Eat Your Veggies Visits the City

A couple of times during the year, I get to see one of my favorite individuals. We met when we were Public Allies together in DE and consequently became best friends after several carpools. Alas, our term ended and we migrated to different cities; I went off to NYC and Jenna to Washington D.C. where she interned with a food policy think tank. Distance doesn’t mean a thing though- we still share recipes and stories despite our locations! I’m sure you have a friend like that as well!

The first full day of our adventures began with a trip to the American Museum of Natural History to see the Global Kitchen exhibit. I was very pleased with the set up- it started you off with montages of food in various stages of production. Then there’s a video that introduces you to the several points of that production. Food is much more than what’s on our plates- it’s an environmental, social and economical factor in our lives. The exhibit leads you through the process, including a cooking demo, smell stations and historic and cultural facts about food. We were in our element.

Jenna at the Global Kitchen Exhibit!

After a trip to the Strand and the Union Square greenmarket, we trekked back to Brooklyn to work in the garden. The entire front area near the gate was overrun by weeds and we knocked those suckers out! We scurried back to the apartment, whipped up a quick salad and had a lovely picnic on the roof.

The salad consisted of green lettuce, fresh corn, heirloom cherry tomatoes, almonds, chickpeas, red onion and peach vinaigrette.

All in all, it was a very productive and fun day. Really though, who goes on vacation and then volunteers in a garden? Jenna, that’s who! When she continued to D.C. post NYC, she volunteered for a day at the Common Good City Farm.

This Fall, Jenna will be studying sustainable food policy at University of Burlington.

The trip was too short but oh so wonderful. You should check out Jenna’s blog, Eat Your Veggies, for more interesting food outings, learnings and recipes. Hope you enjoyed reading about our weekend!

Author: 2birds1scone

My name is Shayla and I talk about food. A lot. I live in Brooklyn, NY where I work as a data nerd in the startup world. As much as I wish I could say I've been a healthy vegetarian for the past 8 years, I can't. I started off as many veg's do: eating primarily processed soy products, pasta, and pizza. I also brought meat back into my diet when I started a job in catering. When I realized that cutting out meat didn't make me feel any better and I was still gaining weight, I decided I needed to make some major changes. I started experimenting and researching; I found that the fresher the food was, the more I enjoyed it. I believe we are what we eat. How we feel and what we eat is so profoundly interconnected. It's impossible to exclude factors like diet and lifestyle when you are trying feel better overall. I understand how difficult eating (or just finding) healthy food can be which brings me to this blog. I aspire to help people make healthy living easier. 2birds1scone is a place for suggestions, inspiration and shared information. It's about bringing healthier perspectives to every part of your life. Please feel free to submit your thoughts and recipes! Namaste. "One choice at a time, with intention and compassion for our selves and our planet, we can eat clean and live well." -Terry Walters

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