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Vegetarian / Vegan – Plate Of The Day http://www.plateoftheday.com Food Blogger - Adventures in Beijing, New York, Brooklyn and more Tue, 06 Oct 2015 08:22:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.7 A Dozen Food Trucks to Descend On Grand Army Plaza Brooklyn NY Sun May 21 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1585 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1585#respond Thu, 19 May 2011 15:23:08 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1585 A Dozen Food Trucks to Descend On Grand Army Plaza Brooklyn NY Sun May 21

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream Truck

Hey everyone, surprise the endless rain officially ends on Sunday and what better way to enjoy the outdoors than checking out a dozen or more of your favorite food trucks?!!!

From 11am – 5pm, Food trucks that serve coffee, ice cream, slushies, dumplings, lobster, falafel, and more will be available at Grand Army Plaza.

Here’s the line up so far:

Cupcake Stop
Kelvin Natural Slush Co.
Kimchi Taco
Milk Truck
Mud Truck
Red Hook Lobster Pound
Rickshaw Dumpling
Souvlaki GR
Taïm Mobile
Eddie’s Pizza Truck
The Frying Dutchmen
The Treats Truck
Vanleeuwen Ice Cream

This Food Truck party is being organized by the Prospect Park Alliance with the NYC Food Truck Association.

See you there!

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Cumin Turmeric Spicy Dhal Lentil Soup Recipe – Spring Liver Cleanse Diet http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1540 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1540#comments Sun, 01 May 2011 14:44:20 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1540
Cumin Turmeric Spicy Dhal Lentil Soup Recipe – Spring Liver Cleanse Diet

Last week I embarked on another Spring Liver Cleanse Diet and currently at day 10 of 21. It’s been going quite well this time around thanks to stocking up plenty from a trip to Costco and Fairway. The trick to the Spring Liver Cleanse really is get as much variety of vegetables and fruits otherwise you’ll suffer from boredom. Most of the old favorite liver cleanse recipes such as Roasted Red Beets, Garlic Roasted Asparagus and Peppers, Roasted Butternut Squash, and a couple recipes from Sarma Melngailis’s Living Raw Foods have done the trick but I decided this time around to branch out to some Asian inspired dishes such as this Three Lentil Dal Recipe that I modified from a Food and Wine recipe. I just got some beautifully colored lentils from Sahadi’s Brooklyn and had to put them to great use.

Recipe: Cumin Turmeric Spicy Dhal Lentil Soup Recipe (adapted from Food and Wine’s 3 Lentil Dal )

Summary: Cumin Turmeric Spicy Dhal Lentil Soup


  • ¾ cup of yellow lentils
  • ¾ cup of green lentils
  • ¾ cup of red lentils
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin or cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon of turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 onion yellow or red
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tomato
  • Kosher salt


  1. First wash the lentils thoroughly by rinsing them with cold water over a fine sieve.
  2. When washed, drain and pour into a large dutch oven and fill with fresh water with about 1.5 inches of water is above the lentils.
  3. Turn heat to high to a boil, then reduce to simmer.
  4. Add a few tablespoons of salt, stir and allow to cook uncovered for about 30-40 mins till soft.
  5. Adjust water level to your liquidity taste (want it soupy or chunky?).
  6. Meanwhile, dice the onion to ½ inch slices and fry with garlic over a medium pan coated with olive oil.
  7. Add cumin and a teaspoon of salt.
  8. Fry for about 6 minutes at medium heat till onions are translucent.
  9. Next, add in the turmeric and cayenne pepper.
  10. Add another tablespoon of olive oil and then add in the tomato.
  11. Continue to fry for about 3-5mins till your sauce becomes a thick paste.
  12. Once dhal is ready, stir in the sauce into the dhal and serve immediately.
  13. You can garnish with some cilantro, salt and pepper.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 45 minute(s)

Diet type: Vegan

Diet (other): Low calorie, High protein

Meal type: supper

Culinary tradition: Middle Eastern

My rating 3 stars:  ★★★☆☆ 1 review(s)

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Register for the 2nd Annual Vendr.TV Party Brooklyn NY http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1480 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1480#respond Wed, 19 Jan 2011 15:24:50 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1480 Register for the 2nd Annual Vendr.TV Party Brooklyn NY

Last year I checked out the food truck Vendr.TV bday party at the Cove in Williamsburg. Despite the cold and the long lines, it was a blast with great food, music and beers.

