We Dine at Sacred Chow!

images-1.jpegSacred Chow has been serving up delicious vegan fare since 1995. It is amazing that the little engine that could began as takeaway and eventually morphed into it’s own bricks and mortar storefront. For almost 25 years we’ve had the pleasure of dropping in and experiencing a consistently reliable meal.
Let’s let New York Magazine further describe this venue:
“There’s a reason why the logo is a meditating cartoon cow: Sacred Chow serves serious vegan cuisine without taking itself too seriously. Chef and owner Cliff Preefer, a former Legal Aid lawyer, founded Sacred Chow in 1995 as a take-out store on Hudson St.; this Sullivan St. venture is his first restaurant. The snug space has red- and mustard-colored walls accented with Middle Eastern antiques, like glass-bejeweled hanging lamps and a mosaic-inlaid fountain. Using organic and kosher-certified ingredients, Preefer conjures up an enticing meatless array of tapas, salads, and sandwiches. Salads are fresh, substantial, and lively. The Nama Gori Kale Caesar is a credible rendition of the cheese-draped, crouton-studded classic, topped with grilled tofu steak slices. Sandwiches are engaging, like Mama’s soy meatball sub with soy protein orbs flavored with oregano, thyme, and garlic in a spicy rosemary-infused tomato sauce. Triple chocolate brownies may be gluten-free, but manage to be resplendent in rich, bittersweet chocolate.”
So let’s meetup and have a lovely summer supper at Sacred Chow!
https://sacredchow.com

VegOut Loves Capybaras – two ways!

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First, the rodent. Capybaras can weigh up to 146 lbs. Enough about the Capybara. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capybara
Second, the restaurant! Capybara has been open just over a month. The food and drink are exceptional. The photo above is of a partially drunk La Chacahua which is mezcal, lime, avocado (shaved and shaken with ice), agave and chili salt. It was fantastic. Their vegan beef tacos are fresh and bright in taste. I can’t wait to share this with you all!
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Our plan: Arrive anytime between 6p-630p. It is deep into the borough on the L & M trains. The Myrtle/Wyckoff Avenues stop for the L/M or the L Halsey Street stop both work as Capybara is exactly between the two stops.
Accessibility: The restaurant itself isn’t accessible. The dining area is up a few steps and the bathroom is not accessible. The Myrtle/Wyckoff L/M stop is accessible.
Afterward, if anyone is interested we can head a few blocks up to Nowadays and catch an outdoor screening of Wag the Dog (https://nowadays.nyc/2018/07/25/outdoor-film-night-wag-the-dog/) or just hang out in the indoor lounge if it’s really hot. If you haven’t seen Nowadays it’s worth the trip! https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/20/style/indoors-at-nowadays-bar-ridgewood-queens.html

VegOut Dines at Arata!

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So we’ve done Double Zero and Bar Verde. Let’s continue our Second Avenue food crawl through Matthew Kenney’s empire, shall we? This time we’re venturing to Japan – Kenney style. You know it’s going to be good and it’s going to be vegan. Win/win for us and animals!

If there proves to be a waitlist for this event I’ll make another reservation for four or six depending upon interest. They don’t do parties larger than six. Smaller parties create for more intimate conversation. So if we’re two tables ultimately, it’s all good!

All things Arata can be found here: http://www.matthewkenneycuisine.com/arata-nyc

VegOut Loves Ayurveda Cafe!

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Ayurveda. What is it anyway? Deepak Chopra can unpack this for us. “Thousands of years before modern medicine provided scientific evidence for the mind-body connection, the sages of India developed Ayurveda, which continues to be one of the world’s most sophisticated and powerful mind-body health systems. More than a mere system of treating illness, Ayurveda is a science of life (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge). It offers a body of wisdom designed to help people stay vibrant and healthy while realizing their full human potential.” Kinda hard to pass up, right?

More on Ayurveda can be found here (and links galore to learn more): https://chopra.com/articles/what-is-ayurveda

More on the Ayurveda Cafe is here: http://www.theayurvedacafe.com

Excellent information is found at both links.

In short, eat colorful, meditate, care less and travel more.

VegOut Loves the Ridgewood Reservoir (and Toad Style) and, uh Ridgewood!

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We love the Ridgewood Reservoir (and you will too!) because it is one of New York City’s newest and most interesting and arresting parks. NYCH2O will be taking us on a guided tour of the reservoir. This is what they have to say:

“The Ridgewood Reservoir in Highland Park is a 50+ acre natural oasis that straddles the border of Brooklyn and Queens. Built in 1859 to supply the once independent City of Brooklyn with high quality water, it became obsolete with the addition of new reservoirs in the Catskills in the 1950’s and was decommissioned in the 1980’s. Since then, nature took its course in a perfect case study of ecological succession. A lush and dense forest has grown in its two outside basins while a freshwater pond with waterfowl sits in the middle basin.”

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The tour will be comprehensive and teach us about the flora and fauna that reside in this beautiful park. We will also learn about how water was pumped up from Long Island (Valley Stream is aptly named) and then how gravity sent the water from the reservoir to Kings County (Brooklyn). This is the second highest elevation in Queens County (The highest is Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens.). We’ll see all the way to Jamaica Bay in one direction and Manhattan in the other.

