Finding Great Local Vegetarian Friendly Restaurants: DejaVu in Memphis, Tennessee

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Our GREAT Vegetarian Lunch               Owner & Chef, Gary…this guy gets it!

FG Rating:  99

What:  DejaVu Restaurant…billed as a New Orleans Creole Soul Food & Vegetarian Restaurant, this happy place is a vegetarian’s gold mine!  We dined at the Mardi Gras themed downtown location for lunch and liked it so much we came back the next day.  We LOVE that all the veggies are prepared in vegetarian friendly ways (no meat, no chicken stock, etc)…even the Red Beans and Rice.  We chose the Veggie plate (your choice of 4 items)…you’ll see my picks in the photo above:  Fresh okra with tomatoes and a nice spicy kick, real New Orleans red beans and rice, steamed veggies (squash, broccoli, carrots and red pepper) and extra crispy sweet potato fries accompanied by not-too-sweet cornbread…in a word…YUMMMMM!

Here’s a link:

http://www.dejavurestaurant.org

Where:  51 South Main Street, Memphis, TN 38104

Phone (901) 505-0212

When:   Mon – Thu: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Fri – Sat: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Who:   Chef Gary Williams gets it!  We met the welcoming Chef Gary on our first visit to DejaVu.  Thank you for understanding and cooking for all the vegetarians…GREAT FOOD!

Why:  Worry free ordering for excellent vegetarian food!

How much:  Moderately (affordably) priced…we met one diner who had been there five times that week…WOW!

Enjoy!

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FG

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Finding Great Local Vegetarian Friendly Restaurants: Uncle Paul’s Pizza in New York City

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Above:  Uncle Paul’s welcoming dining room (usually FULL during peak dining hours) and the savory Veggie Wrap

 

FG Rating:  97

What:  Uncle Paul’s Pizza…yes, it’s great New York Pizza…AND we LOVE the savory Veggie Wrap, shown above, filled with eggplant, mushrooms, peppers and tomatoes…yummmmm!

Where:  70 Vanderbilt Ave, New York, NY 10017
(212) 922-1200

Here’s a link:

http://unclepaulsnyc.com

Who:  We talked with Vinnie, the chef who created our delicious wraps

Why:  Okay, yes, we’re picky pescetarians…fantastic tasting food is a MUST with us!   Uncle Paul’s is up there with the best around the country and was undaunted with our special requests.  That earns points from us!

How much:  Thankfully…fairly priced.

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FG

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Finding Great Local Florists: Floral Impressions in New York City

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Kenneth Kleinert, Owner of Floral Impressions

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A view from the shop, with gorgeous orchids in the foreground,

to Park Avenue

FG Rating:  98

What:  Floral Impressions, a fabulous NYC floral shop, recommended to us by the locals, in the know

Where:  250 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10017

(212) 986.6195

Easy access from Grand Central Station

Who:  The friendly, knowledgeable owner of Floral Impressions is Kenneth Kleinert…see him in the top image.

When:  Open Monday through Saturday

How much:  Affordable (what?  Yes!), beautiful, FRESH flowers in the city.  The price will, of course, depend on your choices.  The selection on any given day will vary…take a look at the fab orchid in the image above…we chose colorful roses!

Why:  We support LOCAL and FRIENDLY!

Be sure to tell Kenneth that we said “Hello!”  when you stop by.

Living Like a Goddess,

FG

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Finding Great Local Vegetarian Friendly Restaurants: Trattoria Trecolori in NYC

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Capellini Primavera and Eggplant Parm at Trecolori…MMMMM!

FG Rating:  98

What:  Yes, we love NYC and yes, we love Italian.  Combining the two?  Incredibly delicious!  Everything you’d expect on the menu and some genuine surprises, too.  The taste…WOW!

www.trattoriatrecolori.com

Where:  Trattoria Trecolori

254 W 47th Street (between Broadway & 8th Ave)

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Phone:  212.997.4540

Email:  info@trattoriatrecolori.com

When:  Sunday through Thursday 12:00 pm-10:30 pm

Friday and Saturday  12:00 pm-11:15 pm

Who:  We’ve met two of the stellar host/co-owners, Phil and Marco and several of the helpful, friendly staff.

Why:  This bustling trattoria is our hands down fav when we are in the City.  We discovered it during the Blizzard of 2010 when our cancelled flight left us in New York for three additional days.  Friendly and accommodating service satisfies even our picky palates.  Now, we make sure to dine here at least once each time we’re here.

How Much:  For the two of us, appetizers and entrees around $60-$70 plus tip…and worth it!

Enjoy!

Living Like a Goddess,

FG

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Your Track© List “Why”…Page 4

Materials needed:  Notebook that’s easy to access, Pen or Pencil and “My Track”© list

Welcome back to Your Track©.  What is “Your Track”©?  It’s the plan written by you about where you are, where you’re going  and how and when you’re going to get there.  You’ll need your notebook for this session.  Take a look at what you’ve written on your each of your pages, after the summary.  You should have one clear sentence on each page that defines what you want to accomplish.  At the close of Page 3, we talked about commitment.  If you’re able to clearly commit to the goals you’ve written, this section will be a breeze for you.  This is where you define and write down the “Why” of your goals.  So, if you are positive that your goals are right…you’ll feel it…then go to the next page and write them again, skipping a line between each one.  You’ll need this space in a moment.  Yes, you’ll have another summary page, with your most specific goals yet.

