Happy Herbivore Blog

So long, farewell (29 Days)

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Travel

So long, farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, adieu...

I'm one of those people that has ants in their pants all the time. I don't feel settled unless I'm in motion.

In 2006, I backpacked through Europe for a month. I returned to the states and then moved from Boston to Los Angeles. Los Angeles to New York and then New York to St. Maarten. Even since we've moved to St. Maarten, I've been home to New York a handful of times, visited Canada and a few neighboring islands. I really can't sit still.

Then about six months ago I randomly blurted out "I'm going to go to Europe for the month of September."

Scott was driving at the time, looked over at me and said, "Where did that come from?"

I shurgged. Hell if I knew. But it's now September, and I am leaving. for 29 days.

I leave next Friday. 

The one great thing about this trip is about a week and a half in, I'll be meeting my husband in Paris, then we'll meet my best friend Jim and his girlfriend in Germany... for Oktoberfest! From there the four of us are going to Innsbruck, Austria; Slovenia, Croatia, Venice (where I'll be on my 30th birthday!), Italy; Milan, then Zurich, Switzerland. After they leave I still have another week plus to travel alone.

I've been to Europe before, and Africa (it's a boat ride from Spain) -- so I have a few places I must revisit (like Amsterdam) but lots of new places to see as well... like Russia.

Since I mentioned Africa, I had to add a picture.

The trip is for me, yes, but it's also for my third book. I want to be inspired and add more culture to my craft... Stories from my trip, and dishes, will be woven into my third cookbook. 

Right after I booked my plane ticket I started to panic. I couldn't imagine being a day without Happy Herbivore and my Herbies... I haven't been more than a day apart from Happy Herbivore since she was born in late 2007.

I started crying thinking, if I took time off, if I took time away, would all my hard work fall to the waste side? Would I be forgotten? Would I lose all that I've gained?

I realized this fear -- and this attachment -- meant I *had* to do this.

But no worries -- this blog won't go dark.I won't disappear on Facebook or Twitter, either. Andrea will be blogging--and I have plenty of posts and videos for her to entertain you with while I'm gone. Plus I'll be sending in videos and pictures from my travels.

If you live in Europe, Morocco or Russia---and you'd like to meet me or host me, please email me lindsay[at]happyherbivore.com

Happy Herbivore Forever (Our Tattoos)

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: AdviceNews

People get tattoos for all different reasons: some people love beautiful art and see their body as a canvas for an evolving masterpiece. Some people need their outside to reflect or symbolize what they feel on inside and others need reminders, markers, a memento. I've also witnessed the healing power of tattoos and it's their emotional value that attracted me.

Tattoos have always been a way for me to mark an important event in my life.

I have a few -- some you have probably seen in pictures and videos. Each tattoo individually, and collectively, has a meaning. They all celebrate some moment or part of my life. Each one was emotional for me.

Today I added Herbie. It's not just to commemorate Happy Herbivore and this chapter in my life. I also love the deep symbolism behind it. Elephants are strong...big and beautiful. They are inspiring and magnificent... all things I want to be...try to be... strive to be.

I believe that you have to know where you have been to appreciate where you are and where you are going.

And that's why it was important I get this tattoo.... but I wasn't the only one. Andrea inked herself as well... and you'll see that we have different experiences and reasons for our tattoos....

Hi Herbies :] For me, tattoos are a way to symbolize a moment in time- a lesson I've learned, or something I believe in and want myself to always remember, even when I'm having a tough time. I have wanted the tops of my feet tattooed for awhile, and it seemed appropriate to get it done when living in another country- when will I ever get this opportunity again?

I have two herbivores on the tops of my feet now- an elephant and a rabbit. The rabbit is to remind me of the Velveteen Rabbit who always sought to become real, and the only way to become real is through patience and love. The elephant on the top of my foot is symbolic of a humble kind of wisdom and strength.

1 List, 5 Meals: Labor Day Edition

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

I hope everyone is looking forward to a 3-day weekend. Since we're ex-pats, we don't get Monday off... but that's okay, I still plan to make my beloved mushroom burgers (p. 89), baked beans (p. 199) and potato salad (p. 189) from my cookbook this weekend!

Download the PDF here

What are your plans this Labor Day weekend?