Well another year has quickly past and Daniel is setting up a 2nd party. Here’s his invite and link to register:

See you there!!!

Daniel Delaney:

Hi Friends,
Last year, many of you came to Williamsburg, Brooklyn to celebrate VendrTV’s 1st Birthday. The Party was a huge success. Tons of great food, killer music, and lots of dancing. Best of all, was that I got to hang with so many of you!

Well, VendrTV’s approaching it’s second birthday, and we’re trying to figure out what to do! We think we’ll do something a bit more low key this year, but we’re still figure it out.

I’m trying to get a head count of who might be around, and interested in attending. The party will probably be sometime in February.

If you think you’d like to come, please click the link below and add yourself to the list. I’ll update you with information when we start to lock things down.

Hope you’re all doing well, and I hope I get to see you all soon again!


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Smoked Trout and Fingerling Potato Salad Recipe – Jack The Horse Tavern Brooklyn Heights NY http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1406 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1406#respond Wed, 01 Dec 2010 15:11:23 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1406 Smoked Trout and Fingerling Potato Salad Recipe – Jack The Horse Tavern Brooklyn Heights NY

smoked trout and fingerling potato salad recipe - Jack The Horse Tavern Brooklyn Heights NY

Ok, I’m back after a 1 month hiatus. Work has been crazy and then last week I was out in LA for Thanksgiving and my sister’s wedding. (lots of good blogging material of course). Let’s start off with an awesome recipe from Tasting Table that is similar to the amazing smoked trout salad at Jack the Horse Tavern Restaurant in Brooklyn Heights. It’s a rather simple salad but delivers complex flavors and textures. One bite reveals the warm soft boiled fingerling potatoes vs. cold crunchy celery, sweet spicy raisins vs. salty smoked trout. I slightly modified the recipe from the Tasting Table version and so should you since it’s really all a matter of taste. For example the Tasting Table recipe calls for cooling the potatoes, but I prefer serving the potatoes warm like they do at Jack The Horse.

6 fingerling potatoes, halved lengthwise
1 roasted red beet cut in thin slices
⅓ cup golden raisins
⅛ teaspoon red-pepper flakes
6 celery ribs, thinly sliced on the bias, leaves reserved (can reduce if you don’t want too much crunch in the salad)
1 cup loosely packed flat-leaf parsley
½ cup of arugula or mixed baby greens
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
½ pound skinless smoked trout, broken into small pieces

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon mustard

Boil the potatoes and set aside. In a large bowl, mix the greens, parsley, raisins, pepper flakes and slices of beets. Toss in the smoked trout and potatoes. Mix lemon juice, olive oil, mustard and drizzle over the salad. Salt and pepper to taste.

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Red Hook Community Farm – Organic Vegetables, Fruits, Meat For Sale & CSA Red Hook Brooklyn NY http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1359 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1359#respond Tue, 28 Sep 2010 19:52:00 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1359 Red Hook Community Farm – Organic Vegetables, Fruits, Meat For Sale & CSA Red Hook Brooklyn NY

red hook community farm brooklyn ny

370 Van Brunt Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Website For Red Hook Community Farm

Yes that’s Ikea in the background but no, Ikea isn’t expanding is business into fresh vegetables and fruit (although that would be cool). Located just a few blocks away from Ikea Brooklyn, the Red Hook Community Farm sells organic vegetables, fruit and meat (locally sourced). The Red Hook Community Farm is a nonprofit organization that promotes the sustainable development of Red Hook by turning vacant lots into vibrant farms and provides educational opportunities for youth 14-19 in the local neighborhood. They also have a smaller farm on Governor’s Island.

