Friday, April 15, 2011

Adventures in Brooklyn - Food & Friends during the Search for the Perfect Apartment! Episode II

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Brooklyn - The land of breath taking vistas.
In Barcelona, one might expect to see the somewhat bizarre spires of Gaudi's unfinished cathedral Temple La Sagrada Familia reaching into the heavens. In Paris, there is nothing quite like the rush you get when you spot the Eiffel Tower for the first time. In London, you can't miss the world's largest Ferris wheel known as The Eye. But in Brooklyn, there are historic rusted water towers and industrial warehouses revamped in blue glass and colorful graffiti. I recently spent a week walking through Brooklyn looking for a future home for the Shannon brood.

To see photos from my journey and some cute cats click here. I know yesterday I promised to tell you all about my NYC abduction story but I haven't figured out yet how to make it funny or how it even happened. I will tell you this. I was mistaken for a Hasidic Jew twice last week. Which is cool because Hasidic Jewish women can be adorable with their cute hats and knee-length skirts but I admit it is having me rethink my new haircut a little. Also, and more importantly, make sure when you get into a strange car in Brooklyn that you think is part of some legitimate car service... that it is and not some kind of Jewish intervention program. I might be able to talk about it more later but for now - let's talk food.

The adventure continues...

I would like to introduce you to Jack Shepherd. Now you might remember him from such roles as Jack Shepherd, The Ex-Peta Files Blogger or maybe from his role as Ceremony DJ at The Danannie Wedding... but these days he is more wildly known as The Ex-President and Buzzfeed contributor/manager... and mad Dr.Who enthusiast*. We know him as our friend. (Insert AW! here)

Jack & Eric enjoying the scenic East River.
Last Saturday, I took a break from my journey through apartment hell** to have brunch/lunch with Jack and our new friend Eric at the infamous vegan hot spot Foodswings in the notoriously hip Williamsburg. Never been? Click here to get a peek at the menu. Amazing eh? Just amazing.

I took a few photos of our meal with my phone to share. Please excuse the poor quality of these pictures. I just didn't want you guys to miss out.

Vegan Buffalo Wings with Mac n Cheez

The vegan chick'n wings at Foodswings are kinda an institution. A cruelty-free masterpiece that is talked about by vegans around the world in chat rooms, emails, Facebook posts and various other rumor mills as if it was a unicorn sighting. They're so praised that it can be hard to not get unrealistic expectations but I think even if you come with those - you can still fall in love with this combo meal. Did I mention that there is a variety of sauces that you can choose from to dip your vegan wings in and their vegan ranch is heaven? Because there are and it is. 

Vegan Mozzarella Sticks & Breakfast Burritos
Then of course there are the new unicorns... The vegan mozzarella sticks and a new brunch menu that includes doughnuts. I'm really not very good at making new friends but it was love at first sight for me that laid a strong foundation for something more meaningful and long term. Yes - a nice meal was had by all.

Later I would meet an extremely confident man named Leon, find our home-to-be and this would happened :

During a polite conversation about living in Brooklyn. I mentioned that I may have spent some time in the Italian-American haven known as Bensonhurst. To which Leon repsonded by grabbing his balls and saying : "Choo dona look too much likea Bensonhurst." then gestured to my breasts and said "I mean choo have alla da right materials but choo dress it up likea Soho."

Am I blushing? Because I've decided to take that as the nicest thing an Italian-American man from Brooklyn has ever said to me.

In fact it was so lovely... I can't help but end today's post with a moment of Zen and a suggestion that you take the train to Brooklyn to eat Foodswings whenever possible and this concludes the first installment of my journey home


*You want to watch that. Just watch it. Do it now. Stop reading this and watch that.

**Here's a funny thing - Do a Google image search "Apartment from Hell" and all the photos are from NYC. It made me laugh out load. More proof - I didn't come back from this trip the same person.


  1. OMG, I'm coming to NYC next month for my first time. I have to go to Foodswings! I just wish my husband was coming with me, the portions look huge! He is usually able to help me with what I can't finish. LOL! Are there any other vegan restaurants that I "must" try out?

  2. You're going to love it! There really is no where like NYC. I'm assuming you're going to be Manhattan for most of your trip - and so I have to suggest Curly's Vegetarian Lunch - it's as well known as some places but they are my very favorite spot in NYC. They make their own vegan cheese and their Vegan Philly is one of my favorite sandwiches on the planet! There is also Red Bamboo - anything with their vegan chicken is wonderful. RB is kinda famous too so you really should check it out. There is also a Vegetarian Soul restaurant like right next door Red Bamboo that's really good too. Candle Cafe is another vegan hot post - that has some really amazing vegan comfort food.

    But if you find yourself in a spot not near anything special - there is always a vegan soup at Hale's Hearty Soups and salad bars with tofu pretty much on every corner in NYC. :)

    And if for some reason you find yourself in Hoboken NJ - The Cinnamon Snail food truck is one of the most amazing amazingness ever. Their donuts alone are totally worth the trek out there. :)

    Let me know how your trip goes and what you eat! :)

  3. Oh man, Foodswings is divine. I live in Baltimore but I've got lots of friends who moved to New York for school, including some vegan pals who have taken me to a lot of lovely places.

    Once you're settled in I highly recommend:
    "the bagel shop" at 247 Bedford, they've got some fancy tofu cream cheeses like pomegranate-strawberry-blueberry
    Wild Ginger for pan-asian at 380 Broome Street and I believe there is also one on bedford
    and for pizza, Vinnie's at 148 bedford

  4. Mint Chip "Milk"Shakes FTW. Foodswings is my go-to spot when any given band that I am a fan of decides to play in Brooklyn... and/or when I have a disbeliever in my midst and need to prove to them how good vegan cuisine can be.