It’s cooking time again.

So, for those who don’t know I run a graphic & website design business from my home….while I was still working in technology management for a law firm.  Well, 3 weeks ago I resigned vegetarian_timesfrom my “day” job so that design could take its place.  Very cool.  Very scary.  Very exciting.  What does this mean for me?  Well, more time for my design which I am excited about and super dooper time to go back to cooking and exploring all kinds of vegetarian yummy meals.  I am so thrilled about that, and I dusted off all of my Vegetarian Times magazines (some dating back to 2004 or earlier).  I am sifting through trying to make a book of my fav recipes so I can start cooking again.  Yay.  Maybe I will take pics for ya’ll to see.  Stay tuned….

It’s Lunch Time…

Yup.  It’s Sunday, been working on some websites since 6am, and now it is time to eat.  So, I’m off to Red Robin.  They pack the best damn Gardenburger in the world.  Why?

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Well, first it is a Gardenburger.  The brand, I mean.  I’m not a favorite of soy burgers at all, cause if I wanted to eat something that looked and had the texture of meat…I would just eat meat.  But, Gardenburger is so good cause it is packed with yummy grains and protein and all sorts of tasty things without wanting to be meat when it grows up.  So, I am including a picture of my yummy concoction cause it is one that has to be seen to be believed.  For those who don’t know, or don’t have a Red Robin…I will tell you exactly what is in there from top to bottom.

  1. Bun – Traditional sesame bun that is!
  2. BBQ sauce – Why?  Cause I can, that’s why.
  3. Onion Straws – Actually, I ask for these to be on the bottom or else they would slide right off due to the next ingredient.
  4. Sauteed Mushrooms – Yummmm.  I love fungi.
  5. Lettuce – Just getting something green in there for good measure
  6. Pickles – A little twang is a good thing
  7. Other Bun – Why?  Cause I would make a mess otherwise.

Okay.  I’m off.  I just had to share this with everyone.  Yummmm, Yummm!

Where to eat lunch in Downtown LA.

McCormick & Schmicks, without a doubt.  I have always loved this restaurant, even when I used to eat fish…and since becoming a veggie they are one of the few restaurants that I can try almost anything on menu with little effort.  On top of that, my favorite waitress is there : Norma.  What a sweetheart.  She knows me by now (eat there enough) and is always helpful with trying new things without meat or just bringing me my favorite – Spicy Seafood Stir Fry without the…you know!mccormick_logo

The bread is always fresh and yummy, and sometimes I find a equally perfect soup to pair with it.  Expensive you might say?  Perhaps.  Be prepared to drop at least $30, but the meal is unequalled and I would pay twice that amount for it.  Trust me.  It’s that good and ask for a Phone Booth.  They are the coolest little rooms, that seat 2-6 people (some are larger than others) and they used to have cool old fashioned princess phones in them.  They took them out, but the atmosphere is still wonderful!

Bon Appetite.

Gotta love Amy!

When I became a veggie years ago, I figured that was the end of my quick & easy meals.  I did, for the first 2 years, cook all of the time.  It was fun, playing with tofu to come up with Lasagna that was just as tasty as the dairy version.  Then work took over, I started my own graphic/website design business, and I found myself not eating so I could sit in front of my Mac and work.

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I don’t think so!  I love to eat, anything…and this was not going to work.  So, I searched through markets and found Amy.  WOW! Her meals are the best, have all kinds of good stuff….and I can find vegan varieties that are damn tasty too.  Check out my latest favorite, her black beans and brown rice.  Yummmmmm.  I mean that.  This coming from someone who is very picky with eating, even though it appears to all my friends that I never stop eating.  Don’t fear, I eat tons but don’t weigh the same.  I think it will catch up with me when I hit 40, but damn I have years before then and I will continue to live, love food…and rely on my metabolism.  Go go go…..

Another day in veggie land…

logo_van_goghSo, it was lunch at Claim Jumper…and a snack of rennet-free smoked gouda that I love so much (Van Gogh) .  I’ve been very fortunate in my business (graphic & website design) and recently acquired a Mac laptop to further my work.  All going well, other than my drive on the 5 freeway this morning behind a horrific truck carting chickens to….well, we all know where they were going.  I have to say I always avoid these trucks like the plague, cause they honestly hurt my heart.  I’ll drive in front of them, hoping that the driver can read my bumper exclaiming “If you are what you eat, does that make you dead meat?”.  I am sure I am never taken seriously, and totally ignored, but I do my small part.  If one person being green can save the world, then my stand against eating animals can save lives too.

Oh…don’t doubt me.  My bumper does exclaim that, along with “Go Veg” in the corner.  I am proud of it too!