Nostalgia

Black Circles.

Black Circles.

The music used to be your own. Some songs you listened to on your record player. And you noticed the unique speed of your turntable when hearing it for the first time on another’s. Mine was just slightly faster. And the vinyl’s unique scuffs made […]

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: <b>Asian Grocery Stores</b>

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: Asian Grocery Stores

I can spend hours in an Asian grocer, especially a gigantic supermarket like V & T in Hempstead. The packaging of the goods is a draw enough! But they are often very veg-friendly, albeit preservative and sodium-laden. Though Hempstead is a bit of a veg-void (except […]

If this was the 90’s…

If this was the 90’s…

…when I didn’t know how to cook, I’d find Long Island’s vegan options much more appetizing. But, once in awhile, “90’s vegan” serves as a nostalgic reminder of my history. Take The Witches Brew in West Hempstead… Last time I was there, I looked like […]

My Breakfast and Lunch, and Why I Don’t Like New Music

My Breakfast and Lunch, and Why I Don’t Like New Music

I’m thinking of the piano chords to Morning Has Broken by Cat Stevens. They’re kind of thundering, like a definitive decision, like a confident first step of something. I love how that song makes me feel. What is so delightful about music is that you get to pick […]

<i>Isa Does It</i> Best

Isa Does It Best

I trust Isa Chandra Moskowitz. Not just because she’s got punk cred I can relate to–like pen pal-ing with MRR (which, I’m shocked to learn, is still in publication and has a Twitter), “salad days” of all-ages punk shows, zine culture and the general coolness […]

Lowbrow Genius: Rice Krispy Treats

Lowbrow Genius: Rice Krispy Treats

In the middle of Back to School chaos, these easy treats are a welcome break. Sure, they’re for my nieces and nephew, but I am going to enjoy a sample of each step, each ingredient. Ingredient 1: Dandies from Chicago Vegan Foods.   Ingredient 2, Step 1: […]

Philly Eats Via Jersey Shore

Philly Eats Via Jersey Shore

In my quest of reporting vegan eats near and far, I have grown quite adept at planning trips with maximum “umph.” To follow, my most recent excursion to Philadelphia by way of the Jersey Shore, two destinations with thriving vegan options. In the interest of […]

Sweet Teeth

Sweet Teeth

The week is easier with sweet snacks.A baby vegan cupcake from Sprinkles… And a bag of almond cookies from High Hopes Vegan Bakery, the ridic-delish Etsy shop based out of my own Long Island.  Besides being the type of gal who orders herself a bag of […]

Sassy’s <i>Eat This</i>

Sassy’s Eat This

I used to check Sassy out at the library when I was a little girl. I eventually started a subscription once I got a checking account, which was the only way I could pay for mail order records. The magazine had a page at the end called […]

A Day In Connecticut

A Day In Connecticut

Vegan food is just like “regular” food. You put it in your mouth, chew it, then swallow. And just like “regular” food, it can be made of junk or it can be made of quality. Vegan foods are not exempt from the simple truth that […]

Vegan Swiss Fudge Cookies

Vegan Swiss Fudge Cookies

I’ve always wanted to try the vegan recipe for Swiss Fudge Cookies from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar. The Stella Doro ones were a favorite of mine when I was a kid. The PPK calls them Starry Fudge Shortbread cookies. The recipe is a bit involved, the kind of cookie recipe you don’t […]

Retro Vegan: The Way It used to Be (Part 2)

Retro Vegan: The Way It used to Be (Part 2)

Growing up on Long Island, Chinese food was an early source of vegan sustenance for me.  On this massive suburb benefitting from New York City’s proximity, you can get good bagels, good pizza, and good Chinese food. Three staples you learn, with time, that the rest […]

Retro Vegan: The Way It used to Be (Part 1)

Retro Vegan: The Way It used to Be (Part 1)

A young vegan in 1997.  The majority of my vegan years went down in the pre-internet days. And yet I managed to find sustenance. As “vegan” becomes more and more mainstream through the years, I thought it apt to take a look back. This is […]

Dad Day Blondies (Better Late Than Never)

Dad Day Blondies (Better Late Than Never)

Happy Father’s Day! Here I am with my Dad. Kid #4, I was Daddy’s little girl for sure. I was a blond baby but grew into a brunette. My toddler hair status was categorized as “dirty blond.” This term, I remember because it seemed silly. […]

I Have OCD.

I Have OCD.

That’s Obsessive Confection Disorder, “kinder, gentler sweets” that are all-vegan and all-delicious. I ordered a sampler from VeganCuts. The sale price sealed the deal. As did that words: “Vanilla Bean Caramel with Sweet & Sara Vanilla Mallows tucked inside, then covered with dark chocolate.” Yes. […]

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

It’s time to bake a cake for mom day! Here is my beautiful Mom holding a pint-sized me next to my sis. And here I am photobombing a very proper picture of my brothers and sister in their Easter best. This became a bit of a […]

Happiness is…

Happiness is…

Did you have this book when you were a kid? I did. I remember loving it. And poof! A (maybe) far-too-introspective child was created, with a deep love for the under-dog. Pure and poignant Charles Shulz. Is there an equivalent today? Maybe there are iPad […]

You Are What You Eat

You Are What You Eat

I’ve been called a snob many times in my life. But I’ll get back to that. As a budding adult, in weird‘s last true gasp, I found transitional identities that touched each of my developing ideals. Being straightedge was more than a penchant for guys […]

Kate’s Joint

Kate’s Joint

I’ve been going to Kate’s Joint since the 90’s… when vegan wasn’t as easy… when the stop for the Unturkey Club energized me fully in between record store shopping… When there were no blogs because there was no internet… When you had to find things […]

L. I. V. E. on Long Island

L. I. V. E. on Long Island

Though Long Island has a couple of all-vegetarian Indian restaurants, it has slim pickings in every other cuisine. I know this all too well as I have to settle for basic vegetarian options in many omni eateries often in my quest for satiety. It’s a big […]

Lowbrow and Highbrow Brilliant

Lowbrow and Highbrow Brilliant

The East Village’s Cowgirl’s Bakery makes deep-fried Kool Aid balls. A sucker for kitsch, nostalgia and an all-vegan bakery, I had to partake… once. I chose orange, the preferred artificial flavor of my youth. They also had the flavor of “red” and the flavor of “purple.” Though […]

Born to Lose

Born to Lose

From the archives of 1997: Check out the price (and service charge) of the ticket. And my hair growing in from when I shaved it off When the Bouncing Souls announced they’d be playing discography shows in New York, I was a bit giddy. The […]

¬ ¬ Vegan Scooter Pies (a.k.a. Vegan Moon Pies)

¬ ¬ Vegan Scooter Pies (a.k.a. Vegan Moon Pies)

I’ve made scrumptious strawberry shortcakes, heavenly black and white cookies, the vegan-elusive rainbow cookie, delectable Milano cookies, huge and fatty cinnamon buns, savory Red Lobster cheese and garlic biscuits, sweet bread, even cashew-cream-based vegan cannoli… all-vegan versions of the tempting treats I grew up craving. […]