Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The end of an era

Hey everyone,

I've been doing a lot of thinking about these challenges and the blog in general. It has definitely been a fun eight weeks, but I feel like I might have moved on. When I started this, I was in need of something different, but now I'm getting busier with work and with various classes that I'm taking and there doesn't seem to be a place for this blog anymore. I don't want this to turn into something I don't enjoy doing and it has been starting to go down that road lately, so I think I'm going to call it quits for a bit. I might do the odd challenge here and there, but this isn't going to be a weekly blog anymore.

Thank you so much for following over the past few weeks! It was really fun to share this with you.

Love you all!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Being nice really pays

And by pays, I mean gives you free stuff. I was in the vegan grocery store, Panacea on Bloor today and I ended up talking to the owner for like 20 minutes. She was super nice and gave me a free Chocolate Amaranth Bar, which I happen to love! It's not like I was being nice so that I would get free stuff, but I know for a fact that if I wasn't just as nice to her as she was to me, I would not currently be eating the delicious combination of chocolate and Amaranth!

Yay kindess!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Hey everyone,

Sorry for my laziness this week. I guess No Internet Week got me out of blogging mode.

Speaking of last week, I can't figure out my scanner, so I've taken pictures of last week's posts. Here they are!

So Kindness Week is going full force. I'm busting out my best Prairie niceness this week. I don't want to toot my proverbial horn, so I won't regale you all with the niceties of this week, haha. Much too awkward. I'll just say that lots of doors have been opened for people, several directions have been given, and I've smiled at A LOT of strangers.


Tell me something nice/helpful you did this week. The person with the nicest story wins! I haven't decided on a prize, but you win!

Ta ta!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Back online!

Hey everyone,

I'm back!! It was a great week in many ways, but I am very glad to be back. I wrote my blog by hand this week, so I'll try to figure out my scanner and post those later today. If I can't figure it out (very likely) I'll take a picture or something, haha. Stay tuned!

On to this week. It's getting increasingly harder to come up with new challenges. If you think of anything that would be good for a challenge, please let me know! The past few challenges have been focused solely on me, so this week I want to do focus my challenge on other people. It's going to be a week of going out of my way to help or do something nice for other people. Whether that's helping someone who is lost on the street or helping someone move or anything else. I don't really know how this week is going to play out. Everyday will be different, but that's a good thing.

Any suggestions? Feel free to comment on this post.

Pip pip cheerio!

Monday, June 14, 2010

I'm too old for this

Concert week is over. It's been great, but man am I tired. I've had late nights every night of this week. I'm going to bed at nine tomorrow, ha.

This afternoon was the Bloor Street Festival where Bloor Street, from Bathurst to Spadina, was filled with performers and local vendors selling food and an assortment of other things. I watched a great band from Mexico. They were from Veracruz, where I visited with Up With People. It was a really fun show. I was transported back to Veracruz, minus the humidity.

Tonight, I saw the band Peggy Sue at Sneaky Dee's. I wasn't too keen on going at first because I was tired and had already seen a concert today, but I'm so glad I did. They're from London, England. There is no one named Peggy Sue in the band. They are Katy Young, Rosa Slade, and Olly Joyce. It was a fabulous show. I'm too tired to articulate my thoughts about the concert, other than that I really enjoyed it. Check them out!

This has been a great week. I love live music! This was a very social week, but I feel like next week will be quite different. It's No Internet Week. Drop me a line so I'm not too bored. I'm going to write my blog on paper and then scan them to post next Monday. Don't miss me too much!

Love you!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Such a good week!

Hey everyone,

Sorry for not blogging this week. My mind has just recovered from being blown by all of the amazing concerts this week. This has been such a great week!

