Friday, June 30, 2006

Dansville, NY

This is my OFFICIAL "see you in a week"post.

I'm heading off to DANSVILLE, NY. Pretty much middle of nowhere New York (but it's great b/c most of my dad's side of the family lives there)

Good news, I've already looked up where the local farmers market is. For anyone wondering here's the location:

Dansville Farmers Market
Maple St., near Airport parking area, across from McDonalds (haha!)
Friday 10 AM - 6 PMEarly July - Early October
Janice Roth (585) 335-2963

The "airport" is basically a strip of pavement in the grass :)

I'll miss blogging while I'm gone : (

Talk to you all soon,


PS Don't forget to stop by and see what RICHARD posts!


I've been wondering what to do for a while about today. See, my work is having a potluck and I actually wanted to make something (instead of bringing prepackaged cookies).

I've made a Hummus sandwhich. Here's what I layered it with:
Toasted mini Bagette
Later I will add avocado to my own (I decided to make it optional because some people are allergic to it in my office and it'll turn brown anyway)

I was inspired by the bagel I had while in San Francisco last weekend. I'm excited for people to try it. Let's hope it's a success!

PS- I'm leaving for NY TOMORROW! EKK (I'm really bad at the flying thing). Once again, Richard will be doing some posting for me while I'm gone ; ). Look for a Veggie Word Scramble soon!


Thursday, June 29, 2006

Angels Update

The game last night was a BLAST (yea they lost : -/)
Hanging out with work people was much more fun than I expected.

There was plently of cotton candy and peanuts for all! (I didn't get any cracker jack but that sounds really good right now)

I left in the 7th inning because it was getting a little late. I stayed to sing "Take me out to the ball game" obnoxiously loud though. I'm sure everyone enjoyed it.

Here's the food breakdown

Nachos at the bar

Cotton candy at the game

Oh and since we were such a big group they provided us with a ticket for a hotdog and drink. I went to redeem it and asked for a vegetarian option and they offered me a BUN with SAUERKRAUT. : P I had to pass on that. So Angels stadium- NOT very veg friendly but that's not a surprise.

NO thanks

I had fun anyways.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Angels Game

I'm going to an Angels game tonight!
: )

Hope you all have a great night



Pronounced (LEE- CHEE)

When peeled, I think of it as big very sweet grape.

The seed in the center is slightly poisonous and should NOT be eaten (it tastes bitter anyway so you won't want to eat it)

The fruit matures from July to October, about 100 days after flowering.

They require a warm subtropical to tropical climate that is cool but also frost-free or with only very slight winter frosts not below -4°C, and with high summer heat, rainfall, and humidity.

They are very common in China, Thailand and Vietnam.
Lychees are beginning to be grown in Florida and Hawaii. (so they are still expensive in America) but it is also sold canned year-round (much cheapter)

Lychees have been valued by successions of Chinese Emperors for their sweetness

Native to Southern China and according to legend, when courtiers first found the lychee, they thought the fruit was so delicious that they rushed home to display their discovery to Emperor Han.

The Lychees I got looked like this. : )

References 1 ; 2 ; 3

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Ralph Lauren Says NO to Fur

This made me very happy. I even wrote to the customer service people to thank them. Take a looks-ey and this article about Ralph Lauren's new fur policy .

Here is the email I sent:

I want to sincerely show my appreciation and thank you for anouncing that you are no longer using fur in your product lines. I'm sure that I am one of millions that will deeply respect this decision.
Thank you!
Theadora Babcock

And here is the response I got.

Dear Theadora ,

Thank you for expressing your gratitude regarding the banning of fur in Ralph Lauren products. We appreciate the support this decision has generated.

We thank you for taking the time to offer your opinion today and do hope that you will continue to support Ralph Lauren. If we may be of further assistance please do not hesitate to contact us again at 1-888-475-7674. Thank you for your interest in Polo Ralph Lauren.

Customer Support Representative
Phone 888-475-7674

Thought I'd share the LOVE ; ).

I went to the store last night and guess what I got?


They were a little expensive but I rarely get to eat them. I'm going to do an informational post on them this week. Has anyone had fresh Lychee before?


