Tuesday, October 23, 2007

I'm Back!

Wow, I can't believe that it's been so long since my last post. I've been out of town traveling a bit, and it feels so good to be home.

The first trip I took was to Washington DC. What a spectacular place to visit. I wish I had more time to explore all of the museums and monuments there. I was actually in DC for instructor training for The Cancer Project. They are a non-profit organization advancing cancer prevention and survival through nutrition education and research. The Cancer Project is an amazing group that offers free cooking classes across the country. I am so excited to be a part of their organization.

I met some very cool people at the training from all over the country. It was so much fun to be with a group of fellow vegans. We really only had one night to play, and so before exploring DC we all had the same destination in mind. Sticky Finger's Bakery! OMG, it was so good! We ordered a number of different items, and dug in with forks. Pretty healthy of us, huh? Of course I forgot my camera at home, so unfortunately I don't have any pictures. Let me just say that the vanilla cake was unforgettable!

It was my first time in DC, and it was truly incredible seeing everything up close. I was really in awe. So much history right in front of my eyes. I didn't have much time to sight see, though we did get a quick tour one night after we had digested our Sticky Finger's meal. I look forward to going back to DC and sight seeing.

After getting back from DC, I flew down to LA for five days. My brother just opened a small cafe in Silverlake, California. Silverlake's a very hip and cool area in LA. He wanted some vegan items on the menu, and I happened to be his go-to vegan chef. Sometimes it pays to have a vegan chef for a sister.

The proud owner of Lunchbox

His shop is so cool, the kind of place that you want to frequent for your morning cappuccino or soy latte. The food is delish! I especially loved the vegan sandwich with white bean spread and arugula on an awesome fresh baked ciabiatta roll. He's also got paninis, homemade soups, salads and baked goods (with lots of vegan options). Oh, did I mention that he also has fresh baked vegan cappuccino cookies? Yum! His place is called Lunchbox, and is located at 2912 Rowena Ave, Los Angeles, CA. Just in case you need directions for that morning cup o' joe, vegan cookie or sandwich, the number is (323) 663-9900. His shop shares a space with Zanzabelle, a hip little gift shop.

My brother's dog Sam (my dog-nephew)

So that I don't completely bore you, I'll talk about the LA restaurants in my next post. Until then....Happy Fall!


Vicki's Vegan Vice said...

Congrats on being a part of the cancer project, Julie, and also to your Bro for his new restaurant. Seems good eats runs in your family! I'll try to check it when we're there Nov. :)

nerdling said...

How odd—I just drove past Zanzabelle the other night and wondered what the new little place next door was. I'll have to bike over and check your brother's new place out!

KitteeBee said...

glad you had a nice DC visit, m'dear. that's my hometown, d'ya know?

well actually, i'm from northern virginia, but it's just a jog.

your brother and his dog baby are cute.


jd said...

Hi there - I was just scrolling through this great blog of yours, & couldn't resist posting a comment about your adorable "dog nephew!" He is just too cute!

Anyway, I'm happy to have found your site - all of your pic & recipes look great.

Thanks :)

Meg Wolff said...

Hi Julie,
I really like your dog-nephew! My son is living in LA, but moving back east soon. I'll send him a link to this post as he might like to check out your brother's resturant. Cool post.

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