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Welcome to HEAB’s Place. May I Take Your Order?

October 11, 2009

Last night, I went out with my favorite egg artist. 🙂

Love date night. :)

Love date night. 🙂

We had a great time, ate some good food, hung out with old friends.  However, a thought crossed my mind while I perused the menu at J. Alexanders.  I do not eat normal things.  Ha ha, most of you probably already knew this, but in my mind there is nothing unusual about…

Vegan cashew chicken salad on homemade oat bread with steamed broccoli and kabocha squash.

Vegan cashew chicken salad on homemade oat bread with steamed broccoli and kabocha squash.

Or perhaps for breakfast…

Pumpkin quinoa with raw honey and tahini.

Pumpkin quinoa with raw honey and tahini.

What if there was a restaurant that actually served food like this?  Is there?  Not in Nashville.  My restaurant would offer all kinds of cooked grains with various toppings.  Side items would include tahini, almond butter (yes, those are totally side-worthy, don’t you think?), chopped avocados, steamed veggies that will NOT arrive to the table sitting in a pool of butter, and winter squash fries. There would be lattes and cappuccinos made with coconut or rice milk. There would be all kinds of vegan dishes made WITHOUT soy or seitan as well as organic grass-fed finished meats.  Hehe – my restaurant would probably be kind of pricey, but you would dine at HEAB’s place? I’d make you a bowl of green oats. 😉

P.S. – Make the bread in this post.  It’s unbelievably easy and so good.

P.P.S. – Quinoa is not nearly as filling as oat bran.

Go Titans! I think today is your day. 🙂

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  1. October 11, 2009 8:48 am

    I dream of restaurants like this! And I think all of those sides sound incredibleeeeee. Totally worth the $$. Enjoy your Sunday

  2. October 11, 2009 8:49 am

    I would totally eat at the HEAB restaurant!!! Wish it existed!

  3. October 11, 2009 8:52 am

    I want to COOK in a restaurant like this. 😉

    Basically, so I can eat the food too, of course.

  4. October 11, 2009 8:52 am

    I think there needs to be a new chain of restaurants with all this “blog food”. Honestly I would love somewhere you could go and order a bowl of steel cut oats or oatbran with home made nut butters at 7pm. Haha, maybe that place wouldn’t get a ton of business, but it’d certainly get mine!

  5. October 11, 2009 8:55 am

    Yes, you may take my order.

    I would like some kabocha and some quinoa… with a side of Heather.

    Oh, and a side of Jay Robb, of course 😉

    Thank you.

  6. October 11, 2009 8:56 am

    Wow, that quinoa looks wonderful!

  7. October 11, 2009 8:56 am

    OMG a restaurant where tofu, tempeh, and seitan are not served but that’s still considered vegetarian/vegan? Sacrilege. What do you mean you don’t want a side of estrogen, I mean soy, with your meal? Ok sorry a bit much for a Sunday morning comment 🙂

    On lighter matters..Twitter. Thanks! Brave new world out there! Another way to stay connected. Which is why I was resisting LOL.

    Enjoy your Sunday girlie, I’m going to unroll my yoga mat 🙂

  8. October 11, 2009 8:57 am

    I would definitely try your restaurant! Of course your readers should receive a discount for their first time there 😉

    The pumpkin quinoa actually sounds really good. How did you make it?

  9. October 11, 2009 9:00 am

    Fallon,I cooked up 1/2 cup quinoa with 1 and 3/4 cup water and a dash of salt on the stove-top. When almost all the water had been absorbed, I uncovered and stirred in about 1/3 cup canned pumpkin, heaping tsp raw honey, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla. I then covered it again, removed from heat, and let it thicken up for about 5 minutes. Added a spoonful of raw tahini, and it was really good. 🙂

  10. October 11, 2009 9:00 am

    Oh that sounds just too good to be true- that´s a shame! I would be a regular guest at your place, for sure! 🙂

  11. October 11, 2009 9:01 am

    Do you prefer your Jay well done or medium rare? 😉

  12. October 11, 2009 9:06 am

    Lovely night and breakfast treat! 🙂

  13. Erin permalink
    October 11, 2009 9:06 am

    I would love to eat at HEAB’s! I forget what normal food is I think. I see nothing weird with eating grains and veggies.
    I made that millet bread yesterday and it is really good!
    Also, I re-tried steel cut oats and they are delicious. I love oat bran, but steel cut might be my oat of choice for cold mornings.
    Have a happy Sunday!!

