What We Ate Wednesday: We Heart Science!

January 20th, 2015 - filed under: The Food » Food Styles

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So apparently we are a science family? This came unexpectedly, and was such a pleasant surprise for me. But wee Waits Rebhal hearts science, like a LOT, and of course I’m happy to support his interest.

It all started with his fascination with the inner workings of the human body (still his favorite), and then came an interest in outer space, and nowadays he’s exploring the dinosaurs. Plus he loves it when I tell him about the labs I teach at school, and I take him into the field with me whenever I can. So yeah, science family – who’da thunk?!

In support of my little blossoming scientist, we recently took a trip to Los Angeles, to visit the LA Science Center (amongst other galavanting around the town).

This is how it went, and what we ate:

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Breakfast was blueberry-flavored coconut yogurt with raspberries (the ones we picked and froze this summer) and chia seeds.

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And of course, oat milk!

While Waits ate breakfast, I packed up our lunches and made a big batch of fresh juice.

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For Waits: cilantro-kale-celery-apple with fresh turmeric root. After I portioned his out I added lots more turmeric and fresh ginger, plus lemon, for Jeremy and I.

After cleanup I got us both dressed and out the door, with just a few errands to run before we could get on the freeway. First stop? Dropping off green juice and the Harley dog at Still.

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With boyfriend and dog both taken care of, we were ready to hit the raod.

On to the freeway!

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. . . Wheeeere traffic was creeping along at a snails pace. Oh, California drivers in the rain.

After about an hour or so we were both hungry. I had planned and packed a picnic lunch complete with blankie and beach plans, but, well, the rain sorta spoiled that. Whoops!

Oh well, we ate while crawling through traffic on the 101.

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Magic Beans for my boy (kidney beans + hemp seeds + nutritional yeast + tamari + olive oil).

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And a super salad for me: baby spinach, lentils, tomato, avocado, kalamata olives, and green onions, with a noochy-dijon vinaigrette. So good.

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Quick pit stop for gas and potty. Waits was excited to wash my windows, haha. And also we used an alarmingly nasty bathroom. Welcome to LA!

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Back on the road, we headed for our first real destination: Rising Hearts Bakery, home of the (literally) best gluten-free vegan breads and pastries I’ve ever eaten. And I mean best by a LONG shot.

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Waits is such a charmer.

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We always buy LOTS. Sandwich loaves, hamburger buns, brioche, scones, and focaccia. Usually pumpernickel too, but they were out.

It all comes frozen and will stay that way in our insulated bag. We don’t eat tons of bread at home, so this stash will last us a couple of months.

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But of course we had to get treats, too. Chocolate chocolate cupcake for the kid.

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And a carrot cake whoopie pie for moi.

From there we were finally on our way to the main event – the LA Science Center! This place is massive, and so SO cool. We were so excited!

There’s so much to see and do, like:

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Learning about Endosymbiotic Theory, one of the foundational principles of biology.

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And looking at giant model neurons, to see how nerve functioning works.

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And his absolute, absolute FAVORITE, Tess the 50-foot robot with glowing organs who teaches kids about how homeostasis is maintained in the human body. You should see his face light up when he talks about Tess. Pure joy!

And of course there’s more – there’s flight and physics and lunar landing and optics and all sorts of other fun exhibits. But I was too busy exploring to take photos, for the most part.

It was a pretty incredible afternoon.

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Totally tuckered out, he fell asleep during the 1/2-hour drive from the Science Center to Native Foods for dinner.

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Mmm Native Foods, how I miss you so! For him: mac n cheese, steamed broccoli, and fries. For me: Scorpion Burger (tempeh patty with avocado and cheddar), kale style to make it gluten-free, with sweet potato fries. YUM!

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♥ Best date ever. ♥

It takes about an hour and a half to get home, and surprisingly, Waits stayed awake the whole time. And once we arrived, it was straight to bed for books and songs and snuggles.

He insisted on sleeping with “Vipey”, his souvenir rubber snake from the Science Center. “Mama, do you know how to tell it’s poisonous? Triangle head! VENOM glands!!”

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This little boy, I tell you. He just bursts my heart wide open.

It was a good day. It’s a good life, ya know?

♥ ♥ ♥

  • Meg

    I, too, have a science-minded boy. LOVE IT! If you haven’t already seen the National Geographic series called “Be the Creature” by the Kratt brothers (or the cartoon “Wild Kratts”) then I would recommend you check it out! The Kratt brothers lit a fire in terms of love of animals for my wee one.

  • http://angieeatspeace.com/ Angie

    Why have I not been to the Science Center? Thank you for reminding me I need to get there soon. Looks like a fun day.

