Hi.

Welcome to Tofu Bunny.
Here I chronicle all my vegan explorations in the San Francisco Bay Area, along with other assorted plant-based adventures in my backyard.




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Power of Canine Therapy

The Power of Canine Therapy

I have been out of commission lately—which is why I haven’t published any restaurant entries as of late. I’ve had a string of painful events (a new tattoo, dental work, more dental work, bad TMJ, some strange sinus infection that has manifested itself as a massive earache) along side some debilitating fatigue. I’m not sure if the pain brings on the fatigue, or if it’s unrelated, but I’ve made plans several times over the past few weeks to go out with my husband to a vegan restaurant—any vegan restaurant—to eat, take notes and photos….only to be stuck in bed or on the couch. The days I have been able to get out (to see family or go to an appointment), I’ve had to come right back home and go to bed. There was even a day when I had to decide if I wanted to run errands with Cody OR cook—because I knew I couldn’t do both.

It’s been somewhat depressing. I’m thankful that I got most of my holiday shopping down earlier, so that’s something. And luckily I absolutely love spending time at home in front of the fire with the Christmas tree all a-glow and surrounded by dogs. Some days I find that nothing cheers me up more than having a snuggle with a dog. Or four. For some strange reason, I’ve always wanted four dogs—and now I have four dogs. It’s truly a wonderful gift to have four furry buddies that simply like spending time with me—even when I’m at my worst. I love to sit on our couch under a weighted blanket, the lights low, the TV on mute, the (gas) fireplace going, and somewhere between one and three dogs with me (four is rather awkward), and just let that incredible sense of calm wash over me. I can do this in the winter, and I can do it in the summer—minus the fire and blanket.

When I was going through radiation two years ago, there were days when the only time I smiled or laughed, was when Shoop did something silly. It was a true gift. So when Shoop was going through IMHA (Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia or autoimmune anemia) six months ago, both Cody and I did our best to make her comfortable. She’s thankfully recovered, and I’m grateful everyday for her endurance, bossiness, and absolute sweetness. And I’d do the same for all our dogs. Because, dogs are just the best.

Anyway, I’ve decided that in order to battle this strange fatigue, I need to make my health a priority. I’ve been attempting to meditate everyday. I’ve cut down on my drinking, I’ve been cooking healthier here at home, and I’ve been trying to get to bed earlier.  I also hope to get back to my daily walks soon—with the gym or yoga being another goal after that. But, you know, baby steps. I always feel better when I meditate daily; so that’s step one.

So I saw my doctor today, and now I have a regimen of allergy meds that should help my ear pain by the start of next week. I hope to be feeling better soon and get back to my restaurant entries. Thanks for your patience; I hope to be back soon. . But until then, please enjoy some pics our four rescue dogs: Sydney, Queen, Shoop, and Lucy; there are more in the Daily Life section.. And have a great holiday.❤️🐰

This is SHOOP! We believe she is some combination of Staffordshire Bull Terrier and French Bull Terrier. We got her about six weeks before I was diagnosed with cancer in 2016. She is a massive snuggle bunny. She is also deaf, we’ve found that deaf dogs actually “listen” better than other dogs. We use sign language with her. She is our jewel.

This is SHOOP! We believe she is some combination of Staffordshire Bull Terrier and French Bull Terrier. We got her about six weeks before I was diagnosed with cancer in 2016. She is a massive snuggle bunny. She is also deaf, we’ve found that deaf dogs actually “listen” better than other dogs. We use sign language with her. She is our jewel.

Sydney is our rescue Greyhound, and she is ten years old. People often think that Greyhounds have a lot of energy—they don’t. They love to lounge around and snuggle. Snuggling isn’t always easy with a Greyhound, but it’s possible.

Sydney is our rescue Greyhound, and she is ten years old. People often think that Greyhounds have a lot of energy—they don’t. They love to lounge around and snuggle. Snuggling isn’t always easy with a Greyhound, but it’s possible.

Lucy is our latest rescue. Out of sheer curiosity, we had her DNA tested, and it came back a a true cornucopia of breeds. We have our own opinions on that, but regardless, she is FULL of energy, and brings a different dynamic to the household. Sydney hasn’t been much interested in play for several years, but now she loves to chase Lucy around the house. Lucy also loves to play with both Queenie and Shoop, so it really is never a dull moment at home.

Lucy is our latest rescue. Out of sheer curiosity, we had her DNA tested, and it came back a a true cornucopia of breeds. We have our own opinions on that, but regardless, she is FULL of energy, and brings a different dynamic to the household. Sydney hasn’t been much interested in play for several years, but now she loves to chase Lucy around the house. Lucy also loves to play with both Queenie and Shoop, so it really is never a dull moment at home.

We first fostered (and then adopted) Queenie in 2010. She is some sort of terrier, possibly a Bull Terrier mix? She is a strange one; she has anxiety issues and loves to stare at shadows and grass in general. But again, she is a huge sweet heart. She and Lucy love to roughhouse.

We first fostered (and then adopted) Queenie in 2010. She is some sort of terrier, possibly a Bull Terrier mix? She is a strange one; she has anxiety issues and loves to stare at shadows and grass in general. But again, she is a huge sweet heart. She and Lucy love to roughhouse.

Sunday Mimosas, Vegan Totchos, & Christmas Dinner

Sunday Mimosas, Vegan Totchos, & Christmas Dinner

Potala Vegan Restaurant

Potala Vegan Restaurant