Growth and change.

peta2_hug_a_vegetarianHi. I am Annush and I’m a vegetarian.  I have been a vegetarian since I was about 10 years old.  Before you even ask, it didn’t have anything to do with my parents or my puppy…I just don’t like the smell of meat.

Apparently yesterday was World Vegetarian Day but for some reason I found out today.  Now, by acknowledging it I am not trying to lecture anyone about their dietary choices but I will say that the vegetarian lifestyle is one that we should all embrace not only because it is a more humane way to live, but because in this day and age here in America, we don’t know what’s in our food. Between hormones, antibiotics, unnatural feeds, etc. our health is at risk. That should make everyone want to reconsider their diet.

MomIn other news, today is my mom’s birthday.  Not only am I happy for her because it’s her birthday, but from the looks of it, she is going to be a grandmother for the second time this week.

We celebrated a few days ago so she could go be with my brother and sister in law these last few days before the baby is born, but I’m not gonna lie, I’m pretty certain that no gift I could have given her can top a baby boy…

I have a lot to be happy about and thankful for these days.  Things to look forward to and the hope that I’ll forever be appreciative of the things/people I have in my life.  It is very exciting to see our family grow and our projects bloom.

Now I am gonna go try to bake a vegan cake so I can celebrate life before I go out tonight!

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On holiday fun and being well-rounded :)

I can’t believe October is almost here and that the holidays are practically upon us.  Just yesterday I received the UrbanDaddy newsletter and nearly had an aneurism when I saw that pumpkin season has started and that the Shore Club is making a pumpkin and ginger margarita.  If that’s not a holiday drink, I don’t know what is!

I must have one.

But where was I? Oh yes! the holidays are coming up and after taking a quick look at my calendar, I just realized that I need to get started on my Holiday cards so I don’t end up like those people who cry every single year about not having time to send them.  (I really hate those people.) In any case, I’m very excited that this year we will join forces with Wynwood Letterpress to create the perfect cards for us.  I can’t wait to get started!

I love the holidays.  I get so excited!

Anyway, I feel like I’ve just skipped over a bunch of pretty cool happenings around town while obsessing over something still months away…

On Thursday October 2 at 3:30pm former First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, will be at Books and Books- Coral Gables signing copies of her new book “Hard Choices”.

I’ve been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to meet  Mrs. Clinton a few times and she is someone amazing to be around.  In fact, I find her to be so amazing that I will probably be there tomorrow even though I bought the Kindle version of the book :)

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Shortly thereafter, I will take up Blackbird Ordinary on their invitation to go sample their new cocktail menu from 7pm-10pm.  A donation of at least $20 to Philanthrofest gets you a three hour open bar.

I don’t know if they’ll have pumpkin ginger drinks, but I do know that Philanthrofest is a nonprofit that’s really close to my heart so even if you can’t join in the fun, I hope you’ll make a donation and help them help others.

Oh and don’t forget that night Pubbelly goes vegan!930pm

There is a 9:30pm seating so realistically, you can get your copy of Hard Choices signed, have some drinks, support our favorite nonprofit, and have an amazing vegan meal all in one day.

On that note, I’m off to get started on my redecorating project.  Hopefully I can channel Martha Stewart as I focus my energy on making my home worthy of Architecture and Design.

In the meantime, here is a recipe I found for a Pumpkin Spice Margarita!

Until next time,

Annush :)

Pumpkin Spice Margarita

INGREDIENTS

FOR PUMPKIN SIMPLE SYRUP
1 can organic pumpkin puree
1/2 cup organic brown sugar
1/4 cup organic sugar
1 cinnamon stick
2 cups of water

FOR MARGARITA
1 1/2 oz organic tequila
1/2 oz Cointreau
1 organic lime

FOR GARNISH
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp salt
A pinch of nutmeg

PREPARATION:

  1. Make a pumpkin simple syrup by combining pumpkin puree with brown sugar, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, and water in a saucepan over low heat.
  2. Stir constantly for 20 to 30 minutes, until cinnamon flavor is present and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and cool. The Simple syrup should have the consistency of a thin smoothie.
  3. Pass the thick syrup through a fine mesh sieve (or a strainer), using the back of a spoon and discard the pumpkin pulp.
  4. Prep margarita glasses by combining sugar, allspice, and salt and pouring the mixture onto a small plate. Run a wedge of lime around the rim of each margarita glass, and then dip the glass rim into spiced sugar.
  5. For each margarita, combine the juice of half a lime, tequila, Cointreau, and 2 oz pumpkin simple syrup. Shake well and serve on the rocks.
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A woman who creates change.

I don’t often use the word “honored” but last week I had the opportunity to meet Eve Ensler during a panel she moderated at Young Arts, and that was a HUGE honor for me.  It’s not very often that one gets the opportunity to meet someone who has made such a huge difference in the world, and there she was.  In the flesh.  And she talked to ME!

