Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Make my day...

Walking the dog tonight. Sweat pants. Hair in bun. No make-up and a bag full of doggie poop in my hand.

A woman walks by me as Fergus sniffs a tree and says "I like the way you cook!"

Totally made my night.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Last day.... :(

Didn’t get to Millennium last night... we couldn’t get a reservation until 9:30 and who the heck can wait till then for dinner. So sorry Millennium... maybe next time. Jeremy and Yvonne took me to another fantastic burrito place (can't remember the name) where we bought 3 different Vegan burritos and split them up so we could try them all. We had a grilled tofu (pretty good), a grilled veggie (very good) and a Tofu Mole (excellent). I was stuffed and happy.

The next day we woke up to find Tommy naked....

In The New York Times...This photo gives new meaning to the word "wood". Hello Tommy...

I rushed off to the World Vegetarian Day Celebration to find Yvonne already hard at work at the OTSU booth.

I got to see all sorts of sights...
And meet all sorts of nice people.
And visit with old friends...
And say a final farewell to Yvonne...
And say a quick hello to my new friends at Veg News before I headed out to catch my flight home.

Nancy ... my driver... took me to the beach on the way to the airport and we stopped and took a breath. It was nice to just chill-ax and breathe in some fresh sea air.

As my plane lifted off and headed towards home.... I was treated to the most incredible sunset I've ever seen. This photo doesn't do it justice.

I had a wonderful time. Thank you to my hosts in P-town and San Fran and thanks to all of you who came out to see me at my events. Your smiles, support and love does not go un-noticed. So thanks again for coming out.

I now have 4 days to prepare for Vancouver. Yikes. I have a lot of laundry to do.

Friday, September 30th
West Van CAPERS - Cooking demo/talk/book signing 7pm 2496 Marine Drive604-925-9489 to register

Saturday, September 24, 2005


Today was a lazy day.
I didn't get dressed until noon and then I moseyed across the street to OTSU and hung out with Jeremy & Yvonne for a while. They need a nick name... like Beniffer or Bradjelina. See if you can come up with a good one. It would make my blogging mucho easier.

There was a war protest up the street so I joined them for a while...
and then decided to wander and help the US economy by doing more shopping... but all I ended up doing was buying Gerry more presents. What a lucky M.F.

I also made a new friend...
I think we're going to hit Millenium tonight. Everyone keeps telling me to go there... so I want to see what the fuss is all about. :)

More later my Peeps.

The Next Day

So yesterday was filled with walking up and down Valencia and visiting that rad pirate store. The photo is a little fuzzy... but you get the idea. Inside looks like a boat and all the drawers on the wall are filled with stuff. It's a crazy store and all the money goes to such a great idea. Read all aboot them here.

I went home and had a nap, got dressed and went to OTSU for my book signing party. Jenny from Veg News showed up. Chi-hui and Tommy showed up... I met them 2 years ago at the last book signing and we got to catch up. Even my long lost friend Jake showed up, I love it when people you least expect pop back into your life.

I didn't take many photos at the book signing. I'm too busy chatting... I need a photographer to follow me. Ooooh and a make up artist and a massuse. Oooh yeah. I'm a diva. I need an entrouage.

The best part of the night was when Jeremy, Yvonne, Chi-hui and I went to New Ganges restaurant for Indian food... holy cow. Really wonderful Vegan Indian food is awesome, but Vegan Indian food served by this guy (see photo below) is even better. What a hilarious time we had... He would thrust our food into our face and yell "smell it. Smell it!" then he fed Jeremy and gave us wordly advice. "If your food doesn’t burn your hands, then it won’t burn your mouth." Words to live by. Words to live by.

This photo cracks me up every time I see it. Jeremy looks like he's being killed with a fork. Ahhhh haaa ha.

San Fran is crazy mad fun.


Do you ever wonder how a plane can stay in the air. I know math is involved somehow... and I don't do math. So I guess I'll never understand... but man, flying is kinda weird.

No step... no duh.

So here's some pics from my food-orgasm-experience at Cha-Ya. So fresh. So good. So ... sooo... I just love this place. Love it.

After filling ourselves with yummy delish food we hopped in the car and drove to Maggie Mudd Ice-Cream store. Yes. They have Vegan Icecream. Overwhelmed by my choices I went with basic strawberry icecream... which was wicked. As you can see by the photo Jeremy and Yvonne went crazy with double scoops. I think Jeremy had Toasted Coconut and Lemon Poppyseed icecream? I can't remember... but look. Yvonne is spinning from all the sugar. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Friday, September 23, 2005

My shoes are made for walking....

