Tuesday, June 1, 2010
I hope this experiment pans out and inspires many other adventurous souls to utilize rooftop areas for green living!
For more info on the "greening" of the city, check out these links:
No Impact Man article on rooftop gardening, old but worth a read
Eagle Street Rooftop Farm - in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
NYC's Housing Authority Garden Program
NYC's Department of Parks & Recreation Green Thumb
more links to come...
Monday, January 11, 2010
In any case, Happy Buddha has the reputation of being a haven for vegetarians in Flushing Main Street. Their menu features many Chinese cuisine staples, prepared with vegetarian friendly mock meats. Some vegetarians are reluctant to eat those - they are just turned off by the texture of meat; however, I'm not squeamish about a meaty texture so we decided to take the plunge and try some of their "vege" versions.
We decided to start with the "steamed vege chicken buns" (from the dim sum menu) and the mock roasted pork. They were both nice and tasty. We added an order of shumai - my least favorite of the day since it turned out to be just rice wrapped up in the traditional shumai dough.
For our main course we chose the Triple Mushroom Delight, a no-brainer for a mushroom junkie like myself. I loved the black shiitake mushrooms and the veggies, but thought the texture and shape of the mock meat in this dish was a little odd, although it tasted fine. Also, I also found the thick strips of ginger to be a overwhelming in this dish.
I was disappointed that our main dish came out at least ten minutes before our appetizers and that it was difficult to flag one of the servers to inquire about our appetizers and to ask for a glass of water.
All that being said, would we go back to Happy Buddha for more veggie friendly Chinese? Yes, we would, and next time we would go straight for that infamous "General Tso's vege chicken".
Happy Buddha, happy belly.
135-37 37th Ave.
Flushing, NY 11367
Sunday, September 20, 2009
The fare: delicious Colombian pastries.
The coffee deal: totally partial to the black coffee at Rico Pan.
The goodies: an assortment of breakfast pastries, a lot of them stuffed with cheese - but they are all good. For those interested in the lingo: pan con queso (bread stuffed with cheese), pan de queso (or rosquita - a ring shaped savory bread), almojábana montañera (savory, sweet, buttery and crumbly goodness, all at once), empanadas, arepas de choclo (sweet corn arepas), deditos de queso (cheese fingers) and that's just the begining.
El Oso's favorite part from either place: costumer service. Both joints are staffed by sweet, endearment term calling, Colombian ladies. And well, as I've learned over the years, he just melts when a woman offers him pastries and coffee.
5813 Woodside Ave, Woodside, NY 11377
3961 61st St, Woodside, NY 11377
Friday, September 11, 2009
I was a fast convert. My first class was hard. But the release that came with it was exhilarating and addictive right away. Now, let me warn you: I don’t look like a yogi, and I definitely don’t always behave like a yogi (although I try very hard to honor some of my loving, patient teachers, those extra mojitos and those angry thoughts at inconsiderate people riding NYC’s subway do get on the way of my ahimsa - so long brahmacharya and pratyahara too!). I’m not even consistent like a yogi. But I try, and no matter how many times I fall off the wagon, I try again. I find that yoga reflects everything we go through in life. During those ninety minutes you are in the room, you go through every emotion that you might experience in life. Those times when I feel particularly scared of life circumstances are the days when the teacher seems to call out some of the asanas I fear the most; I hear the words “handstand” and I feel my entire body shake and shrivel at the thought of even trying. But, you know what, I try anyway. I try to gently (and sometimes not so gently) set aside my fear in the hopes that I will be able to push aside the fear that can hold me back in life.
The Yoga Room has been a wonderful space for me to experience yoga. I enjoy the variety of their offerings – they have branched out and now the classes include much more than just hot yoga. I like the physical space in the studios and most of all, I feel lucky to have met some wonderful, nurturing teachers there. Some are still teaching there, others have gone on to their next venture, but each one of them has left a little bit of an imprint in my (irregular) practice. I will always be thankful and indebted to all of them.
Now, on to business: if you are looking to experience all the benefits of yoga, or perhaps only some of them, I would most certainly recommend The Yoga Room. They have two locations: one in Astoria and one in Long Island City. Go ahead. Give it a try. It only seems fitting to put a bit of relaxation into it.
For the 411 on The Yoga Room - in Queens (!!!), check out their website:
Saturday, July 18, 2009
It seems since I made up my mind to start writing about
Although I love Colombian arepas, I have a very special place in my heart for Venezuelan arepas. Every time I hear of a new Venezuelan joint in town I feel compelled to go to any lengths to savor this little piece of home in the place that has adopted me as resident. I've tasted the slight variations between El Cocotero's, the now defunct Flor's Kitchen and of course the ultra popular Caracas Arepa Bar, and I will admit that I have been quite partial to
However, today is a
If you are in the mood for good, affordable comfort food, by all means try Arepas Cafe. It is also conveniently located two blocks away from the
Saturday, July 11, 2009
We have been talking about this forever; so finally, here it is: Relax…it’s Queens. Welcome to our blog.
We’ll be blogging about all the great things western Queens has to offer, about our concerns regarding transportation, politics, education and anything else we can think of. Yes, some of our subjects might not be completely relaxing, but there are also plenty of things that we’ve experienced in this wonderful borough that just make us say: “Relax…it’s Queens”