On Thursday, I saw the Choir of St. Chad's College from Durham, England. Oh how I love choral music. I forgot how much I love it. They sounded great. Actually I think it would be hard to sound bad with the amazing acoustics at the Metropolitan United Church, so then they sounded especially good. I learned that there are free concerts at the Met every Thursday at noon, so I will likely be taking advantage of that. It was a nice little break in the middle of the day. I was really glad to have an afternoon show because I was already getting tired from going out the past three nights and I knew I had three more to go.

On Friday, I went with some friends to see a band from our very own York University, The East End Lovelies. It's funk/hip hop/pop (according to their Myspace) and really energetic. It was quite a fun show!

And then came last night. One of the best musical nights of my life. I went to see one of my all time favorite bands, First Aid Kit. I'll start with their opening acts and leave the glory that is First Aid Kit for last.

The first act was a girl whose name I never did catch, so this is kind of a pointless review. She had a bit of a rocky start; there were some problems with the sound, but she ended up recovering and gave a great show.

The next act was Samantha Crain and her band from Oklahoma. They were a pleasant surprise. Samantha had such a beautiful, unique voice and they were such a treat to watch/hear. I would definitely see them again if I had the chance! One song had a kazoo. Clearly amazing. As I said in my first concert post, I love discovering new bands when they open for bands I already love. Here are some videos of Samantha Crain. Enjoy!

Now onto First Aid Kit. I'm borderline obsessed with them, ha. They were so great live. They are just lovely people. They're Swedish and it's already common knowledge that I love Sweden. Klara and Johanna Söderberg are a sister act from Stockholm. They have created some of the most beautiful and complexly simple harmonies I have ever heard. They have been gathering fans for the past few years mainly from their videos on Youtube and are currently on their first American (and Canadian) tour. A few months ago, I never would have thought I'd be seeing them live, so I'm very happy I got the chance to see them.

Here are a few of their videos. Check them out. Love them. Enjoy!

One more concert tonight! I'll post it when I get home, because starting tomorrow, it's No Internet Week! Scary!

Love ya!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Three cheers for live music!

Hey everyone,

Yes I know, I'm behind by a day. Cool your jets. I've just been so busy seeing shows..

On Tuesday, I went to the Rex with Iris to hear some great jazz. I think the band was called the Chris Gale Quartet. We didn't catch all of them, but after their set was over, there was a jam where anyone could come up and play. That was really cool. This girl who was maybe 18 came up and started singing Bye Bye Blackbird with the most perfect jazz voice ever. I recorded it, but I can't upload it for some reason. Dammit Internet, you fail me again. Just imagine it.

Last night was a real treat. I got to see She & Him at the Sound Academy with a bunch of friends. For those of you who are behind on the times, She & Him is a duo of Zooey Deschanel (She) and M. Ward (Him). You might know Zooey Deschanel from the movie 500 Days of Summer where she starred as Summer. And you might know M. Ward from just being amazing. (M. stands for Matthew, by the way. We were trying to guess this all night.)

They were wonderful. They sounded great live and had tons of energy. I did, however, get a touch of a diva-vibe from them. They made us check our cameras at the door and only talked to us like three times. The first was to ask how to pronounce Toronto, the second was to tell people not to use flash, and the third was to talk about the weather. Their energy and music made up for it.

The opening act was a bit awkward. They were the Chapin Sisters. I wanted to like them. They sang interesting songs with interesting harmonies, which usually I really like and find very ... interesting, but I don't think they achieved it as well as they maybe could. One really weird thing was that Zooey came out and sang back up on one of their songs. I've never seen the main act sing back up for the opening. But it was kind of cute because they sang back up for She & Him.

It was really crowded and super loud, but we were under the speakers for most of it, which didn't help. We somehow managed to get right to the front of the stage. By the end, we were second from the front. I'm impressed that we weaseled our way all the way up there.

Overall, it was a really fun concert and I'm really glad I went. I don't have any documentation of the concert because they checked my camera, but I'll post a few of their music videos. Enjoy!


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Ingrid Michaelson!

