Life…

Every time I start writing, my biggest hidden feelings jump in (without being called) and my fingers start typing by themselves, and sometimes I can’t find good things to talk about. Unfortunately today is one of those days, but I made a promise to myself a long time ago that I wouldn’t type or write bad feelings or what is going wrong with my life. Instead I will only record good moments and happy days. This is what I’ll try to do today.

The best part of being in Brazil is meeting my friends. On Friday, me and 3 other girl friends went to a japanese restaurant (they had vegetarian menu) and it was the best meal I had since I got back, not because of the food (the place was VERY full and the service wasn’t great at all) but the company was worth it. Spending time with people you know since 5th grade is so relaxing, especially because you know that almost no one knows you that good, and nothing you say will be taken in the wrong way; sometimes you don’t even have to say anything. I can’t wait for next weekend!

Also, as always, I have been cooking a lot, and these past days I had the opportunity to try some whole-wheat baked eggplant and zucchini pastry, homemade soy strawberry/banana/orange juice ice-cream and stuffed sweet potato (eggplant&zucchini filling). Everything was very very VERY good! Being vegan is so great 😀 BTW today has been two months since I’ve became a veg. So nice! Especially because on Saturday I went with my dad to a brazilian “farmer’s market” and indulge myself with a lot of veggies and fruits. I’m packed for the week. My list included: Eggplants, zucchinis, carrots, sweet potatoes, 3 kinds of lettuce, tomatoes, regular potatoes, strawberries, bananas, pineapple and maracujá. It was very fun, and we spend less than $15 (R$26)!!! Soooo cheap!

Well, I think what I’m trying to say is no matter how bad things are, you can always find the good side of life and have fun. Coming back to Brazil is being hard and I wanna go back to California as soon as possible but we can’t have everything at once and life is about suffering, so lets just try to make our best of it and forget about the bad moments. “Everything is gonna be alright”. I will accomplish my dreams, my parents will stop judging me and I will find a guy that I love and loves me back. Someday…

Best Wishes,

Agatha.

Cooking…

Today has been a week since I left Santa Barbara, and I miss it so much that it seems WAAAY more. However I’m enjoying my home city and all the components of it. The weather feels nice, my parent’s new apartment is glorious and friends still know how to make me laugh. Things are very good, thank you very much! The best part of all is my cooking… I’m officially part of the women who bring food to the gatherings. Is it great?! 😀 Everybody knows how much I love to cook, and having my family enjoying my food and asking for the recipe is the greatest gift I could ask for.

My parent got me in the airport on Tuesday, and on Wednesday practically my whole family got together to celebrate my return, and we had a barbecue. YES, a meat barbecue. It sucks, I know, but they ate their meat (ew!) and I made some vegan sides. Everybody loved it! Everything was gone by the end of the night, my food was a success. Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of it, but FYI I cooked whole grain rice, potato salad with vegan mayo and veggie farofa (it’s a brazilian dish, click to learn more). But since the farofa was SO good, I made again and I have picture of that 😉

I know it doesn’t look great, but it was sooo tasty! Want the recipe? (for those ones that know portuguese, I got this recipe from here.)

1 carrot
Green pepper
1/2 can of corn
10 chopped green olives
1/2 onion
Garlic, salt and black pepper (your taste)
250g of manic flour

4 tbspoons of olive oil

how to:
Cut, and peel the carrots. Cook them until soft (poke with fork to test it)
Chop the onions, green peppers, the garlic. Put in a pan along with the olive oil and fry it.

Add the corn, the flour and the olives and mix well.

Done! So easy, right? But the thing I love doing it is SMOTHIES! Brazil’s doesn’t have Blenders so I have to blend my own drinks. This one I made today and it was GREAT!

So good, right? Recipe? 🙂

1 mango
1 papaya
2 oranges
1 banana
ice

1 cup of water

how to:

Put everything inside the blender, and blend 😉

That’s it! I think this was a very long post, I’m off now! 😀 Hopefully next time I will have more pictures!

Best Wishes.

1 month anniversary…

Friday was my first vegan month birthday, and for me this concept is so natural that I even forgot about the date! But I cannot forget to congratulate myself for this accomplishment, and to thank all the people that make this so much easier; I have such good friends!

For this “blog party” I though about doing a journal with everything I ate this past month (great idea!) but to tell you the truth I didn’t eat no fancy vegan food, so I decided to make a list with all the vegan products that I got the chance to try out. 100% of them are SOOO GOOD!

Cookies: I’m obsessed for cookies, and I was so glad when I found out that I didn’t have to give up on them.