Thank goodness I brought comfortable shoes. I walked all up and down Valencia today window shopping and buying presents for Gerry.

I couldn't find a place with a cord for my camera... booo hisss... so I can't post photos of my incredible meal from last night. But I did find a store today that sells everything you need to be a pirate. That's right. I said pirate. ARrrrrgh.

Found some really great stores with some really great EXPENSIVE stuff. I didn't buy myself anything. :( But Gerry... I got him a ton of goodies. He's going to be so stoked when I get home.

I went to my fav Burrito place and had Soy-rizzo. I'm stuffed and am now going to have a little nap before I start getting ready for the book signing tonight.

If anyone local is reading this ... can you bring a chord for my camera so I can download my photos? I'll buy it from ya! :)

Later skaters. Time for naps.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

San Fran

On the road again... doo dee dee dooo dooo doo doo road again.
What the heck are the words to that song? *laugh*

Here I sit above the clouds looking down at Portland on my way to San Fran. Thanks for the good times Hootens! Josh, Michelle and Ruby are lovely hosts... but it wouldn’t be a party without George.

I am missing Fergus like crazy, so it’s nice to hang out with another doggie to fill the void.

Last night at Food Fight was fun. Everyone lined up so nicely... like good little school children... while I signed their books. It was a real treat to visit with old and new friends and to FINALLY get to go to Food Fight (I need to visit Portland more). I didn’t get a chance to meet Chad (waahhhh) but Emiko was a terrific host and I got to do a little shopping while I was there and I stocked up on all sorts of weird mock meat products that we can’t get in Canada.

I’m hoping Jeremy and Yvonne have a wireless connection so I can do more blogging. It’s all about the blogging.

What the heck is Deja Vu? I’m having serious Deja Vu right now on the plane as I edit photos of George and Ruby with photoshop. What is it? Any ideas? Anyone? Beuller?

Oh yeah. I forgot to tell you that I got "tagged" at the airport and got some extra special treatment from the security people. I took off my shoes, belt and sweatshirt and had to stand spread eagle on a matt in the middle of the airport while they patted me down and tested my stuff for bomb residue.... fun.

It actually wasn’t that bad. The lady I had was really funny and called me Honey every time she patted me down on my private parts.

I'm in a cafe in San Fran right now... trying to catch up on my e-mail before we go to Cha Ya for dinner. I have never been more excited about eating then I am right now. Cha Ya is my all time fav place to eat (sorry Pulp Kitchen)

Later kids.

now with photos...

Seattle Airport
Food Fight Party

Herviore Magazine Editor/supermodel 2+2+2 meal

Ruby Bird

Wednesday, September 21, 2005


Hurry up and wait... that’s all traveling by air is.

I had a great day today. Woke up. Gerry and I walked to get coffee with Fergus and then walked downtown and did a few errands (I love living back downtown again). Then we came home and ran a few more errands with the car, went for veggie burgers at Milestones restaurant. Then we came home and hung out with the dog some more and went for another walk. Then we drove out to the airport and I checked in. Then we snuggled and snuggled. It’s so hard being away from the man I love. I’m only going for 5 nights ... but I just got back from my trip to T.O. and it feels like I barely had time to unpack before I had to pack again.

This book tour thing has been fun so far. It’s so great to meet all the shiny happy faces of people who love the cookbooks. It makes this entire process feel real... cause most of the time its kind of abstract. Just me in the kitchen testing recipes and then banging them out on the computer and sending them over to Vancouver to be turned into a book. It’s so bizarre when I finally get to hold the book in my hands. But for some reason even then it doesn’t feel real. *laugh*

So here I sit in Victoria waiting for my flight to take me to Seattle where I get to sit and wait for 2 hours for my flight to Portland. Hurry. Wait. Hurry. Wait.


Seattle airport is snazzy. It’s like a freaking mall in there... wait... it is a mall. I went shopping! They had this fantastic store (can’t remember the name) that had local artist art/jewelry and hand made goods. It took a lot of restraint for me not to buy anything... I may hit the store on the way back home. They even had Queen Bee bags! It’s really great to see the airport of all places supporting artists. Really cool.

