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Weekend Update on 3.8.12: New York City Vegetarian Food Festival

From my Chocolate Bar to my heart:

The greatest love letters ever given.


Bar Fly Not Yet- Thomas Moore….

Fly not yet, ’tis just the hour,

When pleasure, like the midnight flower

That scorns the eye of vulgar light,

Begins to bloom for sons of night,

And maids who love the moon.

‘Twas but to bless these hours of shade

That beauty and the moon were made;

‘Tis then their soft attractions glowing

Set the tides …

Must I even point out that last weekend I possibly ended up eating  the equivalent of my weight in chocolate? It seems to bring me so much happiness: I can’t deny the love I have for it, at least it’s there when I need it the most.

Chocolate is a true lover.

Last weekend was the New York Vegetarian Food Festival, as I had previously mentioned. I woke up with a start as I made sure to get up early and get ready for the day ahead full of treats and friends.

I chose to wear my “brand new” 60s red vintage dress that I had bought at Beacon’s closet in Brooklyn and paired it with a vintage scarf I had received as a gift, I think.

The line was long when I arrived but this year I was prepared and bought my ticket in advance so I was able to skip right to the front and inside in a matter of seconds.

I excitedly walked in and bumped right into several of my friends and spent some time hanging in the front areas near Daiya & Coconut Bliss (a favorite vegan ice cream of mine!) until our eyes pulled us in several directions and distractions ensued…

Chocolate Coconut Bliss meaning: yes, I am in bliss.

I ran right over to the Mercy For Animals table giving hugs and left my jacket there while I ran to the For The Animals Sanctuary table:

All day this happened while I ate samples of all sorts of things. I ran right over to my friend Sara’s table to say hi and give her a hug, she is the genius behind the incredible vegan marshmallows, Sweet & Sara:

I had to buy a container of Teese, a vegan cheez that tends to be quite hard to order in New York City (Perelandra will carry it soon!) and they gave me a total of 3 bags of Dandies Marshmallows over the weekend as gift! Mm Mmm…I realized that most of the samples I was waiting on-line for I had previously bought and or tried as I am a vegan “foodie”, I try everything at least once just to see if I like it or not.

I waited patiently online for my friends shop, Vegan Bodega and then made my way over to Sun in Bloom’s booth, my favorite brunch stop in Brooklyn so I can grab a mini gluten-free cookie!

Bumping into Ashley, from the PETA table, who I happen to always be happy to see because she’s one of my close friends. (Thank you for always being there for me, Ashley).

I ran over to the raw ice cream table and waited patiently with Jen & Chris, who were running the Humane League Table between PETA and VSpot. (Thanks Danny for the Quinoa!)

After running around most of the day and watching  a few panelists speak and some cooking demos, I ended up having a delicious and healthy lunch with a friend of mine at JivaMukTea, my favorite cafe in the Union Square Area. I ordered the Spicy Tempeh Caesar Salad and had a Green Machine Juice. After spending time enjoying lunch with my friend, I had to run across town and head to see my father……

Day 2, New York City Vegetarian Food Festival.

Taken and posted in The Village Voice Online…

The second day of the Vegetarian Food Festival proved to be even better than the first and I chose one of my favorite vintage floral dresses I bought at The Vintage Warehouse, pairing it with a black cardigan with bows. (I love bows!)

I still couldn’t wait to arrive some new tasty treats that I knew would be at the festival on Sunday: Vegan Sushi, my new favorite to start with. I grabbed several other samples, bought a bunch of items and received a lovely “mod” ring as a gift that had Black Beans inside of it from:  Wired up Creations(post coming soon!).

Kristy and I made plans to run around together so of course, we bumped into one another with plenty of kisses:

And ran over to try some hot sauce placing tattoo’s on us stating what we strive to be (but may never actually achieve):

Badass!

We hung with our friends; Robyn(momma to be) & Sarah, one of the head organizers for this tasty event!

Running into a few more of our friends….

Elizabeth & John-Flor ❤

While waiting on the line for The Vegan Bodega, I bumped into the owner of one of the brightest smiles I have ever seen: Annie Shannon.

Who mentioned that I should make my way to meet Michelle, the designer of Herbivore clothing. A table that I was trying to slightly, stay away from just because I knew there wouldn’t be much to persuade me to buy this cardigan, that of course: I did end up buying.  🙂 (A Happy lady, this did indeed make me..)

Herbivore Cardigan..with an Anchor. Cardigan with a vintage flavor...

Annie snapped this photo of Kristy & I:

Vegans are smart & stylish! 🙂 <-- Thanks Annie Shannon for the photo 🙂

We relaxed quite a bit more: snacking and munching away and indeed, basking in quite a bit of sugar high euphoria. We ended up being some of the last people at the festival, staying back to help a little bi and hang with my good friend, Melissa.

Saying a hello and making sure to volunteer for a minute with Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

Volunteering for a minute to answer some questions about The Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary for The Sensual Vegetable who snapped this photo:

Photo Credit: Sensual Vegetable Blog

With Trista & David K.

That night I had made plans with Diana (Sissy!) & Kneel & Alicia who came in for the festival and was visiting from Texas.  Of course, I somehow made sure we end up at Sacred Chow for dinner!

I ordered the same dish I have been ordering recently which is the power bowl that has “Mama’s Meatballs”, Brown Rice & Collard Greens and brocoli.  Diana had brought in some special treats as she usually does: Cupcakes and Tea! Ah, my sissy knows how to really make me smile amongst plenty of other joys! Though I had indulged during the day in chocolate,  raw ice cream & marshmallows I couldn’t resist the temptation to eat any treat she brings me.

