Gastrointestinal Adventures

My uncle once asked what my sister and I wanted for dinner on a particular evening. “Stuffed turkey!” I exclaimed as my sister simultaneously cried “Calimari!” Not daunted in the least, my uncle made both, along with a 3-course following for each. My aunt contributed with a marzipan cake. At the end of the meal, a liter of ice cream was placed before me and I was told “if you don’t eat it, it will melt”. There didn’t seem to be a choice. Sometimes, things are just bound to go wrong.


The Same Wavelength

You know you’re in good company when the short-firings of your brain are not only totally acceptable, but met with enthusiasm and embellishment. The following conversation commenced during a springtime walk in Copenhagen with two of my lovely and equally creative compatriots.

L: Ahhh, it’s such a nice day!
M: Totally! I have taken one of my many scarves off to enjoy it.
P: Let’s cross the road here…
…enter path away from main street, see a curious sign…
M: Hey, look, this is where you can walk your croissant.
L: Yes, it’s a very French area, right around here.
P: That kid can barely keep up with the croissant!
M: Croissants must be fast.
L: Didn’t you ever wonder how French people stay so slender? It’s all the croissant walking.

I’m pretty sure that with two extra white panels, the croissant would turn into a basketball. But who am I to interpret public wayfinding in a land where the entire month of December is devoted to eating æbleskiver?

If you’d like to designate your very own croissant walking area, I’ve created a replica of this sign in various sizes. Download croissant crossing signs.

Be the most croissant conscientious pedestrian you know.
Be the most croissant conscientious pedestrian you know.

Well Vegan Smoothie

Well Vegan is a brand the Bureau created in 2012 with founder Katie Koteen. Well Vegan makes it easier and cheaper to consistently follow a healthy, plant-based diet. Their shopping lists, meal plans and home-tested recipes make sure you’ll have everything you need for each meal, without wasted food at the end of the week. Booyah!

When the site first launched we made a “hello, we’re in this world” promo postcard featuring one of the brilliant ideas from their blog, Salad in a Jar. Not only is it cute, it’s easy and healthy.

With summer coming up, it seemed like a perfect time for a follow-up postcard as a reminder of just how good smoothies can be (for you) – that’s why we made the Mix & Match Smoothie Diagram for all of your summertime blending needs.

Well Vegan Mix & Match Smoothie Ingredients: Fruit: strawberry, banana, blackberry, blueberry, mango, apple, raspberry, avocado, pear, acai, pineapple Healthy Fats: avocado, nut butters, flax seed oil.  Proteins: silken tofu, soy yogurt, almond butter, cashew butter, peanut butter (or combine these last three into ‘nut butters’) Liquids: coconut water, coconut milk, soy/almond/hemp/rice/oat milk Veggies: spinach, kale, chard, carrots, sprouts, arugula Extras: protein powder,  chia seeds, flax seed meal, flax seed oil, wheat germ, green super food powder, cinnamon, cocoa powder, ginger, parsley, mint

Visit the Well Vegan blog to for some smoothie recipes as well as smoothie time-saving and on-the-go tips. Below is just one of their recipes to get you started.

You can also get tasty updates from Well Vegan, including a summer full of smoothie recipes, via Twitter or Facebook.

Photo credit Well Vegan (
Photo credit Well Vegan (

Strawberry Banana Tofu Smoothie
• 1/2 box silken tofu
• 1 cup sliced strawberries
• 2 medium bananas
• 1 cup non-dairy milk
• 1 teaspoon maple syrup
• 1/2 cup ice cubes