Interested in helping out? The Red Hook Community Farm also has a CSA program where you volunteer for a certain number of hours per season and in return you get access to a share of the crops.

red hook community farm brooklyn ny

As a resident of Brooklyn, I’m really happy to see more and more neighborhoods transform urban abandoned school fields and rooftops into vibrant farm fields. The Red Hook Community Farm is just one of many in Brooklyn.

Check out this article / map for other farms in the area.

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Tinys Locally Sourced Sustainable Restaurant Provincetown Cape Cod, MA http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1344 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1344#respond Mon, 20 Sep 2010 20:52:39 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1344 Tinys Locally Sourced Sustainable Restaurant Provincetown Cape Cod, MA

Cape Cod Labor Day 2010

(508) 487-6237
336 Commercial St
Cape Cod
Provincetown, MA 02657


I was kind of surprised and relieved to find Tiny’s Local Natural Food Restaurant among the many deep fried fish and chip stands and gimmicky bars on Commercial St in the heart of Provincetown. Perched above the 2nd floor, Tiny’s is a casual self service restaurant that offers a great view of all the activity below on Commercial St and healthy amazing meals at reasonable prices. Cape Cod Labor Day 2010

We started off with one of the specials – a horseradish and potato crusted cod over a bed of pan fried beets, spinach, shallots and quinoa ($22). It seems like a simple dish but it was delicately prepared and the spicy salty crunchy radish and potato crust contrasted well with the supple soft sweet beets.
I got an order of their Thai Beef Salad. Again, a very simple dish but the flavors really screamed out – probably a lot to do with the fact all the vegetables are locally sourced from organic farms on Cape Cod.

Cape Cod Labor Day 2010

Tiny’s unfortunately does not have an alcohol license yet (and the BYOB got revoked) but they do have many all natural juices and teas. Oh and why is it called Tiny’s? Because, well it is kind of tiny. To get to the bathroom, you have to walk through the kitchen. But don’t let that discourage you; it’s definitely a great respite from the craziness of Commercial St in ptown.

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BaoHaus Chinese Taiwanese Bun Sandwiches Lower East Side NY http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1311 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1311#respond Mon, 13 Sep 2010 17:44:07 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1311 BaoHaus Chinese Taiwanese Bun Sandwiches Lower East Side NY

bao haus lower east side NY

137 Rivington St (between Norfolk St & Suffolk St)
New York, NY 10002
(646) 684-3835

What do you get when you combine traditional baozi with nontraditional stuffings like all natural hanger steak, or Pan fried organic tofu coated in sweet potato starch? You get some wildly delicious sandwiches like the CHAIRMAN BAO ($4.00) made with
Braised slow and low using all natural Berkshire Pork Belly served with Crushed peanut, cilantro, Haus Relish, and Taiwanese red sugar in a traditional chinese white flour steamed bun. Another way to describe it – a trendy arepa but without the cornmeal wrap.

bao haus lower east side NY

I ordered the Chairman Bao, the UNCLE JESSE ($3.50)
VEGETARIAN Pan fried organic tofu coated in sweet potato starch topped with our Haus Sauce, cilantro, crushed peanut and Taiwanese red sugar, and the HAUS BAO ($4.50) all natural Hanger Steak Bao
served with Crushed peanut, cilantro, Haus Relish, and Taiwanese red sugar. They have a special 3 Baos and a drink for $10.

