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Friday, August 12, 2016

Keepin Summer Simple

it's incredibly hot in here today...

                     made a cold pasta/pea/arugula dish with lemon juice, pepper, and capers

        and a more fall-inspired dish: lentils, steamed beets, kale with dill and tarragon vinegar

bought some Kashi crunch on a whim and am attempting to bulk it into a real meal. Here with blueberries and almonds, in almond milk

                                                   Italian tofurky sausage and broccoli

                                      Kashi crunch, almond milk, blueberries, chia seeds

                                       Gluten free raspberry cheesecake from Vegan Divas

                      frozen banana, almond milk, vanilla protein powder, coffee smoothie
                   iced coffee, Kashi crunch, frozen blueberries, chia seeds, banana slices.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Early August

Another summer weekend:

                  Here's Haxan chilling in the window of the vacated bedroom. I guess it's hers now.

                                                       Avocado toast makin a comeback

This is spaghetti since I didn't have soba or anything, with soy sauce, tahini, garlic, ginger, agave, red pepper flakes, and scallions. I didn't get any pictures of it after I added sauteed kale and mushrooms, but trust that that is indeed what I did, and then ate this 4/5 days that week.

There is an occupation at City Hall to fire the police commissioner (he has since stepped down, but only to take another job elsewhere) and bring more visibility to the Black Lives matter movement. There are workshops, rallies, etc. Jarrod and I stopped by the first day. I've gone back a few times since then and Jarrod has also spent time there, doing a workshop with his organizing group.

Nicholas Heyward speaking about his son, who was killed by cops when he was 13 in 1994.
It got kind of chilly the first night so we stepped away from the park for a while to get some food at Buddha Bodai, an all vegetarian Chinese restaurant. Jarrod, our friend Andy, and I split a few things:

                                                                Hot and Sour soup 

                                           "David's Special" - mainly veg seafood

                                                                   Kung Pao tofu

                      Peacefood chocolate chip cookie after lunches has again become standard

J and I made dinner before watching Stranger Things: brown rice, chickpeas, tofu, mushrooms, onion, kale, avocado. By the way, if you haven't watched it - and I am often skeptical of popular TV series - Stranger Things is awesome.

                                                             Jarrod making the popcorn

                                     J breakfast: iced coffee, oats with berries + almonds

Sunday was beautiful, so I biked to the Williamsburg waterfront:

drank a V8 there and that was that.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Skies and Edibles

The weather has been muggy as hell. Spotty rainstorms at least make for some nice skies.

                                                                  Sunset from the roof

Jarrod and I made ourselves a nice dinner after a long weekend: sauteed kale and mushroom, pierogies, tofu, avocado.

A quick prep for the week: potatoes, carrots, kale with garlic, ginger, turmeric and red pepper flakes. This tossed with a can of chickpeas was lunch for most of the week.

 Berry + Acai juice was lunch one day when it was too hot to want to eat even the meal I had prepared.

                                     Kale-Apple juice served as dinner that night too I believe

                                        another late afternoon sky shot, from the fire escape

The kale and chickpea dish ran out; I went to Blossom for a Chicken Casesar salad. I prefer my salad with it but mainly wanted as much green stuff as possible, plus enough protein. So this was fine. Creamy dressing, un-chicken, romaine, capers.

and dinner: avocado, tempeh bacon, arugula, onion, hot suace. quick and easy, that's how I like it these days.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Punks in the Sun

more eating out: too much. Groceries soon.

                              chicken caesar wrap from Blossom. Better than I thought it'd be.

                        Usually I'm all over the coconut La Croix but this apricot one was good too.
Jarrod and I and a few of our friends went to the beach the other day!! Would you believe I haven't been to the beach in near 15 years?

The day was super hot, the water was wonderful. We only lacked for snacks...
Later, though, a snap thunderstorm  rolled through! While our friends were out getting food, Jarrod and I were shielding our eyes from sand whipping up, and chasing down rogue book pages and towels. Jarrod also took one last run into the water before we were shepherded off the beach.

                                                                      wild, right?

hung out with my friend J after work one night this week. We walked around and talked for a while, and eventually ended up at Terri, where I had never been! He bought a tiny apple pie. It was pretty good, a little dry maybe. He also got a wrap and a sandwich, I tasted the sandwich, a fish filet, but didn't get a picture. The one bite I had was pretty good, though I think as he ate more of it, he enjoyed it less.

breakfast oat jar, minus the milk. oats, coconut flakes, chia seeds, almonds, frozen blueberries, strawberry jam. almond milk later.

  finally whipped something up: sauteed garlicky kale and mushrooms, over lentils, with hummus.
On Saturday, I took the day off for a Doctor Know (from Bad Brains) benefit show in Tompkins Square Park with a bunch of old school New York hardcore bands: Antidote, Breakdown, maximum Penalty, Cro-mags, and Token Entry!! Oh man it was so amazing.

                                                                      Jarrod's shirt

                                                 Antidote!! From fuckin' Queens, kid!!

I don't often drink but I made this excuse... getting in the pit, in the sun, owning the Lower East Side, and pretending it was the early 80s again. Plus this show was good decompression, as it has been a hell of a few days - there was some apartment bullshit with my roommate so I feel the pain of Vegan Peace, who was evicted and is only trying find a place to get her cats back. There is a GoFundme page for her here. Help if you can, or share the news. It's an unenviable spot to be in.
Back to oatmeal bowls the next morning, though...

   same as always - oats, coconut flakes, chia, jam, frozen blueberries, almonds. Iced coffee.

and a bike ride lead me to picking up this kale sushi as fortitude under the sun and in the sweat.
Hope you guys are well. Again, with the roommate gone, I'll be a little more comfortable in my own apartment so more homemade meals will be back soon.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Eating Out x3

Have NOT been great about making my own food lately. But let's start with one meal I prepared:

and a pretty good one. spaghetti, broccoli, mushrooms in a tahini-miso sauce with red pepper flakes, garlic, sesame oil, and ginger. only thing is, next time I'd saute the mushrooms first but this was quick.

 WF salad bar lunches have been typical this week. Soy nuggets, steamed kale, roasted squash, tomatoes, tahini sauce.

              saw Ghostbusters with a friend, drank this peach flavored seltzer on the way home.
Jarrod's parents visited for a day; we met them at Champs.

    For me, a French toast slam with scramble, tempeh bacon, hash browns, and veggie links.

                                              Jarrod got a country-fried seitan sandwich.
We went down to Brooklyn Bridge Park to catch a ferry out to Governor's Island, on which the Parks Department is re-building.

Really nice day all around, I think. It was nice to meet them and a beautiful day (if a little hot)
Jarrod and I were starved after walking around all day and headed to Toad Style for dinner afterwards.

                                                          he got the cheeseburger

I finally got the bahn mi that he usually gets and raves about. The filling is fried mushrooms! It's really good.
That's all for now. more summer outings to come.