Eating Out

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Vegans can go nuts at FOUGHNUTS in Great Neck.

Vegans can go nuts at FOUGHNUTS in Great Neck.

So there is a donut shop in Great Neck, Long Island that is mostly vegan.  How fantastic, right?!  Foughnuts bills itself as a more healthful donut.  And that means… vegan options! (Don’t tell the folks that are still scared of the v-word.)  I stopped by on […]

Burgers & Catchup: V.V. Burger Battles Rage On

Burgers & Catchup: V.V. Burger Battles Rage On

It’s been a while, I know. But there are NYC vegan burger happenings that have brought me out of “retirement.”  Here are a few notes on the updated brackets above. These are entirely new* burgers from my last battle. And there are many more. Ok, […]

Long Island Vegan French Macarons

Long Island Vegan French Macarons

Anyone who hacks my Instagram would see that I love to look at vegan macarons. They are the epitome of pretty.  Having experimented myself, I know they are labor-intensive.  Vegan macarons are one of my favorite veganized treats and a testament to how far the […]

P.S., I Love You

P.S., I Love You

The Terri folks opened up a fancy pants eatery in Times Square, P.S. Kitchen.  And the all-vegan menu has plenty of delicious options to which words don’t really do justice.  But the thousand words of a picture may help.  So let’s look at the pretty, […]

Red Robin…. Meeeeh.

Red Robin…. Meeeeh.

The burger chain/casual eatery Red Robin has opened its doors close to home.  As I saw its construction progress on Merrick Road in Bellmore, I became slightly excited.  After a couple of weeks of it opening its doors, we hit it prime time on a […]

“But you’re still the one pool where I’d happily drown.”

“But you’re still the one pool where I’d happily drown.”

Sometimes I go to… New York.  And, despite our long history, I treat it like someone new–like how you are at the start of a relationship. I give it a new chance to win my heart (which, admittedly, I fork over and over and over […]

Deconstructing Beauty

Deconstructing Beauty

I’ve begun to understand that observing the world’s beauty is my most favorite therapy.  And if you look for it, you’ll find it most everywhere. From delicate macaron feet peeking out from a soft pastel shell to the browned crisped dough of a pastry that […]

The Things About Brooklyn.

The Things About Brooklyn.

Above: What’s left of Stephen Powers’ Brooklyn mural.  I kind of love him.  He is so damn clever.  But cleverness does weird stuff to men’s hair. The vegan chocolate donut at Doughnut Plant. I appreciated it, like someone holding the door a few seconds longer than […]

3 Brothers Again: Italian Vegan on Long Island

3 Brothers Again: Italian Vegan on Long Island

I have been blogging about 3 Brothers for many years now… since the unstyled and less fabulous Jay Astafa first created the vegan menu for their original Rockville Centre location in 2009. And since then, I’ve tried most of his casual food endeavors… his dinner […]

The Eagle’s Nest on The Gold Coast

The Eagle’s Nest on The Gold Coast

I was so excited to see the long-abandoned saltwater pool of old money millionaire William Vanderbilt, located on the grounds of The Vanderbilt Museum, Mansion & Planetarium in Centerport, Long Island. The 70,000 gallon pool used the water from the Long Island Sound and was the […]

It’ll be so long until it’s soon; it’ll be so long until it’s June.

It’ll be so long until it’s soon; it’ll be so long until it’s June.

There are signs of the end of the summer season that teachers are highly attune to.  They’re small things that collectively gain power in quantity.  Cicadas, REI’s Labor Day sale, football teasers, Halloween candy, a bunch of meaningless games for The Mets because they didn’t […]