Saturday, February 7, 2015

Meat FREE weekend__I miss my kitchen!

Meat FREE weekend... Life on the road and how I deal in a world of carnivores...
At the airport in Shanghai, waiting for my flight
Shanghai does vegetables right, even at the fast food places!

Beautiful sun on the VERY early morning JFK to BOS flight
Patriots flags everywhere!! I was in town on the day of the parade.
It would have been cool to go, but I didn't feel like battling the cold or the crowds!
Happy Weekend, everyone!  I'm in chilly Boston, Massachusetts today, meeting teachers and administrators from all over the world at an international school fair.  I started out the week at a Physical Education conference, where I presented my workshop, "Improving Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment with Technology" for teachers from all over the Eastern states of the US.

It was a great experience to present and connect with so many interesting people, and to learn about how other teachers incorporate technology in their teaching practice.  Although SAMR and 21st Century learning skills have been accepted as the common models to use for tech integration, their interpretation and subsequent application in education is so varied, both in the States and internationally.  It will be really interesting to see the continual transformation in years to come.


Selfie stick shot with the PE teachers!  Awesome! 

I met celebrated US Olympian Shannon Miller!
Pretty town plaza at night in Springfield
My sad "Greek Salad" and soup.  Also can't believe I ate something out of styrofoam!  REALLY?? I wish people knew how styrofoam looks when it's washed up on the beach in Bali, and Xiamen, but by the TONS.  It's impossible to clean!! So wasteful :(





After a week away from my apartment, I can say with confidence that I REALLY MISS MY KITCHEN!  It's been very challenging to find meat free food while on the go, especially while I was driving on the highway from Boston to Springfield and then back again. Nothing but meat and fast food for 90+ miles!  I didn't know that it was so industrial here, I thought I would see at least a few farms along the way.

BEAUTIFUL blue skies! 

Pretty winter wonderland!
Cute pilgrim hat.. love the state spirit!

Boston skyline at night


Visiting my friend Nicole from Shanghai, who lives in Boston now.


I was proactive in my packing, and made sure to bring veggie-friendly food, but the funny thing about hotels in the States vs Asia is that there are no hot water kettles in the room.  I suppose you can just get the hot water from the tap, but after not drinking from the tap for four years, I think that makes me nervous!

So in a nostalgic way, today I honor the kitchen in my apartment, which offers me the space to make creations like these, throughout the past few weekends..  LONG LIVE BRUNCH en mi casa!! :)

Salad and fresh fruit.  Kiwi was used for juice.  It almost tasted like jugo de lulo!  
The big Kahuna.... Pancakes with fresh fruit and nutella, roasted potatoes, and poached eggs with tomato


Fresh, homemade waffles with roasted potatoes and sweet oranges.
Italian antipasti without prosciutto.  This is a crime in Italy, I'm sure! LOL. 

I wish you all a safe and healthy weekend, wherever you are in this beautiful world.  Hasta pronto!

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