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Monday, October 24, 2016

eating out & in

hello again friends

         breakfast: apple, trail mix of raisins, dried cranberries, pepitas, and sunflower seeds

                lunch stirfry: onion, tofu, carrot, bok choy, soy sauce and later gochujang

It's a shame that this following picture doesn't have its own post, but so it goes. A friend made reservations at Isa Moskowitz's Modern Love Brooklyn, which opened a few weeks prior. I am so, so happy to have gone!! It was definitely pricey - like very special occasion level for me. We split three dishes: the Mac& shews: cashew mac with cornmeal crusted tofu bites, buffalo cauliflower, and kale; the Nicoise salad with green beans, deviled potatoes, chickpea tuna, radishes & greens; and this dish: Horseradish tempeh over whipped potatoes in a wine broth with red kraut

 If you are saying "daaaaaaaaamnnnnnnn" well, "daaaaaammmmmnnn" is right. Everything was incredible. And don't give us shit for ordering a salad (it was huge and delicious), don't give us grief for not ordering a dessert, we are broke punks who just wanted one nice thing, goddamnit! Plus we had to skeddadle to go watch the last presidential debate.
So, in closing, if this is the one and only photo of the one and only time I ever eat at Modern Love, I am totally okay with that.
One chilly, rainy, hungover day, Jarrod and I decided to be kind to our bodies and eat some damn pho.

This was just what we needed, from Little Mo's. They only have one vegan soup and one vegan sandwich, it looks like, but I am okay with that.

Later that night we figured we had spent enough money eating out/buying dumb beers, and went grocery shopping. A healthy, hearty meal: potatoes, chickpeas, tofu, kale, and Brussels sprouts with a cheese sauce made out of blended canned yams and coconut milk (plus hot sauce, plus nooch.)
 next a.m. breakfast: oats, chia seeds, dried cranberries, fresh strawberries, canned pumpkin in almond milk. Plus coffee!
we rushed out of the house after this sustenance to meet with his folks who were in town again for the day. They treated us to the top of the Empire State Building!!

I am a born & bred New Yawkah, which means of course, that I have never done this. Quite an experience, and a beautiful day.

Vegan options in that area are lacking but of course Jarrod knows all the best spots. We went to Xian's for spicy fresh noodles.

                            (Jarrod's plate of noodles with spicy tofu soup and an apple soda.)
Not bad... not bad at all.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Barely a Catch-Up

obviously this is not everything I've eaten in the last few months, but it's been nice to take a break and not feel like I needed to photograph anything. Things have been a little wild round these parts but I think it's settling down. Still vegan, still alive.

                                              spinach, tofu, mushrroom, onion stirfry

turns out I've been at my dumb job for 9+ years. We get a bonus after that amount of time, so i went out to celebrate with a few friends who had also been there for the same amount of time. We went to malai marke and had a really nice time. I got the aloo gobi ghar ki, which was awesome. They have a separate vegan section :)

                                          coconut rice, naan, Greg's hands - remember Greg?

                                               apples, plums from the farmer's market

my sister was in town for a while, visiting from Spain so we had a lunch celebration at my parents' house. Her and her bf miguel made a delicious gazpacho, a torta that wasn't vegan, and a stewed chickpea + spinach dish that was very good.

                                                             Ginger Newman-O, plum

                                                              Haxan eatin my Twizzlers

a brunch Jarrod and I made: roasted teeny potatoes, tofu broccoli scramble, accidentally vegan crescent rolls (!) that we couldn't quite form into crescent shape. TRUST there was much coffee.

hung out with my friend Gustavo, who has a pet ferrett!!!! His name is Bebe!!! we brought the ferret to the bar with us and got him a glass of water.

                         random salad: tomatoes, chickpeas, roasted beets, spinach, hummus

       my friend and I decorated Haxan with crepe paper. She was very patient and kind about it.

                Sweet potato cinnamon roll from Body & Soul at the Union Square farmer's market.
Alright, that wasn't so painful. maybe I'll try to keep up the posting. Hope you guys are all well. Talk soon?

Friday, August 12, 2016

Keepin Summer Simple

it's incredibly hot in here today...

                     made a cold pasta/pea/arugula dish with lemon juice, pepper, and capers

        and a more fall-inspired dish: lentils, steamed beets, kale with dill and tarragon vinegar

bought some Kashi crunch on a whim and am attempting to bulk it into a real meal. Here with blueberries and almonds, in almond milk

                                                   Italian tofurky sausage and broccoli

                                      Kashi crunch, almond milk, blueberries, chia seeds

                                       Gluten free raspberry cheesecake from Vegan Divas

                      frozen banana, almond milk, vanilla protein powder, coffee smoothie
                   iced coffee, Kashi crunch, frozen blueberries, chia seeds, banana slices.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Early August

Another summer weekend:

                  Here's Haxan chilling in the window of the vacated bedroom. I guess it's hers now.

                                                       Avocado toast makin a comeback

This is spaghetti since I didn't have soba or anything, with soy sauce, tahini, garlic, ginger, agave, red pepper flakes, and scallions. I didn't get any pictures of it after I added sauteed kale and mushrooms, but trust that that is indeed what I did, and then ate this 4/5 days that week.

There is an occupation at City Hall to fire the police commissioner (he has since stepped down, but only to take another job elsewhere) and bring more visibility to the Black Lives matter movement. There are workshops, rallies, etc. Jarrod and I stopped by the first day. I've gone back a few times since then and Jarrod has also spent time there, doing a workshop with his organizing group.

Nicholas Heyward speaking about his son, who was killed by cops when he was 13 in 1994.
It got kind of chilly the first night so we stepped away from the park for a while to get some food at Buddha Bodai, an all vegetarian Chinese restaurant. Jarrod, our friend Andy, and I split a few things:

                                                                Hot and Sour soup 

                                           "David's Special" - mainly veg seafood

                                                                   Kung Pao tofu

                      Peacefood chocolate chip cookie after lunches has again become standard

J and I made dinner before watching Stranger Things: brown rice, chickpeas, tofu, mushrooms, onion, kale, avocado. By the way, if you haven't watched it - and I am often skeptical of popular TV series - Stranger Things is awesome.

                                                             Jarrod making the popcorn

                                     J breakfast: iced coffee, oats with berries + almonds

Sunday was beautiful, so I biked to the Williamsburg waterfront:

drank a V8 there and that was that.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Skies and Edibles

The weather has been muggy as hell. Spotty rainstorms at least make for some nice skies.

                                                                  Sunset from the roof

Jarrod and I made ourselves a nice dinner after a long weekend: sauteed kale and mushroom, pierogies, tofu, avocado.

A quick prep for the week: potatoes, carrots, kale with garlic, ginger, turmeric and red pepper flakes. This tossed with a can of chickpeas was lunch for most of the week.

 Berry + Acai juice was lunch one day when it was too hot to want to eat even the meal I had prepared.

                                     Kale-Apple juice served as dinner that night too I believe

                                        another late afternoon sky shot, from the fire escape

The kale and chickpea dish ran out; I went to Blossom for a Chicken Casesar salad. I prefer my salad with it but mainly wanted as much green stuff as possible, plus enough protein. So this was fine. Creamy dressing, un-chicken, romaine, capers.

and dinner: avocado, tempeh bacon, arugula, onion, hot suace. quick and easy, that's how I like it these days.