Hey everyone,

I started Concert Week off with a bang! Last night, Laurel and I went to see the fabulous Ingrid Michaelson at the Phoenix Concert Theatre. It was such a good concert. Probably one of the best I've seen. She's a performer who is so great live. Not only did she sound amazing, she is really friendly and hilarious. She was just being herself and having a great time onstage and the audience loved her for it.

I'm going to post a couple of her songs here. The first one is probably her most famous. It's called "The Way I Am" and it was featured on Grey's Anatomy and in an Old Navy commercial. This video is from Good Morning America and it includes a cute, little interview.

The next one is the hit from her new album, Everybody. It's called "Maybe". Check out all of her music. Every song is as great as the last.

Her opening act, Matt Morris, was a great way to start the night. I really love discovering a new band this way. Ingrid originally opened for Jason Mraz and look at her now.

This promises to be a great week! Bye for now.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Birthday and Horror


Today I'm posting about two movies that couldn't be more different.

I'll start it off on a happy note. Yesterday, in honour of my birthday, I watched Twenty-one Candles, ahem, Sixteen Candles. I've seen it, but ages ago, so I happily watched it again. I only have four words to say about this movie: I love the '80s.

Now today was not so fun. Today's genre was horror. I loathe horror movies. I get nightmares and am paranoid for days. I've virtually seen no horror movies, so I had a lot to choose from. I decided to settle on a classic horror movie: Psycho. Terrifying. As far as movies go, it's well done; the acting is really good, there is a fascinating story, the cinematography is great and the music will raise the hairs on your arms. Who wants to take bets on how long it will take me to fall asleep tonight? This type of horror movie scares me the most. I'm (marginally) less scared by ghosts or zombies or other imagined villains than I am by villains who could be walking by me on the street or running the motel I might stay at on a dark and rainy night. I will now never stay in a motel.

This concludes Movie Week! It was a fun one. I got to see some fantastic films. I'd recommend all of the movies I saw this week.

Next week might be my favorite so far. It's Concert Week, where I'll be seeing a different concert each day. Stay tuned!!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

"Who ever thought I'd like a musical called 'Springtime For Hitler'?"

Hey everyone,

I'm really behind with blogging, sorry! I have been really busy the past couple of days, and today is my birthday, so I wasn't really around to blog.

Yesterday, I watched a comedy: 'The Producers'. The original. I honestly don't know how I managed to not see this movie, as I love Mel Brooks movies, especially when they star Gene Wilder. That said, I'm very happy I chose 'The Producers' as my comedy film. It's such a classic.

For those of you who aren't familiar with 'The Producers', director and accountant, Biyalistok and Bloom, respectively, try to earn a fortune from their new play on Broadway. Biyalistok and Bloom, however, aren't trying to create a hit. Quite the opposite, in fact. They are trying to create the worst musical ever made, entitled Springtime for Hilter. Their plans change when Springtime for Hilter becomes an instant success. As you can clearly tell, hilarity ensues.

Zero Mostel (Biyalistok) and Gene Wilder (Bloom) are so funny to watch. They must have had a ball making this movie. This is such a quotable movie with such gems as "I picked the wrong play, the wrong director, the wrong cast. Where did I go right?" I've seen the 2005 version of 'The Producers' with Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane, which is a surprisingly good remake, but the original is by far the champion. See this!

As for today, I switched sci fi/fantasy to birthday movie, in honour of my birthday. I chose '16 Candles', despite turning 21. I've actually seen '16 Candles', but it was so long a go that I really wanted to re-watch it. Unfortunately, I had to stop it because I had a birthday party, and I'm now too tired to finish it. I'll finish it in the morning and blog about that as well as tomorrow's film tomorrow. Thanks for understanding! Any good horror suggestions for tomorrow?? I put it off until the end because horror movies scare me so much! Nothing too terrifying, please!


Friday, June 4, 2010

Romance (and foreign)

Hey everyone,

I watched the romance film sort of by accident. I was just watching it for fun, and it turned out to fit the romance bill perfectly. It could also worked as a foreign film, but I make the rules.

