Our idea of what constitutes "food" in American culture has become so skewed that it is almost unrecognizable. Our supermarkets are packed with products whose ingredients include unpronounceable chemicals, dyes, bacteria, and growth hormones. They are irradiated without our consent and contain GMOs.It's time to bring back FOOD. Pure unadulterated organic RAW food.This blog is a documentation of my continuing journey on a plant-based lifestyle.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Kraut Success, Bowls of Yum, & Thrifty Vintage Delights

After four days of poking, pushing, and prodding my Jalapeno-Cumin Kraut was finally ready to be eaten today! It turned out magnificently! Oh, it was sooo good, if I do say so myself. It was deliciously spicy, but with a subtle sweetness from the carrots.  I threw some on top of my usual bowl of yum, which is a varying amalgamation of cucs, avo, various herbs, zucchini, nutritional yeast, and dulse. I even threw some romaine lettuce on there like a raw food nerd interpretation of a deconstructed taco! (I'm reaching here, totally...)

The kraut is peeking out from behind the romaine!

I make food for other people all day long. When it comes to my own meals, I'm a certified lazy mclazerson. I like things that are simple and fast with minimal ingredients (aka less clean up, thank god.) If I can throw it into the blender and it tastes good together, I'm as good as golden. Don't judge the green mush soup...stew..(stewp???)

So, onto my exciting news!!! Well, I'm finally get married! We've officially set a date, found our location, and are getting the ball rolling on making all the arrangements. We got engaged last August right before coming to California after almost six years, but we didn't want to get married right away since Kev was going to be in Grad School. Let me tell you, a year goes by really fast! I am beyond thrilled. Though, in my mind, this is really just a mild formality. As far as I'm concerned Kevin and I have been 'married' since October 2006 when we moved into our first apartment in NYC together. Once you live with someone and really get to know them, getting married just becomes a nice way to declare your love in front of other people.

(picture from 100layercake.com & onelovephoto.com)

I'm determined to make this wedding as eco-friendly and green as humanly possible. I've already found a caterer who is going to work with me to plan a vegan and raw vegan menu. They also use all local and organic ingredients! My dress will be vintage for sure. Organic flowers. And I'm looking to get seed paper invitations. We're getting married in Sonora, CA which is about three hours outside the Bay Area. It's rustic, indie, vintage, and a bit French Provencal....in other words, everything I've always wanted.

We've been pretty set on getting married in New York City since it's always been our place, but when I looked at the pictures for this location I knew in my heart that this is where I had to get married. We've decided that we're going to get our marriage license in New York that way legally, we'll be married in NYC.

Nearly all our friends and family are on the East Coast so any advise about 'destination' weddings or planning weddings in general would be greatly appreciated. I've already decided that I am not going to get stressed over this in any fashion. I mean, this is supposed to be fun right? An un-complicated celebration, that's what I'm going for!

Time for yummy green smoothie ice cream and The City....and ok, I watch the Hills too, but only because it hilarious to watch it crash and burn...

Lots of yums coming this week!


  1. COngrats on finding a venue that you know is *perfect* for YOU!!!!

  2. Congrats!!! How exciting!!! :)

    I have got to make some kraut, I love the stuff!!! Enjoy!

  3. Congratulations, that's super exciting! I think it would be interesting to hear your process of planning a raw/vegan wedding - everything from food to the decorations. Keep us posted!

  4. Congratulations!!! I am so happy for the two of you:)

  5. congratulations :) what happy news!

    "cucs, avo, various herbs, zucchini, nutritional yeast, and dulse" - this sounds like a totally new combination that i dont think i've EVER seen before. i want to try it asap as i have all the ingredients except dulse!!

  6. Congrats! My only advice would be to keep it simple and don't stress over it too much. Have fun and let the small stuff go.

    I like those shows for the same reason. ;-)

  7. OMG, girlie!! Congrats! What a whimsical place to get married. Can't wait to hear more deets. Love that you're going the eco friendly route too! Awesome. Mmmmm, kraut!!! :) Have a lovely weekend!

  8. Congratulations! My advice on destinations is like that of Miss Manners. You want to keep your friends afterward without pressuring them to spend their vacation bucks on your wedding. So send an announcement instead of an invitation to most people, and state that your parents are hosting a drop-in reception in ---whatever month --- back in New York for all your nearby east coast friends. You'll get lots of well wishes, and then can celebrate with no stress back in New York.