“What I” Wednesday: Sunday Done Right

December 20th, 2011 - filed under: The Food » Food Styles

We’re into the heart of winter now, where my body begins to ask for warm, hearty, rich and filling foods. And I’m listening! Because my body’s pretty good at knowing what’s up. This day tasted gooOOOoood.

And it looked like this:

Coffee and Baby Breakfast

Tis the season for a Christmas cup! French roast, stevia, and homemade fortified hazelnut milk.

Sunday is Damian’s day to sleep in. Apparently, Crash was sleeping in too! I tried not to wake that sweet sleeping pooch while I fixed my coffee and poured Waits his cup of raw hazelnut milk:

I also fixed him a mini pre-breakfast of oatmeal with cinnamon and sugar-free strawberry preserves.

Waits and I had a lovely morning writing Christmas cards and wrapping gifts. He didn’t eat much, mostly because he’s teething hard and doesn’t have much of an appetite. That was okay though; the real breakfast was yet to come . . .


Sweetpea’s all-you-can-eat Sunday buffet. This week’s them was “Holiday Brunch”, which featured biscuits with light gravy, seasoned seitan, scrambled tofu, home fried potatoes, cauliflower (which they were out of, boo!), and some sort of dessert thing which we both skipped. I loaded up:

AMAZING. Waits ate some seitan and almost all my taters. Those biscuits, good lord those biscuits . . .

Almond milk to go, because he’s obsessed with coffee cups (gotta be just like Mom and Dad, so cute!)

After brunch we hit the secondhand children’s shops and a couple of antique malls, finishing up our holiday shopping and enjoying a warmish winter day in the Pacific Northwest. It was awesome awesome awesome and I ♥ my family!

Snacky Snack

In the early afternoon, Waits went down for a nap, and then afterwards I took off to run a few errands. I was still pretty stuffed from brunch, so a Larabar was just the thing to hold me over until dinner. Cherry pie flavor, to match my long socks, naturally.

Damian and Waits had organic corn chips with homemade tomato basil hummus while I was out (not pictured).


Our last stop of the day was for dinner, at Native Foods. Okay, to be totally honest, we’ve eaten there the last three weekends in a row. I think they put crack in their food!

Native Foods is located in an outdoor mall, so while we waited for our food we took advantage of our surroundings:

Awwwww cuteness!

Grabbed our food to-go, high-tailed it home, and dug the hell in (by now pretty starving). I’m sorta stuck on this one sandwich – the Scorpion Burger. “Chef Tanya’s original tempeh burger! Homemade blackened Tempeh, chipotle sauce, romaine, carrots, avocado and onions. 8.95 Add melted cheddar. .50” You better believe I add the house-made cheddar. And side of steamed kale. YOWZA! This is, hands down, the best veggie burger I’ve ever eaten. EVER! ♥ ♥ ♥

Waits had a kiddie quesadilla with steamed veggies (which he pretty much ignored), side of canned coconut milk.

Epic Dinner. Epic. Oh, and Damian had the Chicken Run Ranch burger with fries, side of ranch. He’s pretty smitten with this burger too. Oi, Native Foods, we really do love you!

To top it all off, after the bubs was asleep and the hubs was working, and I had the house all to myself, I curled up with my puppies for some straight. up. chillin’. Behold seXXXy Harley:

*Perfect Sunday*


So back up to Saturday, and I had organized a little get-together for a friend of mine who’s about to be married. Tea and lingerie! An afternoon of high tea at the world-renowned Heathman Hotel. I instructed the ladies to “wear your pastel and your pearls”, and “bring something skimpy for the bride.” Ooh-la-la!

Needless to say, it was an awesome afternoon. I wore:

  • Pastel print dress: secondhand
  • Grey tights: unknown, they’ve been with me for a looooong time
  • Black vegan flats: thrifted
  • Pearl necklace (worn as a bracelet): pre-gan, my grandmother’s pearls
  • Cream-colored trench coat (not pictured): secondhand

The table got a three-tiered tray of finger sandwiches, scones, biscuits, and all sorts of sweet treats. And me? I got an awesome little vegan plate, specially made!

Have you ever had high tea?

  • Scandifoodie

    Lovely photos, Waits is so incredibly cute!!

  • Andrea

    You look great in this dress, blue suits you ;)

    p.s. I would like to ask you what kind food that contains added B12 is you favorite ?

  • Annie

    That dress and Waits is so cute. Especially the morning one! Ah sweet youth, and not looking haggard in the morning!
    And Harley looks like he should have a cigar, a deep voice and poignant thoughts :)

    The burgers look like the burgers from Veggo N Lovin’ It in Adelaide (my city of origin and residence). Every time we go I say that I will try something new, and every *single* time I still get the exact same thing – the Thai burger. But I hear very good things about every thing else, as my boyfriend is willing to explore things beyond his favourite Mexican burger.

