tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6477767650904868275Wed, 04 Sep 2013 05:28:47 +0000lifele weekendNYCfoodblogospherefashionfriendstravelmoodmoifamilyworkbooksfoodieyogagoalsLolaHalf-Marathon Trainingshoppingmoviesveganhealthmusicvacaycreativitycity lifedesignLondon lifeapartment therapyHappy Mondaynew friendsFit for FallaustinlawrunningThings I'm Lovingall things Frenchgiveawaynyc wonderssvadhyayareligionschoolbirthdaydreamboardfun stuffholidaysjuice cleansemoneypicsvideoStiva Shopping ChallengeWeek in Reviewawardscity lovecookingdecorgirl crushgratitudeguest bloggerloveobsessionspoliticsrestaurantsDIYThe Next Chapterartist datecoffeeshopscollagepinkrantroomiesBollywoodPierreRZPSpringbargainbeautyboysdreamsecomaniacenvironmentetiquetteetsyfavesfilofaxhomesickjob huntlistslonelymorning ritualpetsquotessummervegan tomatoweddingweightwhat we can't controlhang on little tomatosay that you'll stay forever and a day...http://www.hangontomato.com/noreply@blogger.com (Carolyn)Blogger699125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6477767650904868275.post-2417810495307649244Fri, 13 Jul 2012 16:15:00 +00002012-07-13T11:17:38.595-05:00svadhyayaPermissionA friend recently recommended that I sign up <a href="http://thedailylove.com/you-dont-need-anyones-permission-to-live-your-dreams-except/">The Daily Love</a>, described as a "FREE daily e-multivitamin for your soul!" Some days have spoken to me more than others, but <a href="http://thedailylove.com/you-dont-need-anyones-permission-to-live-your-dreams-except/">today's</a> really struck a chord, so much so that I thought I'd share a blurb that is pretty much rocking my world right now. (FYI I changed "The Divine" to "God" because that's how it speaks to <em>moi. </em>Also fixed a major grammatical error - who's vs. whose = major pet peeve.) <em>Merci</em>, Mastin. I needed this.<br /><br /><span style="color: magenta; font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: large;">"So whose approval or permission do you think you need to live your dreams? Make a list. And then realize that the only person’s approval or permission you need is your own. Give yourself permission to live your calling, your purpose and your dream.&nbsp;God gave it to you so express in this lifetime. Giving yourself permission to be yourself is the best way to let&nbsp;God guide your life – because that’s why&nbsp;He created you."</span><br /><br />&nbsp;<a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/_qPNz7l2J-0qLmQ05rJBiw?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_OGMCrmoAkWA/Sjxn6MRFx5I/AAAAAAAACjk/sLjHvUZqvDw/s144/signature.jpg" /></a>http://www.hangontomato.com/2012/07/permission.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Carolyn)4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6477767650904868275.post-4562548483269934646Fri, 06 Jul 2012 12:44:00 +00002012-07-06T07:44:39.204-05:00foodfoodieNYCEat NYCOne of the <i>best </i>things about living in New York City is undeniably the <b><span style="font-size: large;">food</span></b>. The food here is so good. It's SO good. So unlike food I've had anywhere else. Seriously, the possibilities are endless, and the convenience is ridiculous. I honestly don't know how I'll ever live in a city where my quick and easy (and usually vegan!) lunch options are so limitless (Hale and Heart, Chop't, Pret, Organic Avenue - I'm looking at you).<br /><br />Not that's lunch. Let's move on to dinner where the true magic happens (well, and brunch, too, but that's a whole&nbsp;'nother post...). After a bit of hiatus, I'm re-embarked on my mission to taste as much good food as the city has to offer. In the last couple of months, I've been lucky to dine at:<br /><br /><ul><li><a href="http://eatalyny.com/eat/birreria" style="background-color: white;">Birreria</a><span style="background-color: white;"> (lovely spot, delicious beer, but I wasn't crazy about the eats - I mean, how many fried mushrooms can one gal eat?)&nbsp;</span></li><li><a href="http://enjb.com/" style="background-color: white;">En Brasserie </a><span style="background-color: white;">(very interesting and unique menu; cool space)</span></li><li><a href="http://www.lukeslobster.com/" style="background-color: white;">Luke's Lobster</a><span style="background-color: white;"> (best lobster rolls I've had yet and DEF. the best deal)</span></li><li><a href="http://cedricbistro.com/" style="background-color: white;">Cédric</a><span style="background-color: white;"> (fantastic French bistro - I can't wait to go back)</span></li><li><a href="http://www.peacefoodcafe.com/" style="background-color: white;">Peacefood Cafe</a><span style="background-color: white;"> (seriously I could eat their dumplings every. single. day. and the fact that they're vegan is just plain ridiculous and ahmazing)</span></li><li><a href="http://cafecluny.com/" style="background-color: white;">Café Cluny</a><span style="background-color: white;"> (adorable adorable adorable - I'm going back for brunch this weekend)</span></li><li><a href="http://www.theplaza.com/dining/the-plaza-food-hall/" style="background-color: white;">Todd English Food Hall at the Plaza (</a><span style="background-color: white;">my new favorite space)</span></li></ul>And coming up in the next few weeks?<br /><ul><li><a href="http://www.scottconant.com/restaurants/scarpetta/new-york">Scarpetta</a> (probably my favorite Italian restaurant in the city - I've been once with a dear amie who has since moved to DC and am going back tomorrow night <i>avec</i>&nbsp;<i>une autre</i>&nbsp;dear <i>amie</i>&nbsp;who's visiting from Austin)</li><li><a href="http://www.candle79.com/">Candle 79</a> (stellar, albeit pricey, vegan restaurant; going <i>avec</i><a href="http://everydayrevelry.blogspot.com/">&nbsp;Lauren</a> - yay!)</li><li><a href="http://salinasnyc.com/">Salinas</a>&nbsp;(I have high hopes, especially since this one's in the 'hood)</li></ul><span style="background-color: white;">And last, but certainly not least...&nbsp;</span><br /><div><ul><li><a href="http://www.gramercytavern.com/" style="background-color: white;">Gramercy Tavern&nbsp;</a><span style="background-color: white;">(a splurge for sure, but I've been dying to try it since moving to the city!)</span></li></ul><br />I'm also taking a pie-making class at <a href="http://havenskitchen.com/">Havens Kitchen</a> in a few weeks, which is beyond exciting because I've always wanted to learn how to make pie AND Havens Kitchen sounds like just my cup of tea (and is also in the 'hood).<br /><br />P.S. I realize this is an absurd amount of eating out that I'm doing, and no, it's not my norm (nor will it be because there's only so much 3x weekly visits to the gym can do to counteract the ridiculous, buttery rich foods at this restaurants, and that's <i>if</i>&nbsp;I actually make it to the gym 3x a week which... yeah.). I have no doubt in my mind all this indulgence will end by the end of August, and then it'll be back to cooking simple, easy meals like Trader Joe's cappellini and roasted brussels sprouts. (And hopefully by then it won't be 150 degrees in my apartment, and turning on the stove/oven won't be the worst idea ever. Because right now? It is.)<br /><br />&nbsp; <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/_qPNz7l2J-0qLmQ05rJBiw?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_OGMCrmoAkWA/Sjxn6MRFx5I/AAAAAAAACjk/sLjHvUZqvDw/s144/signature.jpg" /></a></div>http://www.hangontomato.com/2012/07/eat-nyc.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Carolyn)2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6477767650904868275.post-8322281009784453892Sat, 30 Jun 2012 15:00:00 +00002012-06-30T10:00:03.219-05:00all things Frenchcity lifefoodieNYCLife LatelyIt's no surprise that so many of my original blog friends bid farewell to blogging (at least for now). It's more or less what I've done as well despite many half-hearted attempts and promises. The reality is that life is full and gorgeous, and although there are aspects of blogging that I miss (like the friends and connections!), it's just not the right time for me right now. That being said, I'm going to write now because I feel so compelled, and perhaps I'll drop by time to time (or maybe I won't).<br /><br />Unlike my last summer in the city, this summer has been a blur. A chaotic, fun and somewhat exhausting mix of brunches, dinners, museum visits, long walks, old friends, new friends, a busy new job, jury duty (yes, I got picked!), oodles of reading, countless visits to Laduree, rooftop bar soirees and the like. Tonight was my first night off in awhile, and it was much needed and deserved. I came home and promptly fell asleep for an hour and a half. Since then I've been lazing about, enjoying having the apartment to myself, reading blogs, listening to <a href="http://officialbirdy.com/">Birdy's </a>album (obsessed) and doing laundry. And since I have a little time to breathe, I want to fill you in on my latest loves, passions and pursuits...<br /><br /><b><span style="color: magenta; font-size: large;">Paris, je t'aime</span></b><br />I've been a self-declared francophile for quite some time, but after reading Amy Thomas' <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Paris-My-Sweet-Chocolate-ebook/dp/B006LOQX3W/ref=tmm_kin_title_0">Paris, My Sweet</a>, my love for this city is reignited and has pretty much consumed me. Since <strike>reading</strike> inhaling her delightful memoir, I've been to <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/31/dining/laduree-brings-its-macarons-to-new-york-food-stuff.html">Laduree</a> at least four times and visited places like <a href="http://www.lamaisonduchocolat.com/en/">La Maison du Chocolat</a> (ridiculously expensive chocolate; heavenly and better-priced eclairs),&nbsp;<a href="http://www.levainbakery.com/">Levain Bakery</a> (insanely good chocolate chip walnut cookie) and <a href="http://www.ladym.com/">Lady M</a> (famous for their <a href="http://www.ladym.com/portfolio/lady-m-mille-crepe/">Mille Crepe</a> cake) for some sweet treats of my own. I've also dined at <a href="http://cafecluny.com/">Cafe Cluny</a> (absolutely adorable - the wait staff all wear striped Saint James tees, and the french fries and ice cream are to-die-for) and <a href="http://www.cedricbistro.com/">Cedric</a> (ah-mazing gem in Harlem - merci, <a href="http://www.stylebytiffani.com/">Tiffani</a>!) in the hopes of recreating a little Parisien bistro magique in the City That Never Sleeps.<br /><br />I've also been going through <a href="http://godiloveparis.blogspot.com/">Amy's blog archives</a>, and by doing so, discovered the British delight that is <a href="http://www.rachelkhoo.com/">Rachel Khoo</a>. I've no idea how I've never heard of her until now, but I am in love (and full on stalker-mode). I've watched all her episodes of <a href="http://www.rachelkhoo.com/tv">The Little Paris Kitchen</a>&nbsp;and can't wait until <a href="http://www.rachelkhoo.com/books/thelittlepariskitchenbook">her book</a> is published in the States.<br /><br />And I'm going to sign up for a French language course at <a href="http://www.fiaf.org/index.asp">alliance francaise</a> this Fall.<br /><br />AND I'm planning a trip to Paris and London for Spring 2013. :)<br /><br /><b><span style="color: #6aa84f; font-size: large;">Art</span></b><br />I've always enjoyed museums and have made the requisite trips to the Louvre while in Paris, the Galleria delgli Uffizi in Florence and the Tate Modern in London. But since moving to the city and particularly in the last six months, I've been having a bit of a love affair with museums. The Frick, the Met, the MoMA... j'adore them all. Last Friday I got out of jury duty early, so I hopped on the subway and headed uptown to spend some time with my favorite European artists at The Met. I spent hours wandering around the galleries, spending quality one-on-one time with Manet, Monet, Degas, Renoir, Mucha, Vuillard and of course, my favorite Bonnard.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-WRHcHRmyOBQ/T-576mIAmtI/AAAAAAAAEo4/P6FV5bk-GW8/s1600/Bonnard+Garden.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-WRHcHRmyOBQ/T-576mIAmtI/AAAAAAAAEo4/P6FV5bk-GW8/s400/Bonnard+Garden.jpeg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><br />Tomorrow I'm visiting the <a href="http://www.neuegalerie.org/">Neue Galerie </a>to see the Klimt exhibit and dine on some Viennese delights at the gorgeous <a href="http://www.neuegalerie.org/cafes/sabarsky">Cafe Sebarsky</a>. Still on the list? The Guggenheim, the Whitney, the numerous Chelsea galleries and a trip to the Bronx to see a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/04/monets-flower-garden-evok_n_1567493.html">recreation of Monet's Garden </a>at the NY Botanical Gardens.<br /><br />After reading <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/29/books/29book.html">Object of Beauty</a>&nbsp;<span style="background-color: white;">(a</span><span style="background-color: white;">&nbsp;</span><i>tres</i><span style="background-color: white;">&nbsp;interesting book on the art world in NYC&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white;">by Steve Martin (yes, that one), I've been more inspired than ever to take a course on art history. Regrettably I never took one in college and am hoping to find a continuing education course here in the city, one that actually works with my schedule.</span><br /><span style="background-color: white;"><br /></span><br /><span style="background-color: white;">- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="background-color: white;"><br /></span><br /><span style="background-color: white;">It's not all Monet and macarons though. In other news...</span><br /><span style="background-color: white;"><br /></span><br /><span style="background-color: white;">- I've also recently developed a rather unhealthy obsession with </span><a href="http://www.cwtv.com/shows/the-vampire-diaries" style="background-color: white;">The Vampire Diaries </a><span style="background-color: white;">and all things Stefan</span><a href="https://www.google.com/search?sugexp=chrome,mod%3D10&amp;q=paul+wesley&amp;um=1&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;hl=en&amp;tbm=isch&amp;source=og&amp;sa=N&amp;tab=wi&amp;ei=lnvuT8eIE8HW6wGjmOGDBg&amp;biw=1280&amp;bih=679&amp;sei=mHvuT_zqF-jZ6wH77KyHBg" style="background-color: white;">/Paul Wesley</a><span style="background-color: white;">. I mean, with a jaw like that, how can you not?</span><br /><span style="background-color: white;"><br /></span><br /><span style="background-color: white;">- My poor white craptastic macbook is on its last leg. I think a shiny new <a href="http://www.apple.com/macbook-pro/">macbook pro</a> is going to be my birthday present to moi this August.