At Spiral Diner, you'll find friendly waiters in bandanas and beards cruising the 100% vegan restaurant in search of ways to make you feel right at home. The lovely chef with gypsy green hair may remind you of a mermaid who traded her tail for a magic spatula, and magic it is...you'll soon find out.
Even at 3:00 in the afternoon, with a small, quiet crowd, Spiral Diner oozes soul. Perhaps it's the photos on the wall, like the old Willie Nelson poster, or the well-worn literary works at each booth, or maybe the soul is coming from the authentic souls who staff it. It doesn't really matter, you just feel the combination of Southern hospitality and wholesome food when you walk through the door. At least, this was our experience.
After three long days of decision-making and bad carbs working at Dallas Market, we craved something healthy. We knew that Spiral was just the place to replenish, before roadtripping it back to Austin. Chris welcomed us to the self-serve beverage bar and kindly gave us time to settle into our booth, relax, and check out the menu: organic wine & microbrewery beer, fizzy drinks like agave limeade, ginger shots, dirty chai, and fair trade coffee. Completely void of anything animal or insect, the food menu is a fun feast for the eyes and palate. In other words, for vegans used to having one or two choices on a menu, you'll be overwhelmed with a vast assortment of options.
So tired of decision making, we opted for the easy way out: we ordered sides. The pyramid watermelon was crisp, sweet, and juicy. The pasta salad had just the right amount of basil and the creamy potato salad with fresh dill flakes was amazing. Spiral's idea of a green salad was pleasantly surprising, given the usual green side salads offered at other restaurants: fresh lettuce topped with black olives, corn, peas, tomatoes, cucumbers and added avocados, and the ranch dressing was impressive. We topped off our lite meal with the PB&J sundae: a large, warm cookie with peanut butter I-scream, strawberry jam, peanuts, and whipped cream. Unbelievably tasty.
It's refreshing to find a restaurant so in tune with what is good for humans, other earthlings, and the whole planet. The only negative thing about Spiral is that there isn't a location in Austin! Next time, we'll have to try the other location in Dallas' Funkytown. Oh, and did I mention that Spiral is also a vegan bakery? Yum.
How to do it: Sit in a cross-legged position, with one shin crossed over the other. Inhale and place your left hand on your right knee. Rest your right palm on the floor behind you. Exhale and gently twist, turning your gaze over your right shoulder. (Switch sides to work on the opposite side of your body.)
Benefits: Gently wakes up and stretches the muscles around your spine. Stretches the outer hips.
Why do yoga? "Yoga can strengthen your muscles, increase flexibility and circulation, boost your immunity, and calm your nervous system. It can also strengthen your spirit. With a regular yoga practice, you become less reactive in stressful times." -- "The Little Book of Yoga" from Chronicle Books
Watch the sky tonight for a rare event. People around the world are capturing the very bright planets Venus and Jupiter as they draw closer in the west after sunset this month. Tonight, the waxing crescent moon will sweep past these planets.
The classic cowboy essential has been upgraded to a boho accessory "must have." A signature look worn by all of the cowboy greats, bandanas are now found in collections by Free People, Spell, Madewell, Anthro, and many others.
"When designing this season’s hand-drawn Gypsiana print we looked to the ultimate boho-cowgirl accessory "the bandana" for printspo. It pops in ‘bandana red’, warm pepper hues and seagreen turquoise." - Spell & the Gypsy Collective.
We've fallen in love with the cookbook "The Forest Feast, Simple Vegetarian Recipes from My Cabin in the Woods" by Erin Gleeson. Published by Abrams, the watercolors and photography are worth the price of the book. We found our copy at Anthropologie. Sure, we could have bought it for less somewhere else, but we purchased ours at Anthro (Dallas). We feel that it's worth the extra cost to soak in the lovely inspiration that Anthro always has to offer.
What we discovered: These recipes are easy and economical. It doesn't take a huge spice cabinet and expensive ingredients to create an impressive dinner party. Your feast begins when you open the book; the watercolors and gorgeous spreads in this literary treasure are so beautiful!
Using Erin's recipes, we put together our Summer Dinner Party menu:
Our menu was a huge success!
The Takeaway: Erin Gleeson is a vegetarian force to be followed. Her blog is amazing and her Instagram is a feast for the eyes and the heart: