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Posted on Mar 22, 2011 in Food | 11 comments


Good morning, friends!

I’m proud to report a shiny 2 miles on the treadmill from yesterday afternoon! I ran the whole thing at a 12 minute pace (5.0 speed on the tready) which I was pretty proud of. I’m the turtle, mmkay? Slow and steady blahblahblah. 😉

I realized after I left the gym that it was actually like perfect weather outside despite the whole raining-cats-and-dogs thing from yesterday morning. Poo. Oh well, Amanda and I have plans to run tomorrow, and hopefully the weather will cooperate for us again. Gotta get myself in gear for the 5K on Saturday!

Sunflower Restaurant

After a little gym time, I met up with my friend Reema to have dinner at Sunflower Vegetarian Restaurant in Falls Church. I always love meeting up with friends for dins, and getting to go to Sunflower was extra fun! Their food is really good, and every single thing on the menu is vegetarian, almost everything is vegan, and when it isn’t vegan there’s a little (!) icon next to it letting you know that it isn’t. Makes my Lenten life easier, that’s all I have to say.

I started with a hiyashi seaweed salad and cold basil rolls (basically like a summer roll.) Both were good, but the seaweed salad took the cake! I think I liked the rolls for the peanut dipping sauce more than the rolls themselves, hehe.

For my main course, I got the Sweet & Sour Sensation. It’s soy protein with pineapple, carrots, and zucchini in a sweet & sour sauce. Served with brown rice, natch:

I only got through about a quarter of the main dish – the portion was HUGE! Of course, as Sunflower is an Asian restaurant, it’s really intended for family style eating. So if any of you locals decide to venture out, my recommendation would definitely be to order one less dish than there are people, and just share everything! Makes it more fun, too. 🙂

It’s always fun for me to find friends to go eat at these kinds of places with me, since despite my cajoling in the past, Steve has yet to agree to take me on a Sunflower date, hahaha.

Any other recommendations for vegetarian/vegan restaurants in the DC Area? I’m really trying to use Lent and my pledge of veganism to expand my culinary horizons a smidge. I Yelped “vegan” near “Falls Church, VA” yesterday and it returned a whole list of places I want to try out now! Has anyone ever been to The Loving Hut in Falls Church? Or Sticky Fingers Bakery in Columbia Heights? Augh! So many places to go, so little time (and so little experience venturing inside the DC limits!) Halp!

Okay, so I have a question por vous. I’m thinking about starting to get all instructional up in this hizzy, because I receive a lot of questions asking me about how I’ve lost the weight so far (48 pounds as of yesterday WHAT UP!) and about nutrition in general. Obviously I am in no way qualified to give out specific nutrition advice or anything, but I thought that people might like to hear my tips for how I’ve lost weight and “done it right” this time. Thoughts? I would obviously also include all the resources (websites, blogs, books, movies) that have contributed to where I am food- and health-wise now. Anyway, just an idea I’m tossing around. It would probably end up being kind of like a Weight Loss 101 series, with the aforementioned disclaimer about how I’m sooooo not a nutrition or medical professional.

I’m currently trying to gulp down this morning’s juice creation, which is like half juice/half smoothie that I created with a coworker. (Can I just say how much I love that people in my office are juicing and eating super healthily now, btw? I totally, vainly, conceitedly give myself credit for this. ;)) Anyway, the juice is carrots and mandarin oranges, and then mixed that with spinach that was just blended with water (trying to up my fiber content.) Errrr yeah. I don’t think I’m going to try doing it halfsies like this again. It is SUPER spinach-y, and the texture is kind grossing me out. Oh well, still good for me though! Just gotta remember my cucumber next time — cuke is juice GOLD! 🙂

Hope everyone has an awesome day!


  1. I will always venture out to enjoy veggie-tastic foodie places with you! And I think that it is a great idea to share your tips- after all, this is a weight loss blog to chronicle your journey and maybe others can benefit from your experiences! Just include the caveat about you not being like, a professional 🙂

  2. vegan restaurants, take me!!! there’s java green in dupont which is apparently to DIE for also and that place in rockville that jenny and your mom went to. i’m proud of you for venturing into the city (or beginning to attempt to) 😉

    • OMG if java green is the plcae I’m thinking then it is awesome! Anne took me there for lunch once!

  3. I don’t know about yours, but we have a Loving Hut here in San Diego that is a 5 minute walk from my house and IT IS PHENOMENAL! Every time my husband asks where I want to go for dinner I quickly shout out “Loving Hut” before he can give a fatty suggestion. Their deluxe vegetable dish is what I always get…it has so many different kinds of veggies..so good!
    Congratulations on the weight loss!


  4. I’d definitely love to “hear” your Weight Loss 101 series!

  5. Oh I want to go to that restaurant. Those spring rolls have me craving some lunch.

  6. Sunflower has to be one of my favorite restaurants in the Falls Church area! It is so good and they really take the whole sunflower decorations to heart, making it super cheerful inside.
    Also, I would definitely recommend Sticky Fingers Bakery. Their baked goods are wonderful and their sandwiches are very creative. I really enjoy their “tuna sandwich” made with tempeh I believe it was. Very interesting and tasty. It’s just difficult to resist their delicious vegan cupcakes.

  7. Your food looks delicious!

    I love your idea of getting more instructional. Every single tip you share will be new for someone and could just be their ‘ah ha’ moment.

  8. I’ve been to Sticky Fingers once. I got the breakfast burrito which was really good but huge! The cupcakes are delicious and their specialty is the “Cowvin” bar (named after a real rescues cow!)

    • Omnomnom… I can’t wait to go there!!


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