Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Beauty of Vegetarianism

I have to put a disclaimer out there... I love animals, but I'm not vegetarian to save the world or to protect animals from unjust harm... I do it for health.

I just love the idea of simplifying everything. And why not take the chance to simplify my eating habits. Instead of thinking about how to be healthy while eating meat (surprisingly hard) I decided to cut meat out of my diet all together.

See how beautiful my meals are now? Compare that to a bloody, thick slab of steak (although delicious).

Perhaps I'll get to the point where I decide to be this new thing called flexitarian, eating meat in small amounts once in awhile... but for now, why bother when I haven't set a foundation. I'm happy with nomming on some green peppers and hummus.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Years Resolution

Many times we write long lists of resolutions. This year I decided that I would have two main resolutions that are an umbrella to the rest. It all has to do with mind and body.

L -- Love
I -- Inspire
V -- Value
E -- Experience


E -- Enjoy
M -- Master
B -- Balance
R -- Respect
A -- Accept
C -- Centralize
E -- Excel

Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum

Today was the "First Free Day" for the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum in Boston.

Although the museum is well renowned, I didn't get what was so great about it. I love art, sculpture and architecture but the way that the building brought the three together threw me off. I didn't get the sense of unity amongst the art pieces. Without a functional way to view all the pieces drawing their spirit together there can't be a sensible way to view it.

Throughout the building there were absolutely unique and beautiful sculptures, busts, fireplaces and of course the beautiful green courtyard. Some of the art was even built into the walls, but it just didn't do it for me. Perhaps I'll go again when it's free to view the art, but I'll need to go through with an audio set to truly understand what Ms. Gardner was trying to bring to the table.

I'd have loved to include a picture of what I mean, but absolutely no photography (even without flash) is allowed in the museum.

PF Changs

Went to PF Changs last night. SO GOOD. Had a 6:30 reservation and we didn't get seated until 6:50 or so, but those who didn't have reservations had to wait 3-4 hours! -- Ridiculousness on New Years!

The vegetarian lettuce wraps were so good that I swore they had meat in them (I thought the tofu tasted and had the same texture as pork). I sent the dish back and then was wholly assured by a multitude of managers and our waiter that it was in fact vegetarian. They brought me a new plate of the dish and IT WAS UNBELIEVABLY delicious. If you get the chance, GO [and get the lettuce wraps]