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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Spring Salads & Sidewalks

It was pouuuuring on Monday but I made it out of the house for groceries and laundry.

With the groceries, I made a pretty Spring salad to brighten up the gray, wet day. There is arugula under all that stuff, then cucumber, radishes, lentil salad with capers, onion and carrot, and tomatoes.

I also bought a few pears. Not sure why I always forget about them - they are so delicious when they are ripe.

Today walking around I found some spaghetti on the sidewalk with chopsticks jutting out. Luckily I had already eaten and wasn't tempted.

Another delicious spring salad: arugula, carrot, lentil salad, red cabbage, cucumber, tomato, and roasted radish! With nooch, cayenne, and apple cider vinegar.

Bought this coconut water/coffee drink today. I didn't like it too much at the first sip, but it grew on me. Bonus points for how metal it looks.

                                 GF toast with avo on one slice, garlic hummus on the other.

I don't mean to keep pushing this stuff, but I'm hosting a food & drink zine panel at the Brooklyn Zine Fest this Saturday the 25th. Come by if you are inclined! I'm actually tabling the next day, Sunday the 26th, but I'll have zines both days. The other panelists are repping SALT magazine, The Modern Travelers' Green Zine, and Bar Scrawl. It should be fun.

               And, finally, a cranberry chia drink from Glue and Glitter. It's tasty if nothing else.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Salad Days Indeed

Healthy stuff first, to trick you into thinking that's what I eat most of the time:

Sauteed bok choy with onion, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, red pepper flakes and tossed with lentils. This lunch opened in my bag and soaked my pants so I smelled like it all day.

These Cafe Indigo slices were on sale at Whole Foods! I can't NOT buy sweets on sale, that would be careless!

This lemon-poppy flavor was good, if a little dry. I bought a carrot cake version for Jarrod that looked nice and moist though.
I won tickets to go to the opening night of Salad Days, a new documentary about the DC punk scene in the 80s.

THE MOVIE RULES. Go see it if you can! There was a Q&A after the screening with the director, Michael Hampton from The Faith, and John Joseph of Cro-Mags (and vegan fame)! JJ had some fun stories to tell...

Jarrod came with - we met at Vanessa's first. I got a sesame pancake with grilled tofu. This is kinda like a banh mi on softer bread.

                                                 snax for the movie - little Justin's cups

Friday WF bar lunch: steamed kale, roasted butternut squash, steamed beets, chickpeas, garlic miso dressing.

Dinner from last night/lunch today/probably lunch forever since there is SO much: quinoa, chickpeas, sauteed mushrooms with onions, broccoli, soy sauce.
That's all for now. See you soon.

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.


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


                         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.