I think that two of the biggest obstacles to going vegan are the traditional family celebrations and eating out. To my kids AND my mother, eating out means doing what my uncle calls “eat to death” which by the way, can happen literally. Surf over to Dr. Roy Swanks site and prepare to be horrified at what happens after you eat a high fat meal.
Anyway, eating out for my family would mean going to restaurants like Cabalen, Crustasia, Razons, Trellis, Luk Foo and the like. Yesterday, I felt that I had to try to change all that.
As luck would have it, the weather was so bad in the late afternoon that there was hardly a word of protest when I announced we were eating in a “mainlyvegetarian” restaurant. So since I was on Commonwealth Avenue already, I hightailed it inside UP Diliman and exited near the stud farm on CP Garcia and headed on to this restaurant “Likha Diwa Sa Gulod”.
I had been here before, about a week ago, with my three girls and they all enjoyed the food and the place. The two boys and my Mom likewise found the place to be cozy and homey. My youngest son commented that it was like Cafe by the Ruins and we all agreed. The decor was simple, a bit ethnic and simple. It was an open air place but since it was late in the afternoon we never felt hot.
So I decided to order appetizers right away and got lumpia shanghai, fried shiitake mushrooms, and chili vege meat quesadillas. Like last time, all these appetizers disappeared in the blink of an eye. My two sons kept on saying that they just could not believe that there wasn’t a shred of meat in all these appetizers.
We went on to order the main courses and like before, I ordered for everyone. We got this vegetable curry, vegetable paella, kare kare, tofu with tomato and black beans while my Mom ordered pesto with aligue. I am not counting on her going vegan since tofu does not sit well with her so luckily they had some seafood dishes like this available. All the meals came with red mountain rice and we took turns tasting all the different dishes. My eldest son found the cuisine to be delicious and since he is a bit health conscious now, I think that he would be able to convert easily. My two daughters always loved the food here so I expect no problems with them. It’s my youngest son who might prove to be the toughest customer to convert. This guy loves steak, chicharon, crispy pata and all the other cholesterol and fat laden food. He hasn’t met a steak he did not like and since he seems to be blessed with fast metabolism, on the outside it would seem that he should be eating anything he can get his hands on.
But there is a silver lining because he did like the kare kare and the vegetable curry, though next time I’ll get him a mild version of the chili. This little boy can probably convert if the matter is presented properly. Right now, I think that the best way to do this is to tell him that it will improve his cycling. He takes pride in the fact that he was able to ascend the steep hills in our village on his heavy bike, while on the heaviest gear as well. My eldest son and I are worried that when he gets a light bike like ours, he’ll leave us in the dust. Bravo for him
Anyway, all looks well for a vegan transition. Right now, my strategy for myself and my family is to slowly ease out the animal based foods. I think it would be great if I could time it in such a way that the Christmas and New Year parties will be the last hurrah for meat dishes, so we can start the New Year as vegans.
Let’s see how it goes…..
Oh and I was not able to take photos of the place but I’ll do it next time.
For those interested to try out Likha, here is their address and contact info:
Likha Diwa sa Gulod
Vegetarian and Seafood Cafe
C.P. Garcia, Krus na Ligas
Tel. No. (632)925.5522