</span><br /><span style="background-color: white;"><br /></span><br /><span style="background-color: white;">- I have a new roommate, and I'm not a big fan. Our little friend (read: MOUSE) absolutely refuses to eat the delicious peanut butter in the fancy new traps I purchased and instead enjoys making random appearances in the kitchen and in the hallway (only, of course, when I'm looking) causing me to scream, shout, jump on the bed and generally act like a crazy person. Le sigh.</span><br /><span style="background-color: white;"><br /></span><br /><span style="background-color: white;">- I actually have another new roommate whom I adore who's subletting for the summer. She's a wicked smart Harvard and Oxford grad who is currently getting her MBA at Wharton, interning at Godiva. She's lived in London and Mexico City, is from the Bay Area and loves good food as much as I do. We have a date at the esteemed&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gramercytavern.com/">Gramercy Tavern</a> in July, and I cannot wait.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="background-color: white;">Gros bisous, mes amies. I hope life is good.</span><br /><span style="background-color: white;"><br /></span><br /><span style="background-color: white;"><br /></span><br />&nbsp; <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/_qPNz7l2J-0qLmQ05rJBiw?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_OGMCrmoAkWA/Sjxn6MRFx5I/AAAAAAAACjk/sLjHvUZqvDw/s144/signature.jpg" /></a>http://www.hangontomato.com/2012/06/life-lately.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Carolyn)3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6477767650904868275.post-6863212772508853978Fri, 02 Mar 2012 18:41:00 +00002012-03-02T12:43:09.801-06:00Week in ReviewWeek in Review & Weekend Wishlist<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vLRplJECbU4/T1EQeBlas-I/AAAAAAAAEoo/qmnLnRoysAU/s1600/photo%281%29.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vLRplJECbU4/T1EQeBlas-I/AAAAAAAAEoo/qmnLnRoysAU/s400/photo%281%29.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />This week has been challenging, to say the last, and I'm glad the weekend is here. I'm currently sitting at my sister's kitchen island in sunny California, sipping some Awake tea and playing with my planner. Mom and Sis will be back from the doctor's office soon, and I'm looking forward to a day of running errands, getting last-minute stuff for the baby shower (see sneak peek of decor above) and just relaxing. <br /><br /><u><b>Week in Review</b></u><br />- 2 gym dates (4 miles, 2 miles + strength training)<br />- goodbye dinner <i>avec</i> Rachel at <a href="http://redfarmnyc.com/">Red Farm</a> (AMAZING and totally worth the wait)<br />- weekly a cappella rehearsal followed by din at <a href="http://www.westvillenyc.com/">Westville</a><br />- minor emotional breakdown (more on this later) <br />- one very long Virgin America flight from JFK -&gt; SFO<br />- decision to take the month of April off from socializing<br /><br /><u><b>Weekend Wishlist</b></u><br />- have a lovely weekend in NoCal with Momma Park and Ma Soeur<br />- host kick ass baby shower for Ma Soeur <br />- get at least 8 hours of sleep every night<br />- re-read <a href="http://hiptranquilchick.com/"><i>Hip Tranquil Chick</i></a> (it's about that time)<br />- don't check my Blackberry <br /><br />&nbsp;<a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/_qPNz7l2J-0qLmQ05rJBiw?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_OGMCrmoAkWA/Sjxn6MRFx5I/AAAAAAAACjk/sLjHvUZqvDw/s144/signature.jpg" /></a>http://www.hangontomato.com/2012/03/week-in-review-weekend-wishlist.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Carolyn)8tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6477767650904868275.post-2542078706742259312Mon, 27 Feb 2012 14:00:00 +00002012-02-27T08:00:11.396-06:00le weekendWeek in ReviewAn NYC Weekend<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ib92uMeQvF0/T0r08PtP7gI/AAAAAAAAEog/8fI7MP9HVco/s1600/oprah+quote.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ib92uMeQvF0/T0r08PtP7gI/AAAAAAAAEog/8fI7MP9HVco/s400/oprah+quote.jpg" width="266" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: x-small;">[I've definitely been doing a lot of this lately, and it's made <i>such</i>&nbsp;a difference.]</span></div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Totes forgot to do my Week in Review post, but I had such a lovely, productive, NYC weekend that I will do a <i>weekend</i>&nbsp;in review and <i>work week</i>&nbsp;wishlist, if you don't mind. :)</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><b><u><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Weekend in Review</span></u></b><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">- fabulous brunch w/ friends, old and new, @ <a href="http://www.blueribbonrestaurants.com/rests_bakery_main.htm">Blue Ribbon Bakery</a> (It was my second time there, and I've decided I'm perfectly okay with not going back. The place itself is adorable, but the food is overpriced and mediocre.)</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">- baby shower for my NYC big sis on the Upper East Side</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">- The Met's member preview weekend for <a href="http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2012/steins-collect/">"The Steins Collect"</a> gallery</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">- a surprisingly lovely impromptu Italian dinner with my roomie post-Met (we may have split a bottle of wine... yes, it was <i>that</i>&nbsp;kind of week)</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">- viewing (my first) of <i><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0138097/">Shakespeare in Love</a></i></span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><i>- </i>a wonderful&nbsp;church service (minus the loud, annoying kids sitting behind us)</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">- a haircut and delectable brunch @<a href="http://roeblingtearoom.com/"> The Roebling Team Room </a>(My second time, adn I will <i>definitely</i>&nbsp;be returning.) in Willamsburg</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">- solo Oscars viewing party whilst working in my planner and munching on my newest fave - Trader Joe's roasted veggie frozen pizza</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><b><u>Work Week Wishlist</u></b></span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">- 3 runs</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">- goodbye dinner avec dear friend moving back to TX</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">- black tie optional party at which I will <i>not</i>&nbsp;be wearing a ballgown&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">- weekly a cappella rehearsal</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">- potential TV appearance</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">- comfy Virgin America flight to San Francisco</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">- host fun and fabulous baby shower for Ma Soeur</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">- spend quality time in NoCal w/ Ma Soeur and Momma Park</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">- easy breezy redeye flight back to NYC</span><br /><br /><br />&nbsp; <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/_qPNz7l2J-0qLmQ05rJBiw?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_OGMCrmoAkWA/Sjxn6MRFx5I/AAAAAAAACjk/sLjHvUZqvDw/s144/signature.jpg" /></a>http://www.hangontomato.com/2012/02/nyc-weekend.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Carolyn)1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6477767650904868275.post-3541619027648029495Wed, 22 Feb 2012 04:07:00 +00002012-02-21T22:07:00.111-06:00artist datebookscollagele weekendLe Weekend (in pictures)<div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I managed to squeeze in not one, but two nights of art journaling. Voila my Springspiration collage and fitness goals for the next 3 months:</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-nj0zze5unkM/T0MW95Z8w2I/AAAAAAAAEoA/fudyDcR7Tbk/s1600/art+journal+1.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-nj0zze5unkM/T0MW95Z8w2I/AAAAAAAAEoA/fudyDcR7Tbk/s400/art+journal+1.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5D0s8jI-SDQ/T0MXBb2SCkI/AAAAAAAAEoI/3Kn4o5iD5ak/s1600/art+journal+2.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="298" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5D0s8jI-SDQ/T0MXBb2SCkI/AAAAAAAAEoI/3Kn4o5iD5ak/s400/art+journal+2.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">My guy BFF and I are doing a book swap for February. He's reading a book of my choice, and I'm reading one of his. My choice for him is Eating Animals (<i>bien sur</i>), and his for moi is Anna Karenina. Admittedly I'm surprised at how much I love it and have found myself unable to put it down lately. Thank goodness for my new Kindle Touch - the hard copy is HUGE!</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-95sCWEXsv2I/T0MXYrb_NuI/AAAAAAAAEoQ/TWPc8anBjEA/s1600/anna+karenina.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-95sCWEXsv2I/T0MXYrb_NuI/AAAAAAAAEoQ/TWPc8anBjEA/s400/anna+karenina.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I've decided that fresh flowers are a new "must" for moi, particularly now that Spring is right around the corner. My room gets very little (read: ZERO) sunlight, so I need something to remind me of the beautiful outdoors. I picked up these babies at a corner bodega yesterday afternoon and felt very SATC-esque whilst doing so.</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-fRT7RNh-hVI/T0MX6PejObI/AAAAAAAAEoY/-YxWmF9V1jw/s1600/flowers.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-fRT7RNh-hVI/T0MX6PejObI/AAAAAAAAEoY/-YxWmF9V1jw/s400/flowers.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I hope your weekend felt long, luscious and full of creativity. <i>Gros bisous!</i></span></div><br /><br />&nbsp; <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/_qPNz7l2J-0qLmQ05rJBiw?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_OGMCrmoAkWA/Sjxn6MRFx5I/AAAAAAAACjk/sLjHvUZqvDw/s144/signature.jpg" /></a>http://www.hangontomato.com/2012/02/le-weekend-in-pictures.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Carolyn)3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6477767650904868275.post-1668148386514930462Sat, 18 Feb 2012 17:00:00 +00002012-02-18T11:01:28.478-06:00Week in ReviewWeek in Review & Weekend Wishlist (merci, KW!)<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lDfHfBFJ4kk/Tz_Y8tKaZ4I/AAAAAAAAEn0/IUUQYSFv6xI/s1600/Happy+Quote.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="350" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lDfHfBFJ4kk/Tz_Y8tKaZ4I/AAAAAAAAEn0/IUUQYSFv6xI/s400/Happy+Quote.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">J'adore when <a href="http://blog.kimberlywilson.com/2012/02/week-in-review_17.html">Kimberly</a> does her Week in Review and Weekend Wishlist. The practice of reviewing all I've done/accomplished during the week is satisfying and helps me see the bigger picture. And putting into words what I hope to accomplish over the weekend, particularly a long weekend like this one, helps me stay focused. And so, I begin my first WiR and WW post!. Merci, Kimberly, for the inspiration!</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><b><u><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Week in Review</span></u></b><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">- 3 runs (4, 3, and 2 miles respectively)</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">- 1 upper body strength training mini session (must get better about incorporating these)</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">- 1 a cappella rehearsal (we are holding auditions and <i>finally</i>&nbsp;decided on our group, after hours of deliberation)</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">- 1 <i>apres</i>-work drinks celebrating my promotion (adore my coworkers)</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">- 1 dinner date with bestie coworker Pallas and bestie roomie Annika @ <a href="http://www.serafinarestaurant.com/">Serafina</a> (surprisingly delicious - had a YUMMY strawberry basil martini)</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">- 1 lunch date @ L'Oreal&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">- 1 real date @ <a href="http://www.kumainn.com/">Kuma Inn</a>&nbsp;(Date went surprisingly well, but I don't think I'm interested. Still, it was good practice!)</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><b><u>*Weekend Wishlist*</u></b></span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">~ Saturday <a href="http://cookshopny.com/">Cookshop</a> brunch (it's my fave/easiest brunch place within walking distance), hopefully followed by a long walk around the city&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">~ 4.5 mile run on Sunday</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">~ Oodles of sleeping in and laziness</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">~ Art journaling artist date avec me, myself and I</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">~ Catch up on my personal email (it's appalling)</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">~ Send out a few snail mail notes</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">~ Make <a href="http://atlantishome.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/07/spicy-three-bean-chili.html">spicy three bean chili</a> &amp; vegan cornbread</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">~ eye doctor appointment</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">~ yoga! (preferably of the <a href="http://www.pranapoweryoga.com/">hot variety</a>)</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br />&nbsp; <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/_qPNz7l2J-0qLmQ05rJBiw?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_OGMCrmoAkWA/Sjxn6MRFx5I/AAAAAAAACjk/sLjHvUZqvDw/s144/signature.jpg" /></a>http://www.hangontomato.com/2012/02/week-in-review-weekend-wishlist-merci.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Carolyn)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6477767650904868275.post-1005575668669698019Tue, 14 Feb 2012 03:43:00 +00002012-02-13T21:43:30.071-06:00boysfashionfriendsnew friendsSpringLife Lately: Springspiration, Dating and Bonnes Amies<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I keep telling myself that I will blog more often. That I will, dare I say, blog </span><i style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">regularly</i><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">. That I will actually revamp my blog, find a focus, regain my readership, grow my readership, reconnect with my blog friends and jump back into the wonderful world that is the blogosphere. But then life gets in the way, and well, I find myself doing any and everything instead of blogging. #fail</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Alas, I am here many, <i>many</i>&nbsp;days later.