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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Sun, Posi Feelings & Stuff

Hey guys! The weather has been more and more lovely. Saturday it should be 75*! On Monday I went grocery shopping and ate lunch on the fire escape.

Picnic-inspired, this is potato salad and steamed asparagus. The potato salad has ACTUAL (vegan) mayo in it! I have never been a fan of mayo, but I figured it had been forever since I tried it, so I gave it a shot. Not terrible, but I used a light hand. Also in the mix are raw chopped carrots, red cabbage, mustard, onion, and capers.
 
                                                      Haxan nibbled a little with me.

In addition to (and perhaps more importantly than) buying groceries, I threw out some stuff that I had bought last week and didn't get around to eating. Just salvagable were the raw collard salad I had made, and the last of some cherry tomatoes. I cooked up some lentils, threw on a dusting of nooch, and ate up. This was dinner and lunch the next day.

                                                    Next day breakfast. Very pleasant.

Jarrod and I went to another yoga class Tuesday night and I didn't want to eat a heavy meal beforehand, so instead I stocked up on a variety of juices, taking a tip from Shen. I drank all of the pineapple mint green juice on the left, and a few sips of the Evolution Organic V. It was a late class (9pm) so it was nice to be both refreshed from yoga and have had a fair amount of time to drink and digest before sleeping.

Passed this Keith Haring statue near Cooper Union while walking to the studio. He is a favorite of mine for sure, so I had to take a picture. There's such joy and hope in his work. I think this is a new installment.

Van's waffles were on sale for $2 a box, so I bought some. Here is one toasted up with apricot jam, cashew butter, and banana slices for breakfast.

                            more collard salad, lentils, topped with avo and cayenne pepper.
That's all for now. I've been feeling really good lately. Hopefully more delicious food and juices to come, continued not drinking (!), more bike rides and yoga to come...

Monday, April 13, 2015

Food So Cute It'll Make Ya Barf

First of all, will you look at this most beautiful bowl of food.
I had to go to work Saturday morning and Jarrod did not but he got out of bed before me, made coffee and this beauty! Coconut granola, blueberries, blackberries, chia seeds, and almond milk. What a guy.


When I'm left to my own devices, breakfast looks like this, haha:

                                                          Coffee, dried figs, sad desk

Okay, okay, sometimes I can pull this together, but I was channeling him:

               Creamy buckwheat with rice milk, dried cranberries, cashew butter. Coffee.

Another day with no lunch --> Whole Foods salad bar: steamed kale, steamed golden beets, roasted red peppers, falafel balls, tabbouleh, hummus.

 I finished my newest zine. It will be sent out soon, or if you are local, I'll be tabling with it on April 26th at the Brooklyn Zine Fest!

Speaking of, I am hosting a panel on food zines at the BZF! Yesterday, Jarrod and I met up to do some work in a coffee shop. He wrote a paper, I read zines and took notes. Cool Variety cup, no?

 Then we walked to a tortilla factory and got some fresh tacos. 2 veggie tacos, no cheese, no sour cream. They had refried beans, avo, tomato, lettuce, and cilantro. This was our fuel for a Sunday night candle-lit yoga class.
After yoga we got some groceries and I watched as he did all the work again, this time for dinner:

Quinoa, Brussels sprouts, chickpeas, Field Roast sausage, onion, and kale. Oh! AND while he was cooking, his roommate shared a taste of vegan Cheezehound fresh mozzarella she had bought at the pop-up market! 1) That was very nice of her 2) It was very delicious.
Anyway, I think that's an overload on cute shit for now. See you guys later.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Easter and a Spring Meal

Sunday was such a nice day! The weather was gorgeous and I spent the morning with my friend Jarrod (and his friend, who was in town visiting) at Champs. I unfortunately was too flustered to take any photos but I got biscuits and gravy with a side salad, plus bottomless coffee... The biscuits and gravy is not something I would usually order, as they are pretty heavy. They were tasty but I could only eat one. He got the other. In any case, I'm hoping we'll go back again soon and I promise I'll get a photo next time.
After coming home I read for a while and headed out to my folks' for dinner. It was a laid back and small gathering this year, just my cousin, my folks and me.

                                                                      budding...

I can't stop laughing at this picture of my mom's cat staring out the window to greet me! It looks like he has a huge circular head! Hahaha. He looks like a toy.

 Appetizers were matzoh with olives, roasted red pepper, kosher pickles, ajvar, and hummus.

