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Quarter Life Crisis is in Full Effect

With it being my junior year of college, nearing my senior year, I’m faced with the inevitable fact that someday I will actually have to be an adult, living by society’s standards. 

This obvious fact has always been in the back of my mind, but it hit me with a real pang the other day when I seriously had to do laundry. As I no longer live in a house with my parents or in the campus dorms, I am at that point where I have to use real, grown-up laundromats. It sucks. As if it’s not enough of a pain having to wait around for the washing cycle to finish while you have much better things to be doing like watching How I Met Your Mother on Netflix, trudging several blocks with my bright orange bag of dirty clothes makes me want to break down crying. As I clambered up the hills of Capitol Hill, I suddenly had the thought that from here on for like, the REST OF MY LIFE I’m going to have to do my own laundry. And probably a *husband’s and child’s laundry as well at some point. What a horrid thought. 

*Said husband is expected to do the laundry 50% or more of the time. It’s not the 1950’s. 

The laundry revelation on top of my current playing of the “waiting game” in terms of summer internships is setting me up for a serious Demi Lovato a la “Camp Rock” moment. 

You know, where she sings more self-affirming or self-questioning songs than you could shake a stick at. 

“WHO WILL I BE??!!”

I, too, ask myself this often, Demi. 

 

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Veganism Didn’t Really Work Out for Me

As most of you know, I decided to be vegan for the month of April.

I had good intentions, I really did.

Thing were going peachy for the first week or so until I realized that I was continuing to mindlessly down cappuccinos on the daily without really thinking through the fact that there is cow’s milk dwelling within every cup. Whoops.

This gave me flashbacks to my days as a grasshopper gluten free-er when I was slowly but surely watching my world crumble figuring out how many things contain gluten in this cruel world. When I made the initial decision to go vegan for April, I went in with the impression that veganism meant cutting out basic things like cheese and eggs. Sort of in the same way that most people think that cutting out gluten is just cutting out bread.

Truth is, I hated the initial transition into being gluten free for the reason that it was just learning about all the things I couldn’t ever eat again. Why I thought it would be a grand idea to put myself through the same thing again with veganism, je ne sais pas.

Anyways, what is funny is that I was never actually vegan since I was accidentally ingesting milk every day in my coffee delights but my intentional failure occurred last week when I buckled down and bought some eggs.

I blame it on this picture that popped up on my Tumblr feed:

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Perfectly scrambled eggs on a crispy piece of buttered toast slathered with salted and peppered avocado? I’M DONE.

Sorry, veganism, smell ya later.

It was fun while it lasted.

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I’m Legal!

Guess what guys?! 

I turned 21 on Wednesday! It’s a little weird to think that the next “landmark” birthday will be my 25th when I can officially rent a car… we all know how exciting that one is. 

As my birthday landed on a weekday night, I made plans with a good friend of mine to do some simple Buffalo Exchange shopping and then grab a quick dinner. We took a bus down to the part of town that we were going to get some food (Capitol Hill, for you Denver dwellers), and got there around 4:30, a good two hours before our dinner reservations. After we finished up our consignment shopping, we had some awkward time to kill. I told my friend that the restaurant would probably let us in early but she was adement about going to this used bookstore down the road. We went in and were browsing for a suspiciously long time, finding all kinds of bizarre books that only exist in used bookstores. I started to feel like something was up that my friend wasn’t telling me, and as 6:30 came around we headed over to the restaurant. 

We turned the corner into the restaurant and what do you know- ten of my best friends were in there waiting for me with balloons and a hilarious homemade edible arrangement!

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We’ve got some serious Lydia the Lurker in the background.

 

I’ve never been surprised before so the sight of all those people there for me made my heart swell with happiness and gratitude for the amazing group of people I get to call my amigos.

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Don’t I have a good-lookin’ group of buds?

I guess I ought to mention the restaurant we were at… It’s City o’ City, which is a very hip and urban organic restaurant with tons of gluten free and vegan options. I ordered my usual-the savory waffle-and got a complimentary potato vodka from our server. It was less of a shot and more of a sippy cup portion but like a true 21 year old, I downed the thing in two gulps. Potato vodka, as it turns out, is actually quite pleasant- it’s got a bit of a fruit juice flavor to it. Yum. 

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A post-vodka, mid-bite snapshot.