&nbsp;I am here to give you a quick update on my little life that I am loving so dearly.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><b>Springspiration</b>: I am itching to buy spring clothes! So much so that I may have popped into the ginormous 4-story Forever 21 in Times Square last week in between social engagements, and one of the first things I found is the blouse below. How cute is that?? Love the bright orange pop of color. After spending less than $20 on it (less than $20!!), I wore it to work the next day and received a record number of compliments. Now all I want to do is shop for bright-colored sheer delights, among a number of other things. What's on your Spingspiration wishlist? Mine is forever growing, but I know it includes LOADS of pinks, corals, oranges, tangerines, aquas, emeralds, and yes, even some nudes. :)</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vbLLJRvf2B0/TznUU92qYjI/AAAAAAAAEnc/Qw9p4HXLPls/s1600/shirt.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vbLLJRvf2B0/TznUU92qYjI/AAAAAAAAEnc/Qw9p4HXLPls/s400/shirt.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><b>Dating</b>: Yes, so I signed up for Match.com. And I have a date this Friday. My first date in... well, in a <i>long</i>&nbsp;time. I'm not keen on dating (and have this thing against straight, unmarried men - I know, it's bizarre), but I think I'm <i>finally</i>&nbsp;ready and willing to open myself up to it. Any dating tips?</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><b>Bonnes Amies</b>: Since the start of the year, my social calendar has been jam packed. And since reading <a href="http://www.hangontomato.com/2012/02/book-review-mwf-seeking-bff.html">this book</a>, I swear, I'm making new friends left and right. I even picked up the sales clerk at the Calypso in Soho last weekend (she just moved here from Austin and is this adorable artsy type; note to self: text her)! Most recently I got together with my dear amie Lesley who I met years and years ago at <a href="http://kimberlywilson.com/">Kimberly</a>'s yoga and creativity retreat in upstate New York. We went to a pre-fashion week Nivea event where we ate blue cotton candy, hung out with Rebecca Romin and Jerry O'Connell and picked up many a tube of free lip gloss.</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8sHkUgnr5x8/TznWrEH6oVI/AAAAAAAAEnk/zgjYmvp04po/s1600/cotton+candy.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8sHkUgnr5x8/TznWrEH6oVI/AAAAAAAAEnk/zgjYmvp04po/s400/cotton+candy.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I miss y'all. A lot. Gros bisous.</span><br /><br /><br />&nbsp; <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/_qPNz7l2J-0qLmQ05rJBiw?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_OGMCrmoAkWA/Sjxn6MRFx5I/AAAAAAAACjk/sLjHvUZqvDw/s144/signature.jpg" /></a>http://www.hangontomato.com/2012/02/life-lately-springspiration-dating-and.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Carolyn)2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6477767650904868275.post-7038307798041959280Sun, 05 Feb 2012 19:56:00 +00002012-02-05T13:56:42.060-06:00booksfriendsgratitudenew friendsBook Review: MWF Seeking BFF<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://mwfseekingbff.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/mwfseekingbffcover.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://mwfseekingbff.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/mwfseekingbffcover.jpg" width="258" /></a></div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I'm writing this book review, and I'm not even done with the book - <i>that's</i>&nbsp;how much I dig it. <a href="http://mwfseekingbff.com/">MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a New BFF</a> is nonfiction gold for 20-/30-something women who love having girlfriends. Don't believe me? Read below.</span><br /><br />"<span style="background-color: white; font-family: verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: x-small;">When Rachel Bertsche first moves to Chicago, she’s thrilled to finally share a zip code, let alone an apartment, with her boyfriend. But shortly after getting married, Bertsche realizes that her new life is missing one thing: friends. Sure, she has plenty of BFFs—in New York and San Francisco and Boston and Washington, D.C. Still, in her adopted hometown, there’s no one to call at the last minute for girl talk over brunch or a reality-TV marathon over a bottle of wine. Taking matters into her own hands, Bertsche develops a plan: She’ll go on fifty-two friend-dates, one per week for a year, in hopes of meeting her new Best Friend Forever.</span><br /><br style="background-color: white; font-family: verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;" /><span style="background-color: white; font-family: verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: x-small;">In her thought-provoking, uproarious memoir, Bertsche blends the story of her girl-dates (whom she meets everywhere from improv class to friend rental websites) with the latest social research to examine how difficult—and hilariously awkward—it is to make new friends as an adult. In a time when women will happily announce they need a man but are embarrassed to admit they need a BFF, Bertsche uncovers the reality that no matter how great your love life is, you’ve gotta have friends."</span><div><span style="font-family: verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: x-small;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I bought this book on my kindle (my first actual kindle purchase!!) last week before I hopped on a plane to New Orleans for my law school bestie's, Pony's, wedding. After reading about it in several magazines, I knew I had to get my hands on it. After all, I know <i>exactly</i>&nbsp;how Rachel feels/felt. After law school, I found myself in an ah-mazing city (Austin - duh) lacking in the true friendship department. I had my other law school girl bestie, Jenny, and I had a couple of other friends I'd see semi-regularly. But the rest of the time, I found myself canceling plans with so-so friends with whom I felt little to no real connection. Quite frankly, I would have rather stayed home with Lola. So that's what I did.</span></div><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Fast forward one year and a half, and I was not happy. I found myself constantly finding reasons to leave Austin, whether for the weekend or just the day, and sooner or later I found myself craving a different life altogether. <a href="http://www.hangontomato.com/2010/06/bonjour-new-york.html">Hello, NYC</a>!&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Now my life is a series of social commitments, and I can hardly keep up. Reading this book, I find myself paying a <i>lot</i>&nbsp;more attention to my social calendar. Take yesterday, for example:</span></div><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">11:30 a.m. - Coffee shop catch-up&nbsp;<i>avec</i>&nbsp;my boys (Will and David) @ Grounded</span></div><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">2:00 p.m. - Brunch <i>avec</i>&nbsp;old boss/dear friend Megan @ Five Points</span></div><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">6:00 p.m. - Art journaling play date <i>avec</i>&nbsp;new friend/fellow art journaling enthusiast <a href="http://www.stylebytiffani.com/">Tiffani</a> @ her incredibly decorated apartment (more on this later - I am INSPIRED, y'all!) Psst - I was introduced to Tiffani via <a href="http://www.citylifeeats.com/">Valerie</a>, another blog-y friend. Merci, Val!</span></div><div><span style="font-family: verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: x-small;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">In between was catching up with my roomie, another unexpected dear <i>amie</i> Annika. By the end of the day (around 12:30 a.m.), I realized I had been talking for about 12 hours straight. Phew! I was exhausted, but also feeling quite accomplished. All my conversations had been by choice, AND, more importantly, deeply satisfying on many levels. Throughout the course of the day, I had discussed, in no particular order: politics, interior design, goal-setting, boys, boys and more boys, hair color, fashion, self-confidence and affirmations, food... the list goes on and on. I wanted to whip out my iPhone and text Rachel about my successful day (that is, until I realized, we're not BFF's in real life - such a shame).</span></div><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">That is yet another reason I enjoy this book - because Rachel is totally and completely the kind of BFF I would want, so I can relate to her wants/needs/desires when it comes to bestfriendship.&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I <i>highly</i>&nbsp;recommend this book. It's funny, it's endearing, but it's also wicked smart and insightful. What more can you ask for from a BFF?</span></div><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">P.S. Also? I'm feeling so ridiculously, stupidly, blissfully grateful for the friendships in my life. How did I get so lucky? Note to self: Be a better friend in 2012.</span></div><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span>&nbsp; <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/_qPNz7l2J-0qLmQ05rJBiw?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_OGMCrmoAkWA/Sjxn6MRFx5I/AAAAAAAACjk/sLjHvUZqvDw/s144/signature.jpg" /></a><br /><br /></div>http://www.hangontomato.com/2012/02/book-review-mwf-seeking-bff.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Carolyn)2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6477767650904868275.post-6864389095588050047Tue, 24 Jan 2012 01:03:00 +00002012-01-23T19:03:35.254-06:00juice cleanseDay 3: Two and a Half is Better Than NoneBased on the title alone, I'm sure you can see where this post is headed. <i>Oui</i>, I broke the fast before the 72-hour mark. <i>Et non</i>, I don't regret it at all! To be honest, I'm impressed that I lasted this long. Could I have made it until tomorrow morning? Probably. But my night would've been miserable, and well, I get it. I get what a cleanse is supposed to do, so I really don't care that much about finishing this last half day. :)<br /><br /><b>Day 3 Recap</b>:<br /><br /><u>Difficulty</u>: 9 - It wasn't as hard as yesterday because I was at work and was therefore preoccupied at times. That being said, when I smelled my coworkers' lunches, I almost fainted with desire (yes, I was a bit melodramatic at work). Then when I went up to the cafeteria to get some hot water and lemon, and saw these yummy cheesy pizza bites that the cafeteria sometimes makes (and that I used to get), I swear I stood in front of them for about 5 minutes debating with myself as to whether it would be the worst thing in the world to grab a few and eat them in the bathroom. (For the record, I didn't do it.) What also made the day easier to get through was the knowledge that I would allow myself to eat in the evening.<br /><br /><u>Physical</u>: After sleeping all day yesterday, it's no surprise that I had tremendous difficulty falling asleep last night. That being said, when my alarm went off this morning, I wasn't tired. I had a good amount of energy and felt it all day. My coworker commented immediately on how "great" I looked, and how my skin was glowing. I honestly don't think I looked that different at all, except that I was minus a lot of water weight.<br /><br /><u>Emotional</u>: Mmmm... I basically b*tched all day about how hungry I am. So yes, I was a treat.<br /><br /><u>Pounds Lost</u>: Down another 1.5 for a total of 5.5 pounds. Not bad for just 2 days! I'm curious to see what my weight will be tomorrow morning now that I've reintroduced solid food to my diet. I will say that when I got dressed this morning, I put on a skirt that's normally a bit tight on me, and it was very loose. Now <i>that</i>, I will miss.<br /><br />I'll tell you what I won't miss though... those damn juices!! I now officially hate the Blueprint green juice - it's way too freaking sweet. And the pineapple, apple, mint one is delicious but also very sweet. I do, however, love the spicy lemonade and the cashew milk. Mmmm.<br /><br />So, are you dying to know? What did I eat? How did I break this infamous fast? Not with a piece of fruit or lightly steamed veggies, as suggested. Nope, I knew exactly what I wanted...<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1zljiUuaPz0/Tx39CPekRPI/AAAAAAAAEhY/JxUitb0jPz4/s1600/avocado+toast.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1zljiUuaPz0/Tx39CPekRPI/AAAAAAAAEhY/JxUitb0jPz4/s400/avocado+toast.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />Creamy avocado on Ezekiel sprouted bread. Delish. I hope my tummy doesn't hate me for it. So far, so good!<br /><br />Now for the real questions re: the cleanse:<br /><br /><b>1. Was it worth it?&nbsp;</b><br /><b><br /></b><br />Monetarily? No. I'm actually pretty pissed that I have 3 of those darn green juices left in my fridge. I would never buy Blueprint's green juice again - it's so not even close to the best I've had. Also, one of the things that drove me the most crazy about this cleanse was the lack of variety. I think if I were to do another cleanse, I'd do it when I had my own juicer and could therefore pick and choose my own combos. Or I'd try <a href="http://coolercleanse.com/">Cooler Cleanse</a>, which has more variety (watermelon + lime and coconut? yum!).<br /><br />For the experience? Absolutely. I wanted to do a juice cleanse, and I did it. And I understand the benefits - de-bloating, quick weight loss (albeit water weight loss), a chance to give your body a break. These are all really good things. That being said...<br /><b><br /></b><br /><b>2. Would you do it again?</b><br /><b><br /></b><br />I don't think I would not do <strike>3</strike>&nbsp;2.5 days again. This girl is just not meant to go that long without solid food. I would, however, consider a 24-hour one, or even a juice-til-dinner type situation. That way, you still get a lot of the benefits of a cleanse, but <i>sans</i>&nbsp;the absolute agony of knowing you don't get to eat for a really, really long time.<br /><br /><b>3. Would you recommend it</b>?<br /><br />Eh, this is tricky. Here's what I would recommend: if you want to reset and give it a try, go for it. But try a 1-day cleanse first just to see what you're getting yourself into. And then maybe splurge and go for &nbsp;a 3- or 5- or 10- day one (who can do 10 days?!?!!), if you think you can handle it. I personally could not (and don't really want to).<br /><br /><b>4. What have you LEARNED from this 2.5 days of misery?