Sunday, July 31, 2011

Can you tell that I love Gatorade?

A small glance at Grand Teton National Park






 
 
 






 

Photos by Sarah Afshar

Cocktail Recipes: Sarah's First Love

Sarah's First Love.
A cocktail created by
Sarah Afshar.
(Photo by Sarah Afshar/Yahoo!
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If you are a fan of Champagne, Gin, or Cherry liqueur, you are destined to not only appreciate the First Love cocktail, but love it, as a result. Although, it's origin is vastly unidentified by wine & spirit theorists, it has been said to have been developed in the post modern 21 st century, by a unspecified, nameless bartender in the United States, however; that has never been proved to be accurate. Although the drink possesses a rarity of ingredients, it remains to be loved by champagne enthusiasts around the globe.



The traditional First Love ingredients include: Champagne, Gin, Cherry Heering Liqueur, with Sugar and Cherry Heering Liqueur.



I have produced a remarkable, yet bona fide gyration on the First Love drink.



Sarah's First Love

2 oz. Champagne

1 oz. Gin

1 oz. Maraschino Cherry Liqueur
1 tsp. Sugar
1 splash of Grenadine



Combine the Champagne, Gin, Maraschino Cherry Liqueur, Sugar, and Grenadine and serve in flute glass. (Garnish is optional)

Cocktail Recipes: A Real Blueberry Sweetie

A Real Blueberry Sweetie.
A cocktail created by
Sarah Afshar.
(Photo by Sarah Afshar/Yahoo!
Contributor Network)
The Blueberry Sweetheart is ultimately one of the most popular drinks on the planet. Whenever I was bar tending, many individuals would ask me to make them the "Blueberry Sweetheart". This drink is extremely undemanding, as it does not require numerous ingredients, however; it can be improved with added ingredients. When other ingredients are added to the Blueberry Sweetheart, the name does tend to change, however; if you use Ginger Ale and you add something simple with the Ginger Ale, it tends to stay the same.


The traditional drink includes: Ginger Ale, Blueberry Liqueur, and Amaretto Liqueur. The ingredients are not in all equal parts, as you must add 8 oz. of Ginger Ale, oz. of Blueberry Liqueur, and oz. of Amaretto Liqueur.


I have developed an marvelous, yet novel way of making this undervalued cocktail.

A Real Blueberry Sweetie

8 oz. Ginger Ale
1 oz. Blueberry Liqueur
1 oz. Amaretto Liqueur
1 oz. Peach Schnapps
1 splash of Grenadine


Combine the Ginger Ale, Blueberry Liqueur, Amaretto Liqueur, Peach Schnapps, and Grenadine and serve in a chilled glass on the rocks with a regular or maraschino cherry.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Bison at Yellowstone National Park...


 
 
Photos by Sarah Afshar

Word of the Day

Saradise - Feeling like a princess or goddess living in a state of intense happiness that is relatively pristine yet incredibly real.

(Created by Sarah Afshar)

An Arduous Conundrum, a Tritina

Sweltering fire that energizes the decorum of quintessence, momentarily, by the sugarcoat of lies.
Defective apologizes are inconsequential banter, spurring, extricating reality from falsehood.
Into the great wide open, drudgery and obliging, neglecting the derivation of the conundrum.

Life is a scientific phenomenon, encouraging, creativity fueled by raw astuteness and gifted conundrum.
The path of excellence is only created, smoothly, without overanalyzing is unhelpful and deeming the lies.
Attempting to be, what you are not destined to be, boorishly, is a melancholic and lively falsehood.

Once being lighthearted and joyful, passionately, craving continuous love shaped by tremendous falsehood.
Exceptional viewpoint of the castle in the sky, yearning, from a cryptic and mystifying conundrum.
A prototype of never ending plucks, contemptuously, produced by acquiescent and vicious lies.

Horrendous lies, enduring, into a poignant falsehood that started from an arduous conundrum.

-Sarah Afshar

Top 10 places to find a great Veggie Burger in New York City

A double Veggie Burger.
(Photo by Sarah Afshar/Yahoo!
Contributor Network)
New York City is not only home to the New York Yankees, it is home of some of the best veggie burgers in the United States. As a lacto ovo vegetarian, I have encountered so many eateries that made terrible veggie burgers, as I have encountered so many eateries that made amazing veggie burgers. After trying an array of veggie burgers in the big apple, I have decided to narrow them down to only the top 10 places to find a great veggie burger in New York City.

