I’m a self-proclaimed victim of nostalgia, so the fact that we’re already into the seventh month of 2014 makes me feel a little bit unwell. Fear not though; one of my many New Year’s resolutions was to live more in the present, and this is my attempt at doing just that. July is one of those lovely, assertive months that I’ve branded with a strong sense ‘I know where I’ve been, and I’m confident about where I’m going’. Y’know?
For eating: Avocados
“Avocados are my favorite fruit. Every Sunday my grandfather used to bring me an avocado pear hidden at the bottom of his briefcase under six soiled shirts and the Sunday comics.” – Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar.
July is the month of the avocado. Actually, that’s a lie. EVERY month stands testament to how glorious avocados are.
I think I’ve sampled avocados in just about every possible way fit for human consumption. I adore them mashed on toast, sliced onto a fresh salad, spooned straight from their delicious shells, and even in smoothies… I got this fabulous recipe from ‘one sheep short’ which you can read here (send them some love!).
As for eating out, this month’s fave has to be Milano, which is an Italian chain in Dublin, running under the name ‘Pizza Express’ in the UK. Y’all might be baffled to as why I’ve chosen a common chain as my restaurant of the month, but that’s exactly the point. My biggest hang-up in taking the plunge to go vegan was the fear that I’d be left with a bowl of stale iceberg at all future social events, supper dates and dinner parties. It was absolutely blissful that I had the chance to sit amongst friends, myself a vegan, and another a coeliac – and we all had something delightful to order. Their Vegan pizza is called the ‘Pianta’ and is is loaded with spinach, chestnut mushrooms, pine kernels and artichokes on a spicy Arrabbiata base. B-e-a-utiful.
For listening: First Aid Kit & Lana Del Rey.
I just cannot stop listening to First Aid Kit’s ‘Stay Gold’ and Lana’s ‘Ultraviolence’. These are both absolute anthems for the summer. My faves are ‘My Silver Lining’ (F.A.K) and Lana’s ‘Shade’s Of Cool’ (although West Coast is an absolute banger).
Although I’ve titled this section ‘for reading’, perhaps I should have labelled it ‘for absorbing’. Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar is an absolute must. We need it. It’s one of those books that should be safely placed in a time capsule somewhere, with a bottle of Corona and pot of hummus, so that future generations know what was important essential to the human condition in 2014. Forget the Gideons’ Bible, THIS should be placed in every hotel room. Devour it in one.
And so, enjoy July while it lasts, and before the dull fog of autumn rolls in to cloud our hazy memories of Summer 2k14.
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