Yesterday’s Yummy Vegetarian Food by Pipino (Vegetarian Food by Pino)

Last Saturday, I attended the Rubbercut Stamping Crafternoon with Mansy (of Hey Kessy, and yes, I’m a fan girl) and Alessa (of Life After Breakfast, and yes, I raise my right hand and pledge of my fandomness). I saw 2 friends (calling Tippy and Lisane, you’ve been identified) and strangers during the said crafternoon. As my friend observed, the local crafting scene is looking bright nowadays as more people (yuppies and students) find relaxation in doing something….craft-y! Of course, more local artists are opening their doors in holding seminars cleverly dubbed as crafternoons.

Naks! Drama effect!

Since I have zero talent in doing crafts (but hey, I tried really really hard so that’s gonna count for something!), I focused my energy instead in taking photos of what we ate during the crafternoon/garden party. The snacks are from Pipino Vegetarian, a vegetarian-centric restaurant owned by none other than our host, Alessa. I, for one, am not big on vegetables but I do eat salads once in a blue moon. I consider potatoes and taro as my favorite veggies aside from squash (pampalinaw ng mata!). But enough of my picky eating habits and on to the photos!

Served on each plate are the following yummy vegetarian food by Pipino:

For starters, we had the saucy Mushroom Salpicao. At first glance, I was fooled into thinking that there is meat in the food. *major facepalm* The garlicky taste went well with the soft and juicy mushroom, so good that I always forget that this is a vegetarian food! I’m not a fan of garlic but for first-timers, this is an awesome starter.

My boyfriend drooled over this one, completely unaware that what he was seeing are mushrooms and not, I repeat, not meat slices.

For salad, we were served with Wicked Walnut. On it were mixed greens, candied walnuts, cherry tomatoes, and walnut parmesan cheese. All of these were sprinkled with Dalandan Balsamic. When I heard candied walnuts, I immediately tuned out and imagined myself gorging on those lovely candied nuts. I was not disappointed with this salad simply because it has walnuts in it. And cherry tomatoes. And those amazing walnut parmesan cheese. Again, walnuts. The Dalandan Balsamic, of course, gave the mixed organic greens an extra hurrah after they were completely swallowed and digested.

Ah. Those candied walnuts. I’m a fan, you know?

Finally, we had the Low-Fat & Cheese-less Vegan Lasagna, perfect for those who want to be healthy and sexy! Sandwiched between layers of the chewy lasagna are eggplant, zucchini (pipinooo!), and silken tofu ricotta. The red sauce was a huge surprise and success to me because 1) I was able to eat a plateful of veggies and 2) I finished them with gusto! It was fun identifying the vegetables in my plate since, you know, I’m 80% carnivore and 20% coffee. The chewiness of the lasagna and the yumminess of the red sauced-veggies was a perfect combination for this pasta.

Aaaah. Zat pasta is indeed oozing with vegan-goodness!

To finish off the meal, we were served with itty-bitty cupcakes. These are the mini green tea cupcakes, which I sparingly ate because I wanted to savor the sweetness of the icing and the nuttiness of the cupcake. It tasted like banana so I immediately replied: banana! I was wrong, so wrong. Shame on me! But, I must say this in all caps: BITIN!

So that’s why the icing was green because it’s a green tea cupcake!

Omnomnom, kooky ones!