I met up with family in Florida last month. I don’t get to see my parents often so we took the opportunity to have an early birthday celebration for my mom. Her birthday is actually today, February 11th.
It didn’t feel like winter so it was hard to remember that we were celebrating in the right season. It was also hard to remember that she’s about to be 60. She doesn’t look it. In the words of a friend, “Did she have you before she was born?”
To celebrate such a milestone, I found what is possibly the best vegan restaurant. We made reservations at Sublime. The gourmet restaurant lives up to its name! Mom, dad, my brother, his girlfriend and I dined on brocomoli dip and flatbread, mushroom ravioli, roasted vegetables, Thai pizza, coconut cake, and apple pie.
Part way through dinner, owner Nanci Alexander stopped by to see how things were. Nanci is also the president of the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida, where she and others tirelessly fight for animals. She’s kind of a big deal in the animal rights community. PETA’s DC location exists to a large extent because of Nanci. It’s aptly named The Nanci Alexander Center for Animal Rights.
Bob Barker, Sir Paul McCartney, John Salley, and Pamela Anderson all dine at Sublime when they’re in town. My mom has one thing in common with these celebrities: they’re all vegan. Perhaps my mom’s healthy, plant-based diet is a contributing factor to her youthful looks and endless energy.
Happy Birthday, Mom!