Monday, June 26, 2006

San Francisco Pictures

Saturday- June 24th, 2006 I was in SAN FRANCISCO!
And here is some of what I did :)

Tetee and I got day passes for the trolley/muni/metro (only 11 bucks and it's $5 for a one way trolly ride) This photo of the trolley makes me laugh because it has Rice a Roni on it

Tetee on the trolley hanging on for his dear little life

We took to trolly to Lombard Street. There's actually a house for sale up there. I pondered it for a moment but realized I am way to (hmm what's the word?? oh yea) POOR for that.

After Lombard Street it was definitely time for some breakfast. We stubbled upon this little cafe.

And BOY was I happy about it. They had a "vegan" section to their menu!

I had a sesame bagel toasted with hummus, portabello mushroom, cucumber, fresh basil AND balsamic vinegar. I could barely finish it I was so stuffed.

The plan for the day was to bike ride to and across the Golden Gate Bridge. Good thing too- because that breakfast was just sitting in my stomach, waiting to be burned off. Renting bikes wasn't too expensive ($23 dollars for the whole day including some special insurance incase we broke the bikes). Tetee got a bunch of great shots of us on the bikes. I haven't gotten them just yet though.

Going across the bridge was FREEZING and very windy (oh and foggy, of course). Here's me, cold and spazzing out at the passing cars.

I swear as soon as you got to the other side of the bridge it got about 30 degrees warmer. Sausalito was be-a-u-tiful. See below for photographic proof.

We got some ice cream here while waiting for the ferry. I saw a Roles Royce while we were waiting (you know they're super rich there!)

There were scenic views of SF on the ferry ride back. As well as some gross Coke (according to Tetee, I'm not big on soda : P)

We returned the bikes and decided that we had earned a reward (a 9 mile bike trip deserves some great food!) I asked Tetee if we could go to the Castro district because 1) It was pride weekend and I figured it would be fun and 2) I knew they had a sushi bar that had a bunch of veggie options (I researched online before leaving).

The streets weren't too busy yet but the crowd at Castro was definitely starting to form.

The sushi place was PACKED. We had to wait for a table it was so busy (and it was 4 o'clock in the afternoon)

It was worth it! Cheap tastey eats. : ) I got this veggie tempura roll

and a Shitake Maki! (they accidentally gave me a unagi roll at first but were quick to say sorry and fix the mix up)

We went back to the hotel and rested a bit/changed clothes. Then it was time for MILLENNIUM


but I've already told you all about that ...

Now I've left out some bits of what went on while I was there but you get the idea that it was a fun weekend for me and my friend. Wish I could do that more often!

Sunday, June 25, 2006


Hii guys!

I JUST got home and I wanted to share my pictures from my dining experience at the Millennium restaurant.

First was the bread. Still warm (of course ) with a garlic, white bean, herb spread. I really enjoyed the spread; I can't get enough garlic!

TeTee (my friend I spent the weekend with), ordered a starter of french fries and a sauce. I was in such a rush to eat them, I didn't look at what menu called it! Ekk sorry. But I can tell you they were GARLIC fries and the sauce was to die for. :)

Now for the main course. I had BBQ tempeh with a brown rice, roasted corn and candied pecan salad with a orange based vinaigrette. There was also a cucumber salad on the side. What made the dish for me was the fresh mint sprinkled on top. Some how that extra step made the dish. Needless to say, I enjoyed it. I think I actually liked the brown rice salad more than the tempeh. It was all great though

TeTee had a stuffed Poblano Pepper. Now Tetee is a self proclaimed carnivore. After eating his meal, and tasting some of mine, he proclaimed "You don't even miss the meat."
What a statement for a Carnivore to make! Really made me happy and made my weekend a lot better than it already was.

I tasted a bite of his dinner and loved how the spices interacted with each other. There was a mango strawberry salad served with the pepper and I wanted to gobble it all down. Too bad it wasn't my dinner (dang it!).

I left the restaurant completely full and content. A great experience and I would really recommend it as a lavish night out. (it was pricey- the bill was about 55 bucks).

Be back with more about the weekend later. I'm sunburt and I need some Aloe!
See you tomorrow


Saturday, June 24, 2006

MwM- while in San Francisco

Harmonias Midweek Munchies Meme

Midweek Munchies: What YOUR NAME is contributing for the week

Off in San Francisco. Thank you for the help Richard!! :)

Here's the List-a-rino


Bell pepper (red and green), Nectarines, Acai, Peaches, Strawberries, Corn, Apple, Mangos, Avocados

Packages foods

Potatoes O'Brien, Soy and Flax Seed Tortilla chips, BBQ sauce, Sprouted bagels

Bulk Items

Flax seeds, Shreded Coconut, Veggie "chips", TVP, Baco Bits

Things I love and should NOT have bought

chocolate covered Espresso beans, MORE peanut butter pretzels

Links to other Midweek Munchies
(If you participate, leave your link in the comments and I'll post it below; or, you can post in the comments)

Click here for the Midweek Munchies code
Click here for Harmonia's blog

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A special thanks to Running2Ks and Rift for all of their help with coding, graphics, and encouragement for this project.

