Tag: on the soapbox

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 […]

War, Brotherhood, and Women (a way-late movie review and the start of a sociological commentary)

War, Brotherhood, and Women (a way-late movie review and the start of a sociological commentary)

What are movies if not a means to compel a viewer–to thoughts and feelings… to carry them within the journey of a character, a storyline so that they may glean something from it.  Whether it be a laugh, an escape, or–my favorite–something much bigger.  Something […]

Los Angeles: How to Pick Where to Eat

Los Angeles: How to Pick Where to Eat

The variety of vegan options in Los Angeles is overwhelming. While meal destinations are carefully deliberated, there are some guidelines that can help differentiate a good vegan options with a meh vegan option. The first guideline: forget the eateries that have packaged foods on the […]

Tofu Scramble P.S.A. in Port Jefferson

Tofu Scramble P.S.A. in Port Jefferson

The Tofu Scramble. It is becoming ubiquitous. Always a welcome sight on an omni-menu, I’ve had the dish all over the place–as many vegans have. From Anchorage, Alaska to Yellowstone National Park, I’ve appreciated the dish. (My favorite? Probably Wayward Cafe in Seattle, Washington?) But even with […]

Dear Women,

Dear Women,

It is so wonderful to see social media swarmed with images from one of the many marches for women that took place yesterday, to see so many coming together to speak up for our human rights. I hope that this is a start of something… […]

<b>V.V. Burger Showdown, Round 2!</b><br> Momofuku Nishi vs. Sugar Cafe

V.V. Burger Showdown, Round 2!
Momofuku Nishi vs. Sugar Cafe

Momofuku Nishi vs. Sugar Cafe In the near absence of real and affordable opportunity, New York City’s development in the last decades has shifted towards big box store chains. The same character-less stores that appear in suburban shopping Lego sets are now in New York City as patrons […]

Making Vegan Big Macs / “Dissent is the Highest Form of Patriotism.”

Making Vegan Big Macs / “Dissent is the Highest Form of Patriotism.”

Celebrate some baffling American-style food ideals this holiday weekend: Eating large quantities of poor quality, industrially processed food! All sarcasm aside, war was the catalyst for a shift and food manufacturing in the United States. One of our first processed foods was created in 1941 to […]

Vegan-ish Hiking Boots

Vegan-ish Hiking Boots

A lot of shoes are made from animals. With a trip to Yellowstone coming up, I needed some vegan hiking boots. Here is my research in case it helps. To note: I was searching for women’s mid-cut hiking boots, so my list does not include low-cut […]

Day 2: The Best of Central Florida {Underwater}

Day 2: The Best of Central Florida {Underwater}

A long time ago, when the Earth was green, I swam with the manatees in Florida’s Crystal River, where hundreds of manatees flock to in the winter months when the waters of the Gulf of Mexico are not as warm. It was time to see […]

<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 […]

<b>V.V. Burger Showdown:</b> Match 8: The Battle of Charmed Timing<br>​[Cafe Ghia vs. Cinnamon Snail]

V.V. Burger Showdown: Match 8: The Battle of Charmed Timing
​[Cafe Ghia vs. Cinnamon Snail]

Match #8 of the V.V. Burger Showdown: The Battle of Charmed Timing. Cafe Ghia vs. Cinnamon Snail Gentrification surrounding the L-train stops has been happening for decades. 20 years ago, as a straggly teenager who frequented the original Domesy’s Warehouse on Kent, I walked through Williamsburg’s then shady […]

Bday 2: The “Disconnect” Rant / <br>   Avant Garden Review

Bday 2: The “Disconnect” Rant /
Avant Garden Review

It annoys me how NYC food culture vultures and foodie scenesters so often snub vegan food… especially when they really have no experience with it. Well, wait. That’s not necessarily true. They have no experience with it as cuisine genre. Those who think that “vegan” […]

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 […]

Stanley Kowalski

Stanley Kowalski

Taking the LIRR’s Babylon line towards Atlantic Terminal on a weekday morning and you may end up in one of the train cars that platform at Boland’s Landing, an employees-only station for the men of the Morris Park maintenance facility in Queens. The cars who […]

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 […]

Discovering PA

Discovering PA

Where New Jersey meets Pennsylvania, the Delaware river also meets the Appalachian mountains. The result: the Delaware Water Gap, a recreational area that draws nature enthusiasts, hikers of the Appalachian Trail… and a couple of gals hoping for an inspired  vegan food option. In the little town […]

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 […]

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 […]

16 Years

16 Years

Happy 16th Vegan Birthday to me at Catskill Animal Sanctuary.  I’ve been vegan so long. And while every year my passion for vegan food (and vegan food reporting) grows stronger, my reason for going and remaining vegan have nothing to do with food at all. […]

Big Food ≠ Real Food

Big Food ≠ Real Food

I enjoy flipping through an old magazine looking at their advertisements. From my teenage years I was fascinated with exploring subliminal advertising in old liquor ads. I remember clearly seeing the “S E X” spelled out in a pile of ice cubes, the women–open-mouthed–holding many-a […]

Juice Cleanse-Day 3

Juice Cleanse-Day 3

Getting into the swing of my cleanse, I spent Day 3 embracing it. I set the hammock up in the backyard to peruse the newspaper and then headed to the nail salon for a low-cost massage. My achey neck and shoulders certainly needed it. After […]

Juice Cleanse-Day 1

Juice Cleanse-Day 1

My trip to the west coast was a gluttonous one. At some point during the trip, I realized a juice fast would be the only thing that could restore balance to my body after the West Coast Eating Extravaganza. I ordered a 3-day supply of […]

A Salt Worth Its Salt

A Salt Worth Its Salt

One of the most important ingredients in a great chocolate chip cookie is salt. Sure, many know that real vanilla extract blows the artificial stuff out of the water, that a high quality oils, sweeteners, chocolate make for a better end product, yes. But many […]

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 […]