As I was getting my Chairman Bao, I noticed the enormous chunk of fatty pork and couldn’t resist asking for some hot sauce. I guess it’s kind of a natural instinct for me to eat fatty meats with hot sauce, but here it’s kind of a no no. They don’t have any hot sauce, don’t ask them for any hot sauce. The reason is because Bao Haus believes hot sauce drowns out the unique blend of flavors that they worked hard to create. I get it – I mean I would never use the Peter Luger steak sauce on their steaks but they still provide it for those who want to try it. My argument was really that hot sauce opens up the taste buds and further intensifies the flavors of grilled and braised meats and hoping they would produce some secret stash from behind the counter but it didn’t happen. We kind of agreed to disagree after that although someone on the staff said it would be a good idea for them to sell their own brand. I’m going to say that although the baos at Bao Haus are all awesome even without hot sauce, if you’re like me, BYO hot sauce to Bao Haus just to do a comparison.

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2nd Annual NYC Dumpling Festival with Dumpling Eating Contest Sept 25 NYC 2010 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1300 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1300#respond Tue, 07 Sep 2010 22:23:23 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1300 2nd Annual NYC Dumpling Festival with Dumpling Eating Contest Sept 25 NYC 2010!!!

2nd Annual NYC Dumpling Festival with Dumpling Eating Contest Sept 25 NYC 2010!!!</

Ok I love dumplings. I’ve blogged about various places to eat dumplings (jiaozi) in China as well as here in NY, and of course recipes on how to make homemade dumplings. Who doesn’t like dumplings? Well, if you are in NY on Sat Sept 25th, be sure to check out the 2nd annual NYC Dumpling festival presented by Tang’s Natural Dumlings.

What: 2nd Annual Dumpling Festival and 7th Annual Dumpling Eating Contest.
Where:Sara D. Roosevelt Park in New York City (next to the E Houston Whole Food Market) On Houston between Forsyth and Chrystie
When:Saturday, September 25th, 2010 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m

“Our first-of-its-kind event last year, celebrating dumplings from around the world, was so successful, we decided to make this into an annual event,” said Terry Tang, CEO of Tang’s Natural. “Attendees will be able to taste and experience dumplings from around the world. We will feature international dumpling selections, such as the Italian ravioli, Korean mandoo, and Polish pierogis.

The 7th annual dumpling eating contest will take place for its 7th year and don’t worry – this isn’t an excuse to exercise American excess. The proceeds of the events will benefit the NY City Food bank. Last year alone, TMI Food Group donated over $50,000 and provided more than 170,000 meals for needy New Yorkers.

2nd Annual NYC Dumpling Festival with Dumpling Eating Contest Sept 25 NYC!!!

Admission to the family-friendly event is free but you will need to purchase a ticket ($20 for four tastings) to sample the dumplings at the Festival.

Judges for this year’s contest include James Beard Foundation Vice President Mitchell Davis, Food Bank For New York City Business Partnerships Director Tricia Rumola, Whole Foods Marketing Team Leader Elly Truesdell, and Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn Publisher Stephen Munshin.

Competitive eaters Olga Zaitseva and “Gentleman” Joe Menchetti, last year’s winners eating 40 and 53 dumplings in two minutes, respectively, are expected to return to defend their titles.

2nd Annual NYC Dumpling Festival with Dumpling Eating Contest Sept 25 NYC 2010

Just in case you think you are up for the challenge, the deadline for registration is September 17th, 2010. For more information, please visit www.dumplingfestival.com.

See you there!!!! (Can’t make it? You can get Tang’s Dumplings at Whole Foods).

About Tang’s Natural
Tang’s Natural is a division of the TMI Food Group, founded in 1989, to manufacture a wide variety of noodles, wrappers, and appetizers including Dumplings, Sui Mei, Egg Rolls, and Spring Rolls. Tang’s Natural products are healthy without compromising great taste. Our products are made with the finest all-natural ingredients –minimally processed, no artificial additives. We proudly use Bell & Evans natural chicken for our dim sum. With Tang’s Natural, it’s a smarter way to eat healthy.