  • Bel

    Honestly, this looks like my perfect day (if you delete the public bathroom experience!). Lots of Science, and lots of yummy food. I also can’t get the carrot cake whoopie pie out of my mind, since you posted it on ig. The Science Center looks incredible.

  • Linda

    Gosh I love your posts – advice from an old lady; only use bathrooms in fast food restaurants; they must pass many sanitation audits where food is prepared. I wish we had some vegan restaurant even remotely close to me in GA. We are in “comfort food” land.

  • bohemianmatka

    Community members, I don’t often leave comments on this blog, but have been a follower since going vegan 3 years ago… I need help! A member of my community past suddenly and left a young family behind. We are putting together a cookbook to raise money to pay for funeral costs and put away for his children. I need a jam-up good vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe, and any other vegan recipes you want to contribute, I will forward on… thank you so much for your generosity!

  • Sarah C.

    Fun day! Did you see the Pompeii exhibit there? I don’t live in CA, but our family would LOVE to see that – my 5yo girl is waaaay into volcanoes and I’m a pre-modern historian. Seems like the perfect exhibit for us!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Yay for science kids! And YES, we love Wild Kratts, it’s definitely one of the favorite shows. Do you guys watch the Magic School Bus? Super fun science stuff too. And Sid the Science Kid is another good show.

    Got any other recs? Love to share the science love!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    It’s amazing, and great for grown-ups as well!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    It was pretty awesome. =)

    The bakery does deliver . . .

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Thank you so much Linda, so glad you enjoy the blog. And yes on the fast food restaurants! That is usually my go-to.

    Is there nothing in Atlanta? Savannah?

  • Emily

    Hi Sayward, I enjoy your blog and haven’t commented before. I come from a family of scientists too, physics lecturer father and mother chemist. I’m studying archeology. Something I’ve been meaning to ask about your lifestyle is hoart he non science things fit into it. Like, there’s no evidence that gluten intolerant unless they’re actual celiacs- this was proved recently. And there’s no evidence that probiotics actually work. Etc. I try to be open minded about these things but there is so much woo out there already that I feel it’s my role to get people to question it and to debunk it as well. Anecdotal and personal experiences are fine of course but they are not science.. Most people don’t make that distinction. Sorry for the long comment!

  • http://windycityvegan.wordpress.com/ Monika {windycityvegan}

    What an awesome science center. And Nina would go wild for Tess the robot! We’re a science-y family, too. I was pre-med a zillion years ago and kept most of my textbooks, which she loves pouring over. The Human Brain Coloring Book is something we work on together (neurology was/is my pet interest). Other favorite topics right now: simple chemistry (lots of rockets and volcanoes are born in my kitchen), lava, viruses, and bone marrow. Nina’s favorite show is the Wild Kratts, for four years now I think? She also likes Cosmos, NOVA, and anything about forensics. Her grandmothers maintain multiple magazine subscriptions for her, and her favorite is Ranger Rick. That about covers her interests in the natural sciences – she’s also quite interested in social/behavioral science, which is my strong suit. :)

  • Meg

    We haven’t watched that– will totally check it out! Honestly, after “Be the Creature” my guy just seemed ready for the real deal: full-blown documentaries! Many made by BBC– all of the “Walking With…” series are amazing. We went from dinosaurs down the rabbit hole to prehistoric beasts (I wasn’t even sure at first if these things had really ever existed!) and further into mammals and then into ice age stuff…. He was only 4 or 5 when we were watching a lot of that but he seemed to handle it just fine. Now has a major handle on the circle of life, if you will. The reality is, animals eat other animals and there is **shocker** blood involved. I hope Waits keeps it up!

  • http://windycityvegan.wordpress.com/ Monika {windycityvegan}

    Thanks for the “Be the Creature” recommendation! I think my daughter would like it. And she’s quite fascinated with the ‘circle of life’, and nature in all it’s raw and realistic glory.

  • Amanda

    There’s the Grit In Athens! Amazing veggie and vegan fare… amazing cakes and pies too. It’s really the only “caters to veggies” restaurant I know of down here.
    I understand your pain though… Luckily Athens is a college town so usually there’s a couple options everywhere else too.

  • vegyogini

    Next time, stop at my place for the bathroom! Seriously, nobody should have to use a nasty gas station bathroom. Looks like an awesome day!

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  • Addi Baker

    This was the most adorable blog post ever! I’m new to your blog, but I’m pretty sure I will be here for a while! I’m pregnant with my first and planning on raising my baby vegan too. Just gotta convince Daddy 100%.

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Aw, thank you Addy, and welcome! And yay, congratulations on your pregnancy!! ♥