It's a Danish movie called Worlds Apart, or To verdener, and it's based on a true story. Sara is a 17 year old who has spent her whole life as a devout Jehovah's Witness. She goes to a party and meets Teis, an older boy who is not a Witness. Sara falls in love and begins to doubt her faith. She is forced to choose between love, family, and Jehovah.

This honestly one of the best movies I've seen in a while. All of the characters were well fleshed out and the actors were so honest that it felt as though you were watching actual people in their real lives. Rosalinde Mynster, who plays Sara, is a superb young actor. You could see her internal struggle with making such life altering decision. There must have been a lot of chemistry between Mynster and Pilou Asbæk (Teis) as their on screen relationship was very believable.

The director, Niels Arden Oplev, presents an unbiased and nonjudgmental portrayal of Jehovah's Witnesses. This film could have easily become a movie about how Jehovah's Witnesses are a cult or are "bad", so I was pleased that Oplev didn't take this route. This makes Sara's decision seem all the more difficult and real to the audience, because you see the love she has for her family and her community.

I highly recommend seeing Worlds Apart.

What sci fi/fantasy movie should I see? And horror?

Love ya!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

I want a dragon! or Animated

Yesterday, my mom and I went to How To Train Your Dragon in 3D. It was the perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon. Or any afternoon. Or evening. Or pretty much any time.

Hiccup is not your average Viking teenager. He's weak and skinny and just so happens to be the son of the Viking chief, Stoik the Vast. Hiccup wants, more than anything, to slay a dragon and gain recognition from his village, especially from his father, but because of his size, he is kept away from the dragons. Hiccup befriends the most mysterious and dangerous dragon of all and learns that there is more to these creatures than the vikings think.

I won't tell you any more. See this movie. I laughed. I cried. I wanted a dragon. What more can you ask for? My only qualm is that the teens had American accents and the adults had Scottish accents. Interesting... HTTYD shows you that violence is not always the best answer and proves that love is the most powerful weapon of all.


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Documentary AKA Watch This Movie


Sorry I didn't post last night. I watched the movie pretty late and was too tired to consider blogging about it.

The documentary I picked was Born Into Brothels. I've wanted to watch this documentary for a while now and I'm very glad I did.

For those of you who aren't familiar with Born Into Brothels, a British photographer named Zana Briski went to Calcutta, India to photograph the prostitutes in the Red Light District. While there, she fell in love with the children of prostitutes and began teaching them photography to see this world from their eyes. She gave each child a camera and the photographs from the children are both stunning and haunting. Briski tries to help these children get proper education since many schools will not accept children of prostitutes. She raises money for the kids by selling their photographs and succeeds in helping a couple of the children get better education. Throughout the film, you hear about life in the Red Light District from the children who live there and see how Briski's (and the camera's) positive influence changes the children.

I thought this was a really insightful movie. You get to know these children really well because, as kids, they are extremely candid with their thoughts about their lives in the brothels. Born Into Brothels won the 2005 Academy Award for Best Documentary, although there have also been a lot of negative reviews of this movie. Several critics say this was a "self-congratulatory piece created to show the filmmakers' deeds" and there are claims that it left the children worse off than they were before the film was made. The interpreter of the film said that "the children's despair has exacerbated because they'd hoped that with active involvement in Ms Briski's camera project, there would be an opportunity for them to live a better life" and for some of the children, that simply was not possible. Regardless of the negative press, I think it's a very important film to see. It shows how amazing children are and how, with the right tools, they can do something incredible. You see how powerful, and important, art can be. Instead of focusing only on the terrible acts that happen in these brothels, much of the focus shifts to the innocence and hope that these children have for their lives. Hopefully, by exposing this side of the brothels in India, something can be done to help the people living in them.