PURPOSE of Midweek Munchies: Put together by a small group of Veg Women, we hope to spread the word about healthy vegetarianism while obtaining idea starters for meals, recipes, learn about new products, and meet other female veg*n bloggers. Visiting and commenting on other participants lists are encouraged but not required. Have fun and Go Veg!

Friday, June 23, 2006


I am leaving on a jet plane to SF this weekend.

I'm really excited because I'm meeting up with my friend that I met while studying abroad in Thailand. I haven't seen him in 2 years! He's been back to Thailand about 3 times since then and has made me 150% J-E-A-L-O-U-S.

While I'm gone Richard is going to be a complete sweetheart and post our Mid-Week-Munchies (yes it won't be mid-week but that's when we bought them.. I swear!)

So while you're reading about the food remember it's this guy who's being a doll and posting them
Real men wear flowers in their ears.. hahaha

Here's what you have to look forward to on Monday:

I'm going to the Millennium Restaurant while I'm there. I'm going to snap as many pics as humanly possible and write my thoughts. This place is pretty pricey for me and I'm looking forward to it very much. Hope it's not a let down.

See you all on Monday and have a GREAT weekend!


Thursday, June 22, 2006

Quinoa Recipe

1 cup Quinoa
1 tomato
1 avocado
1/2 can red kidney beans

1/2 a lemon
Basil (I have frozen cubes of from Trader Joes- I used 3 cubes and I'm going to guess-timate that is about the same as one large handful of fresh basil)
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

This is an extra simple recipe. Practically no cooking involved if you do it the way I did. I cook my quinoa in a rice maker (it's exactly the same as if you were cooking rice).

While the quinoa does it's thing, prepare the dressing.
If you do not have the cubes of basil I suggest using a food processor to make the dressing.
In the food processor combine the juice of 1/2 a lemon with some chopped basil (or 3 of your basil cubes- put in the mircowave for about 20 seconds to melt them). With the processor still on, slowly pour in the oil. If using cubes of basil, simply stir in the oil slowly with a fork.

Chop up your tomato and avocado into bite sized pieces.

Add the tomato and the dressing to your quinoa (I put it directly into the rice maker.) Stir to make sure every bit of quinoa gets dressing. Add the avocado last (they turn mushy if you try to stir them too much).

Now enjoy

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

How to Peel a Grapefruit

As promised... HERE WE GOOO

Peel like an orange

Now it's peeled and there's the white rind left over everywhere : P

Peel as much as you can off. I find starting at the navel up top makes it easier

Split grapefruit in half

Now skinning it! I work from the center downwards.

Here's the trickest part- separating the flesh from the rest of the fruit. It's easiest if you use your thumbs. Don't expect it to come off all in one piece either. My advice is to be gentle- squeeze too hard and there'll be juice in your right eye in NO time ;).

Now clean up any remaining white-stuff and pop it in your mouth!

It's a labor intensive process but worth it. I usually just sit over a trash can or paper bag and have at it. After eating a good juicy grapefruit I expect my hands to be sopping wet and a little prune-y. Making a mess with your food is FUN. Remember when you were a kid and you were told not to eat with your hands? That rule is OUT THE DOOR with grapefruit.

Let me know how you like it!


PS Feeling better today. The rest helped but the never ending list of errands is getting longer. EK.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006


I'm not feeling too hot tonight. Best for me to just hit the hay early.

We all should take advice from Garfield. I mean he's a cat that has lived for over 28 years (I think). He's been doing
something right.

But here's a preview for tomorrow

Of course the 'How to peel a grapefruit' It's not easy but well worth the work!


My new Quinoa recipe which I will be submitting to The Vegan Club for their contest.

I didn't get any great pictures of the food because I was starving and shaking a bit but you can get the idea :)

See you all tomorrow. BED TIME and time to get feeling a bit better. (everyone in my office is sick; I think I'll blame them haha)