Thursday, September 5, 2013

Glamping: Day Two

Before we left for Guerneville I looked up various vegan restaurants around the area. The one place that I just had to try was Slice of Life in Sebastopol. The majority of their menu was vegan and they offered a wide variety of food, so I was really excited to go there. We planned to spend the second day of our trip in downtown Sebastopol walking around and browsing cute shops.

When we woke up in the morning, we took our time getting ready. One of the best parts of the entire trip was the fact that there were no alarms forcing us to wake up at a certain time. The muffins and energy balls that we baked beforehand were awesome to have on hand, as we didn’t have to worry about cooking breakfast. Also, this way each person was able to eat whenever she wanted, without having to wait for everyone else.

We left the campsite en route to Sebastopol in the late morning. It took us half an hour to get there which wasn’t bad as the various vineyards were pretty to look at, but Marissa started getting car sick so it wasn’t that fun. We spent the day touring a small area of downtown; we walked around a main street encompassing several blocks full of shops and unique eateries. Best of all, or so I originally thought, we got to have lunch at Slice of Life! We were starving by the time we got there. After looking at the menu for quite some time, we decided to share a large pizza with vegan cheese, “pepperoni”, olives, garlic, and sun-dried tomatoes. I ordered the nutburger, Heather ordered blueberry pancakes, Lauren ordered the meatball sub, and Marissa just wanted pizza. My nutburger was pretty good, especially since I added “bacon”. However, the meatball sub and pizza could have been better. The sandwich had way too much “meat” and not enough marinara sauce. It had good flavor, but the proportions were off. The pizza crust was good, but it seemed like they didn’t even attempt to melt the cheese. I do admit it is a lot harder and more time consuming to melt vegan cheese than dairy cheese, but for a restaurant that specializes in vegan cuisine, I expected more.

Vegan nutburger with "bacon"
Vegan "meatball" sub

Pizza with vegan mozzarella, "pepperoni", olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and garlic

After lunch we walked around downtown for a few more hours. We stopped in a shop dedicated to herbs and teas which was pretty interesting. Because I didn’t have any ailments that I needed a remedy for, I picked up a bar of orange coconut scented soap. I love the smell of citrus and coconut, so when they’re combined it’s really hard for me to pass up a good product. After, we stopped at Copperfield’s Bookstore that had a large table of clearance books. I bought the largest, most interesting novel I could find, “The Lonely Polygamist”. It ended up being a book that I got hooked onto, so it was well worth it. A few shops down from the bookstore was Sebastopol Cookie Company. They offered two vegan desserts: a coconut chocolate bar and an amaretti cookie. I chose that latter, and surprisingly I loved it. I had no idea what amaretti was nor tasted like, but it was delicious and I wish I bought more than one.

 On our way back to the campsite, we made a quick pit stop to Target to pick up some necessities. We needed tongs for grilling leftover pizza and burritos, and Marissa forgot her shower shoes. I also bought a sweater…completely non-camping related, but it was on sale!

We ended the day with another campfire and our notorious bean and rice burritos for dinner. The night wouldn’t have been complete without several hours of card games as well. Pounce is the best card game ever invented!

Day three of glamping coming up…