Cheery RoundUP (9/19/14) featuring better world, better sushi, better menus

Hey.

What a Summer this has been! Put through the ringer in a very good, if hugely intense way, myself. I hope however you are leaving it, somehow you too are enriched.

Speaking of being bountiful, hopefully you saw NYC was named the most veg friendly city this week with an all vegetable skyline sculpture in much of the press around it. Here’s a good writeup from AM New York.

Last week I noted the Upper East Side Gobo has closed. (Think the very first EatUP I hosted official organizer was there October ’04. Wow.) And then a few of you said West Village Gobo has shuttered and been emptied too. Ugh.

Then a rumor came to life with this writeup about Angelica Kitchen faltering. Yes, get over there soon with a gaggle of green grubbers to support one of THE veteran businesses. PLEASE!

On a brighter note, and also revamped, is Quintessence‘s menu over to more small plates, a redesigned space plus a nifty image-heavy digital menu.

And it looks like Brooklyn will have a new vegan kosher spot very soon! Appreciate a first-hand report from someone eating there into October/Autumn.

A number of EatUPpers have written me recently about subletting, subletters and seeking a potential roommate (situation). In general, Facebook is a far better place to put the word out and connect with someone I’ve found. (FWIW My roommates have mostly come from Craigslist, with one through FB.) That said, please take a peek at EatUP’s message board to see if you might house or sublet to the visiting author Kim Stallwood from the U.K. late October/November.

Please check out This Week in ‪Vegan‬ Crowdfunding at least to learn more about Tomato Sushi!

I strongly encourage vegan projects, events, businesses, etc. to share 30 second announcements about their latest and greatest at Manhattan Vegan Drinks (last Thursdays). It’s a free event with a sizable, favorable audience that likes to be in the know!!! Of course, posting a FB event is another free way to get the word out when you invite interested folks to that event.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

This Sunday September is the People’s Climate March. Here’s one vegan contingent that’s participating.

Debuting Sunday, it’s The Scenario’s Vegan Cook-Off Challenge which will be a CHILI competition

Also on Sunday is the final Vegan Shop-Up in Manhattan at Moo Shoes.

Wednesday September 24, it’s the Running, Eating, Thinking” Book Launch from vegan editor & author Martin Rowe with his business, Lantern Press

Monday, October 20, I encourage you each to check out chef Da’Ves’ dinner pop-up with an apple themed menu. (Maybe there will be a Big Apple inspired soundtrack in the dining room to boot.)

 

Hope to toast a good few of you tomorrow at the inaugural Better Booze Festival. (Reminder: Ticket sales end TODAY, Friday! code: drinkbetter)

Demetrius

NYC Vegan EatUP

 

p.s. look for another RoundUP in three weeks after someone’s had some much needed time away!

Visibility RoundUP (9/12/14) featuring what’s done, a dynamic duo & a delicious duel

Howdy herbivores.

I’m seeing a lot of pumpkin this and pumpkin that bopping around. So I guess Summer has surrendered rather early here, eh? I love Autumn dearly. But, eh, what happened to super sizing things!???

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Please know Brooklyn Vegan Drinks is no more as V-Spot is super booked with outside events swaying veg, veg-curious and just plain ol’ hungry folks with their empanadas around the greater metro. Congrats to these successes. And thanks to Danny, Alex & their team for hosting this special event series and incredible specially made eats! Maybe it can return in the cooler months and/or with a collaborator?

Also gone now is the Upper East Side Gobo.

On the flip side of things and Central Park too, the Upper West Side recently welcomed a new Blossom Du Jour and relocated Cafe Blossom Uptown!
AND Beyond Sushi will open its 3rd location in Midtown (56th & 6th, if memory serves) in October!

And speaking of a flip, you may want to see this week’s Top Chef Duels episode with a 3-course vegan dinner challenge featuring diner and vegan filmmaker Rob Zombie!!

