Only in San Francisco…

…can you end up spending the evening in a pub with two Irishmen and a homeless guy you just met. But more about that in just a moment. I’ll tell you how I ended up there in a bit.

In case you are one of the unaware, I was in San Francisco for the Blogher Food 2009 Conference. I was lucky enough to have Nasoya sponsor me for the trip. I totally appreciated it!  Because of Nasoya I was able to enjoy San Francisco and the Bay Area and have a great time meeting people and learning new photography tips.

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When I registered for the conference, I decided I wanted to drive up the coast of California and use the time to reflect and think. I stopped along the way in Santa Barbara for wonderful freshly made ice cream and in San Luis Obispo for a 1/2 sandwich and salad. I also drove by my childhood home and neighborhood in San Jose and my college campus in Santa Clara.sand

All said and done, it took me 12 hours to get to San Francisco.  Near the hotel there was a pub full of people so I went in and ordered a Guinness and some food.  I’ve recently discovered that you can’t be a woman alone at a bar without a man coming up to you no matter how uninterested you look. And I’ve tried to look uninterested, usually by being deeply engrossed in a book.

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After being seranaded  by a guy who wouldn’t leave me alone {that’s another story for another day}, an Irish guy came up to the bar and ordered 3 Guinness {Guinnesses? Guinni? What’s the plural?} and 3 whiskeys. He saw I was alone, said something about me being cute, and invited me to sit with his friend and a homeless guy he found on the street. It sounded fun, so I did. I’m all about new experiences…anyway it turned out to be a fun evening with a great conversation. It was definitely a cool start to a fantastic weekend.

I need to detox from all the good food and drink I consumed over the weekend.  Instead of just Vegan Tuesday, I’m eating vegan all week. Well, all week until Friday night when I’m back in Las Vegas. 😛 I used Nasoya Organic Extra-Firm Tofu to make Mark Bittman’s Braised Tofu and Peas in Curried Coconut Milk from his How To Cook Everything Vegetarian. It was an easy weeknight dinner and reheated well for my work lunch. I ate it over brown basmati rice. YUM!

You can find the recipe HERE.

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Bulgur with Curried Vegetables

One of my food related new year’s  resolutions for 2009 is to eat vegan on Tuesdays. This week I made Bulgur with Curried Vegetables. I found the recipe in this month’s issue of Vegetarian Times. Very easy to make and very few ingredients. My kind of recipe. Tastes great too!

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Bulgur with Curried Vegetables

Adapted from Vegetartian Times January 2009
  • 3/4 cup bulgur
  • 2 cups  diced red potatoes, about 2 medium or 4 small
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli
  1. Bring 1 1/2 cups of water to boil in a medium saucepan. Add bulgur and a pinch of salt. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile coat large skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium high heat. Add potatoes and cook for 12 or so minutes until potatoes begin to brown. Add ginger and curry powder, cooking for another 2 minutes. Add frozen peas and broccoli. Cook until heat through.
  3. Combine bulgur with vegetables, season with salt and pepper, and serve.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.