The night turned out to be such a treat as we all giggled away over our delicious dishes and it was sad to bid Alicia another farewell till the next time she is visiting here in New York City. At least Kneel gave me a few songs to sing and some advice I will never forget.

The weekend was a mix of emotions from having a great lunch with a new friend that I am glad to have gotten to know better  to seeing my close friends  and making new ones. This is what life is about: experience….

I truly had not been able to post for a while due to something personal coming up but I do need to mention a special thank you to my friends & people I care about who had rung my phone at all hours, sent text messages and brought me cupcakes(Sissy!) & just made sure I slept well for the few days that I needed them the most.

Wednesday

The day turned out to be better than the last few ones and the weather was nice as my friend Tod & I strolled on over to the NY Dosa Man, where we are regulars and gorge ourselves on delicious vegan dosa’s & Faux Chick’n drumsticks with sugarcane centers.

As we passed Cafe Wha, the cafe & Bar that Jimi Hendrix made famous, or is it the other way around? I had to get a shot of me in front of it: like a true NYC Tourist.

The rest of the night, I made sure to get home and relax, talk to some friends and take it easy…..

And nibble on high quantities of chocolate, because I can always rely on it….

03.02.12:Cheer up, sleepy Jean……

Oh I could hide ‘neath the wings of the bluebird as she sings
The six o’clock alarm would never ring
But it rings and I rise, wipe the sleep out of my eyes
My shaving razor’s cold and it stings….

And I'm a Believer...

Wednesday morning came and I was still laying in bed as the alarm went off at 10 a.m. That’s right, I did not go to work on Wednesday.

I turned on iTunes and decided I’d listen to some Monkees, especially “Daydream Believer” because, well…I have certain songs I listen to every morning and this just so happens to be one of them. And, listening to Davy Jones voice first thing in the morning makes it so that the rest of the day turns out to be a delight. Just the day before I had posted on twitter how much I adore Davy Jones, my fellow Monkees fans and Davy fans cheered in on that twitter post and we all giggled in unison. I really do not live in modern times per say, do I? I just seem to fit into the 60s rather than …the present. And like my music taste & clothes, I take joy in my love for relics….

Suddenly around noon, my phone started going off with text messages and as I opened the first one from my father, it simply said “Davy jones died”. All I could reply was: “nonono” the next couple of texts from friends and even my brother followed.

When I was 3 years old, they had a reunion tour and my father had brought me to the show where I sat in the front row and threw a beach ball up on stage and Davy had kicked it back and this kept happening throughout the show where then each of the Monkees would kick the ball back to me. I know this was one of those profound moments in my life because even at that age, I loved them and knew all the songs though I can barely understand what was being sang about. (Love, girls) They just made me the coolest 3-4 year old ever! (rolling my eyes.)

I would watch “The Monkees” TV show whenever it was on and yes, I do own the first full season now. I want the other season (ahem birthday! heh). One time I even woke up at 3 a.m. just to catch Davy doing a guest appearance.

I may be crazy, but a good crazy….:)

Cheer up, sleepy Jean, oh what can it mean
To a daydream believer and a homecoming queen?

That night, my friend Leanne (Sunshine!) had a party to open her new boutique in Williamsburg for her darling clothing line, Vaute Couture. I didn’t make it because I chose to take it easy and relax but I heard the party was fantastic.

Check out her store at:

234 Grand Street, Williamsburg

(L to Bedford, G to Lorimer)

The night turned out to be special for me….

Daydream believer.

Thursday.

I awoke to another beautiful morning and watched as a Seagull flew over the East River. This was indeed a lovely way to start the day….

I got back to work and caught up on emails & projects and realized I had a hair appointment that night with Stacy, of StylesOnB. I LOVE Stacy and have been going to her for about 4 1/2 years.  Not only is she the ONLY person I’d ever trust with my hair but also a friend of mine who I always look forward to seeing. She knows my unique and dramatic style and we decided to go with a “baby fringe” ala 1961.

60s m'inspire ...

After hanging at StylesOnB, I took a little leisurely walk to Kate’s Joint on Ave B, which happens to be one of my main hot spots for a quick dinner or even brunch with my mates. They now serve many gluten-free alternatives which makes this lady right here, very pleased.

I ordered the Vegan Mac & Cheese (Gluten-free!) and sautéed spinach and hung out as long as I can before running over to Lula’s to meet Kristy for a sweet treat. Taking in some East Village memories as I passed the garden on East 6th and Ave B. Since I grew up in this part of town, there are always memories as I pass a certain corner or building, a street sign even.

Arriving at Lula’s Sweet Apothecary and taking in the tunes of the 20s as I entered.  I marveled at all my choices and tasted three flavors: Peanut Butter Fudge, Maple Almond & Pistachio. I ended up dancing a little with the couple that was there eating a sundae as I waited patiently for Kristy to arrive. Patience in Lula’s is a hard task to follow, by the way.

Obviously, I ended up ordering a Virgil’s Root Beer float that I couldn’t finish and ended up handing over to Kristy to savor the last bit..mm mm.

We strolled on down to Club Ella where I was about to see a friend’s show and received an important text message…..

Good luck dad and feel better.

I love you…

Friday.

60s m’inspire …Mod Pop of Yellow! Striped vintage shirt: Auh2O Thriftique, Skirt: Beacon’s Closet.

I wasn’t able to sleep very well last night but I did wake up to some funny texts from my sissy in crime, Diana. ❤ And Daydream believer came on my iPod on the way to work…my heart skipped.

