Monday, June 9, 2008

Change Is Afoot

Ah my dearest blog friends, throughout these long busy weeks you have not been far from my mind, I may not have posted but I have been still diligently taking pics with the intent of sharing them eventually. Oh, let's not bore everyone with the details of my absence, let's just chalk it up to some serious procrastination, a bit of a blogging rut and a sense of being slightly overwhelmed by some housing changes- yes that was quite an understatement...

So much to share, where to begin? Let's start with some food.

Ah yes, for the time-pressed healthy vegan in NYC...
Fresh Direct, which is a great online supermarket with super-efficient home delivery, has a new line of healthy, pre-packed meals called Eating Well which features four vegan meals- one of them even features seitan. Yay for Fresh Direct acknowledging the vegan market in NY! They so kindly sent me a few to try. So easy & quick, pop in the microwave for a few minutes- great for the nights when you are just too pooped to even boil water...pictured below beans, broccoli rabe, pearl pasta, tomatoes & artichoke.

This was my favorite- Hoppin' John with veg chorizo & beans and super tasty!


For the sun-loving vegan in NYC with omni boyfriend who loves his Italian food...sidewalk tables at cash only, Bar Pitti in the West Village. A glass of white wine, artichokes & penne arrabiata...


After a bellyful of yummy pasta, we happened upon the Feast of San Gennaro. When they paraded San Gennaro through the streets...
Left to my own devices at dinnertime, I can cocoon myself pretty well on the Upper East Side, but Fcat made me go meet him downtown one night in Nolita, at Cafe Habana. It's always super-packed & the place is tiny, but we scored the corner seats at the bar which was perfect! Frozen margaritas, grilled corn with lime & cayenne (hold the cheese please!) and jicama salad with a side of plaintains. The bartender was vegetarian so he was super helpful in letting me know what was vegan.


SoHo shopping (well furniture window shopping) is never complete with out a a stop for a dosa at Hampton Chutney...
And Chinatown being so close to SoHo, there was no way I couldn't drag Fcat to Vegetarian Dim Sum House...
Back on 2nd Avenue & the East 72nd St. is our local Japanese place, Tatany. Love me some ume shiso rolls & veggie rolls & seaweed salad...

Craving some vegan pizza? Here's the my eggplant slice with vegan rice cheese from Slice on 2nd Ave between 73rd & 74th Sts.

For the yummiest spicy peanut & eggplant soup, nothing beats the V'con recipe made right here on East 66th Street! So tasty & deliciously complex flavors...big big hit with Fcat. This will be making many appearances in our new LIC kitchen across the river.

For visiting Fcat's family, I made up some mango summer rolls from VWAV & roasted butternut squash rolls from V'con. They were a big hit!
Leftover cilantro, cukes & rice vermicelli from the summer rolls combined with some Japanese pickles, rice vinegar & Lightlife's Smart Strips- Chick'n (super tasty- great for omnis) all tossed together makes something akin to a Vietnamese noodle dish...
Fronch Toast from VWAV with strawberries & bananas & Lightlife sausage patties...
Berry pancakes with a little mimosa...
Chips with mango salsa and V'con's 'Nooch sauce...
Sad-looking pic, but super tasty easy variation of a Vietnamese hoagie- some nicely toasted baguette, Veganaise, cilantro, tomatoes, pickled radishes & Lightlife Baked Ham.
Fcat & I bought an apartment in Long Island City a year & two months ago in it's preconstruction stage. They finally called us to do our first walk-thru in the apartment- this is the part where we go through the entire apt with a fine-tooth comb, we list every scratch, nick, dent, etc that needs to be fixed before closing.

