The Great Vegan Experiment: Eat to Live

This is romaine soup
This is romaine soup

Tomorrow it begins. The bf read Eat to Live and is now ready to embark on the great vegan journey.  And I am helping!  By also embarking on this 6 week vegan journey.  We both love meat, and I anticipate eating meat ASAP post 6 weeks.  This isn’t just any vegan diet.  It’s essentially paleo except you replace meat for beans.  Here’s the 6 week outline… Continue reading “The Great Vegan Experiment: Eat to Live”

No Longer Locavore Guilt

I’ve been putting off writing this post…  Because it makes me feel guilty.

Being a Lenten Locavore was awesome.

Breaking fast was also awesome.

But since breaking, I just don’t feel as good.  I’m not sure if this is guilt.  Let me explain… Continue reading “No Longer Locavore Guilt”

Lenten Locavore Learning: What is not local?

NOT LOCAL
NOT LOCAL

Well, at this point, technically, your lenten fast is over, and we are all mid-Triduum fast (which may or may not be the same thing you gave up for lent, it usually is).  As I have become better at eating local, it seems like there has been less to write about.  I eat a lot of veggies, meat, cheese, eggs, and that’s about it.

But at the beginning of this week, like with any good lenten faster, I started to fantasize about all the things I want to buy that are not local.  I began to make a list of what is tough (for me) to really live without… forever.  IF I were to be a “true” locavore.

Granted, I already have made an exception for coffee and coconut oil… What other things are tough.  What’s NOT local? Continue reading “Lenten Locavore Learning: What is not local?”

Locavore = Brave

Look it's me!Explaining this whole “Lenten Locavore” thing to people has been a real challenge.  They basically look at me like I’m insane, and I’m pretty sure I am.  This is winter.  This is New England.  This is impossible.  And no, it is not easy.  It is not cheap. There is tons of cooking!  It takes serious planning and time.  But what came to my attention yesterday, is that it really takes some courage to be a locavore. It takes bravery… Continue reading “Locavore = Brave”

Buying Direct Trade Coffee?

The day has finally come.  My pre-Lent-bought Trader Joe’s cuppa fair trade joe has run out, and I need to find a coffee source.  I’m not embargoing the world here!  I mentioned in the comments of this blog that I plan to buy fair trade for some of my non-New-England staples (coffee and coconut oil).  BUT I don’t really know anything about fair trade, and if you do a little searching on the interwebs, there is some understandable skepticism about it.  Coffee, in particular, is super complicated… Continue reading “Buying Direct Trade Coffee?”

Butchers & BBQ: So Happy I’m not a Vegetarian

My dream.

Otherwise I would STARVE in locavore challenge winter wonderland.  I just thought I would share a genuine exchange that just occurred:

  1. Steve to Paige: “If by some miracle Damien has tickets to this, tell him we’ll give him our firstborn child for them: http://amusecochon.com/2013/boston/
  2. Paige to Damien: “Damien, Just FYI, see message below [or above in this case].  Also, have a nice hump day. Paige. p.s. Mmmmmm Piggggg.”
  3. Damien to Paige: “of course I have tickets.  stay tuned, first born at the ready.”

COCHON555 looks incredible: 5 Chefs, 5 Pigs, 5 Winemakers.  Besides the shear awesomeness that this event appears to be, it opened up another world of possibilities in my locavore pursuits–local butcher and BBQ?!?!

  1. Hoping to check out this sweet (sweet?) looking butcher in Somerville (Why is Somerville so true to hippy living?!?!).
  2. And this sweet looking Boston BBQ place that sources locally: Sweet Cheeks Q.  (Only on Sunday during Lent, like the good Lord would want it.)

In the meantime, I’m going to contemplate the deal I just made involving my kin for bacon…

Abridged Guide to Boston Locavorism

In case you didn’t know, I’m in the process of a spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional experiment: being a locavore for lent in Boston (that’s winter time people).  One of my friends asked me how it’s going, and I said, “Well, you learn pretty quick, because you get hungry.”

The rules I’ve created for myself so far are:  Continue reading “Abridged Guide to Boston Locavorism”