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Restaurant Review: The Hummus House Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale

The Hummus House Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurant


I recently got a gift certificate for my birthday for this quaint restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. (900 NE 20th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304)

When my husband and I arrived, the first impasse was that there was no free parking. In my estimation I always have to factor in time and cost as I make my choice for a restaurant. I enjoy having a parking place within walking distance to the place, especially on a hot day. However, this was not the case.

…but in the end, I thought it was delicious!

The short jaunt was well worth it, though, as the atmosphere is adorable, truly—the furnishings and decor is really typical of the culture, which was traditional Israeli.

As you may notice by the look of this small restaurant below, there is no table service. I was a bit disappointed by that. I like to be served when I eat. I lose the sense of enjoyment, when I have to order and pay for my food up front before I ever taste it. This was my next point of contention. When my husband and I inquired about possible mistakes about veganism on the menu, we were met with a bit of confusion about what a Vegan actually is and what one would eat.

In my estimation, if you are going to open a vegan/vegetarian restaurant, you really need to know the culture of it and the parameters of each. For instance, they had baklava as a vegan dessert. Of course, I believed them, because I thought, why would they go to the trouble of specifying each item as vegan or vegetarian if they didn’t know the difference? Maybe they used agave instead of honey (I was hoping). However, as my husband and I have realized over the years, we must, must MUST ASK EVERY TIME!

This particular time, we were met with a sullen face, “A lot of vegans say it is okay to eat honey!” Of course, he was met with my quizzical glare.

“Okay,” I responded, “What else on the menu can we find that does not have eggs, honey, milk products of any kind, and that is also completely plant-based?” (The manager of the restaurant didn’t even know if the pita bread was vegan.)

Beyond all of this, I was overcharged, I was served the wrong dish, but in the end, I thought it was delicious! So, what do you say to this? The owner came out to do damage control, which was great and well-needed, as the manager decided to take a job interviewee while we were eating. I want this place to survive, but I would love for them to make the necessary changes to make this a great place, not just an “okay” place!

The owner was great, offered us a free lemonade drink that he made with special herbs. It was great, but had tons of sugar in it that gave me a buzz that I couldn’t shake till well into the morning hours. I had wished he had been honest about how much sugar he had added. He said, “Just a bit.” He could have easily used a sugar substitute, which again is part of not knowing the culture of vegans. We enjoy healthy food, not sugary-laced food that has white, refined sugar in it.

All in all, this gets a *** stars out of 5.



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With Patriotism on the Decline, Why Fireworks?

Last night I was driven crazy by the onslaught of loud bombing sounds. It was as if the country was under siege. July 4th. Independence Day. My dog slept in the bathtub, because that was the only place he felt safe. I am sensory defensive. I get it. I wanted to sleep right along side my frightened pup, with earplugs and perhaps with my head submerged under water so that I would be filled with the silence of the deep sea.

As this frenetic discourse blasts on around me into the late night, I wondered why, as a country, we celebrate our liberation from British rule by reactivating the very sounds that bombarded around us.

The bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that are flag was still there.

I get it! But I also don’t understand why reenacting these blasts of tyranny and revolt, year after year, cause the masses to feel celebratory. Is anyone really putting two pieces of the puzzle together. If all of those really enjoying setting off bombs in the air really do have a feeling of reminiscence or of patriotism. I would have to doubt this seriously. I think it today is a reason to release testosterone into the atmosphere in the form of noxious gases, period.

Patriotism is on a steady decline since the current political atmosphere has become a joke. None of those who are truly watching all of the news with open eyes and are concerned about what may happen next if the current administration goes on without restraint could care less about bombs bursting in the air. What we do care about, however, is peace—for our souls and most especially our minds.

I spend every morning trying to find this peace in the utter chaos of the world with meditation. When I see glimpses of it in my mind, I hold on to it for dear life—to the fragments of sanity that I know exist somewhere in the ether and are intended to move through me and then into the world.

But how in this current circumstance can this happen through me or you?

I think about the prime impediment of every single human being that wants and desires peace for the world and for themselves—FEAR! We are afraid that by ourselves—we will not be enough to make any kind of change. We are afraid that if we follow the leadings of the heart that we will be much too selfish and somehow not come out helping the faithful cause of liberation to those captive and in chains from prejudice and injustice. I say, “In the face of the injustices in the world, how can we not follow the treasure of passion in our hearts?”

I recently have begun to understand that as one human being, the best that I can do is to follow my passion to the fullest, no matter what kinds of fear try to block my path. Why?

I work toward my passion, because I understand that the seed of God’s greatest desire is the most deeply rooted seed in my heart. If this were true, then where I go and what I become in this world will greatly impact not only me, but the entire world—no matter if I’m a garbage collector or a great musician making a statement with album after album.

Today is the day that you look deep inside yourself and decide what action or movement will most crucially impact your life—then go for it! You must!

All of the world is waiting for you to be the biggest and best you that you can be! The are waiting for you to realize that you are made in the image and passion of Creator Good. When you and I embrace our power, then we can bring peace and joy back to this Earth.

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SSL Certificates and Google… (Coming Soon—Customer Beware)

After next month, you will not be able to look for site that don’t have #SSL_certificates, which means that the site will begin with Https, instead of Http! Google is requiring this because of security reasons, of course, but for the person who is just a daily blogger and isn’t monetizing their site, this causes a bigger expense than I’ve ever encountered. I’m wondering if less people (especially kids who don’t have the money to spend on a $250 a year secure site) will be invading the web with millions of websites. Below is my story:

The web is a dark place when it comes to things that most of don’t see going on. We look at the nice pictures and don’t look at the code beneath that could be infecting your computer as you look. More and more we need to be advised—as I hope I am doing now—to make your sites and anything you host, even your email, as secure as possible. Companies aren’t lying to you when it comes to adding the most security you can on your computer. Run virus programs on a  monthly basis or in the background, because your computers (even Macs, which mine is) are susceptible to malware that is trying to infect everyone, no matter who you are.

I have been through the ringer with my 3 websites in the past 2 weeks. If you have been trying to get to a link for angel feast or Finding Authentic You, you probably were not able to get through. Why? Scammers tried to fry my websites…

I ask myself why anyone would want to do such a thing to a harmless blog that isn’t even making any money. It’s just there to help people. I can think of no reason except that (1) people are mean (2) web companies want people to hack their clients so they will buy their security products or (3) or there is a real threat to anyone like me who is against Factory Farms. I’m at a loss, otherwise.

Anyhow, what has happened in the past 2 weeks, after much fuss over my website from the developing site was that it realized that 13,000 of my users were Spammers out the 17,000.  This really doesn’t bother me, because when you look at a blog, you basically look at how many people visit your site, not how many users you have that signed up. Users don’t add up to much, in the end, especially because most users don’t continue to come back every day.

I say all of this because $650 later, I finally have my blogs and website back up and they are fully secured with SSL certificates. You will be able to search for my sites, subjects, and not have to worry about any kind of garbage spammers following you into a dark garage with disembodied spirits floating around. That might sound like a harsh metaphor, but it actually isn’t.

Buyer beware. Observer beware. Friends and clients, beware what you click on in the future. The World Wide Web has become a place where people sway elections and spam all of us into believing what we see. Remember this: Only the people who understand code actually know where pictures and corrupt spam come from. I’m not one of them.

What you want to look for is a secure site: HTTPS, not http…. in the future!


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