Martha Rosler and Early Sunday Supper! 3/3/19

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Feminism is a viewpoint that demands a rethinking of all structural relations in society. Feminism is powerful because it is true.”
—martha rosler

We’re off to the Jewish Museum for a 5 decade career survey of Rosler’s work. This is the last day of the exhibit. The Museum has this to say about their exhibition:

“Martha Rosler is considered one of the strongest and most resolute artistic voices of her generation. She skillfully employs diverse materials to address pressing matters of her time, including war, gender roles, gentrification, inequality, and labor. From her feminist photomontages of the 1960s and 1970s to her large-scale installations, Rosler’s vital work reflects an enduring and passionate vision.

Martha Rosler: Irrespective showcases both well-known and rarely seen selections from more than five decades of work. Installations, photographic series, sculpture, and video represent a practice continually evolving and reacting to the shifting contours of political life. Throughout, Rosler’s work has been characterized by intellectual rigor and sharp wit, along with a sense of urgency directed at social and political issues that remain as relevant and immediate as when they first emerged.”

More about the exhibit can be found here:
https://thejewishmuseum.org/exhibitions/martha-rosler-irrespective

Following the exhibit we’ll head over to Hummus Kitchen for some delicious veg eats and post exhibit conversation. HK is not a vegan restaurant but there are good vegan options and the food is terrific! Portions are huge and shareable.
http://www.hummuskitchen1.com

Let’s do this!

Peacefood Cafe – Eat differently (eat really well!) 2/20/19

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This is a “why we live in New York” place!

Peacefood Cafe is the vegan epicenter of Downtown. Let’s all pretend that it isn’t as cold out as it has been and get our veg selves to Peacefood. I was there for a birthday party recently and was immediately transported to Shangri-La. Posilutely and absotively lovely experience.

Peacefood describes their venue thusly: “We strive to be an innovative and exceptional vegan cafe. Our cuisine is transformational, healthy and delicious; prepared and served with mindfulness, gratitude and the intention to nurture. We offer the highest quality seasonal ingredients, selecting those that are locally grown whenever possible endeavoring to ensure that your eating experience at Peacefood Cafe is joyful and memorable.”

Kinda hard to top, no? All the right word choices and the food is excellent to boot!

http://www.peacefoodcafe.com/

Come on, let’s do this!

Accessibility: Peacefood Cafe has a ramp entrance and accessible bathrooms all on one level. Closest elevator subway stop is Union Square.

Veganism and Christianity Discussion at MCCNY!

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I’ve been asked to participate in a conversation on Veganism and Christianity presented by the Metropolitan Community Church New York. I would be thrilled if you could attend. We can meet/greet at the reception following the conversation.

The panel is:

– Rev. Dr. Tyson-Lord Gray, NYU professor, attorney, and minister (https://tysonlordgray.com)

– Leah Kirts, whose expertise is grounded in connections across food, ecofeminism, queerness and veganism (http://leahkirts.com)

– Michelle Carrera of Chilis on Wheels with a specialization in decolonization and veganism in Puerto Rico (http://www.chilisonwheels.org)

-Marina Benedetto owner of Yeah Dawg, a small business making plant-based hot dogs (https://www.yeahdawgvegan.com)

– Jim Allen, organizer of VegOut, a social group for LGBTQ vegetarians, vegans, and friends. (you’re already there)

Following the conversation, join us in the 3rd floor gallery for a reception featuring vegan snacks and treats!

Free!

Luanne’s Wild Ginger Crown Heights!

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Wow! Brooklyn, right? Who knew that this Borough would score high on just about all vegan fronts? You want fancy schmancy? Bklyn has it! You want casual? You got it! Pastry shops, cafes, body product apothecary, bars – it’s vegan paradise!

We’re heading to one little bit ‘o heaven – LuAnne’s Wild Ginger All-Asian Vegan on Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights.

