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Monday, August 10, 2015

What You've Come to Expect

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Smoothie in a bowl, that shoulda stayed in a glass - it was a little too liquidy but I wanted to top it with a granola bar and gojis and it looked prettier this way. The smoothie itself was spinach, frozen banana, coconut milk, blueberries, protein powder, ginger, and lemon. I think. It's been a while.

                                    Hax in the heat wave. Drippy and melty as a Dali clock.

                                              cat statuettes in the neighborhood on a walk

Peanutty cabbage slaw got me through the week. Cabbage, scallion, carrot, cilantro, peanut butter, agave, soy sauce, red pepper flakes, rice vinegar, garlic.

                                                            refreshhhhhing ginger ale

                                           cabbage slaw, avocado, tofu slabs (on repeat)

                 green tea coconut ice cream! yes I just ate it out of the container with a spoon.

oats, dried apricot, frozen blueberries, dried figs, pistachios, goji berries, almond milk, chia seeds FTW
Went to a Limp Wrist show and got kicked like a million times. It's kinda swollen still? but I can walk on it.
Also went to the anniversary shows for the Tompkins Square Park riots in '88. This was during Iconicide, some crusties started a pit with a dog!!

                              drinkin my greens, this is a new one (as far as I've seen) from Suja

                      WF lunch - collard slaw, chickpeas, hummus, roasted sweet potatoes

As J would say, an austerity breakfast - low on ingredients, I blended up a frozen banana with almond milk and poured it over oats + chia seeds with frozen blueberries and cacao nibs. Still pretty great. Gotta stock up on gojis again though.
That's all for now. xoxo

Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Heat and the Eats

Eatin my way through prep. Lots of repeats this week, but here are a few of the more interesting details:

cabbage, rice, tofu, broccoli stir fry with onion, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, and red pepper flakes

Went to a zinester potluck at ABC No Rio. Dropped off some zines, talked to a few people, ate some vegan mac n' cheese. No pictures of the awesome dishes everyone brought, though, because the yard was pretty dark.

two days later I was back in the hood for a zine skillshare (but didn't end up attending!) so I stopped by the vegan pop-up shop at Spreadhouse for a Gone Pie blueberry banana mini loaf. I biked in and it was soooo so hot, this was my reward.

I also picked up a new Fanciful Fox product. I love all her stuff! I'm still using the black magic face scrub, and brought a white magic scrub down to Rachel in Atlanta. This stuff is more gentle but still feels really clean. Smells nice too.

simple salad with avocado, tomatoes, chickpeas, spinach, and a miso-sesame dressing.

                                              more cabbage stirfry with tofu and rice

 a new dish for the week: soba noodles with broccoli and dandelion greens in a peanut-soy sauce

Ginger beer: refreshing and bubbly but not too gingery (though I could have done with more)

biked to work one morning, more food rewards: sesame bagel with tofu cc and an iced coffee. It was suuuper hot biking home, I'll probably only keep biking to work sporadically until it cools down a bit.

Been doing a lot of dinner smoothies. This was spinach, frozen banana, frozen cranberries, almond milk, vanilla protein powder, lemon, and ginger.

I turned on the oven one super hot night (with a fan in the kitchen) and baked banana bread muffins, so that's been a lot of breakfasts lately. Some with tofu cc, as here, and some with peanut butter spread on. The coffee is a constant.
I have a ton of cleaning to catch up on today and hopefully some cooking as well this weekend. We'll see.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Prep Payoff

I went hard on the prep upon returning for the trip. Thankfully it saw me though a week+. I forgot to take a photo of the grocery haul, but here's what I made:

cooked chickpeas, cabbage stirfry, raw kale salad with nooch, hempseeds, and cayenne. I also cooked rice and roasted eggplant and squash for the week. As long as I only have to turn on the oven one night a week, I guess it's worth it.


                              Lunch: raw kale salad, raw squash, rice, chickpeas, tomatoes

           dinner sandwich: bread, hummus, mixed greens, roasted squash and eggplant

          lunch for most days of the week: raw kale, roasted squash, tomatoes, chickpeas

                         breakfast for a few days: toast with PB and a banana. It's a classic.

                                                                          Haxan!

Tried to recreate my favorite Mediterranean salad from Bite: greens, roasted eggplant, raw sunflower seeds, cucumber, tomato, sundried tomato, hummus, and sambal oelek.

                                  another lunch: radish, roasted squash, greens, chickpeas

                     toast with PB, banana slices, maca powder, and cinnamon with coffee
I still have a bunch of rice and chickpeas, plus the stirfry, but I'll have to get more greens for the coming week. But hot damn if prep isn't just the best. I mean, plus other stuff, I guess.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

J Time

Besides cuddling Haxan, Jarrod and I made sure to spend some QT before I left for Atlanta.

We had a movie night with a sorta fancy snack plate. He made the hummus (complete with gomashio sprinkling on top and olive oil and sesame oil drizzles) while I chopped the vegetables.

                                  Cucumber, flatbread, carrot sticks, bell pepper, tomatoes

                                                  Reno was bummed to see me go too.

