Day 26 is actually Day 27 – Udupi

Apparently I can’t count. I shorted myself, today is really my 27th Day. Ah well. At least I’m one day closer to 365!

Today we went to Udupi, my favorite Indian Restaurant in all of Phoenix. They specialize in South Indian Cuisine, and the restaurant is completely vegetarian. Their lunch buffet is awesome, all of the vegan dishes are labeled so I never have to ask anyone what’s in anything. I wish I could tell you what is on my plate here but honestly besides the rice and the Gobi Manchurian (the red thing in the front – my favorite!), I’m not really sure.

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There’s something with potatoes and something with lentils. Oh and there’s coconut chutney. With the buffet they also serve unlimited dosai which are excellent, but we dug into them so fast I forgot to take a picture. Sorry for this fuzzy pic, I don’t know what my camera was focusing on here.

We did ask one of the staff what was in the vegan dessert, Sweet Kesari, and he said didn’t know but I decided to eat it anyway. I was guessing carrot or sweet potato.

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The more I ate it I realized it had a polenta-like consistency and I mildly freaked out cause I thought it was some kind of corn dessert. I came home and looked it up and turns out it’s a semolina (wheat) pudding. Woops. Not as bad as corn but I’m not supposed to be eating gluten either. Oh well, it’s not going to kill me. At least now I know not to eat it next time.

 

 

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Day 19 – The only vegan at the Casino Buffet

Today we went to a dinner party at the Wandering Horse Buffet. I was questioning whether or not I had the willpower to stick to my new vegan diet around so much tempting food, but I am happy to say that “I Survived the Casino Buffet”. Thankfully they had a salad bar and a couple vegetable dishes so I was able to eat without feeling deprived.

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Well, truthfully I did feel slightly deprived but not as much as I thought I would. The only thing I really missed was trying all the desserts. To make up for it I made my boyfriend try them all for me – I may have slightly drooled while I watched him eat everything, but hey it’s only been 3 weeks since I started this diet so I’m allowed.

The thing I’m most happy about though is that I didn’t leave feeling sick and holding my belly, which is usually what happens every time I go to a buffet. I still managed to eat 3 plates of food, but eating 3 plates of fruit and veggies is way different than eating 3 plates of meat, seafood and creamy desserts. The thought of that doesn’t even sound good to me right now. I guess that’s a step in the right direction.