My friends, all of whom are “normal” eaters- no one is even vegetarian – absolutely loved their food and praised me on my skilled restaurant choosing abilities. After a few years of being gluten free, one has to find a good restaurant and stick to it like glue. City O’ City is that restaurant for me. Go, if you’re ever in Denver!

Now that I can hit up the bars and be a real-life adult type person, what drinks should I order? I’ve gotten used to ordering gluten free food but I feel like ordering gluten free alcohol is a whole other can of worms that I have yet to open. Suggestions welcome. 

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Vegan & GF “Chipotle” Burrito Bowl

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Chipotle is my savior: I can’t count the number of times that I have been starving to death without the energy to even pour myself some cereal* and Chipotle is there to save the day with it’s hearty portions and quick service.

* dramatization

Anyone who is familiar with Chipotle and likes it (the only kind of person I associate myself with) knows that they probably drug their food with addictives so it is near impossible to mimic their flavors. However, I have attempted the impossible and came up with a pretty close version to the real thing! Mind you, I was working hard in the kitchen, sobbing over red onion, for a good hour when I could have just sacrificed $7 for the real deal but where’s the fun in that?!

Part 1: Lime Cilantro Rice

1 cup long grain rice (I used Basmati) 

2 cups water

1/2 lime’s juice

a handful of cilantro, chopped

salt

Boil the water, add the rice. Cover and cook for 20 minutes or until the water is evaporated and the rice is fluffy. Once fully cooked, add in the chopped cilantro and the lime juice. Stir until completely incorporated and add some salt to taste.

*I added the cilantro while the rice was still really hot and it wilted the leaves a little too much. I would wait a bit for the rice to cool until adding the cilantro so that it keeps a level of freshness.

Part 2: Corn Salsa

12 oz can of corn (sweet corn is the best)

2 small jalapenos, chopped to small bits

1/2 small red onion, finely diced

Handful of cilantro, chopped

2 limes worth of juice

salt and pepper to taste

Simple: combine ingredients, stir to full incorporation.

Part 3: Black Beans

Open can, heat over stovetop

Part 4: Guacamole

1 ripe avocado

1 small roma tomato, chopped

1/2 jalapeno, diced

small bunch of cilantro, chopped

1/4 red onion, chopped

Squirt of lime or lemon juice

Salt and pepper to taste

Mash up avocado into a bowl. Fold in the diced tomato and the jalapeno. Stir in the cilantro and red onion bits. Squirt a bit of lemon or lime juice into the mix and shake in as much salt and pepper as desired (taste as you go to add whatever you think it needs more of).

Pile all parts onto a plate and DEVOUR

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Daily Life

In Which I Bear Many Fruits (and Vegetables)

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Well, folks: Tomorrow is the big day… I’m getting married to Josh Hutcherson.

Haha, psych. You believed me though, yes?

Due to an idea that I will probably regret immediately, I will be starting the vegan chapter of my life tomorrow for the entire month of April. And by vegan I just mean no meat, no dairy, and a main focus on vegetable and fruit centered meals. Just as we celiacs know that being gluten free doesn’t necessarily mean being healthy since you can still technically gorge on Snickers candy bars, being vegan doesn’t have to even be a healthy initiative, especially if I were eating pounds of dark chocolate or entire bags of potato chips. However, my purpose is to improve my own health while doing my part for the environment and my animal friends.

I can’t go into this thing unarmed, of course, so here’s what I’ve stocked my kitchen with:

Almond milk, Coconut water, Coconut oil, Basmati Rice, Quinoa, GF oatmeal, Frozen berries, Bananas, Mangos, Spinach, Broccoli, Strawberries, Oranges, Grapefruit, Sweet Potato, Bell pepper, Apples, Blackberries, Avocado, and because I am of the female sort, Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups and a Peanut Dark Chocolate bar. Listen, I might have a mental breakdown within the first 24 hours of this if I don’t have at least the prospect of getting chocolate.

I thought about getting those uber-Vegan snacks like kale chips and coconut macaroons but they were, like, $8 for a teeny package at Whole Foods. Ain’t nobody got money for that. Especially me, considering my nasty Topshop addition and the “need” to get at least one cappuccino every day.

Any suggestions from you vegans out there as to what goodies I should get?

 

 

 

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