The Flaming Ice Cube

Terra's Birthday, 2012

A student in my office had been enthusiastically recommending the Flaming Ice Cube for weeks, so we decided to enjoy my birthday lunch at their Cleveland location.

The Flaming Ice Cube is a vegan restaurant in Cleveland’s Public Square, with another location Boardman. Mister had the TLT (Tempeh, Lettuce, and Tomato), while I had the Hula Burger. Both sandwiches came with a pickle and a side dish. It was all delicious! The Hula Burger featured grilled pineapples that really made it special. My side dish was an apples and barley salad, while he had the black bean salsa (not spicy). I didn’t love the hot chocolate (it’s hard to beat my Dark Chocolate Almond Milk), but the chocolate peanut butter bar I grabbed for dessert kept me going through the afternoon. The menu has such variety, and it’s so refreshing to know that we can eat anything we want!

Lunch at the Flaming Ice Cube

The Flaming Ice Cube was was written up in VegNews magazine as having the fourth best veggie burger in the country!

I would definitely recommend The Flaming Ice Cube to both vegans and non. The food is so delicious and interesting. (And it doesn’t taste too healthy.) Check out their menu… I’m sure you’ll find something!

The Flaming Ice Cube

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Things I love lately

fallI love fall, of course. Oranges and browns are in. It’s jacket weather. And boots! Fall is the perfect time to enjoy walks outside, and then come home to warm apple cider and snuggle in for a movie.

Some other things I love lately…

Ginger tea

When I landed in Prague this spring, my friend made me the best ginger tea. It was just sliced ginger root in boiling water with honey. It was so warming and spicy-sweet. Lately, I’ve been looking at the Ayurveda tradition, and one recommendation is for my body type to drink ginger tea. Ok! I’ve been making a mug of ginger tea the same way in the morning. It reminds me of Prague and it’s good for me too. Ginger has so many benefits, from digestive to muscular, and possibly preventing cancer and cholesterol. I just love the taste, so I’ll take the other benefits as a bonus.

Fit in Five workouts

While my (near) daily yoga routine is fantastic, it’s also important to have a little variety. So, as much as it hurts, I’m trying to change my workout at little. I got the Zombies, Run! 5k app last week for only $4 and it was so fun! Seriously awesome. But, it’s too dark to run from zombies in the morning, so I’m doing the Fit in Five workouts with Joel Harper. They’re a great way to wake up before yoga, or to get my body moving in the morning. And they’re only 5 minutes. We all have 5 minutes, right?

Pumpkin

My husband and I just love getting fresh pie pumpkins in the fall and roasting them in the oven. Our pumpkins come from Amish country, and they just feel better than canned, you know? We’ve made pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin oatmeal, pumpkin dip, pumpkin balls, pumpkin smoothies. You name it, we’ve pumpkin-ed it. And pumpkin is really good for you. Pumpkin seeds have iron, and the pumpkin itself has antioxidants, B vitamins, flavonoids, and minerals. What’s your favorite pumpkin dish?

My favorite recipes of the month

This guy

English Bulldog puppy! What is he talking about?

Unconventional moves

Looking for a fun and different way to exercise? I found two new ways to move your body. What’s your favorite way to exercise?

Dance Dance Party Party

My friend organizes Akron’s Dance Dance Party Party group that meets at 8 p.m. on the third and fifth Fridays of every month. What is this DDPP?

Akron hosts one of the many chapters of the female-only cult phenomenon known as Dance Dance Party Party™ (DDPP™). Unlike typical workout or dance classes, Dance Dance Party Party™ has no instructors, no fitness goals, and nothing to prove. There are only three rules in the room – no boys, no booze, and no judgment.

The next meeting is Oct. 19 and DJ Necronomi-Tron, fan of Ghouls Night Out, will be spinning the tunes. Feel free to use this as a night to test out your costume! Can’t dance? Go anyway and sweat to the music with some lovely ladies.

Keep up with Akron’s DDPP on their blog.

Or, find out if your city has a DDPP group. If not, you can start your own!

Zombies, Run!

Zombies, Run! is a fantastic new app that gets us lazy bones to run…from zombies!! You can get the app on your Apple, Android, or Blackberry device.

You tie your shoes, put on your headphones, take your first steps outside. You’ve barely covered 100 yards when you hear them. They must be close. You can hear every guttural breath, every rattling groan – they’re everywhere. Zombies.
There’s only one thing you can do: Run!

I’m not a runner, but this would definitely make me move my feet. The app tracks your run and gives you a summary of the story to check out once you’ve caught your breath.

Get the app! (It’s $7.99 but might be worth it.)

Sharpener

Our very old knives recently became very dull. It happens. So, I went to Facebook to ask for recommendations for a new set of knives. My smart friend Stephanie suggested I get them sharpened. Of course! That’s the “reduce” thing to do. So, we packed up the knife set and brought it to the Highland Square Farmer’s Market on Thursday to get them sharpened. Turns out, we have a vintage set of good quality knives that just needed a little help.

It only cost $38 for all  5 knives, and they were done by the time we finished wandering around Highland Square (20 minutes). That’s much better for us and the environment than getting a new set.

