HappyCow is a real lifesaver on road trips. It's a fantastic resource for traveling vegans in general, but I'm especially thankful for it when I know I'll be on the road for long stretches of time without many options besides Subway (which frankly, I find rather disgusting) - unless I'm prepared. So in anticipation of our 12 hour car ride from Chicago to central New York, I hopped on HappyCow's website to find a proper pit stop.
What I found was this: The Web of Life natural food store and cafe just outside Cleveland, Ohio. It was the perfect place for lunch - entirely vegan, right off the highway, and located exactly halfway between our starting point and our destination. We even opted to dine outdoors since it was such a lovely day - you may notice Uma and Dexter's carriers sitting on that bench in front of the entrance. We wouldn't want them to miss out on the fun and fresh air, after all (incidentally, they were both SO well-behaved the whole trip - I was shocked).
Faced with a menu full of tasty sandwiches, pizza, soups, juices, and smoothies, I was lured in by the catchy name of the "Save the Fish!" sandwich - a marinated and breaded tempeh patty with veggies and tartar sauce on a whole grain bun. It was good, though I could have used an extra helping of the sauce to even out the dry texture of the patty. Still, the name is so cute.
J got one of the biggest wraps either one of us had ever seen, filled with spicy tofu, hummus, and fresh vegetables. I would probably order what he had next time. We both got to try the much-anticipated OatsCream, as well, but I was too excited [and hungry] to take any pictures. Unfortunately, I found it a bit watered down, but I appreciated the opportunity to try it nonetheless.
Prices at The Web of Life were incredibly reasonable, especially considering that nearly all ingredients were organic and local. Check out this vegan baklava for $3.99 - which I considered a steal after shopping at Whole Foods for a year. Overall, the vibe of the store was friendly and inviting enough to make me want to return someday, even if my food choices weren't perfect (the baklava was excellent, though ;-).
The first few hours of any road trip are exciting and generally fly by, but as one gets closer to their final destination, the miles drag on and the passenger tends gets rather weary. The above picture is my attempt to pass the time while it was J's turn to drive - playing with my new camera. My old one finally bit the dust about two days before we left Chicago. RIP Sony Cybershot, it's been fun.
Finally, the sign we'd been waiting for for four states...too bad we still had about 4 hours of driving ahead of us...