3 Years you guys! I’ve been married for 3 years! These past three years have flown by and man, have we crammed so much travel and adventure into those 1,095 days!
We got married on March 30th, but ended up celebrating our anniversary two weekends before because we would be hosting friends on our weekend anniversary. A couple weeks before our anniversary I told Brett that I wanted to plan something and that turned into a full 24 hours of surprises for Brett. There isn’t anything too spectacular to do in our city, but I managed to make it a fun day for us, doing things we don’t normally do. I also documented everything I ate, so I hope you get some inspiration for new plant-based meals you can try!
Since it was Saturday, we didn’t set our alarms, which meant that I still woke up early and Brett slept in. For my breakfast I made Pumpkin Chocolate Oatmeal by cooking 1/2 cup of oats and 1 teaspoon of chia seeds in 1 1/2 cups of water. Then I whisked in 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree, 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed, cacao powder and shredded carrot (yes, I’m fully aware of how gross that all sounds). Then I topped it off with sliced banana and granola. I love the taste and texture of this bowl of oats and it’s an added bonus that I get in some veggies first thing in the morning!
For Brett’s breakfast I made him some Banana Bread French Toast. I just used some leftover Chocolate Chip Banana Bread as the base for this Simple Vegan French Toast recipe and then he topped everything off with peanut butter, granola, sliced banana, raisins and strawberries. Oh and of course maple syrup. That boy loves his sugar!
For lunch I had a large bowl of sautéed veggies topped with Sriracha and nutritional yeast. For the main “course” I had two pieces of homemade bread toasted. One piece I topped with Pumpkin Hummus, tomato, nutritional yeast and red chili flakes and the other slice was topped with a simple Chocolate Pumpkin Spread and granola. I love having both sweet and savory foods in my meals!
Since Brett had a later breakfast, he ended up going out for a run after I finished my lunch which allowed me to finish preparing our day of surprises. While he was out, I packed up a small overnight bag of clothes and the Vegan Coconut Cake that I made the night before and hid from him. I booked a nice hotel room at a hotel a little outside of our city on the edge of our beautiful lake. I took a taxi to the hotel, checked in and dropped off our bag and the cake in our room and made the room look a little fancy with some wine and rose petals. Then I taxied back to the city and met him in the city square where I had told him he needed to meet me.
Our first event was going to see the Batman vs. Superman movie. I was really hoping we could see Zootopia, but it was only playing in Chinese that day so Batman it was. It was good overall, but it got a little crazy and drawn out towards the end. Either way, we always love when they play movies in English in the theaters so we were happy!
During the movie I ate one of my favorite snacks: a Dried Persimmon. If you’ve been reading my blog you would have seen these before. They’re so sweet and gooey and I always have some on had for me to snack on when I’m in language class or out running errands. This is a recycled photo, but they always look the same
There’s a nicer restaurant in our city that Brett and I have only gone to for special occasions. Everything we’ve eaten there has been delicious, so I decided it would be nice to go back just the two of us for dinner. The restaurant is ginormous and you feel like your in a forest because it’s decorated with live trees and bushes. The menu is huge too, but thankfully it has pictures and the names of the dishes in English so we could make educated guesses when ordering our food.
For dinner we ordered three entrees and of course had rice and tea on the side. Brett got some ribs as his main dish and then we ordered two more vegetable dishes. The first was a broccoli, wood ear mushroom and yam stir-fry that tasted just like American Chicken and Broccoli (at least from what I can remember) and the second dish was an eggplant and bean dish that sadly was drenched in oil so I only picked out a few beans. The flavor was incredible, but I didn’t want to ruin our time with an upset-oily stomach. Why China why?! I ate most of the broccoli dish with rice and it was so good. Wood ear mushrooms are one of my favorite foods!
Before we left the waitresses wanted pictures with us, which is very common. Nothing like feeling like a celebrity!
I was looking forward to dessert ever since I prepared this cake the night before. I had a large slice of my favorite Vegan Coconut Cake with some yellow label lipton tea (my favorite) and Brett had his with some coffee. It was the perfect, sweet way to end the night and thankfully the cake is ginormous so I can enjoy leftovers all week!
The next morning before breakfast we made use of the hotel gym and I was able to get a run it. I love the convenience of treadmills and it was so nice to just hop on and off without having to ride my bike anywhere to run.
Breakfast was a huge buffet with both sweet and savory, Western and Chinese food. I, of course, went for the sweet foods and ended up with a bowl of 4 kinds of cereal with soy milk, toast and jam, fruit and tea. It was delicious and so nice to have options that we don’t normally have like whole grain cereals.
We walked around outside for a bit until the chilly air drove us back to our room. The rest of the morning we just relaxed and read in bed. It was such a great way to celebrate Easter morning and finish up our anniversary celebration.