wholy cow

Last Sunday, Ally and I began our grueling twenty minute trek over to Reynoldsburg, Ohio to try Loving Hut, an international vegan chain.  It was closed, of course.

Ignore the big “Open” sign.  It’s rather deceiving.

Thank God that Loving Hut was closed, because if it weren’t, we wouldn’t have nearly died from the amazing food at Whole World Natural Restaurant and Bakery, Columbus’ oldest vegetarian restaurant!

Looks weird, right?  Don’t judge a book by its cover.  Wholy cow, Whole World is SERIOUS. It’s literally a three minute drive from campus and let me tell you–it’s a GEM. 

Everything is vegetarian and nearly everything can be made vegan.  They have delicious homemade soups and a bakery full of fresh vegan and non-vegan cookies, bars, etc.  Their homemade whole wheat bread is some of the best I’ve ever had.

Excuse the terrible yellow lighting.

We started off with Irish White Bean Soup.  It was fantastic…full of vegetables in a fabulous broth that made us both say, “Wait, this tastes Irish!”  We decided that it was from the caraway seeds, and I was very inspired to try to recreate this at home!

The whole wheat toast dipped in the broth was SO delish.

We decided on sharing the broccoli burger (without cheese) and the meatball sub for our main course.  Unfortunately, the burger came slathered in mayo, which we quickly wiped off.  It tasted like a warm, comforting piece of broccoli quiche and the homemade bun took it to another level.

The meatball sub was RIDICULOUS.  It was honestly the best thing I’ve eaten in a very long time. Wholy cow, literally.  This must be cow. Ally and I were both convinced that they had confused our “meatballs” for real ones.  I have absolutely no idea how the chef makes tofu, eggplant, breadcrumbs and spices taste so much like a meatball.  We were blown away!

Dessert was a whole wheat carrot cookie and a pecan sandie.  The pecan sandie was so moist and perfect that Ally and I actually looked at each other and died of laughter.  We could not get over how great the entire experience was.  And it was hysterical.

Do yourself a favor and try out Whole World.  The combo of local food, low prices and delicious vegetarian food is truly unique.  Not to mention it’s a minute from campus!  We’ll be there again on Sunday for brunch….the big vegan breakfast is calling my name.

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Dinner tonight with the kiddies, in between violin and soccer, was Subway.  What?? Yeah, three foot long veggie subs on wheat with every veggie and extra mustard, obviously.

I hadn’t seen LiaBanana in a week, so naturally, I asked her if she missed me.

She said casually,  “I missed your cooking.”

Is that a compliment?

After Subway we perused Giant Eagle Marketplace because SaunBaun needed hummus and pita to bring in for her Latin class.  Liabanana said she wanted to go to the regular Giant Eagle, whose location I wasn’t aware of. 

“I can’t believe you’ve never heard of a grocery store!”  She has a point.

“I can’t belive you’re about to fall off the slide!”

After sitting on the kiddies, I went home and made banana maple oatmeal cookies

Sam said they’re amazeballs and that if she made them she would have eaten the whole batch. I don’t see the problem there.

Off to study advanced human nutrition.

Not really.  But don’t just a book by cover.

Who am I kidding? Wholy cow, judge away.