Friday, September 30, 2005

Veg Challenge: Day 6

ahh well, at this point it's all just rolling with the punches. today was much easier with me in the driver's seat (as far as my food was concerned anyway). only one day to go and i think i've done pretty well. i've only been seriously tempted twice, and once wasn't even really for meat but rather gummy bears made from gelatin.
breakfast: very berry smoothy with energy boost powder (mmm i'm addicted to booster juice)
lunch: deep-fried tofu; vegetarian wonton soup (both from Vegetarian Haven)
dinner: miso soup; vegetable tempura; avocado roll; wine

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Veg Challenge: Day Five!!??

holy shit, how can it already be day five!?
okay, today i started to crack. things were going well at breakfast (other than the whole fat content issue) but the catering was *amazing* today. therefore making it all the more difficult.
breakfast: soy latte; chocolate croissant; fruit bowl
lunch: portobello mushroom wrap; green salad; diet coke
dinner: ok. i have a story about dinner first. because i need to identify how insanely difficult it was for me to stay veg this evening. after our conference day today the lead team all went out for dinner (clearly on the expense account) to this very amazing moroccan restaurant. so we look over this deliciously short menu and i realize that there are only two vege entrees...and a TON of delicious looking lamb, beef and fish dishes. my mouth was quite literally watering.
i can't even really report on what it was that i finally ate, mostly because i didn't understand the language of the menu, and also because there were so many different ingrediants and spices in the dish that it was impossible to ascertain what was what.
but basically i had:
avocado, tomato and greens salad
some kind of rice, vegetable and fruit stew-like dish
creme caramel
2 glasses of shiraz.
totally delish though, meat or non.

Veg Challenge: Day Four

a bit easy-breezy today...once again thanks to catering and takeaway.
breakfast: half a bagel, cream cheese and jam; fruit salad; soy latte
lunch: a bit more difficult as i had to fight for the few vegetarian lunch entrees. finally elbowed my way to vege quiche and mixed salad.
dinner: two springrolls; fruit jellies and nacho dip (it was games night tonight - appetizers all around); three glasses of red wine.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Veg Challenge: Day Three

Breakfast: Half a bagel, cream cheese, handful of fruit....not enough coffee
Lunch: Ham & cheese sandwich stripped of its ham....still not enough coffee
Dinner: Delicious indian vegetarian thali dinner, diet dr.pepper

....still going strong.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Veg Challenge: Day Two

second day, not so bad. although really, it was the weekend and the weekend for me is all about eating out....so it was more a matter of looking away from the carnie side of the menu. breakfast was a rush because todie and i were off to the Word on the Street festival to accost Shaunessy Bishop-Stall, which we did in fine form...we're pretty much dating him now.
but off topic...
lunch was back to the hot & sour soup, delicious, nutricious and 1.5 minutes of nuking away. no big whoop. dinner i was undecided if i would splurge on some indian takeaway or try to cook something up on my own. after running 5.6 km and realizing i was in no state to visit the local grocer, i decided to raid the fridge of veggie remnants and create a random pasta dish. garlic, tomatoes, red peppers, broccoli and rotini later...i was in business. and quite a delicious business at that. and i have to admit that it was all quite painless.
so far so good, and only five days to go. the tricky part will be negotiating the three business breakfasts & lunches i have lined up for the next three days....catering is usually quite skint with the vegetarian menu and i'm going to tire of egg salad pretty quickly i'll tell ya.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Vegetarian Challenge: Day One

so today, against the wishes of my own body, my inate human nature, my carnivorous soul....i have attempted to start the vegetarian challenge. for the next seven days i will bend my will to stay away from all meat products. this includes chicken, pork, seafood, gelatin and all "meat influenced" foods. this however does NOT limit me from eggs, cheese or dairy...i mean really, a girls gotta have something. thus my blog will serve as a menu keeper for the remainder of my challenge. please pray for my soul.
day one menu:
breakfast: 4 mini cheese danishes (no one said vegetarians were low-fat); milk latte and cranberry juice
lunch: hot & sour soup; pretzels & hummus
dinner: the special at Vegetarian Haven, consisted of tofu balls with a ginger & mushroom sauce and shanghai noodles. totally delish. glass of red wine.
so far so good, other than the fact that my body is brimming with gas and i'm afraid that my bf will touch me for fear of ripping off a loud, disgusting fart... yah, other than that i'm doing great :)

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Who wrote these rules?

Watching all of the craziness and chaos going on in the south right now, it's almost impossible to imagine oneself amidst such a complete disintegration of civility and humanity. Now, don't get me wrong...I don't consider myself to live a genteel existence. I push my way to the front of a crowd, roll my eyes when someone asks for a "small" at Starbucks (ugh) and am annoyed when confronted with loud, young children in restaurants, bookstores, shopping malls, sidewalks....in general, any place where I am consumed with my own life details.
That being said, there are several rules that I find Torontonians live by. Rules that not only allow us to demonstrate some "urban-gentlemanliness" but also allow us to live our busy lives at the highest level of busyness possible. Here are a smattering of rules that I enjoy.

Stand right, walk left.
  • most certainly one of the most common rules recognized daily and en masse. also an excellent way to differentiate your fellow urbanites from your tourists.

No talking on the subway.

  • my friend pennington learned this one the hard way when he was severely shushed by me during a morning commute. i find this rule to be most commonly ignored by students, old chinese ladies and young eastern european ladies. i also feel the most intense hatred for violators of this rule, particularly on weekday mornings.

Make way for those exiting the car.

  • another subway rule. and another one that inspires hatred and violence. people who stand in front of the subway door, or push to get on while there is a crowd pushing to get off...these people need to die horrible deaths. possibly a punch to the neck, a knife in the eye or even a swift push onto the tracks.

Internet dating is a standard way of life.

  • now this is most certainly a personal one. mostly because i've met the love of my life through this handy little gem. suburbanites or people who live outside this city don't understand the hell that dating can be here. just because i'm crushed into a city of 4.5 million does not mean that i speak to more than 10, hell 5 of them. and the fact that internet dating has evolved passed the axe murderer taking out a personals ad in the local daily does not occur to them.

Dealing with beggars, leaflet distributors, whores and dealers.

  • don't get me wrong, i fully support that this group is among the the lower caste of our society (leaving room for Rogers employees, Collection agencies and Scientologists), however they must be dealt with humanely and swiftly. there is a formula that must be followed in an interaction/altercation with any of these folks.
  • Step 1: do not make eye contact until confirming that some type of interaction is being initiated on their part.
  • Step 2: look them in the eye. if you're unsure of where the eye socket is due to dirt, hair, scar tissue, kohl liner or blackened flesh...simply look towards the highest point of the body.
  • Step 3: politely, firmly and audibly say "No, thank you" or "Sorry, no" or "Thanks but I've got all the crack I need right now".
  • Step 4: move swiftly beyond the interaction without any hesitation, without looking and without wondering if that crack addict really was looking to buy a coffee.
  • Step 5: under no circumstances suggest that the instigator go get a job, go fuck themselves and/or propose some type of physical violence (unless it's the god-lover at dundas square)

That's my rules for now, I know that I'm missing many but I hope that this will be a good intro to gentlemanly/gentlewomanly living.