So far so good…

Tomorrow & Sunday are the days of the 2nd year of The Vegetarian Food Festival. This year I made sure to get V.I.P. tickets in advance as last year there just so happened to be a 3 hour wait in line and I didn’t end up getting in. I am so excited to sample a bunch of different new vegan foods as well as hear some of my friends speak on panels and of course, bump into friends as I manage to navigate through the crowds of people anxious to grab treats!

If you haven’t bought your ticket in advance, it will be $5.00 at the door but if I were you: buy a ticket now to join in on the fun.

The event will be taking place from: 10AM to 5PM (Saturday & Sunday) at:

The Metropolitan Pavillion

125 West 18th Street (Between 6th & 7th), New York City

Happy Friday & Cheers to making it an enjoyable one. Happy March….

You once thought of me as a white knight on a steed
Now you know how happy I can be
Oh, and our good time starts and ends
With a dollar one to spend
But how much baby do we really need?….

02.22.12: Champagne Supernova….

The first song of the day on my iPod brought me back to the year 1994….

Wetlands....

And it all began then at the famed New York City venue Wetlands where a new Britpop band entered the stage and the first riff’s blared out of the amps and right into the hearts of many, including me….

Oasis has come to America….

How many special people change?
How many lives are living strange?
Where were you while we were getting high?
Slowly walking down the hall
Faster than a cannon ball
Where were you while we were getting high?

 

So I am electric, I live in a Champagne Supernova…and my life has changed dramatically since 1994, of course. When I first heard of Oasis at Wetlands, one of my favorite concert venues that I grew up going to almost weekly since I was a wee little girl.

I still remember the old van set up with merchandise to the right of the bar that I;d hang out for hours at while I drew and or collected band stickers and the long bar where my father would usually order a screw driver and take a sip and walk away leaving me questionably sniffing at it. The small stage to the right and the bleacher type arena (but not as big) seating and my family friend, David Nolan who was a famed radio Dj, music producer and sound guy at Wetlands up in the sound booth. He passed away about 2 years ago and it breaks my heart to ever think of the loss. I would run down the stairs to the basement of the club, following the black lights and into a large room with red cushions and up the back to the backstage to hang with whatever musicians would be on stage that night. I’d sniff their alcoholic drinks and mention how I’d never be caught drinking any of that (yea right) and sway as a young girl to the sounds streaming from the newest live acts to hit the city. The room downstairs had an art deco vibe and there happened to be an old payphone to the side of it that I would constantly hang out in, dialing away  to my friends to exclaim my excitement for a new band & then realizing that they just didn’t get my lifestyle.

I just didn’t grow up like everybody else: I grew up with alcohol & cigarettes (yes, another Oasis reference, guess how many there are in this post..) living supersonic.

And how does this tie into my life now?..well if you know me, you know already…..

What’s the story morning-glory?

Well today I woke up and realized that I had been asked to at least mention Oasis and it must have been fate because Liam’s vocals and Noely’s guitar solo was the first sound of music I heard.

In order to comply with my audience, I must do this. (Waves)

Tunic Sweater by Kate Goldwater of AuH2O, friend and designer. 🙂


Honestly, I have been quite busy the past few days and I was focusing on some projects that I had been procrastinating on but I ended up working on them last night and catching up.

I had a delicious lunch at Souen ordering my usual: the Macro Plate, which unbelievably, I can live on.

So I guess right now, I have just been looking back on my life & the things I have accomplished. Not to mention, the places I have traveled, the places I want to return to and the places I want to experience…and the people I have met along the way, including Liam & Noel. (Gemmy, Andy, Chris, Jeff, Paul..) And to many pictures to even post.

In a champagne supernova in the sky
Someday you will find me
Caught beneath the landslide
In a champagne supernova

And, that gracious kiss on the hand …that took  me back in time and I felt 12 again, swaying to the new music from the band from Britain.

Random Post: What people think activists do…and what most of us really do…

What we REALLY do...

I am awake, it is exactly 7:20 A.M. and my lovely mother posted this on the wall of my Facebook while I was asleep and it quickly caught on to most of my activist friends and has now been forwarded all over the world.

The truth is this graphic really does depict and define how people assume that us animal activists act during demonstrations or whatever we do.

I am not a trouble maker though one may think I am when I tell them that I grew up as an activist but to me activism is educating, with a cordial smile on my face. I want to be the activist that is easily approachable on why we are out there: not the activist who scares the people away as they run screaming down the block.

When my friends and I stand outside with our signs, flyers and any other literature we may have…we just hope to get approached: asked questions. We actually encounter quite a bit of criticism from fur owners, people who eat meat and I have actually almost been hit because I defended a friend who was about to get punched at a Foie Gras Demo some years back when this guy stepped out of the restaurant drunk to yell at him.If you know me, don’t mess with the people I care about because I will defend them in a manner that will make a person feel tiny as they act immaturely and I can hold my composure, with a smile on my face.

So here are several photos of my friends and I at the  INTERMIX protests that I am the NYC campaigner for:

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Just two friendly guys! Great activists....

Sweetest little protester ever. 🙂

I have plenty of other photos, where we are talking with people, handing out flyers and information and smiling. Not all cases and circumstances are negative, in fact under many circumstances people are polite in return to us, asking us questions and trying to educate themselves. We are out there standing in all-weather conditions to speak from our heart.

The thing is: activism comes out and is expressed in so many ways, annually there is a Veggie Pride Parade in May along with a Veggie Prom (Where last year I ran for Prom Queen and this year I will be running again) and we all participate in many FUN events where just by not participate in eating a morsel of meat, drinking a glass of milk and or wearing a pair of leather shoes: we are acting. We have catering companies and parties dedicated to the truth of food…and follow with events & benefits.

