Olivia Wilde, Wendi Murdoch, and Al Gore have all embraced Meatless Monday as a means to improve both individual health and that of the planet.
Sir Paul McCartney, a 30-year vegetarian, co-founded, with his family, the U.K.-based Meat Free Monday campaign. He once wrote about it for Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP newsletter, citing a United Nations report that the livestock industry produces more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transportation sector—and that production is on the rise. There’s at least one reason to go meatless.
But why Monday? Other than the catchy alliteration, it’s a good day for a fresh start, especially after weekend indulgences. According to the Monday Campaign’s Web site, Johns Hopkins research found that "People … are more likely to start diets, exercise regimes, quit smoking, and schedule doctor’s appointments on Monday than any other day." If you’re sold, here are four meat-free menus around town.
Chef Ricardo Heredia orders organic produce from Suzie’s Farm, fine veggies from Specialty Produce, and fresh artisanal breads from Bread & Cie. And if you return on Wednesday, Heredia will create a special Vegetarian Tasting Menu based on Monday reports from his farmers detailing what is available that week. alchemysandiego.com
Fairouz Cafe and Gallery
Enjoy your Meatless Monday in the presence of fine art by Jerusalem-born Al Nashashibi (his award-winning abstract images can also be found in the U.N. building and the I.M.F. in DC). Savor Middle Eastern veggie dishes such as the Fairouz Vegetarian Mousaka and Vegetarian Spinach Pie. alnashashibi.com
George’s California Modern
Executive Chef Trey Foshee prepares his dishes with fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients. His vegetarian menu includes a variety of starters and entrées—try the tender, slow-roasted beets and then move on to the potato gnocchi entrée. georgesatthecove.com
Vela at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront
In order to increase health awareness, the hotel is offering a full line of vegan appetizers, salads, entrées, and desserts. Stir up your appetite with a taste of the curried lentil soup, the crispy tofu with Thai sweet and sour stir-fry, and pine nut and almond baklava. You can also get a nice eco-buzz with a full selection of vegan wines. hilton.com/sandiegobayfront
Liam Neeson was seen dining with his stunt double at RA Sushi. They were extremely kind and friendly to the RA staff and chit-chatted until almost 2 a.m. in the dining room.
Tons of artists were in San Diego for Channel 933’s Summer Kick Off concert at Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre. Ke$ha, Pitbull, Nelly, Far East Movement, Big Time Rush, Lupe Fiasco, Taio Cruz, New Boyz, and Cody Simpson all performed. As a last minute addition to the line-up, Mike Posner sang his hit song "Cooler Than Me."
Chargers player Shaun Phillips celebrated his 30th birthday at FLUXX Nightclub. Lakers forward Ron Artest surprised the crowd with a special rap performance. At the next table over, Grammy award winning hip hop artist, Nelly, partied after performing at Channel 933’s Summer Kick Off Concert.
Amazing Race winners Meghan Rickey and Cheyne Whitney got married at the Hard Rock Hotel downtown. Three teams of contestants from the show were in the bridal party: Tiffany Michelle and Maria Ho (professional female poker players), Sam and Dan McMillen (brothers who finished in second place), and recently divorced Brian Kleinschmidt and Ericka Dunlap (a former Miss America and her husband who finished in third place). Rickey and Whitney’s first dance was to "Is This Love" by Bob Marley.
Geena is the co-host of Frankie and Geena in the Morning. See more of her celebrity gossip at channel933.com.