I originally posted this on FoodNuts! a great food/wine/travel blog, where I am a contributor.
As a dietary vegan it is often difficult to find a good meal at a restaurant outside of a metropolitan area. I have just returned from a week on lovely Lake Waramaug in New Preston, CT. Most of my meals were in our rented apartment, where I could cook for myself. But, thankfully, of the three meals I had out, one was actually delicious.
Oliva Cafe is located in the heart of the village and is inviting from the moment you walk in the door.
We ordered a $56 bottle of zinfandel (as in red, thank you very much) and were delighted when they came to the table with a Gnarly Head Old Vine Zin—for only $20!
I decided that I would order exactly what I wanted and hope they could “make it vegan.” Lucky me, all three dishes were prepared vegan. I started with a special of the day, Grilled Corn Salad.
Absolutely divine. I ordered a chilled soup and a side of beans as my entree, to enjoy together while my husband ate a hen. (Actually, it was Roasted Stuffed Moroccan Chicken, which he claims was delicious.) The cold Carrot and Dill Soup was fresh and light
and the side of White Beans, Garlic and Sage was worth the price of admission alone!
I ate the entire bowl.
Actually, I ate every bite from all three dishes, but who’s counting?
18 East Shore Road
New Preston, CT 06777-1628