I was a vegetarian for two weeks...It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. Maybe it’s because I live in New York City and here you have numerous non-meat options when it comes to dining. During the two weeks I had a superior burger, an impossible burger, a Beyond Meat burger and multiple falafels. I also rediscovered a love for roasted vegetables; the beautiful and magic caramelization of a a cauliflower, a broccoli or a brussel sprouts. I found out just how much grains like freekeh and couscous can fill you up. I ordered and tried dishes I would never have tried before while on the diet like a hummus taquito. I felt like I gained more energy for my workouts and I definitely became for regular with my “movements.”

After two weeks I did go back slowly starting with grilled fish and eventually working back up to a steak (which was so delicious.). Would I do it again, maybe for a limited time like that. Would I ever completely give up meat, no. But I have learned that it is not hard to do, it’s easier than one would think and it showed me that you don’t have to have meat for every meal.


Some of my New York City Vegetarian suggestions:

Dirt Candy 86 Allen Street (Broome & Grand) - (212) 228-7732)

abcV38 East 19th Street - (212) 475-5829

Nix72 University Place - (212) 498-9393

Kajitsu  – 125 East 39th  Street (bet. Park & Lexington Avenues) - (212) 228-4873

Things I Learned In Charleston, South Carolina

Angel Oak tree

Angel Oak tree

  • Winners write the history books

  • Macaroni and cheese is a vegetable

  • the difference between cemeteries and graveyards. Graveyards are associated with an adjacent church, they are part of the churchyard

  • Palmetto trees can protect you and your house from cannonballs

  • They do outdoor music festivals really well

  • There are a lot of North American firsts in Charleston:

    • First golf course and club

    • First Museum

    • First successful submarine attack

    • Dock Street theatre is the first permanent playhouse

    • First lending library

    • The oldest municipal college

    • The location of first opera performed in the New World

    • The first tea plantation is the New World

    • First fireproof building

    • First female publisher and patent holder

  • You can put pretty much put anything in grits and they come in colors other than white

  • The air is better because of the Low Country marsh grass

  • Bars close at 2AM

  • I loved visiting this city - the phenomenal food, drinks, culture and people. You should visit it too…

back alleyways…

back alleyways…

Lera Lynn at The High Water Festival

Lera Lynn at The High Water Festival

Preservation Hall Jazz Band at The High Water Festival

Preservation Hall Jazz Band at The High Water Festival

What happened to all the good original stories?

I just read an article for Boy Genius Reports ( ) that talked about the amount of summer box office duds this year.  Included are the Independance Day sequel and the re-make of Ben Hur.  It's a good point that it seems like we are just being fed recycled storylines or "prequels" these days.  They feel so unispirational and just "crancked-out" by the Hollywood machine.  I think a major reason for this is fantastic programming from providers like Netflix, HBO, AMC, etc.  They are providing the public with imaginative and fresh ideas via their original programming.   

Hollywood needs to step up their game and don't be afraid to take chances.  Stop giving us the stuff we have already seen or keep watching your audience choose to Netlix and chill rather than go to the movies.