A long holiday weekend to me means brunch. Nothing like a savory tofu scramble or sticky stack of pancakes to make a day feel a little more leisurely. David and I celebrated the three-day weekend by visiting Trumpet Blossom, a vegan restaurant in Iowa City. (You may remember that I posted about their brunch menu back in July.)
This day we took advantage of their outdoor patio to soak up some of the cool-but-comfortable fall weather. We were in good company, as the patio was pretty busy with others who had the same idea about the best way to enjoy the hoodie weather.
To drink, David started with a warming cup of coffee and soy milk. I opted for water cozily served in a mason jar and their juice of the day made with local apples and watermelon for a mild, not-too-sweet drink.
I must have had apples on the brain, because as soon as I saw the feature of the day on their outdoor menu, I had no other choice. The hearty local buckwheat and cornmeal pancakes were topped with lightly cooked ginger-cinnamon apples. The pancakes were gluten free and had a grainy, dense texture to them making them filling and crisp on the outside.
As this was a break from my traditional savory breakfast order, I had to include a side of spicy tofu scramble as well.
David opted for the breakfast taco feature of the day, which included scrambled tofu and loads of vegetables on soft, corn tortillas. They were topped with a seasoned aioli. He loved the heaping helping of green vegetables.
Not a bad start to a leisurely weekend if I do say so myself…
For more vegan options in Iowa City, check out this post on 10 Vegan-Friendly Businesses in Iowa City. For vegan options elsewhere across the state, click on Vegan Iowa: Plant-based in the Hawkeye State.