  14. October 11, 2009 9:10 am

    I think your restaurant would be a hit!

  15. October 11, 2009 9:15 am

    Come open your restaurant NOW please…right next door to my apartment?!…I would LIVE there!!

  16. Tracy permalink
    October 11, 2009 9:19 am


    Just let me know when you open your restaurant, and I’ll hop on a plane and be there!

    This morning’s breakfast was steamed kaboucha, Hershey’s dark cocoa powder, egg whites, almond milk, cinnamon, stevia–blended and topped with toasted oats and a scoop of peanut butter. Weird to most people, but oh so delicious!



  17. October 11, 2009 9:23 am

    I would love a restaurant like that. Wanna start one? If I ever move to Nashville we should 😀

    I love your dress… where did you get it?

  18. October 11, 2009 9:28 am

    Girl! I’d like to book my reservation now. I’d love a restaurant like that. I think we should make this happen… =)

    You would love Ivey’s Grill in Gainesville…guess that means your gonna have to come make a visit!!! =)

  19. October 11, 2009 9:31 am

    Maggie, I got my dress at a local outdoor outfitters store here in Nashville, but here is the link online: Mine was the *bitter chocolate*. Love it – so comfy!

  20. Lori permalink
    October 11, 2009 9:34 am

    I would definitely eat at your restaurant! Not sure if the rest of my family would join me, but I would happily go! 🙂

  21. October 11, 2009 9:34 am

    I’d visit that restaurant daily! And then probably get take out for the other 2 meals of the day!

  22. October 11, 2009 9:36 am

    Hi Heather!! Cute date outfit! 🙂 J. Alexander seems to have created that dish based on inspiration from HEABS no? hehehe I have to say, as yummy as it sounds, I think your creations always look more tasty. hahaha Maybe you should open your own restaurant! I’d be there in a jiffy!!

    P.s. I agree!! Quinoa is DEFINITELY not as filling as oatbran, which has a habit of sitting like a brick in my tummy! hehe

  23. October 11, 2009 9:36 am

    I would DEFINITELY eat at HEAB’s restaurant.

    Quinoa, oat bran, kabocha, veggies, almond butter, tahini. Sign me up!

  24. October 11, 2009 9:38 am

    I was surprised at the plug for Pom Flash pasteurization????? anyway just surprised.
    Meals look interesting. I was looking for homemade almond milk which i have done before with raw almond butter, vanilla agave and water. Just couldn’t remember the amounts. chocolate pancakes look great.
    Enjoy, Dana.

  25. October 11, 2009 9:39 am

    Vegan cashew chicken sounds uh-maaazing!!! Almost as good as the giant hamburger I had at J. Alexanders in Detroit last weekend 😉

  26. October 11, 2009 9:40 am

    I would LOVE to come to HEAB’s Place for a bowl of green oats 🙂
    Cute pic of you two–I love your dress! Or is a long shirt? Either way, it’s great. We had date night last night, too!

  27. October 11, 2009 10:10 am

    you guys are the cutest couple 🙂

  28. October 11, 2009 10:17 am

    Open your restaurant in NY and I will eat there every day!

  29. Gaby permalink
    October 11, 2009 10:23 am

    Oh what I would give for a restaurant like that! I eat just like you and really really wish restaurants would serve good simple foods like that. Not only is it hard to find those ingredients- tahini, quinoa, even basic things like squash! I have such a hard time because everything is just so over processed and gross I don’t feel like I’m eating real food anymore when I go out.
    That pumpkin quinoa looks so good! I’m so excited for fall foods! And I love mixing tahini with honey, I”ve been putting it on my toast since I discovered tahini about 2 years ago.
    If you start a restaurant I’ll open your franchise in houston 🙂

  30. October 11, 2009 10:28 am

    You and your hubby look so cute! Hope you enjoyed your date night!! Your post is the third I have read today showcasing Kabocha.. I need to get some ASAP. I havent had any this season. AHH. Delicious 🙂

  31. October 11, 2009 10:38 am

    But it would be an experience. Just like eating out I wouldn’t make it a daily thing but I would love to try some of your recipes without having to buy all the stuff to make them 🙂

    Glad you had fun!