Have any of you seen Born Into Brothels? I'm curious about your response to this film. Please let me know what you thought about it and your response to the negative criticism.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Foreign Film

Hey all,

I started movie week off with a foreign film. It's called Everlasting Moments, or Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick, and it's Swedish.

Mother of seven and wife of a drunk, abusive husband, Maria suffers greatly from many harsh indignities until her life is changed forever by the discovery of a new talent; photography. After devoting her entire life to her husband, children and work as a cleaning lady, photography becomes the only outlet Maria has in expressing herself and finding her own identity.

It's set in Sweden at the turn of the 20th century and the filmmakers do a great job in recreating the time period. The actors, especially Maria Heiskanen (who plays Maria), are phenomenal. Although many parts are difficult to watch, ultimately, it's a story of hope, determination and capturing the beauty of life. I really don't want to give it away because I recommend watching it yourself.

Swedish is one of my favorite languages to listen to, and I've really been missing it, so it was great to watch a Swedish movie. Part of it is set in Malmö, Sweden, where my dear friend, Tinna lives, and one character is from Odense, Denmark, where I've traveled to. It was cool to have a bit of a personal connection to the film.

Please give me suggestions for comedy, sci fi/fantasy, romance, horror, documentary and animated movies for later in the week!

Love ya!

Coffee coffee coffee tea tea tea

Hey everyone,

I've finished café week. It went by so much quicker than green week and for that, I'm glad.

On Saturday, I went to a café near where I used to live. It's on Bathurst, near St. Clair and it's called Scratch Espresso Bar. Similar to the Green Grind, Scratch's main seating is one long table. I've decided that I really like this approach. Scratch used to be a gallery, and they still display and sell paintings, clothing, cards and more. There are some beautiful things in there, including some really cool screen printed tees. I had a London Fog and, as many of you know, I'm a bit of a London Fog connoisseur. I must say that I was not disappointed. At all. It was quite a perfect blend of Earl Grey, vanilla and steamed milk. Just enough London, just enough Fog.

I have a confession to make. Yesterday, I went to Whitby early in the morning for a family BBQ and didn't get back into Toronto until 9:30pm. At 9:30 on a Sunday, everything is closed. I couldn't go to a café! So sorry, friends! How will I ever make it up to you?

Well, that concludes café week. It was a very pleasant week indeed.

This coming week is going to be fun, too. Everyday this week, I will watch a movie of a different genre. The seven genres are: comedy, sci fi/fantasy, horror, romance, documentary, foreign and animated. Please give me suggestions of your favorite movies from these genres, and maybe I'll watch your favorite movie this week or, you can join me! I'll supply the popcorn.

Friday, May 28, 2010

A café a day keeps the doctor away

Happy Friday!

I've had two lovely café days in a row.

I stumbled upon yesterday's haunt by accident and boy, am I glad I did. It's called The Green Grind and it just opened earlier this year. As far as coffee shops go, they are one of the best I've seen in trying to reduce their carbon footprint. These are just a few of their great efforts:
-The coffee, tea and food are all organic, fair trade, and locally brewed/prepared.
-The cups, cutlery and lids are biodegradable.
- It's the first (and only) coffee shop in Toronto run by Bullfrog Power, which is clean and renewable.
- They are LEED certified, meaning they aren't just greenwashing and saying their a "green" store, they actually are.
- 1% of all sales are donated to the environmental organization, 1% For the Planet.

These are just a few of the wonderful things The Green Grind is doing to help our Earth and I whole heartedly approve! It had a cute atmosphere, with one long table for people to sit and a couple of areas with comfy chairs. I had a delicious, vegan banana chocolate muffin, and a cherry Kombucha Wonder Drink. Wait, what's a Kombucha Wonder Drink? I had never heard of it either. It's basically sparkling, fermented tea. Yum. It's super good for you and is quite tasty. It tasted kind of like jamaica aguas frescas that I drank a lot of in Mexico.

