Lula’s Sweet Apothecary

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I am pretty sure that I was born without a sweet tooth. Growing up, while the rest of my classmates would eagerly run to the Sweet Shop to get lollipops and gum and licorice galore, I’d tag along to be a part of the action and to admire all the pretty colors. Don’t get me … Continue reading

Of Food Stories and Cookbook Launch Parties.

Funny how I took no photo of Amanda Hesser nor the recipe collection she compiled, The Essential New York Times Cookbook. And I can’t take a photo now because I didn’t buy the $40 tome (the cost, not the error on page 932) being my reason for not purchasing it), instead opting for fellow NYT … Continue reading

Meatless barbecue at Rub BBQ.

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BBQ. What else does one eat after watching a wronged immigrant named Machete slash his way through Mexico and southern Texas to expose drug dealers, crooked cops, murderous politicians, and the well-endowed figures of vigilantes and federal agents? After a random and mildly exhaustive search of menus posted on the windows of Chelsea eateries, Stace … Continue reading

Taking Back My Lunch. Review of Birch Coffee.

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Everything in life is a little easier with the help of friends. Taking back your lunch hour is no different. Last week, serendipity smiled and gave me the chance to meet a friend for lunch.  The Flatiron District was our oyster, but as the weather was still crazy hot and humid, we opted against the … Continue reading

Fast Food: vending machine meals

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Chef Terrance Brennan, of New York’s Picholine and Artisanal, is known for emphasizing cheese in his celebrated dishes. So I consider myself lucky to have a nearly cheese-less dish as my first taste of Brennan’s culinary expertise.  As it happens, my latest foray into gourmet cooking is also more affordable than a reservation would be, … Continue reading

Ethos-U.N. and Tip #1 for Veg Dining Out

One of the most important skills to master as a vegetarian with meat-eating friends is the art of ordering off of a non-veg-friendly menu. True, plant-based diets are more the norm than ever thanks to healthy eating movements and fears about obesity and diabetes risk. And usually, the restaurant’s chef is ready with a backup … Continue reading

NYC Restaurant Review: Blossom

Of all the fantastic gourmet restaurant options available for vegetarians in New York, Blossom (187 Ninth Ave., between 21st and 22nd Streets) is one of my favorites, thanks to reasonable prices, delicious organic food in hearty portions, and a warm décor with unpretentious ambience that welcomes business casual and upscale diners alike. While it’s candlelit … Continue reading

Sunday Brunch at Belleville: a “real brunch”

I coerced my mother into driving us into Park Slope this morning for brunch. The sun was shining, the clouds and winds were cooperating, and the plan was to hit Chip Shop, that land o’ fish and chips and vegetarian Shepherd’s pies over on Fifth Avenue and 6th Street. But somewhere along the way, I … Continue reading