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!
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