10. Shake Shack. When it comes to what constitutes as an amazing veggie burger, there are a lot of qualities that come into play. Not only should the veggie burger possess a balanced flavor that is highly delectable, but the veggie burger should be served with ingredients that praise the burger. I have tried a lot of veggie burgers where the taste was so acquired, yet worked well, as I have tried veggie burgers that were simply disgusting. When visiting NYC last year, I had the pleasure of eating at Shake Shack. It was then, that I discovered this eatery possesses some of the best veggie burgers in New York City. There are several Shake Shacks in the heart of the big apple, however; the best Shake Shack establishment is definitely the one located in Madison Square Park on 11 Madison Avenue at 23rd Street. If you are looking to enjoy a fabulous veggie burger, I truly recommend Shake Shack. The “Shroom Burger” is fabulous. Not only is it highly appetizing, it’s original. There are absolutely no veggie burgers like this in the city. It is only $6.75. Also, when you get this veggie burger, don’t forget the melted muenster and cheddar cheese, as well as, the famous Shack Sauce. Shake Shack is open daily from 11 am until 11 pm. For more information about Shake Shack, simply call: (212) 889-6600 today.

9. Rabbithole. Some of the best veggie burgers can be found right in your area, as well as, an area you intend to visit. One day while visiting friends in the Brooklyn area of NYC, I had the greatest pleasure of discovering Rabbithole. Located in the heart of Brooklyn on 352 Bedford Avenue in between S. 3rd and S. 4th Street lies one of the best places to find an incredible veggie burger, Rabbithole. The “Blackbean Veggie Burger” for $8 here is ultimately amazing in everyway. Everything from the veggie burger itself to the homemade soft bun that it is served on. I absolutely love the pickled vegetables that come with this fabulous addition to Rabbithole, as they truly flatter the veggie burger. I am guilty of falling into the Rabbithole, but I have absolutely no regrets. Rabbithole is open 7 days a week, everyday from 8 am until 11 pm. For more information about Rabbithole, simply call: (718) 782-0910 right now.

8. Westville East. So many things in life surprise me and Westville East is just one of those many things. Located in New York City on 173 Avenue A at 11th Street, Westville East is the place to be. If you are looking to enjoy the perks of what makes an amazing veggie burger, look no further, as Westville East is it. The “Veggie Burger” which costs $11 is so worth every penny. Plus, for $1 more, you can add Cheese and Grilled Onions and for $1.50 more you can add avocado. There are other vegetables you can add too including tomato and raw onion. The veggie burger comes with fries and/or a salad. After trying numerous veggie burgers, the Veggie Burger here is to die for, making it one of the best in the city. Westville East is a force to be reckoned with. Delivery is also an option, so if you are looking to enjoy a great veggie burger from home, you can do that. Westville East is open Saturday and Sunday from 10 am until 11 pm and Monday through Friday from 11:30 am until 11 pm. For more information about Westville East, simply call: (212) 677-2933 today.

7. Pink Pony. Searching for a great quality veggie burger can be incredibly time consuming, but also incredibly fun too. Although you have to try a few bad burgers to get to the good ones, it is so fun learning what places make great ones. Pink Pony is one of those places. Located in the heart of New York City on 176 Ludlow Street in between Houston and Stanton Street lies Pink Pony, one of the best places in New York City to get a great veggie burger. The “Vegetarian Burger” here is about $8.75, however; you can make it a cheese for only $1 more. The veggie burger comes with your choice of fries, which truly compliment the burger. I absolutely love this restaurant and tend to visit it again. The Pink Pony tends to only accept cash as a form of payment, so it is important to visit the ATM before eating here. Pink Pony is open 7 days a week, everyday from 11 am until 2 am. For more information about Pink Pony, simply call: (212) 253-1922 right now.

6. Black Iron Burger Shop. Have you ever run into a great restaurant without actually searching for it? In the case of the Black Iron Burger Shop, I did. I am a lacto ovo vegetarian, so although I was rather reluctant to eat there, it is a well known fact that every burger joint includes a veggie burger now days and in the case of Black Iron Burger Shop, it definitely does. Located on 540 E. 5th Street in the heart of New York City in between Ave A and Ave B lies the Black Iron Burger Shop. If you are looking for a fantastic veggie burger, you are going to love this eatery. The veggie burger here is not called a veggie burger, it is called a “Falafel Burger”. It is a huge patty, but incredibly delicious and it costs only $6. Plus, you can order cheese, as well as, toppings and condiments for on it. I love the grilled mushrooms, as well as, the grilled onions with swiss cheese and mayonnaise. It is important to have cash on hand, as this eatery tends to only accept cash. Online ordering is available, however; there is no delivery. Black Iron Burger Shop is open Sunday and Monday from 11 am until 1 am and Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am until 3 am. For more information about the Black Iron Burger Shop, simply call: (212) 677-6067 today.