Time Out NY has this to say: “Vegan dining feels more like a hip lifestyle choice than a restricted diet at thisBrooklyn eatery. The sparse décor, soft Elliott Smith piped over the speakers and flickering candlelight lull diners into a blissful mood. The lengthy menu,filled with refined mock-meat interpretations of Thai, Chinese and Japanese dishes, helps too. We enjoyed an appetizer of lightly battered salt-and-pepper king oyster mushrooms, which approximated the shape and crisp-on-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside texture of a great fried calamari. A lighter choice is the avocado salad, which was pepped up with fresh greens and a zesty carrot-ginger dressing. All too often, vegan offerings are slathered with overly sweet, fruity glazes, but the General Tsoy’s soy protein avoided that blunder. Thick chunks of breaded faux chicken, whole red chilies and broccoli florets were doused with a spicy brown sauce and served with a side of nutty rice. If the atmosphere and the eats don’t put you into a Zen state of mind, a glass of beer, sake or wine just might.”

LuAnne’s has several locations between Manhattan and Brooklyn. Here is their menu: http://places.singleplatform.com/wild-ginger-7/menu

So let’s do a little exploring in Crown Heights on Friday, the 18th at 6:30pm!

VegOut Enjoys a Good Pickle!

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So VegOut enjoys a good pickle whether it be savory or sweet or even the dramatic “I’m in a real jam” kind of pickle. So many varieties and so many definitions of pickle(s). What kind of pickle defines you best?
Anyhow, the Lower East Side Pickle Festival happens once per year – a bucket list item for anyone who loves pickles. What if you can’t make it there? Well, from M-F, 11a-4p there is Pickle Shack at Industry City in Sunset Park. If you’re off work this week or work an alternative schedule then this little dilly is just for you!
All things Pickle Shack are here: https://brineanddine.com
All things nabe are here: https://sunsetparkopportunity.com
All things Industry City are here: https://industrycity.com/inside-ic/
All things food at IC are here: https://industrycity.com/food-drink/

Accessibility: Industry is accessible and has accessible bathrooms. The navigation isn’t entirely fluid but going from building to building can be done on a specific path. Regarding the MTA, the bus is the best option.

Break Bread at Bunna Ethiopian Cafe (+ Pine Box Rock Shop!)

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I meant tear bread but it doesn’t have the same ring, does it?

Bunna Cafe is about a tradition of sharing. They say that “Meals are shared, coffee is shared, homes are shared. It is a source of pride and honor to be able to give what you have to those that do not. Bunna Cafe supports people and organizations that engage in the art of sharing for the betterment of those in need — be it in Ethiopia or elsewhere.”

Bunna specializes in the vegan food, coffee, tea and alcohol of Ethiopia. Their food is delicious. The rolled bread – injera – that you see in the photo – fantastic! The wats (stews) are composed of different lentils, beans and vegetables all seasoned with heady aromatics. A recent dinner I had there included a summertime kale/avocado salad with a unique Ethiopian twist.

If we’re thus inclined we can then head over to Pine Box Rock Shop, NYC’s only vegan bar which is just a few blocks from Bunna. It’s seriously fun! As the name implies, Pine Box used to be a casket making facility. The Rock Shop is because events are planned in the back room space, usually bands.

All things Bunna can be found here: http://bunnaethiopia.net/bunna/index.php

All things Ethiopia can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethiopia

All things Pine Box Rock Shop are here: http://www.pineboxrockshop.com

Take the L train to Morgan Avenue. It’s about a 10 minute walk from there through the TriBeCa of Brooklyn.

Thanksgiving in Yonkers!

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We aren’t eating birds on Thanksgiving. Once again, we’re gathering at Abdullah’s fabulous apartment in Yonkers for fantastic holiday vegan fare. We can truly be thankful that no one was harmed for our meal.

What am I thankful for? I am thankful for ever evolving consciousness. I am thankful for the many friendships that I’ve made and that you have all made through VegOut. Most of all I’m thankful for turkeys and grateful for how they enrich our world. Their absence during this holiday season is my wish for them and you.

The Details:

Please bring a vegan dish (no meat, fish, eggs, dairy, or honey) or drink to share.

Please take your rsvp seriously. This is Thanksgiving. We can accommodate 12 people. You will be reminded a few days ahead to update your rsvp if you can’t make it so that someone else can.