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Who Knew Kansas Could Do Vegetarian Food So Well?

If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I was in Topeka this week as part of a media tour with Hill’s for my pet lifestyle
website My Tail Hurts From Wagging So Much. They provided our transportation,
hotel and meals. 
When I’m traveling like that I’m not strict with the gluten
free, since I only have a sensitivity and can tolerate gluten to a point. But,
what I never waiver on is my vegetarian choices. So, I was a little concerned
that Kansas plus a vegetarian was just not going to work well. I was prepared
to live on salad and wine for a few days, which actually isn’t so bad. 
Not the case. 
Our hosts were very sensitive to the needs of the several
vegetarians on the trip, making sure the restaurants and catered meals had a
good vegetarian options – and to my surprise, it wasn’t the typical pasta and
veggies. 
The first night, we were there during our private dinner at
the Kansas Historical Society, I was served one of the best stuffed portobello
mushrooms I’ve ever had. The mushroom was tender  and stuffed with a creamy rice and cheese
mix, which you can bet I’m going to try recreating at home very soon.

In addition, there were cheesy hash browns that will likely
cost me a lot of time on the treadmill, but tasted amazing. Definitely another dish
I will be recreating, just maybe a little “lighter.” 
The nice part about both these meals, was that the cheese
was rennet-free – something I have a hard time finding even at Manhattan
restaurants sometimes. 
Even the next day during lunch they made a rice and
vegetable mixture that resembled a cross between an unstuffed pepper and a
ratatouille. It was fab! Unfortunately, I forgot to take a photo of it.
Our second night’s dinner was at a local French restaurant
that if just visiting Topeka, I don’t think I would have ever found. They too
were so accommodating to the vegetarians, creating an grilled eggplant dish. 
Oh, and the dessert 
here, was so good, it’s getting its own post!  Check back tomorrow for that. 

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