We are changing the world. Veggie Pride Parade is one of the most enjoyable acts of activism that I participate in annually to see friends, eat great food and have fun as we march down the streets:

When veggies attack!

Robyn wearing a Vegan shirt (activism!) with my niece, Jessy Blade.

And this is the truth: We ❤ and I mean LOVE animals and when we do human rights: ❤ the humans we are defending.

Last summer, a friend of mine was arrested just for standing in front of Mayor Bloombergs mansion with a sign speaking up about the Geese being gassed to death in Prospect Park every year, ARRESTED! He did not do anything wrong and if you met him, he is possibly one of the nicest guys I have ever known. I was disgusted by this. Since when is freedom of speech a violent attack? Activists are not harming anyone by speaking their minds….

Especially if you just stop to listen. Come to events for activism that you believe in: Animal, Occupy Wall Street & Human Rights, Political…

So, please, don’t label us. And don’t suspect that I am someone violent or someone who acts without cause: I love human beings and to me, that includes the mortals (because we are all mortal), who have no voice but the cries they were given. Stop and listen to those or stand outside with us.

And, on a side note, I have been lucky to have family & friends who appreciate me for who I am, and what I do. If someone who knows me can’t accept me for my beliefs then they weren’t friends of mine to begin with……<3 🙂

And yes, I admit: activism comes in all forms & from different spectrum’s & all actions. Not all of us are peaceful demonstrators but most of us choose different tactics and choose to be peaceful.

End Labels. And again, please sign our Petition to tell INTERMIX to stop selling fur!

http://www.change.org/petitions/intermix-please-go-fur-free

I want to change the world through my heart.

02.19.12: And you say it’s your birthday..but mine is everyday.

You say it’s your birthday
It’s my birthday too, yeah
They say it’s your birthday
We’re gonna have a good time
I’m glad it’s your birthday
Happy birthday to you.

This weekend has been one of those epic weekends where Friday & Saturday were both the birthday parties of my friend’s: Carol & Jacquelyn.

On Friday I purchased http://www.modpoddaily.com so it’s easy for you all to get here.

After work, my momma-to-be friend Robyn and I went vintage shopping at Hamlet’s Vintage in the West Village, one of my favorite local-to-my-job stops (just a bit dangerous for those lunch breaks that I need some retail therapy..) and I came out with 3 dresses that I was told I couldn’t live without here is just a picture of one:

Nautical Vintage Lanz Dress, 60s.

We purchased a cute gift for Carol, a hand painted 60s Hawaiian bag with the scene of the ocean & palm trees. Carol loves blue and we instantly knew this was the gift for her. 🙂 But of course, it led me to the three dresses!

We went to Sacred Chow for dinner…I really won’t go into it, but at least my soup was good.

But, in the end, the night turned out to be another memorable one. I was surprised with one of my favorite meals from Rice in Brooklyn of black rice with edamame & vegetarian (vegan) spicy “meat”balls and chocolate. This was what I’ll just title the first day of my life while again falling asleep to the cities lights…just..simply…beautiful. I never take anything for granted as I never forget….

Saturday.

Waking up to a glorious sunny day in New York City while the sun rose over the East River and I marveled at the magic of mornings like this one. I calculated my plans for the day after a lovely cup of coffee and learned a few facts about coffee  from some cards…:) (I am a coffee pupil).


Jacquelyn’s birthday…

Yes we’re going to a party party
Yes we’re going to a party party
Yes we’re going to a party party

Birthday kiss!

I chose a Vaute Couture dress that I had won at Joshua Katcher’s birthday (One of few Vaute Couture Dresses!) and purple tights with knee high black combat boots and a 80’s parka. And the lovely birthday girl wore a beautiful retro 50s golden dress with a bow sash.. she looked beautiful with her rouged lips, curled hair and loving smile.

We had reservations for John’s on 12th Street, an Italian restaurant that has been around for quite a while in the East Village. John Lennon and numerous other icon’s have went there for their food. A bit over a year ago, they started making vegan dishes and prepared a special vegan menu because Mike, one of the two owners realized that this was a great idea to bring in more customers, as well as the food is delicious. So what happens next there is no reflection on the restaurant itself…..

Needless to say, my friends and I had a feast the second day the menu came out and tried everything we can.

Last night: I had the Polenta with Portobello Mushrooms and Gluten Free Pasta. Though, I definitely ate a bite of something with gluten because by 11, I was drunken with sickness  and by 11:30 had to go home, sadly leaving Jacquelyn’s party at Beauty Bar. I was happy I was there to celebrate with Jacquelyn and our friends as I also was able to finally meet Jacquelyn’s interesting and gracious father.

Treasures of my heart (and yes those are bunnies on my dress)....Jacquelyn & Abby

Entangled.

Sunday.

I awoke to a horrible pain in my stomach, knowing this was from gluten I knew I needed water stat and tea. Daniel, my gracious roommate made me tea and instructed me back to bed where I slept for most of the day. I awoke feeling a little dazed but fine enough to approach the outdoors again and made plans with my friend Sam, someone I respect and adore so very much. She & I are always honest with each other regarding advice but also just have fun where ever we go. I recommended the new vegan restaurant that had opened up to the locals in Brooklyn, Maimonide.

I relaxed a bit more, taking my time and starting to type out this blog post, speak to a few good friends of mine on chats and getting ready to finally, start the day or early evening to meet up with Sam. Jacquelyn came home and I grabbed a dozen of her delicious birthday mini cupcakes to take with me to Sam for desert and some I planned to share with the staff at this new restaurant.

