Friday, June 22, 2007

Elastic Pants

Next time I go to LA I must bring elastic pants.

A HUGE thank you to Bazoo for telling me about this place. It was just down the street from our hotel and we ate breakfast there everyday. I fell in love with it. Organic coffee, delicious tofu scramble, fresh squeezed orange juice...it was heaven. Below are some of the items my boss and I enjoyed at the Urth Cafe.
Tofu Scramble
Bread pudding

Home FriesEgg sandwich
Hanging my head in shame - I did fall off the vegan/vegetarian wagon. It was for sushi. I love sushi and the temptation was too great (plus I had half a bottle of wine). I am not sure if it was that I haven't had sushi in a long time, or it was California sushi, but it was fantastic. Just melted in your mouth.
We also had dinner here at Pradeep's Indian Cuisine. The waitress was very sweet and funny. The dinner was excellent! So was the beer.
We also had Thai food at this little place around the corner. For me I was disappointed and didn't enjoy my meal. The peanut sauce was cold and was thick in texture. Tofu was also little on the rubbery side. Oh well. Even thought I didn't like my dinner, my boss enjoyed hers.

As you can see, I ate WAY too much food.
Everyday the dogs have a RooFest. What get them started we have no idea. They just feel like singing. Please enjoy this musical interlude.


Produce Heaven

Arrived home from LA late on Wednesday, well, technically Thursday morning! I have recovered from the jet lag and ready to post some pictures.
On Sunday on our way to the Walk of Fame, we stumbled across this Farmer's Market on Hollywood and Vine. Holy shit. As I walked down the street I was oooh'ing and aaah'ing. It was the most amazing farmer's market I've ever seen. The produce was unbelievable, gorgeous, huge, beautiful and bountiful. I was so pissed that I couldn't buy any of it.

Have no idea who these people were, but they were really really good. Great voices, cool tunes.

Then we came across these two guys. It was so cute, because you can see they put out drums for the kids to come and join in. There is a little boy there (you can't see him because of the damn sign pole) that was FASCINATED. The tune they were singing...The wheels on the bus goes round and round, round and round, round and round. Good luck trying to get that song out of your head.
Lets us travel through the market. Sigh. I miss it.

Look at the SIZE of the produce for godsakes!!! That is celery! Peas and HUGE beets.
Shout out for Sprouts!!

Dumplings from a Koren vendor. Damn tasty.

As we headed out of the market and down the Walk of Fame, I came across this poster. Of course I had to take a picture of it. So true.
We get to the Chinese Theater and there are people dressed in costumes from every character you could think of. For some wacko sicko reason I went straight to this guy! Gotta love Pin Head.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Around the World

My visit to Los Angeles is coming to an end. Tomorrow I hop on the plane to head home and I am ready. I've enjoyed my stay here, but I miss my hubby and the pups. Plus, I want to download the shitload of pictures I've taken! 90 percent is of the food I've consumed. Bacially, I've dined around the globe - mexican, thai, japanese, and indian. My waistline can't take much more so it is time to get back to normal and to 'Green Lemonade'

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Life in LA

Arrived Friday in Los Angeles for a business trip and will be here until Wednesday. This is my first trip to CA and/or LA. First let me say that LA drivers are fucking nuts. Seriously. NYC is not this bad. These people drive a 100 miles an hour and don't give a shit. There was a very scary second that I thought for sure we were going to die. With that said, one thing I do love about Los Angeles is that you can buy booze anywhere! I had to pick up some disposable razors and noticed the very nice liquor section. What the... So I was able to pick up some razors and a nice bottle of white wine at the drug store. SWEET!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

It isn't easy being green

This is not a good photo, but I don't think there could be a good photo of "Green Lemonade" but here it is, my first glass.

Yesterday our juicer arrived and I was so excited to try it out. Now that I have, I am obsessed with it! Like a child that has discovered the excitement of flushing things down the toilet I want to shove everything in the juicer and watch it get pulverized! My one complaint is the bastard is loud! It sounds like an airplane taking off.

As I was shoving the first leaf from a head of romaine lettuce my husband wanders over and looks at me like I have finally lost my mind and said "you are juicing lettuce?" Ummmm...yea.

After I am finished I gaze at my glass of green. I am nervous. I sniff it and it smells like my lawn. At this point I am thinking to myself - Shit. I cannot not drink this! I've just shoved a couple bucks down the juicer and damn it I have to drink it. Bracing myself I get a small glass fill it with ice because seriously this would taste nasty warm. Pour and take a sip. Interesting. It doesn't make me gag and even more surprising it doesn't taste horrible. Not good, but not horrible. The lemon and apples really help it not taste like I just went out and chowed down on some weeds. But here is the other thing. I felt great this morning. Don't know if it was from my glass of chlorophyll or my sick glee of throwing things in the juicer.

Green Lemonade:
1 head romaine lettuce
4-5 stalks of green kale
1 lemon
2 SWEET apples
3 inches or more of fresh ginger

Saturday, June 09, 2007

I ask myself why.

This week I didn't run due to several different reasons like weather, training at work, sheer laziness, blah, blah. So I knew I had to get my butt up out of bed and meet Trac and Wen for our normal Saturday run. Trac (w/Cosmo) and Wen (w/TBo and Wilson) ran 3 miles and I did 4.

