I have so much respect for vegetarians and vegans everywhere around the world after going through nearly a week of detox and eating just fruits and veggies. It is difficult to find different ways of preparing and choosing different veggies to eat! I still can’t wait to eat some solid meat tomorrow and enjoy anything I want again. 🙂
Today was my friend Sarah’s birthday. Happy birthday, Sarah! ❤ She celebrated with me and her closest friends at an Indian restaurant called Utsav Indian Cuisine located in the heart of Yorkville in downtown Toronto. ‘Utsav’ is an ancient Sanskrit word that means “festival”, something that Indians hold dearly to in their culture since they enjoy and celebrate numerous festivals throughout the year. It was a fancy and romantic restaurant with beautiful table setting and a cozy atmosphere.
Since I was on detox, I tried my BEST to adhere to the rules but also to enjoy myself at my friend’s birthday celebration. How much can you really limit yourself sometimes when it comes to food and when it comes to a friend’s special day? As such, we shared a yummy vegetable samosa. I loved how big the samosa was! I also enjoyed the hint of spice in it too. Yum!! (It reminded me of that huge delicious samosa that I had at Kamasutra before; so good!).
I chose a dish from one of the “Delicious Meatless Dishes” page, the Baigan ka bartha which is a roasted eggplant dish. I tried to refrain from ordering naan or rice with my dish, but when the server kindly asked me if I wanted any, it was hard to say no. Hehe.
The roasted eggplant dish was seasoned with herbs and spiced and sautéed with onions. Yum! No meat in here! Haha. It was a smooth mixture of roasted eggplant for sure. It tasted very “clean” and wasn’t spicy at all; perfect for someone who wanted pure veggies.
I really liked the platters that the dishes were served in; they looked very fancy. The service at this restaurant was generally great as they constantly came around to fill up our water glasses. They could have been a little quicker on the bill service though.
Tomorrow is my last day of detox!! Yay! This detox thing really isn’t easy and I would recommend anyone doing this to do it with a group of friends like I have. Make sure you don’t go for the extreme version if you’re trying it for the first time too. Toodles! See you in tomorrow’s update. 🙂