Monday, May 11, 2015

Cemetery Gates 2 - Spirituality


Cemetery Gates has been doing well. I am ready to announce the next issues theme: spirits. I am not talking about techno-spiritualism: machines that go beep and bloop, garbled messages you think mean something or trying to make a profit off of people's vulnerability. I will be discussing spirituality, the afterlife, making connections to the ones we love after they are gone. 

Would you like to submit? If you have ever gotten a message/sign/something tangible from a dearly departed loved one please share your story. I am looking for short & sweet: 50 - 100 words. If I use your story you will get a copy once the zine is completed. Submissions are due via email by June 15 2015. Email me at: missmuffcake[a]aol.com with submissions or any questions. Thank you!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Some Recent Cemetery Shots

I like the sentiment, the off balance of the stone and the hand pointing heavenwards. If you walk/drive up past Millionaire's row and keep driving till stones become scattered you will find some interesting older stones. Mountain View - Oakland, CA.


The door to this  mausoleum looked like a mandala or a relaxing coloring page. The spirals around the focal point remind me of phases of the moon. Mountain View - Oakland, CA


 Interesting stone for The King's Daughters Home - a hospital for those that could not be cured. I have not found any info as to who is buried here or if it is a mass grave. Interesting story in stone though.



Ghirardelli - Millionaire's Row in Mountain View. There is some classic iconography going on here. First the winged hourglass - pretty self explanatory: passing time. The inverted torch means the life carries onto the next world. By the way Ghirardelli makes the best accidentally vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips right?


A simple small stone that says Brian. Sometimes I am attracted to the simple stones because I find beauty in simplicity and clean lines. The Elk Grove - Cosumnes Cemetery District, Elk Grove. 


This cemetery has a lot of Freemasonry symbols as well as being down the street from Loving Hut (vegan tip). Here is a  Order of the Eastern Star symbol. This is a female division of the Freemasons. The Elk Grove - Cosumnes Cemetery District

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Oakland VegFest Food

Last Saturday Matt and I headed to the East Bay for our anniversary. We decided since the weather was nice why not head over and check out VegFest at Lake Merritt.

First thing  I wanted to try was No Worries, I have wanted to try their food for years plus their truck was set up across the street away from the crowed.


Photo taken by Matt - I was to busy looking at food!


I was hoping they would have lumpia and they did! So I ordered us both a order (2 rolls per order). Nice and crunchy! I should have grabbed some Sriracha but I wanted to eat!

Once across the street we walked around and sampled food. There was food I wanted to try/buy but I was sticking to my budget so I passed on the $6 bar of chocolate and the $9 bottle of juice.



I am a sucker for good falafel.So when I saw the Flying Falafel tent I new I had to get a pita sandwich.


Packed full of veggies, falafel and sauce it was a hit. Everything tasted really fresh - not always the falafel case in my experience. I would totally buy falafel here again.


We sampled a few Miyoko's Kitchen cheeze - Matt really liked the 02 sundried tomato with garlic. At Whole Foods Berkeley I bought him a wedge to share with me (of course!). So good!

It was a nice event. The Jesus church folk did ruin it a bit, screaming about being saved, coming up and trying to proselytize. Ugh!


Monday, April 27, 2015

Food I Made Then Ate + A New Zine


Chichi beans + basmati rice. I adapted this recipe from  Staten Italy: Nothin' but the Best Italian-American Classics, from Our Block to Yours (by the pizza cuz guys). I served it with leftover naan.


Southern-ish bowl: basmati rice topped with pan grilled spiced tofu, collard greens and black eyed peas. Hefty amounts of hot sauce included! I love collard greens - simply made with olive oil, lemon juice, pepper flakes. It is so comforting!


Not the best photo but whatever! Fried veggie dogs with ketchup, mustard and sauerkraut from the neighbor (the best ever!) on naan - because we love Trader Joe's naan. Fries with ketchup round out the meal.