</b><br /><b><br /></b><br />I've learned that I love how my body feels when it's 5.5 lbs lighter. I've learned that I absolutely cannot go without solid food for more than 24 hours without wanting to kill someone. I've learned that when you're truly hungry, you don't crave pizza or burgers or beer, you crave things like brussels sprouts and lentils and kale soup. I've learned that I'd rather eat really healthy and in moderation for 4 weeks than go more than 4 hours without food. I've learned that you can lose an astonishing amount of weight when you just drink juice. I've learned that your mouth really does fill with saliva when you see delicious food in the Food Network that you absolutely cannot eat. <br /><br />&nbsp; <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/_qPNz7l2J-0qLmQ05rJBiw?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_OGMCrmoAkWA/Sjxn6MRFx5I/AAAAAAAACjk/sLjHvUZqvDw/s144/signature.jpg" /></a>http://www.hangontomato.com/2012/01/day-3-two-and-half-is-better-than-none.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Carolyn)3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6477767650904868275.post-3297400764975506378Mon, 23 Jan 2012 01:30:00 +00002012-01-22T19:30:33.793-06:00juice cleanseJuice Cleanse: Day 2 - Why Am I Doing This?<b>Day 1 Recap:</b><br /><b><br /></b><br /><u>Difficulty</u>: 8<br /><br /><u>Physical</u>: Great, minus hunger pangs.<br /><br /><u>Emotional</u>: Not so great. Being hungry makes me uber cranky. In retrospect, I don't think I was hungry so much as I missed the ritual, excitement, comfort, etc. of eating.<br /><br /><u>Pounds Lost</u>: 4 (Wow - a lot more than I anticipated after just one day.)<br /><br /><br />Moving on to Day 2 - yes, it's been harder than Day 1. Today is the first day I've seriously considered giving up on this stupid cleanse. I've spent nearly the entire day in bed, either sleeping or complaining. I was supposed to go to the gym and run today, but there was no way that was happening. Running makes me extremely hungry, and I knew, I <i>knew</i>, I'd break down and eat something on my way back home.<br /><br />It's only 8:24 p.m., but I'm already drinking my cashew milk because I intend to go to sleep after finishing this post. I have to be up really early for an eye doctor appointment anyway, and I just don't have the energy to do anything else besides lay in bed and sleep. This cashew milk is the only thing that keeps me going, to be honest. It's so thick and delicious, and last night I found myself attempting to get every last drop out of the bottle. A new low, for sure.<br /><br />Also? I skipped Juice 5 (green) again today. Honestly, the idea of drinking yet another one of those makes me want to vom.<br /><br />I have nothing else to say except that I'm glad tomorrow is Day 3, and I'm glad I have work to keep me busy for most of the day. I also have to say that I am seriously considering breaking this cleanse tomorrow before dinner. Would that be awful?<br /><br />How the HELL do people do this for any longer?!?!?!!<br /><br /><b><br /></b><br /><b>Day 2 Recap:</b><br /><b><br /></b><br /><u>Difficulty</u>: 10<br /><br /><u>Physical</u>: Low energy, but no other detox symptoms evident.<br /><br /><u>Emotional</u>: Miserable. Angry. Annoyed at myself for doing this.<br /><br /><u>Pounds Lost</u>: Will report tomorrow...<br /><br /><br />&nbsp; <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/_qPNz7l2J-0qLmQ05rJBiw?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_OGMCrmoAkWA/Sjxn6MRFx5I/AAAAAAAACjk/sLjHvUZqvDw/s144/signature.jpg" /></a>http://www.hangontomato.com/2012/01/juice-cleanse-day-2-why-am-i-doing-this.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Carolyn)2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6477767650904868275.post-571665525281603741Sun, 22 Jan 2012 03:16:00 +00002012-01-22T19:31:08.483-06:00juice cleanseJuice Cleanse: Day 1 (Almost) Over<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bKUX7JtpMys/Txt5_EWvw9I/AAAAAAAAEhI/k5vR3bnPjkc/s1600/lunch.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bKUX7JtpMys/Txt5_EWvw9I/AAAAAAAAEhI/k5vR3bnPjkc/s400/lunch.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><br />This. Sucks. No, really, it sucks. Need evidence? The photo above depicts my lunch today and my roomie's lunch today. Hers? A portobello panini. Mine? Juice.<br /><br />As if I needed any confirmation (and I really didn't), being hungry does not suit me. I get really cranky and at times, borderline tearful. I just want some freaking food! Sigh. I guess I should start at the beginning. I planned to start my juicing at 10 a.m. so that I could one every two hours (10, 12, 2, 4, 6, 8). But a very late bedtime meant that I didn't get rockin and rollin until around 11 a.m. this morning. And when I woke up, my mind and body instinctively thought: "BAGEL." Because that is, after all, what Saturday mornings used to be. Bagels or brunch or, at the very least, avocado toast (mmmm avocados). But this morning? Just juice.<br /><br /><b>Mistake #1</b>: Starting a juice cleanse on the weekend. Unfortunately, I had to because I have a work lunch on Tuesday at which I absolutely cannot be drinking juice.<br /><br />Moving on. I had Juices 1 and 2 before leaving the house. Blueprint's green juice is very easy to drink, but I agree with many others who say it's a bit too sweet. Like sickly sweet. I don't normally find this to be the case with green juices so they must add a lot of apple juice. Juice 2 was the gold juice - pineapple, apple and mint. It was very sweet, but very refreshing. Delish.<br /><br />Today my roomie, Annika, and I made plans to have an NYC day of fun. First stop was the Museum of Modern Art - one of my favorite museums of all time. My firm has a corporate membership so Annika and I got in for free. Holla! I brought along Juice #3 (green) knowing that we'd be out for awhile. The weather today was snowy and frigid - PERFECT weather for a juice cleanse. ...<br /><br /><b>Mistake #2:</b>&nbsp;Starting a juice cleanse on the coldest, snowiest day of the year. I swear if it were summer, this whole thing would be a whole lot easier.<br /><br />After viewing several galleries, our hunger led us to the Cafe on floor 2. My sense of smell was on fire - I wanted to eat everything. But instead, I busted out my green juice while Annika ate the most delicious looking and smelling portobello panini. See photo above.<br /><br />We spent the rest of the day shopping along Fifth and Madison during which I didn't feel hungry, exactly, just a bit empty. We ended our extravaganza at Starbucks where I ordered a green tea. The hot liquid definitely helped, but was it the same as a soy misto? Absolutely not.<br /><br />By the time we got home, I was full on cranky. And full on hungry. Time for Juice 4 - spicy lemonade. This was surprisingly delicious! Perfect balance of tart and sweet, and the cayenne is barely noticeable. LOVED it.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-CHK_1R2_eHI/Txt826dFTWI/AAAAAAAAEhQ/5jy7IN5_cR4/s1600/lemonade.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-CHK_1R2_eHI/Txt826dFTWI/AAAAAAAAEhQ/5jy7IN5_cR4/s400/lemonade.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />But as much as I loved it, I still wanted food. I honestly can't tell if I'm hungry or if I just don't know how to handle not having solid food in my tummy. I'm super pissy. I pitched a massive fit while sitting in my roomie's bed (we watched <a href="http://fwb-movie.com/site/">Friends With Benefits</a> - highly recommend). I just. want. some. FOOD.<br /><br />I haven't had Juice 5 (another green) yet, and I don't think I will. It's already 10 p.m., and I think I just want my cashew milk and my bed. Honestly, I can't bear the thought of drinking another juice juice anyway. Le sigh. I really hope tomorrow's easier.<br /><br /><b>Day 1 Recap:</b><br /><b><br /></b><br /><u>Difficulty (1 being easiest, 10 being hardest)</u>: 8 - As tough as it's been, I haven't really been tempted to break the cleanse and eat something.<br /><br /><u>Physical</u>: I feel great. Just fine, really, minus the really-pissing-me-off pangs of hunger. No caffeine withdrawal. No low energy. I feel fine.<br /><br /><u>Emotional</u>: To be honest, I felt pretty good for most of the day until we were sitting at Starbucks, and I thought about going home and curling up in bed with a good movie. Because along with PJs and a good movie, I also wanted some Thai takeout. By the time the movie was over, I got REAL cranky, and my mind started saying all kinds of nasty things about myself and my body to myself. No bueno, my friends. I'm feeling a little better now. Am going to get my cashew milk and watch <a href="http://www.getvegucated.com/">Vegucated</a>.<br /><br />&nbsp; <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/_qPNz7l2J-0qLmQ05rJBiw?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_OGMCrmoAkWA/Sjxn6MRFx5I/AAAAAAAACjk/sLjHvUZqvDw/s144/signature.jpg" /></a>http://www.hangontomato.com/2012/01/day-1-almost-over.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Carolyn)2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6477767650904868275.post-3208575245550891149Sat, 21 Jan 2012 03:45:00 +00002012-01-21T21:17:05.619-06:00healthjuice cleanseveganJuicy - My Attempt at a 3-Day Juice CleanseMy diet over the last month has been... less than ideal. Needless to say, the number on the scale is not what I hoped it'd be by this time, and I'm feeling a big slow, sluggish and bloated (and don't even get me started on my conscious). Who's to blame? Well, I am, of course! An endless number of holiday parties, plus my sister's visit to NYC for her birthday (hello, Babbo!), and a nasty week-long cold that left me unable to go to the gym and unwilling to cook my own food, have reminded me of a fact I absolutely know to be true - when you eat crap, you want crap. And it's really tough to break the cycle.<br /><br />Fast forward to now: I'm in a wedding next weekend for which I hoped to be about 5 lbs lighter. Also? I have lost that lovely vegan glow, both inside and out, and miss it desperately. Now, I have no illusions that I'll be able to follow a perfect vegan diet while I'm in New Orleans (for, by the way, what is guaranteed to be the wedding of the century). But nonetheless, in an effort to revive my pasty, lumpy bod, I've decided to embark on a 3-day juice cleanse a la <a href="http://blueprintcleanse.com/">Blueprint</a>, an NYC favorite.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-vpmHLw_Fk9I/TxoyDK16UoI/AAAAAAAAEhA/ouIokcuEU5Q/s1600/foundation-cleanse-bottles.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="202" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-vpmHLw_Fk9I/TxoyDK16UoI/AAAAAAAAEhA/ouIokcuEU5Q/s400/foundation-cleanse-bottles.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />I've never done a juice cleanse. Heck, I've never even fasted (I once attempted a 24-hour fast and gave up about 3 hours in). But I've heard wonderful things about them (and I've also heard not-so-wonderful things about them), and I'm willing and ready to give it a shot.<br /><br />Blueprint offers three levels of cleanses: Renovation, Foundation and Excavation. I chose the <a href="http://blueprintcleanse.com/cleanse.html">Foundation</a> level since I wanted a little more variety than the Excavation, but I also wanted at least half my day to be green juice goodness. Here's what my daily menu looks like:<br /><br />1 - Green juice (a mix of greens + apple + lemon)<br />2 - Gold juice (pineapple + mint)<br />3 - Green juice (repeat)<br />4 - Yellow juice (a spicy lemonade)<br />5 - Green juice (one more time!)<br />6 - White juice (cashew milk + vanilla + cinnamon)<br /><br />Basically I'm just supposed to drink a juice, in the order shown above, every 2 hours. The last juice is actually a milk, a heavenly thick and delicious cashew milk that tastes like a really healthy and good-for-you milkshake. I'm really excited about ending my day with one of those babies.<br /><br />I've read several reviews, and everyone says the same thing. Day 1 is kinda cool. Day 2 blows. You're never hungry, but you desperately miss chewing. And by Day 3, you will be thinner, glowier and have a sugar ton of energy. Now, I know me, and I know what I'll miss is the savory. These juices are all sweet, and I have always preferred savory over sweet. The smell of baking bread, a sizzling hot pizza, a steaming bowl of chili... those smells will be tough to ignore. Also? It's supposed to snow tomorrow. Who wants to drink nothing but juice on a cold, snowy day?? Le sigh. The things I do...<br /><br />Anyway, I plan to blog about the cleanse because well, I'm sure I'll have a lot to say (or scream). Feel free to juice cleanse with me! ;)<br /><br />&nbsp; <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/_qPNz7l2J-0qLmQ05rJBiw?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_OGMCrmoAkWA/Sjxn6MRFx5I/AAAAAAAACjk/sLjHvUZqvDw/s144/signature.jpg" /></a>http://www.hangontomato.com/2012/01/juicy-my-attempt-at-3-day-juice-cleanse.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Carolyn)1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6477767650904868275.post-381804946567506197Sun, 11 Dec 2011 17:28:00 +00002011-12-11T12:16:39.563-06:00holidaysnyc wondersTis the Season<div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-UKgNdqMw4kM/TuTy8WrD_yI/AAAAAAAAEfc/FsIQVabMp7c/s1600/tumblr_lw1smuUfBp1qdtfb1o1_500_large.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="425" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-UKgNdqMw4kM/TuTy8WrD_yI/AAAAAAAAEfc/FsIQVabMp7c/s640/tumblr_lw1smuUfBp1qdtfb1o1_500_large.jpg" width="640" /></a> </div><div style="text-align: center;"><i><span style="font-size: xx-small;">{photo from <a href="http://weheartit.com/entry/19184155">weheartit</a>} </span></i></div><br />I hit a wall Friday night. A day that began with a glass (or two or three) or champagne at 1:30 in the afternoon (party #1) and ended with a late night karaoke shindig (party #3), Friday showed me that I'm not cut out for all that drinking and partying, no matter what the occasion. I came home that night tired, sad and quite pissy to be perfectly honest. I had to slow down. So Saturday night? All mine.<br /><br />After a financing planning session (more on this later) <i>avec</i> my NYC big sis, I picked up some Indian food and a vegan whoopie pie&nbsp; <i>a la</i> the Vegan Goddess at <a href="http://cafeindigo.com/">Cafe Indigo</a> at the Whole Foods in Columbus Circle and went home to enjoy a night of solitude.&nbsp; I can't tell you how happy I was to crawl into bed at midnight.&nbsp; Although I didn't fall asleep for a couple of hours, I woke up something like 9 hours later and felt completely and totally rested and ready to tackle the day and week ahead.<br /><br />Opening my filofax, I see my week ahead is a big one.&nbsp;<br /><ul><li><i>Monday</i> - Holiday party #1</li><li><i>Tuesday </i>- Holiday party #2 (at Buddakan!!)