Recipe Cornucopia – Part 2!

December 19, 2013

Vitruvian DharmaRemember how I said I’d be posting new recipes every other day?  Bam!  Here it comes.  There’s this thing they call “follow-through” and you’re looking at it!  Seriously, though.  I have more recipes for you.  And, in an added twist, this time I’m going to give you a sense of my usual note-taking process.

Be forewarned, then: these two recipes are messy-looking.  That is, they leave out a lot.  They make assumptions about implicit steps.  They contain untested Read the rest of this entry »

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Vitruvian DharmaFood ethics has always been an important topic to me, and my solution to the ethics of my sustenance has been a paleo/primal approach.  This may surprise some, as paleo’s reputation for being “all meat all the time” might seem counter-intuitive as a response to the question of nutritional ethics.  Aside from the “all meat” image of primal eating being 100% false, the thinking that advocates “ethical vegetarianism” is, I believe, deeply flawed.  I started giving serious thought to my eating (not to mention the larger question of carving out an ethical place in the world for myself) about ten years ago.  Throughout that journey, I’ve been guided by a desire to improve the world for all creatures, human and animal alike.  I believe that the paleo model is the best way to do that.  Here’s why:

2500 years ago, the Buddha taught a philosophy based on one simple notion: do no harm.  He advocated vegetarianism Read the rest of this entry »

Back in the States

May 20, 2012

What do you get when you cross an ex-circus performer with the Italian countryside?

I don’t even know where to begin.  I spent the entire month of April backpacking in Europe, and it was a really eye-opening experience.  I learned a lot, and now that I’ve been back in the States for a few weeks, I’m ready to write about what I saw, felt, and did in Europe.  I wanted to give myself and my thoughts a little incubation time, so that I’d write only about the things that really stuck.  That said, here, in no particular order, are the lessons that have really stuck (and will stick) with me from my trip.

1.  The internet has really made the world smaller.  One of my first stops was a fairly small city in Tuscany called Arezzo.  I was lucky enough to be staying with a friend studying physical theatre there, and so I had access to a kitchen, a lovely apartment, and a friendly face to show me around.  Under those circumstances, I really just tried to soak up what it would be like to live in Italy Read the rest of this entry »