The night before I left I went over again for some zines and we ended up ordering in Chinese food. Rice, vegetable lo mein, sesame tofu. It's a rare indulgence but it hit the spot.
Upon returning from Atlanta, I was starving and tired and had cleared out the fridge so nothing would go bad while I was gone, so J and I met up at Champs for dinner.

                                                      We split a nacho plate appetizer

I got a club sandwich, which was fine, but pretty boring. I always order wrong at Champs and it was worse this time because my brain was fried. Oh well.

Jarrod however is not as easily overwhelmed as I am: he got the Philly cheesesteak.
Good times, good dude. Next time: how I finally filled my fridge back up and learned to love the bomb.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Surrounding Atlanta

Throwback Thursday to before the trip:

                                    I made sure to get plenty of snuggle time in with Haxan

Ate lots of bagels. This was a high protein breakfast: avocado mash on a toasted sesame bagel with black beans, black salt, and cayenne. 

                                               granola bowl with berries and almond milk

        Half a chocolate mint Liz Lovely cookie. I mean, I ate a whole one, but here is a half.

                                                   more bagel: pumpernickel with tofu cc

hung out with my friend Kirsten and some of her friends for an anarcho craft night before I left

                  Whole Foods salad bar: kale, sweet potato, tofu cubes, cranberries, nooch

And upon returning, made an oat bowl the next morning. Oats, blueberries, pistachios, goji berries, chopped dried figs, and chopped dried apricots, almond milk.
For all of you who are concerned I didn't spend enough time with Jarrod surrounding the trip, fear not. That post is next time.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Atlanta/Artlanta/Hotlanta

Aah it's been so long! I was in Atlanta for a zine fest this last weekend, but am home now. Let's just recap that stuff first because it's most interesting.

my roommate was out of town as well so my mom stopped by to feed and play with Haxan. the cat food was for her, the almonds and banana were plane snacks.

YES I flew!!! I am pretty scared of flying, this was my airport selfie and I'm pretty sure you can see the terror in my eyes, haha.
I stayed with my friends Ashton and Rachel, who are both vegan and really smart and amazing people. Rachel is also an incredible cook. Saturday morning (the morning of the zine fest) she made monkey bread, a gooey sweet tear-away biscuity bread.


The light in the South is much nicer than up here. Every photo I took felt softer and more gentle, I guess I was also just more relaxed down there in general.

This was my table at the fest. Brought down some of Jarrod's zines to sell as well as my Umlauts and a new feminist crit zine. The people I shared a table with were so nice! You can kinda see in the corner of the photo, Erin K. Wilson's comic Snowbird, which I had read a while back, and loved. At the table were her and her friend Andru Okun who wrote a zine about his Birthright trip and his travels through Palestine and Egypt. Both were so cool to talk to - they also let me know about a zine fest they are hosting in New Orleans in the fall, so maybe I will see them again then.

a small haul - the fest was spread out among 3 adjacent buildings and it was kinda hard to get away from my table and look around. (I also didn't want to make my bag too much heavier.) I wanted to meet Osa Atoe, who writes Shotgun Seamstress, but she was away from her table. I DID find the 3 or so Atlanta anarchists, haha, so we talked for a while. Andru's zine is at the top center, and Rachel, who had a panel on abortion stigma, put together the zine at the bottom.

It was a long day of tabling and I really only snacked on almonds and a CLIF bar so after the fest was over, we went out to an all-vegan place (I can't remember the name). I got a black bean burger with vegan cheese, avocado, tomato, and jalapenos with sweet potato fries. Very, very good, though I ate around the bread.

 Rachel, Ashton, and I visited three separate bookstores. This one, Atlanta Vintage Books, takes care of feral cats. 6 of them live in the store.

                                             This shaggy black one made me miss Haxan!

Technically Ashton and Rachel live in Stone Mountain, about half an hour from downtown Atlanta. We climbed the mountain and got real sweaty. This is the view from the top. You can kind of see the city on the horizon.

I took a NAP after that climb while Rachel made dinner because she is amazing. This is a plate of quinoa, spiced roasted chickpeas, crunchy kale, sweet potatoes, avocado, and a corn muffin. Annie's dressing on top. Their friend Ashley (who also tabled at the zine fest) came over and we ate while watching Naked Lunch.
THEN, at about 10:30, Rachel and I went to a 24 hour Korean spa! You get a pair of shorts and a shirt and can walk around going into a bunch sauna rooms embedded with different crystals and minerals! There was also an ice room we lasted about 3 minutes in, despite the heat outside. At the end of it, we got butt naked with a bunch of strangers and got into some heated pools (and a cold one!) It was amazing. We floated home at 2:30 in the morning and I fell right asleep. I tried to channel those blissed out vibes for the flight back Monday afternoon.

I also wore my crystal cat protection shirt and kept some grounding gems in my pocket. Rachel also kindly prepared a lavender sachet for me to take on the flight.
I am writing this, so obviously I landed safely. Thank you SO so much to Rachel and Ashton for feeding, housing, driving me around, and for talking about overthrowing capitalism. The South is a really interesting place...slower and quieter. I'd like to continue getting to know it and its vegans and radicals.