</li><li><i>Wednesday</i> - Traditional <a href="http://unionsquarenyc.org/park/seasonal/295">Union Square Holiday Market</a> and <a href="http://winedupnyc.com/">Wined Up</a> date avec fave roomie</li><li><i>Thursday</i> - first a cappella group rehearsal (more on that later)</li><li><i>Friday</i> - ALL MINE!</li><li><i>Saturday</i> - <a href="http://www.4coursevegan.com/menu.htm">4 Course Vegan </a>dinner (so excited!!)</li></ul>As for tonight, I'm going ice skating at Bryant Park to be followed by dinner and a walk up Fifth Avenue to see the tree at Rockefeller, the lights at Saks, and the gorgeous windows at Bergdorf's.&nbsp; I heart NYC Christmas (but I don't heart the inevitable masses of tourists - ugh).<br /> <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-UKgNdqMw4kM/TuTy8WrD_yI/AAAAAAAAEfc/FsIQVabMp7c/s1600/tumblr_lw1smuUfBp1qdtfb1o1_500_large.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><br /></a></div>Happy Holidays, y'all!<br /><br /> <br /><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/_qPNz7l2J-0qLmQ05rJBiw?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_OGMCrmoAkWA/Sjxn6MRFx5I/AAAAAAAACjk/sLjHvUZqvDw/s144/signature.jpg" /></a>http://www.hangontomato.com/2011/12/tis-season.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Carolyn)1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6477767650904868275.post-518969464493873936Thu, 01 Dec 2011 02:40:00 +00002011-11-30T20:48:01.099-06:00fashionfoodveganLife Lately (In Pictures)<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PVbJOPcNYQk/TtbpXEx2KZI/AAAAAAAAEe0/nlrYFHzxoi0/s1600/tgiving.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PVbJOPcNYQk/TtbpXEx2KZI/AAAAAAAAEe0/nlrYFHzxoi0/s400/tgiving.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;">*homemade cranberry sauce*sweet potato casserole a la <a href="http://ohsheglows.com/2009/11/24/this-aint-grandmas-sweet-potato-casserole/">Oh She Glows</a>*</div><div style="text-align: center;">*wild mushroom stuffing*roasted brussels sprouts*</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2xZ855HTsZo/TtbqIKlgLyI/AAAAAAAAEe8/NGqLTu6rdO0/s1600/avocado+toast.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2xZ855HTsZo/TtbqIKlgLyI/AAAAAAAAEe8/NGqLTu6rdO0/s400/avocado+toast.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;*my go-to breakfast in Cali*</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--np8SkOl_ec/TtbqVvoAYEI/AAAAAAAAEfE/CVgoQDW3lug/s1600/salad.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--np8SkOl_ec/TtbqVvoAYEI/AAAAAAAAEfE/CVgoQDW3lug/s400/salad.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;">*admittedly, I did have some fries, but they were <i>tres</i> mediocre*</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-K9MAiPauRvo/Ttbqhs184-I/AAAAAAAAEfM/-xkCCIJgD50/s1600/toms.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-K9MAiPauRvo/Ttbqhs184-I/AAAAAAAAEfM/-xkCCIJgD50/s400/toms.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;">*<i>merci</i>, Nordstrom in San Jose*</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Gba4K3gAOu0/TtbqnmR3RXI/AAAAAAAAEfU/QdQ5fVAEKVo/s1600/zooey.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Gba4K3gAOu0/TtbqnmR3RXI/AAAAAAAAEfU/QdQ5fVAEKVo/s400/zooey.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;">*taking this pic to my hair appt on Sunday*</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><br /><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/_qPNz7l2J-0qLmQ05rJBiw?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_OGMCrmoAkWA/Sjxn6MRFx5I/AAAAAAAACjk/sLjHvUZqvDw/s144/signature.jpg" /></a>http://www.hangontomato.com/2011/11/life-lately-in-pictures.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Carolyn)3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6477767650904868275.post-6854990344284317624Fri, 18 Nov 2011 14:00:00 +00002011-11-18T08:00:09.773-06:00vegan tomatoVegan Tomato is Back!<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-9bgbY5_Zuuk/TsXyndMJ6XI/AAAAAAAAEes/EEbSTuMqmQk/s1600/vegan+tomato.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="61" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-9bgbY5_Zuuk/TsXyndMJ6XI/AAAAAAAAEes/EEbSTuMqmQk/s400/vegan+tomato.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />Bonjour, friends! TGIF - am I right?? Just wanted to let you know that the <a href="http://vegantomato.blogspot.com/">Vegan Tomato</a> is back, baby! So if you're a fan of food (and particularly a fan of food and the animals, as none were harmed in the making of this post), you should definitely head on over for my latest restaurant review. It's yumtastic! :D<br /><br /><br /><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/_qPNz7l2J-0qLmQ05rJBiw?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_OGMCrmoAkWA/Sjxn6MRFx5I/AAAAAAAACjk/sLjHvUZqvDw/s144/signature.jpg" /></a>http://www.hangontomato.com/2011/11/vegan-tomato-is-back.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Carolyn)0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6477767650904868275.post-3079837089691594754Sun, 13 Nov 2011 16:47:00 +00002011-11-13T11:11:39.376-06:00foodieveganEasy Peasy Pumpkin PancakesForgive me in advance - if you are one who likes recipes for their specificity, then you probably won't like this one. But I urge you to try making these pancakes with a lax attitude, as that is the best way to start a lazy Sunday.<br /><br />I'm not a big pancakes person.&nbsp; Eating them?&nbsp; Sure!&nbsp; But making them?&nbsp; Augh.&nbsp; Just as I detest baking, I detest making pancakes for the same reasons - messy flour, multiple ingredients and measuring cups.&nbsp; But when this time of year comes around, I can't resist the siren song of pureed pumpkin.&nbsp; And so, this year I was determined to find an easy way to whip up 5-minute pumpkin pancakes whenever the urge hit, and I can confidently say (after several batches), that this is one of the easiest pancake recipes (if you can even call it a recipe) on the planet, and it's pretty healthy to boot!&nbsp; (And duh, it's vegan.)<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><u><b>Easy Peasy Pumpkin Pancakes</b></u></span></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tKTc_0AppfE/Tr_3k_EHTWI/AAAAAAAAEd4/cC-WqeKX9jw/s1600/pumpkin+pancakes.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tKTc_0AppfE/Tr_3k_EHTWI/AAAAAAAAEd4/cC-WqeKX9jw/s400/pumpkin+pancakes.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><br />- pancake mix of your choice (I use Highland Sugarworks' Organic Multigrain Pancake Mix because it's vegan and includes simple ingredients - whole wheat flour, corn flour, rye flour and sea salt)<br /><br />- almond milk of your choice (I prefer Silk or Almond Breeze - both the plain, unsweetened variety)<br /><br />- pumpkin pie spice<br /><br />- pure maple syrup (get the good stuff here - I brought mine back all the way from Vancouver!)<br /><br />- Earth Balance (or butter)<br /><br />- pureed pumpkin (yes, from a can)<br /><br />So you've got all your ingredients.&nbsp; Now you just combine until you get the desired consistency (which can vary depending on what you like - I like mine a bit thick).&nbsp; I usually start by adding the <b>pancake mix</b>, <b>pureed pumpkin </b>(use about 1/3 of the amt of pancake mix you use) and some <b>almond milk</b> until I find a decent consistency.&nbsp; Then I add a generous sprinkle of <b>pumpkin pie spice</b> and a drizzle of <b>maple syrup</b> (which I swear makes the pancakes ever-so-subtly sweet from the inside without using sugar, which is a big plus for me).&nbsp;<br /><br />Then just heat a skillet over medium heat (you can use a griddle if you are fancy like that and have one), coat it with nonstick spray and <b>Earth Balance</b> (this is KEY to making your pancakes goldeny brown and delightfully crispy around the edge) and use a 1/4 cup measuring spoon to make each pancake.&nbsp; Easy peasy!<br /><br />Note that you can store any leftover batter in the fridge and use it the next day or maybe even the day after that.&nbsp; I usually just put plastic wrap over the mix and the bowl (as in directly on the batter so a weird film doesn't develop) and keep it in the fridge.&nbsp; When I'm ready for another pancake, I just let it sit out of the fridge for about 5 minutes and then fry that sucker up. <br /><br />Serve with warm <b>maple syrup </b>(and Earth Balance, if you so desire, but I don't find it necessary since you're cooking them in it).&nbsp; Enjoy!<br /><br /> <br /> <br /><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/_qPNz7l2J-0qLmQ05rJBiw?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_OGMCrmoAkWA/Sjxn6MRFx5I/AAAAAAAACjk/sLjHvUZqvDw/s144/signature.jpg" /></a>http://www.hangontomato.com/2011/11/easy-peasy-pumpkin-pancakes.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Carolyn)1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6477767650904868275.post-616358659753781700Thu, 03 Nov 2011 13:00:00 +00002011-11-03T08:00:13.994-05:00veganThe National Conference to End Factory Farming: Day 2<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ULif_ttibfo/TrIDOe1u-SI/AAAAAAAAEcg/sABGzSL3S6Q/s1600/calf.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="460" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ULif_ttibfo/TrIDOe1u-SI/AAAAAAAAEcg/sABGzSL3S6Q/s640/calf.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: xx-small;">&nbsp;</span><i><span style="font-size: xx-small;">{photo courtesy of <a href="http://www.facebook.com/farmsanctuary1#%21/photo.php?fbid=10150433788428824&amp;set=a.70273068823.97681.19575923823&amp;type=1&amp;theater">Farm Sanctuary</a>}</span></i></div><br />Read my recap of Day 1 <a href="http://www.hangontomato.com/2011/11/national-conference-to-end-factory.html">here</a>.<br /><br />Day 2 of the conference began at 8:00 a.m. at, yes, the Starbucks on Dupont Circle. The day was frigid, rainy and pretty miserable. Despite my 7 hours of sleep the night before, I felt my energy levels nosedive during the drive to Arlington. Luckily we got to the conference in time for a hearty breakfast spread - surprisingly delicious tofu scramble, crispy breakfast potatoes, and bagels. I filled my plate high and got ready for a pretty stellar Day 2 opening.&nbsp; The focus today, the final day of the conference, was on <b>building solutions</b>.<br /><br />First up was <a href="http://www2.wholefoodsmarket.com/blogs/jmackey/">David Wolfson</a>, a partner at the NYC office of Milbank Tweed and an adjunct professor at NYU.&nbsp; {Note: All photos in this post are courtesy of <a href="http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150433074203824.419918.19575923823&amp;type=3">Farm Sanctuary's FB page</a>.}<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Gs9OIbwkwAk/TrIFH-Z21DI/AAAAAAAAEco/dUHbmXyzBwo/s1600/dave+wolfson.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="424" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Gs9OIbwkwAk/TrIFH-Z21DI/AAAAAAAAEco/dUHbmXyzBwo/s640/dave+wolfson.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />&nbsp;I was more than surprised to see his name on the program the day before. A partner? Of a big law firm?? Very interesting. Well, Mr. Wolfson did not disappoint. He is an adorable, British lawyer who is passionate about animal rights and has been doing legal work in the field since the mid-80's. He teaches <i>Factory Farming and the Law</i> at NYU School of Law (I wish UT had a class like that when I was there!)&nbsp; Oh and his wife is the mastermind behind <a href="http://www.getvegucated.com/">Get Vegucated</a> - how cool is that? <br /><br />Some key points from David's presentation:<br /><br /><ul><li>There are <b>no federal laws</b> that deal with how farm animals are treated.&nbsp; As such, the only laws that exist re: the treatment of animals are <b>state laws</b>.&nbsp; The problem with state laws are that they are: (1) written in a way so that farm animals are excluded and/or (2) rewritten by those in the agricultural industry (as they are often also the people with the power to make those laws - conflict of interest much?).</li></ul><ul><li>The <b>Humane Slaughter Act</b> is lacking - athough more than 168 million chickens (excluding broilers) and around 9 billion broiler chickens are killed for food in the United States yearly<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-0"><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humane_Slaughter_Act#cite_note-0"></a></sup>, the Humane Slaughter Act specifically mentions only cattle, calves, horses, mules, sheep and swine.</li></ul><ul><li>In November 2002, over 2 ½ million Floridians voted to prohibit the cruel confinement of pregnant pigs in factory farms. It was the first time that a farming practice had been banned because of its inherent cruelty in the United States. After a six year phase-out period, this initiative took effect on November 5, 2008.&nbsp; The vote sent a powerful message to the pork industry, and motivated animal welfare advocates across the country. Since 2002, six states have followed Florida in banning gestation crates. The intensive confinement of pregnant pigs was banned in 2006 in Arizona after a ballot initiative effort. In 2007, the governor of Oregon signed a measure prohibiting gestation crates. In 2008, Colorado's governor signed into state law a ban on gestation crates and Californians overwhelmingly passed a ballot initiative. In 2009, new laws were enacted in Maine and Michigan which will prohibit gestation crates.&nbsp; (from the <a href="http://www.animalrightsflorida.org/initiative.html">ARFF website</a>)</li></ul><br />I later attended a breakout panel with Mr. Wolfson and introduced myself to him afterwards.&nbsp; I told him I would've never expected there to be a partner at an event like this, and that it was incredibly inspiring as a young lawyer to see that.<br /><br />Next up to the plate - the one and only <a href="http://www2.wholefoodsmarket.com/blogs/jmackey/">John Mackey</a>, co-founder and co-CEO of Whole Foods Market.&nbsp; <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-o1UBkVp4jYY/TrIG6TBgYmI/AAAAAAAAEdQ/IsnNPCjrl1U/s1600/john+mackey.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="424" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-o1UBkVp4jYY/TrIG6TBgYmI/AAAAAAAAEdQ/IsnNPCjrl1U/s640/john+mackey.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />John was a bit awkward at first, but he quickly found his rhythm and was awarded afterwards with a standing ovation.&nbsp; Some key points from his presentation:<br /><ul><li><b>Diseases of affluence</b> (heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, etc.) are killing Americans.</li></ul><ul><li>More Americans will die of cancer in the next 24 months than died in all the wars in America's history.</li></ul><ul><li>We're spending <b>less and less money on food and more and more in health care</b>.&nbsp; Coincidence?</li></ul><ul><li>He thinks olive oil sucks and that we shouldn't be eating it - I found this to be interesting and need to get more info.