5. Energy Kitchen. There are so many Energy Kitchen restaurants in New York City. Although some of them make good veggie burgers, the best definitely come from the Energy Kitchen located on 1089 2nd Avenue in between 57th and 58th Street. I have been to an array of Energy Kitchen restaurants and I have found that the Energy Kitchen in this area makes incredible veggie burgers. The veggie burger comes with an array of veggies such as zucchini and peppers. The veggie burger is also served with a tomato and lettuce combination on a fresh whole wheat roll. The veggie burger here costs about $6.99. If you are looking to enjoy your food at home or at the office, you can do so, as delivery is available. Online ordering is also available. Energy Kitchen is open Monday through Friday from7:30 am until 10:30 pm, Saturday from 9 am until 10:30 pm, and Sunday from 10 am until 9 pm. For more information about Energy Kitchen, simply call: (212) 888-9300 right now.

4. Cozy Soup n’ Burger. You don’t have to be a vegetarian to enjoy a veggie burger. I may be a vegetarian, but in all honesty, I have never dated a vegetarian. Veggie burgers can be enjoyed by everyone, as they are not only flavorful, but very highly nutritious. They are also much healthy for you than regular burgers. If you are looking to enjoy a great veggie burger, I definitely recommend Cozy Soup n’ Burger. Delivery is also available. Located in the heart of Manhattan on 738 Broadway Street in between Astor and Waverly Place lies Cozy Soup n’ Burger. Cozy Soup n’ Burger is definitely one of my favorite restaurants in New York City. The food is great and there is a fantastic selection. Most recently, when frequenting this fine restaurant, I had the greatest pleasure of trying the “Jumbo Veggie Burger” for $7.25 and I must say that it was amazing. The waiter mentioned that you can take any of the burgers on the menu and substitute the real meat with the alternative, the veggie. I think next time, I may do that. Cozy Soup n’ Burger is open 7 days a week everyday for 24 hours. How cool is that? For more information about Cozy Soup n’ Burger, simply call: (212) 477-5566 today.

3. Soho Park. The last time I visited New York City, I had the great pleasure of dining at Soho Park. Located on 65 Prince Street at Lafayette Street lies one of the best places to enjoy a great veggie burger in New York City, Soho Park. The veggie burger at Soho Park is incredibly delicious and I would recommend it to anyone looking to enjoy a great one. It costs only $6.75. Plus, there are an array of dipping sauces you can purchase for just $.75 that can compliment your veggie burger. I absolutely love the Black Olive Mayo. Soho Park is open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 am until 12 am (kitchen may close at 8:30 pm, although not sure) and Sunday from 10 am until 8 pm. For more information about Soho Park, simply call: (212) 219-2129 right now.

2. Curly’s Lunch. When it comes to choosing a great veggie burger, there is a lot to consider. Not only should the veggie burger taste good, but the ingredients should also compliment the taste. If you are searching to discover a great veggie burger fix, you cannot go wrong with Curly’s Lunch. Curly’s Lunch is located at 328 E. 14th Street in between 1st and 2 Avenue, in New York City. Curly’s Lunch is a vegetarian-friendly restaurant, so you can expect to choose from an array of options. With everything from the “Buffalo Blue Cheeseburger” for $8.95 to the “Cheeseburger” for $8.50. I, personally, love the Cheeseburger and tend to get that almost every time I eat at Curly’s Lunch. Every veggie burger is served on a Ciabatta roll. Plus, there are a variety of sides to choose from. You can even purchase the burger without the bun. If you are looking to dine in, you can place an order and have it delivered to your house, as delivery is also available. Curly’s Lunch is open Monday through Friday from11 am until 11 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10 am until 11 pm. For more information about Curly’s Lunch, simply call: (212) 598-9998 today.