We are living in a world where even in the most developed corners in the world (ie- here), every single day we hear of someone who has suffered violence because of their gender. Between football players who see their wives as punching bags, fathers who kill their daughters, and everything in between, we are living in a world where women (but not only women) are having a REALLY hard time just existing.

I keep talking about the conversation we need to have as a society about violence, and Eve Ensler has been pushing this conversation for years. I was lucky to be a part of this one, and I hope that with 1 billion rising, it is a conversation that will continue until the one billion rises.

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Happy National Coffee Day!!!

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May your life not require as much caffeine as mine :)

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A Coke and a Smile!

I don’t know what is in a Diet Coke.  In fact, I don’t wanna know.  What I do know is that there are some days when a Diet Coke will fix just about anything and today is one of those days.

It’s still rainy out and as a result, my mood has taken a beating.  I really don’t like rain and this dampness is really getting old. Instead of feeling diligent and responsible by being at home working, I feel like I’m being held hostage. That’s no good.

But I am being productive at least and that makes me feel good.

Lately I’ve been dedicating a lot of my time to the Young Patronesses of the Opera annual gala, which is coming up.  What started as a little project to collect a few items for the silent auction, has become this community outreach operation that has led me into the exciting world of  fundraising and charitable gifts.  It’s actually pretty awesome because not only do I get to help, I also get the opportunity to learn about certain opportunities that I can then share with others.

photo838Like Give Miami Day, for example. According to The Miami Foundation, “Give Miami Day is a unique, 24 hour online giving event that allows individuals in our community an opportunity to build a greater Miami by making a charitable gift to a local nonprofit.”  This year, the deadline for non-profits to complete their application is November 3.   Do you have a Miami based nonprofit you’d like to register?  This is a great opportunity!

1472842_576630119059220_716637424_nThere is also 5k PARKfest on November 2, which is a 5k where 50% of your registration fee goes to the cause of your choice! The bigger the team, the larger the donation.  Needless to say, this is not only an amazing team-building activity, it is also a great way to raise some money for your nonprofit of choice WITHOUT HAVING TO DUMP COLD WATER ON YOUR HEAD!  Everyone wins :)

Added bonus: You burn some calories.

Do you know of any cool ways nonprofits can raise some money? Sharing is caring!!

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Love Drunk

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Hugh and I love to go out on dates.  In fact, we love dates so much that we don’t waste an opportunity to sneak one in if the conditions are favorable (and by favorable I mean, neither of us is physically/ mentally exhausted).

But last night was different.

I spent all day yesterday going back and forth between the Social Good Summit and the Social Media Week events that were scheduled for yesterday.  Hugh was working all day and participated in a panel on “Design as a Tool for Social Change”.  By the time we got home, we were wrecked.  It took all the energy we had left to go to the Social Media Week reception that was scheduled for the evening. I didn’t really want to go but I’m so glad we did!

After the reception we ended up at Sushi Samba and had an amazing date!

In fact, it was so amazing that this morning I woke up with that not so amazing feeling that makes one need comfort food (or in my case comfort iced lattes) and a bed.

I cancelled most of my commitments for the day and have spent the day in recovery mode dedicated to catching up on everything that’s been happening while I have been otherwise engaged….

  1. It’s been raining cats and dogs.
  2. The lovely Olee informed us that Bocce Bar got a new chef and a new menu.  This had me nearly in tears until because the old menu was very “Annush friendly”  and the food was always on point.  Apparently the new chef is Southern so the menu has more meat than it used to. But it appears I can still eat there.
  3. But on the upside, Ari and Dani gave us a heads up about Pubbelly going vegan on October 2.  At first I couldn’t believe it, but it’s true! My poor mom…her birthday is October 2 and we are taking her out to dinner.  I hope she won’t notice the lack of meat on her plate :)
  4. Emma Watson gave an amazing speech in front of the United Nations a few days ago to launch #heforshe.  You must watch it!!!  This is definitely one of the  conversations we as a society need to be having.
  5. There may or may not be a woman in Florida with three breasts.

Now I need a nap.

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Social Good Summit: What do you want the future to look like?

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What type of world do I want to live in by the year 2030?

That’s the question we are asking this year during this two day conference held during U.N. and Social Media Week, on September 22-23, that aims to examine the impact of technology and new media on social good initiatives locally, and by extension globally.

I’ve actually been thinking a lot about the future and how I can make it better on a personal level for everyone around me- particularly my community.  It’s this thought that’s been the driving force behind many of the changes I’ve been making in my life and the greater interest I have in being involved in my community.

My involvement in this conference this year is solely on a volunteer basis. However, Hugh and many of the community-minded thought leaders in our community will be taking the stage here in Miami to discuss technology as a means of social good and hopefully provide some insight as to what can be done.

If you’d like to be a part of it but can’t join us here in Miami, there is also a conference going on simultaneously in New York, as well as multiple meetups around the world.  If you want more information, just click here.

Remember, we must be the change we wanna see…and to achieve this, we must get involved and continue having these important conversations. Only then will we make the world a better place.

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