&nbsp; Thoughts?</li></ul><ul><li>If you want to promote a vegan diet, then you need to be a <b>healthy example</b>!&nbsp; Don't live on pasta, bread, french fries, sugar and processed food - eat green leafy vegetables, whole grains, beans and legumes and fresh fruit.</li></ul>And last, but not least, <a href="http://www.drfuhrman.com/">Dr. Joel Fuhrman</a> - one of my newest favorite people.&nbsp; I've seen Dr. Fuhrman on a number of documentaries (<a href="http://www.forksoverknives.com/">Forks Over Knives</a>, <a href="http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com/">Sick, Fat and Nearly Dead</a>, etc.), and I'm a big fan of his and his message of how eating the right foods can prevent and even reverse the diseases most Americans face.&nbsp; Some key points from his presentation:<br /><ul><li>Processed grains are continuously linked to breast cancer "so thank you to the conference organizers for providing those white bagels!"&nbsp; - I just about died when he said that.</li></ul><ul><li>Eat a HUGE raw salad every day.</li></ul><ul><li><b>Women who ate mushrooms every day reduced their risk of breast cancer by 64%.</b></li></ul><ul><li>Add green tea and leafy greens to the mix, and that percentage goes up.</li></ul><ul><li>Green veggies have an extremely high percentage of protein per calorie - more than poultry, meat and eggs.</li></ul><ul><li>Eat GOMBBS every day - <b>G</b>reens, <b>O</b>nions, <b>M</b>ushrooms,<b> B</b>eans, <b>B</b>erries and<b> S</b>eeds.</li></ul><br />I rarely pay full price for books these days, but when I saw that Dr. Fuhrman was signing books, I picked up a copy of his latest, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Super-Immunity-Essential-Nutrition-Boosting/dp/0062080636">SUPER IMMUNITY,</a> and had him dedicate it to my Uncle Mel, who is fighting colon cancer. &nbsp; (I'm also reading/highlighting <a href="http://www.thechinastudy.com/">The China Study</a> for him and plan to send both books to him at the end of the month.)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Ay1Zn18Ac2U/TrIQQwCY0pI/AAAAAAAAEdY/aN3YhPsg4oA/s1600/mel.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Ay1Zn18Ac2U/TrIQQwCY0pI/AAAAAAAAEdY/aN3YhPsg4oA/s400/mel.jpg" width="298" /></a></div><br /><br />Next I attended a breakout panel on <b>Consumer Awareness and Activism</b>.&nbsp; Along with Mr. Wolfson, the panel included a presentation by Dena Jones, the farm animal program manager at <a href="http://www.awionline.org/">Animal Welfare Institute</a> who discussed food labels and marketing claims.&nbsp; Key points from her presentation:<br /><ul><li> "Humanely raised" is the hot claim right now.&nbsp; Unfortunately, it's the "humane myth" -&nbsp;</li><ul><li>There is no regulated definition, and label approval decisions are made inconsistently and on a case-by-case basis.</li><li>The terms are misleading.</li><li>Enforcement of what it means to be "humane" is inconsistent.</li><li>There is NO ON-SITE VERIFICATION (same is true for "free range" claims)</li></ul></ul><ul><li>Companies essentially submit an affidavit claiming to be humane, and that's about it.</li></ul><ul><li>"Natural" means no artificial ingredients and minimally processed.&nbsp; It says nothing about how the animal was raised.</li></ul><ul><li>"Organic" -&gt; there are no standards for animal welfare; up to each certifier.</li></ul><ul><li>"Free range" = access to outdoors.&nbsp; Problem is there are no specific requirements tied to that definition, and again, there's NO ON-SITE VERIFICATION.&nbsp; (In other words?&nbsp; It doesn't mean a thing.)</li></ul><br />After breakout panels and a break, the conference ended with a session on <b>building coalitions for change</b>.&nbsp; Paul Shapiro, senior director of farm animal protection at the <a href="http://www.humanesociety.org/">Humane Society of the United States</a> spoke, and he was fantastic.&nbsp; Full of energy, very engaging, funny and obviously very passionate about what he's doing.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2YQzuMUa1ME/TrIQzezXKFI/AAAAAAAAEdg/iMoalnOxdm0/s1600/shapiro.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="426" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2YQzuMUa1ME/TrIQzezXKFI/AAAAAAAAEdg/iMoalnOxdm0/s640/shapiro.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br /><h6 class="uiStreamMessage" data-ft="{&quot;type&quot;:1}" style="font-weight: normal; text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: x-large;"><span class="messageBody translationEligibleUserMessage" data-ft="{&quot;type&quot;:3}">"Animals can't wage and win these campaigns for themselves, the planet can't wage and win these campaigns, it's up to all of us to do it for them"&nbsp;</span></span></h6><h6 class="uiStreamMessage" data-ft="{&quot;type&quot;:1}" style="font-weight: normal; text-align: left;"> <span style="font-size: x-large;"><span class="messageBody translationEligibleUserMessage" data-ft="{&quot;type&quot;:3}"><span style="font-size: small;">I'm going to end this very long blog post with the following (oh so helpfully put together by <a href="http://greenmuze.com/">greenmuze.com</a><span id="goog_1769223672"></span><span id="goog_1769223673"></span>) Top Five Ways to End Factory Farming, Five Things You May Not Know About Factory Farms, and Top Five Problems with Factory Farms.</span></span></span></h6><h6 class="uiStreamMessage" data-ft="{&quot;type&quot;:1}" style="font-weight: normal; text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: x-large;"><span class="messageBody translationEligibleUserMessage" data-ft="{&quot;type&quot;:3}"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">TOP FIVE WAYS TO END FACTORY FARMING</span></span></span></span></span></h6><b>Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder Gene Baur:</b> “The best way to end factory farming is to make the system transparent and accountable, and to align agribusiness practices with our citizens’ values and interests. The cruelty of industrial animal agriculture is an affront to basic human decency. It is inefficient, unhealthy and unsustainable, and costs our nation hundreds of billions of dollars every year.”<br /><br /><b>Whole Foods Market Co-CEO John Mackey:</b> “The best way to end factory farming is to first create more humane alternatives to it in the marketplace.&nbsp; The great majority of people are very unlikely to become vegans for the foreseeable future.&nbsp; It is therefore essential to create more humane alternatives that help raise peoples’ consciousness about what factory farming really does to animals by providing strong contrasts to compare against.&nbsp; Until there are widespread humane alternatives to choose from most people will prefer to remain wilfully ignorant and very little is likely to change.”<br /><br /><b>Food &amp; Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter: </b>“Factory farming is a threat to public health, the environment, and the rural communities upon which our food system desperately depend. The next farm bill must urgently reverse the policies that have given all of the advantages to intensive farming operations while pushing out the small and mid-sized farms that are the backbone of a system that provides us safe, healthy and sustainable food."<br />&nbsp; <br /><b>Sierra Club Water Sentinel Lynn Henning:</b> “The best way to end factory farming is to eliminate government subsidies, incentives, and tax breaks for CAFOs [Confined Animal Feeding Operations]. CAFOs are NOT sustainable. We must rethink agriculture to teach the next generation to farm. Family farms have fed this country for generations.”<br /><br /><b>Farm Sanctuary National Shelter Director Susie Coston: </b>“The best way to end factory farming is to show people that farm animals are intelligent, emotional beings who possess just as much desire to enjoy life as the dogs and cats who we know a bit better.”<br /><h6 class="uiStreamMessage" data-ft="{&quot;type&quot;:1}" style="font-weight: normal; text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: x-large;"><span class="messageBody translationEligibleUserMessage" data-ft="{&quot;type&quot;:3}"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="font-weight: bold;"><u><b>FIVE THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT FACTORY FARMING</b></u></span></span></span></span></span></h6><b>John Ikerd, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri, Columbia:</b> “Factory farms are not necessarily more economically efficient than smaller-scale independent family farms. Factory farm operators use their political influence and their ability to manipulate market prices to drive more efficient family farmers out of business. Food prices are no lower with factory farms than with independent family farms.”<br /><br /><b>Jim Motavalli, contributor to the New York Times, Audubon Magazine, Mother Nature Network and NPR's Car Talk, and author of the forthcoming book High Voltage:</b> “Since the popular image of farms is of old-time barnyards populated by happy pigs and chickens, most people don't even know that factory farming exists. They'd be horrified if they knew how their food is produced, but the industry does an excellent job of keeping them from that reality.”<br /><br /><b>International Fund for Africa President and Co-Founder Dr. Anteneh Roba:</b> “The one thing most people don't know about factory farming in Africa is that it even exists. The one thing most people don't know about factory farming in the USA is how extremely cruel it is.”<br /><br /><b>Greenpeace Senior Legislative Representative Kyle Ash:</b> “Public health and animal welfare are inseparable. Forever, industry has tried to divide communities over factory farming, with false claims that industrial food production reduces the need to destroy our air, water and lands. The truth is that factory farming makes every public health problem worse. Shutting down factory farms is a common solution to some of our greatest animal and environmental abuses and we should work together to shut them down.”<br /><br /><b>Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder Gene Baur:</b> “Most people don’t know how terribly animals are treated on today’s factory farms, and that they are legally excluded from basic humane protections.”<br /><h6 class="uiStreamMessage" data-ft="{&quot;type&quot;:1}" style="font-weight: normal; text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: x-large;"><span class="messageBody translationEligibleUserMessage" data-ft="{&quot;type&quot;:3}"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">TOP FIVE PROBLEMS WITH FACTORY FARMING</span></span></span></span></span></h6><b>John Ikerd, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri, Columbia:</b> The biggest single problem with factory farming is that it shows no respect for the sanctity of life — either the life of farm animals or human life. Factory farming treats feedlots as biological assembly lines, where the animals are simply machines that produce meat, milk, or eggs for nameless, faceless consumers, with no respect for the people who work in them or live in the communities where they operate. This lack of respect for life undermines the ethical and moral fabric of society.<br /><br /><b>International Fund for Africa President and Co-Founder Dr. Anteneh Roba:</b> “It causes environmental disaster.”<br /><br /><b>Jim Motavalli, contributor to the New York Times, Audubon Magazine, Mother Nature Network and NPR's Car Talk, and author of the forthcoming book High Voltage</b>: From an environmental point of view, the worst thing about intensive animal agriculture is it's huge inefficiency. It takes five pounds of grain to produce a pound of meat, and a 10-acre farm that could feed 60 growing soybeans would support only two people raising cattle. Reducing American meat consumption by just 10 percent would free up enough grain to feed 60 million people.<br /><br /><b>Greenpeace Senior Legislative Representative Kyle Ash: </b>“The unnecessary torture and abuse of other animals is one of the worst human atrocities of our time. Humanity's self-aggrandizing misconception that humans rule the world with no moral responsibilities to those with whom we share this planet is reinforced by how we treat other animals, and this ironic view is facilitating destruction of the planet even for ourselves.”<br /><br /><b>Michael Greger, M.D.: </b>"When we overcrowd thousands of animals into cramped filthy football-field sized sheds to lie beak-to-beak, or snout-to-snout atop their own waste it can present a breeding ground for disease, a perfect storm environment for the emergence of new strains of influenza and other animal-to-human diseases. These so-called factory farms are a public health menace."<br /><h6 class="uiStreamMessage" data-ft="{&quot;type&quot;:1}" style="font-weight: normal; text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: x-large;"><span class="messageBody translationEligibleUserMessage" data-ft="{&quot;type&quot;:3}"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="font-weight: bold;"></span></span></span></span></span></h6>And last, but not least, my top five takeaways...<br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><div style="color: magenta; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><u><b>CAROLYN'S TOP FIVE TAKEAWAYS FROM&nbsp;</b></u></span></div><div style="color: magenta; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><u><b>THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE TO END FACTORY FARMING</b></u></span></div><br /><ol><li>It's worth being a little uncomfortable to live my life in a way that aligns with my values.&nbsp; In other words?&nbsp; Veg For Life, baby.&nbsp;</li><li>If I ever thought it'd be impossible to find a hot veggie boy, I was WRONG.&nbsp; There were some seriously fine, intelligent, and compassionate vegan men at this conference!</li><li>Change is happening.&nbsp; The movement has begun.&nbsp; We are beginning to make some noise.&nbsp; The road ahead is long and daunting, but make no mistake, we are making progress.</li><li>Vegan mushroom ravioli is delicious - I must get the recipe and recreate.</li><li>For my 29th (ACK!) birthday, I want to take a trip to Farm Sanctuary in upstate New York with my friends, stay overnight in one of their awesome cabins and spend some one-on-one time with those gorgeous animals.</li></ol><br /><br /><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/_qPNz7l2J-0qLmQ05rJBiw?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_OGMCrmoAkWA/Sjxn6MRFx5I/AAAAAAAACjk/sLjHvUZqvDw/s144/signature.jpg" /></a>http://www.hangontomato.com/2011/11/national-conference-to-end-factory_03.