60s Lanz Sailor Dress, 60s mod scarf

Vintage Dior 60s Blazer: Screaming Mimi's purchased 5 years ago.

I arrived at Maimonide quite pleased with its large communal tables and serene atmosphere, with a modern Brooklyn appeal and large painted Brooklyn Bridge on the wall. On one side of the restaurant the walls are re with glossy tablets that people can write what they are thinking and I wrote out a quote by Anais Nin, as well as my own poetry dedicated to friendships and the beauty of local restaurants with communal tables to meet new friends or thrive with old ones.  The other wall just so happened to be exposed brick, this too, I love.

Poetic words and art by locals...

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” – Anais Nin…

Our waiter, Ara, was so very nice and explained the menu to Sam & I in deep detail as we both chose the same dish: Corn Soup and a Gluten Free Pizza/Sandwich that had Portobello mushrooms and horseradish on it. (I had to make up for the glutenous mushrooms the night before)….and a coffee that was continuously refilled by Ara with constant refills of Almond Milk whilst Sam and I gabbed over our delicious food. I ended up sharing my cupcakes with the staff & Samantha. I have to say, their business cards are those paper fortune tellers that we all made in Elementary School where you guess the color and then the fortune and they give you a comic book as you enter and this gets better: they have Pacman + 59 other uploaded 80s video games with a coin free machine. This just so happens to be my new favorite restaurant dedicated to the locals in Brooklyn who want a Vegan/Vegetarian meal with some fun. 🙂 And I will be sure to return to their brunch during the weekend in which they showcase local dj’s and soon singer/songwriters which also just so happens to be a genre of music I can;t live without.

I went home early: happy with my experience, the time I shared with my friend and the friendly staff of my new favorite restaurant. And now I sit, relaxing with a glass of red wine, something I only have started to drink recently, once again. Listening to soft music stream  from my laptop and the affectionate foster cat, Tricia curled into a furry ball on my bed looking perfectly at peace and typing the conclusion to my blog entry for the evening.

I fantasize of simple surprises that may happen….

And, I finally give in…

to anything that comes my way.

Life, throw your best shot..

for I am able to handle you and your incredible successes and fails…

For I am at peace with fate.

02.10.12 to 02.13.12: Lights….

When the lights go down in the city
And the sun shines on the bay
I want to be there in my city
Ooh, ooh..

Just the right song for the night as my friends & I watched as the sun set at Teany last night and we sang to everyone’s dismay in the restaurant. This is what happens when you’re having a good time with your friends: you don’t care who is around; you just so happen to be having the time of your life.

And this weekend? I did just that.

Friday.

Vintage 60's skirt.

I was striked by lightning..no, just a lot of work and hadn’t had the time or patience to actually type up a blog post; though I took the picture of my outfit. My friends Kristy & Michelle basically coaxed me into going out with them to Foodswings but my only trade-off was a bottle of wine. We met in Union Square, excitedly went to pick up the Bottle at USQ (my favorite wine shop in Manhattan) and even got to try a shot of chocolate whiskey each.  We excitedly gossiped over the news in our life,  giggled and pushed through the traffic of Union Square and onto the famed L train to bring us to our destination. My beloved vegan junk food heaven, Foodswings! considering it’s BYOB, we did just that.

So as we sat down trying to be as classy as we can with cheez and hot sauce dripping down our manicured fingers and taking a sip of wine with our rouged lips from a plastic cup that’s meant for water. Classy or not, it was fun. When we exited Food swings, full as we can be and strolled on over to the train; little flurries had begun to fall and since I happen to be one of those sentimental people, I knew I’d remember this night for the rest of my life.

The night turned out to be spontaneously lovely and better than I had ever imagined. In the end, as I drifted off to sleep, it just came more apparent that I cherish nights like these; unexpected and simply, dreamy.

Saturday.

I woke up refreshed and threw on a pair of jeans and a comfy sweater and hung around the house all day knowing that in the evening I’d be going to one of my favorite couple’s apartments in Park Slope to ring in Mardi Gras in style: a Masquerade. Choosing my dress carefully all day(basically creating a mess of clothes for me to pick up later!) I finally decided on this lovely dress that my friend Hana Hattori had designed (and she knew my name was written all over it). Funny enough, I had worn this same dress to the couple’s bridal shower, but I didn’t mind: it worked.

I ran to the local liquor store where I had specially ordered Frey Vegan Wine for my liking at my finger tips.

Striking a pose..


I showed up to what happens to be one of my favorite Park Slope apartments hugging my friends who had already been at the party and awaiting more to arrived. We ate dirty rice and vegan chilli and danced to New Orleans Jazz, sipped on wine and hurricanes and took pictures as we all traded beads & masks and spoke of our plans for the future. If there is ever a thing I love most: it can never be more than my friends. My main group of friends are trust worthy and we all go out of our way to make sure everyone is pleasant and I must not leave out just; FUN. We always have something up our sleeve; a party, an event, a movie, dancing..etc. I waited patiently for Jacquelyn (my roommate) of Vegan Bun Buns to arrive with some treats. 🙂

Mardi Gras!

By the end of the night I had accumulated quite a few beads and ended up spontaneously watching the city’s skyline. Nothing can be more beautiful than that…

Just another pleasant Saturday evening….

Sunday.

AH! The big day of Whalentines has finally arrived! Remember that? My large post on Valentine’s day, or really why you should attend Whalentines because all proceeds go to Sea Shepherd. I ended up showing up later than I expected after taking half the day off for myself and writing a bit of lyrics to a new song I am working on right now.

