Last night was date night for Ron and me and we finally made it to a restaurant that has been recommended to me so many times over the last few years. Irregardless.
It’s located just off Hillsborough Street in Raleigh near Charlie Goodnight’s Comedy Club. The restaurant has convenient parking across the street in a gravel lot on the hill.
I loved everything about it from the moment we walked in! The staff was so attentive and friendly! We arrived a little before 6:00 on a Saturday night and there were only a few patrons. Almost everyone that was dining was sitting outside and luckily there were a few tables left. I adore al fresco dining!
Ron started with an IPA from Mother Earth Brewing and I got a pear martini. Yummo. I sipped on this one the entire time we were there.
This was the special menu that was offered in addition to their normal menu.
We both chose the vegan scallops and decided to share the arugula and goat cheese salad.
For starters, they gave us this little plate of bread and butter.
And here’s the salad! I just love it when they half it for you and serve it on 2 plates when you are sharing. It was AMAZING!
Here’s the “scallops.”
Divine! The risotto was so creamy and flavorful and you could almost believe you were eating real scallops. (We ate our flowers too. )
You know I can’t pass up dessert so I asked the server what her favorite was. She told me the vegan cheesecake.
Very, very good.
Before we left I stepped inside and got a shot of the inside of the restaurant. They had a live piano player and the tables had really filled up in the hour or so that we were there.
It was a little pricy there and our 2.5 entrees with 2 beers, 1 cocktail, and 1 dessert topped out at $88 bucks. A quick doubling of the 10% for the tip made us just put down $105 bucks and call it a night.
As we were walking back to our car this chalkboard caught my eye from the business next door. Made me smile.
The night was still so young and the weather so beautiful, we ended up at our favorite brewery in Clayton, Deep River. They were supposed to have live music but I guess the artist was a no show. Ron got a 4 pack of his favorite to take home.
Later that night Ron mentioned that we had eaten $100 bucks of mushrooms that evening and that we might better really focus on eating like my new book. I’ve never laughed so hard in a very long time. He really had me rolling.
Seriously though, I loved Irregardless and will love to go back. It’s a special place and worth the splurge maybe once a year or so.
Speaking of how I’m eating lately, I told you I owed you a post. For most of 2014, I ate a vegetarian diet. I ate a little meat here and there when we were on vacation but mostly it was always vegetarian. Honestly, for the past 5 years, I’ve been an on again off again veggie. More on than off and the only thing that kept me from going vegan were the eggs that I get from my neighbor’s backyard chickens and the cheese that I end up eating at Mexican restaurants and when I have pizza. I’m cool with no yogurt and no milk. Almond milk is fine for me. The cheese is my pitfall.
And it’s really crazy because I hate dairy farming the most of all. I hate how they impregnate the cows over and over again and take their calves away from them so soon. It breaks my heart. Also, those dairy cows get so big they often can’t walk. I’ve seen 2 movies and when they pick up the cows in the frontloaders to carry them away, I die.
I’m not proud to admit this but Ron talked me into trying the Whole 30 diet with him last month and for 26 days, I did eat meat. On the Whole 30 all you can have is meat and veggies and limited fruits. No sugar, breads, or grains. I lost 7 lbs. very quickly and I did feel good. Ethically, though, I felt horrible.
I recently saw the movie Cowspiracy and it was very different than Forks over Knives or other documentaries I’ve seen.
It focused on the environmental impact that factory farming has on the earth. I really care about the environment and I am really trying to reduce, reuse, and recycle like crazy. For me though, the treatment of the animals is my main concern.
Even though Ron eats a lot of vegan and veggie meals with me happily, I don’t see him giving up meat entirely. Same for the rest of the family. I cook a lot of meat for Andie, Jonathan, and Lydia. I try to get grass fed beef and meat from small farms when I can.
I’ll give a a review of how I do on the new recipes in Vegan on the Cheap next week. I’m excited!
Hoping to get some good runs in this week along with my 2 CrossFit nights.
Happy Week Ya’ll!