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Carolyn)5tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6477767650904868275.post-7237501535611481142Thu, 03 Nov 2011 01:57:00 +00002011-11-02T20:57:15.386-05:00dreamsgoalsBonjour, NovemberI've been dreading the revisit and review of my <a href="http://www.hangontomato.com/2011/10/bonjour-october.html">October goals</a> because I knew I didn't meet them all. I know that's not the point (well, not for us regular folk anyway), but I still felt a tiny bit of failure and guilt.&nbsp; In some ways, I did quite well. Instead of losing 5 lbs, I lost 8 (woo hoo!). While I didn't hit the gym 5x/week every week, I did manage to go regularly.&nbsp; And although I attended three out of four of Gabby's coaching sessions and did some of the homework, I didn't do it all. And as for Oprah? Well, let's just say that my DVR is quite full.&nbsp;<br /><br />As for the 21-Day Cleanse, I give myself a solid B+.&nbsp; I was 99.5% vegan.&nbsp; I got a dry brush and began dry brushing (albeit not every single day).&nbsp; I got a neti pot and had my best neti experience yet last night (neti-ing is tough for me b/c I have teeny tiny nostrils!).&nbsp; I began taking vitamins and supplements (B-complex, D, probiotics, omega 3's), which is a huge accomplishment for me because I detest swallowing pills.&nbsp; The things that didn't go so well?&nbsp; Daily meditation (this one is going to take some work, y'all) and avoiding coffee and sugar (but still definitely decreased my consumption of both).<br /><br />Today I was catching up on some of my favorite blogs and was delighted to see Kimberly's post on <a href="http://blog.kimberlywilson.com/2011/11/bonjour-november.html">her November Dreams</a>.&nbsp; Dreams - what a fantastic idea!&nbsp; Somehow describing them as dreams instead of goals makes them much friendlier, don't you think?&nbsp; So this month, I'm dreaming of the following...<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-xof3nIbBRmo/TrHzrVjzwFI/AAAAAAAAEbo/4yd-ragOGwI/s1600/Nov+Dreams.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-xof3nIbBRmo/TrHzrVjzwFI/AAAAAAAAEbo/4yd-ragOGwI/s640/Nov+Dreams.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><i>Veg for life ~ Lose 5 lbs ~ Attend to Hang On Little Tomato ~ Cook 3 new recipes ~ Create vision board</i> ~ <i>Volunteer at Mercy for Animals ~ Attend one vegan meetup ~ Finish 2 books ~ Be mindful of my money ~ Spend more time with God via prayer and meditation ~ Nourish my body with healthy food, regular exercise and vitamins/supplements ~ Run 2-3x/week</i></div><br />What are your November dreams?<br /> <br />P.S. Recap of Day 2 of the National Conference to End Factory Farming is coming tomorrow.&nbsp; Read my recap of Day 1 <a href="http://www.hangontomato.com/2011/11/national-conference-to-end-factory.html">here</a>!&nbsp; <br /> <br /><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/_qPNz7l2J-0qLmQ05rJBiw?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_OGMCrmoAkWA/Sjxn6MRFx5I/AAAAAAAACjk/sLjHvUZqvDw/s144/signature.jpg" /></a>http://www.hangontomato.com/2011/11/bonjour-november.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Carolyn)3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6477767650904868275.post-6518723914130718105Wed, 02 Nov 2011 13:00:00 +00002011-11-02T08:00:01.144-05:00veganThe National Conference to End Factory Farming: Day 1I have to agree with <a href="http://blog.kimberlywilson.com/2011/10/today-my-life-was-changed.html">Kimberly</a> - this past weekend changed my life.&nbsp; My life has been changed <a href="http://vegantomato.blogspot.com/">before</a> in this exact way, but I let life, laziness and my fear of never being able to brunch with my friends again get in the way.&nbsp; I'm going to work really hard not to let that happen.<br /><br />The first (I can say that now b/c I'm 99% sure they will do another one) <a href="http://factoryfarmingconference.org/">National Conference to End Factory Farming </a>was, in my humble opinion, a huge success.&nbsp; I am so, so, SO grateful and thankful to have been a part of it - the whole experience was, and I don't say this lightly, unforgettable.&nbsp; Here's my story...<br /><br />I arrived in D.C. late Thursday night and made my way to Dupont Circle.&nbsp; Luckily my BFF Judd has an apartment mere minutes away from Kimberly's so meeting up was super easy.&nbsp; After a very late night and approximately 3.5 hours of sleep, I woke up bright and early Friday morning and met Kimberly at Starbucks at 7:30 a.m. sharp.&nbsp; One grande soy misto w/ a shot of pumpkin spice and one grande lotus tea w/ 2 sugars in the raw later, we were in a cab on our way to the Westin Arlington Gateway in Arlington, VA where the conference was being held.&nbsp;<br /><br />Kimberly set up our table the night before, and we added some beautiful finishing touches.&nbsp; Kimberly is a ROCKSTAR at setting up beautiful tables - ours was definitely the cutest!&nbsp; Bamboo in a glass vase, yummy yogi tea a la Tranquil Space, a damask tablecloth, and of course - sugar!&nbsp; {Photos all courtesy of Kimberly}<br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CSZdJOL12Ig/TrCqBG_1cHI/AAAAAAAAEbI/Was5Gh9Tu0M/s1600/moi+at+booth.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CSZdJOL12Ig/TrCqBG_1cHI/AAAAAAAAEbI/Was5Gh9Tu0M/s640/moi+at+booth.jpg" width="476" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jpcpDR7jr7E/TrCqaisspDI/AAAAAAAAEbY/cVnoh9JZ7JE/s1600/sip+tea" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jpcpDR7jr7E/TrCqaisspDI/AAAAAAAAEbY/cVnoh9JZ7JE/s400/sip+tea" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Yrb5TdinKAk/TrCqeznQeKI/AAAAAAAAEbg/8qK9KXD9TXg/s1600/dum+dum.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Yrb5TdinKAk/TrCqeznQeKI/AAAAAAAAEbg/8qK9KXD9TXg/s400/dum+dum.JPG" width="297" /></a></div><br /><br />We were representing all kinds of goodness - <a href="http://tranquilspace.com/">Tranquil Space</a>, <a href="http://www.tranquilit.com/">TranquiliT </a>and the lovely <a href="http://www.pigs.org/">Pigs Animal Sanctuary</a> (Kimberly sits on the Board - holla!).&nbsp; In honor of the conference, Kimberly had these ADORABLE tees made up - are they not the cutest things you've ever seen??&nbsp; They were a HUGE hit!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-BKn8HRyNmCA/TrCpaC5z3pI/AAAAAAAAEbA/OhKKIF_O-YU/s1600/pig+tees" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-BKn8HRyNmCA/TrCpaC5z3pI/AAAAAAAAEbA/OhKKIF_O-YU/s400/pig+tees" width="400" /></a></div><br />After putting the finishing touches on our table, we headed into the ballroom and thus began one of the best days of my life.<br /><br />Day 1 began with an opening by the conference emcee - <a href="http://victoriamoran.com/">Victoria Moran</a>!&nbsp; I wasn't familiar with Victoria before this, but I am a HUGE fan now.&nbsp; She is an absolute delight and made a <i>perfect</i> emcee.&nbsp; Soon Gene Bauer, president co-founder of <a href="http://www.farmsanctuary.org/">Farm Sanctuary</a> (who organized the conference) came up to speak and, well, I kind of fell in love.&nbsp; *SWOON*<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://hsus.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2008/11/19/281x184_gene_baur.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="261" src="http://hsus.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2008/11/19/281x184_gene_baur.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />Day 1 went from 8 a.m. until about 9 p.m.&nbsp; Despite my severe lack of sleep, I felt more energized, more awake and more engaged after each speaker, each presentation, each breakout panel.&nbsp; This day focused on the <b>problem</b> with an emphasis on the environment, food safety and animal rights - all things near and dear to my heart.&nbsp; Here are some sobering stats and facts:<br /><ul><li>Nearly 30% of the Earth's accessible surface is devoted to livestock production.&nbsp; 8% is devoted to crops directly consumed by humans.</li></ul><ul><li><u><b> </b></u>Agricultural runoff = the single largest source of water pollution in the Earth's rivers and streams. </li></ul><ul><li>Sentience is the bedrock of ethics.&nbsp; Farm animals are sentient beings - they have the capacity to feel pleasure and pain. </li></ul><ul><li>The European Union is banning the use of battery cages from 2012 after a 10-year phaseout period.&nbsp; What is America doing?&nbsp;&nbsp;</li></ul><ul><li>6 of the 150 pathogens found in animal manure are responsible for 90% of human food and water borne diseases.</li></ul><ul><li>The average meat eater is responsible for killing approximately 2,400 animals in a lifetime.</li></ul><ul><li>Up to 60% of chicken sold in supermarkets are infected with salmonella.&nbsp; (EW.)</li></ul><ul><li>80% of 2 million farmers make no money.&nbsp; 15% make about $26,000/year.&nbsp; 5% make over $300,000 a year.</li></ul><ul><li>Most factory farms are exempt from reporting releases of toxic chemicals, including ammonia.</li></ul><ul><li>About 20 companies control/own the food system.</li></ul>There were several excellent speakers on Day 1, but the ones who stood out in my mind are:<br /><br />- <a href="http://www.farmsanctuary.org/about/leadership.html">Gene Bauer</a>, president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary<br /><br />-<a href="http://www.jonathanbalcombe.com/"> Jonathan Balcombe</a>, Ph.D., bestselling author and animal behavior expert (He was HILARIOUS.)<br /><br />- <a href="http://www.hsvma.org/leadership_council/member_biographies/holly_cheever.html">Holly Cheever</a>, D.V.M., award-winning veterinarian (who spoke at length about how animals are sentient beings)<br /><br />- <a href="http://www.mercyforanimals.org/bio-nathan-runkle.aspx">Nathan Runkle</a>, founder and executive director of Mercy For Animals (He began this nonprofit when he was FIFTEEN, y'all.&nbsp; I totally fell head over heels in love with him (he's REALLY cute), but later learned that he's gay.&nbsp; Go figure...)<br /><br />- <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Friedrich">Bruce Friedrich</a>, senior director of strategic initiatives at Farm Sanctuary (also hilarious)<br /><br />- <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_E._McWilliams">James McWilliams,</a> Ph.D., author of "Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly" (He's also a professor at Texas State University and a complete and total, unapologetic, vegan ROCKSTAR.&nbsp; Loved him.)<br /><br />- <a href="http://farmsanctuary.typepad.com/about.html">Susie Coston</a>, national shelter director at Farm Sanctuary (who shared an extremely touching story about a pig named Rose - if anyone tells you that a pig will eat her babies, just tell them to "shut up" and move on b/c it's NOT true)<br /><br />- <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Kucinich">Elizabeth Kucinich</a>, director of government affairs for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (and wife of U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinich - who was there!!)<br /><br />To read some of the most poignant quotes from the amazing conference speakers, check out Farm Sanctuary's <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/farmsanctuary">twitter feed</a> and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/farmsanctuary1">Facebook page</a>.<br /><br />I want to leave you with this video that was shown at 8:45 a.m. on this first day.&nbsp; Yes, it's a little graphic, but I STRONGLY URGE YOU TO NOT TURN AWAY.&nbsp; It's only 5 minutes, it's powerful, and it's the truth - it doesn't <i>have</i> to be this way.<br /><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/09N5fHOOtnY" width="420"></iframe><br /><br /><br />Recap of Day 2 coming soon!<br /><br />P.S. Saturday night we stayed for the Banquet Dinner.&nbsp; Admittedly the entree was meh, but the dessert?&nbsp; Well, just look for yourself...<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FV8oENTIYiE/TrCqZmZQKRI/AAAAAAAAEbQ/RLoeMm70l9I/s1600/chocolate+dessert" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FV8oENTIYiE/TrCqZmZQKRI/AAAAAAAAEbQ/RLoeMm70l9I/s400/chocolate+dessert" width="400" /></a></div><br /><br /><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/_qPNz7l2J-0qLmQ05rJBiw?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_OGMCrmoAkWA/Sjxn6MRFx5I/AAAAAAAACjk/sLjHvUZqvDw/s144/signature.jpg" /></a>http://www.hangontomato.com/2011/11/national-conference-to-end-factory.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Carolyn)2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6477767650904868275.post-4911525427133309893Tue, 25 Oct 2011 02:26:00 +00002011-10-24T21:30:28.021-05:00cookingfoodieNYCrestaurantsveganCatch Up: What I've Been Eating, Thinking and DoingBonsoir, mes amies! Yesterday I realized that I completely dropped the ball on blogging, and for that, I apologize. I'm especially sorry because there are SO many things that I've wanted to discuss! First things first: let's chat briefly about what I've been eating.<br /><br />Despite a few hiccups in the road (I'm looking at your apple pie a la mode at work!), I've been doing pretty well with the vegan eating.&nbsp; And, unsurprisingly (and yet it always still manages to surprise me a little), I'm starting to get that inner and outer vegan glow.&nbsp; I'm feeling good, y'all, and the fact that I've dropped a few pounds is the icing on the already moist and delicious cake!<br /><br /><u><b>Peacefood Cafe</b></u><br />Friday night I had a dinner date avec a dear friend from work, and she took me to <a href="http://www.peacefoodcafe.com/">Peacefood Cafe</a> where I had a FANTASTIC meal.&nbsp; We got the dumplings to start, and holy crap, they were some of the best dumplings I've <i>ever</i> had.&nbsp; And let me tell you something - my mother makes some pretty killer (and pork-filled) dumplings.&nbsp; And these?&nbsp; These vegan dumplings?&nbsp; They were just as good.&nbsp; I'm kind of obsessed with them and can't WAIT to go back for more.&nbsp; We also split the caesar salad (who knew tempeh bacon could be so good??) and the mushroom panini (ummm heavenly).<br /><br />To be honest, the part of the meal I was looking forward to the most was dessert, as I'd heard so much about their delectable offerings.&nbsp; Unfortunately, we didn't have as good of an experience there.&nbsp; We got the peanut butter cheesecake (the peeps on Yelp love that stuff) and the raw key lime pie.&nbsp; I'll give the key lime pie (pictured below) a solid B.&nbsp; It had great flavor and an excellent balance of sweet and tart, but I couldn't get past the texture.&nbsp; It had the texture of butter which, depending on who you are, could be a good thing.&nbsp; But it just wasn't doing it for me (my friend loved it though).<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-CKZNhbnfOmQ/TqYbm57SLbI/AAAAAAAAEaw/z-E0EO55gJ4/s1600/photo.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-CKZNhbnfOmQ/TqYbm57SLbI/AAAAAAAAEaw/z-E0EO55gJ4/s400/photo.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br /><br />Now, the peanut butter cheesecake was straight up NOT good.