The only downfall with yesterday is that I forgot my camera! Sad day. I'll be back there in the near future, so perhaps I'll post a picture of it at a later date. For you Torontonians out there, The Green Grind is located on College Street, just a few blocks west of Bathurst. Check it out.

Today, I headed back to Queen Street to a café I've walked past many times, called Quaff Café. It was quite cute inside. I had iced tea with raspberries and lemon. YUM. Those are three of my favorite things. I enjoyed it while reading Little Women. It's a book that, for some reason, I've always wanted to read, but never have. I recently found it in a book street sale for $2.50. and I couldn't not buy it.

Unlike Green Week, this is one week I could continue for a long time. One of my favorite things to do is to sit in a café and read, so this has been a very pleasant week indeed.

So long.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Week Four at last

Hey guys,

Sorry for my absence the last couple of days. It's simply too hot to blog. My computer generates too much heat, so I can only stand having it on for short periods of time.

I might not be blogging, but I'm still doing the challenge. To refresh your memory, this week's challenge is to discover a new café everyday.

It was a bit difficult to find a café open on Monday, other than Starbucks or Second Cup, because of Victoria Day. I wandered around until I found myself in Kensington Market. I found a café just as it was about to close. They weren't making anymore coffee, so I had a tea to go. It was super rushed and I didn't even get the name of it or take a picture. It's just a little unknown café on the edge of Kensington. It was far too hot to drink tea, so when I got home, I made iced tea out of it.

I had a lovely coffee shop experience yesterday. There are a ton of really cute cafés on Queen Street, west of Bathurst, that I always have my eye on, so it was just a matter of choosing which one to try. The one I chose was west of Trinity Bellwoods Park. It's called T.A.N. It's fair trade and locally brewed, which is always cool with me. The woman working was really friendly and the atmosphere was really relaxed and cute. I had a tasty iced vanilla latte and a lemon square. I'll definitely be back. I think there's a patio at the back, but I wanted to stay out of the sun (I actually got a touch of heat stroke yesterday). The best part was the bathroom. All of the walls and the door were covered in pictures and writings in chalk and there was a cup of multi colored chalk to add to the masterpiece. Overall, it was a really pleasant café adventure and I recommend T.A.N. to all of my Toronto friends.

Today, Iris joined me at another Queen Street café, called Niche. As you can see from their sign, they have homemade lemonade. Or, at least, they claim to have homemade lemonade. Both Iris and I wanted lemonade, but they apparently had no lemons (odd?), so we settled on different drinks. I also brought some homemade vegan chocolate peanut butter cups (!) with me to snack on. They are pretty delicious, let me know if you want the recipe, I don't feel like typing it up now. It was a fairly nice place. My one complaint (other than the false lemonade advertising) is that the bottom of the chair left some sort of black, greasy looking substance on the back of my legs. It took us forever to figure out what it was and it was kind of hard to wash off. Bizarre. I will commend them on their music choice of Iron & Wine.

I thought I'd let you know that my relationship with green food is improving more and more each day.

Peace and lattes!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

No more green!!

Hey everyone,

Sorry about not posting yesterday. That just means I have double the green to post today!

I started yesterday off with yet another egg white/green pesto egg wrap. It was good, I suppose, but I am starting to loathe pesto. I used to really like it.

I went grocery shopping yesterday. I've developed green radar for green groceries. I can tell you where almost every green thing is in the store. It's quite a useful skill. Yesterday I found something that combined two things I love: avocados and hummus. Avocado hummus. How could it go wrong? The answer: cilantro. Anyone who knows me well, knows that I hate cilantro. There are few foods that I truly cannot stand, and I would have to say that cilantro is number one. Suffice it to say, I did not love avocado hummus. What a waste of avocados and chickpeas. If anyone wants the rest, come on over to my place. It's yours!

I had some crisp, cool cucumber to cure me of the cruel cilantro. (Whoa "c"s)

I had a hard time finding green dessert, so I settled on lemon lime soda. It was really refreshing.

I didn't really feel like cooking last night, so I got green curry from a Thai restaurant near my place.