I showed up to the bake sale at Moo Shoes and walked right into sweet scents of Hot chocolate by Vérité Catering(the one I work for) with vegan marshmallows, cookies of all kinds and jams. I didn’t realize how hard it was for a gluten-free lady who has a sweet tooth to navigate through a bake sale but I ended up finding my way choosing a delicious melt-in-your-freaking mouth brownie by my friend Barbara’s baking company: GonePie (always gluten-free), a dark chocolate Rice Krispy Treat, chocolate cupcake & truffles and some salted caramel! (Vegans NEVER have caramel and I instantly became addicted!) Scooping up two bags of the salted caramel (one for me and one for someone special) and buying cookies from my friend Tommy’s vegan baking company, Sweet Semosh again for a gift for the same special someone. I gave tons of hugs, giggled as I was on a sugar high and pet the cats and can you believe it? I did not purchase one pair of shoes *Sorry Moo Shoes!* just a ton of sweets.

So you think you�re lonely
Well my friend I�m lonely too
I want to get back to my city by the bay
Ooh, ooh

After Whalentines, Kristy, Michelle & Dania and I basically skipped to Teany Tea for dinner because it was close by and we were quite cold. Kristy was on a bit of a sugar high as she used her musical theater skills to take a giant leap in the air as she fell to the ground in giggles. Needless to say, I couldn’t help but repeat this move and do the same as we started singing with tears in our eyes from the laughter that ensues from when we all get together. (minus Lizzy 😦 ). At Teany, I ordered my regular there which is the “Chick’n Chick’n salad” (all vegan of course). This may well be the ONLY salad you ever see me order because it comes  filled to the max with chickpeas, tomatoes & cucumbers and then the vegan 7 herb dressing is an absolute favorite. Which brings me to where I first started this entry.

We went shopping a bit in Soho and managed not to become tiny icicles as we huddled together through the windy streets.As we walked into every store there was pressure on Valentine’s day..Victoria Secret was full of reds and pinks and smelled of sweet roses  and Sephora (yes Dania I went) was full of perfume mist spritz’s and again, red rouged lips. Needless to say, I went home with barely anything. The hallmark holiday actually made me a bit queasy and I rushed home on the train. Every holiday that used to be about connecting with other people has somehow become about economic statistics.

I returned home to my roommates making a communal dinner of gluten-free tabouli and guacamole and we  sipped on wine and watched one of our favorite tv shows on Netflix.

I can’t begin to convey how much I loved this weekend. It was quite fab.

Monday.

Wow, what a catch up! This morning I awoke to busily trying to find my favorite ring realizing I most likely lost it somewhere and my favorite leggings ended up with a hole in them, my iPod shut off spontaneously in the middle of a Jewel song  and the train was running late needless to say I basically wanted to scream to myself (I silently did).

I arrived to work on time, took off my cardigan and silently giggled to myself as my coworkers passed me with pleasant smiles saying I must have had a great weekend because I am glowing.

My ring was later found (phew!) and my iPod was fixed by a coworker. 🙂


Bunny Shirt and school girl skirt!

If you know me, I happen to LOVE bunnies, and most of my friends actually nickname me bunny for the obvious of reasons. I am quite “hoppy”, right? 🙂

But this will be serious, I have loved rabbits ever since I had one when I was a child and my family gave it away when I went away to summer camp. I was heart-broken when I returned to a rabbit-less apartment in Brooklyn, this was around the same time that I had learned that fur farms existed (no my rabbit wasn’t given to a fur farm but it was given to a school, I wonder what happened…), but I learned the truth and horrors of one of my favorite beings and how humans used them: cruelty. I watched what has now become one of my favorite books and cartoons and even records that I own:

Watership Down.

Watership Down was meant to be a classic heroic fantasy novel based on the lives of rabbits and their journey to find a new home but if you read deeper it actually is quite animal rights related with the story showing humans as they really are to animals: cruel. As you are reading the story you see how humans don’t truly understand the nature of animals and don’t stop to listen to nature: They have a right to live. They weren’t put on this earth to be gassed, beaten & eaten. And in this book, I must cry every time I read it because it’s the truth; it was written to show the readers a fact:  we are horrible to the little ones who occupy our land, the ones who have no voice, the animals.

Every time I encounter this book: I remind myself that we must stop the use of fur and vivisection on all animals.  Cherish all living beings on earth, please.

Happy Meat Free Monday!

02.13.12: Mardi Gras Masquerade for NYCLASS…

Vérité Catering, the catering company that I still occasionally work for will be hosting (and that means I will be there) a Masquerade for NYCLASS on Friday, the 24th!:

The intricate masks, the mystery, the costumes, the food… our charitable vegan masquerade is going to be a extraordinary night! Masks are a MUST, and costumes are highly encouraged. There will be a costume contest and a prize for the best costume, so be sure to put in your best effort to amaze your fellow partygoers!

We’re raising funds for NYCLASS (New Yorkers for Clean, Livable & Safe Streets) to end the abuse of carriage horses on the dangerous streets of NYC. They work relentlessly to pass legislation to take horses off the streets and are providing innovative alternative tourist attractions.

Our raffle tickets will be edible! Get a piece of vegan King’s Cake and if you find one of the 4 little baby Jesuses, you’ll win one of the many cool prizes we have to offer, including an incredible gift basket of vegan delights from Vegan Bodega (www.veganbodega,com)

DRESS CODE: Masks are a MUST, and costumes are highly encouraged. Semi-formal attire

TICKETS: $25 for general admission, includes light appetizers. $45 for VIP tickets, include a piece of King’s Cake, 2 free drinks, and a front row seat for the costume contest. All tickets must be purchased in advance from www.nyclassmasquerade.charityhappenings.org.

