I don’t think I know where the best Whole Foods in the world is, but I can tell you where it is not: Charlotte, NC. I don’t know if they have some kind of surveillance system on the building that alerts the hot bar staff to pull the chicken-fried tofu off the line when I’m approaching, but it’s pretty consistently absent.
It’s not such a big deal if I’m there to shop and just want to throw a few of them in my face. (Everyone does this, right?) But it’s a very big deal if it’s what I want for dinner and I’m hungry and grumpy and hate the stupid quinoa salad I had to get instead.
But guess what? We got a recipe out of it.
This weekend was a lot. I went to Greenville to celebrate my sisters birthday and explore my old stomping grounds for a sub-24-hour stop-in.
Isn’t my old apartment the coolest place on earth? It’s not Weaz’s birthplace but is where I moved with her, her four siblings and Ralph shortly after they entered the world. If you ever want to know what it’s like to live with six cats, no you don’t. Anyway, it’s kind of like a historical landmark if you ever want to visit. Apartment 17. I’m sure they’ll let you explore.
I drove straight from there to Adam’s Off Center workshop at Y2: asymmetrical arm balances and inversions.
[Photo: Wanda Koch]
I think it might have been a significantly less grueling three hours on my head were I not mentally drained by the thought of doing even more yoga until midnight at my first ever yoga rave.
Yep, that’s a thing.
I ran straight from Adam’s workshop to Whole Foods to grab us dinner and that’s why I lost my mind when there was no chicken-fried tofu. Because if I’m going to do yoga until midnight I want some MF chicken-fried tofu. Cool? Fine.
Adam and I teamed up with Moga Charlotte and Fight Gone Mad for the event, which was produced by Moxy Events. (Sponsored by: VitaCoco and AmRap Energy Bars.) I will not lie about the fact that I was kind of dreading the rave. I was so drained from just half of my weekend and really didn’t think I could get a hundred people excited about yoga after (my) bedtime.
I was wrong. It was awesome. I guess if you just add glow-in-the-dark paint to anything it’s an instant rave. I’ll put some on the cats next week…
And now this brings us to our recipe for the day. Adam was all excited about the stupid quinoa salad I got instead of chicken-fried tofu and was all: “I should make this some time…” So I did. Only better.
- 1 cup red quinoa
- 2 cups water
- 2 carrots, shredded
- ½ cup raisins
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
- 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- juice of 1 blood orange
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- salt to taste
- Put water and quinoa in a pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer.
- Once cooked, remove quinoa from the heat and add all remaining ingredients.
- Stir to combine and refrigerate before serving.