Before all that a quick caffeine & soymilk stop at Brazil Coffee House a few blocks away...
Here's our new building...
And the view from our bedroom, but I prefer a lovely brick wall over looking into someone else's apt which is so often the case in NYC...
Here's why it's all worth it- a New Yorker's dream, our very own washer & dryer in the apartment. No more lugging laundry down to the shared laundry room where our wash comingles with our neighborbor's leftover germs...Most of my fellow Manhattanites drool over this part of the show & tell. Most apartments in the city are not allowed to have w/d in the unit. Dreams can come true!
Our new bathroom...
And our new kitchen with fancy appliances...
Fcat and I will be moving in together. I have always lived alone and will now be practicing the art of compromise. SKO is also moving to start college in the fall, so will be helping her move, and Fcat's mom is moving too. All this moving to be scheduled for the same exact month of July.

I am super excited, yet anxious about moving across the East River to LIC and leaving the beloved 1/2mile radius of the Upper East Side with conveniences of favorite yoga places & stores that carry my vegan food products & vegan restaurants, but this will be one of the things that bother me most: there should be no apostrophe on the subway name at the stop in LIC- arrgh!!!! The intention was to indicate the plural avenues of Vernon and Jackson, not possession. No freakin' apostrophe should be there. Yes, I am a stickler.
Grandma & I, way back in May, walked across the Brooklyn Bridge on it's 125th birthday. We came across the telectroscope project at Fulton Ferry Landing in DUMBO. Quite interesting. The story goes that there is an unfinished tunnel built by a Victorian eccentric and his great-grandson is now finishing the project. Can't quite figure out if it's real or a hoax or a piece of performance art. What's cool is that people in NY gather round to peer down the device to see Londoner's waving back by the Tower Bridge- tunnel or some kind of broadcast device...Grandma throughly enjoyed it. New Yorkers were communicating with Londoners via a dry-erase board, asking questions such the cost of petrol, etc...There's Grandma.



Happy Belated Bday Brooklyn Bridge!

Trying to catch a few rays on the roof deck- yes, this is summer in the city.

Along with crazy summer storms...
There are always a few constants in my life: Booboo is always super cute and I will always get around to posting at some point because I truly enjoy being a part of the vegan blog community!
Now off to downsizing possessions & thinking about packing...stay tuned, will surely be giveaways in store as I clear my apartment!

30 comments:

Tamara said...

Your new apartment looks beautiful! Good luck with the move. :-)

Vegyogini said...

Congratulations on your new apartment and I'm with you regarding the misused apostrophe!

Pink Theory said...

yay! Your post has made me hungry even though I just ate lunch! I'd love to try something like Fresh Direct for those extreme lazy days :-) Also, congrats on the new apartment (and washer/dryer!). How exciting!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Wow, that's a lot of tempting food in one post!
I look forward to seeing you all moved in to your new place. Washer & dryer, woo!

VeggieGirl said...

Glad to see that you're still eating deliciously, as always :0)

Your new building looks fabulous!!

A lot has changed over here - check out my latest blog post :0(

Melody Polakow said...

Congrats on the apartment!

Gnewvegan said...

congrats on your new place. I wish you all the best. It is always wonderful to see all the wonderful vegan varieties of food that there are.. It makes me enjoy cooking more and more.

www.invitationfrom-gnewvegan.blogspot.com

Sam said...

I'm envious of that new apartment! Good for you two! Moving in with my fiance was the best thing we ever did for our relationship. And all those pictures make me hungry!

Vivacious Vegan said...

I really like the modern style of your new apartment. Very chic.

I think that the building your window looks onto would be perfect for a mural!

Molly G said...

Hi VKO. I'm a vegan new yorker (UWSer) who just moved into a new place. I've been a reader for a while now, congrats on the new place. If you have anything to give away, my apartment is probably in need!

Urban Vegan said...

You certainly make the best of life in NYC, VKO. All of the food looks amazing--but I esp love the shot of the artichokes...my favorite.

Eating out is one of the great things about city life--esp NY City life! I miss the Dim Sum place.

Your new place looks amazing--what a great kitchen and bathroom (I have a nice view into other people's apartments, too. It's not so bad!).

Theresa said...

Good luck with moving into that fantastic new apartment. At least you live in the city where getting vegan takeaway is super easy for when you haven't unpacked your kitchen appliances yet.

