Fortunately, doctors have continuing medical education requirements and many of them in fun cities. H is attending one in Boston, so I tagged along. I had a great run by the Charles River and then met H for lunch. We went to Veggie Galaxy in Cambridge, which is what I wish the Olympic in Crystal Lake was. It’s 100% vegetarian and very vegan friendly. I ordered The Club sandwich: tofu, tempeh bacon, pesto, mayo and tomatoes on rye.
I was so full after the huge meal, but I had to try something from the vegan bakery.
I went with the Boston Creme Pie (to go).
I spent the afternoon wandering around Cambridge. There is a vegan shoe store, Sudo, so obviously I had to check it out. You can find cheap shoes in the burbs that happen to be vegan, but there is no place like this. It was fun to see and touch the shoes I’ve Pinned. I bought a pair of Beyond Skin nude suede pumps. I walked from Porter Square to Harvard Square and stopped at Crema Cafe for a watermelon limeade, and Mint Julep, which sounds like a name for a boutique in Savannah, not Cambridge. Mint Julep has lots of cute dresses. I found a fun zigzag dress to wear Saturday night (and a wedding next weekend). It matches my new shoes.
My new favorite shoes:
Moschino + Kartell
They are surprisingly comfortable for (recycled) plastic shoes. I reluctantly agreed to see Thor with H on Saturday, but we had front (of the stadium seating part) & center seats where we could put our feet up on the railing. If I got bored, or I couldn’t handle watching Thor be an idiot, then I could just look down at my pretty shoes.
Also on Saturday, I made gingerbread cupcakes with lemon cream cheese frosting. The lemon cream cheese frosting is so good! So that H could have enough for everyone at work, I made vanilla cupcakes with fresh strawberry buttercream frosting, half gluten-free. The gluten-free ones came out better when I used corn flour. They don’t taste like a cornbread muffin. They strawberry buttercream was a little difficult to get thick enough, yet still have a strong enough strawberry flavor.
Gluten-free on the right. Not as fluffy, but still pretty decent.
It will be a while before I stop wearing boots and starting showing some toe, but these are some of the shoes I’m lusting after now.
Cri de Coeur’s Emma Wedge in nude (or black):
Mink’s Chick Wedge. I just discovered this brand, but apparently there is a limited production and the shoes sell out quickly.
I sneaked into Nine West after court one day and saw these nude Smooch wedges. I was happy to see that it was synthetic instead of patent leather.
Stella McCartney’s Patent Cork-Bottom Sandal
Beyond Skin’s Sunny Platform Sandal
Two weeks ago I stood outside of Wal-Mart (I didn’t purchase anything, but I still felt slimy being on its property), sang Christmas carols and rang a Salvation Army bell. It’s another running group tradition and it was a lot of fun. We ended the night at Around the Clock for pie. Of course, there is no vegan pie. I read the menu before bell ringing and skipped dinner so I could have a veggie sandwich sans cheese while everyone else ate dessert.
It was a very chilly night and we would be out there for two hours. I put on all my cold weather running base layers: tights and an Under Armour mock turtleneck. I stayed warm except for my toes and fingers. I have a pair of gloves on my Christmas wishlist, but I was waiting for Neuaura’s release of its faux Uggs. I have hated Uggs for years. They are hideously ugg-ly, but it’s hard to find warm boots. I’ve looked for two years & I surrender to the fashion goddess of trendiness. I promise to never wear them with a mini skirt in the middle of summer, but you can still call me a fashion victim.
They were supposed to come out in October, but it was delayed for some reason. Today, this popped up on Facebook:
Neuaura’s Robin Boots have a recycled faux suede upper with a plush faux fur lining, a non-skid sole and the upper material is 100% water-proof so it’s perfect for the winter weather! To make it even better, there’s a 25% off code & it works for the pre-order (Code is 10037) and 10% of online sales go here. My toes can’t wait for the January arrival!