Beat the Heat with Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream!

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Van Leeuwen owner Laura O’Neill scooping some ice cream! All images © Sidney Bensimon

About eight years ago, Greenpointers began seeing the butter-yellow Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream trucks popping up on our streets, often with one of the owners, Laura O’Neill and brothers Pete & Ben Van Leeuwen, inside. It didn’t take long—they were approached by a Whole Foods rep literally on their first day of business back in June 2008—for the Greenpoint locals to become the next big thing in ice cream. But of course, every “next big thing” in food needs a brick-and-mortar shop, and with their hearts already in the neighborhood, the team opened up their very first ice cream shop on Manhattan & Bedford in early spring 2010.
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A Taste for Books: Bryant Terry’s Afro-Vegan

Collage from Archestratus' Instagram
Collage via Archestratus’ Instagram

Welcome to a new Greenpointers food series called A Taste for Books. We’ll be taking a page from the monthly cookbook club and potluck hosted by our Greenpoint neighbors, Archestratus (visit them at 160 Huron Street), featuring a different cookbook each month paired with insights from the monthly discussion. Thanks for joining us on this adventure that will highlight scrumptious recipes, dissect interesting ingredients and generally recap what happens when you mix cooks with books in Greenpoint.

First up – Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed (2014). Read more after the jump. Continue reading

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Roasted Golden Beets with Sautéed Greens


Roasted Golden Beets with Sautéed Greens
Golden beets and greens in all their glory.

With the expansion of the compost program to Greenpoint last year, it became easier than ever to send our food waste to the fertilizer lot, instead of to the landfill. 

This was a majorly positive step. But as I collected my scraps each week, I suddenly became acutely aware of just how much of the food I bought ended up as waste in the bin.

Was this actually consciousness, or was I just going through the motions? I set out to find ways to incorporate these misunderstood ingredients into my meals, and subsequently ended up putting together some of my favorite recipes. 

This golden beet dish is tangy yet sweet, and is perfect as a both a main or side dish. Best of all, it uses the entire plant, which means no more tragically forsaken greens.

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Sweet & Spicy Slow Cooker Root Vegetable Stew

Sweet & Spicy Slow Cooker Root Vegetable Stew
Stew served with a side of blue corn chips for dipping.

Slow cooker veggie stews top my list of minimal effort, maximum nutrient recipes. Not to mention they are extremely delicious. 

This one uses seven different vegetables with a focus on the roots, including my personal favorite, rutabaga. Rutabaga is the child of turnip and cabbage, and when cooked, it is sweet and savory with the texture of a potato. (Turnip and cabbage are also in this stew, because who am I to separate a family?) I have found  rutabaga at the McCarren Park Greenmarket recently, and it is always available at the Union Square Greenmarket.

I use arrowroot powder to thicken my stews as a healthier alternative to corn starch. It is flavorless and very nutritious.

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Jungle Cafe: Fresh, Delicious & Vegan

Jungle Cafe
Jungle Cafe

“Wow,” someone said as I waited in line on opening day. “I’m not even a vegetarian, but there’s definitely way too much bacon in this area. This is a relief.”

Jungle Cafe (996 Manhattan Ave) is certainly a relief for the vegetarians and vegans of North Brooklyn. But fortunately it’s also incredibly delicious and so comes as a welcome addition to the rest of us as well. Continue reading

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Eat Green in Greenpoint: Local Vegan Awareness Day (06/21)


Have you been thinking of cutting down on your meat intake but not sure where to start? Been trying to cut out dairy but feel too limited in your options? A great new local event could help set you on the right track.

Eat Green in Greenpoint is a vegan awareness day for Greenpoint hosted by Veg Corp (of the NY Vegetarian Food Festival) and will take place on Saturday 21st June between 9am-8pm. Continue reading

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Lessons in Vegan Wine at Adelina’s

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

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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