This recipe is one of those vegan recipes you can put in front of any carnivore with no need to specify. Not because it tastes like meat, but because it is gosh darn delicious!
A vegetarian friend told us about Vegucated, a documentary that made him turn vegan. We put off watching the documentary, knowing that it would motivate us to make the switch, too. After we finally watched it, Jon and I looked at each other and said, “We have to, right?” I won’t go into detail, but I will tell you that if you are an animal lover, then even cheese is not really that cool. Animal cruelty aside, don’t even talk about global warming if you eat meat. The amount of energy it takes to make meat, from the water and petroleum based fertilizers to grow the animal feed through processing the final “product” is astounding. Why can’t we just live in ignorant bliss?
So now we are vegans! (That was a sarcastic exclamation point.) Well we are vegan-ish; we are not perfect. It’s been difficult to retrain our brains but we are surviving and Jon is really a vegan whiz chef. The idea to make these Baja Style Oyster Mushroom Tacos just popped into his head. As a tough fish taco critic, I think these are a lot better than fish tacos. And that isn’t the vegan talking.
Baja Style Oyster Mushroom Tacos
• Make a beer batter with some flour and beer, salt and pepper. The batter should be the consistency of thick pancake batter and not too watery. Coat oyster mushrooms in the batter and deep fry in vegetable oil. Season with salt and pepper.
• Top with chipotle mayo, which can be easily made by mixing some mayonaise or veganaise with canned chipotle peppers or chipotle sauce in adobo.
• Top with corn salsa, made with chopped red onions, red peppers, corn, tomato, cilantro and lime.
• Top with fresh shredded red cabbage.
• Serve on your choice of corn or flour tortilla.
¿Necesita ayuda para alimentar a su familia o gustaría ser voluntario de tu tiempo? Pueden ayudar la Iglesia de Greenpoint e Iglesia de la Ascensión. Por favor, vea en la dirección y horarios más abajo.
Iglesia de Greenpoint
136 Milton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Horario: Miércoles 6-7m Cena; Despensa de comida 10- 5pm Jueves
Iglesia de la Ascensión – Despensa de Comida
122 Java St, Brooklyn 11222
Horario: Mar 10-11am
• Poetry Teachers Open Mic @ Milk and Roses (1110 Manhattan Ave) 7-10pm, FREE, come and sing, dance, act, be funny, be a writer, try out new work, play music, or just hang out with some good friends, featured poets: Thomas Fucaloro and Ryan Buynak • Bike Night @ Brooklyn Brewery (70 No. 11th St) 7:30-9:30pm, FREE, kick off fundraiser/rider registration for BRAKING AIDS Ride in support of Housing Works, live entertainment, prizes, pizza, $2 drafts. Register to ride and drink FREE! RSVP • Barely Legal: Live Comedy @ The Palace (206 Nassau Ave) 9-11pm, FREE, stand-up comedy show is hosted by Natalie Shure and Lauren Vino • Emotional Rescue: Rolling Stones Party @ Manhattan Inn (632 Manhattan Ave) 11pm-3am, expect very tight pants, ironic British babbling, rooster-like dancing, a heightened sense of sexiness, freedom, and bliss, RSVP
• East Bank Music Series @ Church of The Ascension (127 Kent St) 7:30-8:45pm, $10, Music by Dimestore Dance / Ezekiel Healy / Browngrass Current • Resolve @ Brooklyn Photo One Night Only (39 Ainslie St, #3) 6-9pm, Featuring collaborative work by Alexander Porter and James George • Total Control / Raspberry Bulbs / Crazy Spirit / Survival @ 285 Kent, 8pm, $10, RSVP
• Bock Party @ Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Ave) 12pm-10pm, a celebration of spring, warm weather, and strong German beer. • March Against Monsanto @ Union Square (50 E. 17th St) 1pm, the Monsanto Protection Act is a bill that recently passed that states that the Secretary of Agriculture may grant temporary deregulation status so that genetically modified organism (GMO) farmers and growers may continue the cultivation of biotech crops even as legal challenges against the safety of those crops are underway, and prevents courts from interceding the review process, RSVP • Var / Pharmakon / Anthony Naples DJ set @ The Rink (67 West St) 9pm, $10
• An Evening With Tica Douglas @ Manhattan Inn (632 Manhattan Ave) 10pm, Intimate Live Acoustic Record Release
TUESDAY 5/28 • Affordable Housing Happy Hour @ NAG (110 Kent Ave.) 5-8pm, Beers + CUP’s Affordable Housing Tool Kit = NAG Action Nite, RSVP
* Greenpointers’ Pick ♫ Music ♥ Pheremones likely ♦ Art Event ☺ Comedy Event # Foodie Event
Who listens to radio these days? I enjoy some WNYC action from time to time (when they are not doing a pledge-drive, of course), and my neighbor across the airshaft seems to enjoy sports radio at elevated volume levels around 7 a.m., so there are at least two of us. But after some research I discovered that, much to my surprise, my neighbor and I are not the only radio listening New Yorkers. There are millions of us!