I know how a lot of people think that vegan sweets suck, but actually they are WAY better than the normal ones. The first one (by Alternative Baking Co.) is SOOO good, moist and fulfilling. The ones from Uncle Eddie’s are my favorite, since they are small and perfect (peanut butter and chocolate is the best cookie I ever had all my life). And the last one (by Dr. Lucy) is very good too, although is more dry than the others, but still pretty tasty. Healthy, tasty and cruelty free cookies, what else do I need? If I were you, I would rush to closest store in the list to get some, you won’t be disappointed.

info.:
Natural Cafe loc: 509 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Lazy Acres Market loc: 302 Meigs Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
Starbucks loc: 800 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

They also sell online, but I love having lunch at Natural Cafe (outside in the sun, with my best-friends) and then having some perfect vegan desert. It’s up to you 😉

Main meals: I try to keep it simple, especially because I don’t have the patience to cook every single day, twice a day. I love to cook, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes is just nice to spend my time doing other things (watching True Blood, for example).

Veggie Burger (by GardenBurger) is the best vegan invention, REALLY! The veggies inside of it are so good, and the consistence is flawless. The Roasted Vegetable Pizza, No Cheese (by Amy’s Kitchen) is very unusual, and it’s a completely different pizza experience, light in the tummy and so good for the mouth. Amy’s soups are very good too, but I understand that a lot of people are not up for soup, I love it though. And bread… oh bread! What would I do without you? I like Alvarado St. Bakery because organic is the word that reins my vocabulary. Organic fruits, organic vegetables, organic supermarket, organic sugar… ORGANIC!!! Taste so much better, and with good plaining is not heavy in the pocket either. I know how expensive (and marvelous) Lazy Acres (or Whole Foods) is but there’s always good places around you that sell organics, just look harder. Did go to the Farmer’s Market closest to you? Research, ask, walk around, read about it… having information about what you eat is your choice. Think about it!

Deserts and Snacks: I’m definitely a desert and snack person! Sometimes I try to avoid it, but other times I just give in. Enjoying my food 🙂

Peanut Butter… with bread… The only thing I can say is: Gimme Some!! BTW that one is from Arrowhead Mills Organic (I told you, I really like organic). The pieces of peanuts make me crazy, and I love eating just the peanut butter most of the times.

The crunchy Banana Chips are a great option when you have nothing sweet to eat, or when you don’t want loads of sugar. Sunridge Farms doesn’t add white sugar or artificial tastes, and that makes my head spin with joy 🙂

Now the sorbet… I love it so much! I just got it last week, and I’m trying to save as much as I can because is SOO good! I love mango, and along with tangerine makes it so special. Is by Double Rainbow Gourmet Ice Creams and I could eat it all day haha

There is so much alternatives for vegans everywhere that the transition was the easiest thing I ever get the chance to do in my whole life. As you can see I practically just buy groceries at Lazy Acres, because it works FOR ME, but you should go anywhere you want and feel better in it. As I said before: it’s your choice. Although I gave you some pretty good alternatives for your cookies, hamburger, pizza and even ice creams… Now it’s up to you, my friend (as Tatiana would say).

Later on I will do a list of my favorite vegan places to eat, just so you know hehe

I know that most of the people that read my blog aren’t vegan or vegetarians, and my goal is to show my readers how easy is to do something good to ourselves, our planets and the animals. I became a vegan because I wanted to (after reading about it) and maybe the same thing will happen to you. This choice isn’t just about health, is about how much do YOU care about what is going on around you. They need our help!

I am doing my part, what about you?

Best Wishes!

Lunch time…

My first veggie burger! It was really good actually 🙂 People completely overrate the Vegan lifestyle!! (I had a hard time doing the smiley face, as you can see).

Tonight I will post something that is going through my head since last week. It’s BIG!! I would do it now, but I’m kinda late for class, as usual!

First vegan grocery shop…

90% of my life’s choices are drastic and BIG! For example: if I want to be as actress, Hollywood has to be the only place; or if I want to get drunk (something that doesn’t happen very often), passing out is the only way I’ll leave the club… 😀 For me it always has been ALL or NOTHING. So being Vegan was obviously the right path for me. There’s just two options in my mind: you can choose to kill animals, or not. AT ALL!! (Because if you are vegetarian, there’re cows who are suffering so you can have your glass of milk in the morning.) So yes, for me I had to quit everything. Especially after watching “Earthlings”… I cried for 1:30min, non stopping!! If you wanna know how the animals are treated in shelters, slaughterhouses, zoos, circus, bullfighting, fur factories, medical laboratories and more, you should watch it! It will chance the way you see anything related to animals. However I have to let you know that it contains really violent scenes, so I wouldn’t show it to my children, or maybe you should prepare yourself also… For that matter, here is the trailer:

Don’t watch if you can’t handle, is YOUR choice.

