Tag: long island

A Fond Farewell to Summer: Turns of the Season

A Fond Farewell to Summer: Turns of the Season

The Farmers Markets end.  I eat dinner in my classroom on Back to School night. (Kiku Sushi) Things get organized into colorful bins… …and I spray paint other things. The sunset grows more potent, weeping for the fall of its crown. (Long Beach, New York) […]

The First Day of the Rest of Your Life; Lavender

The First Day of the Rest of Your Life; Lavender

There are things that go very differently in my head. The first day of my Summer break… In my head I rouse from a peaceful slumber as a stray ray of sunlight gently taps my shoulder.  Hovering Blue Jays hold up an impractical, sheer house […]

The Magic in Montauk–Youth, Gentrification, Bad Tofu Scramble Wraps and Conspiracy Theory

The Magic in Montauk–Youth, Gentrification, Bad Tofu Scramble Wraps and Conspiracy Theory

Twenty years ago, after our closing shifts at Tower Records in Carle Place, my coworkers and I used to drive to the tip of Long Island, arriving at Montauk Point between 1 or 2 in the morning. We did this repeatedly, ceremoniously, as we inducted new recruits. Together, we’d […]

Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom

I am pretty sick of the land being a scratchy shade of dry beige. The animals are marching out of their dens, ready for spring. Myself included. But far more exciting, this fox. Who sees beautiful foxes in their path randomly? Luckily me today. The fox, a Red Fox, was walking […]

Scenes from A Long Island Staycation

Scenes from A Long Island Staycation

Typically the weather during my mid-winter school break, the week of Presidents’ day, is poor. The usual snow chances have me avoiding travel and “hunkering down” at home in hibernation mode, perhaps planning Spring and Summer adventures. This year, however, had me stricken with early onset Spring […]

Undeveloped Long Island: Welwyn Preserve (Glen Cove)

Undeveloped Long Island: Welwyn Preserve (Glen Cove)

Undeveloped Long Island: It is so easy to hate where you’re from. It conveniently holds blame for all the ails of your upbringing. It takes no offense. But it’s other things, you just need to look beyond the paths you’ve worn well. Like anywhere, it […]

January Recap

January Recap

2016 is 1/12 complete. January is new routines inside old comforts, like the best vegan chocolate chip cookies: your own. It’s taking care… with a Long Island rec. center membership bonus: nobody in the sauna with you. It is having fire with the snow… with tempeh. It’s inspiration from […]

Exploring Nassau County Sanitorium, abandoned Tuberculosis hospital

Exploring Nassau County Sanitorium, abandoned Tuberculosis hospital

Built in 1930, the long vacant Nassau County Sanitorium is set on 140 acres in Plainview, tucked behind the New York Islanders offices and an active sports field. Though there is not much information about the old hospital, which was a Tuberculosis ward, on the […]

Another Long Island

Another Long Island

A visit to Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge in Sag Harbor is a walk back in time.  Trusting chipmunks eat from your hand.  Swans are shy and evade your camera. The tickling feet of bold songbirds perch your hand’s branch to select the best seeds.  […]

These are a few of my favorite things: <b>The Swing Ride</b>

These are a few of my favorite things: The Swing Ride

Two things I love taking pictures of: 1) food. 2) amusement park rides. [These are a few if my favorite things: Swing Ride]

Weekends mean…

Weekends mean…

Quality time with the cats… after they had quality time in the basement by the saw. All-you-can-eat Indian lunches, in a strip mall. The day-after cupcakes for breakfast. Visits to a jaggedy smile-like skyline. A lounge in the sun inside. [A shaven Fluffster recouping from […]

The Calm Before the Storm

The Calm Before the Storm

Happy, safe, and warm… and foolishly skeptical of the much-discussed impending storm, Hurricane Sandy. This is moments before all the cats were stowed for a trip to higher ground. I thought it unnecessary at first but… I was kind of wrong. I needed to use […]

What Makes Deliciousness {Sweet To Lick Vegan Bakery}

What Makes Deliciousness {Sweet To Lick Vegan Bakery}

I have traveled many a-mile to eat vegan food. A tradition that began 15 years ago when I went vegan still living with mom and dad here on Long Island. I used to drive to East Setauket to go to Wild By Nature. Two hours […]

More Summer, More

More Summer, More

It’s going so fast. I am trying to savor each day, but that seems to make them fly by even faster. Here are some images I’d like to hold on to. I become obsessed with the Electrician‘s butterfly bush as the the summer rolls on. […]

Long Island Jems: Ariana Afghani {Part 2}

Long Island Jems: Ariana Afghani {Part 2}

Ariana Restaurant in Huntington Village, Long Island has the word vegan on its menu. These kinds of things excite people like me. It has been on my list for quite some time. Ever since I read their vegan menu. And ever since my friend nabbed […]

Storm Porn & Fried Gnocchi

Storm Porn & Fried Gnocchi

Might as well share some pictures of Hurricane Irene’s after-math since I survived the hullabaloo. Small branches and leaves littered everywhere like a clumsy, ravenous herbivore had it’s way with the land. Much to the disappointment of the newscasters reporting on the storm, the damage was […]

} Spring Delirium {

} Spring Delirium {

Little delicate weeds get no love. They look like shy, optimistic chit-chatters. “Hey! Hey you! Look how bright and pretty we are!” Holy stigma. “Hi. We’re less enthusiastic than the red ones. Notice us if you wish–or not; we’ll be fine either way.” “Mnmm mnnmmm.” […]

<i>Jack Nimble</i>, Rest In Peace

Jack Nimble, Rest In Peace

  I named you Jack Nimble because you were narrow and slender and small and I imagined if there were a lit candle you could arc it swiftly.  I felt your spine, each bone under a soft slip of skin, that knocked gently at my […]

Dear Butterfly Bushes at Boyfriend’s House,

Dear Butterfly Bushes at Boyfriend’s House,

You’re kind of the most beautiful thing ever. And I kind of want a black polka-dot face.

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: <b>Sharing Mango & Sticky Rice</b>

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: Sharing Mango & Sticky Rice

I ♥ kao nio ma muang Long Tan, Park Slope, Brooklyn Siam Lotus, Bay Shore, Long Island Lily Thai, Williamsburg, Brooklyn Nine D, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

[What I Am Doing on My Summer Vacation] {Part 1}

[What I Am Doing on My Summer Vacation] {Part 1}

1. Watching the butterfly activity around the Electrician‘s butterfly bush. 2. Collecting hugs. 3. Trying to return to baking. Here is a two-layer orange cake with lemon glaze icing. For my Pop’s birthday. 4. Weekending in the Hamptons. That’s an outdoor shower next to the […]

Strip Mall “Heavens”

Strip Mall “Heavens”

Living fairly close to Manhattan’s Little India and Curry Hill areas, going out for Indian is not so much something I do during a Long Island escape. However Hicksville’s vegetarian Indian restaurants have been on my radar after some repeated perusing of LI’s VegGuide. So a […]

Camera Upgrade

Camera Upgrade

Doubling my megapixel count, I am now the proud owner of a new digital SLR camera. I spent a whole morning getting to know its buttons and dials around the grounds of The Electrician‘s, who so generously bestowed it to me, in sly fashion, in […]

Wild Asparagus Is Kinda the Coolest Thing Ever

Wild Asparagus Is Kinda the Coolest Thing Ever

There’s wild asparagus growing in my boyfriend’s backyard. You probably don’t understand how cool I think this is. But let me try to explain… I write love letters to beets. There is not one single vegetable that I don’t adore. Tubers, stems, bulbs, leaves, buds, […]