I had another peppermint Aero, but I didn't have my camera on me, so there is sadly no picture.

Now on to today. I was so happy when I woke up today because I knew that I only had one green day left. Eating only green food may not seem difficult, but it is extremely annoying.

I woke up kind of late, and didn't want pesto eggs, so I made a lunch-y breakfast. I had another wrap with a broccoli patty, lettuce, and the green sauce I made the other day.

For lunch, I made Spring Minestrone. It was a really good recipe from the same book as the green sauce I posted the other day. It has brown rice, green onion, garlic, asparagus, green peas, and snow peas and is quite delicious. I also had a green salad.

I had a lovely, summery day at the Beach, where I had a piña colada cupcake. It tasted as good as it sounds.

For dinner, I made green pasta with green vegetables and green tofu. Was it green? You betcha.

And with that, no more green food. Ever. That's probably a lie, but I don't think I'll eat much green tomorrow.

Speaking of tomorrow, next week's challenge is to discover a different café everyday. After the annoyance of the green week, I think café week will be a lovely change. That said, if you live in Toronto and have a favorite café, please let me know!

Love you all!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Red food day!

Kidding. It's still green.

I had a few repeats today. I'm going to try a new green recipe tomorrow, but today I was lazy.

I woke up late, so I had a bit of a brunch instead of two separate meals. I had another green smoothie with leftover guacamole and chips from last night.

For dinner, I had the rest of the pasta I made yesterday (told you I was lazy) with key lime pie for dessert.

I was really craving popcorn today. So much so that I almost cheated. Then I came up with an ingenious way to make green popcorn! I popped some kernals (the old fashioned way) and when I melted the butter, I stirred in some trusty pesto. It was actually pretty tasty and, most importantly, green.

I hope you've been eating your greens today too! Chlorophyll is a good friend to have on your side.

Love ya!

Friday, May 21, 2010

A lovely green day

Hello dearies,

Only three days left!! I can see the end. Any suggestions for what my first non-green meal should be?

For breakfast today I had, you guessed it, pesto eggs... I had some egg whites left over from making a key lime pie last night, so I made egg white (green) scrambled eggs. I put them in a green pita with spinach for a bit of a different take. Quite delicious.

Today I decided that I needed protein other than eggs and cheese, so I bought herbed tofu, which is green-flecked. I made green linguine with the tofu, spinach, broccoli, garlic, and zucchini. It was a very nice change to have tofu instead of pesto eggs, and it was a very nice looking dish.

I had a Peppermint Aero chocolate bar for dessert, which was so good. I was starting to really miss chocolate!

Today is my friend, Kitty's, birthday and she had a potluck party tonight! I was excited, but a little nervous, to "go green" at a potluck. Luckily, it was a very green friendly party. I brought green chips with guacamole and a key lime pie. Iris made spinach hummus. There were green grapes and the punch had lime slices in it. They even made some special green cupcakes just for me. How thoughtful! It was also a costume party, if you can tell by my outfit.

I hope you've been inspired to eat more greens this week. I want to know what green things you've been eating! Let me know what green things you ate today and your favorite green dish!

Love ya!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

People For the Ethical Treatment of Green Food

Sorry I didn't post last night. I was exhausted from another green filled day.

For breakfast, I made pesto eggs again. I also made a green smoothie with a banana, two kiwis, spinach, yogurt, orange juice, and soy milk with a splash of agave nectar. As you can tell, not all of those things are green. The new rule is, it's okay if some ingredients aren't originally green as long as the product is green.

Iris joined me for lunch. We made wraps with pesto tortillas, broccoli 'patties', lettuce, and a spread of the green sauce I made on Tuesday. They were surprisingly really tasty. We also had some Key Lime Soda.

For dinner, I made more pesto tortellini with zucchini, spinach, and garlic.

I'm glad there are only four days left. This challenge is a doozy. I'm starting to dream in green.