March 2013

March was a very special month. I got to try French Laundry! Thank you Monica for the reservations. And, I had the best company ever! Had a great time with David and Sonja! The food and service was everything I had hoped for. And, to top it off, we went to Bouchon Bakery afterwards and got lots of delicious treats.

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February 2013

Started off my skiing this year at Park City. And found the perfect little condo – ski-in and ski-out and a very short walk to main street. Park City is one of my favorite places to ski. It’s easy to get there. The skiing is decent. And the main street is fun! Great restaurant in Park City – High West Distillery and Salon.

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I also went to another Shark game in February.

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January 2013

2013 started out very strong.

Barbados

A trip to Barbados, the homeland of Rihanna, kicked off my year. It was great. Beautiful, blue water. I think the best water I’ve swam in. Warm, calm. Everyday around 1 pm, during the trip, I took a swim, thinking, “only a few more days left of this. Must take advantage.” Here I am sitting under a canopy. Yes, I know I am in the tropics. But, my friends also know I avoid the sun like the plague. And, yes, I am wearing multiple layers of sunblock.

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Vegetable-Laden, Three-Pepper Chili

Chili

To eat a vegan, no-oil diet, and enjoy it, takes planning. So, what I’ve been doing is buying lots of veggies at the farmers market and grocery store and preparing my meals over the weekend. One meal that has worked well for me is a vegan chili. What I love about it is that though it’s “healthy,” it’s also delicious. And, one pot of this lasts about 3 days.

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Kale and Brussels Sprout Pasta

_DSC0411Tonight, I felt lazy.  I didn’t want to cook.  So, I went to my cabinet and pulled down two boxes of cereal (Oatmeal Squares and Cinnamon Crunch).  I was about to pour it into my bowl and have exactly the same meal that I had for breakfast.  Then I thought…I can do better.  I should do better.  I need to eat healthier. I thought about the Brussels sprouts and kale in my refrigerator.  Sigh…should I cook them up?  Finally, I took a breath and put away the cereal.  I had been meaning to try a recipe I saw on Sprouted Kitchen.  In fact, I liked it so much, I had shared it with my friend on Facebook.  So, I went to my Delicious account and found the recipe.  I had, in fact, been saving my kale and Brussels sprout in my refrigerator just for this recipe.  I looked up the other ingredients required for the recipe:  soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, sesame oil, green onions, red pepper flakes.  Check, check, check…but I didn’t have sesame seeds or soba noodles.  But, I did have a pack of angel hair pasta that I had for years, but never cooked.

I pulled out the kale, Brussels sprouts, and green onions.  I looked around the fridge and also pulled out soy sauce, Sriracha, a small bag of shallots, my sad, naked bunch of cilantro (I had used most of the leaves so it was mostly naked stems in a quarter glass of water) and set them on the countertop and got to work.   Continue reading

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