Archive for November, 2010

in vino veritas.

Wine shop in my neighborhood, entertain me as I pass by?


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love’n boots.

Objective: purchase a new pair of black boots.
Budget: $200.

Riding boot height // combat flair, I stalked these bad boys for a solid month before committing.  Are they practical? Will I get use out of them during the following season?  Finally after scanning dozens of websites and stores looking for the perfect “sensible” boot, I asked: Why the hell am I questioning something I love? Perhaps this is the answer to other life ponders but if my budget allows for just one new pair of black boots this winter, I’ll be damned if they don’t make a statement. The excessive and dramatic laces accented by the red zipper are the elements that attracted me to these boots.  Paired with something super simple or girly, they’ll add a nice little pop and a little bit of grunge to an outfit.

{ Boots: Steve Madden. Brooch: vintage, mom’s jewlery box.}

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Strict, unwavering, will not take a bite of your string bean if it has grazed that chicken, vegetarian: thirteen years. Self proclaimed health food enthusiast: three years. 

This place has been on my “to try” list for a while now I just haven’t had the money for a pricey din or a dining buddy willing to shell out the bucks for vegan fare.  A few weeks ago when I woke up to an email from my foodie friend saying that Pure Food and Wine was being featured on Groupon, I couldn’t whip out my debit card fast enough to buy the discount and make reservations for the very next day.

As a successful upscale(ish) raw, vegan restaurant, the food is delicious and the taste of high-quality ingredients is evident in every bite, however, you can read that on any review by people who know how to properly write reviews. What I am most impressed by and what sets the restaurant apart is the belief system served in conjunction with the food.  Along with resourceful plant based concoctions, the constantly changing menu, refreshed monthly to include what’s in season, offers nutritionally beneficial dining. Nothing is heated above approximately 118 degrees in order to preserve vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, upholding the restaurant’s raw label. Accustomed to eating hot food, this was somewhat odd at first but the combination of flavors spoke for themselves and were enjoyed fully without the accent of heat.

We shared a few things off the menu but I’ll only include my two favorites.  A white light tini: lemongrass, ginger, green tea and unfiltered sake.  Needless to say it was the healthiest cocktail I’ve ever had. It tasted pure – not sugary, it was perfect.  As for solids: Zucchini, local roma and heirloom tomato lasagna with basil pistachio pesto, sun-dried tomato marinara and macadamia pumpkin seed ricotta.  Shall I repeat this combination of ingredients? In Italian vegan food world, this is an orgasm on a plate.

Thank you PF&W, not once did I or my carnivorous friend feel jipped in flavor or quantity. Thank you for not boring me with a standard veggie dish of tofu, greens and legumes.  Thank you for not soiling the vegetables by saturating them in butter, cream or oil.  Thank you for offering ingredient based health as opposed to low fat / low calorie focused health. I love you Pure Food and Wine, please partner up with Groupon again soon!

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There are a few rules I like to follow when assembling a costume:


do it yourself.

  keep it warm, keep it tasteful. 

it mustn’t restrict your dance moves.

and most importantly, the more “its”, the merrier!


{happy halloween}—-.

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