Today at work seemed to drag on, and everyone around me seemed to have a bit of the Monday blues, as well. I think, for me, it was mostly because I was tired from the weekend — which was so fun!
First of all, last Thursday night I was invited to an office get-together at Harvest Cafe in Montour Falls. There were several vegan options on the menu, including burgers, pizzas, and wraps. I decided on the basic Veggie Burger with the black bean/quinoa patty, topped with tomato, lettuce, onion, and vegan mayonnaise. It was so yummy! I was just so excited to be able to order a veggie burger so casually, and so easily.
One of my coworkers, Michelle, order the Vegan Supreme pizza. I had to get a picture of it because of how yummy it looked. I didn’t try any, but it looked really good.
Then, after work on Friday I went to Ithaca with Will, Graham, and Bella. We ate at Pizza Aroma again because some of us hadn’t been there yet, and I couldn’t help but order the Vegan Calzone again. Afterwards, we explored the Ithaca Commons a little and visited a used bookstore (that I can’t remember the name of) where I found some good books for cheap prices.
And I didn’t even need to buy the hard copies — I have a Nook and could have easily bought the same books electronically — but there was just something about looking through used books and wondering where they’ve come from that intrigued me. Especially when I find remnants of their past location, like in this Into the Wild book:
After the bookstore, we made a stop at Wegman’s grocery store (because it’s awesome and never gets old) and then hit up Purity Ice Cream. We had heard they have vegan options, so we were excited. And they must be very popular, because it was getting pretty late and the place was still packed with customers!
Sure enough, they had vegan soy ice cream and several options. I went with a scoop of chocolate chip cookie dough soy ice cream in a wafer cone. It was heavenly and amazing and… I just love ice cream.
Tomorrow is grocery shopping day, and also the day we go into Ithaca (as opposed to Watkins Glen, our normal grocery stop), and I believe we’ll be stopping at this place again. I’m going to get so fat here.
Anyway, on Saturday I went back into Ithaca with Neely, and we checked out the Farmer’s Market there. It was really cool, and there were lots of neat shops and eating places.
The place we had an eye out for, though, was Macro Mama’s — an all vegan stand that a Farm Sanctuary staff member told us about. I’m so glad she did, too!
We each ordered the Sampler Platter, which consisted of a variety of veggie dishes, a grain dish, and a scoop of thai peanut noodles, and a dessert.
It was all SO good. But we both agreed we could have eaten a whole dish of the thai noodles alone. They were great. And now for the best part…
I love carrot cake, and this was a huge piece of it. It was moist and flavorful. There were candied almonds on top of it. And cream cheese frosting… of course. I definitely had leftovers, but it didn’t take me long to finish them off. Did I already mention something about getting fat here?
But food aside, I am really enjoying the company of everyone here. Later Saturday night, we joined the other interns at their house, Hilda House, for a game night of Uno and Catchphrase. It was really fun, and we have a Documentary Night and Movie Night scheduled for later this week. I feel like I’m getting to know everyone well, and that’s not always common for me. It think it’s because we all have a common ground — the passion for veganism, equality, and compassion — despite where each of us comes from. It makes me feel comfortable and almost at home here. Not to mention, the scenery is gorgeous and the area seems amazing with its refreshingly progressive style.
I mean, of course I’m often homesick, and am still fully aware of how many weeks left until I see my family and friends at home again, but I realize this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I’m planning to fully enjoy it.