Category Archives: My Talented Friends

Update: Exciting News + A Little Recap From Last Week’s Post

First, a really exciting announcement. My friends and I launched a new vegan cooking blog last week. I am so proud of it and it is still a work in progress – but it’s a labor of love. My friends (Chelsea and Melissa) and I are working really hard on it and taking it really seriously – it’s something we are so passionate about and we are really hoping the blog takes off in both the vegan and the non-vegan world. It’s a little blog about our lives and our friendship and our food – please check it out and tell friends about it: www.weareapplesandoranges.blogspot.com

So, this seriously isn’t going to become a diet blog even though that’s what it currently sounds like. Because, yawn. Who wants to read ANOTHER blog about some obsessive person trying to lose weight/restrict calories/etc. There are billions of those and I refuse to be one of them because despite what it seems like, I rarely think about my weight anymore, those days are long in the past. I do, however think about my athletic performance and my ability to run long distances and do long ass weekend workouts which is where most of my diet concerns come in.

With all that said, I am going to update you on my little diet experiment plus answer some questions I have gotten. All in all, it’s going pretty well. I’ve come to terms that I do need fun food in my life (hello, check out www.weareapplesandoranges.blogspot.com), I definitely need wine and I need some whole grains to make me happy. So, I’ve come up with a 90/10 approach. Six days per week, I am on my paleo vegan madness regime (which isn’t nearly as restrictive as it sounds – I’ll post more sample menu’s this week), but one day per week I’m “off” or three meals per week I’m “off”.

Being able to compete athletically has become strangely important to me, I run a 5k and wonder why I can’t shave a few minutes off my time or I want to be able to keep myself going around mile 8 when I physically want to give up. That’s what this is truly about. My posts here won’t revolve around dieting or competing or losing weight – but you will definitely see some of these recipes I’m trying on www.weareapplesandoranges.blogspot.com and they won’t be boring – I promise!
PS – I will still be posting here regularly. Less about food. And more about me.

The Short Of It

I still really don’t have a lot of time to update (the darn boss is in town and that requires me to work harder). BUT, I’ve had a really great week.

My friend Chelsea is in town from Brooklyn (she comments here often) and is the most fabulous vegan I know – she’s been insanely helpful with my transition and she’s just fun to hang out with. I got together with her and our other vegan friend Melissa (who is equally as amazing as Chelsea) – we made the most delicious vegan meal ever and I laughed and smiled more than I have in a long time. Girlfriends are the greatest.*

I got enthusiastic approval to write for the local paper – vegan restaurant reviews here I come! I’ve been slightly slacking with this. But, I’ll let you know when things are posted.

I’ve extended this another week. Seriously, check it out and comment. It’s a great campaign and it would mean a lot to me. Plus, his book is seriously, seriously good.

In other news, I’m happy it’s April – I love the longer days and sunny skies.

*The recipes will be posted somewhere. Not here. Stay tuned.

An Introduction To Understanding + Book Giveaway

One of my closest friends in the entire universe is probably the most talented and intelligent person that I know. I’m not speaking out of bias – I’m merely speaking the truth about him. To continue with the truth theme, I could go on and on and on about what a rad guy he is – but I’m going to let you all discover that on your own terms. Also, remember when I mentioned some guest posting a few entries back? He’s someone to look out for – I plan on convincing him to write guest post here from time to time.

Justin Sirois and his friend and colleague Haneen Alshujairy have started a remarkable movement – the Understanding Campaign. The goal of this campaign is to break down stereotypes by teaching everybody to read just one word in Arabic because they (and I) believe that understanding starts with just one word.

Pronouced Fihm

ف = F
هـ = H
م = M

I really encourage you all to not only visit the Understanding Campaign’s Web site, but join the group on Facebook and add the link to your site or blogroll. I believe in this so much that I’m offering a little incentive to do so.

As I mentioned before, Justin is extremely talented and his writing is both intelligent and beautiful – the things that he is able to do with language are astounding. He and Haneen collaborated on a chapbook, Mlkng Sckls about two young Iraqi’s fleeing Fallujah.

So, here’s the deal – I’m going to send a copy of Mlkng Sckls to a commenter selected at random (Hey, J – wanna sign a copy for the winner? Let me know. If you say no now, you’ll look like a douche). There are rules though – to be entered – you have to either join the facebook group or add the link to your blogroll.

So, please check it out. Tell your friends. This campaign has the potential to be huge and amazing – so please, please, please contribute.

EDIT – Winner will be chosen on Tuesday morning. So you have until then to add and comment. YES.