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Happy Herbivore in Barcelona

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Travel

Barcelona is extraordinarily beautiful, but it was the energy in the city that I fell in love with.... There is just something about Barcelona that makes every cell in your body pulse and remind you that you are alive. in this moment. living.

I also went to heaven... foodie heaven. Barcelona's fresh market shames any other fresh market anywhere! The pictures don't even come close to bringing it justice.

Walking around the fresh market I spotted dragon fruit, which I'd never had before (but always wanted to try) and I figured why not try it for the first time in Barcelona. 

I don't really have an opinion of it. It didn't have that much of a taste. It didn't wow me, but I'd like to try it again.

Next up, Madrid!

Happy Herbivore in Switzerland

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Travel

Zurich was my last city with Scott, Jim (my best friend) and his girlfriend. After Zurich, they all went home while I went on to Spain. 

The train ride through the Alps from Italy to Switzerland was beautiful. They're building a more direct route that will go through the mountain, rather than zig-zagging around it, so we all felt very lucky to have the opportunity to enjoy this scenic train ride while you still can. 

As for Switzerland itself, Zurich has a certain way about it that makes it feel different from the rest of Europe. I felt very comfortable there, at home even, as though I'd lived there before. It just had this vibe... I can't really put my finger on it, a sort of 'independence' attitude, that made it stand alone from the rest of Europe.

Zurich is also very, very, vegetarian-friendly. There are a lot of vegetarian restaurants and many more restaurants with vegetarian and vegan menus. Just about every place I stopped at to browse a menu had clearly labeled veg dishes. 

I loved this menu---and the restaurants passion for sustainability, that we just had to eat here.

For lunch, Scott & I opted for simple, stir-fry fare.  I had a peanut-orange-ginger stir-fry (the combo was so unique I had to try it) and Scott went for a simple curry.

By dinner we were all pretty tired so Scott & I laid low at our hostel and ordered a cheeseless vegetable pizza from across the street. I was impressed by the wide variety of vegetables they loaded us up with! 

The next day, Scott was the first to leave -- having to catch a train back to Paris to fly home. After he left, Jim's girlfriend went back to their hotel room to rest, giving Jim and I some quality time alone. We've recently celebrated 15 years of friendship, a huge milestone in my book, and it was wonderful to just walk around with him. 

We sat by the river talking for a long while, and then dared to dip our feet in when we saw others swimming. Our toes lasted about 10 seconds. To say the water is cold, would be a gross understatement... 

How cheap knives endanger your digits

Posted by: Scott Nixon |

Category: FAQVideo

I've cut my fingers dozens of times with cheap kitchen knives. 

How many times do you think I've cut myself with a good chef's knife? 

Once. An it was because I let the knife get too dull.

Cheap knives have flexible blades and are generally harder to cut with. You much more likely to slip and cut yourself if you don't have a proper knife.

I really trust a chef's knife to slice through the veggies. When I use cheap knives I spend a lot of energy just trying not slice my fingers open.

I know that chef knives are can be expensive. However, you'll use everyday, it will save you time, and you'll feel like a pro using it. 

Convinced yet? Good, I have a few recommendations including a very affordable option.

Michael Chu, at Cooking for Engineers, has an extensivearticle of knives he has tested so I'll borrow 2 of his recommendations. 

If you have small hands you might want a 6" knife instead because the larger the knife the more difficult it is to control.

MAC MTH-80 MAC Mighty Chef 8" with dimples $129 (This will be Happy Herbivore's next knife.)

Victorinox Chef's Knife: 10-Inch $29,  8-Inch $26,  6-Inch $18!