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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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

“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 […]

The Great American Eclipse is here!

The Great American Eclipse is here!

I spent my day in Gallatin, Tennessee in the line of totality during the Great American Eclipse.  Since I traveled far and prepared a lot, I thought it best to get there at 2:45 a.m., joined only by singing crickets and several other eclipse chasers […]

Authentic Vegan Empanadas on Long Island

Authentic Vegan Empanadas on Long Island

My favorite way to find vegan food is by chance. ‘By chance’ as in we were by chance driving from weekend errands discussing lunch when we drove past a big window sign that read “VEGAN OPTIONS.” After a couple of U-turns, we pulled into the small […]

<b>V.V. Burger Showdown Semi-Finals Match 3: </b>NYC’s Dichotomy ​[Toad Style vs. Candle Cafe]

V.V. Burger Showdown Semi-Finals Match 3: NYC’s Dichotomy ​[Toad Style vs. Candle Cafe]

Match #3 of the V.V. Burger Showdown Semi-Finals: Class Warfare. Toad Style vs. Candle Cafe In this third semifinal battle of burger supremacy we witness the clash of New York City’s dichotomous nature. The upper crusty Upper East Side faces Bedford-Stuyvesant, a Brooklyn neighborhood with a mythic claim […]

Los Angeles.

Los Angeles.

Los Angeles a city that feels immediately comfortable to me, like an old friend. So it’s doubly comfortable visiting an old friend in Los Angeles. Friends that know you got to eat… and eat we did! First at Chavela. They have a excellent menu with […]

<i>Ok, It’s Winter</i> Chili

Ok, It’s Winter Chili

So the temperature is going in the 50’s this coming week… and last week’s blizzard is receding steadily exposing the backyard. But it’s winter. Before Spring, I need more chili. I used Contrary Cook’s recipe. Red, yellow, and orange bell peppers, onions, red and orange sweet […]

<b>V.V. Burger Showdown Semi-Finals Match 1: </b><br>I Must Break <br>You(r Brand Marketing) ​[Pickle Shack vs. Bareburger]

V.V. Burger Showdown Semi-Finals Match 1:
I Must Break
You(r Brand Marketing) ​[Pickle Shack vs. Bareburger]

Match #1 of the V.V. Burger Showdown Semi-Finals: I Must Break You(r Brand Marketing). Pickle Shack vs. Bareburger We are now in the Semi-Finals of the V.V. New York City Burger Showdown! Sixteen burgers in, I have tasted some amazing burgers. But with new burger options already in waiting for […]

Toast & Co.: Stepping Up Vegan Options on Long Island

Toast & Co.: Stepping Up Vegan Options on Long Island

Toast & Co. is a bustling breakfast spot right off Huntington Village’s main drag, New York Avenue. Once you visit, it is easy to see why it brings in such crowds. It’s got that old fashioned diner ambiance, great service, and… a separate vegan menu […]

<b>V.V. Burger Showdown:</b> Match 6: The Upper East Side’s Battle of 16-14<br>​[Candle Cafe vs. V-Note]

V.V. Burger Showdown: Match 6: The Upper East Side’s Battle of 16-14
​[Candle Cafe vs. V-Note]

Match #6 of the V.V. Burger Showdown: The Upper East Side’s Battle of 16-14. Candle Cafe vs. V-Note 16-14 refers to the prices of these fancy pants vegan burgers. After the “draw” of the last showdown, I needed some housemade high quality offerings. After all, paying $16 for a […]

Final Day: Vegan Eats on Holland America Cruise Advice

Final Day: Vegan Eats on Holland America Cruise Advice

With one more day of being vegan on Holland America’s Oosterdam, I made sure to try everything I could for you, dear blog. And because I would have loved to been able to know this vegan intel prior to boarding, I’m going to lay it […]

Blue Backdrop, and one more meal

Blue Backdrop, and one more meal

The time-worn signage of cities less invaded by Big Box is like a living antique. Its hearkening charm is one of the many things I enjoy about getting out of the metropolitan area. The color combinations, fonts, materials hold character. They hold on to something that’s gone.  […]

Connecticut Day Tripper

Connecticut Day Tripper

Connecticut, New York’s northern neighbor, has plenty of vegan eats to feast upon. It’s an ideal destination for a day trip. I can get to Connecticut without heading far into the New York City area and her more messy crossings. The Throgs Neck Bridge is […]

Midwest Vegan, Day 3

Midwest Vegan, Day 3

Morning in Sparta, Wisconsin started with a much anticipated roadside attraction: the fiberglass mold graveyard on the grounds of FAST (or the Fiberglass Animals, Shapes, and Trademarks Corp.) The owner is fine with you wandering around at your own risk—perusing the molds and taking pictures–and so we did. […]

Humane Education / Humane Eats [Day 4 and Homebound]

Humane Education / Humane Eats [Day 4 and Homebound]

Lunch on Day 4 was a pile of veggies. Or–a scrumptious and wide variety of well-cooked vegetables covered in a delicious peanut sauce, in pile form. And paper-thin chocolate chip cookies that were almost tuile-like.  I’m going to miss these freshly prepared, flavorful vegan lunches… and these […]

Day 12 in Deutschland, Easy Vegan in Bremen

Day 12 in Deutschland, Easy Vegan in Bremen

After brief appreciation (Griswald Grand Canyon style) of Kölner Dom, I moved on from Köln. With my days counting down quickly, I needed to do some cities flash pan speed. I boarded an early train north, foolishly thinking it’d be a quiet and secluded ride. […]

A trip to Brooklyn

A trip to Brooklyn

Scenes from our “trip” to Brooklyn… The view from our room in the highrise. On the way to Monte’s, Brooklyn’s oldest Italian restaurant, for a rehearsal dinner. The Electrician wore Gucci, me–polyurethane. After way too much wine, the morning after was tough. Brunch at Sun […]

I’m On A Mexican Radio

I’m On A Mexican Radio

I’ll admit it. I’m guilty of trolling on various vegan meet-ups simply for vegan option leads. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve partaken in vegan social network events like Vegan Drinks, a pop-up here and there, and roving high-end communal dining events, yes. But who am […]

Vegan Day on Long Island

Vegan Day on Long Island

I have to give props to Vegguide‘s community members. This guide is so robust with locations offering options for vegetarians and vegans. Whether it’s a completely vegan restaurant or an omnivorous place with a single veg-friendly dish, the community covers the entire world (yes, all […]

Arepera Guacuco

Arepera Guacuco

I had one of the most tasty meals I’ve had in a long time at Bushwick’s Arepera Guacuco. The restaurant serves fresh and flavorful Venezuelan food that, at first glance, doesn’t seems to have many vegetarian options. But our friendly and knowledgable waiter told us that […]

7 Layers of Mexican-inspired Stuff [Mexican Lasagna?]

7 Layers of Mexican-inspired Stuff [Mexican Lasagna?]

Loving the way I cut last week’s lasagna into four perfect sectors for the week, I wanted to this week’s lunch to also be a visual representation of my count-down to week’s end. Next week is mid-winter recess and I am off. So here it […]

Food… Kind of a Big Deal

Food… Kind of a Big Deal

As a lover of food, I need to know it deeply. I want to. I’m reading Stuffed & Starved, The Hidden Battle for the World’s Food System. It’s moving me in many ways. Firstly, it has been awhile since I have had the opportunity to read […]