Cherish your visions.
Cherish your ideals. Cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow all delightful conditions, all heavenly environment; of these, if you but remain true to them, your world will at last be built.
- James Allen
Last weekend’s wedding in York was fantastic, the bride & groom were utterly gorgeous and my only complaint is how darn FAST everything flew by.
During an hour of alone time for lunch, I visited this adorable locally sourced restaurant, Under One Sun. The name had me at Hello and the location in the 124-year old Central Market seemed like it would be a happening spot for a weekday takeout lunch or a Saturday morning jaunt:
Friday at 1:30pm saw it quiet, so the chef, Inder chatted while I took a bar stool at the counter devouring my Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwich & Tropical Coconut Smoothie:
It was very cool to hear about the evolution of Under One Sun, from being his partner Jolene’s jewelry stand in the market, to added smoothies and juices and now to this organic full-service oasis in the middle of downtown York. Though it’s not solely vegetarian, they have mostly veggie-based dishes while all eggs and meat (as well as greens) come from their local, loving farm.
Upon leaving, I cut through the back alley to W Market St for a walk in the sun where a woman feeding the ducks told me the downtown has seen a barren 30 years due to modern mall complexes popping up in the outskirts, but that recent development plans have aimed at attracting business to the downtown core. It’s places like Under One Sun that I think add beautiful colour to the already-rich charm standing proud through York’s heritage buildings and wall art:
I wish them the best with their successes and thank York for being such a friendly, charming visit :)
Restaurant: Under One Sun
Address: 34 W. Philadelphia St, York, PA
We hit the road today for Blair’s cousin’s wedding in Pennsylvania and I can hardly wait to see his family! We’ll have a tougher time maintaining great eating habits this weekend, so I wanted to start my day strong just like the Ancient Inca Warriors did: with quinoa (“keen-wah”).
To them, it was sacred – the ‘mother grain’. To modern day vegetarians and health foodies, it’s a staple source of protein. Surprisingly still, it’s not a mainstream food. But change is nigh, my friends, as the UN declared 2013 the ‘International Year of Quinoa’ recognizing its importance for world food security and optimal nutrition.
It’s packed with iron, fiber, calcium and twice the protein of regular cereal grains. Its protein is “complete” too, meaning it has just the right proportion of all nine essential amino acids that optimally supports our diet.
Mostly it likes to appear in lunch or dinner recipes, but why not substitute for your cereal like I did this AM?
½ cup cooked quinoa (follow directions on box)
2 tbsp. non-fat greek yogurt
¼ cup blueberries
1 lemon wedge
Agave or honey
*Feel free to add any nut, dried fruit, flax seed mix, etc. I just used what I had.
Find: Check the rice or health food sections of your grocery store
Prepare: Rinse the bitter saponin layer before cooking in a strainer with *small holes* (you’d think this was common sense – I learned the hard way)
Cook: Prepare like rice with a 2:1 water to quinoa proportion
Store: Quinoa stores extremely well – cook a bunch and keep 2-3 days
More recipe ideas: See my “Meat-Free” Pinterest board for tons of ideas from veggie burgers to pizza crust. One of my favourites is a Mexican-style red quinoa from Oh She Glows