    I know of all my tights origins, as they never last long because I am clumsy as hell and usually rip the F out of them. Shame, but I normally go for fabric ones and they seem to last a lot longer. I have these amazing organic cotton weaved/knitted ones that have the feet in them. Best travelling tights ever, as they double as comfy jammie pants.

  • http://callofthe-wild.blogspot.com/ Francine

    Oh my gooood that tree! Those photos in front of the tree are so beautiful. I can’t believe the colors. Dammit I love Christmas lights.

    Cute dress!

  • http://brokencookiesdontcount.wordpress.com/ Fran@BCDC

    We did a tea for my Mom’s birthday with little sandwiches and everything. She Loved it!!

  • Charlotte

    I love that dress. I too have a teething toddler, so I feel your pain.

  • http://twitter.com/keephealthstyle Laura Agar Wilson

    Oh my all of that looks incredible! I wish I had more places to eat out where I could really enjoy vegan food – N.E England is seriously lacking :-( You look utterly stunning in that dress too!

  • Taylor O.

    Waits is really cute- his bed head especially! Your dress is awesome, too. Have a good one!

  • A Hargadon

    If you ever visit Houston, make sure you go to the Hobbit Cafe (yes, like the storybook characters, and yes, the decor is appropriately themed…) because the black bean burger is the *best* vegan burger I’ve ever had! Or, come to Austin, where almost every single restaurant has slammin’ vegan options. :)

  • Jmessier

    Sayward, You are so cute! I love it when you share your whole day with your family. It adds a loveliness to my day to see what could be possible as a family. It is apparent how much gratitude you have for yourself, your life, your family and it inspires me to want to do the same. THanks! Merry Christmas. Jenn

  • http://healthifulbalance.blogspot.com/ Shannon (Healthiful Balance)

    The first picture is so cute!
    Yummy eats! :) Happy WIAW!

  • http://www.tiedyefiles.com/ Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles

    Brunch and dinner both sound phenomenal. I’m jealous of all your vegan eateries! And that dress is so so cute. I need “new” clothes and I definitely plan on thrifting.

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Thanks! I think he just keeps getting cuter and cuter, but of course I’m biased. ;-)

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Aw, thank you.

    And for b12 – NOOCH! Nutritional yeast, hands down. But not all brands are fortified, so make sure you get one that is. The only other foods I know that have B12 are fortified milks and a few fortified alt meats. Some cereals I think? I mainly get my B12 from a supplement, and from nooch.

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Some day I will go to Adelaide!!! And I’ll definitely check out that place when I do. =)

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    It was so huge! And gorgeous, of course. Yay Christmas lights!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    It is just so dang charming, isn’t it? Proper tea is a true delight.

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Oof, good luck lady!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    That’s a bummer! I know London has tons of vegan food, but I wasn’t sure about the rest of the country. Hopefully things will be changing? I know over here, it’s getting more and more popular and more and more prevalent. Here’s to hoping!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Thanks, and ditto! =D

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    I adore Austin, I’ve spent quite a bit of time there (though not in many years). I would loooove to return! I have a close friend there, so hopefully there’s a trip in my not so far future. I’ve never been to Houston, but I’d love to check that spot out, it sounds adorable.

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Aw thank you so much, it’s such a pleasure to share. =)

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal


  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    We are pretty spoiled with dining here in Portland. A *great* reason to stay put here . . .

    Have fun thrifting!

  • Sam

    Haa, I love the picture of Harley snuggling with the bottle of two-buck-Chuck. I’ve *cough* never *cough* done that… Never ;)

    I spent the weekend dog/cat/house-sitting and it was fantastic. I can’t wait until I have the time and space and money to have pets of my own.

  • http://thesmartkitchenblog.com/ Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen

    Holy bejeezus, I can’t even tell you how badly I want that veggie burger!

  • Melisa

    Oh man! I was hoping the outfit would be the one with the amazing socks we got a glimpse of in the larabar picture! The dress is lovely, though! :)

  • Annie

    Just a question – where does the B12 they use to fortify come from?

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Bacteria! (all B12 is bacteria-derived, even the stuff you get “from” animals, is actually from the bacteria in/on the animals)

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Pretty standard for me: chunky sweater, short skirt, stockings and long knit socks, big boots. Same ol’ same ‘ol.

  • Annie

    Oh I kinda knew that. I just always immediately thought ‘B12 – animals only, so where the Fraggle Rock do they get it?’
    Feel a little silly now!
    My mum’s been on a specific-to-her low FODMAP diet (which she says is great but is more beneficial for my stepfather, as it is saving him from her *ahem* ‘tooty booty’) She’s only just learnt that lactic acid =/= lactose, which has made her pretty happy. Curse you, confusing nutrition and non-SAD diets!

  • Melisa

    I love it. I’m trying to put together an outfit like that for myself. I’ve been working out so much, and I have legs to show off! (;

  • Melisa

    I know! Doesn’t it look delicious?!

  • http://www.professorvegetable.com/ Professor Vegetable

    I would like a tempeh burger!!!