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The Brooklyn Battle of the Almighty Thin Veggie Burgers

The Brooklyn Battle of the Almighty Thin Veggie Burgers

I’ll be straightforward here.  New York City’s vegan burger game has evolved incredibly since I endeavored to find The Best.  But I’m at a point where I need to start a ‘best of the best’ bracket.  It is such a shame to bid some burgers […]

Hanukkah Rainbow Cookies

Hanukkah Rainbow Cookies

I made beautiful ombré holiday cookies a couple of years back, taking inspiration from Bon Appetit.  This year I made Hanukkah Rainbow Cookies!  And they are possibly the most beautiful cookies I’ve ever made, receiving lots of social media love.  So here is a lot […]

Let the Holiday Bling-a-thon Begin

Let the Holiday Bling-a-thon Begin

I love these Nicely Festive shoes from Irregular Choice.  In fact, I love a whole lot of their crazy shoes.  Their styles are this wacky version of exaggerated whimsy and impracticality.  (And they clearly label shoe materials, which is a plus.)  Trouble is, they cost […]

More Vegan Stuff On Long Island

More Vegan Stuff On Long Island

I am having a hard time keeping up with new vegan offerings.  And since “plant-based” was named the number one food trend for 2018, I’ll be very busy. Here is a quick run-down on some new-to-me vegan options on la isla largo. Real Food, Real […]

Nature > Pantones, Mermaiding

Nature > Pantones, Mermaiding

Art always imitates nature.  I like this fact.  It’s why I don’t often feel the need to go to an art museum.  Not to sound like some stoner or the American Beauty guy watching the plastic bag, but there is so much magic and beauty […]

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

On a warm morning this past July, I tried my luck at obtaining a timed entry pass to the new Smithsonian museum in Washington D.C., National Museum of African American History and Culture.  I had been excited about the museum since seeing a segment on […]

The Capital of the United States of America

The Capital of the United States of America

It was kind of hard for me not to hum the intro to House of Cards during my visit. It is kind of the best part of the show. The Capital building peeks out. The White House.  Whoopie. Washington’s phallic monument The National Mall, Lincoln’s Memorial […]

Thanksgiving 2017

Thanksgiving 2017

I love to cook for hours. It’s true. Give me time, space, and the radio and I’ll happily create numerous dishes from scratch with loving care. This Thanksgiving my goal was to use a lot of the ton of pumpkin puree I have. So I […]

Bar Verde {More Matthew Kenney}

Bar Verde {More Matthew Kenney}

These nachos from Matthew Kenney’s new Latin place Bar Verde are spectacular: Butternut Queso. Black Beans. Pico De Gallo. Cashew Crema. Guacamole. Jalapeno. Radish. But we were underwhelmed by our other choices. But more so because the noise level of the space, the abrupt and […]

Pumpkin Pieces

Pumpkin Pieces

This is how I look when I wake up… next to a pretty large pumpkin I would go on to process.  I used my head for scale, though I kind of have a big head. Processing pumpkin is one of my favorite seasonal rituals.  The […]

Glimpses.

Glimpses.

Much can be conveyed in one glimpse. One glimpse of Brooklyn, in one isolated second, is a masterpiece. Action, composition, color, texture, emotion, layers, industry, human interest. I like walking in Brooklyn.  One glimpse of her, standing tall from afar, with a heart-shaped leave. Worth […]

Cook’s Illustrated, Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cook’s Illustrated, Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

Firstly, a giggling me photoshopped the picture above… but it is not that far off an idea that Cook’s Illustrated, my favorite print magazine, would soon contain a vegan or “plant-based” feature.  To this point, the latest issue had write-up on the coconut whip, the […]

Autumn in Brooklyn.

Autumn in Brooklyn.

My birthday keeps on keeping on. A gift trial of the all-vegan Petit Vour means even more creams and salves in my medicine cabinet. Driving this stretch of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway from South Slope, Brooklyn to Long Island City, Queens, I get distracted by […]

Brunch at Double Zero

Brunch at Double Zero

A new Matthew Kenney restaurant is kind of a big deal. His food is nearly perfectly composed, flavorful and looks beautiful. He is creating an empire of all-vegan… whilest not watering down his brand. Each eatery has a distinct style of cuisine. Today’s: Brunch at […]

Vegan Fest at The Refuge

Vegan Fest at The Refuge

With vegan options popping up and expanding all over the place, my vegan radar has a constant and continuous bleep-bleep. From new eateries to new options and special events, I wish my appetite can keep up. But when I saw the invite to The Refuge‘s […]

Birthday Outtakes, Part 2: Pretty Polynesian at Mother of Pearl

Birthday Outtakes, Part 2: Pretty Polynesian at Mother of Pearl

Mother of Pearl on the LES is such a pretty place. I was happy to join a group of old friends to celebrate getting older.  The scrumptious Char Sui Buns with roasted mushroom and celery root and fresno chile. Sweet and succulent. Is there nothing […]

Birthday Outtakes, Part 1

Birthday Outtakes, Part 1

I had the chance to stop at La Bella Pasta in Kingston, New York to score some of their vegan pasta.  Fresh made vegan pasta is a new blog reporting passion of mind. I hope as more accept plant-based as normal, other pasta makers will […]

Stick a {South Fork} In Me: Tofu Scrambles On Long Island’s South Shore

Stick a {South Fork} In Me: Tofu Scrambles On Long Island’s South Shore

I had to go to traffic court in the Hamptons today.  So after my plea bargain, I checked out some tofu scrambles that have been on my list.  It’s not everyday I am that far east on The Island.  First, Harbor Market & Kitchen in […]

Birthday in Ulster County/Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

Birthday in Ulster County/Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

New York’s Ulster County is rich with worthy day trip destinations. And it is just far enough from the City’s hustle and bustle without being too much of a roundtrip drive. Because I have been visiting since I was in high school (My first serious […]

Autumn in the Air

Autumn in the Air

It’s my birthday, so we went Up.  Arriving at dawn Baskets Ready for some hot air Our chariot awaits Heat rises On our way Fire ball A smooth ascent Foliage Trees and basket High over the highway Balloons in the distance North Face advertisement Back […]

Phoenixville: A Cute Small Town With Vegan Eats

Phoenixville: A Cute Small Town With Vegan Eats

An hour from Philadelphia is the lovely borough of Phoenixville. Once the site of iron and steel mills, Phoenixville now has a thriving downtown strip containing diverse eateries, watering holes, and breweries. And some vegan eats! It is one of those places that feel like […]

Undead in Reading, Pennsylvania

Undead in Reading, Pennsylvania

A friend and I were official registered zombies for the 5K obstacle course Zombie Mud Run in Reading, Pennsylvania, part of the 26-year running premiere haunted attraction Shocktoberfest.  Our task: arrive early, become a zombie… and grab the brains, heart and entrails (flags) of the registered human […]

Getting Back Together With Brooklyn; Industry City

Getting Back Together With Brooklyn; Industry City

In September, I long for this October feeling… when the dust settles and I’m back in the swing of things. Routines are set, classroom is running smoothly, and Brooklyn and me are friends again. Good friends, maybe lovers.  I begin to re-appreciate her, her beauty […]