Baby, Now That I’ve Found You…
Benvenuto and Happy Friday!
For the past three years I’ve been in Athens, Ohio, I’ve been disappointed in the lack of markets. I haven’t been able to find seitan, tempeh bacon, soy yogurts, fresh produce, or unsweetened carob chips anywhere in Wal-Mart or Kroger, let alone within walking distance. Thursday, however, my disappointment was replaced by utter surprise and joy.
Knowing I had a lot to do yesterday, I woke up early. I snacked on half a naner with Mighty Maple, got ready for the gym and skiddadled. I was confused by the weather, as it was gray and unsatisfactory. “Weather.com, you lie! You said it was supposed to be 65* and sunny!” Moving past my realization that weather.com is poo, I did 5.2something miles on the elliptical while reading the Miley frickin’ Cyrus profile in Glamour. I actually didn’t realize she’s only 16 with a billion-dollar brand tied to her. I do have to hand it to her for that. And Disney. I finished my workout with arm machines and a few ab machines, and 10 minutes of stretching.
The sun was trying desperately to come out of the clouds when I left the gym. YES! I missed you, baby! The rest of the way home I fantasized about what I wanted to wear for the day. Judge me if you want; I just like clothing–especially fun-colored spring and summer clothes.
A shower and a white deep-V neck tee with banana-cream-colored pants outfit later, I made the first meal of the day:
In the bowl: 1/2 C fat free plain Stonyfield yogurt mixed with 1/2 scoop protein powda, uncooked oats, Kashi Honey Sunshine, Kashi Heart to Heart, 1/2 naner, strawberries added to the yogurt, then topped with a bit of Smucker’s All Natural p.b. This was creamy, sweet, delicious:
I spent too long primping and reading mail before heading into the newsroom. I received word yesterday that I will be rooming with a female this summer at VegNews! Get this: the apartment is directly above the office. I’m getting even more excited! I really barely believe it’s real and that it’s going to happen. AH! I’ll be in San Fran in five weeks. Whoah.
Editing my news story about triathlon athletes with Muffin was a breeze. She’s incredible at what she does, and she didn’t change much in my story. If you’d like to read my news-writing skillz, click here for the article. Writing that piece was hard because I had so much great information, but news writing isn’t the best for sharing all the details and describing them. It’s short, but it’s a 12-inch story that made it on the front page of the paper today– a first for me! Guess it helps to know the girl who will most likely be the editor in chief of the paper next year: Muffin! She’s going through the application process right now.
After editing I ran a few errands and then started to visit resaurants and shops to talk to sources. Places I went to speak with owners and staff for a piece I’m writing: Restaurant Salaam, Donkey Coffee, Casa Nueva, Import House, Blue Eagle, Della Zona, THE FARMACY!!! Ok, I’ll get back to the Farmacy, but I saw this guitar in Blue Eagle, a music shop, and had to show my fellow food lovers:
“Hot and Sweet Peppers” is a hand-crafted guitar made by a local Athenian. Isn’t that awesome?
After that, I found the store that has changed my entire perspective on grocery shopping in Athens: The Farmacy. It’s a five-minute walk from my house, but in a direction I never go. Yesterday I ventured in that direction, and baby, now that I’ve found you, I can’t let you go. The people who work there will be sick of me by the end of this quarter.
The Farmacy has all the bars, local produce, locally-made breads, grains, yogurts, cheese, non-dairy cheese, all the Quorn, Amy’s, Ezekiel I could ever want, just everything. I walked around the store with my jaw dropped. How had I not discovered this heaven before?
I walked home with a huge smile on my face, two bars and fresh chipotle hummus in my hand. By the time I got home it had been over four hours since I last ate. I was so distracted all afternoon that I didn’t even notice. Muffin and I were to have dinner in a couple hours, so I didn’t want to totally ruin my appetite. Enter SnackPlate:
The chipotle hummus is a bit chunky and pasty, but I love it. The chipotle really adds a subtle heat and round flavor. The sign above the hummus said that they use organic, wheat-free tahini. I had no clue tahini was in any way related to wheat. After the SnackPlate I had a pretzel rod with Mighty Maple, just because I wanted it.
At 6 p.m. I headed back uptown to pick up wine to have with dinner. Muffin and I went to Della Zona, a local pizzeria that is steadfast in using local, organic foods. LOVE. I had the most incredible personal pizza:
So what’s on that beauty, you ask? Marinara, roasted red peppers, onions, parmeZano (their non-dairy cheese) and…SWEET POTATO! Of course I had to get the one with sweet potato! How could I resist? This pizza was light, crispy, softly sweet and all-around sensational. I saved one piece for leftovers. I will be going back to Della Zona for sure.
The rest of the night was spent with MisterMan. We watched a really horrible movie, Sex Drive. Never see it. It was obviously written, produced, directed and casted by men. It features women in an infuriating matter, has unnecessary nudity and was full of guy-humor. But not even smart guy-humor that I normally enjoy, just dumb stuff.
It’s gorgeous outside today, so I’m sure I’ll spend most of the day out there! I’ll be back tomorrow with a pic of my Friday going-out outfit, because I’m a fashion girl, too, and would like to share it. Have the best weekends ever!
Ciao for now,
Question: Do you read newspapers anymore? If so, in what form: paper or on-line? If not, do you read any print journalism?
I’ve never been one to read newspapers, but I hoard all my magazines. Magazines are pure entertainment for me. I open it and the rest of the world goes away. I seriously love them and will never stop reading them.
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