There are many times in my life that I ask myself, why. This was one of them. I did finish the 4 miles and at the last .25 I saw Wen and Trac. They were walking back to meet up with me and got caught up in a mini-greyhound meet and greet. Trac looked at me and quickly excused herself to run me in the last .25 mile. I guess the look on my face was not very friendly or happy one. All I remember is this - people get the fuck out of my way because I want to get this over with. It wiped me out. Got to keep going. September is the 10k run and I want to be able to run 7 miles comfortably....ha, ha, ha, ha. Okay, run 7 miles without vomiting.
In the post about the Detox diet I mentioned I was going to make the Raw Pad Thai recipe in the book. I did try. And it was a disaster. The recipe called for using fresh coconut meat.

It started out okay. I took a tip from the Saprano's and wrapped the coconuts all snuggly in a blanket and whacked the crap out of them with a hammer. Worked great! They broke into pieces and the insides were brilliant white and looked so good that I decided to try a piece.

This is where things get ugly. What I tasted was NOTHING like what I thought it would taste like, such as sweet coconut meat. It was like eating a dirty sock that sat outside in the sun soaking in a puddle of piss. I almost tossed my cookies. It was foul. Now I am just shocked because I wasn't expecting it to be so nasty. Is this how raw coconut is supposed to taste like? Why does the unsweetened shredded coconut taste good? Is it because it is dried?

Now I know there is no way I am going to make this dish because the main ingredient was the raw coconut. Screw that. So I made my own bastardized version of a Asian coleslaw.

Holy shit. Maybe it was the vegan gods smiling down upon me, but this coleslaw turned out fantastic. It was spicy and sweet. The peanut sauce was to die for. I was so excited about it I took it to work for people to try and everyone loved it. If there was one recipe that I would want people to try it would be this one.

Asian Cabbage Coleslaw

Small head of red or purple cabbage - shredded
2-3 carrots finely chopped
2 med. zucchinis finely chopped
1 large jalapeno finely chopped
1 small bunch of cilantro finely chopped
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup chopped cashews

Toss all ingredient's and set aside.

Asian slaw sauce:

1 cup almond butter
2 Tbsp fresh ginger
4 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
3 Tbsp soy sauce
3 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp hot chili sesame oil
3 cloves garlic
1/2 cup water to thin

Put all ingredient's in food processor and blend. Use the water to thin.

Pour sauce over slaw and mix well.

Sorry no pictures :( I forgot because I was shoveling it in my face.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Asshole

I am an asshole. You want to know why? Because I totally forgot to put batteries in the camera when Trac and I headed over to Bazu and Daiku house for a party they were hosting!! We get there and the food looks fabulous. I was so excited to get pictures, but found there were no FUC*ING BATTERIES in the camera. DAMN IT! Thankfully Bazu took pictures and will be posting them soon :-)

We had a great time and of course, stuffed ourselves silly. Trac and I decided the next day would be a good day to start the Detox diet because there was so much food that we couldn't resist! Such as, vegan meatballs, sushi, jambalaya, garbanzo salad, fruit salad, Caribbean wraps, cupcakes galore (coconut, green tea and Mexican) and I know I leaving things out! We sat around, laughed and finally Trac and I rolled ourselves to the car to head home, BUT not without a shitload, and I mean a shitload of leftovers that Bazu and Daiku sent home with me. It took some serious maneuvering of items in the refrigerator to fit everything. They were so sweet to give back the containers stuffed with food. I will be the envy of the office this week with all my goodies!

Fun with the camera

Some random photos we took over the weekend with the new camera. I love this one of John! We were playing around with the black and white feature. Only a few of his brown brindle stripes came through to make it really artsy. SUPER close-up of a squirrel taking a drink.Black and white of 'Big Red'

Raw Food Detox

Trac and I picked up the book 'The Raw Food Detox Diet" by Natalia Rose at our local library. We are going to give it a whirl. Trac is going for it to try to lose weight and I am going for it for health reasons. Last March I had some major health issues and was diagnosed with two autoimmune disorders. Lovely. Switching to a full vegetarian (almost vegan...damn cheese) diet helped greatly, but I think it could be better.

Since my immune system is all fucked up I am thinking eating raw will help in many ways. Clean those cells, boost my immune system and help with fatigue. Granted I am still getting regulated with medication, but I think that will carry me only so far.

Natalia Rose take on the Raw diet is very interesting and seems to be doable for everyday folks like myself. I like that she tells you don't go all raw right away, but transition slowly into it. That the most important thing is not combining certain food groups and giving time for the body to digest those certain food groups before switching. She is also big on elimination. Her philosophy is don't back-up the highway. :-) I hear ya sister!

I don't think I will go to eating entirely a raw diet, but incorporate some of the ideas into my diet. It really isn't that far fetched when you think about it. Eat as much raw fruit and vegetables as you can, but make it fun. No one wants to just eat a head of broccoli or carrots all the time! The book has some tasty looking recipes. One I am going to make this week - raw Pai Thai! Fascinating.

Yesterday I decided to give this detox thing a whirl. I started out with eating a couple strawberries first thing in the morning before my run. It held me over nicely and I felt pretty good. One thing in the book she tells you is to NEVER mix fruit with anything else and should e eaten on an empty stomach. When I got home I had three slices of cantaloupe, three strawberries and a banana. Very filling. For lunch I had a Raw Corn Salad. It was perfect on a very HOT day! It had baby greens, raw corn, green pepper, cherry tomatoes, scallions, and baby bella mushrooms. Mmmmmmmmmmmm...........


**Edited: Can't believe I forgot to write about the dressing - olive oil, balasmic and pure maple syrup.