Sunday, October 3, 2010
How is it October already??
Hello blog-readers, long time no post. Sorry for that. In the insane month of September, I was lucky enough to quit my delightfully informative yet back-breaking job at a local organic food market and score an amazing position as a Research Assistant at the USIP (U.S. Institute of Peace). Now I find myself working 20 hours a week and taking four classes (at 13 credit hours), all at the same time! It is no wonder I haven't had time to blog; I'm still finding time to sleep and do yoga.
The barefoot running endeavor hit a snag this weekend when I ran in a 5k for charity on Saturday morning (in the Vibram 5-finger shoe), helping the Whitman-Walker Clinic to raise money for AIDS research. I took off much too quickly in the excitement of running with the crowd and wore my left foot down early instead of taking the time to warm it up. As a result, I twisted my knee from favoring the sore foot and needless to say am off my feet for the day. Walking the last mile of such a short run when you just want to sprint through that finish line is painfully disappointing, but raising $300 to help AIDS research with such a huge and devoted group of walkers and runners was one of the most uplifting things I've had the opportunity to do. Thanks to all who contributed money and helped me and my school team reach our fundraising goal!
The vegan cooking endeavor has also taken a dive due to lack of time and energy for such things, but this past Friday evening I stepped it up again and made a killer bowl of Vegan Pineapple Fried Rice with Thai Peanut pan-fried seitan for my oft-mentioned favorite vegetarian man (check out the fried rice recipe here). This same handsome gentleman was also kind enough to accompany me to the race on Saturday morning, and he cheered me on despite my newly crippled foot and forlorn attitude as I struggled over the finish line. It is wonderful to have someone to hold your sweatshirt for you and be ready with a hug on mornings like that. Cheers to him.
Among other exciting discoveries since obtaining my new part-time position at the USIP is a fantastic vegan restaurant to eat at on my lunch break! Java Green, located at 1020 19th Street NW or a few short blocks from Farragut North metro stop, is a small vegan cafe (they provide cheese on a few menu items, but no meat) that offers by far the widest range of vegan breakfast, lunch and dinner items I've ever seen. Open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 7 pm, they cater to the working world, offering tofu-scramble breakfast wraps complete with veggies and/or vegan sausage and everything from sandwiches, wraps and "burgers" to full noodle dishes and large, gourmet salads. I am determined to try everything on the menu for lunch until I have sampled their entire selection. Their food is slightly pricey (so I will be doing my taste experiment only once weekly), but it is all organic and well worth the money. So far I have been wildly impressed by both the vegan burger (topped with vegan cheese, lettuce, tomato, sprouts, onions, avocado and Avo spread on a yummy toasted whole wheat roll), and the Jobche Noodle Meal (yam noodles, carrots, cabbage, kale, mushrooms and savory sauce).
Their second and brand new location, Cafe Green, is located at 1513 17th St. NW. and boasts a menu that makes my mouth water, complete with more dinner and full meal-style entrees and a Saturday and Sunday all vegan brunch menu. I cannot WAIT to try it out.
If you'd like to read more about my new job, I've been blogging on the American University Internship blog! You can find my blog entries here, and the rest of the intern blog, complete with all entries here.
If I don't get to write again for another week or so, enjoy this beautiful October weather!!