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"Just be who you are, calm and clear and bright." - Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

Treat Yo’self!

Thursday night (of vegan academy week), after a delicious dinner at Candle West with my classmates, I went down to Union Square for dessert and some browsing at one of the world’s best bookstores.

(That “treat yo’self!” episode of “Parks and Recreation” is the only episode I’ve actually seen, but I do like to quote it.)

Dairy-free dark chocolate YUM in a pretzel cone at Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit Company.

People sometimes have this notion that being vegan means giving up all the fun stuff. Not true at all! I enjoy a treat way more now, because I can feel good about where it came from.

As much as I enjoyed that “soft serve,” browsing at the Strand was an even bigger treat. (Here’s an example of something awesome I found there on a past visit.)


Delicious books! The Decomposition Notebook was a gift for a friend, but isn’t that sort of a treat for myself too?

(I’m almost finished with Hardcore Zen, which my friend Mike recommended to me years ago. It’s a great book. I’ll be blogging about it.)


I don’t usually spend much time perusing the clearance books outside the store, although I do like to daydream sometimes that the Strand is still around a hundred years from now, and some NYU student finds one of my books on the dollar cart, reads it and loves it.

…Is that weird?

(And here is a random window shot of a store called Mantiques Modern. Ha! Love it.)

(All Main Street Vegan Academy posts here.)

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Hi! I'm Camille. I only write stories that could never ever happen in real life, though I do believe in real-life magic. If we were in the same room I'd fix you a cup of tea, but for now we'll have to settle for a virtual connection. I'm really glad you're here.