Getting laid off is like being given a puppy as a gift. It’s a beautiful and wonderful thing but it’s a huge responsibility, it’s stressful, and grown adults almost never ask for it.
The upside is that I’ve basically become one of the ladies who lunches but instead of being a trophy wife or a socialite I’m begging people to hang out with me and then wondering if my unemployment insurance will be enough to cover a second glass of wine.
But I was super pumped when my friend Elin suggested Chau Veggie Express since I had just read a great review. Oh I promised I’d put her photo on this blog post so here is a pic of her looking effortlessly chic:
I got there early to have a glass of wine and read a magazine and for a Thursday night it ended up getting pretty busy. I was starting to stress about what to order, it all looked AMAZING. And I didn’t see anything that wasn’t vegan. I mean check it out:
Elin suggested the Bai Sao Chips which were perfect with the local beer they had. For a main I had the Rickety Rickshaw Bowl. Ummm yes. I was so full I was in pain but I kept eating and thought about grabbing some of their ice cream on the way out.
It was heavy enough to be really filling but full of natural flavour, meaning I could taste the herbs, peanuts, and ingredients in the broth. YUMMY.
The only thing is that it’s pretty busy and the food comes so fast that if you want a couple of hours to hang out I’d prepare to go somewhere else for drinks. I did see a few people with laptops set up, ready to be there for a while. If I was closer by I’d set up shop there instead of Starbucks….but it looks like right now I have time to do both.