…and the number one place to find a great veggie burger in New York City is…

*drum roll*

1. Hillstone. After trying hundreds of veggie burgers, I have come to the conclusion that Hillstones makes the best in New York City. Located in the heart of Manhattan on 153 E. 53rd Street at 3rd Avenue lies one of the best eateries in the big apple, Hillstones. If you are looking to enjoy the best veggie burger in NYC, you are destined to not only love Hillstone, but appreciate that much more. This exceptionally delicious veggie burger is made up of short grain rice in a black bean patty and served on a soft house-made egg bun, with cheese and an array of your favorite toppings. You can ask for anything extra too. The burger is fresh and incredibly delicious. The veggie burger is served with your choice of side. The only weakness that I can think of is the price, as the house-made veggie burger is about $17. It is very much well worth it though. Hillstone is open Monday from 11:30 am until 10 pm, Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30 am until 11 pm, and Sunday from 12 pm until 10 pm. For more information about Hillstone, simply call: (212) 888-3828 right now.

Top 10 places to find an amazing Mojito in New York City


The Mojito cocktail.
(Photo by Sarah Afshar/Yahoo!
Contributor Network.)
If you are looking for a great cocktail that possesses an acquired taste, I truly recommend the mojito. The mojito is traditionally made up of just five ingredients, which include white rum, sparkling water, lime juice, sugar cane juice, and authentic mint leaves. You can make your own sugar cane juice, however; adding sugar to the drink, with some water works just as good. The mojito is usually served in a Collins Glass, but there are instances where it is served in other glasses. The ingredients in this Cuban inspired cocktail are not in all equal parts, however; they work together to create the ultimate mixture that is not only delectable, but ultimately satisfying.

New York City is one of the biggest cities in the world today. If you are looking to enjoy a fabulously delicious mojito cocktail, the chances are, you are not going to find one instantaneously because the city is just huge. I have tried an array of mojitos in the big apple, so I have decided to narrow down the numerous establishments I have tried, to only the top 10 places to find a good Mojito in New York City.

10. Don Pedro’s. One of the best places to find a great Mojito in the big apple is definitely at Don Pedro’s. Located in the heart of Manhattan on 1865 2nd Avenue at 96th Street lies a Cuban inspired eatery, Don Pedro’s. The ambience of this place is lively, yet exciting. The mojito here is incredibly delicious, as it is not too sweet, but far from bitter. Whether you want to enjoy one of their specialty dishes or just a classic mojito, it is highly recommended to visit this great restaurant. Don Pedro’s is open Monday through Wednesday from 11 am until 11 pm, Thursday through Saturday from 11 am until 1 am, and Sunday 11 am until 10 pm. For more information about Don Pedro’s simply call: (212) 996-3274 today.

9. Ideya. Located in the heart of NYC on 349 W. Broadway St. in between Broome and Grand Street lies one of the best eateries to find a wonderful mojito, Ideya. If you are looking to enjoy an amazing mojito, look no further, as Ideya is the ideal place to be. Although I love the Mojito, I am in love with the Chocolate Mojito. This is definitely one of the best restaurants in New York City and I give them credit for having fantastic food to go along with their fantastically outstanding mojitos. I think the next time I visit Ideya, I am going to try the Dark Mojito. Ideya is open everyday. Monday through Wednesday from 12:30 pm until 11 pm, Thursday and Friday from 12:30 pm until 12 am, Saturday from 11:30 am until 12 am, and Sunday from 11:30 am until 5 pm. For more information about Ideya, simply call: (212) 625-1441 right now.

8. Cubana Social. After trying so many places, I have decided that Cubana Social makes some of the greatest mojitos I have ever tasted in the big apple. Located in the heart of B-Town aka Brooklyn on 70 N. 6th Street in between Wythe and Kent Avenue lies a restaurant where you can enjoy a fabulous mojito, Cubana Social. The food is outstanding, however; the Mojitos here are even better. I love the traditional mojito, however; after contemplating and debating whether or not to order the Social Mojito, I caved and tried it and as a result, loved it. They use ginger infused syrup instead of sugar cane water. Cubana Social is open Monday through Thursday from 8 am until 2 am, Friday from 8 am until 4 am, Saturday from 9 am until 4 am, and Sunday 9 am from 2 am. Out of the many restaurants in New York City, this one is open the longest. For more information about Cubana Social, simply call: (718) 782-3334 today.

7. Club Macanudo. Some of life’s greatest gifts are the good things we can enjoy at the expense of ourselves and of other people. One of the best cocktails in the world is definitely the mojito and if you are looking to enjoy one of the best, I highly recommend Club Macanudo. Located in New York City on 26 E. 63rd St. in between Madison and Park Avenue lies one of the best places to get a great mojito in the big apple, Club Macanudo. Although the NYC Mojito is delicious, I truly love the Havana Mojito. I absolutely love Club Macanudo and recommend this Cuban inspired eatery to anyone looking to enjoy an amazing mojito, followed by an exciting time. This place is exclusive, so there is a minimum $20 purchase required. More than likely, you will see a celebrity or two here as well. I absolutely love this place. Club Macanudo is open Monday and Tuesday from 12 pm until 1 am, Wednesday through Saturday from 12 pm until 1:30 am, and Sunday from 12 pm until 8 am. For more information about Club Macanudo, simply call: (212) 752-8100 right now.

