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01/27/2014

Maimonides Of Brooklyn serves the vegan deliciousness  »

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I went to Maimonides of Brooklyn for brunch yesterday with my fave vegan couple. It was the second time I’d been there and reminded me I never posted about the first time I went! With the same couple, but for dinner. M.O.B.’s, as they call it, is pretty freaking awesome. It’s a vegan spot on Atlantic right by Barclays. I haven’t had the signature dish, some sort of pizza/flatbread shaped like the Brooklyn bridge, but everything I have had has been delicious. Above you can see the eggplant biscuit sandwich I had yesterday. The eggplant was smoked and didn’t taste very eggplant-y, which scores points in my book! It kind of tasted like bacon without the death. And I love the aioli on this! Oh and the biscuit itself—oh the biscuit itself! In a modified word, the biscuit sandwich is super-terrific. 

Now, here are the pics from my dinner there many moons ago! I don’t remember a ton of specifics but I remember I liked everything. And dang, these pics came out well! If I do say so myself. 

Yummy nugget things (the mustard that comes with these does have honey, so ask for mustard without honey—they are happy to oblige):

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Tri-color cauliflower! So good and so pretty! The aioli on this was the jam: 

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The veggie burger gets an A++!:

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Below is the mac and cheese with artichokes. I remember I liked it but it was slightly odd. I prefer the veggie burger. But who am I kidding, I’d totally get this again!

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And for dessert, chocolate hazelnut torte! Very rich and creamy: 

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The place is not big and you do have to sit at communal tables but I’ve never had to talk to strangers (heaven forbid!); It was still like I was just there with the people I came with. Maybe because the tables are so roomy. Honestly I’m not one for communal seating but it doesn’t bother me here. 

For some weird reason this place doesn’t seem to be well-known. I have no idea why—it’s great! The food is delicious and the atmosphere is fun and positive. I love it. 

Coincidentally, my cousin, the famous philosophy expert, just released a podcast on Maimonides, the philosopher for which the restaurant is named. Time for some learning!

01/24/2014

Field Roast vegan sausages and burgers on the menu at the SuperBowl!  »

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You heard me! MetLife stadium is selling Field Roast sausages and burgers at the SuperBowl this year! Wait, they have burgers?! I didn’t know! But according to their FB, their burgers are on limited release at a few stadiums. I’m pretty happy with the sausages though so I’m not even mad. But that’s so awesome! Way better than some dinky vegan hot dog people will laugh at. Even omnivores like Field Roast when they try it! So it will be a good vegan food rep. Those apple sage sausages, right?!

The company is from Seattle so obvi they are repping hardcore for the Sea Hawks, as you can see above. They also did a bunch of Superbowl-inspired recipes you can check out on their site

In conclusion: Go sports!

01/10/2014

Fine & Raw: Organic raw chocolate from Brooklyn!  »

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Hey raw chocolate lovers and all the other kinds of chocolate lovers! Fine & Raw is a Williamsburg, Brooklyn-based raw chocolate company that makes yummy organic, vegan chocolates! They sent me some free bars to try and now I will tell you all about them!

Their mission “is to save the world through silliness and chocolate!” They use low-heat techniques and you’ll also be glad to know they make every effort to be environmentally friendly. Plus, reading their site is positively delightful! They are funny. And there’s some good info about chocolate on there like this!:

Cacao has been report to have these benefits:

  • #1 food source of antioxidants
  • #1 food source of magnesium
  • Phenylethylamine (PEA) - the compound which scientists believe is released when you’re in love
  • Anandamide - the ‘bliss chemical’
  • Tryptophan – the precursor to serotonin.
  • MAO Inhibitors – allows more serotonin to flow in your body. read: more fun
  • Appetite suppresant & aphrodisiac
  • None of the above statements have been evaluated by the FDA, although they told us they really love chocolate.

Yay chocolate! Don’t mind if I do!

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Above is one of the truffle bars. Creamy and good! I had the peeps at work try all the chocolate of course because I am so nice to them and this was very popular. It’s not sweet but it’s not too bitter. A good balance.

