Here’s to Authentic Mexican Goodness- SALUD

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Next time you’re in SOHO (NYC) and wondering where to get a “not a big deal” kinda meal, wander west and onto Thompson Street to find authentic, organic, and very vegetarian friendly Mexican eats and smoothies at SALUD. Gluten-free and dairy free? You’ll have an easy time here. Continue reading

Persian Flavors From the Family Kitchen

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Persian cooking is distinctive with flavors of pomegranate, funegreek, preserved limes, barberries, sour cherries and nuts. Lots of lentils and rice, and plenty of eggplant and garlic are often part of the mix. Don’t forget the more familiar baklava with all varieties of native nuts between many layers of pastry sheets moistened with honey.  Once I get the urge for these unique flavors I just gotta have ‘em.

So when my lunch date cancelled the other day, I kept my plan to eat at Parmy’s Persian Fusion in the East Village, NYC. A recent review in the NY Times got my motor going and I couldn’t shake it. Continue reading

The Little Beet for a Healthy Quickie in Mid-town

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By now you know that I love it when like-minded eaters tip me off to vegetarian spots that have plenty of options for anyone kosher like me or vegetarian. So when N. suggested that I check out The Little Beet I was totally game. Its menu is seasonal, ingredients are farm fresh and there are plenty of heathy non-meat options to keep all sorts happy here.

And to my amazement the whole menu is gluten-free. Located right in the heart of busy midtown Manhattan, I was thrilled to find a fast but not fast-food option for breakfast, lunch or early dinner. Continue reading

Favorite Local Veggie Burgers plus Easy Recipe

Black Bean Veggie Burger courtesy BareBurger

Black Bean Veggie Burger courtesy BareBurger

Contributed by Katy Morris

Some say that veggie burger is a laughable oxymoron, but the ones we’ve rounded up here certainly hold their own when it comes to the hearty and tasty All-American sandwich.

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Hummus and Borscht Play Nicely at 12 Chairs

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Anyone who has swiped steaming freshly baked pita around a bowl of authentic and creamy hummus knows the real deal when they taste it.

The chickpeas are blended to a velvety smoothness with the help of tehina (sesame paste), seasoned simply with chopped or pureed garlic, freshly squeezed lemon juice, a dusting of paprika and parsley. Done!

Sounds so simple, but it can easily go awry. Continue reading

Nostalgic For Your Bubbe’s Recipe?

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It’s all about love, comfort, joy and a celebration of family traditions at With Love From the Cupboard, a Westport, Connecticut based boutique-styled artisanal bakery full of delectable, heartwarming desserts.

When she was a little girl, Chef and owner of With Love From the Cupboard, Nicole Peranick spent her afternoons and weekends happily baking with her grandmother. She would often tip toe downstairs, as her parents were still sleeping, so she could surprise them with warm pancakes and baked treats she loved to whip up. Continue reading

It’s Truffle Season, finalmente. Here’s What You Should Know

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Contributed by Katy Morris

Now that it’s truffle season you may want to know what all the fuss is about. For sure, it’s best to be educated before you consider finishing a dish with shavings of these precious nuggets. That’s wine connoisseur David Lynch (above) checking out the goods before buying them  from a truffle hunter in Alba.  To read more about the many options for vegetarian and kosher friendly pasta and fish preparations in Lombardy, stop back on Thursday to read about Liz’ truffle and wine adventures in Northwestern Italy. 

But first, here’s the scoop on truffles:

 

Do I really have to fly to Europe to experience the indulgence of truffles?  Continue reading

When Vegetables Star at Le Verdure, Eataly

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Written and photographed by Marla Cohen

I work only doors away from Eataly, a slightly intimidating Italian food emporium that is a cross between an Old World food market and a three-ring circus. Whether you are seeking a sit-down lunch or hunting for an obscure ingredientEataly probably has what you’re looking for.

Not only can you find slivers of young pecorino cheese (yes, it’s under three months old), lobster mushrooms and dainty tiramisu snacklets that can fit in the palm of your hand, but you can also dine there — in a variety of styles. Eataly includes seven restaurants and one, Le Verdure, offers a menu solely comprising vegetarian and vegan offerings. Continue reading

Mediterranean Flavors Sparkle at The Cleveland

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On my first visit to The Cleveland we scored a table on their beautiful back patio. As the skies darkened over SOHO/NoLita we appreciated being snugly cocooned from the busy neighborhood.

 Co-owners Paul Shaked and Hudson Solomon are in their mid-twenties and bring a youthful energy and a bit of Brooklyn vibe to their restaurant. Their chef, Tal Aboav, came from Balaboosta’s kitchen via Israel. His Mediterranean inspired ingredients and menu choices often point straight back to his roots.

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