I am happy to say that in the last week alone I have noticed some restaurants have added more vegetarian options. It’s definitely growing by the day. Friday I ate at my favorite restaurant “Bond Street” here in New York and I got the sushi roll I order every time I’m there, the “sundried tomato and avocado”. It’s the best roll ever! I also got the green salad. I don’t know what they do to their salad to make it so good. It’s basically just greens and ginger dressing with crunchies on top, but it’s spectacular. You don’t want it to end. This time though I also got a surprise. There was a meat-free appetizer on the specials menu. It was a baby heirloom tomato plate and it was inventive. There were colorful tomatoes done several different ways. The best was a tomato granita (like a sorbet) wrapped in avocado. It was like a tomato sushi roll and I could have popped a dozen of these in my mouth. Then today I ate at Justin Timberlake’s restaurant on the Upper East Side “Southern Hospitality”. It’s bbq and I usually just get sides there because that’s really the only options I have there. While the sides are good, I was pleasantly surprised today to see they had a portabello mushroom sandwich with guac on the menu. I ordered that along with a side of tater tots. It was very tasty. There were even some other brunch options that were vegetarian that I could have ordered. So yes vegetarians are slowly taking over the world and you gotta love it!
Anyway here are some of the foodie headlines making news this lovely day:
I’m soooo bummed I was taping “Chopped” while they were casting “The Next Food Network Star” so I was too wrapped up to remember to apply. Hopefully I’ll still be a Food Network star soon. As for the current season, it started tonight. I was watching the Tonys so I missed it, but I’ll catch it on the re-run. Here’s Bobby Flay’s take on it: http://www.upi.com/Entertainment_News/2009/06/07/For-Bobby-Flay-the-foods-his-thing/UPI-24921244405330/
When I was younger I was fascinated by this very simple ride at Epcot Center called “The Land”. The catchy tune “Listen to the Land” was piped through as a little boat took you through vegetable beds. These vegetables were grown indoors. Well now years and years (and years) later the idea of growing fruit and vegetables indoors may actually be a reality. This article is absolutely intriguing. It really makes you think: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/273741
I’m not sure my opinion on this one. It’s another controversial PETA campaign. What do you think: http://www.kansas.com/news/tiller/story/839346.html
Costco stops selling Foie Gras. Hopefully others will follow this corporations lead: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/Costco+drops+foie+gras/1652288/story.html
The Sour Move of the Day goes to Chefs who think it’s a good idea to add “meat” products to dishes that are inherently meat-free like French Fries. When I order fries I don’t think about asking if they are vegetarian, but boy when I read this article I realize I should be asking: http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/food/1603125,FOO-News-det03.article