My Vegetarian Experiment

by ADMIN on AUGUST 24, 2010

August 15. That’s the day I was walking down 5th Avenue on my way to the Diesel store when a series of thoughts came to mind

“It sure has to be tough being a vegetarian.”

Followed by,

“I wonder if I could ever do that?”

Followed by,

“Maybe I’ll challenge myself for five days and see if I can do it.”

Starting that afternoon I had started my little experiment of not eating meat… and as of today I’ve still not had any. And hey, I’m only kind of starving!

See, I was raised pretty southern and my eating habits have never been anything to get excited about. Quite frankly, I don’t know how I’ve managed not to weight 250 pounds.

Anyway, my thought was that by forcing myself to cut out meat (not sure of the timeframe) that it would force me to expose myself to new things – things that I’d typically turn my nose up at.

I left the door open to eat fish, but at this point it hasn’t been part of my little experimental diet.

Who knows, I might have a relapse tomorrow and find myself at the nearest Wendy’s.

Westville = Great Food, Great Atmosphere

by ADMIN on JULY 15, 2010

Wednesday evening I had dinner at this great little spot called Westville in Chelsea. There’s also an East Village location and I highly recommend you check out the restaurant if you’re in the area.

Westville had a hip little vibe, but not pretentions, which isn’t my style at all. And then there’s the food! It took me probably 10 minutes before I could narrow down my “wants,” which is typically not the norm. I’m a picky eater for the most part, which is why Westville’s menu stood out so much. They really seem to have something for everyone and they have a market fresh sides menu that is huge!

Of course, to finish the night off with a piece of hot apple pie and vanilla ice-cream was fantastic! Click the photos below to enlarge them.

Dewey’s Candy Shop

Share I recently ventured over to Brooklyn to have lunch with a friend, and somehow or another she got me to stop by Dewey’s candy store. I begged and pleaded not to go [not really], but lost the battle and suddenly found myself saying, “I haven’t had one of these in forever!”

If you’re ever in Brooklyn and get a sweet tooth (do they even say that in NYC?) I highly suggest you stop by Dewey’s. They have just about every type of candy you could possibly imagine… and then some. Click the photos below to enlarge them.

Friday Night Dinner at Quality Meats

Share Last Friday night I went to Quality Meats to have dinner with one of my new New York City friends. Believe it or not, it’s the first nice meal I’ve had since I’ve been here. I’m all for doing things by myself, but there’s something about going out to eat at a nice restaurant solo that seems… well, pointless.

The atmosphere at Quality Meats was what I might call “New York chill” – meaning, the service was upscale, the décor was posh and patrons attire was all over the board..

The steak (filet) was fantastic and I enjoyed myself, but I’m not so sure paying that much is my style. Maybe it’s because I’m southern and somewhat simple minded (call it a flaw) when it comes to food… No matter how I look at it, I can’t help but simply think of food as fuel.

Anyway, if you’d like to have a nice dining experience and eat good steak… give Quality Meats a try. By the way, don’t pay too much attention to my mention of price, I’m probably much more frugal than the average New Yorker and probably being slightly dramatic.

Grimaldi’s vs Lambardi’s: Pizza, Pizza, Pizza

Share There’s one thing I know without a doubt, and it’s that I love pizza. And what’s odd, is that I’m perfectly content with a cheese pizza… but toppings are a good way to mix it up every now and then. There are two classic pizza places in NYC that I’ve heard a lot about: