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Albuquerque: The Really Good Stuff

Albuquerque: The Really Good Stuff

There’s something about the last day of a trip that lights a fire under your butt.  So with the sunrise, I sought to make the most of my last day in Albuquerque. And that means I start with a good breakfast. Ok, a really good […]

Santa Fe: The Really Good Stuff

Santa Fe: The Really Good Stuff

It was a short walk from my hotel to breakfast at Cafe Pascal’s, right on Santa Fe Plaza–the heart of downtown. This is a popular place so centrally located, dressed to the nines in New Mexican flair, and with awesome service.  I had to doorbust […]

<b>Repost from 12 years ago!</b> My Letter To Leopold, bcc: Muir

Repost from 12 years ago! My Letter To Leopold, bcc: Muir

Dear Aldo, I write to you from an abandoned farm in an indescript rural town about 15 miles or so from Interstate-80, the massive throughway that stretches from New York to California. Yes, our great country is completely engulfed in a web of asphalt now […]

Road Americana (quick pictorial)

Road Americana (quick pictorial)

I love everything about being on the road. I get to eat everything up, using all my senses.  And things are old and rundown yet ooze life. And there is weirdness, an endless supply of weirdness. Style and colors Textures Color Function Oh and this […]

Cowboys, Donuts, Petroglyphs, Fajitas in New Mexico

Cowboys, Donuts, Petroglyphs, Fajitas in New Mexico

Today I heading back north from Roswell, New Mexico towards Albuquerque, I came upon these two cowboys having a squabble across Highway 285.  Now, if I pulled over for everything that piqued my interest on the road, I would never get anywhere!  Colors, textures, abandoned […]

Roswell, New Mexico

Roswell, New Mexico

That is me hanging on to the matriarch of this family during a UFO encounter.  Yes, I’m in Roswell, New Mexico.  Being a fan of the strange and unusual, Roswell has been on my list of places to visit for quite some time.  Well I […]

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

My 23rd National Park: Carlsbad Caverns. Every time I go to a new National Park I say to myself, “This is the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen.” And it’s true, at the time. But this place, this time is just… (resisting urge to deconstruct […]

Heading South: White Sands National Monument

Heading South: White Sands National Monument

A visit to White Sands National Monument, 100 miles north of the Mexican border, had more enchanting views, more blue sky backdrop.  This state is so varied in its beauty.  Standing within these stark white sand dunes was a thing of fantasy.  It’s like you’re […]

Cosmic Roadside Attraction: Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array

Cosmic Roadside Attraction: Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array

Though I’d love to say that I joined Fox and Scully in the New Mexican desert to discover a mysterious and striking field of giant radio antennae pointing to our dear sky–emitting, absorbing, tracking… The possibility of an intricate and expansive government conspiracy is alluring. […]

Day 2 in the Land of Enchantment: “Beautiful.”

Day 2 in the Land of Enchantment: “Beautiful.”

My second day in New Mexico was absolutely beautiful. With a bright blue sky behind all I did, I ended the day sun-drunk and in awe, again, of this country, her land. I realized that I can hike devotedly for hours for the reward of […]

Ancient Culture & Upscale Vegan Options

Ancient Culture & Upscale Vegan Options

New Mexico has preserved remnants of countless ancient peoples. From the prehistoric Clovis Man to the Anasazi, ancestral Puebloans, the number of historical sites in the area is mind-blowing. One of the Anasazi, the Chaco Culture, inhabited Chaco Canyon in current day New Mexico during […]

Roaming About the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Badlands in New Mexico

Roaming About the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Badlands in New Mexico

In the northwest corner of New Mexico, just east of the Navajo Nation, is 45,000 acres of wild land: the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Badlands. 70 million years ago the land was a river delta from an inland sea that used to flow from the present-day Arctic Ocean to […]

Weird Vegan Valentines & Divine Treasures

Weird Vegan Valentines & Divine Treasures

I read this one as “You do all the others” at first.  The beet is an important part of the sentence. You are the dapper apple guy of my eye… Wait what? Your unkindness? You have a red pepper temper, my dear. We would make […]