 

I strongly encourage vegan projects, events, businesses, etc. to share 30 second announcements about their latest and greatest at Manhattan Vegan Drinks (last Thursdays). It’s a free event with a sizable, favorable audience that likes to be in the know!!!

Of course, posting a FB event is another free way to get the word out when you invite interested folks to that event.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

TOMORROW Vegan Shop-Up returns to Pine Box Rock Shop next Saturday September 13. Future ones are scheduled for September 21, October 11, November 15, December 6, and December 20. Take/treat folks unfamiliar with it over there. It’s so special and fun.

By popular demand, the film Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret will be screened again at Jivamukti Yoga School NYC on Monday, Sept 15 at 8pm. If you haven’t seen it yet, come! Share and spread the word!

And there is another free Cowspiracy screening, Thursday, September 18, 6:30pm off Washington Square Park

Debuting Sunday September 21, it’s The Scenario’s Vegan Cook-Off Challenge which will be a CHILI competition

Wednesday September 24, it’s the Running, Eating, Thinking” Book Launch from vegan editor & author Martin Rowe with his business, Lantern Press

Monday, October 20, I encourage you each to check out chef Da’Ves’ dinner pop-up with an apple themed menu. (Maybe there will be a Big Apple inspired soundtrack in the dining room to boot.)

 

Peace y’all.

Demetrius
NYC Vegan EatUP

O N E RoundUP (9/5/14) featuring “Running, Eating, Thinking” + apple-themed vegan pop-up dinner

It was one EARLY morning in September 2004. Maybe like this one, when I clicked five, maybe six times. Curiosity led me to see just how many clicks it took to become NYC Vegan MEETUP’s organizer…

Greetings everyone.

I’m excited, and a bit stunned, to share that it’s now been one whole decade that I’ve been organizing this EatUP! WOWIE!??! Am reflecting on that and being vegan 20+ years on my fledgling blog during Vegan MoFo 2014. PLEASE know MoFo stands for month of food FYI.

Speaking of stunning, I am still salivating over the pondicherry (sp?) dosa from the NY Dosas dude in Wash Square Park. Had missed him many times before, so it was my first time sampling his great eats. (No wagging fingers at me!) What marvelous flavors he’s working there. Run, don’t walk!

Quite pleased by Marty’s Vegan Fast Food burger. OK, that’s an understatement. Knocked out and taken back 20+ years to when I ate at BK, Wendy’s and McDs! I automatically reach for my beloved strawberry milkshake and onion rings to complete the triple plat. MVFF serves up these wonderful burgers at the very hip Brooklyn Night Bazaar in Greenpoint. Please tell him EatUP sent you and your omnivore friends and/or your date, because BNB is a great place for one.

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If I haven’t said it here before, please know that Danny (of V-Spot) has been THRILLING it with the special eats at Brooklyn Vegan Drinks 2nd Thursdays each month. Didn’t know he could C O O K like that!!!

Was tickled by this video profile of Anita’s Creamline Coconut Yogurt; product is pricey though a ma zing. In part because she and her product rock, in part because like ‘marshmallow’ she persevred to get her formula and also in part because I think we need way more business stories documented in writings, videos, etc.

I strongly encourage vegan projects, events, businesses, etc. to share 30 second announcements about their latest and greatest at both the Manhattan (last Thursdays) and Brooklyn Vegan Drinks (2nd Thursdays). Both are free events and you have a prime audience that likes to be in the know!!!

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Vegan Shop-Up returns to Pine Box Rock Shop next Saturday September 13. Future ones are scheduled for September 21, October 11, November 15, December 6, and December 20. Please make a note of it.

By popular demand, the film Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret will be screened again at Jivamukti Yoga School NYC on Monday, Sept 15 at 8pm. If you haven’t seen it yet, come! Share and spread the word!

