January 4, 2011 § 1 Comment
As you all know by now Dominique, my partner in crime, is a veggie who dabs in vegan. I thought it was time I one uped her and tried to be RAW vegan for a day. I only lasted an afternoon, but OMG I am like SO healthy now.
What is a “raw vegan” you ask? A raw vegan is someone who does not eat meat, dairy, or anything cooked over 104 degrees. I’ve never really had a desire to go vegan. Mostly because I am mildly (ok majorly) obsessed with gourmet cheese. I mean my fiance put aged gouda in my stocking. That must sound really sick to you, but I was more than pleased.
A few weeks ago, the explosion that is downtown got a new joint. It’s called Whole Farms Market. Which may be my only complaint about the place. A little too close to another “whole” name if you ask me. If I was naming a raw food cafe I would call it “Rawdiculous”, but that’s just me. I went on a little culinary adventure to check out what it’s like to go raw.
When I entered the space I was immediately greeted warmly by the family of farmers/owners. The ladies were so helpful and excited to share the world of raw with me. They have their own locally grown produce as well as produce from other local organic farmers. They had hummos for us to sample and their version of brownies made out of dates and walnuts which were actually really tasty! They encouraged me to try their version of “fettucini alfredo”. Let me tell you right now, this doesn’t taste anything like fettucini alfredo. It’s not bad, but it’s definitely not fettucini. Here it is.
It’s made out of kelp noodles and a cashew and coconut cream. When I say that it wasn’t bad, I mean it. The texture of the noodle is definitely an acquired taste. Unlike the richness and creaminess of fetticini alfredo, this was packed with spice. It had lots of nutmeg and cinnamon. Again, I need to emphasize it wasn’t bad, but it just wasn’t what I expected. The more I ate the more I enjoyed it. It just tasted more like a thai noodle to me than fetticini.
I was surprised by how full I was on very little. One of the chefs told me that when our body receives enough nutrients it sends the message to our brain that were full. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I do know I wasn’t hungry all afternoon and that I had a great level of energy. I don’t know if it was the placebo effect or if I was just riding the high of being totally more vegan than Dom for 5 minutes, but I felt good.
Stop by and give it a try for yourself. It was definitely an experience that was worth the trip.
September 20, 2010 § Leave a comment
Somewhere between college and now I forgot the Library existed. While I’ve maintained a love for reading I forgot about how my tax dollars go to this amazing place where I can have access to knowledge for FREE! Being Armenian, I LOVE a freebie, but it took a reminder from my friend JR to reignite my love for the Fresno County Library. She’s a library frequenter among other wonderful things. Here’s a quick snapshot from her blog: click here.
Growing up I LOVED going to the library. I loved the vastness of books upon books. I loved the possibilities. I loved having to use my “inside voice”. I loved it all. We lived down the street from the Leo Politi Library. I have no facts to back this up, but I’m pretty sure it’s the tiniest little library in Fresno. For me, it was a wonderland. It’s where I first checked out From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. It’s also where I checked it out for the 30th time and where I began a love for art and museums because of the magical picture it painted of them.
As I have grown so has the library. It’s still a magical place, but what you may not be aware of is the tech upgrade it’s received. Grown ups don’t have “time” to go to the library. The library realized that. They created an incredible online database that looks surprisingly similar to your netflix queue and I am sort of obsessed with it.
On the Fresno County Library site you can search Books, DVD’s, Audio books, basically anything you would pay too much for at Borders. You can search titles an add them to your list. Here’s what your list will look like as you add titles.
I know, I’m a nerd. Deal.
Ok, from here you’ll click the request item button. You can set in your preferences how you want to be notified when it arrives and which library you want it to arrive to. The greatest part? They email you the week your item is due back! Just a nice little reminder to avoid late fees. Here’s an item I recently requested. Don’t judge.
I know, but I just can’t help myself.
I know position 30 looks daunting, but bear in mind this is a brand new release.
Seriously, I have had so much fun with this. I hope you’ll give it a try.
September 6, 2010 § Leave a comment
Got treated to a birthday pedi at my new favorite spot. Fantasy Nails on Herndon and Williow is the best pedicure for the price I have ever experienced. For $30 you get a complete spa pedicure and I mean complete. This pedicure is unbelievable from start to finish. First off the water stays HOT. The package includes a salt scrub, mud mask and hot wax treatment for your feet. The result is pretty perfect toesies for a fraction of the salon price and that makes this Armenian girl very happy. Check it out lovelies.