That there's a dearth of Ethiopian food in New York City means that Bushwick's Bunna Cafe (1084 Flushing Avenue) would likely have stood out solely for its meals built on lentil stews and injera. But the restaurant is unique even among other restaurants serving the same cuisine because it's meat-fre ... More >>
[Editor's note: Every week New York City's own Andrew W.K. takes your life questions, and sets you safely down the right path to a solution, a purpose or -- no surprise here -- a party. Need his help? Just ask: AskAWK@villagevoice.com] Dear Andrew, My girlfriend is a vegetarian, and we've been dat ... More >>
We're not particularly interested in the East Coast/West Coast rap-style rivalry between vegetarians and carnivores, mostly because there are few things more personal than individual food choices. We're also not a bunch of culinary evangelists over here (though we will take this opportunity to say t ... More >>
For most, there's little way around it: Being a vegetarian on Thanksgiving sucks. It's not that you want to eat the turkey on the table -- or not necessarily, anyway. It's more that everyone else is eating it, and loving it, and making it sound like the best thing ever. (Word to the wise: It's not.) ... More >>
In my interview with Pearl & Ash's Richard Kuo, he noted that it irritates him to accommodate vegans because he doesn't feel like they're getting the full experience of a meal. "It would be like going to Marea and asking for a cheeseburger," he explains. "It's not relevant to what the restaurant is ... More >>
Peter Silvestri started Whole Earth Bakery with his mother back in 1978. Together they ran an all-vegan bakery, and served sweet and savory goods out of a storefront on Spring Street. "That was before SoHo became 'SoHo,'" said Silvestri. After Hurricane Sandy, the loss of goods combined with mounti ... More >>
Actress, activist, and vegan cook Alicia Silverstone announces via her blog that she will be writing two new cookbooks: The Kind Mama will cover cooking during pregnancy and while caring for young children. The Kind Diet Cookbook will be a companion to her 2009 vegan cookbook The Kind Diet.
This news comes to us by way of DNAinfo, which reported that there has been a singing vegan lady trying to convert East Village meat eaters into vegetable-eating purists. "Vegans have better sex, better health, cleaner conscience," Grace Weaver, the vegan advocate, has been singing. According to t ... More >>
Tofu and Vegetables
As the rest of us try to cope with the impending Zombie Apocalypse, the animal rights group PETA is using the latest case of potential zombie-ism to push its Vegan agenda.As we reported earlier this week, a Texas man was arrested near Waco on Monday after police say he ate the family dog -- after cr ... More >>
Starbucks is learning the hard way that you just can't please everyone. A few weeks ago, a vegan news and advocacy website, This Dish Is Veg, posted an article urging readers to beware of the Strawberry Frappuccino because it contains coloring made of dried cochineal insects, rendering it not vegan- ... More >>
Ten Speed PressAnita Lo, Andrew Carmellini, and Daniel Humm are just a few of the top New York City restaurant chefs publishing cookbooks this season. But for vegetarians and vegans living in the city, the most exciting cookbook release this season is most certainly going to be Joy Pierson's ... More >>
Despite the tattooed, fixed-gear-bike crowd that inhabits Williamsburg, there is a curious dearth of vegan options aside from Foodswings and Bliss Café. Champs, a small bakery tucked away on residential Ainslie Street, is changing all of that by transforming itself into a full-service vegan d ... More >>
Rebecca Marx Robert's a fan of Sunset Park's Green Fig Café and Bakery, and after visiting it yesterday, so am I.
Going Vegan With EllenA vegan, two dogs, and a couch. For years, Alicia Silverstone was the sole Hollywood vegan to dedicate an entire website to her her dietary and lifestyle preferences. But no longer! Because Ellen DeGeneres has gone and launched her own vegan website.
Vegans, take heart: although the food blogosphere has lately been lousy with news of burger joint expansions, Blossom du Jour will soon add two outposts to its animal-free empire.
Keep pedalling, we're almost at Whole Foods!Don't you hate it when your vegan buddies hold their dietary practices over you? And don't you despise that guy who completes the Tour de France and acts like he's the man just because he successfully finished the single most grueling test of human ... More >>
Rebecca Marx This week, we turn our thoughts to excess. And veganism. Both are expressed rather gloriously in the peanut butter bomb, the aptly-named rejoinder to both Seasonal Affects Disorder and animal products.
B.R. MyersIn the March issue of The Atlantic, vegan, curmudgeon, North Korea expert, and animal-rights activist B.R. Myers goes after foodies in an article entitled "The Moral Crusade Against Foodies." I've got to admit, we've given him a very broad target. He begins by extracting damning q ... More >>
vegancookalongIs being vegan bad for your heart?As the Globe and Mail points out, you'd think that abstaining from all foods containing animal fats would keep your heart healthy. But a new study suggests that restricting one's diets to plants could mean missing out on certain nutrients vital ... More >>
7-Eleven has proven itself a leader in the fight for equality, if equality means having the freedom to eat the same shit as everybody else: at some of its locations in Manhattan and Philadelphia, it is now selling vegan products.
Bubba, sans burgers.The steak-and-martini dinner, once a hallmark of heavyweights and big shots, is no longer on the menu for many powerful people. As Joel Stein writes in BusinessWeek, some of the world's biggest successes are going vegan, including Steve Wynn, Russell Simmons, and former fa ... More >>
Yesterday, Pamela Elizabeth told us about her plans to open Blossom Du Jour, a vegan counter and take-away chain. Now, she has a few more details about the new venture.