Food and drinks are available for purchase and cash only. Check out the mouthwatering menu!

menu

starters
sweet potato corn chowder $5
baby spinach salad with julienned carrots and red onion in buttermilk dressing $9

entrees
roasted eggplant jambalaya $12
cajun fried seitan with dirty rice and collard greens $14
fettucine alfredo with andouille tempeh and black-eyed peas $14

sides
cajun coleslaw $5
sauteed collard greens $6
white pepper biscuit $3

dessert
king cake $5
chocolate covered beignet with whipped maple cream $6

Please come out and make a difference….

And mention my name if you buy tickets. 🙂

02.08.12: Cherry Bomb!

Can’t stay at home, can’t stay at school
Old folks say, ya poor little fool
Down the street I’m the girl next door
I’m the fox you’ve been waiting for….

I really don’t like the outfit I put on for today so I am just going to improvise and still write my daily post but it will not showcase my outfit for the day.

Photo booth Project from Dust & Grooves, a top Record Collectors Blog

This picture was taken for The Dust & Grooves Blog at a record fair.

Just by looking at this picture: What do you think one of my favorite items happen to be? Records! The history behind them, the sound (of course!), the smell, the feel..I adore records. I will go and hang out in record shops as much as I can. Which brings me to why I am writing this post:

Bleeker Bob’s is closing and I am actually quite upset about this;

Bleecker Bob's

This iconic record shop is known for its history and wide variety of records and has had shops all over the world. It has been based in NYC since probably the 70s and I grew up going here with my father (what a surprise), knowing Bob pretty well and watching the store surprisingly stay the same throughout its years here in NYC. I recently found out that it is closing down after all these years and though I knew it would happen eventually as the world moves on to iTunes and iPods and sadly, even I am to blame when on the go. But if I can choose between a record or a CD and let’s not even include an MP3 playing off of our computers, I would choose a record.

*Hello Daddy, hello Mom
I’m your ch ch ch ch ch cherry bomb
Hello world I’m your wild girl
I’m your ch ch ch ch ch cherry bomb

As I previously stated: records have history. They actually carry stories from each owner if they are used and or if they are then they have the chance to begin a story. I love it when I find records that will sometimes have about 2 or 3 names and they have been crossed out because this is what everyone did in the 60s, 70s, 80s etc. I always try to think of how excited the owner must have been when purchasing it or receiving it in some way!

Imagine;

Receiving Space Oddity in 1969 when it came out? I would have been waiting on the line outside of the record shop shaking with excitement until I held this gem in my hands. (Look how happy I am just to hold it in the above picture!)…

Stone age love and strange sounds too
Come on baby let me get to you
Bad nights cause’n teenage blues
Get down ladies you’ve got nothing to lose

I may not have a large collection now due to life changes last year unfortunately, but I will begin to rebuild my collection and there’s a player at home.

But back to Bleeker Bob’s. I used to go in there with my father and go through each and every record and not really knowing what I was picking, pull them out and look at them. My father had one of the biggest collections I have ever seen (up until recently) where he would continuously play them from morning to evening and like I had said in a previous post; I’d be singing along all day. My first record ever bought was The Monkees.

Records are a part of me and why must the world lose sight of the beauty of them? You just can’t purchase music the same way any longer. We have become accustomed to being lazy, basically. Does anyone really want to go into town and look for their music? Why when at home we can just download from our beds with our pajamas on?

So I may be a Cherry Bomb because the Runaways say so but they had a record, an amazing one. Ah the love I have for this band and how their song’s punkish lyrics streamed to me and I wanted to dance to the subway. I did sing…

Hey street boy whats your style
Your dead-end dreams don’t make you smile
I’ll give ya something to live for
Have ya, grab ya til your sore

So tonight my plan is right before I meet my friend for a girls night of dinner and a show at Rockwood Music Hall that my friend Joy Askew is playing at: I will be running around and hanging at some record shops in the East Village and might even buy one to hold onto for the rest of my life and create my own stories with it. One day, I will be cool.

Did you ever see “Almost Famous”? One of my favorite movies of all time just because it highlights the need for records at least at the time the movie takes place. We need music to thrive in this world.

Keep buying records and pay a visit to Bleecker Bob’s before New York City loses another landmark.

I’m your ch ch ch ch ch cherry bomb…

02.06.12: Another pleasant valley Sunday…


Your local rock group down the street

Is trying hard to learn this song
To serenade the weekend squire
Just came out to mow his lawn

Can you believe the weekend is over already? This just means I have to start off this post with a little itty bitty run down of the pleasant weekend I had:

Friday.

After work Kate, Nick & I had decided we all need a glass of wine: or a couple of glasses of wine and we decided that we would stroll on over to one of my favorite wine bars in the city, The Room.  I love The Room because they play some good tunes and the atmosphere is calm and with the low lighting, edgy. We decided we would head up to the Upper East Side and on to V-note  which is a vegan wine bar uptown that serves a full menu of entrees.

To Nick’s dismay, we decide to change outfits at Kate’s:

Kate's shirt 🙂 Mod Pod Borrows!

We end up at V-note where I order the “Faux Chick’n Salad” (Gluten Free) and when it came out I enjoyed every last nibble of it, pleasant it was indeed.

Back at Kate’s we play our favorite YouTube videos, dance to our favorite songs and nearly fall asleep from all the excitement of the day at work we all had and the wine that we had indulged in.