So after spending the whole afternoon crying over that documentary and knowing with all of my heart that I will never eat animal related (or whatever is the right way to say this) food anymore, I went to my friend’s house so I could stop thinking about it. It was very fun, our nights are always the bests! But obviously the video and my new lifestyle didn’t left my mind and I knew that what I had to do: Grocery Shop 😀 And this is the best part. I LOVE grocery shopping. So I left my friends house in the morning, went to Blenders, order a Açaí juice with soy ice cream and soy milk (it was DELICIOUS), and got into Lazy Acres. I love that place! It’s cute, great service, very clean and completely ORGANIC! Here it is what I bought:

(veggie burger, veggie pizza, uncle eddie’s cookies & banana chips)  😀

It wasn’t a lot because here at home I already have yellow and red peppers, shitake mushrooms, normal mushrooms, wheat bread, tomatoes, cucumber, all-bran, blueberries, condiments. C’mon, it’s impossible to say that any of those things aren’t delicious! The Vegan cookies were the BESTS ones I’ve ever had, and the good thing is since doesn’t have sugar, dairy or eggs you feel so good after eating it. In addition forget about that feeling when you start eating a cookie and you can’t stop it. It’s the sugar and dairy making you feel you need them!

Although I didn’t do anything after that (just some homework), the day was great and until now I had no cravings! People make this bigger that what it is. Being Vegan is fun 😀 Oh, just one more thing: if you saw the video and wants to know what is the first step to be a vegan, go to the PETA website, it’s very helpful and makes you really want to help.

Best Wishes!

Vegan…

I always knew that this day would come! The day that I would embrace my passion for animals and finally give up of meat, chicken, pork and dairy. This day is today! This idea is not new, I’ve talked to my mom a lot of times about it, I always had enormous respect for vegans and now it’s my time. The turning point was a book (it’s always about a book) “Skinny Bitch”.

(skinnybitch)

Never heard of it? So go to barnes&nobles.com and buy it, or just go into their website. Is good, and you will not feel the wish for eating anything that is not good for you. And meat is definitely NOT good for you. Although it’s not only just about me: have you ever read about the kind of things that those poor animals have to go through? Well, I try to keep my mind of it, but I can’t close my eyes… not anymore!

So today I’m here to let everyone know that I’M A VEGAN! It would be hard to change my love for sushi, however I can deal with it. NO MORE!!!

(vegan action)

I already feel better, BUT what do I do with all the canned tune, frozen chicken and meat inside of my fridge? Shit. Help please?

Food revolution…

STOP!!! And read it carefully.

Today I’m here to talk about the greatest idea a person had so far and this is the Jamie Olive’s “Food Revolution”. First of all I must say that he’s my favorite chef (me and mom used to always watch his show back in Brazil). And second I want to say THANK YOU, is so GOOD so watch someone doing something for America’s eating habits.

Let me tell a story about myself: the first time I came to America was in 2006 and I was 16. The place of choice was Garland, TX and it was a life changing experience in more than one way. I could write about that, yet the only thing I would like to brought it up was that I gained 45 pounds. 45 POUNDS!!! How?? If you go into Naaman Forest High School’s cafeteria, the local Walmart and fast food chains around my neighborhood, you will understand. Obviously anxiety and my own choices had an influence on it but I lived in Brazil all of my life and I was NEVER close to being fat there. I’m so sorry, but the only responsible for those pounds were THE FOOD. French fries, hamburgers, Starbucks, donuts, oversized candies, pizza, large sodas… The list is too big, and if you live in America you know every idem. After I went back to Brazil, every single pound left my body and I was hot n smoking again 🙂 However I came back… and it’s no surprise that I gained some weight, but thankfully this is California and it will not stick with me. Although it is an on going battle, just because THERE IS SO MUCH JUNK FOOD!!!!! And it’s so cheap… Yet I stopped caring about the money I was spending and now I just have salads and chicken at my place, and when I go out I simply leave my credit card at home, that easy! Because while America keeps with this bull***** food, I rather starve.

And this is what the “Food Revolution” is about: changing the way that America eats. Again: THANK YOU Jamie Oliver, my mom appreciates your effort to take junk food out of my life! 😀 I’m up for this, and it would a pleasure to be a part of his idea! And not just because of me, but for all of those Americans who suffer with obesity, diabetes and premature deaths in the family (heart disfunction, liver complications…). If YOU think that a change should happen, please: SIGN THE PETITION and I’m putting here on the side, so everyone won’t forget about it. JOIN THE CAUSE. America’s needs help!

Best Wishes!

ps: I’ve never had so much homework as this week in my whole life! I appreciate it, but it’s enough now.

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