Thursday, September 12, 2013
Gen Con 2013 & RESTAURANT REVIEW - Cafe Gratitude, Kansas City, MO
When last we left our intrepid explorers, they were looking for parking in downtown Indianapolis for Gen Con 2013.
An hour after reaching downtown, Hedgie finally spotted a garage that only charged $10 a night (there was no free parking anywhere). April parked and proceeded to make multiple trips from the garage to the convention center and then more trips to the hotel (because walking 8 miles in Toronto wasn't nearly enough), as the hedgehogs provided moral support.
April got her CDs set up on the table she was sharing with Marc Gunn -
- and went to play music for all of the wonderful geeky attendees (including an adorable Robin).
While at Gen Con, food consisted mainly of heat & eat Indian packet meals, cereal, and Cliff/Luna/Pro bars, so the hedgehogs regret to inform you that there are no exciting food pictures. To make up for it, here are some pictures from Gen Con itself -
Cardhalla. Anyone who wanted to could add to the impressive array of card structures.
Amazing cosplay -
After 4 days of exciting and exhausting fun, April and the hedgehogs packed up, said goodbye to Indiana, and drove to Kansas City, MO, where April would be staying during the Kansas City Renaissance Festival. April had a free week in between Gen Con and KCRF, and was planning on flying home to Austin for a quick visit, but had a chance to eat at Cafe Gratitude before the flight.
333 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108
Everything at Cafe Gratitude is vegan, and lots of it is raw as well. The names of all the dishes are affirmations, and they even have a "community supported grain bowl" called "I Am Greatful", that helps to feed the hungry - "Shredded kale with quinoa, black beans & garlic-tahini sauce. Payment is by donation. Minimum donation is $2.00. Suggested value is $7. Feed yourself & someone in need $14. For grateful bowl policy details, see server."
On this particular visit, April had the "I Am Rich" juice (orange, carrot, lemon & beet) and the "I Am Fabulous" (a raw lasagne which isn't actually on the menu), which were delicious.
For dessert, she splurged a bit and got the "I Am Joy", a vegan truffle that does a great job impersonating an Almond Joy candy bar. (So very, very tasty.)
Since she went to Cafe Gratitude the day before her flight, April decided to also get something for the next morning's breakfast. The "I Am Peace" (live onion bagel with cashew crème cheese, nori “lox,” tomato, onion, capers & sprouts) sounded intriguing, so she got it to-go.
A note on the "I Am Peace" - it was delicious, but the "bagel" was really more of a raw flatbread.
Here's what April and her friend got the last time they visited Cafe Gratitude -
I Am Worthy - kale, beet, celery, apple & ginger juice.
I Am Awake - gluten-free buckwheat-banana pancakes drizzled with maple syrup. (Delicious!)
I Am Creative - a unique creation of pizza flavors with tomato, basil, hemp seed pesto, nut parmesan & cashew ricotta cheese on our live onion sunflower crust. (This may be April's favorite thing.)
Dessert Tray. We'll have one of everything, please.
I Am Bliss - chocolate hazelnut pie. (Very rich, very tasty.)