  32. October 11, 2009 10:42 am

    This post is in perfect timing to what my husband said to me yesterday as I was perusing this and other blogs…
    “It’s funny how you food nerds read each others food blogs and look at each others nerd food.”
    LOL! 😉

  33. leangreenliving permalink
    October 11, 2009 10:56 am

    Yes – and all the drive-throughs will someday offer this food, too. That is my dream.

  34. October 11, 2009 11:11 am

    If you opened a restaurant, I’d drive half way across the country just to dine there. 😉

  35. October 11, 2009 11:31 am

    Move on down to SoCal! I would dine at your restaurant. It would give me a much needed break from shlepping my lunchbox everywhere!

  36. Scott in Ohio permalink
    October 11, 2009 11:33 am

    Ok, you have me *way* excited on a Sunday afternoon. Columbus is fairly progressive with it’s food/restaurant choices and would be a great location. Let me know when you’re ready to make the move so we can get HEAB’s Place up and running. (~:

    Polly and D secretly want to move here, too, you know. Have you noticed all of her Buckeye posts? With that smile, she would be a great hostess, no?

    My contribution would be coffee smoothies, of course. (~:

    Hope the Titan’s can take down the big, bad Colts.

    What happened to your Tigers? :~(

  37. Kathleen permalink
    October 11, 2009 11:56 am

    I would sooo go there!! I always read your blog, but don’t usually comment… But I just needed to express my love for our type of food!

  38. October 11, 2009 12:31 pm

    I would TOTALLY eat at your restaurant! Yum, yum!
    ❤ jess

  39. balancejoyanddelicias permalink
    October 11, 2009 12:45 pm

    I’d definitely go to HEAB restaurant!!! 😀
    Agree about quinoa, it’s not filling as oat meal, but it’s a good alternative! 🙂

  40. Carolyn permalink
    October 11, 2009 1:04 pm

    Come open up in Ann Arbor.. You would have crowds….!

    and…nice dress 😉

  41. October 11, 2009 1:15 pm

    if you opened a HEAB restraunt, I would definatly come visit.
    maybe not leave, either..

  42. October 11, 2009 1:28 pm

    Thanks Lara. I just bought the dress at an outdoor outfitters store here in Nashville. It’s from Patagonia, and here is the link: Glad to hear you guys saw Dorian Gray. I’ll definitely go see it if ever gets a U.S. release date.

  43. October 11, 2009 1:29 pm

    Thanks Kathleen! 🙂

  44. October 11, 2009 1:31 pm

    Heather, I think your husband an CD would get along just fine. 🙂

  45. October 11, 2009 1:34 pm

    Scott, Yes, Polly would be a great host. I’ll start working on her now. I’m thinking a grand opening in Columbus Fall 2010? I’ll make the equip the kitchen with a Vita-Mix just for you. 😉

    Tigers…who knows? Peyton is going down!

  46. homecookedem permalink
    October 11, 2009 1:47 pm

    Such a lovely couple! 🙂 I’d drive up to N’ville just to visit your HEAB restaurant! 🙂 We have J. Alexander’s around where I live. I have a free coupon actually. What do you order when you go??

  47. Ozlen permalink
    October 11, 2009 1:52 pm

    LOVE Kabocha, which is something I would not have tried if it were not for you. I even saved the seeds and plan to grow my own next year. I still have to try the oat bread and oat yogurt. Oh and the tahini oats sound yummy. I would not go as crazy but rather keep it simpler like using oats, chia, tahini and some stevia maybe?? Thank you!!

  48. October 11, 2009 2:04 pm

    Homecookedem, J’s has an amazing veggie burger cooked from scratch. I love their crab cakes as well as the Thai kai salad. The only thing I don’t like is their broccoli. It’s too crunchy for me and comes soaked in butter. If their veggie of the day is braised cabbage – order it as a side. My favorite!

  49. October 11, 2009 2:09 pm

    Please open in Nashville! I find eating out in restaurants super stressful sometimes because there is nothing I want to eat off the menu and all the substitutions I request can sound so picky. I would go to HEAB’s multiple times a day 🙂 🙂

  50. GeenyBeeny permalink
    October 11, 2009 2:14 pm

    I’ve often thought about opening a restaurant like this in my neck of the woods…maybe someday! In the meantime, I’ll settle for a cookbook from you. It’s great to have recipes online, but not so convenient for taking to the kitchen.

  51. October 11, 2009 2:48 pm

    Um, heck yes I would! I love everything you make, it’s always so healthy, creative, and fresh. You NEED to open a restaurant like this!

