Arizona Bound

Happy Spring! Exciting news awaits as it is in the mid 60s here, today, in Northern Illinois.

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A little over one week ago, I was hired for a retail position in Peoria, AZ. And within a week, I’ve hired a moving service, signed a lease, gotten a raise and gave a two-week notice. I will not dive into details about my job, but rest assured, I’m in great hands.

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A one-way flight and a little packing is all that is left. The excitement is immense and the number of adventures to come are endless being less than 300 km from California or Mexico, just over 500 km from Las Vegas, less than 1,000 km from the Rocky Mountains and roughly 350 km from The Grand Canyon.

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#NeverStopExploring

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Being a sunshine addict, Arizona is perfect for myself to strive and thrive all year round. Strategically, my residence and workplace are at the center of a trail intersection.

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Elote en Ⓥaso (Mexican-style Street Corn) GONE Vegan was simplistic. Corn Kernels seasoned with Hot Sauce, Sea Salt, Pepper and Garlic Powder were stirred in Ⓥ ‘cream’ and heated generously. A few pieces of Daiya were tossed in with Ⓥ Crumbles. Cilantro and Scallions were mixed in at the very end. After spooning corn in a glass, Ⓥ ‘sour cream’ topped the tasty corn with Chipotle Powder sprinkled on top. Lime and Radish garnished this Corn fiesta.

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CHEERS.

Wingless Street Corn

Let your Kernels roam free. Eat your wings without murder. Let your taste buds Evolve.

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‘Milk’, Chipotle seasoning, Lime Juice, Sea Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder and Daiya simmered in-between boiling before adding Pico de Gallo, chopped roasted Tofu, chopped Celery, Cilantro and Corn Kernels. Vegan ‘Sour Cream’ was mixed with drained Cornness to be simply served as Street Corn. However…..

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Field Roast ‘Fruffalo Wings’ were baked in the oven while the Buffalo sauce was defrosted and panned. The ‘Wings’ were stirred in before adding to the Corn concoction.

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“Good people drink good Beer.” Great people drink great Beer, responsibly.

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CHEERS

Pasta Ⓥizza

Happy Monday to all and, to all, a happy Tuesday! Pizza addiction is real. Although, I’ve made a personal theme that Ⓥegan Pizza doesn’t count as relapse in a never-ending struggle. Ⓥizzawich was orchestrated, recently, with leftovers.

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Make that dollar count! Feed yourself, Feed your friends, Feed your family, Feed hungry people! Please, do not throw food away or let spoil. Please read my prior post if you’d like a glimpse of the recipe. This blog is meant only for Inspiration. Cook your own! 🙂

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CHEERS.

 

Arizona Travels

The road traveled to O’Hare Airport, I-88, is not the way to ease the mind and prepare for a four-hour flight westward when flying typically makes one uneasy. I-88 is the definition of Chicago-driving with utter havoc and ever shuffling chaos. Perhaps, letting the anxiety escalate prior to arrival to the airport would calm some down in preparing for flying. And I think it did calm me. Being a cyclist, I can go months without ever being in a vehicle. An IPA, did also, help calm my nerves before flying.

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Arizona is an extremely diverse state and, within a week, I experienced most its awesomeness. I’ve earned my MTBing badge by biking, by myself, in Sedona red rocks for the very first time. Riding over wet boulders and rocks on the cliff side did not excite me much, yet, extruded survival skills. I am not ashamed that at certain points, I was terrified, and walked my rental bike.

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The Grand Canyon truly is grand. It is literally too awesome to stare at for too long. And due to a partial government shutdown bullshit, the walkways were layered with pure ice. Luckily, there was a safety railing saving hundreds from their plummeting death that day.

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Phoenix has millions (like five) of different cactuses that are wonderfully approachable and huggable. One hug and done. Phoenix/Arizona also likes to make my stay longer than planned. Due to horrific wintery conditions in Illinois, my flight cancellation extended my vacation 48 more hours. And years ago, due to an Arizonan monsoon, my flight was canceled. I am a sunshine addict and maybe the sunshine is addicted to me… Or it could be matching energies.

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I had a wonderful trip out West. I learned that I enjoy diversity in people and weather throughout one day. I learned that MTBing is extremely difficult. I learned how friendly Arizonans are. I relearned that assumptions do not usually bring closure. I was reminded heights and ice are my worst enemies. And when combined, it is my kryptonite. Arizona restaurants are mostly Vegetarian/Vegan friendly. Arizona beers are OK, but Chicago/midwest beers reign supreme. Currently, in Northern Illinois, it is negative 25 degrees and feels like negative 56.

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Stay warm out their, friends!

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CHEERS

 

Balsamic Sriracha Charred Cauliflower Tacos

Happy Tuesday and Happy New Year! A Taco Tuesday is an excellent way to start the year. Have no fear, responsibly, enjoy a Good Beer.

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In a mixing bowl, Sriracha, Balsamic Vinegar, light Olive Oil, Tarragon, Sea Salt & Pepper were mixed together before adding the big Cauliflower Florets to be tossed generously.

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A scorching hot cast iron skillet was utilized in the oven to char the Cauliflower. Meanwhile, Spinach, Jalapeños, Radish, Black Olives and Scallions were sliced.

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Corn Tortillas were warmed and slightly charred by flame immediately prior to the sliced in half charred Cauliflower was ready.

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Stuffing Tortillas without meat, without dairy, without meat or dairy substitutes. Simple seasonings with explosive flavors and creative textures, Cauliflower is super diverse.

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CHEERS.

2018

Ups, downs, twists and turns were my 2018 on Earth. Strongly addicted to the sun, 2019’s goal is to exploit this addiction. Winter in the midwest is ever dreary – depleting my mojo, yo. If you experience the harsh winter, hang in there. Be positive:)

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Please, take more quality photos, ride more bikes, enjoy good local brews and cook your own food:) Don’t forget to get plenty of sunlight. It’s the only reason that we’re alive.