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Summer Weeks Flying By

Posted Jan 22 2009 6:46pm

Hello Boys & Girls, our summer adventures with SKO are nearing completion. The little sister has only one more week in NYC, then one more week off to a little fun & lots of sun and back to school she goes. As such, we try to squeeze in another veggie place. How about Curly's, I have only been to once, wasn't thrilled but was willing to give it another go....well, all for the sake of Suna. Suna is faux tuna and I have never had it and was looking forward to a Suna Melt. So Curly's Vegetarian Diner it is! It also happened to be down the block from Trader Joe's...
Inside Curly's is warm & inviting. There's a wall covered with crayoned place mat drawings from customers. I was ready for my yummy melty Suna Melt.
Visions of Suna Melts dancing across my palate and a soymilkshake to wash it down, I was brought near to tears when the waitress took our order- no more Suna until they find another vendor that makes it, blah blah distribution problems blah blah blah. All I heard was "No Suna for you!". Boohoo. Well, I could at least console myself with a soymilkshake which I have never had. Yep well no consolation prize there, the blender was broken and it was "No soymilkshake for you!" Disheartened, but resolute, I decided to go with the Sloppy Joe. It was not bad, messy, but not bad.

SKO went with the Chick'n Parm Hero, but she had it with real cheese. She said it was good.

In the end, there were a ton of vegan desserts like cheesecake to whet my appetite, but we were way too stuffed. Our final verdict delivered in crayon at our table: we heart Curly's- vegan & omni alike.

Fcat made a gorgeous lunch the other day complete with refreshing salad & chilled white wine.

He absolutely makes the most delicious pasta dishes!

A quick meal for me during the week was Trader Joe's Vegetable Masala Burger- um, can you say "Yum"? Basically a glorified hash brown, but really tasty with Indian spices. I had it with a mesclun salad, some Trader Joe's Mandarin Orange sauce & some fresh green chili hot sauce.
I also made a hearty tomato sauce which I cooked for about two hours to which I added portobello mushrooms, peas and my new favorite, Tofurky Italian Sausage. It was all so good.

And then Thursday evening, out of nowhere, I come down with a hateful summer cold. I am stuffy, sneezy, can't sleep- just plain miserable with a bad cold. The cure for this I believe is spicy food- lots of garlic...raw & sauteed served here with quinoa porridge, roasted nori & my favorite comfort food- a cube of stinky tofu (preserved/fermented tofu).
What actually might have cured my cold in addition to the porridge, nasal saline rinses, eucalyptus/sage steaming, lots of vitamins c might just have been chocolate cupcakes with vanilla frosting from VCTOW (to which I dressed in coconut flakes & crystallized ginger).
I guess I've been a little stressed out lately which is how the summer cold snuck up on me. Am in the process of figuring out the next couple of months & possibly renting out my apartment to get ready for closing on our new apartment. Anyway, being the creature of habit that I am- am starting to feel nostalgic about my place which I have only been in for 3years, but which I bought & renovated with blood, sweat & tears (have you ever spackled a ceiling- yes tears I say) and of course the help of family & friends. One of the things that I will miss is Booboo's litterbox hole. I had thought of cutting a hole out in the wall next to the closet (which was going to be my storage/utility closet) so I could put Booboo's box could be away and not so unsightly. My dear friend who helped me cut that chunk of concrete out of the wall has suggested that it be shaped like a mouse hole. I wrote Booboo's name at the entrance and she took to it immediately. Yes, after the wall was cut I wondered aloud if she would even go in there, but thankfully she did. Here's Booboo's special entrance complete with rug & painted kitty marker stone that SKO's friend's mother made which SKO had given me as a gift oh so long ago. Time passes so quickly. sigh.
The other night SKO & I decided to shut off the lights and watch the thunderstorm. It was so amazing, we then proceeded to take a million pictures to try to catch a pic of the lightning. Always a click behind the lightning, finally SKO gets this cool shoot, unfortunately, the rain on the glass is distracting, but still a great shot.
It's going to be a busy week- am heading off next week for a little work/vacation trip with SKO. Yes, there have been years where I went to St. Barth's and St. Tropez. Last summer, I took SKO & Grandma to Venice & Vienna. For SKO's Sweet Sixteen, I took her to Paris. This year not as glamorous nor as cultured a trip, but fun for sure, we will be going to Disneyworld. Yep, a vegan in Disneyworld- wish me luck. And so I plan to post one more exciting post before I head off next week- my next exciting post consists of a fun, first time meeting with a blog friend that you all know and love. Stay Tuned!

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