  52. October 11, 2009 3:31 pm

    Having a HEAB’S restaurant would be the coolest place to eat EVER!! Eating out stresses me to the max, but it would be so fun to go to a place that served ‘weird’ food:) My family thinks ALL of my food is weird, but it works for me! Wouldn’t it be cool to get ALL bloggers together for a meal at HEAB’S?!

    Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

  53. October 11, 2009 4:36 pm

    I would so totally be a regular at HEAB’s! We don’t realize how ‘differently’ we eat at home until we try to eat things at most restaurants. Which is why I’d just prefer to cook in my own kitchen anyway 😉

    I am still amazed that I live near a fairly large metropolitan area and we don’t have any raw and/or vegan ‘themed’ restaurants (or if
    there are I can’t find them on Google!)

    Have a great Sundsy evening!

  54. October 11, 2009 5:03 pm

    I would love to go to HEAB’s restaurant! I think the way you eat is totally normal!! 🙂 I love unusual grains and veggies!

  55. Samantha permalink
    October 11, 2009 5:13 pm

    You guys look great! And I would TOTALLY be at your type of restaurant, day after day.

  56. October 11, 2009 6:37 pm

    I would definitely eat at your restaurant! I always get the veggie burger at J.Alexanders. I think it’s really good!

    We do have a very good vegan restaurant close to my home:

  57. October 11, 2009 6:43 pm

    Oh, definitely! As long as hire you me. 😉 I’m going to be looking for a job in Colorado!

  58. October 11, 2009 7:12 pm

    I would eat at your restaurant. Luckily, there is one local restaurant in town that is very healthy. Not a lot of grain choices (mostly: brown rice or brown rice), but lots of veggies.

    It’s GOOD to be not normal. I did my first! yoga class on Friday (and my second today), and the instructor discussed how we all ASSUME that as we get older, our bodies will age and will become less capable. But that doesn’t have to be true if we take care of them.

    I’d like to add that he and his wife are nearing 60 (mid 50’s I think?) with a son in college and they don’t look it, not in the slightest.

  59. October 11, 2009 7:15 pm

    Instead of opening one in Nashville, how about coming up to Chicago and we can open one together? 🙂 After inconspicuously finding cheese in my marinara sauce at an Italian dinner I half joked to the waiter “wait until I open my own vegan restaurant across the street from this place and take all your business”. Is that bad? 😉

  60. October 11, 2009 7:15 pm

    you and christian dior are such a lovely couple
    i could’t agree more about eating at restaurants.. why can’t they have quinoa or almond milk on the menu?? and why do the veg options usually have soy??? blahhhhhh
    hope you guys are having a great weekend!
    can’t wait to see you SOON! 😀

  61. October 11, 2009 7:32 pm

    You look pretty for date night. 🙂

  62. October 11, 2009 7:46 pm

    you two are adorable! and obv, i would be hittin heabs place up on a weekly basis. holllllllla!

  63. October 11, 2009 7:52 pm

    Val, CD was just talking about maybe moving back to Chicago one day, and so you better start scouting locations for our restaurant. There will be no cheese in the marinara sauce…just almond butter. 🙂

  64. October 11, 2009 7:55 pm

    Jennyjuliana, If I’m ever in Ft. Lauderdale, we must meet up at Sublime! I’ll get the sublime loaf with a side of sweet potato fries. 🙂

  65. October 11, 2009 8:10 pm

    I fantasize about such a restaurant! Seriously!! Start a national chain:)

  66. October 11, 2009 8:32 pm

    I would SOOOO eat at HEAB’s diner!! it would be awesome!

  67. yogiclarebear permalink
    October 11, 2009 9:23 pm

    i agree. oat bran > quinoa.

  68. October 11, 2009 10:03 pm

    I would totally be a regular at HEAB’s. That pumpkin quinoa looks delicious 🙂

  69. October 11, 2009 10:22 pm

    I would totally eat at your restaurant! Your food is normal…it’s the restaurants that aren’t!

  70. October 12, 2009 5:51 am

    I’d be at the HEAB restaurant in a heart beat! It sounds like an awesome idea–too bad it doesn’t exist!

  71. October 12, 2009 6:14 am

    that is such a great picture of you two!! Your quinoa looks really yummy! Which reminds me: i need to buy some more, I haven’t had it in ages. 🙂 have a great Monday!

