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July 16, 2012

Ashley’s Back from Israel: Vegetarian Cuisine at Newark Airport

by ashley

I’m finally back from my whirlwind trip around Israel! I’m so excited to start sharing some of my experiences with you, as I know I’ve talked the ear off of most of my friends and family already. I took a total of around 4,000 pictures, filling two 8 GB SD cards, so it’s taking me a while to get everything organized. I’ll start with my first experience, which was at the Newark airport in New Jersey.

Anticipation mounting of my Israel trip, along with the awe inspiring view of the One World Trade Center to my right, it wasn’t easy trying to center my thoughts on food. A stocked deli with beautiful sandwiches and desserts caught my eye, and I ventured over to take a closer look. For Airport cuisine, it looked really fresh, so I took a chance and went for La Tapenade’s  Portobello Griller sandwich. Grilled to order for about $10, it isn’t cheap (but is anything cheap in an airport?), yet makes for a great vegetarian meal option on the go. If I had more time, I absolutely would have checked out the wine bar Vino Volo located just down the corridor.

La Tapenade Mediterranean Café, Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)

Terminal C, Post-Security near Gates C120-139

Here are some photos of my first day in Israel to tide you over until my next post =)

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March 26, 2012

Friedmans Chelsea Marketplace, NYC (Farmhouse Brunch)

by jem614

By Jessica Michael


I am in love with Chelsea Marketplace in Manhattan!  This past Friday, I was able to walk from Union Square (which has a cute little farmer’s market on Friday’s apparently) to Chelsea – in heels!  Not easy to do when you’re pregnant and feel really off balance.

Initially my plan was to go to One Lucky Duck to have breakfast but then found out it has mostly just smoothies and juices so I opted to just buy a glass straw and move on.  I am so happy I did because my breakfast at Friendmans was one of the best I’ve had in a long time.

I believe the french toast was made with Challa bread because it was thick and soft and scrumptious.  I think my stomach just growled again ;).  On top was a warm berry compote that was just perfect on the sweetness.  Delicious!

The seating in Friedmans is picnic style and you will most likely be sitting with other people at the table.  It’s great if you don’t mind your space being invaded (let’s face it, you’re in New York, there is no such thing as personal space).

Please check out Chelsea Marketplace in Manhattan and stop by Friendmans for breakfast or lunch!

*** This place is veggie friendly but may be hard to find anything vegan.

September 8, 2011

Hangawi Vegetarian Restaurant: New York

by jem614

By Jessica Michael

Day 2: New York – Hangawi

Sadly, I only had two full days in New York.  It is a good thing though or I would have had to buy a second seat on the airplane just so I could get home.

Day 2’s restaurant was on 32nd between Madison and Fifth Avenue, around the corner from the Empire State Building.  This is one of those restaurants that is a “can’t miss” experience.  First of all, when you walk in, they make you take your shoes off (no holey socks or bad manicures will be missed).  Then they seat you on a wooden platform with pillows for comfort, very “traditional” Korean style, it was so much fun!

It had to be the best food experience I’ve had in a long time, maybe ever.  From the moment you walk in the door to the moment you leave, you’re transported to another place.  The tea is a bit pricey ($5-10) but it’s a experience on its own.  My friend and former roommate Melissa, who recommended the place, met me for lunch and tried the pomegranate iced. The tea was lightly sweetened and tasted so divine, I could have drunk buckets of it.  My own drink, the Ginger Tea, tasted freshly made and was a welcome mixture of sweet and spicy.

There are three prix fixe menus for lunch and I believe for dinner as well.  I tried the Ginseng Lunch, Mel had the mini Emperors lunch and they were both only $20.  But there was nothing mini about these lunches:

First course was a very thick “porridge” of pumpkin soup.  It was creamy and filling, not as tasty as the rest of the food but it actually was perfect because it didn’t overpower your actual meal.

Second course was the Vegetarian Dumplings that were fantastic and came out so pretty that I had a hard time eating it.

Steamed Veggie Dumplings

And that’s not all…  there was a third course which consisted of (this is from the menu), “tofu clay pot in ginger sauce served with multi-grain rice and kimchi”.  Yum-mo.

Tofu Clay Pot

Finally, desert was served and it was a perfect ending to a perfect meal.  The desert tasted like a thick apple cider with bits of apple and pine nuts floating in it.


Seriously, one of the best meals available in New York.  This is a DON’T MISS.

