Tag: vv brooklyn

Morning Perfect.

Morning Perfect.

Walking into a sunrise like this on my way to work does all kinds of things to perspective and priorities. And it makes me later than usual. What is better than a pressed, warm sandwich with your favorite morning foods within… in your hand and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Autumn in Brooklyn.

Autumn in Brooklyn.

My birthday keeps on keeping on. A gift trial of the all-vegan Petit Vour means even more creams and salves in my medicine cabinet. Driving this stretch of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway from South Slope, Brooklyn to Long Island City, Queens, I get distracted by […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Bites of Time

Bites of Time

This picture was taken in June as a teacher pal and me rebelliously snuck out of a PTA-sponsored lunch for sundaes at Van Leeuwen. In some ways June seems like years ago. In other ways it remains piercingly vivid. I think I was in denial […]

Backyard Colors

Backyard Colors

With spring definitively here, the bulbs I planted last September are starting to poke out their heads in the backyard… like these late daffodils with the complicated faces.  Trees are finally blooming. And so I stored my winter coats and sweaters away.  I’ve gushed about tulips […]

Seasons Change

Seasons Change

Beautiful snow striations. Winter’s last word. Dumpling peaks. Blackstrap yolk. Who dun it? M.O.B.‘s California burger in Brooklyn. Carrot poker chips.

November’s Blur

November’s Blur

For perspective, a stop at Long Island National Cemetery during menial errands on Veterans Day. So many lives. Savory crepes at Lil Choc Apothecary before Choir! Choir! Choir! in Brooklyn. Pulling beets prematurely. Educating the youths.Soon after he raked the yard. #futureman Dinner party planning with the […]

Birthday Stuffs

Birthday Stuffs

Luckily, my birthday celebrations expand many weeks–there’s me-time travel involved (the sloths), us-time travel (London), family, friends. Eventually, all sides have been represented, leaving me smiling and grateful. I love October; and I love how my birthday delivers me to the excitement of autumn and winter holidays. […]

<b>V.V. Burger Showdown, Round 2!</b><br> Fogwood & Fig vs. No. 7 Veggie

V.V. Burger Showdown, Round 2!
Fogwood & Fig vs. No. 7 Veggie

Fogwood & Fig vs. No. 7 Veggie   It’s not surprising that Diane Bezanski has a background in photography. If the images of her veggie burgers, under the name Fogwood & Fig, were all I had, they might still win a few battles. It is true that […]

Good Things I Ate Recently

Good Things I Ate Recently

Tofu is only going to be as good as you make it. It’s ready to suck in flavor and build its texture–but that takes you. After creating a powerful marinade and letting these Lincoln logs bathe in it all day, I build texture, roasting each side 25-ish […]

Finally: A Champion is Crowned / The Preview of the Next Burger Battle

Finally: A Champion is Crowned / The Preview of the Next Burger Battle

Here we are. The long overdue conclusion of my first New York City Vegan Victuals Burger Battle! After 16 burgers, a champion has emerged. And it’s Brooklyn’s Toad Style! With a commitment to housemade excellence, Toad Style sets a high standard for all those who hope […]

Ya Got Options.

Ya Got Options.

Bushwick, Brooklyn is now home to Elisa’s Love Bites, a gluten-free bakery with a few vegan options always on-hand. At the time of my vist, marked v-options included the Black Heart Cake, Original Sin Cake, Fig Buddies and Fluffers, aquafaba meringue cookies.   The Black Heart Cake […]

<b>V.V. Burger Showdown Semi-Finals Match 4: </b> The making of <i>​Mmmmm.</i><br>[Toad Style vs. Cafe Ghia]

V.V. Burger Showdown Semi-Finals Match 4: The making of ​Mmmmm.
[Toad Style vs. Cafe Ghia]

Match #4 of the V.V. Burger Showdown Semi-Finals: Brooklyn Born. Toad Style vs. Cafe Ghia We are nearing the end. With a new summer brings another new burger battle. There is no rest for the vegan eats these days. But before a new beginning, an end. Each burger […]

Vegan Pizzas in Greenpoint

Vegan Pizzas in Greenpoint

I used to shy away from vegan pizza pie. Either it was piled high with heavy, wet veggies on a soggy crust or it was topped with the dreaded Daiya. But these days, vegan stuff is improving. Like at Greenpoint Brooklyn’s Adelina’s, who has been on my radar […]

A Mixed Bag

A Mixed Bag

These are a few of my favorite things: Mango & sweet sticky rice (from Thaism, my work Thai spot) Lunch after errands at Bareburger, because… Brooklyn date at M.O.B. because traffic was so bad to drive anywhere else! I got their delicious seitan meatball hero […]

<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 […]

<b>V.V. Burger Showdown Semi-Finals Match 2: </b>A Fall From Grace ​[By Chloe vs. Chickpea & Olive]

V.V. Burger Showdown Semi-Finals Match 2: A Fall From Grace ​[By Chloe vs. Chickpea & Olive]

Match #2 of the V.V. Burger Showdown Semi-Finals: A Fall From Grace. By Chloe vs. Chickpea & Olive Ok, I’m back in the burger battle again! We’re at the 2nd of the Semi-Finals of the V.V. New York City Burger Showdown!  I know I said this before… But it’s been […]

Brooklyn Whiskers Brick & Mortar

Brooklyn Whiskers Brick & Mortar

Vegan ShopUp vendor Brooklyn Whiskers has its own space now! The Electrician and I hit them real early to avoid unnecessary social interaction. The fact that they’re actually open early suits us early birders quite nicely. Bakeries should open single-digits early. Them’s the rules. I […]