  72. October 12, 2009 6:38 am

    I would totally visit your restaurant! Or perhaps I could work there and learn the tasty methods of your madness? 🙂

  73. October 12, 2009 6:55 am

    I want to go to the HEAB restaurant!! You should open one!! What did you end up ordering on your night out?

    If you’re interested, I’m having a Newman’s Own Organics Giveaway on my blog:

  74. October 12, 2009 6:56 am

    Rosey Rebecca, I got the Thai Kai salad. It was between that and the veggie burger. Their veggie burger is amazing!

  75. October 12, 2009 7:59 am

    You got it, HEAB! I’m always up for Sublime. Sweet potato fries are my favorite!

  76. hayleycepeda permalink
    October 12, 2009 8:57 am

    If you opened your own restaurant and served food like the stuff you do on your blog I would DRIVE to Nashville to try it.

  77. hayleycepeda permalink
    October 12, 2009 8:57 am

    Or fly..heheheh.. 🙂

  78. Brandi permalink
    October 12, 2009 9:10 am

    you two are so cute 🙂 What a fun date night!

    I would definitely eat at HEABs every day for breakfast. No contest there.

  79. October 12, 2009 10:10 am

    Oh you KNOW I’d eat there!
    I feel the same way. When I go to restaurants I often pack coconut milk, xylitol, and vegan parmesan in my purse. Luckily I have an understanding boyfriend who knows how good the parm is, and as long as I bring enough for him he is fine with it 😉

    You really need to make a trip out West. Seattle has a few places where you’d feel comfortable eating. Ok, well only 3…but that’s a start!

  80. October 12, 2009 10:17 am

    I would totally eat at your restaurant! I definitely feel the same way. It’s like when you ask waiters not to put butter on your vegetables and they get this look like, “Why wouldn’t you want butter on your veggies?”

    I reaaally want to try that bread recipe soon!

  81. October 12, 2009 10:43 am

    Your restaurant sounds amazing! I would most definitely eat there…all the time!

  82. Emily permalink
    October 12, 2009 8:12 pm

    Umm… basically you should totally create a HEAB restaurant. No joke. I may even attend Vanderbilt next year, and in that case, you would always have at least one customer.

  83. October 12, 2009 11:40 pm

    If you ever decided to open a restaurant, I would drive from Cincinnati to Nashville to eat at HEAB’s! no joke. It would be worth the extra $ for the quality, healthful food-love!

  84. October 13, 2009 6:28 am

    Heather, there’s a restaurant in Atlanta that you would go ga ga over! Check out the menu at R. Thomas:

    If you’re ever in Atlanta, you’ll have to come to my house for lunch and R. Thomas for dinner 🙂

  85. October 13, 2009 7:19 am

    Margie,Oh my gosh. R. Thomas IS just what I would imagine for HEAB’s Place. Tons of amazing vegan dishes and raw foods, plus organic meats. I’ll be down there in 4 hours. 😉

    No, but seriously, next time I’m in Atlanta, we are so meeting there! Love, Heather

  86. Kimberly permalink
    October 13, 2009 9:21 am

    I am so glad that you liked the Artichoke Burgers!! 🙂 I need to get some more…I am out!! 😉

  87. Lola permalink
    October 13, 2009 6:24 pm

    You and CD are soooo cute 🙂 You will have cute babies! Are you going to have babies?
    You are so funny about your HEAB’s Place. I always say this to hubby about how I want my own restaurant!!! I call mine “Food For People Who Can’t Eat Anything” it always makes him laugh! You are pretty spot on with what my menu would look like too! No dairy or soy and only organic grass fed animals!! Now let me get this straight… you said things won’t come in a pool of butter (good) and are you saying you WON’T or WILL have winter squash fries? Squash fries are one of my FAVORITES so that is a deal breaker if you are saying you won’t have them. I just might not come to Heab’s Place if that is the case. Kaboocha how I love your creamy goodness! Although bnut and sweet pot still makes the best fries. Missed you!!!!

  88. October 13, 2009 6:45 pm

    Hey Lola, 🙂 Oh, there will be winter squash fries. Kabocha, butternut, and I’ll even throw in some sweet taters. No butter. Babies – we hope to someday. I think CD will be the best dad. Hope you’re feeling better! Love, H.

  89. vegaholic permalink
    October 22, 2009 3:25 pm

    I dream of restaurants like that all the time! Wanna start one?!

  90. October 22, 2009 10:09 pm

    Vegaholic, Yes! Let’s do it. 🙂

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