Vacation in New York City

Vacation in New York City

Oh that? That’s a steak tartare from the all-vegan French place in the West Village, Delice & Sarrasin. I took a vacation in my city, making an occasion of booking a hotel room in Times Square for a friend’s birthday celebration. On the way in… […]

Super Bowl 52 Tater Tot Nachos

Super Bowl 52 Tater Tot Nachos

Happy Super Bowl! I made tater tot nachos with homemade tater tots for the occasion.  And now I’m going to sit on my butt for a while. Vegan Nacho Cheese (adapted from here) 1 medium Yukon Gold potato, peeled and diced 1 medium carrot, peeled […]

Eggloo Goes Vegan

Eggloo Goes Vegan

In this Insta-age of eating, a photogenic meal can create quite the buzz. Like Eggloo and their specialty dessert from Hong Kong, Gai Dan Jai (translation: Little Eggs). After they tried a vegan waffle out at the Vegan Food and Drink Festival at Randall’s Island in […]

XYST-entialism in Chelsea

XYST-entialism in Chelsea

Yet another Matthew Kenney eatery has opened its doors: XYST.  As with all Matthew Kenney eateries, the plates were pretty and the Chelsea space was a beautiful refuge. Here is the brunch pictorial on my recent visit. Falafel Waffle: smoked tofu scramble with cashew hollandaise […]

Tofu Pasanda From Vegan Richa

Tofu Pasanda From Vegan Richa

I love Indian food. What other cuisine would have me using 8+ spices to prepare?  8+ spices plus tons of garlic and fresh ginger… Heavenly.  Because the warmth of those spices and it’s crockpot-friendliness, Tofu Pasanda is my lunch for the week.  The recipe is […]

In the Gray of Things

In the Gray of Things

And just like that, 2018 is 1/12 done.  Here’s to the color in the gray. 1) Fire in the sky. 2.) A complicated vegetable sushi roll with greens and pickled things  3.) Summer-inspired vegan macarons from Confectionery! in the East Village: orange creamsicle, mango-lime, strawberry milk, […]

Checking In On Me/These are a few of my favorite things: <b>introspection</b>.

Checking In On Me/These are a few of my favorite things: introspection.

A while back when I met an age milestone, I made a book of 50 things life had taught me so far.  And I think I gave it to my Mom? After another milestone, I am now revisiting these and am set to create a […]

Creamy Cauliflower Horseradish Soup

Creamy Cauliflower Horseradish Soup

Though it doesn’t seem like soup weather this weekend, I made A Virtual Vegan‘s Creamy Cauliflower Horseradish Soup for the week.  I made one small tweak–cooking the onion and garlic up with the thyme in the pan till nice and flavorful instead of stewing all […]

<i>Blue On Blue:</i> Oat & Millet Blueberry Pancakes with Blue Beauty Protein

Blue On Blue: Oat & Millet Blueberry Pancakes with Blue Beauty Protein

Like that annoying woman in Pulp Fiction, I wanted blueberry pancakes last night.  So I decided to tweak a recipe to include Moon Juice’s Blue Beauty Protein. And I wanted to use the way healthier oat and millet flours over all-purpose. They turned out great […]

TEFF Noogies

TEFF Noogies

Ok, so I tried another ancient buzz-worthy grain: Teff. Teff means “lost” in Amharic… because it’s so damn tiny.  Each grain is like a third the size of a single quinoa seed.  First originating in Ethiopia and Eritrea between 4,000 B.C.E. and 1,000 B.C.E. , it’s […]

Some Vegan Things I Like Lately

Some Vegan Things I Like Lately

My Canon PowerShot G9X is always with me.  It’s a lovely point and shoot with a throwback design that reminds me of my grandfather’s old cameras.  I was excited to find a faux leather case that suits its aesthetic.  I was also excited about this […]