&nbsp; There was some flavor going on in there that I couldn't get past (maybe the silken tofu??).&nbsp; I decided to give the desserts one last try and snagged the last slice of ginger spice bread to-go and was barely 3 steps into my apartment before busting it out.&nbsp; It was INSANE GOOD, y'all.&nbsp; Peacefood Cafe definitely redeemed its dessert reputation there.&nbsp; I need that recipe!!<br /><br /><a href="http://taimfalafel.com/"><u><b>Taim</b></u></a><br />Definitely some of the best falafel I've had.&nbsp; Tucked away on a quiet street in the West Village, this place is a gem.&nbsp; It's a bit pricey, but 99.9% of their menu is vegan and absurdly delicious so I'm okay with it.&nbsp; Get the date, lime &amp; banana smoothie!! <br /><br /><u><b>Baking Treats</b></u><br />On Sunday, I was feeling particular Fall-esque and wanted to bake some Fall treats to celebrate.&nbsp; First things first, my roomie and I roasted the pumpkin seeds we gathered from a pumpkin carving party the day prior.&nbsp; I'd never roasted pumpkin seeds before - they took forever, but were well worth the wait.&nbsp; They filled our apartment with a warm, Autumn and comforting aroma and are tres tasty.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Fv2nw81asCA/TqYcwBNSwtI/AAAAAAAAEa4/7bCfIvalZpU/s1600/seeds.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Fv2nw81asCA/TqYcwBNSwtI/AAAAAAAAEa4/7bCfIvalZpU/s400/seeds.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br />I also made <a href="http://www.thekindlife.com/post/chocolate-peanut-butter-cups">Alicia Silverstone's chocolate peanut butter cups</a> (a HUGE hit at the office today) and pumpkin chocolate chip muffins (I'm not sharing the recipe for that one b/c I'm not a huge fan).&nbsp; I heart baking!<br /><br /><u><b>Colleen, Gabby and Kimberly</b></u><br />I went to <a href="http://www.compassionatecooks.com/">Colleen Patrick Goudreau</a>'s presentation of Animal and the Arts at the Alexander Gray gallery last week, and it was one of the best nights I've had since moving to NYC.&nbsp; I plan to devote an entire blog post to this, but suffice it to say that Colleen is warm, endearing and inspirational, and I kind of love her.<br /><br />I had my last group coaching session with <a href="http://gabbyb.tv/">Gabby Bernstein </a>tonight.&nbsp; I've definitely learned some valuable tools from her, but overall I'd have to say I'm a little disappointed.&nbsp; More on this later as well.<br /><br />Thursday night I take the train to D.C. for the <a href="http://factoryfarmingconference.org/">National Conference to End Factory Farming</a> where I'll be selling <a href="http://www.tranquilit.com/">TranquiliT</a> with<a href="http://kimberlywilson.com/"> Kimberly </a>- I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!<br /><br />Have a BEAUTIFUL week, friends.&nbsp; Gros bisous!<br /><br /><br /><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/_qPNz7l2J-0qLmQ05rJBiw?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_OGMCrmoAkWA/Sjxn6MRFx5I/AAAAAAAACjk/sLjHvUZqvDw/s144/signature.jpg" /></a>http://www.hangontomato.com/2011/10/catch-up-what-ive-been-eating-thinking.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Carolyn)1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6477767650904868275.post-3547075077231419092Sat, 15 Oct 2011 20:54:00 +00002011-10-15T15:54:03.422-05:00Quinoa, Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Caramelized Onion JamIn one of its recent issues (I'm sorry, but I don't remember which one exactly), <a href="http://www.wholeliving.com/">Whole Living</a> featured a collection of recipes by Ronna Welsh called "The Dinner Dozen" - twelve staple recipes to have on hand so that quick, easy and healthy dinners can be put together in a flash. The collection included dressed up staples like balsamic poached figs and braised mushrooms to simple ones like polenta and seared kale.&nbsp; The one that stood out most to me was the <b>caramelized onion jam</b>, both for its simplicity and guaranteed delish-ness factor.&nbsp; I ripped out the recipe and vowed to buy onions.<br /><br />Fast forward about a month later to last Thursday night.&nbsp; Per my usual, I found myself home after a long day with no plans for dinner and feeling very, very hungry.&nbsp; The only thing in my fridge were some brussels sprouts (slightly worse for wear, to be honest).&nbsp; Pantry?&nbsp; A small bit of quinoa I purchased from the Whole Foods bulk bins (God bless bulk bins).&nbsp; Finally, I spotted a lone onion on the microwave that I had purchased a week ago on impulse.&nbsp; Hello, dinner!&nbsp; Roasted brussels sprouts + quinoa + caramelized onion jam = surprisingly delicious and satisfying (and vegan and gluten-free!).&nbsp; Recipes below:<br /><br /><b>Roasted Brussels Sprouts</b><br />- brussels sprouts (cut off the stem, then cut in half)<br /><b> </b>- olive oil<br />- sea salt<br />- freshly ground black pepper<br /> <br />Preheat oven to 425 degrees.&nbsp; After washing and prepping the sprouts, spread them on a baking sheet in one layer.&nbsp; Drizzle with olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper.&nbsp; Get your (clean) hands in there, and make sure every sprout is coated!&nbsp; Place sheet in oven and roast anywhere between 15 and 20 minutes.&nbsp; Midway through, shake the pan so that the sprouts get evenly crispy.&nbsp;<br /><br /><b>Quinoa</b><br />There are several recipes for quinoa.&nbsp; I've seen a 2-1 water-quinoa ratio and a 1.5-1 ratio (which I used).&nbsp; Basically you just combine quinoa, water (or stock) and a bit of salt on the stove.&nbsp; Heat on high until boiling, then cover, reduce heat to simmer, and let cook for around 15-20 minutes.&nbsp; Uncover and fluff with fork.<br /><br /><b>Caramelized Onion Jam</b> (courtesy of <a href="http://www.wholeliving.com/">Whole Living Magazine</a>)<br />- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil<br />- 2 lb onions, thinly sliced<br />- 1/2 cup water (or stock - I used water)<br />- 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar (the thicker the better)<br />- 1 tsp sugar (I omitted this - it's completely unnecessary)<br />- coarse salt<br /><br />In a medium pot, heat oil over medium heat and cook onions, covered, stirring occasionally until translucent, about 15 minutes.&nbsp; Add water and vinegar (and sugar if you so desire) and cook uncovered, stirring until onions are caramelized, about 30 minutes more.&nbsp; Season with salt.&nbsp; Let cool completely.&nbsp; Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.<br /><br /><br /> <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/_qPNz7l2J-0qLmQ05rJBiw?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_OGMCrmoAkWA/Sjxn6MRFx5I/AAAAAAAACjk/sLjHvUZqvDw/s144/signature.jpg" /></a>http://www.hangontomato.com/2011/10/quinoa-roasted-brussels-sprouts.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Carolyn)2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6477767650904868275.post-2436509955619308612Sat, 15 Oct 2011 04:31:00 +00002011-10-14T23:34:48.433-05:00Day 5: ____<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://cookingblog.partiesthatcook.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Margherita-Pizza.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="322" src="http://cookingblog.partiesthatcook.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Margherita-Pizza.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><i><span style="font-size: xx-small;">{photo from <a href="http://cookingblog.partiesthatcook.com/2010/12/30/new-years-hangover-help-with-parties-that-cooks-pizzetta-margherita/margherita-pizza/">the side dish</a>}</span></i></div><br /><br />And... fail. That? Up there? That was my downfall tonight. I think I should feel guiltier... I think I should feel tremendously guilty.&nbsp; But to be honest, I don't.&nbsp; This was an extraordinarily challenging week at work, and today, wow, today was just insane.&nbsp; My job can be extremely gratifying at times, but at other times, it can feel totally thankless.&nbsp; So after a very long day, when my boss asked if I wanted to go upstairs (my company has a full-service cocktail hour every Friday) to get a glass of champagne, I barely hesitated before replying "yes!"<br /><br />After sipping my glass of Veuve Clicquot on a relatively empty stomach, my attention shifted.&nbsp; Wow, I was hungry.&nbsp; And do you know what I wanted?&nbsp; You guessed it - pizza and wine!!!&nbsp; And after my smug triumph <a href="http://www.hangontomato.com/2011/10/day-3-eating-my-feelings.html">the other night</a>, I stumbled.&nbsp; And fell.<br /><br />Luckily, it stopped there.&nbsp; I didn't head straight to the freezer for the pint of Ben &amp; Jerry's.&nbsp; I didn't drink a half bottle of wine, and I didn't say, "Screw this - I'm getting a bacon/egg/cheese croissant tomorrow morning!"&nbsp; Instead, I noticed the discomfort I felt in my stomach, cursed myself a little, and resolved to be better tomorrow.&nbsp; And so I will.<br /><br />&nbsp;TGIF, y'all.<br /><br /><br /><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/_qPNz7l2J-0qLmQ05rJBiw?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_OGMCrmoAkWA/Sjxn6MRFx5I/AAAAAAAACjk/sLjHvUZqvDw/s144/signature.jpg" /></a><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/_qPNz7l2J-0qLmQ05rJBiw?feat=embedwebsite"> </a>http://www.hangontomato.com/2011/10/photo-from-side-dish-and.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Carolyn)2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6477767650904868275.post-187333105801415753Fri, 14 Oct 2011 00:29:00 +00002011-10-13T19:29:52.518-05:00city loveveganDay 4: BagelsOne of the best things about living in New York is most definitely the bagel scene. I've never particularly liked or disliked bagels, but after moving here, I have become a bagel<i> fanatic</i>.&nbsp; I happen to live in extreme proximity to two bagel joints: Murray's and Brooklyn Bagel.&nbsp; I think Murray's is the more popular option, but quite frankly, I just don't get Murray's.&nbsp;<br /><br />#1 - They don't toast their bagels.&nbsp; Like, they don't even offer the <i>option</i> to toast bagels.&nbsp; That is messed up.&nbsp; #2 - Their bagels are small and sad and not nearly as delicious as... BROOKLYN BAGEL, y'all.&nbsp; Yes, my ultimate fave.&nbsp; Their whole wheat everything bagels are to-die-for good.&nbsp; For the past year, my order has always been - "whole wheat everything toasted with low-fat scallion, please!"&nbsp; <br /><br />Unfortunately, "low-fat scallion" isn't really an option for me right now.&nbsp; I'd always noticed their tofu cream cheese offerings, but was never in the right state of mind to try it (in other words: I was afraid it would be gross, and I didn't want to ruin my beloved Sunday morning breakfast).&nbsp; But tonight, after a particularly grueling day at work and very, very sad lunch, I needed carbs, and I needed them fast.&nbsp; After ensuring that the bagels themselves are dairy and egg-free (hey, ya never know!), I proceeded to order one whole wheat everything toasted with <i>veggie tofu</i>.&nbsp;<br /><br />It looks like cream cheese.&nbsp; It spreads like cream cheese!&nbsp; But friends?&nbsp; It is <i>not</i> cream cheese.&nbsp; Now, don't get me wrong, it tastes fine.&nbsp; But, well, it's not the same thing, and does that make me sad?&nbsp; Yes, a little bit.&nbsp; The good news is I only ate half my bagel and will fill the rest of my tummy with roasted brussels sprouts.&nbsp; (Normally I'd eat the entire oversized bagel and then proceed to pick up the random sesame seeds and seasonings that fell off with a finger of cream cheese.&nbsp; Gross, I know.)<br /><br />Onwards and upwards, y'all!&nbsp; I came really close to ordering cream cheese, but then I asked myself if it would be worth it, and the answer was a definitive no.&nbsp; Let's get real - I shouldn't be eating bagels for din anyway.<br /><br />Coming soon - why I'm doing this 21-Day Cleanse (it ain't <a href="http://vegantomato.blogspot.com/2010/02/in-foers-words.html">just about the animals </a>this time).&nbsp; <br /><br /><br /><br /><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/_qPNz7l2J-0qLmQ05rJBiw?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_OGMCrmoAkWA/Sjxn6MRFx5I/AAAAAAAACjk/sLjHvUZqvDw/s144/signature.jpg" /></a>http://www.hangontomato.com/2011/10/day-4-bagels.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Carolyn)2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6477767650904868275.post-4708087052200652464Wed, 12 Oct 2011 23:17:00 +00002011-10-12T18:17:40.861-05:00foodveganDay 3: Eating My FeelingsAs far as I'm concerned, there's no such think as non-emotional eating. As someone who loves food, entertaining, cooking, and sharing meals with loved ones, eating is pure joy for me.&nbsp; Unfortunately, over the last 6 months, I've been doing more of the negative emotional eating.&nbsp; Ya know... eating my feelings?&nbsp; Yeah, it happens a lot.&nbsp; Stressful days mean all night bitchfests with my roomie and almost always involve greasy takeout and bottles of wine.&nbsp; Unsurprisingly, it's been a tough habit to break.<br /><br />Today was crazy.&nbsp; Busy and frustrating on its own , but naturally, it was also that time of the month so I was uber crampy and cranky.&nbsp; I couldn't get to the gym at lunch, and I was way too tired/hungry to go after work, so I came straight home and to the fridge.&nbsp; Normally I would run downstairs and order myself some delicious brick oven margherita pizza after having walked down the block to get a bottle of our favorite Malbec (the conveniences I enjoy living in NYC are delightful, but <i>dangerous</i>), but since I'm currently vegan <i>and</i> avoiding alcohol, such a scenario was not an option.&nbsp; So I made one of my favorite snacks instead, and I'm pleasantly satisfied - avocado toast!&nbsp; It's nothing new, and everyone has their own version.&nbsp; Some prefer to add hot sauce or olive oil and cracked pepper, but I prefer the simplicity of just butter and salt. <br /><br /><b>Carolyn's Vegan Avocado Toast</b><br /><br />- 2 slices of sprouted whole grain bread (I get Sprouted Bakehouse's 7 Grain from WF, and it's delish!)<br />- 1 ripe avocado<br />- sea salt<br />- Earth Balance<br /><br />Toast the bread.&nbsp; Mash the avocado.&nbsp; Spread Earth Balance on toasted bread (this is KEY and enhances the taste factor tenfold - if you don't have Earth Balance, use salted butter) and cover with lots of mashed avocado.&nbsp; Sprinkle with sea salt.&nbsp; Enjoy!&nbsp; It's absurdly simple and delectable.<br /><br /><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/_qPNz7l2J-0qLmQ05rJBiw?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_OGMCrmoAkWA/Sjxn6MRFx5I/AAAAAAAACjk/sLjHvUZqvDw/s144/signature.jpg" /></a>http://www.hangontomato.com/2011/10/day-3-eating-my-feelings.htmlnoreply@blogger.com (Carolyn)2