Monday, October 20, 2014

Bryan House

Here is a picture of my Grandmother's house in Bryan when it was new.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

My Visit to Bryan

Yesterday I drove to Bryan, Texas to visit the cemetery where my parents and many of my other relatives are buried. I took several pictures and added them to a website I contribute to Find a Grave
I also wanted to see my grandmother's old house on Finfeather Road and see downtown Bryan. My grandmother's house has been painted green and has a fence around it but other than that looks the same. I wish I could have gone in. Several places in downtown Bryan were there in the 60's and probably before that but there were also a lot of new cute little stores and restaurants including The Village, a vegetarian friendly restaurant where I had a hummus wrap and tomato basil soup while enjoying live entertainment
When did Bryan get so cool?
Anyway, here are some pictures. The cemetery pictures are on Find a Grave.

Monday, October 6, 2014

A Kiva Loan to Marlene of Paraguay

From Kiva:
"Marlene is from the city of Villarrica. Like many young people, she is making sacrifices in order to get ahead and overcome. She is studying nursing, which she wants to use to help other people with their health which is very important. She says that her family inspires her to continue striving to grow. Marlene dreams to being able to graduate as a nurse so that she can be useful through her profession, not only to herself, but also to society through her knowledge. She says she's been striving a lot, and the loan she took out earlier was to be able to pay the fees for her career. She's seeking this loan to be able to invest again in the fees for her profession, and thus be able to continue striving and working."

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

I have been receiving payments on my loans that I made to various people and organizations through Kiva. $25.00 is the minimum needed to make another loan so when I had that much in my account I decided to make another loan and choose Jose Motino Guillermo.
Here is his story:
"Young Jose Motino is 24 years old and lives with his parents in the Honduras section of the city of Tegucigalpa. He is about to finish his university studies where he expects to earn a degree in marketing. Jose Guillermo is thought of as a leader, and a person who is determined and capable of reaching his goals.
His main motivation for continuing his studies is to achieve personal and professional success, serving as an example for his family to follow. He believes that the best way to contribute to the development of his country is to always think and act in a totally positive way, looking for solutions to problems that currently pose a series of obstacles for many people.
Jose Guillermo is involved in activities that evaluate companies' decision making processes on daily situations and states that not all companies react
favorably. He wants to support education; this is very important to Jose because there are young people who want to better themselves, but today economic factors often get in the way of their ability to achieve their goals. He hopes to attain success by becoming a professional, thus being able to provide a better education for his children."

Monday, August 18, 2014

Kata Robata

I had another delicious meal with J and her mom on Friday night.  We went to Kata Robata, a sushi restaurant on Kirby and Richmond. Sushi isn't my favorite but I knew there were some vegetarian options because Cameron and his family (all vegetarians) have eaten there a few times and loved it.  I ordered fried tofu with mixed mushrooms and Asian truffle oil sauce.  This is one of the best tofu dishes I've ever had and the presentation with the fried lotus chips was beautiful as you can see in the picture. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Dinner at Thai Village with my new roommate and Emily, her mom. The food was delicious.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

"My Dinner with Leonard"
Robin Williams with his pug Leonard Bean, a rescue from Curly Tail Pug Rescue in NY.
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Friday, August 8, 2014

The Last Supper

Cameron and I shared our last dinner Wednesday night. We went to our favorite restaurant Radical Eats and were joined by two friends, Elizabeth and Ashleigh. The food was of course wonderful. We shared the vegan nachos. I ordered the Bahn Mi Tacos (tofu) and Cameron ordered the Wild Mushroom Tacos with kimchi, peanuts and Thai chiles. We shared these two plates also.

We wanted to steal these salt and pepper shakers.

These butterflies in training were sitting on the bar.

I'm really sad that Cameron has left for New York but am looking forward to visiting him there in December. When I turned the corner in my apartment complex yesterday and didn't see his bike it really struck me that he was gone for good. My new roommate Jake is moving in Monday night.
This is probably my last food blog for awhile because I'm not planning to eat out any time soon and of course I've lost my photographer.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Vegan Chocolate Chipotle Cake

Cameron and I love the vegan chocolate chipotle cake at Radical Eats so I decided to try to make one at home.  I found a recipe online and changed it up a bit and it turned out great.
Here is the recipe:
1 1/4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup baking cocoa (unsweetened)
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. chipotle (this was a little too much)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tbsp white vinegar
5 tbsp vegetable oil (I used almond because that's what I had)
1 cup cold water

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 9 inch cake pan.
In a large bowl combine all the dry ingredients. Add the vanilla, vinegar, oil and water and stir until just combined.
Pour into the cake pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick or knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Just coming out of the oven.

Waiting to cool.

It was almost as good as the cake from Radical eats. Theirs may be a little better because of the icing. This one was definitely more spicy. Probably too spicy for most people. If I make this again I will use 1/2 tsp. of chipotle.

Sesame Ginger Quinoa Salad

I made this extremely healthy dish for Cameron. It was delicious, especially if you like ginger, and as you can see from the picture, very colorful. Like eating the rainbow!

