had been on the road so long! I knew we would be worn out at this point...but I wanted to plan some time for just Mr. Kummerow and me. As hard as it was to leave the family knowing I would only be a few hours from my parents', I knew that my sanity depended on it. We needed this time to unwind before returning home.

I have some family who lives in St. Louis and my cousin graciously hosted our visit in her guest house...fondly named the Carriage House. We arrived Sunday and "checked in." After a swim in the pool (it was almost 100 degrees the entire time we were there!) we made our way to Whole Foods (my favorite grocery store-which we don't have in Mooresville...or in Charlotte) and picked out dinner.
We both made huge salads...mine included beets (my new favorite), artichokes, olives, quinoa, spinach, kale, mushrooms and much more.

We took a sampling from the hot bar...several types of vegan curry and casseroles. For dessert we shared a Chicago Diner coconut cake which we found at Whole Foods (I forgot to take a photo of it!)

We also purchased Chicago Diner muffins for breakfast. Yummy!

On Monday Kim cooked dinner. Kim is quite the foodie and an excellent cook. She served up quite a feast. And made sure there would be plenty for me to eat. While the dinner for everyone was not vegan (she grilled carne for the meat eaters) she did make grilled eggplant and peppers on a tostada with a roasted corn and black bean salsa.

I had gazpacho for the first time that night. It wasn't Kim's homemade version; she picked it up from a friend who is a chef in the city, and it was delicious!

The whole meal was so fresh and flavorful, I couldn't help but snap a picture of it as well! Of course I was worried that they would make fun of my new hobby (taking photos of yummy food), but then my aunt showed me her collection of food photos on her iPhone. I'm not the only crazy one!

On Tuesday we ate so much yummy food I thought it best to make another blog entry. Check in soon for some more yummy food photos!

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