Tuesday, March 18, 2008

New York Deliciousness

A brief foray back to the east coast after a 4 year hiatus, under the auspices of "academic/activist furtherance", but alas not through the help of institutional cash extraction, sigh. This largely though was an excuse to eat myself stupid. The biggest thanks goes to Harel for putting me up the entire time, in the smallest yet most homely space I've ever occupied


I met Harel in the deserts of Southern Arizona, two skinny social scientist Phd-nerds researching the border. One day we got out of our tents for the 5am patrol to find the biggest fashion disaster had occurred. It was friendship ever since...

One of the things I have discovered since going veg is the wonders of food tourism, something which I think vegans and veggies appreciate (or suffer from) most. I rarely hear of a carnivore traveling to another city/country only to have their friends insist they eat at these 10 amazing meat serving restaurants...

Red Bamboo - hands down the best vegan restaurant in existence, and the best mock meat I've ever devoured, even if it means waiting out in the snow for an hour to get a table (or waiting 4 years to return), fucking yuppie scum...


Atlas Cafe - the cake shop to end all cake shops, and a bunch of other good vegan meals, in the space of your closet. Cupcake here seen modeled by Scarlet, who also joined me at Kates diner (an institution for Australian illegal hiring), and who hosted the first New York 'Iron Chef' party (the ingredient of the night was jalapenos, which was then integrated into bread, cake, deviled eggs, and so on, see photos here)

Cake Shop!
A mix of record store, cafe, vegan treats, and a live music venue in the basement with Kirin Ichiban on tap, good god...I even found fEEDTIME's 'Shovel' album, mid-80s Australian underground goodness at its best

Strictly Roots - "We dont serve anything that crawls, walks, swims or flies" Rastafarian run veggie cafeteria food, with homemade ginger beer that'll make you see through time and speak like you've smoked a pack a day for your entire life, located in Harlem

The Tuck Shop - at 2am walking in the rain to the subway, a glorious vision appeared, real Australian food, open till 5am. Veggie sausage roll, Coopers beer, and a lamington, hot damn...

Temple in the Village Macrobiotic/Vegan - buffet vegan food deliciousness, thanks again to Scarlet

Further credit goes to the Hungarian Bakery, tofu cream-cheese bagels, Harel's coffee and tea expertise, kosher-friendly Southern Indian at Madras, eastern-European diner food(??), and the best Sunday morning hangover breakfast cooked by the most amazing welcoming people. Brooklyn beer also good; NYC vegan/non-vegan chinese not so good; the 'Grilled Cheese' store being closed could only be described as heartbreaking.

More to come...

1 comment:

imogen said...

identical twins fashion disaster indeed!!