Last Thursday my good friend and co-worker, Susan, called me and invited Ron and me to go see Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys with her. She had 3 tickets and her daughter and daughter’s boyfriend had to cancel on her unexpectedly. For a split second when she invited me, I thought about my long run that was scheduled for Saturday. I knew if I stayed out late there would be no way that I could make it up in time to get my run in. I had promised my coach and other running friends that I wasn’t going to miss any more long runs and I was so close to thanking Susan but giving her my regrets.
For some reason though, I didn’t. I told her I’d ask Ron and get back to her. I gave Ron a call and within minutes we had plans to go the the award winning, Pet Sounds tour.
Susan’s gracious gift of the tickets was amazing. We were honored to treat her to dinner. And, what restaurant is right across from the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts? You guessed it! My favorite…….Living Kitchen!
Susan is an omnivore but she was sweet and seemed to enjoy the raw veggie creations. We had so much fun at dinner!
We got an appetizer but they were so fast with our choices we barely touched it. It was yummy though.
The tri color hummus was so delicious and that bread there is my very favorite too! It is Great Harvest bread and they make is especially for Living Kitchen.
My choice was the Fire and Brimstone Burger with the Broccoli Waldorf .
Words cannot express how much I loved this! It isn’t too hot in the beginning but then after a few bites, it hits you. I love spicy so I was in heaven!
Ron got the Rawco Taco Salad.
Ron liked it a lot. He wasn’t very hungry and it was a perfect light choice. He gave me a bite and man was it good!
Susan got the Avocado and Basil Sandwich with the beet salad as a side. She made me smile when she got the beets.
A fellow beet lover!
Susan wasn’t a fan of hummus so she got it on the side just in case. She said this hummus was good though.
You know I’m a sweet-a-holic so I tried a different dessert from our first visit.
It was called the Turtle Cake but in my opinion, it was exactly like German Chocolate Cake! Wowzer! The very best ever!
Susan got the cheesecake. I can’t remember if it was the Lemon Berry like I got last time or if it was the Passion Fruit. She liked it!
If you are in the area, please give Living Kitchen a try. I promise you. You will not believe that it is raw and vegan!
Next up was the concert. I was born in 1965 so The Beach Boys were a little before my time. I do love them though. I think it’s because my sisters are 7 and 11 years older than me. I was able to sing along to almost every one of the songs.
My favorites of course were Sloop John B, Good Vibrations, and Help Me Rhonda. But now after the concert, my new favorite is God Only Knows. Susan, Ron and I had a blast singing along with all the other old folks that were in the audience. (Ha!)
As predicted, I missed my long run last Saturday. Ron didn’t miss Kung Fu though and he was up and out of the house by 9:00am. I had the whole day to myself and I Googled and YouTubed all things Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys for hours. I’m a true expert on them now.
The coolest thing was when Ron got home from Kung Fu he found the movie for us and we watched, Love and Mercy. I ‘m so happy that Brian happened upon Melinda in that car dealership. Saved his life for sure!
Moral of the story is, eat some plants, stick around those that give you Good Vibrations, and don’t be afraid to skip a run or two every now and then.
Here’s hoping you have,
“Love and mercy, that’s what you need tonight
So love and mercy to you and your friends tonight”