Archive for April, 2012

Another lovely Saturday here in Annapolis, but I’m spending a lazy day inside with the cat. Just watched September Issue for the third (or is it forth?) time. Fascinated for a glimpse into the life of a print magazine that is still making amazing profits! I’ve loved Vogue for many years, though I’ve only actually subscribed for the last three. One year I missed the September issue, and I vowed never to do so again. Thus – the subscription.

Can I purchase what I see on those pages? Well, not so much really. But it is where I go for inspiration when I DO choose my clothes. Even on Birkenstock days (which is almost every day of my life), I can add that splash of just the right color in a scarf or a bracelet to make the difference. However one describes it, I do love design of clothing. And furniture. And architecture.

Which most of you know already. Following are a few more pictures from my walks with a camera.

Rag & Bone in DC back on February 10 of this year – the Saturday of NYC’s 2012 Fall Fashion week. Couldn’t make it to NYC that day, so I turned my day into my first official DC Design Day! Anyway, even though I truly covet something in that green in the background, I really like this simple mixture of colors in the store:

Then there was the interior design of this retail haven. Oh My Goodness!

Also stopped by the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams store on 14th street and took a picture of their fantastic slipcover sofa! A dream of mine to own such a sofa that is so traditional – so traditional that we could arrange around it some of my favorite much edgier pieces. AND I could change slipcovers now and then as the seasons and our moods change.

And …. well ….. of course there was a stop into Dean & Deluca. Now there is a place that knows something about design! I did not buy anything, but I sure enjoyed the journey!


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Oh yum …. lunch ahead! Here is a picture of my vegan whole-food lunch. Yes, corn chips are a little over processed, but the rest is not! The meal consists of natural (stir kind) peanut butter, celery, corn chips and organic salsa, chopped up veges marinating in an oil and vinegar dressing, fresh spinach to mix with those veggies come my chow time, and 1/2 apple. Man! It’s a good thing I just had a bowl of oatmeal or I’d by eating my lunch before 10am!

Special note to our daughter, Hannah: See how my various dishes don’t touch? 🙂

Yesterday I made a green lentil soup. I didn’t like it. dang. It was the spices I used – ginger and curry. LOTS of curry! Which I usually like, but this time? nope. I think the basics are good together, lentils, veggie broth (my homemade), whole-wheat orzo, a little tomato paste, carrots, one small white potato, garlic, salt, pepper, and a little sugar. The flavor was definitely not for me! I’m going to make again sometime with something other than curry and ginger.

OK – so here is a picture of a little monster sitting in my refrig!

Pressing my tofu for another meal soon!

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Did I say busy? Super busy last few weeks, but it’s OK. Well, as long as I get “it” all done, and that would be whatever “it” is at the moment.

Worked at the library last night, but went in early to attend a class AND hear Trita Parsi talk about the “political triangle” (my words) of Iran, the U.S., and Israel. I’ve read his works in the past and was thrilled to hear him speak in person. No matter how much I learn – there is always more.

Work tonight as well but will go in early again so that I can hear some of the honors midshipmen present their papers. SO worth it on my part!

But this morning I still have a few hours to goof a little and enjoy a second cup of coffee. Will cook a small pot of lentil soup to enjoy for an early lunch and read a bit. However, before I leave you this morning, I’m going to add a few pictures:

My morning high-fiber energy bowl of twigs, two kinds of bark, a little grass, and fresh fruit for added flavor!

Also, a couple of pictures from my self-touring “Design Day” I took to DC a few weeks back. Betsey Johnson!! I just had to go into the store in Georgetown to get a peek at what is new and what was on special sale from the past season.

The boots are truly different than what I usually find attractive – I don’t like ruffles on much of anything (which has been difficult lately because it seems they are everywhere!!) But somehow? Betsey rocked the ruffles in this case!

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Oh my goodness! I had no idea it has been SO long since I last posted here. Probably because I am working toward the “whole food vegan” thing, and I always talk about the food I enjoy. What if I do not succeed? It’s rather embarrassing to talk for several months about the progress I make, then I fall off the wagon and end up with a mouth full of hotdog and chili!

Anyway, after watching Forks over Knives (see January 16, 2012 posting), I’ve been focusing on vegan and whole foods eating. When I stray to an animal product, such as milk or cheese, I do not berate myself for long. Even though I believe I’d be better off with NO such food, I will not give up on the success I have made because I have 1/2 Cup of Half & Half and 2 Cups of skim milk in a week. And sometimes on Tuesday nights when I work and plan a small supper, 1 oz. of cheese is usually involved.

That confession made, I will focus on making sure there are NO other animal products, and eventually I may eliminate the foods mentioned in the previous paragraph.

But right now, I’ll share a few pictures and tell you about my new attempts at Indian food.

Twice I have been to a new Indian Restaurant in Annapolis, Basmati Indian Cuisine. On my first visit I tried their mutter paneer, a dish I discovered during my Chapel Hill days. And yes, there is cheese. But this meal took place several weeks ago when I was still eating a little more cheese. And it was truly some of the best mutter paneer ever! [I’ve since found a recipe for substituting small pieces of firm tofu for the paneer. Will try that soon.]

This past weekend I went back to this same restaurant and tried their biryani with vegetables. Oh my! My new favorite. Perfectly prepared basmati rice, bite-size pieces of white potato, carrots, and green peas. Add a side of naan and the best onion/tomato curry ever – and I smiled until I could eat no more. Extra treat? There was enough left over for three more meals; I’ve eaten two and froze the rest for one more treat.

Today I am going out to lunch, and since this restaurant is not very veggie friendly, I will stick to the salad bar. They have fresh veggies there and two oil/vinegar dressings. Supper at work will consist of Triscuits, 1 oz. cheddar, dill pickles, celery and peanut butter, and fresh fruit. Already prepared and easy to eat while I read a bit.

Here are a variety of pictures I want to share today:

My cat Kimba, enjoying a few moments on our balcony in the early morning.

An appetizer I shared with the hubby and our daughter in Charlotte, NC a few weeks ago. Delicious food at a Vietnamese restaurant, Phở Real. I ate the two veggie spring rolls – oh yum!

Tofu and veggies in a brown sauce with a hint of peanuts. Scrumptious!

Brent and Hannah each had chicken phở. If I remember correctly, they ate it all!

Soon after the Vietnamese meal while still trying to back away from fish, I prepared a lovely spinach salad. Topped with fresh fruit, candied pecans, and salmon I first marinated in a soy sauce/turbinado sugar/ginger mixture before “grilling” on top of the stove.

This morning’s breakfast? Ezekial bread, peanut butter, and fresh fruit. And yes, there is half & half in that cup of coffee! sigh……

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