Now for the “Why”…it’s SO important because your Why will be your motivation when you face obstacles to your goals (and, you will).  Let’s look at some examples, going back to a few of the goals we reviewed in Page 3.  First, here are a couple of possible reasons (the Whys) for the goal, “Lose twenty pounds” in short term goals:  1)  My boyfriend (girlfriend, husband, wife) wants me to lose the weight OR 2)  Losing the weight will make me healthier and will help me feel great.  The Why for “Find a management job related to by college major” in your mid term goals might be 1)   My boyfriend (girlfriend, husband, wife) wants me to get a different job to make more money OR 2)  I want to work in an area I love AND not worry about money.  If “Explore five European countries” is one of your long term goals, your Why may be 1)    My boyfriend (girlfriend, husband, wife) wants me to travel with them OR 2)  I want to live my adventure by seeing the world.  So, are your goals about your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife or YOU?  If they’re about you…congratulations, move on to the next paragraph.  If not, go back to page 3…you are important and this IS about you.

Now, go to your new summary page that lists your goals with a line spaced between each one.  Write your Why under each of the corresponding goals.  Read through the page after you’ve completed it…it should make you smile.  This is the page to refer to when you need strength to move through the challenging moments that lie ahead.  Your commitment to your goals will enable you to do just that.

Watch for Page 5, coming soon…

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FG

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Committing to Your Track© Goals…Page 3

Materials needed:  Notebook that’s easy to access, Pen or Pencil“My Track”© list

Welcome back to Your Track©.  What is “Your Track”©?  It’s the plan written by you about where you are, where you’re going  and how and when you’re going to get there.  You’ll need your notebook for this session.  Take a look at what you’ve written on your each of your pages, after the summary.  You should have one clear sentence on each page that defines what you want to accomplish.  It’s interesting at this point (and may be important later) to compare your goals to the top goals of other people.  According to wiki.answers.com, the “top 10 personal life goals of Americans” are:

  1. Lose weight.
  2. Get Rich Quick.
  3. Get a job you enjoy.
  4. Travel.
  5. Win the lottery.
  6. Buy a brand new car.
  7. Learn to play a musical instrument well.
  8. Own your own home.
  9. Be debt free.
  10. Get back in shape.
  11. Get an education.
  12. Lose more weight.

Okay, we smiled and may have even chuckled a bit when we read numbers 2 and 5.  The list IS worth a closer look, especially if it has anything in common with Your Track© list.  Take number one, “Lose weight”.  That’s an admirable goal with many proven benefits and can apply to short, mid or long term time lines.  If something similar is on your list, how have you defined it?  Have you written “Lose weight”, OR something like, “Lose twenty pounds” and placed it in you short term (6 months to 1 year)?  We’ll skip the second entry on the wiki list for now.  On to number three on wiki.answers:  “Get a job you enjoy”.  Yes, something we all would love to have…a job that makes us wake up excited to go to work.  If you have that idea on Your Track© list, how have you written it?  Is it something similar to “Get a job I enjoy” or more like “Find a management job related to my college major” and placed in your mid term goals?  Let’s look at another…number four on their list is “Travel”.   Do you have “Travel” in Your Track© notebook or “Explore five European countries” in your long term goals?  You get the idea…more specific is best.  The more defined your goals are, the easier they are to attain.  They allow you to laser focus on making them happen AND, most importantly, they invite commitment.  Yes, THAT word.  One of our favorite quotes is from Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe:  “Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves, too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.”  Every time we read that, it makes us smile.

So, are your goals “commitment” worthy?  Review them, edit them, if necessary, and then, take the plunge…be committed.  No homework for now…we’ll be back with Page 4 soon.

Living Like a Goddess,

FG

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Creating “Your Track”© Page 2

Materials needed:  Notebook that’s easy to access, Pen or Pencil, “My Track”© list

What is “Your Track”©?  It’s the plan written by you about where you are, where you’re going  and how and when you’re going to get there.  If you’ve started by creating a “My Track”© list, that’s great…you’re ready to move to the next step and you can skip to the second paragraph.  If you haven’t made a “My Track”© list, you can begin now.  Get a piece of paper and pen or pencil.  Title the paper “My Track”©.  Divide the paper into three columns:  “Short Term-6 Months to 1 Year”, “Mid Term-1 Year to 3 Years” and “Long Term-Over 3 Years”.  Record at least two things you want to accomplish within the specified time frames under each heading.  Place the date at the top of the paper.

Look at your “My Track”© list.  Is there anything you want to add?  If so, do it.  We recommend no more than four items in each category (and, by the way, two items are fine…”more” is not “better”).  “Your Track”© will likely change and so will your “My Track”© list.  Now for the notebook referenced above.  This is where you’re going to record the progress of “Your Track”©.  It’s important that the notebook is accessible because when you move forward, you’ll want to record it (and, if you’re like many,  you may forget later).  You can begin at the front or back of the notebook.  We start at the back so that the most recent entry is on top.  So, on either the front or back page, write the goals/wishes/dreams from your “My Track”© list (updated, if you’ve done so) down the page under the appropriate timeline heading (Short Term, Mid Term, Long Term).  Date the page.  Yes, this Summary Page is for a reference point.  Now, on the pages adjacent to your Summary Page, title individual pages with the goals you’ve written.  If you have two goals under each timeline, you’ll have six Goal Pages; if you have three goals under each timeline you’ll have nine Goal Pages.  On the first line under the title of each page write the word “What”.

This step will take some thought.  You need to clearly define your goals/wishes/dreams.  Try to do it as succinctly as possible.  Use the page to write your thoughts and include or eliminate the specific words that apply.  The end game here is to have one sentence that accurately describes your goals/wishes/dreams.  You’ll know it because it will feel right to you.  Tack your original “My Track”© list back where your had it and take your “My Track”© notebook with you.  Happy thinking and writing about “Your Track”©…stay tuned for Page 3.

Living Like a Goddess,

FG

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