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Lessons in Vegan Wine at Adelina’s

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Vegan Chianti at Adelina's

Call me ignorant but, until recently, I wasn’t remotely aware that most wine production is largely un-vegan.

This changed when I paid a visit to Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave.) to sample a glass from their newest wine casks and Toby, the lovely owner, told me that their new Chianti is not only produced in an organic way but it is also vegan, to which I expressed some surprise. Aren’t all wines vegan? Isn’t that the joy of grapes? Apparently not. But given the way that vegan friends of mine happily knock back any wine available, I had a hunch that they weren’t in on this fact either. Continue reading

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Top Brunching with Brooklyn Label’s New Chef José Luis Diaz

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Cuban Tamale with Pulled Pork

Whenever we have friends in town, the weekend usually starts with a hearty Greenpoint brunch to show off the neighborhood. And although there’s been endless new places opening up recently, when it comes to wowing visitors we often end up leaning on old classics for great food and reliable service

Brooklyn Label (180 Franklin St.) is one of these classics. Continue reading

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Gift Guide: Crystalyn Kae Handbags (DISCOUNT!)

Crystalyn Kae handbags are made sustainably in the USA

The new trend that is sticking in fashion is sustainable designs made right here in the USA. Crystalyn Kae’s handbag are just that and the designs are functional works of art!

Rain or Shine - Crystalyn Kae handbags are durable and vegan!

Since 2001, Crystalyn Kae Accessories has designed and produced women’s handbags and accessories from ethically sourced and reclaimed materials. Crystalyn Kae products are available in over 40 specialty boutiques, our online store and featured in the press.

These one of a kind hobos, laptop totes and cross-body bags are created in a unique blend of vegan fabrics and recycled leather to enhance your personal style.

Crystalyn’s bags are durable enough to carry everything you need: rain or shine. With adjustable straps, and versatile inner pockets, you will stay organized and ready for work, play, or travel.

Discount code 15% off + Free shipping w/code: MADEINNYC until Dec. 16.

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Featured Vendor: Yeah Dawg!

Yeah Dawg!!! Loaded Kale Caesar Platter

Being vegan ain’t easy – especially because you can’t eat things like hot dogs. Well the time has come when every vegan can enjoy a hot dog. Yeah Dawg!, NYC’s only all vegan, soy-free, gluten-free, hot dog cart is bringing vegan hot dogs and other comfort food to our Holiday Market this Sunday! Continue reading

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Veggie Burger Diaries: Champs Junior

The latest veggie burger escapade took myself and a friend to Champs Junior (620 Manhattan Ave), near Nassau Ave in Greenpoint.

This is an all VEGAN burger, which brings us to the topic of this entry: the humanity! Continue reading

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Veggie Burger Diaries: Mrs. Kim’s

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Mrs. Kim's Veggie Burger

I had a secret ladies lunch at Mrs. Kim’s (160 Franklin St) and used it as an opportunity to sample the veggie burger that came highly recommended from a reader. I can’t tell you why the lunch was a secret or who I was with because then it wouldn’t be a secret, but I can tell you there was major girl talk going on that paralleled my decision to order the veggie burger. Continue reading

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Adelina’s – (Mostly) Vegetarian With New Vegan & Gluten-Free Options

Have you been to Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave) lately? For the vegetarians and vegans among us, Adelina’s is secretly and ALMOST totally vegetarian – with many vegan and gluten-free options. Plus Adelina’s owner Toby recently introduced a vegan Italian street food called Farinata, which he invited us over for a try. Of course we don’t just eat and drink when we go to Adelina’s – we also shoot the you know what with Toby. Continue reading

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Champs Jr Opens in Greenpoint Today!

Champs Bakery, our favorite vegan diner (on Leonard and Ainslie in Williamsburg), gave birth to a baby today in Greenpoint, little Champs Junior.

Baby Champs is located on Manhattan Ave between Driggs and Nassau and will be open from 9am-6pm. Give it a try and let us know if it’s as good (or better) than the original.

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GREENPOINT VEGGIE BURGER DIARIES: BROOKLYN LABEL

Last week was a rough for me. 911 always brings me down plus I got doored with a capital – slam me into the middle of the street – D! It was one of the scariest and alienating experiences of my life. After I got up and picked up my bicycle, the first thing the driver said was not, “are you okay?” but “you were going to fast.” After the rage subsided I started shaking and crying uncontrollably, which is a little awkward on Graham Ave with all the staring passersby. Thankfully, I’m totally fine, bruised up but alive. The mental trauma and my general disenchantment with NY set in for a few days afterwards – it’s such a rough and unforgiving place sometimes.  Continue reading

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Veggie Burger Diaries: Greenpoint Heights (and Vagina Cult)

Not sure if I ever told you that I participated in a Mastermind Group. I’m not a big fan of self-help or group activities for that matter, but I was drawn to this idea because of the “accountability” element. Anyone can start a Mastermind and you can even give it its own catchy title. Jon coined the term “Vagina Cult” for ours since it was myself and three other talented wonderful women.

We agreed to keep it all confidential: “The first rule of vagina cult, you don’t talk about Vagina Cult,” so I will leave the details and participants out of it, but the main idea is you meet regularly and at each meeting you have a specific amount of time when you talk. It’s timed so you don’t ramble on like a lunatic. Someone takes notes and at the following meeting you talk about whether you have accomplished those goals you set the meeting prior. Continue reading

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