Every year we are faced with the inevitable. The bombardment of Christmas advertising and commercials on TV. The mind numbing holiday music playing in almost every deli and store. Family visiting from out of nowhere. Awkward office parties. The leftovers we stuff ourselves with for days after Thanksgiving. The tons of candy, cookies, and cake that our coworkers thoughtfully dump on us all in the office. Yeah, thanks a lot for that last one gang.
In the foodie world there are so many choices to dine at with multiple restaurants everywhere serving up all types of fare. With the devastation that Hurricane Sandy has caused in the New York area perhaps this is a good a time as any to dine out for a few days, but instead of hitting up the bigger joints why not try out some of the smaller mom and pop establishments and support local biz?
Sometimes I trek over to the outer boroughs for a Yelp event, meeting friends for drinks, or to try out a place to eat. William Hallet was such a terrific find that I had to share it here. My recent Yelp review –
Phenomenal! Just Phenomenal! I was so surprised to find such a terrific place in Astoria that makes such delicious comfort food with a fancy gastropub flair! Along with speakeasy type cocktails it was a perfect find! Even the prices were quite reasonable!
Some of the boys and I decided to grab a bite at William Hallet after the recent Yelp Queens event and happened upon this place because the other restaurant we wanted to hit up was closed already. Sucks for them and good for us as we dropped some coin on food and drinks here that rocked.
Now that fall has arrived here in the Northeast the temperatures are dipping, the sunny days are shorter, and it also becomes a good time to re-evaluate eating habits. It’s very easy to fall into that trap of eating more of a comfort food diet during the colder weather while consuming many more calories. We all become creatures of habit and hibernate a bit during the fall and winter season as the warmer sunny days dwindle away. That being said, it’s also a good time to try out different varieties of food, and there are many vegan options out there to discover, especially when one gets tired of the “meat and potatoes” meals many of us eat in the winter season. One such place I discovered recently was Cafe Blossom located in the West Village, NYC. I openly admit to being a ravenous carnivore and prefer meat based meals, but many times over the past few years I have found a few vegan restaurants to be highly acceptable to my palate while serving up delicious plates of meatless fare. Eating vegan is good for a chance of pace, while also being on the healthier side, and can taste flavorful too. Here is a recent discovery of mine that I was awarded Review Of The Day on Yelp for.
Cafe Blossom –
I know that I should eat a bit more of a “cleaner” diet and sometimes I get the urge to try out going vegan/vegetarian, but the meat eater in me is in a constant battle with that thinking. It’s like I have a devil sitting on one shoulder and an angel on the other constantly at odds. Well, at least for one night the angel won. Cafe Blossom made me totally think that I could actually enjoy the organic vegan lifestyle. Too bad I could never really cook the delicious plates that I tasted last night!