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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….

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.

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