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Now, my friends, THIS IS WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT! As I’ve said a million times, I love salty chocolate so this epic dark chocolate sea salt bar was music to my taste buds. And just look at that bar, they are not messing around! It’s a solid bar of chocolate. On the bitter side, so this is a grown-up kind of bar. And you can break it into sticks! 

And maybe most importantly, they like dinos too!:

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For you non-New Yorkers, you can order Fine & Raw chocolates from their website. Get your raw chocolate on around the globe!

01/09/2014

Today! In NYC! Do Good at the Grocery  »

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Get your shop on today, Thursday January 9, at any Manhattan Whole Foods and 5% of your purchase supports the efforts of statewide nonprofit the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food (NYCHSF).

With a mission to educate participating school communities—students, teachers, parents and administrators—about ways in which they can consume more nutritious foods (i.e., more plants, fewer animals), we’re all about backing them. And what better way to do so than by picking up a few foodstuffs we were bound to buy anyway? You know you want to.

Funds raised will specifically benefit the coalition’s work with the New York City Department of Education Office of SchoolFood, a partnership promoting plant-based protein options and salad bars. Food UnEarthed, interactive curriculum developed by NYCHSF and currently taught to over 500 students a week in NYC, will also reap the rewards of your (hopefully gluttonous) trip to the Market. (By the way, we want in on this Food UnEarthed thing; kids get to act as detectives, using critical thinking skills to, as its title implies, uncover the truth about food. Then, following a rigorous investigation, they get to sit back, relax and enjoy a yummy—and healthy!—vegan snack. Sign us up!) 

If you’d like to learn more about the org or just say hey to the brains behind this genius means of feeding kids greens, NYCHSF representatives will be tabling at all seven stores in the city from 11 AM to 7 PM. From 11 AM to 3:30 PM, meet Executive Director Amie Hamlin at the Bowery location and from 11 AM to 1:30 PM, meet board chair Lisa Suriano at the Midtown East location.

Or, you know, just go get some noms, preferably free of flesh, dairy and eggs!

Nell Alk is a writer and editor based in New York City. If something #vegan is happening in the world, she is on it. Twitter with her here

01/06/2014

Hey digital natives, we’re on Foursquare!  »

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As I mentioned on FB the other day, we got a Foursquare account! Because we are very on-trend and with-it. We now have an NYC list, a BK list, and a Philly list, complete with tips and a lot of pics. So check them out and save them or whatever and follow us so I feel like my work was worthwhile!

SF and LA lists are coming, as soon as I get those lazy west-coasters on that. 

Foodswings is closing? Tell me this isn’t real life!  »

Guys, wtf? I went to Caracas, the arepa place next to Foodswings in Brooklyn, and it looked like FoodSwings was shuttered. I checked on their FB and look what I saw!!!

From Dec. 5th:

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And then from last week:

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This is terrible news! Is there anything we can do? Does anyone have more on the story? Are they going to move to a new location? Please say yes! This totally blows. 

12/23/2013

The Organic Grill in NYC is having a Santa Brunch on Christmas Eve!  »

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Cute pin from www.eatyourvegtees.etsy.com!

Looking for some food tomorrow? The Organic Grill will be serving a 3 course Santa Brunch prix fix menu on Christmas Eve. They’ll be open from 12pm - 5pm. All vegan prix fix is $25.99. Here’s the menu! 

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12/16/2013

Check it out, NYC! The New Year’s Eve vegan tasting menu from Three Letters!  »

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Three Letters’ vegan mushroom soup (to which you can add baked tofu).

Who says French restaurants can’t do vegan?! Well, my friend Peter, a hardcore French chef, for one… But not Three Letters in Brooklyn! Located in Clinton Hill, Three Letters is not a vegan restaurant but they have pretty awesome-sounding vegan options. Their chef, Pip, emailed us to let us know that in addition to an omni tasting menu this New Year’s Eve, they are having an all-vegan tasting menu! The theme is “French takes on southern American traditions.” It sounds OUT OF SIGHT:

Marinated Oyster mushroom, Leek Mignonette

Golden Turnip Soup,
  turnip green oil, safron emulsion

Pickled Shiitake
  collard green, kale chip, sesame and beets salad

Cider-Braised Seitan
  hazelnut mushroom sausage, apple potato hash, cider jus

Black Eyed Pea Cassoulet
  hen of the woods and yuba roulade, sweet onion

Chocolate Mouse
  coconut nougat, rum caramel

OMG, right? So I haven’t been here yet but Meave and I are planning a Three Letters date AT THIS VERY MOMENT! Because this stuff sounds GOOD. Like, reading the menu is making me hyper. Calm down. But this is so perfect because my omni brother loves French food so we can go here together and both be happy!

