|Starting a new life on this side of the East River|
Shall we begin?
Now I could start with my shuttle ride from LaGuardia in a van of tourists from Minnesota. Sounds like this could be the beginning of a joke right? I'm just missing the talking horse. I thought so too when they started taking photos of the Bubba Gump Shrimp restaurant in Times Square and one guy asked me if "all New Yorkers love shrimp as much as Christians". He also asked me where to get a real good bagel because I "looked like the kind of person who knew". In this conversation I am pretty sure "New Yorker" was code for "Jewish" and he never once asked if I was actually from New York. Ever see that episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm when they're kicked out of the country club and somehow in there they try to figure out who's the biggest "Jew Face"? It reminded me of that only in a polite Mid-Western way.
But it's pretty played out to complain about tourists. I also won't bore you with a retelling of the hours and hours I spent walking, the no show landlords and sketchy dives I visited in my search for shelter in Brooklyn because you're here for the food. So let's get to the good stuff.
I'll begin with my dinner at The V-Spot in Park Slope.
|100% Vegan + 100% Delicious - Using Annie Math that comes to 200% Awesome|
The next day, I had a meeting with my literary agent in Manhattan. Yes, that is an amazing sentence. Can you even believe it? See you guys don't know this about me. Even people who actually know me don't know this about me because all my life I have never had public ambitions to be much more than an activist. I mean what career could be better than making the world a better place? Of course, I had secret hopes and dreams for myself - I'm not a robot - but I rarely if ever shared them with anyone. The closest I ever came was when I basically changed my whole life to be with Dan. I won't go into that too much - some things slip into gossip quickly - but I'll share this : When I was a little kid (before I understood what happens to animals in this world) when I pictured being an adult - I was a writer of romance novels like Joan Wilder in Romancing the Stone** except I could cook anything and had a lot of dogs - like a herd. Don't get me wrong I'm really happy I have Dan and not a herd of dogs (yet) but having a literary agent who is helping us get a book that promotes veganism published... well it is a combination of all my dreams come true only better because I have Dan.
Before meeting with my agent, I meet the always fabulous Jasmin Singer from Our Hen House for coffee at the extremely vegan friendly 'sNice in the Village.
Now some of you might remember Jasmin from her guest post on MTS but I'd bet more of you know her from her kick ass activism for the animals. This is actually my first trip to 'sNice and I have to admit I was pretty impressed with the laid back atmosphere and the tea selection - though I admit I stayed with my Earl Grey. We didn't have time to really eat anything which I regret because if you scroll down a bit - I got a photo of just some of the vegan baked goods they had and they had a pretty great selection of vegan paninis with smoked tofu, faux chicken wraps and black bean burritos that I plan on eating in the near future. But really I have to redirect your attention to the Earl Grey cake. I'll give you a minute to recover from your GASP and just validate by saying - I know right?
While I waited I listened to the two women at the table next to mine discuss what celebrities they have sold sinks to over the years (like a certain blond-ish Black Eyed Pea) and how the bathroom fixture industry has changed over the years while kitchen sinks have returned to more traditional styles. Needless to say the conversation improved substantially when Jasmin got there. We talked about your years in the movement, our thoughts on mainstreaming compassionate living and how amazed and happy we were about the progress we could see all around us. It's always a great feeling to find a kindred spirit and know they are doing good in the world. Jasmin is the definition of Lovely.
|Um Apricot Bars and Earl Grey Tea Cake - I'm in love.|
After a day of complete disappointment I went back to my friend Jack's perfect apartment in a lovely neighborhood and found one of my new favorite finds in NYC : Chavella's Cafe Mexicano.
Now this is not a strictly vegan restaurant but it was around the corner from Jack's and my feet couldn't take another trek to Williamsburg or wandering around finding tofu. They have a large vegetarian selection that you can request to have made vegan. Don't forget to do that but if you do - they are very very nice about making sure you get a vegan meal. They are also pretty inexpensive for NYC and have a guacamole that is so perfect - I almost cried. It made up for all the terrible things I had seen and done on my journey thus far. This guacamole mended my broken heart.
|This is the only known photo of what I now refer to as "Dreamboat Guacamole"|
Little did I know - I would soon meet Leon from Bensonhurst and our future home... but I'm going to take advantage of that cliffhanger to make sure you all turn in tomorrow and as if you needed it - I'll leave you with these teasers : I visited one of the most infamous vegan hot spots in all NYC with one of my favorite interneters and I was abducted (not by the mentioned interneter or by aliens).
See you tomorrow!
**Yes even in my childhood fantasies I knew myself well enough to know I was destined to be socially awkward.