I started out Monday in a rush. It was the day I attended a special seminar at FBI Headquarters in New York held for those lucky attendees of Thrillerfest 2017 who were quick enough to sign up for the event before it sold out. The seminar started at 9:30 a.m., but we were instructed to arrive between 8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. to allow enough time to get through security.
I didn’t have time to get breakfast before I left the hotel, but I found a Starbuck’s across the street from the Federal Building and got some oatmeal and a cold almond vanilla chai tea latte. I tossed the brown sugar and used a packet of stevia and the raisins that came with the oatmeal instead.
While FBI forensic specialists talked to us about firearms, fingerprints and DNA, I drank green tea and a liter of water, and snacked on the walnuts that came with the oatmeal.
The program ended at 2:00 p.m., by which time I was starving. After taking a train back to the hotel, I stopped in Grand Central Station and picked up something for lunch. Since I can’t remember what, it couldn’t have been anything to write home about. I just remember that I’d kept it light and vegan.
Dinner, thankfully, was an entirely different story. I ordered in vegan thai food from a nearby restaurant that was fantastic. I had vegetable pad thai made with rice noodles and steamed vegetable dumplings. That’s the meal depicted in the photo. I was a happy woman chowing down on that.
I ended the night with a cup of hibiscus tea and slept the sleep of the angels. All in all, I would call Monday a success in terms of sticking with the program.
I can’t say the same for Tuesday though. Stay tuned for more vegan adventures.