6. Mojito. Although one may think the name will fool you, I guarantee once you dine at Mojito and try their mojitos, you will be hooked. Located in the heart of Brooklyn, on 82 Washington Avenue on Park Avenue lies one of the best places in New York City to find a great mojito, Mojito. The name speaks for itself. There are so many great mojitos here, as you don’t have to settle for the classic, you can try one of the flavored mojitos. I, personally, enjoy the classic Cuban drink and therefore; the last time I went to Mojito, I enjoyed the classic, rather than the flavored. I think that next time I go, I am going to try the Pomegranate Mojito or the Ginger Mojito. Mojito is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 am until 11 pm and Friday and Saturday from 11 am until midnight. For more information about Mojito, simply call: (718) 797-3100 today.

5. Candela Candela. Living in New York and visiting numerous times over the years, you tend to learn your way around the city. It’s so huge, so anyone can get lost. One thing is certain, finding a good mojito can be tough and as a result, time consuming. If you are looking to indulge in the ultimate mojito, look no further as Candela Candela is the place to be. Located on 92 2nd Avenue in between 5th and 6th Street lies one of the best Cuban and Italian inspired restaurants, Candela Candela. The Frig Mojito is sugar free, so if you are someone who is watching your sugar or you are diabetic, you can enjoy this cocktail without any regrets. This Cuban and Italian inspired eatery also allows you to upgrade on the rum of your choice. The next time I visit Candela Candela I am definitely going to try the Blueberry Mojito, as well as, the Guava Mojito. Candela Candela is open Monday through Thursday from 4 pm until 2 am and Friday through Sunday from 12 pm until 2 am. For more information about Candela Candela, simply call: (212) 529-2563 right now.

4. Guantanamera. After trying an array of mojitos, I found a restaurant that makes fantastic ones, Guantanamera. Guantanamera is located in New York City on 939 8th Avenue in between 55th and 56 St. This place is a classic Cuban restaurant. It is very exciting, yet entertaining and there is live music. The mojitos here are amazing and I truly recommend this Cuban eatery to anyone looking to enjoy a great Mojito. $5 Mojito Madness is on Tuesdays and lasts all night. How cool is that? Guantanamera is open Sunday through Thursday from 3:30 pm until 12 am, Friday and Saturday from 3:30 pm until 12 am, and Sunday from 11:30 am until 4 pm. For more information about Guantanamera, simply call: (212) 262-5354 today.

3. Café Habana. Most recently, I have been what is referred to as a mojito connoisseur, so knowing the best places to find a great mojito is definitely in my forte. Looking for an amazing mojito? Located in the heart of the big apple on 17 Prince Street, at Elizabeth Street lies an eating establishment where you will find one right now, Café Habana. The mojito here is ultimately delicious, making it one of the best places in New York City to find a great mojito. Café Havana is open 7 days a week from 9 am until midnight. For more information about Café Habana, simply call: (212) 625-2001 right now.

2. Cuba. Mojitos are a Cuban inspired cocktail and what better way to enjoy one, visiting a restaurant named Cuba. Located on 222 Thompson St. in New York City in between Bleeker and W. 3rd St. lies Cuba, one of New York’s biggest secrets. This restaurant is fabulous, however; what makes it so amazing is it’s mojitos. Whether you want to order the Mojito Classico or try something new like the Mojito 23, you are guaranteed to love this eatery. The food is also great, but the mojitos are truly the reason why I love Cuba. Cuba is open Sunday through Wednesday from 12 pm until 12 am and Thursday through Saturday from 12 pm until 12:30 am. For more information about Cuba, simply call: (212) 420-7878 today.

