I realize the new year has already officially begun, but, working in the public school system, MY new year starts at the start of the new semester. With that in mind, I was happy to catch up with friends over lunch and adult libations at La Duni in Highland Park after my Sunday morning yoga class. Split on the decision between red or white wine, Marc and I shared a bottle of the vegan-friendly Montes Reserve Malbec, and Christopher and Horacio shared a bottle of an Italian pinot grigio. Initially, my plan was to order several accidentally vegan à la carte items (black beans, fried yucca, and mashed avocado), but I ultimately decided to pair my malbec with the Tomates con Palmitos (sans cheese), a beautifully presented salad of sliced tomatoes, mashed avocado, and tender palm hearts topped with a pleasantly fruity balsamic vinaigrette. While other vegan dishes can be made upon request, this salad makes for a wonderful post-workout meal...especially if that meal includes a nice red wine!
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