Fresh Figs!

I live in a small town with very limited access to any fruits and veggies. It's such a shame. The nearest farmers market is about 40 minutes away! So anytime that I get to Pittsburgh I'm always stopping by the Market District and Whole Foods to stock up. A lot of people I follow on Tumblr and Instagram rave about fresh figs. Obviously I've been wanting to trythem. They must be good if so many people are talking about them, right?! Well I knew that I wouldn't be able to find any near my house but I looked anyways. No luck. I was in Pittsburgh recently and searched and searched for fresh figs. I couldn't find them!My sister was getting annoyed that we were stopping at so many different grocery stores. Oops. :)

I was walking around in Asheville and came across this little fruit stand. I wasn't really expecting to see anything special, but I wanted to get some fruit for dinner that night. That's when it happened; fresh figs. I actually made a scene. These two ladies stopped and lookedat me like I was crazy. I didn't care. I was just so excited. I immediately picked some up and saw that they had Kombucha as well. You know I had to grab one for the trip back to our cabin.

I patiently waited the two hour car ride we had back to our cabin with my figs in hand. As soon as we got back I washed one and cut into it. I love the color and detail of the inside of a fig. Call me crazy, but I was fascinated! It tasted just as good as it looked. I ate one right then by itself but forced myself to save the rest for oatmeal the next morning.

Oatmeal, ground flaxseed, chia seeds, crushed almonds, agave, peanut butter, and figs. Talk about heaven. Putting figs in your oatmeal is the best way to start off your day. It instantly brightened up my day and gave me tons of energy to make the most out of my day!

And of course I had to include a photo of me being happy holding my figs and kombucha in Asheville.

This isn't a typical post, but I just had to share my love for fresh figs. Go out and buy some! I'm just here to spread the word about how delicious these delicate little fruit is :)

Thanks for reading!

Quiet Storm Pittsburgh Vegetarian + Vegan Cafe Review

Last Friday I was dying to get out of the house after laying around all week due to wisdom teeth removal. I hadn't had anything to eat besides oatmeal and smoothies the whole week basically! If you know how I eat then you understand what a big deal this was. So on Friday my sister and I went to Pittsburgh. We went to the mall, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, and a few other places while I tried to think of somewhere that I could easily get something that wouldn't be too tough on my mouth. At the time I was still in a little pain and couldn't exactly eat a salad or a KIND bar like I was craving.

I finally decided on Quiet Storm, an adorable Vegetarian + Vegan Cafe located on Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh. I was there only a few times before, but I thoroughly enjoyed it each time. They specify their gluten free items and their non vegan items on the menu so that there is no confusion. They have something for everyone, even the biggest meat and junk food eater! (Such as my sister)

Ginger Sun Bowl:

I decided on the Ginger Sun bowl which consists of brown rice, scrambled tofu, broccoli, sweet potatomash, edamame, peanut-ginger sauce, and sunflower seeds. It was absolutely fantastic. They give you a huge serving, it's actually more like two servings, and it's so flavorful as each ingredient compliments the others so well.

Caesar Salad:

This was my sisters first time trying tofu. Each time I make it at home, she's not interested in trying it. I guess she was feeling adventurous!? She liked the Caesar Salad but she said it was a little spicy for her taste. I had no idea why it would be spicy until I looked at the ingredients. Greens, kale, sliced tofu cutlets, roasted red peppers, red onions, zesty Caesar dressing, and vegan parm. Zesty Caesar dressing was the culprit there! But she did enjoy the tofu!

Tahini Bowl

This is an old picture from my Instagram. This is the Tahini bowl which is brown rice, spinach, tomatoes, crispy tofu nuggets, tahini sauce, and pumpkin seeds. I liked this bowl, but it doesn't beat the Ginger Sun bowl. The Tahini bowl seemed to be a lot more bland, but was still enjoyed! I think it all depends on a persons preference.

After my meal I was happy, happy!

Quiet Storm is a great place to stop at if you're in the Pittsburgh area. The staff has always been very friendly and accommodating and the atmosphere of the cafe makes you never want to leave.

Cheers for delicious food!