Jackie said...

Great apartment. I agree about the wall as I had a great treetop in front of mine but last week they cut it down and I now feel like I am living in a fish bowl.

You had a wonderful restaurant walk about I see :)

Erin said...

Wow, that's a lot of really good looking food, both homemade and bought. Good luck with your move! The apartment looks really nice.

Thomas said...

My son lives in NYC and I'm so jealous that he can eat good macro or vegan food three times a day if he wants. Your blog is so interesting. Good luck on your move, sounds exciting!

flvegan said...

Man oh man I LOVE your blog!! All of your pics are FAB!

~Erin @ "Vegan & the City"

Vegan On Stage said...

im new to your blog... so hi!

Im also a vegan living in NYC... we're lucky that we have so many sources to get vegan foods from. (all the restaurants and great grocery stores)
Fresh direct has saved me on more than one occasion.

(your cat is beautiful by the way!)

Wheeler's Frozen Dessert said...

Everything looks awesome! The food sounds delicious and the pictures of your apartment are gorgeous.

Bianca said...

Man, I wish I lived in New York. So many veg restaurant options. I'm jealous. And now I'm craving the Nooch sauce with nachos.

Vegan_Noodle said...

Oh my! You've been busy!!! How exciting about your new place! Having your own washer/dryer is amazing, I don't think I could ever go back to not having one. And all that food hsa really got my mouth watering!

I leave for NYC this Sunday and will be there for 8 days!! I am so incredibly excited and have been reading lots of your old posts for places I should go. Very helpful! Let me know if you would like to grab a meal one evening... aiellison26 at yahoo dot com

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

As usual, there's so much good food I don't know what to comment on first.

Congrats on the new apt :o)

Rural Vegan said...

Congratulations on your new apartment! All the kitchen appliances look gorgeous and I'm thrilled that you don't have to use public laundry facilities anymore. They always gave me the willies too! As always, the food in NYC is second to none.

Susan G said...

Congrats on your new place! I so get the laundry thing (I'm such a germophobe) and the apostrophe thing!

vintageveganpotter said...

Congrats on the new place and welcome to Queens! It's always nice to know there are other vegans living in this borough.

Jarreau said...

Reading your blog makes me miss NYC...all of the pictures bring me back to my days living in village sitting at outside cafes nibbling on vegan tapas...ah the nostalgia...looks like you scored the jackpot with that apartment, congrats!


-jjw

www.izzitgreen.com

DS said...

well hello there. I am sure that you are incredibly busy with the move, speaking from personal experience, as you said it yourself July is the month of moves, and so my family moved into a new house and it was ridiculous packing up belongings that you have been storing for years and years. I would tell your sister to say "Hi" to you and Fcat but she has become a working woman and I can't get a hold of her, so I am using your blog to say Hi. I hope that your move to LIC is not too much of a hassel, and I have to say that I love the modern interior. And I did hear about the Swedish girl who wanted to rent your apt.-the audacity. also, when I was in Europe this summer more menus are offering vegan/vegetarian meals than before and I though of you. well, good luck with the move and I hope to see you soon, because I could commit suicide in that small college town I must live in now. and as always, your blog is my way to escape the boredom. ;)

Heidi said...

Where are you??? Boo!!! Yours is my one and only "goto" for nice places my vegan self can take picky carnivors :(

Rage And Love said...

zjxI haven't been on this blog for so long! I see that life's treating you beautifully. I love the pictures!

Urban Vegan said...

I miss you, VKO. Put on those fancy-ass vegan shoes, tell F-cat I'll make him pierogis and come down here to visit us.

XOXO

Indica Mama said...

I came across your Blog quite by chance i was in fact checking out backlinks to Dr Bronner Soaps! go figure, any way I got bored and clicked a link which turned out to be your blog. I have just really enjoyed the read through and love your wonderful pics of all n sundry. :)
Just wanted to say thank you and I m glad to have read you. :D

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