Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Summer is here! bike trip to 3 Sisters Cafe

the climbing roses along my front porch
It's finals and graduation week for Miss Sara.  Tuesday was a picture perfect summery day and with all the rain we've had and are forecasted to have, we hopped on our bikes yesterday for a ride to Broad Ripple while the going was good.  I believe this was our third visit to 3 Sisters Cafe just past Lululemon off the Monon Trail.  3 Sisters serves up breakfast all day and some very delicious and creative vegetarian fare for lunch.  The bakery case of pies and cakes is also a thing of beauty.  Housed in a little two-story home with a wrap-around porch in perfect funky Broad Ripple style, it's become a favorite for Sara and I (aka the members of our family who do not need meat to call it a meal).

I started that day with a great slow flow hot yoga class and Sara started her day with a run.  The bike ride was just a bonus.  If our lunch dishes hadn't left us so full, I surely would have ordered the chocolate layer cake.  But alas, no room for dessert.

Guy Fieri and Diners, Drive-ins and Dives from the Food Network featured 3 Sisters last fall.  We go for  the food, but the servers are ridiculously friendly and charming so we keep coming back.  Around my birthday I went three times in 10 days.  Good stretch.  So far I've loved everything including the Barcelona salad: spinach, bacon, avocado, tomato, red onion, pesto vinaigrette and gorgonzola, the grilled veggie:  tomatoes, mixed squash, exotic mushrooms, sweet peppers, red onion, spinach, garlic, and feta on a French roll with pesto, 3 Sisters:  brie, berries and apples grilled on multigrain wheat (outstanding) and the BBQ Grains:  5 grains together with sweet potatoes and apple butter bbq sauce on a whole wheat bun (a repeat order and the one I had on Tuesday).  Of course I have tried a dessert, their famous blueberry goat cheese pie with basil.  I'm working on an adaptation of that for my blog.  When the blueberries show up at the market, I'll post my version.

Sara had a fabulous salad on Tuesday:  Happy Garden, 3 Delight featuring grilled tofu, almonds, pineapple and edamame on greens topped with avocado and lemon balsamic dressing.  The tofu, almonds, pineapple and edamame were all lightly grilled.  So simple and really wonderful together.  We will make our own version of this for summer dinners when Greg is out of town.  Yum.  Sara also raves about their black bean burger they make fresh in the kitchen and she's an authority on meatless protein patties.

Weekends are crazy busy there, so if you get a free summer weekday hop on your bike (or get in the car, we won't tell) and enjoy breakfast, lunch or brunch at the cafe.  A nicely paced ride on the trail is a great time to catch up with each other.  Possibly as much fun as the meal!


grilled veggie sandwich with a cup of soup from one of my winter lunches

BBQ Grains, crazy good vegan lunch

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