If you want to spend your NYE at Three Letters, here are the details:

First seating is at 6:30, Last at 10:30, reservations strongly suggested but the bar will be available for walk-ins.

The cost is $60, which includes a glass of bubbly.
Additional wine pairing option for $35.

Call the restaurant to make reservations: 718-622-4679

So tell me, has anyone been here already? I want to hear all about it!

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Their seitan entree with walnut oil mashed potatoes and flageolet ragout.

12/11/2013

Spreads NY brings vegan flavors to the Park Avenue lunch crowd!  »

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So I started a new job a few weeks ago. One morning I went to Spreads, a little sandwich place right across the street from my new office (30th and Park), and low and behold! A vegan earl grey donut! I said to myself, “is this real life?” And it was! I bought one of course. 

It was tasty! It tasted less like a donut and more like lemony pound cake. Luckily, I love pound cake. It’s also gluten free, which I know some of you will like. 

Obvi I had to tell the vegan world about my new discovery and I tweeted a pic on our Twitter account. Next thing I know, Spreads emailed me inviting me to come try all of their vegan goodies! I obliged, because I’m a sweetie. image

Above is the coconut bacon and avocado sandwich. It’s a show stopper! It was our favorite item we tried. It’s rich though, I could only eat half. But the salty and sweet coconut bacon goes lovely with the avocado. It also has vegan mayo they make themselves—yum!

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This is the split pea soup we tried. Two thumbs up! But I love split pea soup. I feel like it’s finally on the rebound since the Exorcist debacle. This had a hint of dill, which was interesting. 

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Finally, we got to try one of their juices! I’m not a big juice person but I actually found this refreshing. Strong cucumber flavor. Kind of tasted like gazpacho? Maybe I’m being cray. 

We also met the owner—what a dream! SO passionate about food. And I love that the one vegan sandwich on their menu is a wacky coconut bacon sandwich instead of just like a veggie burger or generic veggie wrap like we’re usually offered. No, Spreads went all out! Of course I want everywhere to have a million vegan sandwiches but if you’re only going to have one, it’s really cool when it’s something exciting like this. OMG and did I forget they make the coconut bacon themselves? They smoke it with organic apple wood or something—totes intense! 

If you are in the area looking for a yummy lunch, this is the place for you! Matter of fact, call me and we’ll split one! You’ll have to get your own donut though. I need a whole one! I’m no fool. 

11/15/2013

NYC: Hey Thanks! Vegan Shop-up is tomorrow!  »

That’s right, pals! The Shop-Up is tomorrow. Details:

Give Thanks! Thanks a Million! Muchas Gracias! It’s Thanksgiving time and we’re hitchin’ a ride on the nothin’-but-love wagon. We’ll be celebrating friends, family, food and fun with countless local vegan vendors and happy hour to boot! It’s FREE y’all!

Feast your eyes on what’s to come! Chocolate Truffles + Pumpkin Ice Cream + Doughnuts + Cashew Cheese + Tempeh + Macarons + Deep Dish Pizza + Seitan Sandwiches + Tomato Sauce + GF Peanut Butter Cups + Salsa + Chai Tea + Organic Soaps + Skin Care + Eco Totes & Tees + TONS more to discover!

Come thirsty, COME HUNGRY, and get excited. THANKS in advance.

See www.veganshopup.com for the full list of vendors. And join our facebook and twitter for even more updates!

Saturday, November 16th
12- 6pm
Pine Box Rock Shop
12 Grattan St.
Bushwich, Bk
FREE!
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