Kevin Noon of Noon Sharpening and Wood Working (“the environmentally friendly sharpener”) did great work for us on his old foot-pedal sharpener.

farmer's market

P.S. When I got them home and made dinner, I didn’t cut myself, but I did pour boiling water on my arm. Ouch! (I’m ok, just very clutzy.)

Lemon in the garden

Lemon thinks he likes greens, and he definitely loves to explore new places. He won’t run away, so we take him out in the garden sometimes. We don’t allow him to eat the plants, but he does it anyway.

Lemon in the garden

We’ve had a good crop of tomatoes and cucumbers so far, and one kabocha squash. I hope we get more squash. They’ve sure spread out enough!

Garden

cherry tomatoes

Garden

kabocha squash

Garlic

Last October, I learned that we can grow garlic, right here in Ohio! It’s the easiest thing ever. You just take one clove (not the whole bulb) and plant it a few inches deep, with the pointy end up. Wait about 6-8 months and you’ll have a whole bulb of garlic. If you buy locally grown organic garlic, you could have your own healthy, local garlic all year round.

garlic

I planted 6 garlic bulbs in October, and a few weeks ago, they were ready to harvest. You know they’re ready when 1/2 of the leaves are brown, and 1/2 are still green. Harvesting was easy. We just dug them up. You can hang them in a cool, shady place to dry, or keep them in the fridge and use them within 2 weeks.

garlic

Part of our CSA program requires that we work for 3 hours at the farm. That’s it. Just 3 hours for the whole summer. What a deal!

garlic at Crown Point

Our 3-hour commitment came up last Sunday when they were harvesting garlic. It was the day after the week-long, intense heat wave and we are so glad it broke! We had such a pleasant morning in the field, listening to the birds chirping as we dug and tied hundreds of bunches of garlic. Crown Point will dry it for us and we’ll see it in our share later this year.

garlic at Crown Point

New (to me) dishes

Mr’s mom gave us a set of dishes for our wedding, 8 years ago. Sadly, they only lasted about 7 years. Various breakings, cracks, and stains ruined them, so we’ve been looking for a new set of dishes for a few months. We looked diligently at the Goodwill, spent an afternoon at antique shops, and scanned yard sales. Finally, a few weeks ago, we found this fantastic set at a yard sale just a few streets away. The lady who sold it to us said they had been in her family for years. They’re such a bright white with sunny yellow flowers and accents.

dishes

It’s funny to see how dishes have changed over time. We couldn’t find any bowls at the antique store. None! What’s with that? And the dishes I saw at yard sales, the ones made in the 70s and 80s, have much smaller plates and bowls. Food portions must have been much smaller back then. That’s ok with us. I eat about 5 small meals a day, so it’s really no problem.

dishes

What treasures have you found at yard sales?

Crown Point Ecology Center, our local CSA

1/2 share of fresh veggies

We’ve been trying for years to join our local Community Supported Agriculture program at Crown Point Ecology Center, and this is finally the year. We opted for the bi-weekly share, which we split with Britt and her husband. Every other week, we get more than enough fresh, local food. So far, it’s been mainly greens, but this week we also got garlic and beets. Ooh! I can’t wait to roast those beets.

We also get a e-newsletter each week that tells us about how our veggies are growing. Like all of us in NE Ohio, Crown Point is in desperate need of rain. They use a pond to irrigate the fields, and the pond is almost dry! Also, they’re spending more time irrigating and less time focusing on new growth. It’s so interesting to see what goes into the growing of our food.

If you have a local CSA, give them a try. You’ll pay up front, to help cover the cost of seeds and supplies, and then you’ll get delicious, healthy food throughout the growing season.

Lemon inspects the share. He thinks he likes to eat greens.

1/2 share of fresh veggies

Enrichment days enrich me too

Saturday was a busy day. First, we volunteered at Crafty Mart, and then we went to the zoo. Saturday was an Enrichment Day at the Akron Zoo, so we had to go enjoy the nice weather and get some more practice with the camera. Enrichment days are when the zookeepers put new and interesting toys into the animals’ habitats to add some variety to their life. Usually, it’s something they can explore or destroy, or a big toy with food hidden inside.  It’s meant to stimulate the animal’s natural instincts and it sure is fun to watch.

Zoo June Two

red panda

We got there in time to see the red panda’s enrichment time and it was well worth it. The red panda is so bossy and stompy and adorable. He reminds us of our Lemon. (I know… red pandas are not pets!) On Saturday, the red panda’s enrichment included a paper mache dinosaur and some extra bamboo. He also had some training time, which allows the keeper to look him over to make sure he’s healthy and to give him any medication he needs.

Zoo June Two

Did you know that red pandas aren’t pandas at all? They are so unique that they are now in their own family.

Zoo June Two

We love the Akron Zoo. Many vegans or animal activists question the ethics of zoos, but I think they are necessary because I think most people need to see something in order to care about it. Zoos also allow us to conserve animals who are nearing extinction due to human practices like logging, cattle ranching (that destroys 1,000’s of acres of forest every year), and sprawl. The Akron Zoo is great because you can see everything in about 3 hours, and they focus a lot of their education programs on conservation efforts. A few years ago, the Akron Zoo was included on the Ohio Solar Tour because of their green buildings.

Zoo June Two

komodo dragon

Zoo June Two

seahorse and starfish in the new aquarium