Devil Lake (cause it’s cold as the devil)
While I was planning for a mid-summer break in Bend, Oregon I became jittery about the food scene there. Everyone I mentioned my trip to asked, “ Why not Portland? Isn’t that where the cool food scene is?”
I began to worry about finding innovative, vegetarian eats in this little sister of a city (80,000) in the high desert along the snow-capped Cascade mountains. But I was yearning for clear, dry days and cool nights so we set aside 10 days to explore the landscape, both natural and culinary. Continue reading
Chef Cecily Gans was whirring up this bright, high protein pesto and sharing samples with hungry shoppers at the Westport Farmers’ Market last week. She touted the seasonal greens from CT. farms and the high protein value of hemp seeds. Continue reading
As the season heats up and farmers’ markets everywhere suddenly have heaping piles of crisp, rainbow hued salad ingredients to offer, I needed a little jump start to get me thinking about new combinations and uses for all those spicy greens and plump beans. So when I ran across an article about Haven’s Kitchen in the NY TIMES a few weeks back, I promptly registered for a class there, called ”All Sorts of Salad”. Continue reading
Contributed by Hannah Kaminsky
There’s something different about Kajitsu, and it’s not just the seasonal menu, refreshed every month to highlight fresh produce at its peak. The entire restaurant itself has picked up and moved uptown to a new space in Midtown, large enough to accommodate two separate dining rooms containing two very different food philosophies. Continue reading
Chef Ken Larsen, Table Verte
If you’re staying local this summer but dreaming of Paris, head to Table Verte on 7th Street in the East Village, NYC, for a taste of traditional bistro fare. Well, maybe not so traditional since Table Verte is vegetarian. And as far as I can see, it is the only French vegetarian restaurant in NYC.
That alone, bumped this spot to the top of my “must check it out” list. Continue reading
By Camillo Ferrari
The vibe at the Lime restaurant in Norwalk, CT is a throwback to the late 70′s. Square sheets of glass protect faded, striped umber and orange tablecloths and customers’ business cards are wedged between cloth and glass. A smattering of haphazardly framed photos of early 1980′s T.V. icons hang next to kitchen tools and framed notices of events from another era.
I appreciate the calm each time I tuck into Gobo, a vegetarian retreat with convenient locations in the West Village and UES, NYC. The mostly blond and spacious interior is simply appointed with undressed wooden tables and comfortable cushioned seating. Plenty of space between tables encourages good conversation and lingering. There is a Zen simplicity that is intentional here and it carries through to the deceptively simple, Asian inspired dishes on the menu. Continue reading
photo: Lucy Schaeffer
As we wind our way through Passover week, it’s great fun to experiment with ingredients that fit the bill as perfectly as quinoa does. This vegetarian dish brings bright colors and textures together for this elegant side dish or entree. Continue reading
I arrived early for lunch at Nicholas Roberts Gourmet Bistro on another dreary February day, looking forward to warming up with veggie centric, creative eats. Self described as “mindfully organic and local”, it is just my kind of place and I’m never disappointed. Continue reading
Beyond Sushi owner/chef Guy Vaknin
I arrived so early for lunch at Beyond Sushi, the shoebox of a vegan sushi spot just off Union Square in NYC, that it was almost a late breakfast for me. With only three tables and a rockin’ take-out business, I wanted to be sure to nab a seat and settle in to feast on the creations that are all fair game for this kosher keeper.
Chef/Owner Guy Vaknin has let his imagination run wild here. His combos are the most unusual and perfectly paired flavors all rolled up in completely unfamiliar, purplish hued grains.
Vaknin popped up from the basement kitchen through a staircase leading to the sidewalk. Continue reading