                                                                     wine, of course

                           Salad, a leek, and roasted root veg (carrot, rutabaga, and yam)

This lamb cake wasn't vegan but it's cute. It was my grandma's old tin, I dusted it wonkily with powdered sugar - she used to do a white icing with coconut flakes and jelly bean eyes.
Then, on Monday, Jarrod came over for lunch. This was (guess who?) an Isa Does It recipe. A citrus-tahini bowl with tofu, quinoa, asparagus, and orange segments. The recipe called for bok choy but we decided asparagus was more seasonally appropriate.

It was pretty good...It was another beautiful day so we went up to the roof to eat. Then into the city for a friend of his' zine presentation. We walked around the city for a while after and ended up at Red Bamboo (a vegan restaurant) for ice cream, haha. Again, no photo! I got a pistachio milkshake, he got butter pecan. It was fucking cute as shit. Next time, pictures, I promise.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Boring Food but Punk Music

HI,

                         Creamy buckwheat with peanut butter and molasses. Black cawfee.

Done got some groceries. Avocado, 2 zucchini, cucumber, sweet potato, ginger, snack bar, blueberries, tomatoes, hummus.

                                  And bananas, always bananas. Broccoli and collards too.

                                               Bobo's lemon poppyseed flavor oat bar.
Went out with my folks and cousin to take a look at some of the Bushwick art galleries. Here's me and my cousin, and some graffiti my mom wanted us to pose with, haha.

We stopped at a bar afterward and each had one beer. I think I got a Singlecut, which is a beer brewed in Astoria, Queens.

                 Ho hum, I know, more creamy buckwheat with peanut butter and banana.

                                Collard wrap! Hummus, avocado, tomato, carrot, zucchini

WF salad: roasted butternut squash, roasted bell pepper, chickpeas, kale, garlic tahini dressing
I guess there hasn't been too much exciting food this week, I was kind of busy. I made a curryish soup that somehow went undocumented. Then I saw a friend's band play, and a movie with a cool dude, and a show at C-Squat on Friday:





C-Squat is um...well, a punk squat house. It's technically owned by the occupants at this point, when they bought it from the city for a dollar, after having put a ton of work into restoring the dilapidated building. They have punk shows in the basement and there is now a "Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space" next door. Los Crudos played last weekend (!!) , on Friday I saw Miscegenator and All Cracked Up (which is basically Leftover Crack, but they draw too big a crowd with that name, so.)
Here is some video someone took of the show. I'm somewhere in that pit. Wild times. Feels like home.


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Everything Else Lately

Paradis lunch salad. I need to go grocery shopping.

                                       Spinach, quinoa, sweet potato, chickpea salad.

           A vegan, gluten-free chocolate-walnut cookie, also from Paradis. It wasn't great.

Falafel salad from maoz. I had never been here before because I am not super into chains, especially when there is falafel aplenty in NYC, but this was pretty good falafel and a ton of awesome options to throw on. I had a green mix, carrot salad, beet salad, falafel, hummus, olives, a spicy cilantro sauce, and tahini.

                                    Empty bowl with a new friend's political/short story zine.

                                          Another political zine, with raspberry leaf tea.

I'm tabling at the Brooklyn Zine Fest at the end of April. The organizers put together a one-night zine pop-up library to preview some of the zines that will be there. I went and was inspired. It was great.

                At a bar. I didn't drink it, but there was a beer called Worker's Comp! Next time.

                                snacky. This chili flavor rules. It tastes like pizza pistachios!

                            a banana, protein powder, coffee, rice milk, and cocoa smoothie.
                                                                That's all for now.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Breakfasts

Coffee and cara cara orange:


Kit's Organic bar. This flavor wasn't great. Too chia-y, which made it kinda dry.


Dates and peanut butter are a quick, easy go-to lately.


or blackberries! 


I was bummed to hear the Whole Soy & Co is closing for real this time! I like their texture and flavors best of almost all vegan yogurts I've had so far. I like the SoDelicious vanilla, but it's expensive!


So I tried to stock up, well, as much as you can stock up on yogurts. They do go bad at some point...

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Isa's Edamame Hummus

Sooo I made Isa's edamame hummus from Isa Does It, with a few spice alterations, just because I didn't have the exact spices it called for - namely, wasabi, which would have made this greener and spicier. Instead I went a cayenne/curry route.

                                               here it is being whipped together

and extra-firm tofu that had been pressed, being cooked up in a hot pan with sesame oil and some salt

                                                                     ~cat break!!!~

Isa suggests serving the hummus/tofu in a wrap with sprouts. I couldn't find sprouts in any nearby stores (but check yr local farmer's markets!) Instead I used a collard as a wrap, sliced some carrots and tomatoes in.

Alternate use: dinner plate. Red cabbage leaves (also used like a wrap,) some pretty yellow tomatoes, hummus, dehydrated black olives, tofu cubes, carrot sticks. Yeah!