Tag: vv upstate NY

Birthday Outtakes, Part 1

Birthday Outtakes, Part 1

I had the chance to stop at La Bella Pasta in Kingston, New York to score some of their vegan pasta.  Fresh made vegan pasta is a new blog reporting passion of mind. I hope as more accept plant-based as normal, other pasta makers will […]

Birthday in Ulster County/Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

Birthday in Ulster County/Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

New York’s Ulster County is rich with worthy day trip destinations. And it is just far enough from the City’s hustle and bustle without being too much of a roundtrip drive. Because I have been visiting since I was in high school (My first serious […]

Deconstructing Beauty

Deconstructing Beauty

I’ve begun to understand that observing the world’s beauty is my most favorite therapy.  And if you look for it, you’ll find it most everywhere. From delicate macaron feet peeking out from a soft pastel shell to the browned crisped dough of a pastry that […]

Autumn Beauty, Vegan Oneonta/Cooperstown

Autumn Beauty, Vegan Oneonta/Cooperstown

Before setting out on a road trip, a vegan has to consider how long it may be until a proper meal is available. Like a marathoner, it may be appropriate to load up on carbs to anchor the behind in for hours driving (not running). […]

Grape Stomp / Lagusta’s Luscious / New World Home Cooking <br>{Upstate Adventures}

Grape Stomp / Lagusta’s Luscious / New World Home Cooking
{Upstate Adventures}

Robibero Family Vinyards in New Paltz, New York had its annual grape-stomping festival this weekend, the first weekend of autumn. It was the perfect excuse to run north for the day with CP. After managed expectations, I was delighted by the peaceful, bucolic property and the opportunity to check […]

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.  […]

The Gorge and Vegan Cheese Boards

The Gorge and Vegan Cheese Boards

Besides being beautiful, New York’s Finger Lakes Region has some spectacular vegan options. Like Veraisons, the restaurant located on Glenora Winery in Dundee. Honestly, this place was our main reason for this trip. After discovering the vegan options on its seasonal menus, I have been watching […]

Farm Sanctuary / Watkins Glen Vegan Ops

Farm Sanctuary / Watkins Glen Vegan Ops

Maywood Pancake House, in Maywood, New Jersey, is kind of a second location of Rutherford Pancake House (blog report on their vegan challah French toast is here). Both locations feature vegan breakfast options, which is far more a special than lunch or dinner options.  I was […]

18 Hours: Upstate / Connecticut Loop {Day Trips, 101}

18 Hours: Upstate / Connecticut Loop {Day Trips, 101}

Travel tucks you into new environments, which facilitate different experiences. And experience is the basis of all learning, all growth. So, travel is enlightenment…. Luckily, there is no need to head to an ancient Buddhist temple to derive this wisdom. There is plenty of beauty, adventure, inspiration, oddity (and vegan eats) […]

Freshwater Life

Freshwater Life

Not too far from the New York-Pennsylvania border is a small vacation town of Hawley, on the Lackawaxen River and close to better-known Delaware river. Though this is a summer haven for campers and other nature enthusiasts (and hunters), a friend of mine had year-round residence here […]

October Apples

October Apples

One of the many reasons I love living on the east coast is the trees. Come autumn, there’s an art show in the trees. Keep your cones and desert, west coast. I’ll take the Deciduous trees. Their visual, cyclical renewal feels better, hopeful, than your […]

Fall Fling

Fall Fling

I would probably name Garden Cafe on the Green in Woodstock, New York as one of my favorite restaurants. But maybe it’s because if I’m there, I’m upstate. I’ve fought the Cross Bronx Expressway, and won, then was lulled by green and early foliage splotches […]

Macarons… Veganized

Macarons… Veganized

Having gone vegan when I was a teenager who had terrible taste in food, I’ve never had a proper macaron. But boy, have I looked. Petite, pastel crisp and creamy sandwiches–delicate and dainty, I was waiting for some great vegan baker to get on veganizing […]

Summer in Paris, Lovely Lagusta’s Savory Dinner Series

Summer in Paris, Lovely Lagusta’s Savory Dinner Series

It seems like eons ago that Ms. CP sent me a link to chocolatier Lagusta’s (of Lagusta’s Luscious fame) savory dinner series. Since then I have been occasionally pouring over the menu highlights of our reserved Summer in Paris dinner. What can be better than being […]

Something New, Something Old

Something New, Something Old

On the way to the farm we stopped at a new all-vegan bakery in Verona, New Jersey: Cupcraze. As per usual, when visiting an out-of-state bakery, I have to get at least 2 cupcakes. I chose this one above, their delicious banana split cupcake, and […]

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. […]

Love & Veggies at Loving Cafe

Love & Veggies at Loving Cafe

It’s always nice to stumble upon an all-vegan eatery. There’s a whimsy freedom that is a break from scrutinizing a menu. Though I love thinking about food, picturing a menu’s peak potential after my alterations and specifications, I forget that the decision of what to […]

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X’s to O’s Vegan Bakery is the capitol area’s only all-vegan bakery.  Home to many-a delicious sweet treats, the ladies at X’s to O’s serve up cupcakes, donuts, Twinkie-like cakes, whoopie pies, as well as smoothies and now brunch… which means I will definitely will […]

Little Anthony’s, Italian Vegan in Albany

Little Anthony’s, Italian Vegan in Albany

Little Anthony’s is a pretty standard-seeming pizza parlor. Wood decor, a map of Italy on the wall, green/white/red, and an inviting counter with pizzeria-type guys (My definition of pizzeria guys: aimable, hard-working, Italian)… but they have a menu filled with vegan options! Vegan pizza… vegan […]

Vegan Frozen Treats in Saratoga Springs

Vegan Frozen Treats in Saratoga Springs

With the swanky Saratoga Springs just a short drive away, I decided to hit Johnny’s Gourmet Italian Ices, a homemade ice cream shoppe that makes several flavors of coconut-based ice creams for its discerning customers. The shoppe owner labels these flavors as “dairy-free” as the […]

New York, Capitol Area Vegan Eats

New York, Capitol Area Vegan Eats

Being tossed a couple of days to kill, I decided to spend my Rosh Hashanah out of the New York City area. Stricken with severe wanderlust at times, I need to get away once and awhile. I do this a lot. Ever since I got […]

Day Tripping: Split Rock, The Gunks, and Furious Vulvas {Vegan in New Paltz}

Day Tripping: Split Rock, The Gunks, and Furious Vulvas {Vegan in New Paltz}

Every once and a while, you have to seek out nature, ascend an incline that is not manmade but randomly place by the elements and duck under a canopy of trees, inside their crisp, fresh breath.  So CandyPenny and I braved the rough terrain of the trails […]

Victuals in Buffalo: The Eights

Victuals in Buffalo: The Eights

I praise many eats and eateries on this blog. My praises are merited as are my critiques. I know food. I care about it deeply. So when I have a meal like this, like the meal I had at Buffalo, New York’s The Eights, it’s […]

Ithaca. {DUN}

Ithaca. {DUN}

Last time I was in Ithaca, New York I had a horrible time. I exasperated an illness with the drive north and then had to drive home in miserable shape. I wrote my most scathing review thus far on the subpar eatery where my friends […]