I don't think we liked this phone call 😉

The next day I ended up having brunch at Kate’s Joint, but not before at home getting this picture snapped of our beloved foster cat, Tricia and I:

Another pleasant valley sunday
Charcoal burnin everywhere
Rows of houses that are all the same
And no one seems to care…..

After Kate’s joint, I started to crave ice cream (this is not a surprise, really.) and ended up heading over there with Jacquelyn but not before getting my daily photos taken:

Vegan Combat boots;Vintage velvet jacket;vintage school girl skirt from Stache; Vintage David Bowie tshirt & hat from Beacons closet.

After Lula’s Sweet Apothecary we decide to go shopping a bit and buy a few earrings and stop at one of my favorite shops for beauty needs: Sustainable NYC.

Banana & Peanut Brittle Vegan Ice Cream with coconut whip cream & a cherry..:)

Sustainable NYC is the best Eco-friendly store in the city and carries anything from beauty needs to gifts to household needs and clothing. The Cafe located in the back of the shop is Ciao for Now and carries many vegan foods items and I can always guarantee on a delicious treat while I shop for hours in Sustainable. I tend to hang out here a bit because many of my friends usually work at this shop and it’s just, chill. Picking up a lip gloss and playing with everything had to end as I had to carry on with my night out.Later on, I ended up at the Brooklyn museum where I listened to music and my friend and I made it a point to lose ourselves in art. I love museums just for this reason as I have been known to turn off my phone and lead myself through museums for hours on end. Life is art and I shall bathe in it! 🙂

So, let’s skip the ever pleasant sunday…

And I will let us stroll on over to current times and my outfit for today:


Vintage striped dress. Red Bow.

Today, the sun is shining and I am feeling at peace. Though, I am sure you guessed the word for today? It seems as though I pick a word daily and stick with it. Also, you must notice and realize that The Monkees happen to be one of my favorite bands as the first time I saw them live in concert I was 3 years old and in the front row tossing a beach ball on stage and having Peter and Davey & Micky kick the ball back to me throughout the show. I later met Micky (or more recently) at an event and explained this story to him in full detail to his surprise, which then his reply was “that must have been…quite a long time ago.”  Just another memory that will never be forgotten: beach balls & The Monkees and Day Dream Believer…this is my life. 🙂

Stripes.

A style in which I will never deny being placed into my closet, I have to wear stripes just based on the fact that two of my fashion icons are Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick, two people who apparently helped make stripes fashionable in the 60’s. If it’s nautical and or Striped: I very well may have it in my closet or can’t deny the need to buy it. I’d paint my room in stripes if I could (not really) but now I just think I may refurbish a piece of furniture in a nautical theme ..and this is how I get inspired.

Edie ❤

I am positive you have seen me wearing the exact outfit that she is numerous times over. Have you ever thought of why we look up to certain people to inspire our own style and fashion? I do all the time & might have a similar taste of the 60s but I mix it with my own personal essence of now. Mod for modern. Inspire me….

Ciao and wait patiently until:

Another pleasant valley sunday
Charcoal burning everywhere
Another pleasant valley sunday
Here in status symbol land
Another pleasant valley sunday….

The word for today is pleasant.

1.25.12: Here comes the sun, and I say It’s all right……

Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here
Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It’s all right…………..
Cold & lonely was my late evening feeling into the early morning…..

I struggled to get myself up and out of bed and to get dressed for work while still trying to recall everything that had gone on from the night before and realizing I probably said some things I regret now.

I finished my daily routine picking out a bright outfit, hopped on the train and tried to ignore some songs playing on my iPod. When exiting  at the station stop near my job…the right song came on my iPod and I thought maybe, just maybe: The sun will come.  Beatles filled my heart with Here comes the sun and I smiled, for the first time this morning.

Today has been long…and a bit draining: I just want to go home and curl up but I promise myself I would go to a spa & enjoy myself a bit & meet my mum. I may even go to Lula’s Sweet Apothecary to get a nice large sundae, that may do the trick! Feeling brave indeed, I can not let myself feel anymore negative  than I have today.  I have to many aspects of my life to be proud of:

I have loving friends & family…

I love to volunteer & love other living beings and will give my soul to nurture others. This is not a negative thing but an added charm to my personality that sometimes, actually usually; people do not understand and get scared away because I am so open about how I feel.  I am sensitive and sometimes emotional and passionate. I find that in today’s society; not many others are. Maybe at first but then their true colors show through and I see that they are cookie cutters who live within the box of safe reality. On the other hand; I live outside of it. I break rules because life has no rules. I am true to myself and true to my close friends…. Is it because I was born in the year of the Dog? Ha! Loyal in friendship…I will always be there. And you know what? I AM PROUD of myself.

If someone can’t take the heat of my personality: it’s their loss because I am one loving person. And yes, I will think of them often, I always miss people when they choose to leave me but I just know I am not easily forgotten and I am sure they will not be forgotten either.

Now back to Lula’s and Ice Cream:

Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces
Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been here
Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It’s all right

Maybe I will get a cup of Mint Chocolate Chip in honor of my outfit for today…

Mint Chocolate Chip...carry me away.

My outfit is a vintage 70s denim green skirt & a vintage mint green sweater I purchased from Rags-ago-go in Union Square to create a casual mod 70s look.

It seems that every time I have been rather down in my life I always end up having a scoop of Mint Chocolate Chip Vegan Ice Cream and it has ALWAYS helped. Today, I just decided to go with the outfit without noticing to casually lift my spirits today…..and you know what? It did…

Tomorrow is a new day …and a new outfit.

Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting
Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been clear
Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It’s all right

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