Good evening all!!

So, I was driving home after staying late at work – stuck in bumper to bumper traffic ( well, let’s be honest, I stopped hard twice…love me some low-key Iowa rush hour traffic!!)  – when the overwhelming urge to be served a hot and delicious meal came over me. I just knew I wasn’t in the mood to cook and I knew exactly what I wanted. Vegetarian Pad Thai from Gateway Market.


Gateway Market is a small, local market that stocks all the goodies that you don’t normally find in the bigger, national chain grocery stores. They’ve got really fresh produce, a great selection of artisanal products – and their cafe has got the best food around! My absolute favorite dish on the whole menu is the Vegetarian Pad Thai, which has chewy rice noodles, fluffy scrambled egg, marinated tofu and a whole host of other toppings and goodies!


There’s something about the specific chew of rice noodles that I absolutely adore – for some reason it’s so much more satisfying than regular pasta noodles!


Ummm this plate was seriously as big as my laptop…there are basically 6 portions in here…well, 2 in my case.


And oh, how nice, they topped it all off with my favorite herb – cilantro!


This dish – dead on. I love pad thai!!!!

HAAAAAA ok – I have to show you this too. So Ben got the Wisconsin Mac & Cheese – which really should have been named Wisconsin Mac & Butter (I had my back turned to the server and said “ooo I smell butter!!” when she was still 15 feet away and I couldn’t even see her…) anyways – LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THIS BOWL!!!


Start panicking now – that is a bottle cap on the side of the plate…that’s how big the bowl was!!! AHHH!!! Obviously I helped, but he couldn’t even finish half of his bowl, it was just so big…wimp… Just kidding!


All I have to say is Panko + Mac + Cheese + Butter = Heaven. It also = hitting the trail. 3.5 miles baby!!


When you go out to eat at your favorite restaurant, do you always get the same thing? Or do you try new things on the menu?

Me? Guilty. Every time I go to Gateway Market I get the Vegetarian Pad Thai…it’s too delicious to pass up!!!!!!!!!!!