Besides the philosophical musings that were the underpinning for my trip, there were some vegan-related developments in Phoenix. First of all, to my surprise and delight, some of the menus at my favorite restaurants have added new vegan meals. Maizie's now has a vegan burger, and True Food Kitchen has a really enjoyable "winter ingredient" salad, which includes sweet potatoes and cauliflower, two of my favorites. In addition, there is a new place called the Refuge Cafe, which has opened on 7th Ave, just south of Camelback. I stopped in for lunch with a friend, and we both really enjoyed the food and scene overall. We both tried the "seasonal vegetable panini," in which I was able to substitute hummus for the pesto. I had the chips and salsa and my friend ordered a side salad. The food was quite delicious, and I had enough leftovers for lunch the next day. There was also a variety of iced teas and lemonades, and I tried some type of blueberry iced tea, which I found delicious and quite refreshing. The place itself is much bigger than I anticipated, with two sizable sitting areas indoors, and an outdoor patio. There was even enough room for a group ukelele lesson to take place while we ate. Besides the tasty food, what's really neat about this cafe is that it provides funding to nonprofits throughout the Valley and sells and displays art and hand crafted items from refugees around the world. I definitely recommend this place if you're in the area.
Overall I'm so glad I made the trip. It was a nice break, but more than that, wonderful to see both friends and students doing well. Until next time, sunshine, shorts, and Phoenix.
Young the Giant - "Garands"