I released the newest issue of The Stay at Home Girlfriend - #16 over the weekend, please check it out! It is full of cats, vegan recipes, music, mental health/self care, beer tastings and more!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Fruit & Cemetery Adventures In Patterson, CA


Loads of fresh fruit/veggies in a cup with lime juice and Tajin. Matt and I shared this $6 road side treat. I
went for the jicama and mango - savoring each juicy bite! It was pre-cemetery exploring fuel as we headed to Patterson, CA - or as I like to think of it as Matt's family's town.


I always gravitate towards Guadalupe.I would love to have an obnoxiously big statue of her one day! 


I always am on the lookout for angels as well. I liked the crosses on this and the couples picture with the worn texture made the stone look older than it is. 


California mountains past the cemetery gates.


There was a trio of chola chicks, girls that I could have went to high school with - just a few years older, girls that would inspire my fashion. I liked this stone because of the 64 Impala and the photo brought back hair memories.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Cemetery Gates Zine



I just released my newest zine Cemetery Gates over the weekend. It has taken me forever to get it out and I finally did it! I am very happy and can sigh with relief! It chronicles the last few months exploring cemeteries in N. CA, grief and I have an interview with Caitlin Doughty . All this and a super rad cover by Heather Wreckage! Please go get a copy and a button!

I will be working on a new issue shortly. I have a few ideas kicking around head. I am thinking of examining spiritual connection and once things have been worked out I will be throwing out calls for submissions. Till then I have more zines to get out this week and some organs to sell to pay for printing. Till then...

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Last Two Weekends In Sacramento

So the last few weekends Matt and I spent time in Sacramento. Tattoos, to get, food to eat, death culture to explore. Fun times!



We went to midtown to have lunch and the first spot we chose did not have lunch hours so we were very hungry and decided to eat at Garden to Grill . We wanted to see if the place had improved since it was Sugar Plum after reading a bit about the changes in SN&R. I ordered a plate of pesto fries, a beer (to split) and Matt got a burger. It was $30+. My plate of fries above was cold, soggy, with a bit of pesto and a sprinkling of Daiya. Matt's burger looked more promising in the picture and even though he opted for the house made patty everything else from the bun to the sauce was store bought. I do not understand how a place can call themselves Garden To Grill when everything is heavy with Daiya and Gardein - which are great products but not something that I want my dine out meal to be made from the bulk of.
We liked Sugar Plum when it first opened. We would go there twice in one day if we were in town. After about a year in the place changed and then it went down hill. They do make really good whoopie pies and cookies you can pick up at Whole Foods and the co-op and at $2.99 they are really big and worth the price! I would not spend $30 there to dine again - in fact I would not even spend half that on stuff I can make at home and better.


Pushkin's Bakery has us covered with a tasty assortment of vegan cupcakes and muffins!


 El Papgayo has the best vegan Mexican food ever! The Baja tacos above is one of my fave dishes. Tangy, sweet and savory - all together and perfect in each bite!


My go to at Loving Hut in Elk Grove (and any LH) is the bbq vermicelli bowl. At the Elk Grove location I have to tell them no fake shrimp - not only do they creep me out I find them gross. Matt got a veggie burger and asked for no onions. I found fake shrimp in my dish under the noodles but luckily the giant slab of onion on Matt's burger was able to cover them up on the plate once removed. Ugh - seriously?

 
I was still riding on a cemetery high though after talking/interviewing a Buddhist master about life and death at the Ching Ming festival in East Lawn cemetery. I will be sharing the insight and bits of the conversation in an upcoming zine. 


We ended up back at El Papagayo - like always and this time around we both got the massive taco salad bowls - one of our faves. It is a massive fried flour tortilla with rice, beans, salsa, guac and choice your of filling spilling out.  I got the chile Colorado (potatoes, soyrizo) inside and was very happy while Matt opted for the fried tofu - his go to. This place is the best and everyone should go!