1 cup quinoa, rinsed
2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups shelled frozen edamame
3 medium carrots, peeled and diced
1/2 yellow pepper, diced
1/2 red pepper, diced
1 cup red cabbage, chopped
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
3 teaspoons fresh ginger, finely minced
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

  1. Place the quinoa, water, and salt in a covered pot. Heat on high until it boils, lower the heat to low, and cook for about 15 minutes or until the quinoa is soft and the water absorbed.
  2. Pour the quinoa into a medium-sized bowl, and mix in the frozen edamame, carrots, peppers, and cabbage.
  3. In a small bowl, make the dressing by mixing the sesame oil, rice vinegar, minced ginger, and sesame seeds.
  4. Pour the dressing over the quinoa and veggies, and mix thoroughly. Enjoy immediately, or store in a covered container for later.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Cameron thought this hummus, arugula and tomato sandwich I made was too cute not to photograph. It was as delicious as it was cute.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Radical Eats

Cameron and I both love this giant carrot.

"Mosquito Repellant" appetizer

Cameron's stuffed squash

Chipotle Chocolate Cake

I had the sweet potato gnocchi again. Everything was vegan and delicious of course. We are planning to finish off the chocolate cake tonight with coffee.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Jenni's Noodle House

Cameron and his friend Lila and I went to Jenni's Noodle House on Shepherd last night. I have been dieting for several weeks so and this was the first time I've eaten out in a while. We shared steamed edamame, veggie disco dumplings, and dream rolls. I had the "Art Car" Curry with tofu and Cameron had the Rockin' Veggies vermicelli salad. A very delicious meal.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Cameron and I had a wonderful 100% vegan meal at Radical Eats on Saturday night. We shared an appetizer of Buffalo Cauliflower with vegan ranch dressing. I had a falafel burger with sweet potato fries and Cameron had sweet potato gnocchi. For desert we shared a chipotle chocolate cake. The cake was better than any non vegan chocolate cake I've eaten. I am trying to be 100% vegan and Cameron is also wanting to be vegan. If we could eat like this every night it would be easy.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Pearl and Chula

Pat took these pictures of Pearl with her cousin Chula.

Thanks to Cameron for taking this lovely picture of my vegetarian club sandwich with sweet potato fries from Baba Yega.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

June and Christine

This picture was taken on my birthday. We were still living in Houston so it was probably my 7th. My grandmother Ninie woke me up in the morning and gave me June, the baby doll. I had gotten Christine, the older doll the Christmas before. I gave Christine to my niece. I'm not sure what happened to June. I may have given her to my niece too. I'm sure if she still has the dolls her children will play with them and love them as much as I did.

My Dad's Favorite Girls

Happy Father's Day!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Common Bond Bakery

On Saturday, Cameron and I went to Common Bond, a new bakery in Houston on Westheimer in Montrose. We had to wait in line for about 30 minutes but it was definitely worth the wait. It seemed like I bought at least 1 of everything but that's probably an exaggeration. I had the best pastry I've ever had before, the Kouign Amann, a round croissant like pastry with carmelized sugar on top. The fruit croissant was a close second. Everything was good including the macaroons. There are macaroon shops all over Houston now but these were much better than anything else I've had.

Here is a link to one of the many articles about this bakery that many are describing as one of the best bakeries in the country:

Dolce Vita

Here are pictures from my Birthday Dinner last night. We had roasted cauliflower siciliana, gnocchi with a tomato basil sauce, and the taleggio pizza with taleggio cheese, arugula, pears, and truffle oil. This is the best pizza I've ever eaten. After dinner we drove over to Cloud 10 and had ice cream. I had red currant mascarpone and marzipan and Cameron had chocolate cherry sorbet, sesame oil and chocolate, and red currant mascarpone. On Monday night I had another birthday dinner with my friend Ginny at Canopy on Montrose.

Friday, May 30, 2014


Thanks to a gift from my daughter for my birthday I was able to choose another person to help through Kiva.
Here is the person I choose and his story:

"Cesar’s parents are separated. He currently lives with his mother and his younger brother. They do not have any type of support from their father. His mother works in the area of public cleaning in the municipality where she lives. Her salary barely covers the household food expenses. Therefore, Cesar would not be able to go to school without the support of the Kiva lenders.

Cesar would be the first in his family to take higher education courses. Doing so would be a great achievement for him and for his whole family. He wishes to be a great professional and to work in order to be able to help his family. He will be an example for his younger brother, and he will help him to be able to follow his footsteps in the future.

Cesar is grateful to the Kiva lenders for all of the support they provide him with so that he is able to fulfill his dream of going to school and to soon become a successful professional.

He believes that the support that each Kiva lender provides is a great show of generosity and of love for their fellow man. It causes a large, positive ripple effect in the development of those most in need."

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Here are some pictures from our delicious lunch at Mai's Vietnamese Restaurant on Memorial Day. If you look at the tea pot you can see Cameron (the photographer), his brother Adrian, and their friend Danley. They spent the weekend at our apartment along with Cameron's parents and of course, my favorite guest, Pearl.