Following our tour with NYCH2O we’ll head over to Ridgewood’s go to vegan eatery – Toad Style! We enjoyed lunch there recently and this place had the most effortlessly chic folks dining in we’ve seen in a long time. We can take away to nearby Saratoga Park a block and a half away should seating not allow. Then on to two vegan efforts for body and soul.

Our Plan:

Wear comfortable shoes as we are walking a lot. The terrain will be flat.

10:45am – meet at Vermont Place in the parking lot.

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See map image below event description showing exact location of Vermont Place.

Googlemaps and MeetUp send you to Vermont Street. The MeetUp generated photo is incorrect.

11:00am – our tour commences with NYCH2O. The tour is free but you do need to rsvp here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ridgewood-reservoir-2018-community-tours-tickets-43104726397

12:30pm – we walk to Toad Style for lunch. Our walk will be approximately 45 minutes. Bring a snack to have on the tour if you think you’ll need that.

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2:30pm – we’ll end our time together by experiencing two wonderful vegan enterprises nearby. Fanciful Fox is our go to for all things vegan body care. This mother/daughter LGBTQ owned business finally opened a bricks and mortar location and are we ever so grateful.

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We’ll end our Ridgewood journey just over the border in Bushwick at Brooklyn Whiskers cafe, an all vegan eatery. Enjoy sweet or savory.

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All things event related:

NYCH2O: http://www.nych2o.org
Ridgewood Reservoir: https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/highland-park/highlights/19651
Toad Style: http://www.toadstylebk.com
Fanciful Fox: https://fancifulfox.myshopify.com
Brooklyn Whiskers: http://www.brooklynwhiskersbakery.com/#home

So don’t be provincial. Pull out that metrocard and head over to Ridgewood. The Norwood Avenue stop will get you there and the Kosciuszko Street stop will whisk you away.

VegOut Goes Birdwatching Indoors & Out!

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Birds. They’ve always taken second place to mammals as valued sentient beings worthy of living life on their own terms (see end of description). Chicken McNuggets anyone? Did you earn a feather in your cap? Are you a bird brain?

We are at a historic crossroads – a century to be exact as to when respect to migratory birds was officially paid.

We’re talking about the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. Administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Migratory Bird Act prohibited the hunting, killing, trading, and shipping of migratory birds. It also regulated the nation’s commercial plume trade, which had decimated many American bird species to the point of near extinction.

Let’s let the New-York Historical Society say the rest: “To commemorate the centennial of this landmark legislation, Feathers: Fashion and the Fight for Wildlife delves into the history of the Act by examining the economic and social circumstances that inspired the early environmentalists and activists who lobbied for the precedent-setting legislation. New York was the center of the US feather trade, and the exhibition investigates how the act impacted the city’s feather importers, hat manufacturers, retailers, and fashion consumers. The spirited campaign is told through clothing and accessories, books, ephemera, photographs, and original watercolor models by John James Audubon for The Birds of America, accompanied by recorded bird songs from The Macaulay Library of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.”

A few years back, VegOut ventured to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge – one of the main stopover areas for birds on the Atlantic Flyway. Birds are their own A380 when it comes to world travel. The only baggage you travel with as a bird is the detritus, flotsam and jetsam that humans have left in your path.

Our Plan:
2:00pm – we meet in the New-York Historical Society.
2:15pm – we pay our admission and head to the exhibit. There will also be time to take in the exhibit Collecting the Women’s Marches.
5:00pm – we exit, cross the street to Central Park and take in some birds as dusk starts it’s descent. We’ll walk toward the Adirondacks of the Park. Binoculars will be on hand.
6:00pm – we end our official bird watching. If the spirit moves us, we’ll head to a local vegan eatery for supper. We’ll decide at the time based upon our group size and appetite.
More about the Migratory Bird Treaty Act can be found here: https://www.fws.gov/birds/policies-and-regulations/laws-legislations/migratory-bird-treaty-act.php
All things New-York Historical Society: https://www.nyhistory.org (a true gem in New York City)

More on Collecting the Women’s Marches: https://www.nyhistory.org/exhibitions/collecting-women’s-marches
On Their Own Terms (One of the best animal rights and philosophy books ever written.): https://www.amazon.com/Their-Own-Terms-Liberation-Century/dp/1530341256
The Atlantic Flyway: http://www.audubon.org/atlantic-flyway

Accessibility: The nearest accessible station is 72nd Street for the 1, 2 and 3. Consult mta.info for buses to the NYHS. The NYHS and the restaurant venues in mind are all accessible.

Sign up thru MeetUp here: https://www.meetup.com/vegout-nyc/events/250431629/

Sicilian Stuffed Shells!

Really delicious . . .

Robin states: “In addition to being a terrific make-ahead dish, stuffed shells are great when company’s coming. Everyone loves pasta, and the shells look and feel more special than regular pasta and are much easier to serve than lasagna. The filling in this recipe contains the Sicilian trademark touch of raisins which lend slight sweetness to the dish. (You can leave them out if anyone in your crowd is raisin averse.) Serve with a crisp green salad.”

This recipe is from Robin Robertson’s quick-fix vegan.

A terrific book all around!