If I could give them a six carrot rating, I would but I’ll stick with 5.

For more information on Hangawi go to

September 8, 2011

Pure Food and Wine

by jem614

By Jessica Michael

I have been dreaming of going to Pure Food and Wine since I became a vegetarian.  Sarma Melngailis, the owner of PF&W, wrote, “Living Raw Food”.  I thought to myself that if being vegan and raw looked like Sarma, I wanted to be on board.

So, we follow her on Twitter and watch her posts on Facebook and I dreamt of the day I would get to sit down and eat at PF&W.  I finally got the chance this week to go in and sit down in the candlelit glow, here is what happened:

Around the Corner from PF&W

It was a rainy night in New York City, cabs were hard to find and puddles were plenty.   I finally flagged down an open cab and sped down the dark streets of Manhattan heading for Irving Street where Pure Food and Wine was located.  I paid the cab an exhorbitant amount (did you know that my cabbie from the airport actually complained that I only gave him a $5 tip?  I can remember days of giving $1 tip and them being happy about it) and ran inside.

The place itself is full of dark wood and lit by candles and low lighting, a great setting for a romantic dinner but this time I was alone.  At 7pm it was slightly empty, only a blond in the corner talking loudly to an elderly gentleman who I could tell wasn’t her father (not judging, it’s just for effect of the story).

I ordered the raw avocado and creamed corn soup though I was afraid I would be unhappy with the outcome.  I was pleasantly surprised and ate every spoonful.  The soup was creamy with lumps of corn and tasted so delicious I plan on asking for the recipe.  Three little slices of pickled carrot on top finished off this new taste.

Raw Avocado and Corn Soup

For dinner I had the Polenta with Greens which was light and tasty and filled me up enough to be almost overfull before desert came.


But not quite:

Ice Cream and Blueberry Tart

I had to try the blueberry tart and it did not disappoint.  I was licking my spoon after this.  By the time I was finished with dinner, the place had become crowded and I could see it was time to take my leave.  Those that say you can’t eat well on a vegan diet are sadly mistaken. My life’s mission is complete, I can now move on to other things like writing my own cookbook and opening my own restaurant. 😉

For more information on One Lucky Duck, Pure Food and Wine and Sarma Melngailis, please go to

Five carrots!

September 6, 2011

Mushroom Risotto at the Bailey

by jem614

By Jessica Michael

New York Day 1

Mushroom Risotto

My first day of travel to  Manhattan finds me on Wall Street searching for a place to eat that is tasty and has ambiance (which is not hard to find in New York).
Now, I lived in New York ten years ago for about five years so I consider myself to still be a New Yorker when I come to visit. I refuse to stop someone and ask them where to eat.   Instead I wander aimlessly through the streets hoping to encounter something good.
Of course, I found a gem: On Wall Street, across from Our Lady of Victory church, lies this very manly Irish Pub called, “The Bailey”.  It’s a pub that eminates power and money.  Lunch is quite pricey with an average of $20 an entrees but it’s worth it.  The mushroom Risotto was so stinking good I had to stop myself before I hoarded it all down.
In the middle of this pub is a silver and white bull hovering over its patrons as if to remind you of a real “power lunch”.

Silver and White Bull

All around me are men (and I say men because there are very few women in here so all you single ladies, take note) in shirts and ties talking business and money.   Unfortunately there are not a whole lot of options for vegetarians but the Risotto on it’s own is worth coming here for.
So I sit and eat my risotto soaking in the power and dreaming of the day when I can invest in something more than a company retirement plan.

For more information on this restaurant, go to

September 6, 2011

The Financier wall street bakery

by jem614

By Jessica Michael

Day 1: Dessert

I would come back to this place if the food tasted sub-par.  It’s cute, has nice music, pretty pastries and exquisite staff to boot.
I walked in and instead of someone on the other side of the glass greeting me, a young guy came up beside me and asked how he could help me.  He was so nice and friendly I had to make sure he worked there and wasn’t just hitting on me!   What a great place near Wall Street to just sit and relax while you watch the world of money fly by.  It reminds me of a bakery you might find in Paris.  I tried a regular coffee and had the blueberry cheesecake pastry below that was made of real blueberries.  It was tasty and light and hit the right spot on a  rainy Tuesday afternoon.
I think the pictures say everything:

For more information on the Financier Bakery, go to their website at

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