A Lotus Grows in Brooklyn


Weekend o’ Vegan Delights

Ah, Monday. Time for me to gaze dolefully out across the prospect of a long workweek but also to fondly recall all the great vegan meals I had over this past lovely, happy weekend. Highlights!

► A vegan meetup in Williamsburg where we sampled treats from three eateries: the “Tom Hanks” pizza from Vinnie’s with vegan barbecue chicken, bacon, mozzarella, cheddar and barbecue sauce (above); a cubano and the “Merckx Werkx” sandwiches from Boneshakers (the latter featuring: “tofurky, sham, olive tapenade, chipotle mayo, lettuce, tomato, on a ciabatta hero”); and an outrageous selection of cookies, cupcakes, pastries, and pie from the new Champs vegan bakery. Besides the food, the best thing about the meetup was I got a slew of recommendations from fellow vegans on restaurants I am now dying to try. (Just more for me to share with all you Lotus readers!)

► Stood in line at Babycakes on a busy Saturday afternoon for their apple cider doughnuts, one dripping in delicious caramel sauce. Small and expensive, but totally worth the wait. (Sorry no pic, we were too eager to indulge and I forgot to snap a photo.)

► And best of all, brunch at Life Café in Bushwick, where I had the Eggless Rancheros pictured above, which was every bit as delicious as it looks!

And now, back to my regular workday diet of fruit and hummus. Sigh. 🙂

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Summer Hiatus
August 13, 2010, 2:25 pm
Filed under: New York miscellany, Uncategorized

Hi Lotus readers!

It’s been a long, hot, ridiculous summer, and the photo I took above on Prince Street in SoHo is pretty indicative of my life lately. You may have noticed I’m not blogging much. That’s not because I don’t love you but because I’ve been busy living my life instead of writing about it. I hope to soon get back to blogging more frequently and to branch out from my recent vegan recipes and restaurant reviews into other more thrilling, fascinating, amusing, or bizarre topics. Stay tuned!

Meanwhile … namaste. And cheers!  🙂



Sunset Beginnings
June 8, 2010, 8:03 am
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My latest new start at living my life better began here, at West Harlem Piers Park near my apartment, on Sunday evening, where I sat reading Kenneth Rexroth poems and watching the sun sparkle over the Hudson River while families and couples frolicked around me.



Veggie Prom!
May 21, 2010, 10:23 am
Filed under: New York miscellany, Photography, Vegan, Vegetarian

Sorry I’ve been so remiss in posting, Lotus readers! My life has gotten a bit out of hand lately, between work,socializing, meeting wonderful new people, and just generally throwing myself into this crazy existence. I’m hoping to find more balance in the coming weeks and carve out time to post more news, photos, quotes, insights, and reviews here. Thanks for looking!

In the meantime, check out these photos from last week’s Veggie Prom in Brooklyn! Yes, that’s me dancing up a sweatstorm of awesomeness. Greatest time ever!



For a Free Tibet
March 13, 2010, 7:14 pm
Filed under: Buddhism, New York miscellany | Tags: , , , ,

This past gray, chilly Wednesday evening I came upon a Free Tibet protest in Union Square, which was peaceful, respectful, and of course, well-regulated by the NYPD. I later learned that it was part of worldwide protest to “commemorate the 51st anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising Day and to show solidarity with a new nonviolent resistance movement gaining momentum in Tibet,” according to Phayul.com.

There had been a march over the Brooklyn Bridge to the U.N. earlier in the day, and the rally I saw was apparently a group of Uigyur students describing how similar their struggle is to the Tibetan struggle, which is interesting

I thought I’d share a few photos.



Lotus Gets Ready to Bloom
February 24, 2010, 12:48 pm
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Hi there, hardy Lotus Harlem readers!

It’s been a long, difficult winter and I’ve been, alas, too busy with other areas of my life to commit much time to this blog. But as this week’s rains, cold as they are, stir in my blood a presage of spring, so I’m feeling my energy awaken in regard to following the path that leads me through yoga, meditation, mindful eating, and exploring the world with love and excitement.

And I intend to share the journey with you through fun, insightful new blog posts. So come along!

Yours,

CarrieM

Lotus photo by suchitra prints on Flickr, used under a Creative Commons license.



Compare and Contrast
February 16, 2010, 11:13 am
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Outside.

Inside.

The end.