Monday, January 31, 2011

Rockin da Pasta

On Saturday, we wrapped up the babies and headed over to New Paltz to eat at our favorite local restaurant, Rock da Pasta. How can you not love a vegan-friendly (and also gluten-free-friendly, if you're into that) pasta place whose name pays tribute to one of the greatest bands ever? I've written about this restaurant before.  I generally don't care about dining at Italian restaurants because I feel like, "It's just pasta...I can make this ate home." But Rock Da Pasta does amazing things with pasta.

We started with the Pot Stickers, stuffed with edamame and tamarind and served with a ginger-scallion-chili glaze. See what I mean about the creativity? They vanished in seconds.

I also ordered some hot tea since I was freezing, and I liked the cute little individual teapot so much that I had to take a pic.

For my entree, I had the Pesto Palooza -- angel hair pasta, artichoke hearts, avocado, and seasoned tofu, dressed with cilantro pesto and balsamic reduction. Now, normally I am the slow eater in the group who always takes home leftovers, but not today. This disappeared almost as fast as the won tons. Oh. My. God. So good.

Tony is partial to his Love Diablo, a spicy sausage rotini that he orders every time. He says next time he will order a veg dish so we can share. Aw.

We were also going to buy some incense at the hippie shop down the block, but sadly, it had gone out of business. I guess our $20 every three months wasn't keeping them afloat. Now I'll have to settle for ordering my incense online. (Do you like incense? I am pretty much always burning either incense or candles. I love pinon incense. It smells like a campfire.) At least we got an awesome meal out of our trip!

For today's 30 Day Challenge question...

#13 - Somewhere I'd like to move or visit.

Well, I've made no secret of the fact that I miss living in Austin. I'd move back there tomorrow if it was up to me. Maybe some day. I also love San Francisco, but it feels like you need a lot of money to raise a family there.

I've been fortunate to travel a lot, but I can always think of new places that I would love to visit. Hawaii, Paris, Barcelona, and Tokyo are at the top of my list. I'd also like to make return visits to Vancouver, London and Rome!

Vacation slideshows may be boring to some, but I love hearing about others' trips. Where have your travels taken you?  Where do you want to go?


  1. Oh my goodness, everything that you ate looks like what I would have ordered! I hope you get your dream to move back to Texas one day. Once I move back to Hawaii, hopefully in 2 years, if you come to Hawaii maybe we can visit :)

  2. I've visited large part of Europe, and lived abroad in the Faroe Islands and Iceland for the last year. I'm going to the pacific north west this summer, as well as south western England. That will be awesome! I want to go all over, but particularly Mongolia.

  3. Sara, I have really never gone anywhere, but I have been to Poulsbo Washington and it was beautiful! I would like to go to Maine and eventually possibly move there. I have always felt a pull to the East coast. I have never seen the ocean, so that is a deep want in me. I would also like to visit Germany and Ireland as that is where my family is from. The restaurant looked amazing! I wanted a bite as soon as I saw the pictures!! YUM YUM!
    Have a great day!

  4. Cool restaurant. I hope one day to go to New Paltz.

  5. The coolest places I've ever been are Israel and Egypt (not that you'd want to go there now!). I would like to live in New York! :)

  6. That pesto palooza looks amazing!

    Austin by far is my favorite city to live in. It's nice balance of weather and culture. One day I'd love to live in Denver...or Seattle. I would like some mountains in my life, but not cold. So I'll probably stay here forever.