Wednesday, December 30, 2015

This is just a test! I'm switching photos from @Swarmapp to @Instagram for 2016, along with a whole bunch of other big improvements for the new year! Make sure to like and follow me to catch every post!

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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Easy Recipe: Vikka Masala

(No picture because I ate it all already. It was delicious!)

So I love Indian food.  And lucky for me, a lot of it is vegetarian, and if you can avoid the dairy, it is also easy to get it vegan as well! You should know by now that I barely ever cook.  Ever. So when I manage to make something I like to parade it around like it's a huge revelation.  I'm really proud of this one! And this was SO EASY! It's made mostly of things that people have around.

A note: I don't put quantities or times on anything, because once a friend's Taiwanese grandmother tried to teach us how to make dumplings and the whole time she was like "if you like X, add more X, mix this and that till it looks right, cook it till it's done" etc etc.


  • An onion. The more you like onion, use a bigger the onion
  • Garlic.  The more you like garlic, use more garlic (duh!)
  • Rice.  In my case, it's leftover rice from the last time I ordered delivery. Those restaurants are always delivering too much rice! You can make fresh rice if you're up for it. 
  • Marinara Sauce. A simple one is good, mostly tomato, olive oil, garlic and salt. I had half a jar leftover from when I made spaghetti the other day (also a major event!). 
  • A ton of spices.  I added curry powder and lemon pepper from Trader Joe's, coriander (I don't even know what this really tastes like, it was just in the cabinet), and some chili pepper. Basically add in whatever you've got, the more the merrier. Depending on what's in there, this will end up somewhere on the Tikka Masala/Tomato Risotto spectrum.  
  • Olive oil.

Chop up the onion and garlic. Sautee the onion in olive oil on medium heat until it gets browned. Add in the garlic, stir that around too. Mmmm, enjoy the smell. Dump a ton of spices on top of the onion and garlic, and stir that round too, adding a little more olive oil if you feel like it.  Dump the rice in, stir that around.  Dump in some pasta sauce. Stir that all around, add a little water if it's too thick. Add more spices.  Eat it straight out of the pot with your spatula, but be sure to put a trivet on the table first.

You're welcome!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

East Village Meetup!!

Announcing a new Meetup for the NYC Vegans Meetup Group!
When: Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 7:00 PM
Where: V Spot
12 Saint Marks Pl (bet. 2nd & 3rd Aves.)
New York, NY 10003
For complete information and to RSVP:

The V-Spot Cafe is a popular and beloved 100% Latin Vegan restaurant in Park Slope, Brooklyn. It is owned and operated by brothers (and meetup group members) Danny Carabano and Alex Carabano.
I've got some wonderful news. They are opening a second location in the East Village. Their new, large 112-seat restaurant is not yet fully complete, but a couple of days ago they had a "soft opening" so that their hoards of devoted fans can do an initial check-out of the new location!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Wannabegan Book Giveaway!

I mentioned the Make Your Own Rules Diet in a previous post because it's a totally Wannabegan book, and now I have a few iBook copies to give away! (OK, the free download card came from Starbucks, I just picked up an extra for you!) To win,

1) Follow Wannabegan on twitter

2) Leave a comment on this post with your twitter handle and your favorite restaurant to eat vegan in NYC!

Looking forward to finding out where you love to eat and trying it out for myself!

Winner will be chosen April 14, 2015 download needs to happen by April 21, 2015

Alpha Fusion's New Vegan Dishes

(This post completely lifted from Alpha's mailing list. Support their move toward a vegan menu!)

Why are we serving vegan dishes now after 7 years in business?

I became a vegetarian last September, after a Buddhism retreat to Prince Edwards Island in Canada where our monastery is located.
Since becoming a vegetarian, I have found it hard to eat out as there are not a lot of vegetarian restaurants. So, I started thinking that it would be better if more restaurants served vegetarian dishes for people like me. 
After owning a sushi restaurant for more than 7 years, I didn't really have experience in vegetarian cooking. Fortunately, one of my classmates in the Buddhism class that I take on Mondays is a distributor of vegan food. 

He gave me a bunch of samples to try, and the Alpha Fusion chefs and I experimented. 
After a few tries, we came up with following items:

Alpha New Vegetarian Dishes
(made with soy protein)

New Veg. Appetizer
Veg. Boneless Spare Ribs w. BBQ Sauce: $6

Grilled Veg. fish steak with honey miso sauce with eggplant & asparagus: $6

Panko Veg. Chicken with chili peanut sauce: $6

New Veg. Entree  LUNCH/DINNER

Veg. Sweet & Sour Pork w. red onion, red pepper, zucchini, sweet peas & pineapple: $8/$12

Veg. Basil Chicken w. red onion, red pepper, zucchini & sweet peas: $8/$12
I also believe that vegetarian eating is:
1. good for the environment 
2. good for your health 
3. animal friendly

I look forward to trying these new menu items with you,
Henry Yang

Having a party?
Alpha Fusion offers a variety of platters for any occasion and even provides an on-site sushi chef to enhance any event!
365 West 34th Street
(between 8th & 9th avenues)
New York, NY
T: (212) 279-8887

Order online and get $5 off your first order

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Sat: 5 PM - 11 PM
Sun: 12 PM - 11 PM
Late Night Menu Service for dine-in only
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