…and the number one place to get a Mojito in New York City is…

*drum roll*

1. Havana Alma de Cuba. New York City is filled with a population of over 8 million people, making it the largest city in the United States. What better place to find only the best mojito than at Havana Alma de Cuba. Located in the heart of Manhattan, on 94 Christopher Street, in between Bleeker and Bedford Street lies the best place to find a wonderful mojito, Havana Alma de Cuba. Whether you want to start with the Mojito Classico or try something different like the Mojito Coco or the Mojito Criollo, you are destined to love it! This Cuban inspired restaurant is relatively classy and possesses an ambience that is original. Searching for the best Mojito? Look no further, as you will only discover it here. Out of the many restaurants I have visited in New York City, this place makes the best mojitos I have tried yet. Havana Alma de Cuba is open everyday. Sunday through Thursday from 11 am until 11 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11 am until 1 am, and of course, on Sunday from 11 am until 4 pm. For more information about Havana Alma de Cuba simply call: (212) 242-3800 right now.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

A look at Gibbon Falls at Yellowstone National Park

Gibbon Falls is an incredible waterfall on the Gibbon river. With an over 80 foot drop, the Gibbon Falls is just another fascinating site and reason to visit at Yellowstone National Park.
 





 
 
Photos by Sarah Afshar

Cousin's Candy Shop Haul

Lately, I have been on a candy kick and yesterday, before heading to Yellowstone National Park, I stopped in at Cousin's Candy Shop in Virginia City, MT and bought some candy.










There are only two Cousin's Candy Shops in the country. One in Virginia City, MT and one in San Diego, CA. For more information just click here. Review coming soon, so stay tuned!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Homemade Crepes using Almond Flour





Almond Flour is not only low in carbohydrates and sugar, it is high in protein. It is high in potassium, as well as, magnesium. Almond Flour is also gluten-free and serves as an amazing alternative to those who engage in a healthy low carbohydrate/high protein eating lifestyle or are simply dieting. It is also great to reduce free radicals in the system, serving as a fabulous antioxidant. Although it is much more expensive than all purpose flour, it is very beneficial and possesses strengths that exceed all purpose flour on several wavelengths. I truly recommend it to anyone looking to substitute all purpose flour with a healthier option. I will write a long article soon and post it on my blog discussing why almond flour is amazing. Until then, despite using almond flour in these crepes, I would say they turned out relatively good overall.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Embrace the beauty of the present, the gift that life gives you. - Sarah Afshar

Bruce Lee has been dead for almost 40 years today

I fear not the man who has practiced 10000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10000 times. - Bruce Lee, 1940-1973

Although my father bared a modest amount of influence to why I love martial arts as much as I do, Bruce Lee has influenced me to practice martial arts. Seeing him at 5 years old on the big screen was just fascinating to me because in theory a real martial artist appearing in movies is/was quite the rarity. Bruce was truly a force to be reckoned with and there will never be anyone like him. Bruce, you may gone, but never forgotten. RIP Bruce Lee.

Monday, July 18, 2011

A look at the Kepler Cascades at Yellowstone National Park

When visiting Yellowstone this weekend, I had the opportunity to visit the Kepler Cascades. I was so intrigued by them, as they are so incredibly fascinating. If you ever visit Yellowstone National Park, I truly recommend checking them out.
 
 




 
 
Photos by Sarah Afshar

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park



 
A glimpse of Old Faithful during an eruption at Yellowstone National Park on Saturday, July 16th 2011. I also had the opportunity to capture a very popular basin area of the park, the Midway Geyser Basin.
 

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

The dinner I made I was inspired by Szechuan cuisine

Inspired by Szechuan cuisine, I made vegetables with tofu and it turned out fabulous. Sarah's Buddhist vegetarian/vegan dish. I thought about adding sunflower kernels, but decided not to. Recipe coming soon.

Full Moon: July 13th 2011






I had the great pleasure of taking these pictures lastnight. The full moon is anticipated to continue tonight, as well as, tomorrow night. I am hoping to capture some more images that I can share with you all.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Waxing Gibbous I encountered the night before last

The Waxing Gibbous phase of the moon. I had the pleasure of encountering this the night before last. The quality of the images is not the best, but they are far from poor.

Although I cannot predict the future, one thing is certain, however; there will definitely be a Full Moon within the next night or two. I am looking forward to it.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Making Vegan Pancakes...


For those of you that know me, I am a lacto ovo vegetarian. In case you are wondering what a lacto ovo vegetarian eats, we basically do not eat meat or fish (basically refrain from eating anything that was once living), but do eat dairy, as well as, eggs and honey. Lately, I have been on this vegan eating binge. It usually lasts anywhere from a day to a few days. I know that I cannot stick to it permanently, however; if I need to, I am sure I could. Recently, I had the opportunity to make Vegan pancakes. This is the second time making them. Vegan pancakes are made with oatmeal. Tofu is then blended and added to the oatmeal as an egg substitute. I am actually surprised they turned out.