Spiegel: The East Village's Own Taste Of The Mediterranean

The East Village’s latest addition, Spiegel (26 1st Ave., New York, NY 10009), puts its own twist on dining by creating a restaurant which is perfect for a quick bite at breakfast or dinner and a drink in the evening. In an open spot with attractive decor, guests will feel at home as soon as they sit down, but one glance at the menu reveals that the dining experience will bring them on a trip across the globe.

Serving up continental cuisine with a focus on Mediterranean, Israeli, and Moroccan influences, the dishes host familiar ingredients which are brought to life by unique seasonings and spices. Along these lines, the majority of the options are vegetable based, but regardless of what is ordered, guests will receive huge portions, so sharing is definitely recommended.

Weekend Pick: Green Festival At Walter E. Washington Convention Center

There is nothing better than living clean and green. If you agree, you won't want to miss the DC Green Festival's 10th celebration this weekend! A two-day only event, May 31st and June 1st, that will allow you to sample a wide selection of products and services to help you live a healthier, greener life!

At this festival, there will be something for everyone to enjoy about every aspect of living green: food, fashion, health, energy, construction, and design. If that does not pique your interest, there will also be vegan and vegetarian cooking demos, educational activities for families, panel discussions, and live music and entertainment to brighten up the days. With over 300 eco-friendly businesses to shop at all day on top of everything else, this event couldn't get any better.

Weekend Pick: Veggie Pride Parade

If you’re one of the 8.3 million Americans that identify as Vegan or Vegetarian, we have just the thing to keep you busy this weekend! The 7th annual Veggie Pride Parade takes place this Sunday (March 30th) at noon. The event is being put on by VivaVegie Society, a nonprofit vegetarian activist group dedicated to raising awareness and support for the Veg lifestyle, and is sponsored by awesome groups like and United Poultry Concerns.

Pippali Celebrates Diwali with a New Vegetarian Menu!

Since it’s opening in early October, Pippali has given the Indian cuisine market a new trendy look. Its fusion of traditional Indian flavors and modern concepts has made it stand out as a top contender in trend setting restaurants. Their tantalizing dishes blend sweet, spicy, and tangy flavors in delectable concoctions that will have your taste buds in for a treat. And now they’re kicking up their already delicious menu with their new all vegetarian menu in honor of Diwali.

Celebrate Plant Foods with World Vegetarian Day!

Tomorrow, October 1st, Celebrate World Vegetarian day with some of NYC's most unexpected Veggie Dishes.

Barbecue joints are infamous for lacking any and all vegetarian options-- even a side salad will be smothered in bacon bits! Virgil’s Real Barbecue is a southern barbecue restaurant that should be known for its tasty vegetable dishes. The Grilled Vegetable Salad filled with grilled and marinated yellow peppers, carrots, eggplant, brocollini, cauliflower and asparagus tossed over mixed greens with cheddar cheese.

FALL in Love with LUSH

It is the month of September, and whether you’d like to admit it or not, summer-lovers, the air is getting crisper, leaves are dancing to the ground, and fall is imminent. Autumn-romantics: rejoice!

Along with this glorious season brings the bustle of back to school. Don’t lie, even if you’ve been out of the classroom for years, you know the utterly blissful feeling of a brand new box of unused, perfectly narrow-tipped colorful crayons, a fresh, un-doodled planner, and pencils, sharp with erasers still intact. Yes, and a new pair of sweet kicks. This feeling of a clean slate, a new beginning and a fresh start is one that is comforting and reminiscent of a simpler time. You might not be breaking out the new zippered AND Velcroed Trapper Keeper, but LUSH Cosmetics has a way you can feel new and young again while getting so fresh and so clean (clean).

First Course: Tofu with Three Salts at Ootoya

When looking over a menu, there are often a few things that catch our eye: the familiar, the strange, and perhaps a new dish with some of my favorite ingredients. Often after agonizing decision making, we'll veer towards the familiar or the favorites, not wanting to risk a bad meal on a night out.

This past Saturday, however, we went to dinner at Ootoya in Chelsea, and a dish on the appetizer list sounded too interesting to pass up:

"Homemade Tofu with World Selected Salt"

Yes, we have plenty of salt and tofu at home, but words like "homemade" and "world' stand out; we needed to get my chopsticks on this starter.

FIRST COURSE Veggie Burger
How to Throw a Tasty Vegetarian BBQ

Vegetarian Burgers:

Morningstar Grillers Prime are a good choice in terms of a very general-tasting veggie burger. They are made primarily of wheat gluten and soy protein, rather than vegetables. The patties can be dressed up with basic sauces like ketchup, hot sauce or barbecue sauce, and taste best on a roll with lettuce.

The Gardenburger Original is another veggie-burger classic. These small patties are low in calories and fat, and made up of mushrooms, onions, cooked brown rice and some cheeses. These taste good on a roll with sliced avocado and alfalfa sprouts.

FIRST COURSE Cherry Lane Farm's Summer Squash
The Third Annual Greenmarket to Gotham

Recently, there has been a surge in restaurants dedicated to “farm to table” menus, because if anyone knows the importance of fresh and locally-sourced produce and other foods, it’s the restaurant industry. With the realistic thought of “No Farms, No Food” in mind, Gotham Bar & Grill kicked off their third annual Greenmarket to Gotham 2-course vegetarian prix fixe lunch menu ($25). The Greenmarket lunch program continues for the next twelve weeks with a menu changing weekly. Highlighted on the menu are some of Gotham’s favorite regional farms and purveyors featured at the nearby Union Square Greenmarket.

Soul Tempeh: A Tasty, Healthy Recipe

Soul Tempeh is a delicious vegan concoction that mixes healthy food with fried food, American cuisine with Asian cuisine, and bitter greens with sweet starches. A light dish prepared this way tastes great, but is not super greasy and overly filling.


  • 18 oz brick of tempeh, chopped into 20-24 small pieces
  • 2 medium yams, peeled and chopped
  • ½ bunch of kale, stems and leaves coarsely chopped, 1 cup water
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 cup uncooked Basmati Rice, 2 cups water
  • Canola Oil
  • Dash of Salt
  • Dash of Pepper