And the food court was really beautiful.

You know you’re in America when it is total chaos at the customs counter. Wow. That’s all I’m gonna say.

You also know you’re in America when you ask someone where the washroom is and they have no idea what you’re talking about. Then you say bathroom... and they point to where its at. I guess in Canada we wash and America they bath. :)

You also know you’re in America when you’re sitting beside a good looking young man with a short haircut... and he starts talking about how when he was "over there" he shot at anything that moved because they "all carry swords and won’t hesitate to stab you in the face if they get the chance." Wow. That’s all I’m gonna say.

These dang puddle jumping flights are too short for me to get any computer work done. By the time my laptop boots up... it’s time to shut it down for landing.

Joshy is picking me up at the airport. I’m stoked to see him... haven’t seen him in the flesh since the last book tour in 200? And since that trip he and his lady Michelle made a baby. A BABY! I can’t wait to meet Miss Ruby.


So I’m here and I forgot my cord that downloads photos. BAH! I knew I was forgetting something. I"ll have to upload the photos later... sorry kids.

I got to Josh & Michelle’s and watched the finale for Rockstar INXS. Good tv. Good tv.

Woke up. Hung out with Ruby Bird. What a cute freaking baby. She’s a little doll and she knows it.

Then we went to Vita restaurant and I had the 2+2+2 which was French Toast, Scrambled Tofu and Tempeh Bacon. Yum. I’m stuffed.

I’m tired. I need a nap already.

Tonight is Food Fight and tomorrow is my trip down to San Fran.
More later peeps. Hopefully with photos.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

slept like a rock

I came home last night and found this in my mailbox. I love my life.
I slept like a rock. Woke up and did laundry... hello reality. Welcome home.

Thank you to EVERYONE in Toronto who came out to see me at Veg Fair and Left Feet. A giant huge thank you to the TVA for inviting me to the festival. A good time was had by all, especially me.

I'll be hitting Vancouver, Portland, Seattle and San Fran soon. And then will be back in TO, NYC and other dates later in the year. I'll be in touch with details soon.... but you have to be on the mailing list, so drop me a line if you're not.

Off to fold laundry. Ugh.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Monday, September 12, 2005

I slept until noon today

NOON! I slept till noon. I haven't done that in years. What a relief. I feel mucho better today. The trick to sleeping till noon was moving to Shoshana's house and away from Stanely the cat. No offence Stanely. I love you, but yeesh. Ya gotta let me sleep.

The demo went great yesterday... except that I was so tired that I kept messing up. I had to apoligize to the crowd for my sleepy-state, but we all know who's fault it really is *cough* Stanely *cough*

Thanks to Holly for the photo! (I'll e-mail you when I get home Holly. My e-mails not working)

The crowd was fantastic (as usual) and can you find Carrie beaming in the front row? Hi Carrie!! :) and I had some more stuff to give-a-way.

Then I met a bunch more people, signed some more books and ate some incredible desserts from Sweets from the Earth and bought a fantastic belt from Truth Belts. I had the best time... even though I got peanut butter on my sweater and popped a button.

Point of interest: I should never ever wear white...

Query: Why do I even bother wearing white. I always get it dirty.

Then we headed home... and I relaxed on the porch until it was time to go to Left Feet for the booksigning/party. What a fantastic store ... have you been there yet? You should. All the shoes are Vegan and cruelty/sweatshop free and the store is so cute. I picked up a fantastic sexy pair of pumps that I'll show you later. Right now it's too hot to put anything on. It is m-u-g-g-y today. I'm all sweaty. Gross. Where's my ocean breeze... I think I'm starting to miss Victoria.

Anyway. I digress. So we hung out at Left Feet and I got to visit with old friends and new friends and I had a really nice time.

OH! BY THE WAY TORONTO PEOPLE. I'm sooooo sorry that the Veg Fair sold out of La Dolce Vegan, but Left Feet has a bunch of advance copies. It doesn't officially hit the bookshelves until Nov, so head down to Left Feet and get your copy today!!

Then we headed over to Fressen for drinks and some food and by the end of the night I felt drunk I was so tired. Fressen is such a beautiful place... I wish I had more time in my schedule to go there and have dinner before I head back, but instead it will have to be at the top of my list for when I come back to town in Oct.

I fell asleep before my head hit the pillow and the next thing I knew it was 12 noon. Yeesh.