Alan Richman, who was last seen readdressing his controversial post-"Douchebag Award" review of Les Halles, has resurfaced in the GQ's July issue, where he writes about the difficulties trying to dine ethically for 30 straight days. His experiences have yielded Alan Richman's 10 Commandments ... More >>
Photo courtesy of FoodswingsFoodswings' take on the Double Down: still highly processed, but vegan!Here's even more definitive proof that vegans can eat every bit as unhealthily as the rest of us: the chef at Williamsburg's Foodswings has created the vegan version of the Double Down.
basheertome/FlickrNow with more vegans.Looks like Starbucks is heeding the clarion call most recently trumpeted by the food scientists at Chipotle: it's introducing vegan frappuccinos.
An autopsy? No, Chipotle's Garden Blend Burrito!Billed as a "vegan blend of plant proteins, grains and vegetables marinated in our chipotle adobo, then grilled," Chipotle's Garden Blend burrito first appeared in Washington, D.C., last fall. When news surfaced that the Garden Blend had made it ... More >>
Shiny, happy veganism. New York's about to get its very first organic vegan food truck, so it shouldn't come as a great shock that midtown, that haven of white sauce and hot meat, is now home to a vegan lunch spot.
Mo Rocca: Gentleman farmer, duck-lover, possessor of newly acquired abs-of-steel Mo Rocca is a writer and humorist, a regular correspondent on the CBS Sunday Morning show, a panelist on NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, and an Iron Chef America judge. He has appeared on Ugly Betty, The Tonight ... More >>
Vegans and vegetarians: No longer is it necessary to resort to meat substitutes. The smoked tofu in Birdbath Bakery's smoked tofu sandwich is every bit as good as the best smoked bacon. I know, because I also eat bacon.
Cocoa V bills itself as the city's first vegan chocolate and wine bar. The brainchild of Pamela Blackwell, who owns three locations of Blossom, a vegan restaurant and cafe, it opened two weeks ago on a stretch of Ninth Avenue populated by upscale housewares boutiques and decidedly non-vegan ... More >>
At Pure Food & Wine, the Gramercy restaurant that serves gourmet renditions of organic, vegan, raw food (nothing is heated above 116 degrees), there's a glow coming from the candles being lit in preparation for dinner service on this dark winter afternoon. Dressed in jeans, black sneakers, an ... More >>
One of Blossom's soon-to-be three locations. Vegan empire builder Pamela Blackwell, who has two outposts of Blossom restaurant and the new Cocoa V vegan chocolate bar to her name, is about to add another location of Blossom to her portfolio.
In 2006, Pamela Blackwell opened her first restaurant, Blossom Restaurant & Cafe, in Chelsea, and won a devoted following for her organic, vegan cuisine. Two weeks ago, Blackwell opened Cocoa V down the street from Blossom (which has a sister location on the Upper West Side, and beginning ne ... More >>
Several friends had warmly recommended Kashkaval before I had a chance to drop by. It's located in the vicinity of Columbus Circle, which is a restaurant wasteland unless you have a wad of cash to wave around.
Cortelyou Road is still a barren place for a vegan.Ditmas Park may be home to a growing number of restaurants, but its animal product-free options are apparently still lacking: the blog Flatbush Vegan has suspended operation because its authors, though still vegan, have moved out of Flatbush. ... More >>
Long Island has a growing vegan scene, as is evidenced by several restaurants serving vegetarian, non-dairy options, such as vegan pizza at Three Brothers Pizzeria, "un-cheesecake" at the Moo-Cluck bakery, and mock-crab cakes made with tofu and served with dairy-free tartar sauce at Tula Kitc ... More >>
Also spelled "musabaha," mousabaha is a wonderful Lebanese dish that naturally falls into the vegan category of culinary endeavor. The mousabaha at Wafa's--a six-month-old Lebanese spot on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills--is transcendent, a piquant stew of chickpeas, tomatoes, and eggpla ... More >>
Celebrate a meat-free Thanksgiving
Some of the tuna sushi being served in New York restaurants comes from an endangered species, according to a new study. Bluefin tuna is regularly on the menu in New York restaurants. [NY Daily News] Meanwhile a Times editorial makes the case for banning the sale of bluefin in the U.S., joini ... More >>
Bravo Things got off to a brisk start this week, with Mike sharpening his knives at the Top Chef ranch and Jen castigating herself for her previous televised culinary blunders. In the Quickfire kitchen, Padma and One of the Top Italian Chefs in the Country Paul Bartolotta told the chefs to ... More >>
A delicious bunch of purple mustard greens from the New Amsterdam Market, grown in Queens. In the past, vegetarians have extolled their dining habits with evangelistic fervor. They were often prone to wrinkle up their noses, and even make snide and pious comments, when others were scarfing ... More >>
Left: Babycakes doughnuts: Right: Doughnut Plant's versions We write this with a heavy heart and sticky fingers. We heard that vegan bakery Babycakes is now creating gluten-free, baked doughnuts in the depths of their cutesy, butter-free lair, and so we decided to run a Battle of the Dishes pitti ... More >>
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