We are back in business. A lot has happened since my last entry so I will do my best to fill you in.
-Our team currently sits at 16-5, 1st place in the Eastern Conference, awesome!
-I recently signed a 3 year extension to remain with the Connecticut Sun thru 2015, stoked!
- We launched a fundraiser for my coach at the University of Tennessee, Pat Summitt. You can donate and find out more information about that here
-I have eaten my way through a ton of vegan places in a number of states so let’s get this thing started.
Damien and I spent a good portion of time in NYC over the Olympic break. There are SO many awesome vegan options throughout Manhattan. At some point, I knew there would have to be a NYC centered blog. It is like a vegan paradise and we had an incredible time trying to sample as much as we could.
It’s pretty much a standard stop for us the first or second night we arrive in NYC to pay a visit to Candle Café’, (http://candlecafe.com/) an organic vegan restaurant. It is one of our favorite places. The Cajun Seitan Sandwich is heavenly. We were turned onto this café’ by a fellow vegan friend of ours and we are totally hooked. They have two locations, one on the Upper East Side and one on the Upper West Side, I prefer the Upper West side location, no real difference in food, just a more spacious restaurant.
We also decided to try a raw vegan restaurant. These are hard to find, especially if you don’t live in a big city. On our way to a Broadway show, (we saw Memphis, it was fantastic!) we stopped in for an early dinner at Pure Food and Wine (http://www.oneluckyduck.com/purefoodandwine/), it’s a short walk from Union Square, so super easy subway access. The food was delicious, a tad pricey but still really good.
I am a fan of all sports, not just hoops, and had never been to Yankee Stadium so Damien and I went to see an early game vs. the Toronto Blue Jays. Baseball games have to be the worst places to go if you are tempted by unhealthy foods. Hot dogs, beer, fries, sausages, candy, a lot of opportunities to go the wrong way. Fortunately, there has been some progress at different parks to offer healthier options to fans. Damien and I arrived early to scope out the Yankee Stadium fare. We settled on vegan sushi and a big salad for lunch.
It was an extremely hot day, 1:05pm first pitch in the middle of July, so the only beverages we consumed that day were ice cold waters. We did order some French fries during the game as well but only after we asked about the oil they were cooked in. The Yankees won the game. Hiroki Kuroda had another great start. It was a day to remember for both of us.
Here were some other Olympic Break highlights
-My good friend and college teammate Kyra Elzy was married in early August. It was a beautiful ceremony and I enjoyed catching up with some special people.
A wedding can be a challenging affair to try and stay on your eating plan. Anytime I have a banquet or dinner of some sort I always eat something before I attend. Not a snack something a little bit bigger. I never know what options will be available to me, so if I eat something before I won’t find myself starving and more inclined to compromise. If there is something there I like, I can indulge a little and still not feel stuffed. Fortunately, Kyra and Dexter had fresh fruit and vegetable platters available all evening long so I was able to snack as much as I wanted.
-Damien turned 32! We celebrated by going to G-Zen in Branford, CT, with Heather and her husband Mica. One of his favorite treats is sweet potato fries and they have the best ones at G-Zen. The night was topped off by a huge carrot cake (no raisins) complete with candles.