About the Food Bank For New York City

Food Bank for New York City recognizes 27 years as the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end food poverty throughout the five boroughs. As the city’s hub for integrated food poverty assistance, the Food Bank tackles the hunger issue on three fronts –food distribution, income support and nutrition education – all strategically guided by its research. Learn how you can help at www.foodbanknyc.org.

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NY Parked Food Truck Festival – Governer’s Island Sunday Sept 5 2010 (FREE) http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1289 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1289#comments Wed, 01 Sep 2010 18:13:43 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1289 NY Parked Food Truck Festival – Governer’s Island Sunday Sept 5 2010 (FREE)

Parked NY Food Truck Festival Governer's Island Sept 5 2010 Got your plans set up for Labor Day weekend yet? No!?? Go check out the Parked NY Food Truck Festival on Governer’s Island this weekend on Sunday. It’s free to take the ferry and it’s free to attend the event. The food? Not free, but it’s going to be a stellar food truck line up and well worthwhile!

Some of the food trucks confirmed for the parked food truck festival so far include:

Jamaican Dutchy Food Truck, Rickshaw Dumpling Food Truck, Green Pirate juice Food Truck, Joyride Truck, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream Food Truck, Halo Berlin, The Cinnamon Snail, Kelvin Natural Slush Co Food Truck, Hermelinda Mexicana and more!

WHEN : Sunday, September 5th
WHERE : Colonel’s Row @ Governors Island
DOORS : Noon – 5pm
COVER : Free!
RAIN DATE: Sunday, September 26th

Ferry Schedule Link: http://www.govisland.com/html/visit/directions.shtml

I checked out Governer’s Island last week for the Jazz Age Lawn party – it was awesome. If you have a bike, bring it along. It’s a great way to check out the entire island. Governor’s Island is kind of shaped like an ice cream cone. Colonel’s row is runs West East across the island at the upper (bottom of the ice cream scoop) portion of the Island. Enjoy!! These NY Food Trucks won’t disappoint!

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Energy Kitchen Healthy Wraps Burgers Salads Smoothies – Standard Process Cleanse Diet http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1283 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1283#respond Mon, 30 Aug 2010 15:45:41 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1283 Energy Kitchen Healthy Wraps Burgers Salads Smoothies – Standard Process Cleanse Diet

energy kitchen west village ny

82 Christopher St
Bt Bleeker and 7th Ave
212 414 8880

6+ other locations throughout NY and NJ

I’m on day 18th of a 21 day cleanse and feeling pretty good. It’s the third time I’ve done this cleanse and I think the familiarity with the routine (buying vegetables & fruits in bulk), the daily preparation, and the new raw recipes are making it a lot easier. When in a bind for time, the salad bar at Wholefoods and some Indian vegetarian restaurants are great places to get decent prepared meals.

The problem is that after the cleanse, I tend to drift back to poor eating habits such as not continuing the levels of fruit and salad, and having probably way too much fried food. As a preventative measure I watched Fast food Nation and Food Inc over the past week so hopefully that should cut down on fast food, ground beef and more incentive to buy local and organic. (Still going to eat the new Burger King Pizza though – hey, it’s for the sake of the blog right? haha)

energy kitchen west village ny

Energy Kitchen Healthy Wraps Burgers Salads Smoothies

But I also think having a better awareness of alternatives is going to help. Prior to the cleanse, I checked out Energy Kitchen in the West Village. Sure it’s still ‘fast food’ but it’s well prepared and the menu has many ‘healthy’ options, and they claim nothing is over 500 calories. I tried the Thai chicken wrap ($7.99) which includes grilled chicken, carrots, baked Chinese noodles, and cucumbers with a spicy peanut sauce. I thought it was very good and not very heavy on the sauce which can be a problem when ordering wraps. For $3.99 I got 2 more sides: garden salad and mashed sweet potatoes. All together my meal with sides was a little over 800 calories but that’s still lower than any 2,500 calorie BK Pizza!

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