Rainbows, Running, and Refueling

Today I ran in the Brooklyn Pride 5k. Standing at the start line, I thought, ‘Pride week is to many of the people here, probably like what a Veg Fest is to me.’ And, for me, Veg Fests are an opportunity to feel less in the minority. The labels I carry with me (woman, vegan), I’m somewhere in the rainbow ribbon of my finisher’s medal; we all are. One of the most adorable things I saw, aside from puppies and tutus, was a family in Joe hearts Jeff t-shirts. The couple was getting married right after the race! At the … Continue reading Rainbows, Running, and Refueling

The Sweetest Warmth Money Can Buy

This weekend, the clouds were kept at bay for the Chile Pepper Fiesta at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. The event brought together vendors to showcase the many variances of the Chile pepper. Sarah Gross of Rescue Chocolate once said to me, ‘if you’re gonna splurge on anything, make it chocolate.’ While I’m a cupcake gal, I can’t deny the indulgence of letting a piece of chocolate melt slowly on your tongue. At the Fiesta, chocolatiers married their sweets with heat. Some, like Raaka, even went for broke; crafting a bar with the infamous Ghost Pepper. My favorites:Pink pepper and Citrus … Continue reading The Sweetest Warmth Money Can Buy

Start Your Week Over At Champs

“It was great to be Catholic and go to confession. You could start over every week,” said C in 1993’s A Bronx Tale. No matter your religious denomination, Champs Family Diner and Bakery is giving you the chance to start your week off right. Their monthly Drive-In Dine-In will be this Sunday, April 29th at 8:30pm, this month featuring Robert DeNiro’s directorial debut. In true Italian fashion, the all vegan $30 prix fixe dinner will include: Appetizer: String beans, mixed olives, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers and chickpeas with fresh herbs Main course: Tagliatelle pasta with sweet Italian sausage and … Continue reading Start Your Week Over At Champs

Googa Mooga Tickets Go Bye-Bye

After last month’s successful (ok, slightly problematic) online handout of free general admission tickets to The Great Googa Mooga, the organizers went for broke with round two today. At noon, more GA tickets, touted as “An amusement park of food & drink,” went up for grabs. The two-day festival being held in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park is powered by the brain children behind Bonnaroo. If you were not amongst the lucky ones to have snatched up free tickets to this festival, Extra Mooga tickets are still available at a measly $249 a pop. (From free to $250? LOL.) Currently on the … Continue reading Googa Mooga Tickets Go Bye-Bye

Empty Plates During Brooklyn Restaurant Week

Brooklyn Restaurant Week is running until March 29th. If you’re vegetarian or vegan looking to get out for a bite to eat in the upcoming days and benefit from “discounted lunches and dinners (for $20.12 and $25, respectively), plus two-for-one and brunch options,” the pickings are slim. Of the 195 Brooklyn restaurants participating in Restaurant Week, 18 of these restaurants are Clean Plates approved. Clean Plates promotes themselves as a way “to make it easier and more enjoyable for you to eat healthy, sustainable food.” Of the 18 Clean Plates approved restaurants participating, 9 carry their Vegetarian seal. Here’s my review … Continue reading Empty Plates During Brooklyn Restaurant Week

Blissful Bites in Bloom

Visited 03/19/2012 Monday night, new cookbook author Christy Morgan gave a cooking demonstration at Brooklyn’s Sun in Bloom. Morgan’s book is filled with all vegan, simple, and healthy recipes, like the Un-Tuna Salad she made that evening. Sun in Bloom offers organic, preservative-free, vegan and gluten-free, including the delicious Western Wrap. Conserve calories, limit gluten, and get an extra boast of antioxidants by selecting a collared green wrap. Continue reading Blissful Bites in Bloom

No Dice for Vegan Cheesesteaks

Surprisingly, while I had many, many, many animal-based cheese steak sandwiches in my youth, growing up near the city most known for them, I haven’t really partaken in the veggie variety over these last 9+ years. Recently, I decided to see what was available, posing as Philly-style in NYC. I ordered a Philly Cheese Steak at FoodSwings in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I’m not sure if whomever thought it up had ever even seen the traditional version of the sandwich. It should be renamed Brooklyn Cheesesteak or anything else cause this sandwich, with its chunks of mock meat, ain’t nothin’ I’d ever … Continue reading No Dice for Vegan Cheesesteaks

Cupid Struck Me In the Stomach

Some old adage goes, “The fastest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” True of women too, I suppose, considering how many want (or at least men are made to believe want) chocolate. Let me not even try to deny I have a sweet tooth…I have probably 100+ posts to counter me. After a weekend of noshing on baked goods of my own creation, plus goods from the vegan bake sale at MooShoes, I was having a tooth ache…literally. After hitting the gym, I doubt pizza is the best recovery food, but wow did I eat like an … Continue reading Cupid Struck Me In the Stomach