The Search for the Best Meatball

So, if you’re a foodie, like me, you have that one food that you can’t find made just quite right. Well, I know this happens to others because it happened to my hubby. During his omnivore days, he would over and over again order spaghetti and meatballs in the search for the best meatball. Repeatedly, he was disappointed. Fast forward to my hubby’s post-omnivore days and his search continues. Recipe after recipe, vegan restaurant after vegan restaurant, he searched.

“Why meatballs?” one might ask. Who knows! We all have that one food. For me it’s a vegan reuban sandwich…never done quite right and the search continues. For him, however, as a once omnivore, you would’ve thought (or an omnivore would’ve thought) that he would’ve found his perfect meatball back in those days, right? WRONG!

One cold, snowy winter night in NYC, we stumbled into Candle Cafe West for a quick bite to eat. Candle Cafe West holds a spot near and dear to my heart, as that is where the Main Street Vegan Academy held it’s graduation lunch, but I digress. Since it is a special place, I often think of the amazing and rich foods they create. They are beautiful and delicious. There’s risotto and portobello steaks, etc. etc. Imagine my surprise when he orders, spaghetti and wheatballs.

OK, OK…I should back up. There’s nothing wrong with spaghetti and meatballs (vegan), but as a kid, this was the cheap, fast dinner. So…when I go out, I want something I cannot make at home (or won’t make because it is so time consuming). I want something beautiful and delicious and unique. Not him, spaghetti and wheatballs it is! I thought he was nuts! The journey continues! This search for the perfect “meatball” is never going to end! Order something decadent, I want to yell! But, I don’t!

Our meals come and our plates are gorgeous! He tastes it and is blown away! You know I’ve got to try it now! WHOA! The search has ended! This dish is decadent, rich, delicious and NOT your ordinary cheap, fast spaghetti and “meatball” dinner! It’s truly amazing! We are both left speechless!

As we clean our plates, the search for the perfect “meatball” has ended! Who would’ve known it would’ve taken so many years and a switch to a vegan diet to find it! Vegan Wheatballs…you rock!

2016 is Gone: The New Year Begins

via Daily Prompt: Gone

Some of us mark the new year by the school calendar…new books, new teachers, summer is over, it’s September.  Some of us mark the new year by calendar year…a new start, resolutions, the hope for a new beginning, it’s January.  Some of us choose to honor each new day as a new beginning.  Whichever you choose, we are all together as we usher in 2017.  You may see it as a continuation or a new beginning.

January 1st, for some, tends to be the marker for fresh starts.  We tend to think of things we’d like to change and begin making those changes.  We think of things we want to leave behind.  We reflect on what the year has brought to us and what we have lost.  While the calendar year of 2016 may be gone, the ideas we have are not.  We may want to lose weight, take a class, learn a lanuguage or to play an instrument, learn to live a vegan lifestyle.  Whatever your thoughts are for this new “start”, you must think about how you will implement them.  Here are some pointers:

*Make a list of what you’d like to accomplish.  Do not overload yourself with resolutions.

*Set reasonable goals and timeframes–don’t make it too large or too far away.  I find small goals are more easily attainable and boost your confidence thus enabling you to get to the finish line.

*Enlist a buddy.  It’s so much easier to reach your goal if you have someone cheering you on and working towards the same goal.

*Focus on your goals each day.  Why are you doing this?  What is the benefit?  What will it bring to your world?  We all need reminders.  Write down your goals and why your working towards them each day.  Give yourself post-it boosts on your mirror (post a note to yourself the night before for a great pick-me-up in the am!).

*If your goals change, don’t be so hard on yourself. Sometimes we realize what we are doing is not really for us.  It’s ok.  You gave it your all.  For example, your resolution is to take up hiking, but after trying and pumping yourself up, you realize you’re more of a yoga gal.  It’s ok.  New days bring new beginnings!  You don’t have to wait until 2018 to begin yoga classes!

*If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!  You may miss a target goal or your timing may not be as planned, it’s ok, get back up and try again!  Don’t be too hard on yourself!

With last year gone and this year beginning, you can continue being as great as you are or you can add some new greatness!  Be you!  Happy New Year!