Roasted Root and Maple Mustard Salad (photo from modernloveomaha.com)
Last weekend I drove north, traveling through rolling Missouri farmland and gradually climbing into the sun-drenched high plains, until finally crossing the Missouri River at Council Bluffs seven hours later to arrive in Omaha, Nebraska, for a visit with my youngest sister and her family.
This journey yielded an unexpected opportunity: dinner at Modern Love, an all vegan restaurant.
Tucked into a cinder block building enclosed by a triangle of bustling thoroughfares, the non-descript eatery seems, at first glance, hard pressed to fulfill its promise of “swanky vegan comfort food.” I had my doubts.
But step inside. The staff, the lighting, the aromas all emanate health. Welcome. Vitality. Quality. Omaha, in its commercial revitalization, seems to excel in offering superb experiences in unlikely spaces.
I have eaten a vegan diet for twenty years or so. To hold a menu where every single item from robust appetizers to yummy desserts is a real possibility stands as a rare joy! No need to inquire about the presence of milk, eggs, or meat. No need to settle for romaine lettuce and a baked potato. Just let the stomach and the intuition decide.
I chose the Roasted Root and Maple Mustard Salad. Bliss!
And yet beyond the food’s tantalizing texture, color and taste, the greatest benefit of dining at Modern Love, without a doubt, rested in my sister’s heart-full company and our shared conversation.
Indeed, in our technology-centric, disconnecting world, an essential part of modern love certainly exists in appreciating small moments with family and friends . . . hopefully over good food. Regardless of one’s dietary preferences. Whether on South 50th Street in Omaha, Nebraska, or in locations far afield.