Sublime Restaurant was just TOO good not to revisit while we were in Fort Lauderdale.  And there was also the $40 special (I am pretty sure it was $39.99) for an appetizer, entrée and dessert (with a glass of house wine included.)  That is a really good price no matter where you go to eat at this level of establishment.  You could have the usual S.A.D. food for probably half that price at Applebee’s or the like, but if you want food that is actually good for you and our planet, then you usually pay a bit higher.  Sublime could definitely increase their prices for what you get there, but hey!  Why would I complain!  So we again sat at the bar and met Spencer yet again.  Since we enjoyed talking to him, as well as his drink recommendations, we decided to just sit at the bar and enjoy our dinner there.  So we ordered the Eggplant Rollatini and the Frito Miso as appetizers.  I wasn’t too sure about the Frito Miso, even though we’d been told by EVERYONE (wait staff, Spencer, Nanci herself, and the other customers) that it was THE BEST appetizer I just usually don’t do ‘sweet chili sauce’ because it’s not my thing.  And then it was deep fried, and it seemed more like a heavy Asian food.  I don’t normally like anything that is fried anymore either.  But I took one bite of Frito Miso, and entered food heaven.  I don’t know how it topped the Gardein ‘cheeseburger’ sliders, but heck I ate my half of the Frito Miso as slow as possible to savor each bite.  The black and white sesame seeds really accented the taste and just sent my tastebuds into overdrive.  Man oh MAN was that amazing!  (And you too can make it yourself if you’ve got the frier available, and a cookbook from Sublime *which you can purchase at the hostess stand for just $20)

Next Dave & I switched and he was ooo-ing and aahh-ing at the Eggplant Rollatini so I was really excited to try that.  Now, I was always a cheese person when I ate the S.A.D. but there hasn’t been anything that I’ve had that was like a ricotta.  Oh boy oh boy was that Eggplant Rollatini good.  So cheesy and flavorful.  It was almost like having stuffed manicotti.  But better for me and OH so delightful!!

Onto the dinner: I ordered Mushroom Ravioli and Dave ordered the Quiche Lorraine.  I have to say that I was horribly skeptical of the Quiche.  My Mom always made killer Quiche Lorraine, and when I became vegan, she made it vegan for me and it was still awesome.  *We had it for our housewarming party and no one knew it was vegan!*  So out came the main dishes and both looked amazing.  I absolutely fell for the mushroom ravioli.  Again, what a treat with the creamy taste and the mushrooms what a delight.  And it wasn’t heavy at all.  I just really liked it.  I didn’t really want to swap with Dave except that it seemed he had entered food heaven and didn’t want to swap with me.  So that peaked my curiosity.  We swapped and then I again entered food heaven.  The quiche was the best I have ever had.  (I’m sorry Mom!!  But you raised me to tell the truth!)  My Mom definitely gets best ‘local’ quiche from me, but holy moly, Sublime blew it out of the park.  It was SO rich, SO cheesy and SO tasteful.  At this point I had determined that I wanted to move into Sublime, I would sleep on the floor of the kitchen just to get a meal from Sublime once a day.

Last, but certainly not least, we got our desserts.  Dave got the ice cream Sundae and I ordered the infamous Coconut Cake.  The Sundae was by far the best ice-cream I have had since becoming vegan.  But we were FAR too full to have the coconut cake.

We boxed that up and took it back to the hotel for a midnight snack or breakfast.  Well, since we’d had dinner fairly early, about 9 or so we were both wanting to have something sweet.  That coconut cake was ecstasy.  Now I am known to have a bit of a sweet tooth and for me, that coconut cake was by far utter baked perfection.  I have always been a great cook and an even better baker.  It’s in my blood, as my grandfather taught cake making as well as pastry courses at Johnson & Wales Culinary School in Rhode Island.  But since I went vegan I haven’t exactly done well with baking.  Vegan Heartland (who you can find both on Facebook and Twitter) had a recipe for ‘Vegan Screw Up Cake’ which I screwed up further by not having ingredients and having to swap and the first time it was awesome.  But Nanci Alexander must have had me in mind by putting the recipe for the Coconut Cake in her cookbook.  I could have kissed her for the taste of this cake!  So, I urge you, take the time to go to Sublime.  Your tastebuds deserve it.  And you will not regret it!

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