First coffee, then we’ll chat.
OK. I know I’ve been withholding my big news for a while now, but the time has come to spill the beans.
For many of you, this won’t come a surprise, but Kyle and I have been trying to make our way back to the West Coast for a while now. Obviously, with the economy on the fritz, and both of us having great jobs here in NYC, heading back home to CA isn’t going to be the smoothest transition.
As I have talked about ad nauseum in the past, New York has never quite “fit” with me.
At first, it was really fun, and the excitement of everything grand and new about living in Manhattan overshadowed anything negative I could ever say about the city. But over time, what I originally found cool and refreshing, lost it’s thrill and I started to realize how important family, friends, and sunshine were in my life.
Back when I first mentioned on the blog how I felt, I was flooded (seriously, FLOODED) with sweet emails and comments, which just reinforced the feelings I was already having. And rather than continue to fake it, I knew the time had come to do something about it. There’s no point in working hard to create a successful future for yourself if you are doing so at the expense of your happiness. And that’s precisely how I felt.
Luckily, Kyle felt the same way, and so we made the decision to be proactive about our future.
The other day, Kyle found out he was accepted into UCLA’s business school and I am so thrilled to announce (with the HUGEST grin on my face) that we will be returning to California.
So. There you have it.
While making money is all well and good, and saving for the future is responsible and makes us feel like we are being mature and conscientious about what is to come, it’s just not worth it. In the end, happiness trumps all. And now that I know we are heading back to our family and friends, I am over-the-moon-ecstatic.
The next few months will be…interesting…we are planning on driving across the country, doing some traveling, visiting family and friends we haven’t seen in far too long, oh, and then there’s that whole wedding thing too…haha.
Be prepared to follow what will surely be a fun and chaotic time in our lives as we live off a dwindling bank account while leaving NYC with a bang.
And now back to the food.
The day started with the (loud) pitter patter of rain…which is actually somewhat soothing if you are not heading into work. I got cozy with a frothy mug of coffee (see way above) and several blankets, followed by an apple.
After that, I got myself into a semi-waterproof state and braved the elements to run a few errands before meeting up with Jess at Peacefood.
Do we ever tire of this place? No.
I ordered the only sandwich left that I hadn’t yet tried: Roasted Japanese Pumpkin.
It had pumpkin mashed and seasoned with a little sea salt, ground black pepper and extra virgin olive oil, topped with caramelized onions, ground walnuts, vegan goat cheese and seasonal greens.
I guess the seasonal greens were a few pieces of lettuce? I’m not really sure. The sando was good, but small, and not as stuffed as I’m used to (like when I make my own sandwiches). It was really flavorful though, and despite the ingredients that I would usually shy away from (nuts and goat cheese definitely aren’t among my fave foods), I enjoyed them together. The walnuts added a nice crunch without tasting walnut-y, and the cheese was so minimal it worked well. I never would have thought of it on my own, but it turns out that caramelized onions and pumpkin are a great combo!
After lunch I continued my errands…
A word to the wise: do not decide to take a passport picture when it’s pouring rain outside and you have to walk several blocks to get to the place where they take the pictures.
I will NOT be showing you my gorgeous glamour shots because (1) I look like a drowned rat, (2) I have a frizzy afro (yes 1 & 2 can occur simultaneously), (3) I appear to have a lazy eye, and (4) I look like I want to murder the man behind the camera.
The best part is that I was too tired and drenched to give a sh!t, so I just had them print it…looks like I’ll be enjoying that photo for the next 10 years of travel!
I don’t know how, but I actually managed to go to the gym later on (talk about the success of my life!). To be honest, I only went because I had to give them 30 days notice that I was going to end my membership. I can’t wait to run in the CA sun.
Dinner was home-made falafel (I will do a more detailed post on those babies later), cauliflower mash, and carrots & hummus.
The cauli mash was a similar recipe to the mashed UN-potato recipe (with nooch, miso paste, rice milk, salt and pepper).
Hummus basically ended up coating the entire plate, though.
I had another plate after this one with mostly carrots, leaving not much in the Yorgo’s hummus.
Dessert is fairly self-explanatory.
But in case you forgot what heaven tastes like, try dates, carob chips, and nuts all eaten together.