Read MFK Fisher’s memoir, A Year in Dijon. A foodie memoirist before the word was invented. She recounts her youthful 20’s during the in between world war years of peace in France, specifically the quaint town of Dijon. Her precise observations of people and settings are laced with interesting word combinations making the descriptions even more alive. There’s just enough dialogue and inner monologue to keep the narrative flowing and just enough funny incidents to keep it light.
Highly recommend if you are a history or food aficionado. Better, if you are both.
Reminder to self:
Eating Mindfully – No more senselessly eating in front of the TV. Set the table. Eat outside. Put utensils down between bites. Listen to music or silence. Light candles. Pay attention. Focus. Bring mind to the task or life moment. Check in with appetite. Pause. Reflect.
Also – Walk, wonder, write. My 3 W’s for Women. How can you be authentic if you don’t know who you are?
Intelligent Eating + Exercise = Health
And what does intelligent, smart or correct eating mean?
For me, I choose organic, vegan foods. If I was always on my game, all my foods would be whole. I like to eat processed vegan foods so I am not always so conscious. I know for me, I just can’t have sugar, wheat or peanut butter. They are triggers and lead me into the black hole of bingeing.
There are some obvious unhealthy choices like fries that could be considered treats. If you can have just one, then it has no power over you. I am not one of those people. So, it’s smart for me to know what my triggers are and then to stay away from them. Just one bite and I am off and running.
Exercise can mean a walk around the block, one hour on the elliptical or a game of tennis. Everyone needs to determine their start point and build upon it.
Whatever works for you WILL work for you but getting your head around it first and then planning it is best. You have to feel ready and balanced to begin or refresh your regimen. Or, you have to be fed up. If you feel sick and tired of being sick and tired, you must not give up. Just take it one step, one meal and one day at a time.
As it is cooler in the San Bernardino mountain range at 5300 feet above sea level and the air is breezy and clean, I decided to make a triple C invention: a Cauliflower, Cannellini bean soup thickened with Cashew cream and topped it off with water sauteed mushrooms, red onions and fresh basil. Yum. Satisfyingly delish. No oil, no salt, no sugar, no starch.
On Monday, we gallivanted over to the center of Orange and visited The Duchess of Cambridge Design Center and Green Door Cafe.
Strategically positioned, every inch of space at The Duchess is a vignette of class and sophistication. Whether indoors or outside, the store exudes posh and chic style. The natural setting and the structure’s fine bones all lend to exhibiting elegant material goods. The mood is set, the colors are modern yet soothing and the older home is built with fine craftsmanship and expensive millwork.
ML at one of the many Duchess garden spots under a banana yellow Datura Tree.
After a pleasant shopping experience, we headed towards Green Door Cafe, a few blocks away. At Green Door, vegan and vegetarians eat together amidst art created by the owner’s son. My favorite appetizer is the buffalo cauliflower. The florets are drenched in an orange, hot sauced batter and baked. The accompanying vegan ranch dip cools the heat and coats your mouth with tanginess.
We agreed on sharing the kale walnut muffin with icing which was to die for.
Although we stayed close to home, we had a satisfying adventure.
It’s 2018 and a visit was due.
First and foremost, reuniting with kidlets.
Second, VEGAN FOOD!
I traveled well and let my daughter drive as I relaxed. We listened to her well-planned playlist that hit all the right notes intended. Dogs were such great company too.
It’s so good to hug and laugh with your adult children.
Love you guys.
Back to the Future 2018
Our first meal was in the automotive repair district in Oakland where they took advantage of the warehouse and set up a vegan eatery (formerly a food truck) named Hella Vegan Eats.
Have you ever heard of S.O.S.?
SOS stands for No Salt, No Oil, No Sugar.
It’s a take on ETL or Eat to Live with a catchy title but it is the same nutritarian diet created originally by Dr. Furhman. Use whole foods and a minimum amount of or no processed foods.
Instead of oil which is processed, use fatty vegetables and nuts to make creamy dressings and water sautee your produce. For example, avocado dressing with lemon juice or cashew butter with seasonings and vinegars.
Instead of salt, use herbs and spices.
Instead of sugar, use fruits as your sweeteners and desserts.
If only I could stick to it.
A few days before Christmas, my daughter V grilled me a vegan lunch that was every bit as delicious as a classic bar-b-q. Striped onions, peppers and marked vegan sausage paired well with baked beans, pickled sauerkraut, dill pickle slices and Dijon mustard swirls.