I also learned that WNYC, my favorite radio station (see above), transmitted from Greenpoint, Brooklyn, for over 50 years, sited in what is now the aptly named WNYC Transmitter Park. The park—located where Greenpoint Avenue hits the East River—was opened in 2012 after a two-year, $12 million redevelopment project. The final product is lovely, with natural wetland landscaping, a pedestrian bridge and pier, killer views of Manhattan, and a nautically-themed children’s play area that reflects the site’s waterfront context. Continue reading →
You’ve had this conversation before: a friend describes someone from Greenpoint, “a young white dude, covered in tattoos,” but that’s every guy in Greenpoint and needs some elaboration. She continues with “beard, rides a bike,” and you’re still stumped.
The Greenpointer I am describing is 18 year old Derek Atson, an enthusiastic and friendly young guy who was born and raised on Monitor St. He proudly shows off his huge chest tattoos of the old Greenpoint tanks and the G-train. And he raps about the neighborhood he loves.
His stage name is Can’t Stop Atson and he recently won a Def Jam Showcase, an esteemed accomplishment for any budding MC. Continue reading →
Whether gifting an out-of-towner with a bit of local flair, or you just want to show off your neighborhood pride, repping Greenpoint is sure to get you major street cred. See below for our favorite picks from around the ‘hood.
CAFÉ GRUMPY TOTE – $14
Café Grumpy – 193 Meserole Ave
Already loved by GP locals, Café Grumpy is almost famous for it’s reoccurring role on ‘Girls’ as the place of work for Hannah and [real life Greenpoint fixture] Ray. This tote is sure to impress by displaying a dual appreciation for artisanal coffee and local pop culture.
GREENPOINT TERMINAL WAREHOUSE TEE – $38
Alter – 140 Franklin St
A major neighborhood fixture, the Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse is a place of mystery and history. Originally established as the largest rope factory in the country, this structure has seen some of the best and worst of our neighborhood’s past, from a women-fueled 1910 riot to a 2003 Santacon after party (dubbed the Sick Santa Explorathon). Get in a nostalgic spirit by rocking one of these – just be sure to know something about the establishment first.
BROOKLYNSKI NECKLACE – $55
In God We Trust – 70 Greenpoint Ave
Add some love to your layers with this brass-etched Greenpoint signage necklace made by local jewelry designer ‘Brooklynski’. Available in both black and white on 16″ chains. Bonus: Half of all proceeds go to funding arts programs at Brooklyn public schools.
GREENPOINT TEE – $14.95
Cato’s Army & Navy – 654 Manhattan Ave
Maybe the best gift on the list, this comfy tee comes in 4 colors and ranges in sizes from Small to 2XL. It is sure to suit anyone from your Great Aunt Margo to your obese cousin Timmy.
GREENPOINT PHOTO BOOK – $25
Kill Devil Hill, 170 Franklin St
Compiled by Greenpointers’ owner, Jen G., this photographic journal of our beloved ‘hood makes a perfect coffee table book – slash – conversation starter. Mosey on over to Kill Devil Hill to show GP some love while dually helping to support our beloved boss.
WORD TOTE AND TEES – $8 & $20
Word, 126 Franklin Street
Show off your nerdy know-how by supporting our amazing local bookshop with the purchase and sporting of either of these versatile products. Think a T-shirt isn’t versatile? Think again. Try wearing it under a blazer paired with skinny jeans and pumps (OK – go ahead and add the horn-rimmed glasses) and voilà, geek chic.
We found this T-Shirt designed by Greenpoint artist Chris Smith AKA Subtexture at the recent Greenpoint Gallery Night. The copy on the website reads: “Celebrate gentrification and the taste of fresh chicken with this shirt!” When asked why it doesn’t read “Live Poultry Laughter” as the actual sign on Greenpoint Ave reads since vandals erased the S, Chris said – “because that isn’t funny!”
Have you ever wondered about the little elementary school at the corner of Norman and Eckford Streets? Three fun facts you should know: it was formerly a hospital; it is the oldest continually operating elementary school in Brooklyn; and the first ever benefit for the art education at PS 34 The Art Party happens this coming Wednesday May 22, 2013 at 7pm at From The Source (69 West St).
Come meet your neighbors, purchase amazing art, eat, drink, and dance in support of art education at PS 34 this Wednesday, May 22nd. Tickets at $40 and can be purchased at Cup at (79 Norman Ave), Greenpoint Toys (738 Manhattan Ave), or at the door.