Lately I’d say my eating hasn’t been the greatest. Trevor always reminds me that it’s all relative and that what I’ve been eating lately is probably still pretty damn healthy in some people’s books; what I know is that I feel better (physically, mentally) when I’m eating lots of greens, beans and fruits. I’ll tell you one thing 2013 has taught me: being unemployed is hard. Somehow, being unemployed makes it harder to make time to eat healthy, even though you have more time. For me, I guess that goes hand in hand with being quite demoralized and disheartened, and my motivation to treat myself with kindness goes out the window.
This year has been full of lessons, frustrations, feeling a bit like I have a black cloud hanging over my head, and learning to laugh so you don’t cry.
I recently finished up my inaugural holiday zine! Amey over at Vegan Eats and Treats inspired me so much with her zines full of sweet little drawings, and I knew I wanted to spread some holiday cheer since this year has been tough for a lot of people I know. While I’m not quite the illustrator as her, I’m not too shabby at drawing anthropormorphic food and cats!
So much fun. I’ve mailed some out to friends and I’ve got some for giving out to friends and family in person, so if you see me, I’d love to give you one!
It’s getting ridiculous how many eateries in London are inviting vegans to the table. Such a wonderful change from how it was even 5 years ago. One place in particular, Fresh N Wolfe, has been really stepping it up. The Wolfe brothers, who also own the Early Bird next door, are no strangers to veganism; even if the menu at the Bird doesn’t really speak to that. Trevor knows these guys from growing up in the hardcore scene (Justin and Trevor played in Acacia together) and once upon a time they were all vegan. Furthermore, these guys just really know their way around a kitchen. Everyday they’ve got stuff that’s labeled vegan and it’s got the Wolfe flair for flavour. I’ve been making a point to get there for lunch when budget permits.
You know what else is great? Receiving surprise care packages in the mail from Germany. My friend Raphaelle and I did a care package trade a few years ago and hers never made its way here (I’m thoroughly convinced someone in customs really enjoyed some goodies). I received a package at random this week, stuffed with goodies from Germany from her, to “make up” for last one’s disappearance. SO sweet.
There’s some pâtés there by Culinessa, which I had never had. I’ve had (and LOVED) Tartex, but this was new to me. There is Shiitake-Pastete, Vegetarische Teewurst, and some other kind that was herby but I forget the name because I already ate it. There’s a package of Alnatura Bratwürsten sausages, which were so yummy with mustard, and I’m pretty sure Trevor scoffed most of them – the man loves sausages! Plus Spacebar travel sausages, yummy marzipan filled chocolates, marzipan balls, almond bars, superstrong black licorice, and a lovely handmade notebook. Try as I might, I just can’t get into licorice, but Trevor loves the stuff and has been enjoying those very much. Thanks, Raphaelle!
I’ll be back with another installment of what I’ve been up to/eating soon! We’re off to Windsor/Detroit tomorrow, where we’ll be eating at a new-ish restaurant called Detroit Vegan Soul. I have never really desired to visit that area, but we have some business to take care of there so we may as well check that place out and visit the Trader Joe’s in Grosse Pointe!