Beyond Sushi

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One of the many wonderful things about NYC is the food—this is a town that caters to practically any kind of diet you can think of. It’s especially friendly to vegetarians and vegans. The other night, I had the pleasure of dining with a few herbivore friends at Beyond Sushi (which I think I maybe first heard about on Valerie’s blog?).

This place is the creation of Hell’s Kitchen, finalist, Chef Guy Vaknin, who saw a need for delicious, vegan sushi, and began creating gorgeous fruit and vegetable sushi. Each piece comes wrapped in either black forbidden rice or a customized six-grain rice blend. Tofu, veggie purées, and delicious sauces like toasted Cayenne, Carrot Ginger, Shiitake Teriyaki, Mango Chili, or White Miso take the place of high-sodium soy sauce (though you can still find it on the table). There are also delicious noodle soup bowls as well as appetizers and desserts.

There are only three small tables in the East 14th Street location, but we managed to score a spot by the window. Every single thing we ordered was delicious. My friends shared some sushi (and were kind of enough to share—I can totally vouch for the “Crunch N’ Munch” roll) and coconut curry noodles, while I went with a mushroom-tastic soba noodle bowl with white miso sauce. beyond sushi mushroom noodles

F-ing awesome. Did I ever mention that mushrooms are one of my favorite foods ever? If I lived closer, I would probably eat here all the time. I already can’t wait to go back. For those of you who prefer to stick to the west side, there’s also a location called The Green Roll in Chelsea Market. I’m looking for an excuse to visit soon. You should too.

Have you ever had vegetarian sushi? Do you like mushrooms? 

Keeping it Real in Food & Wine Magazine

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Hello hello—Happy Thursday! This morning, I have some exciting news to share!

Remember that time I went out for ramen with some friends in Astoria? Food & Wine magazine just featured my photo from that delicious meal, along with a piece about food trends to try this yearFood and Wine Jan 9 2013

Which reminds me…it’s been way to long since I’ve had ramen. Need to fix that ASAP!

Do you like ramen? 

What I Ate Wednesday #80

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Another week, another What I Ate Wednesday. As always, thanks to Jenn for hosting the weekly link party. To see more WIAW from other bloggers, visit Peas & Crayons.

Since I’ve been showing you a lot of Sundays and Mondays, I thought I’d switch things up this week and show you what I ate Saturday instead.

This past Saturday was one of the most fun in recent memory. I seem to be on a roll this month (we’ll see about next week, when I’m working at the hospital…)—thank you for being awesome, October!

I promised myself I’d keep the day work-free, so I started off with another donation-based yoga class, ran some errands, and then met up with some lovely ladies at the Cloisters, where I’d never been, despite living in NYC almost 5 years. I ran home to write some emails and paint my nails before dinner and drinks in Astoria. I may have gotten home a little before midnight, but I’d had such a great, full day, I went to bed super-satisfied—and worn out from all that walking! I enjoyed a lot of good food, too. Not having to rely on the hospital cafeteria is nice.

Breakfast: Pancake topped with non-fat ricotta & homemade cranberry sauce; nectarine slices 

Lunch: Homemade bean soup w/ extra kale & sprouted grain toast w/ hummus & roasted red pepper 

Snack: Green smoothie (skim milk + xanthan gum + 1/2 frozen banana + spinach + ice) with a little cereal on top  

Dinner: Miso Ramen at Hinomaru Ramen in Astoria; later, some red wine at a nearby bar 

Snack: chopped granny smith apple w/ cinnamon & pumpkin pie spice + ~1 tbsp oats, microwaved ~3 minutes and topped with  more cranberry sauce 

Do you try to leave certain days “work-free?” How about turning in early on a Saturday night? What was the best thing you ate last weekend?