Debuting Sunday September 21, it’s The Scenario’s Vegan Cook-Off Challenge which will be a CHILI competition

Wednesday September 24, it’s the Running, Eating, Thinking” Book Launch from vegan editor-author Martin Rowe and his business, Lantern Press

Monday, October 20, I encourage you each to check out chef Da’Ves’ dinner pop-up with an apple themed menu. (Maybe there will be a Big Apple inspired soundtrack in the dining room to boot.)

 

Also, I’m playing with the idea of leading every so often classes at the V-Spot with a Monday night meal. One would be astrology of the season. Another would be a crowdfunding primer (spoiler: it’s a lotta friggin’ work and not at all free money). And another class would cover social media, likely with a powerhouse user of it among us. Sound good to you?

OK, I have been lucky enough to book some new clients AND travels for the very end of Summer, so I’m outta here to stay on top of my work piles!
Y’all be well (fed).

Demetrius
NYC Vegan EatUP

A Quiet Moment Like This

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My first meetup as organizer was October 2, 2004 at Gobo’s West Village location

It was a quiet moment like this. Early September. I wasn’t fully awake. Cooler temperature though, and the sun was up.

The waking thought was a loudly ringing question: how many clicks to become a meetup organizer. Out of curiosity, you know, I wasn’t REALLY interested in it being so new to NYC and all. I just wanted to be able to tell someone else that was ready for a carefully placed nudge to take it on.

And then after five, maybe six clicks – definitely not seven – I found out oh so very very quickly. Oops! I’ve just became organizer of NYC Vegan Meetup.

Hmmm, well, I did know what it involved having guest hosted my very first meetup before. And I knew I wanted to have the group meet and eat through all the boroughs. The many choices – greater vegan cuisine variety and otherwise here – are very much a part of why I moved from the Mini to the Big Apple after all!

And I knew meeting at Red Bamboo and the several “dynasties” of just meeting there needed to end IMMEDIATELY. (Google and go click through, you’ll see ’em, meetup after meetup there, then some donut place without vegan options in between them! But remember the web, and certainly meetup.com, were VERY different creatures then. Choosing a place operated by some peculiar mechanism that would probably make people pull out their hair, or grunt and click away today.)

I’d unwittingly asked and learned at the tail-end of my guest hosting July 2004’s vegan meetup that some members wanted to eat at places with more veggies on the menu, some without any veggie meats at all on the menu, and some craved to go further north in Manhattan, out of the Village (West AND East) – there was a new VegOut guide showing the many many options with a handy pullout map too.

So I thought, OK it’s too embarrassing to step down two minutes later with the whole group able to see it. I’ll do just it for one year, then re-evaluate, pass it off to someone if need be.

If memory serves that first anniversary of leading what’s now NYC Vegan EatUP including maybe three minutes “reevaluating”.

…now here I am about to start my 11 year with custody of my unexpected ward. And a great many adventures, big and small, by way of a few clicks in a quiet moment like this.

Amazon’s 3rd Pilot Season, Part 2 – the dramas

So I did take a look at Hysteria and Hand of God after getting soaked in the HEAVY rain rushing home to avoid the flash flood my phone warned about.

Hysteria is well made and cast. However, I’m not so into the premise as executed here or writing for it. Feels like a smart sci fi premise with a lowbrow story realization. Which doesn’t meet in a happy middle for me. Then again, this is so unlikely after me as a regular viewer. In short, the sexual politics felt too elementary school, and heavy handed at connecting the present and past situations.  This is a definite PASS for me. (Points on a good number of POC shown here.)

Hand of God seems far more aware of itself and allows for quite a bit of playing around power in politics, religion, and family. Again, points for POCs being well involved here. This I could’ve kept watching more episodes of. Not sure if it will bear out the many great ideas of narrative and characters. Will be interested to see more though. Or otherwise read about what the creator was thinking, if it doesn’t come to screen.

Overall, I think Amazon is on the right track batting a bit better than major tv networks. I would prefer way less naked female chests here though. Talk about gratuitous – OY! (And yes, I am pro-nudity if/when it makes sense female, and, you guessed it, male too.)

 

 

 

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