Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Out To Lunch

Most days for the past few months we find ourselves in Halifax 
after an hour long hike in the park.

We have usually worked up an appetite and proceed to one of
a handful of our favourite restaurants.

One of those is 'Heartwood'. It is vegetarian/vegan. 
We are usually happy with what they have to offer.

And today was no exception. We both ordered the 
'Wild Card Special Burger'. They have a 'Wild Card' something 
or other every day,and you don't know what you'll get until it
 arrives and today it was a burger which was new to us.

The burger was made of tempeh (click) which is made from soy. 

We had a choice of a salad, potatoes, or steamed greens. We chose the steamed greens.

The greens are always so good and today they included kale, cabbage, broccoli and sprouts.

It had a light pesto dressing and was delicious. As was the burger.

We got there well after lunch time (1:30) we thought and expected to get a table. 
Not today. The place was full. So we sat at the window/bar-type seats.

For dessert we shared almond chocolate cheesecake (soy). Delicious!
And very filling!! We ate that so quickly I didn't think to get a photo.

By the time we finished that, I looked around and saw that the crowd had gone.

The place was very spring-like with tulips at every table.

Heartwood has been here for about 10 or so years and has recently been sold and is under
new management. The new owners have made a lot of interior changes and 'spiced up'
the menu......with wonderful results, we think.

This is an exclusively vegetarian restaurant, the only one now in Halifax. Other places
offer vegetarian dishes along with their regular menu items.

After a vegan meal we find we don't feel as full as when we have a meal with meat.
We feel more comfortable usually and not at all sluggish.

What is your favourite type of restaurant meal?


  1. That looks delicious! It's about midnite here and I'm ready for bed but after looking at this I most definitely will be heading back out to the kitchen. Too bad I won't be having anything that compares! I've love vegetarian but vegan and solely vegan would be one step too much for me.

    1. We tried to be vegetarian with fish only and it was pretty easy to adapt to. I hear you about really have to know what you are doing to get a good balance of protein along with the other essentials. Once in a while, I really like taking a break from meat.
      Spring yet Joanne on the west coast?

  2. That does look delicious! And the place looks really nice. I love the decor; very colourful and inviting. My favourite type of meal is always something light. I don't eat much meat, and always opt for something that won't make me feel sluggish.

    1. Yes, we like this place, very warm and friendly.
      I always know when I've overdone it, Martha. I don't like that sluggish feeling either.

  3. I'd say that my favourite restaurant meal would be Japanese food. Although I do like a nice brunchy type place too.

    1. Japanese is 'up there' for me as well, Debra. I really don't think I have an absolute favourite......but Greek would be very close to the top of the list.

  4. Hello Jim,
    Love the first photograph of the tulips. I am unfamiliar with tempeh but it looks fantastic, so I will see if I can get some to try! Great place. I don't have a favourite type of restaurant meal... as I love them all!!!

    1. Yes Ivan. Give tempeh a try. I'll be interested in what you think of it.
      I suppose asking a chef that question is totally unfair! I love most food as well.

  5. Beautiful photos of tulips and wild card burgers, Jim!
    I'll have to pass the name of this restaurant on to my niece who goes to Dalhousie and is a vegetarian.
    My favorite restaurant meal is any restaurant meal! It means I don't have to cook or clean up!

    This was especially true when I was working. After a 10, 11, or 12 hour day at work, I did not want to deal with the second shift. By Friday I was crawling to Parkway Bar & Grill for Friday Night Date Night and a meal I could just have placed in front of me. I did not even care what it was. Dez would put a merlot in front of me as soon as I walked in. Terry would order (after consulting with me ~ but I didn't care ~ just bring me food!). The kitchen server would always bring a second plate, ad Terry would divvy the dinner up. He still does, but I no longer empty the tank and run on fumes every day.

    My favorite restaurants outside of Parkway have been in Thailand and Malaysia. We've had some delicious food adventures there. More future posts! I can't keep up with all my ideas!

    Have a great day, Jim. I vicariously enjoyed this delicious share!

    1. Thanks Louise. I am sure your niece is aware of this place. A lot of college students eat here I have noticed.
      I can appreciate the appetite of a teacher! Even a retired one!! It must have been a culture shock of sorts for you this past September when your body-clock was ready to GO for another year! I can remember that it took me all of July to 'come down' from a year of living in 'high gear'. I loved Augusts!!

    2. Hi Jim! I taught on a year round calendar for most of my years, so I never really got to 'come down,' and many of those years my classroom moved every nine weeks, so I was always packing up and setting up! We were forever coming in on our track-offs because something vital was going on or that was the only time you could snag a parent you had to meet with. The only way I could get away was to physically leave town! Hence my great love for crash and burn places like Vegas! I went to Vegas to sleep! Oh the stories I could tell! Have a great evening. Ron just clued me in about the subscribe by email button! OMG! I could have gone on the rest of my blogging life without knowing about it! Have a good evening!

  6. So now I have two places marked to eat when in Halifax...the pizza shop and now here! Maybe you should just send me a list. We may need to spend more time there:-) lol


    1. That would be a good idea Terri! There is a little of everything in Halifax. Shouldn't be a problem for you to find what you like.

  7. What a great destination to head to after your hike. The interior is bright and cheerful and the food looks good. Does Sophie wait in the car?

    1. We are usually very lucky, Pat, to get a parking spot on the street in front of the restaurant where we can keep an eye on her.

  8. That looked delicious!

    Halifax is definitely on my vacation wishlist and I can't wait to try all the restaurants!

    Here in Montreal my favorite restaurants are mostly Asian and I make a lot at home too. tonight I made miso ramen soup with lots of veggies, mushrooms, seaweeds....delicious!

    We eat vegetarian a couple of times a week. I have some good tofu recipes up my sleeves!

    As for vegeterian restaurants in Montreal my fave is Commensal. It is a chain and a buffet. Everything is freash, tasty and sold by weight...beware of the lasagna (heavy)

    Be well :)

  9. I would love that restaurant.
    One of the few things I miss about urban living is eating out. My favorite restaurant is Italian, but really, any restaurant meal would be a treat.

  10. Oh my gosh-- I could eat every bite of that!! So on my next trip to Halifax you are taking me there-/ right!!!

  11. I've had vegan food before and liked it... but I am not a committed vegan. That meal actually looks especially good now that it's coming up on lunch. I don't eat meat on Fridays during lent.

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