Vegan Heaven– Found
Hello gorgeous people! I swear I don’t mean to be obnoxious, but Thursday was exquisite. What makes me happiest, other than being around my friends and family, is being around the kindest people in the world and enjoying downright delicious food.
The day started with a drool-covered wake-up call. At least I know I was sleeping well. After showering and slipping into my robe, I kicked off the day a non-vegan way:
This breakfast reminded me why I don’t eat citrus in the morning. It upsets the usually happy walls of my tum. Does that happen to anyone else? I still loved that tart and juicy grapefruit, though.
I got dolled up in Audrey Hepburn-inspired ankle-length black pants and a short-sleeved turtleneck, a face of light makeup and a head of straightened blonde strands.
When I arrived at work, no one was there! I was only five minutes early, but normally there’s at least one person in the office. I have keys, though, and let myself in, opened the blinds, turned on the lights, filled the tea water and got to work. Everyone showed up in a few minutes!
I sipped a black tea and then a coffee while I fact-checked and edited a story of mine. The cereal and grapefruit held me from 7:40 a.m. until about 10:30 a.m., when I recognized audible sounds from my stomach. Only two more hours till lunch! Haha, only. I somehow made it, though.
Today we had an incredible guest eat with us at lunch. Tal Ronnen, who was Oprah’s personal chef for her 21-day vegan cleanse, sat with us and shared great stories and insider veg news. He was unbelievably nice, humble and fascinating. We ate an awesome spread made by Colleen, one of the co-founders of VegNews:
All these ridiculously amazing meals have me terrified for when it’s my turn to cook! AHH! Until then, I’ll continue to enjoy the fruits of my co-workers’ labor. This was one of the best miso soups I’ve ever had. It had broccolini, kale, carrots and tofu, all in big chunks:
Tal stuck around for a while after lunch, and we got a sneak peek at his upcoming animal-free cookbook! It’s beautiful and everything looks wildly delicious!
One of our staffers is on vacay until Monday, so I got to take over some of her jobs. One of them was taking pictures of the items we received throughout the day and then blogging about it. So my thang! (You can check it out at VegNews’ website under “This Just In.”) I got to play with Photoshop, which was fun but took me a while. A perfectionist+ Photoshop can be a dangerous thing.
Almost as dangerous were today’s INSANE goodies! The VN staff ordered a box of baked goods from Sticky Fingers Bakery for me and Charlotte (Charlotte–hurry up and get here so you don’t miss out!). At 5 p.m.-ish we sliced up some treats:
Holy. SHHHH!!! Okay, so what we have here is a slice of a “Little Devil,” which is a chocolate cake with a creamy filling, coated in a chocolate shell. This was fabulous, but it was nowhere near as fabulous as the “Cowvin Cookie,” two oatmeal cookies sandwiched with a creamy filling. These are vegan, but they tasted so buttery, so rich, so unforgettable:
I went back for seconds on the Cowvins…and then thirds. Have I mentioned I love my job?
I didn’t leave the office until 7:45 p.m. because sistah was busy workin’! I had news to write, yo. I also had to clean out our spam, and by the end of that my eyes were on fire. (Missy Elliot always plays in my head with the word fire: “ya’ll I’m on fiyyaaah!”)
I came home ready for savory food and made exactly what I wanted. New groceries make me so excited, and I just want to try everything at once! Thus:
In the whole wheat lavash wrap: huge scoop of TJ’s Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus (a-freaking-mazing), spinach and mushrooms. On the side: TJ’s Vegetable Masala Burger with TJ’s ketchup.
You know what the Masala burgers taste like? Burger King’s French Toast Sticks!!! I am not even kidding you. The whole time I ate them I thought,”these are fantastic, but what do they taste like?” About 3/4 of the way through, it hit me! So naturally, I love these!
For a dessert course–in case I hadn’t had enough today– I had zeese:
Then I made the choice I knew was destined: I sat down with the bag of pretzels. How can people stop at just a few of these? Not happenin’ here.
Well kidlets, I’m going to bed early tonight so I can get up tomorrow and fit in a 4.29-miler before work! And as I’ve been typing I’ve been petting my eyebrows. Yes, they’re that hairy that I can pet them. Time to groom. On that note, love you boos!
Ciao for now,
QUESTION: Do you know of any fabulous vegan restaurants around the globe?
I’m just curious how far-reaching veganism is. I’d love to hear about your experiences!
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