Intro re-introduced!

We are re-doing the intro for the show to be more ‘tv’ since we have some opportunities to pitch this sucker to a few big wigs in the tv arena.  Let’s see if I can ‘Rachel Ray’ my show into the mainstream so America can see that compassionate food choices don’t have to be tasteless!

Onto the next episode…

With 4 shows wrapped, 2 in post-production, and our next location set, I find myself in a coffee shop rewriting the show’s structure.  Whilst I remain grounded in my vegan lifestyle I am careful to create a show which entices people to watch and not reject based on propaganda.  This show is about educating the public on vegan/vegetarian food.  The intention is to shed the idea that we have ‘limited’ food options and present the incredible variety that NY restaurants have to offer in terms of meatless food!  My friends and family are beginning to associate me with anything ‘vegan’ and send me articles/videos/food they cook that relate to it.  It’s motivating.  Even the occasional backlash from an omnivore is motivating.  I’m on this path for the right reasons, and hope to see the show on national tv soon!

Music legend (and Vegan) Moby opened ‘TeaNY’ in the Lower East Side of Manhattan as an expression of some of his core beliefs.  Meatless Manhattan takes you inside this cruelty-free cafe to show you some of the goodies you can find here!

Vegan Gelato!  It DOES exist!  Find this delectable cruelty-free dessert at Teanyssimo (opened by famous vegan Moby) in the Lower East Side of Manhattan!

Vegan Gelato!  It DOES exist!  Find this delectable cruelty-free dessert at Teanyssimo (opened by famous vegan Moby) in the Lower East Side of Manhattan!

"You don’t hate vegans. You hate that vegans make you look at your participation in the exploitation of animals."

— Gary Smith (via soomuchscience)

(Source: tooyoungforthissht, via loveyour-light)

We are Superior ?

Elephants have extraordinary memory.
We cannot find our car keys in the morning without a caffeine kickstart.
Yet we are superior.
A pig will humbly follow another if they sense they know where food is.
We try to outsmart one another, even when we know nothing, to feed our egos.
Yet we are superior.
Birds conduct incredible mating rituals to attract a partner, from daring dives to intricate singing.
NYC dating scene: Nuff said.
Yet we are superior.
Chickens have 24 distinct cries to communicate a wealth of information to one another.
We have almost 8000 languages and constantly misunderstand one another/are at war.
Yet we are superior.
Cows have almost 360 degree panoramic vision, and can hear lower and higher frequencies better than humans.
We succumb to closing our eyes, ears, and minds when we cannot accept the truth.
Yet we are superior.
Dolphins instinctively have saved the lives of humans in danger on several occasions, without expecting anything in return.
We exploit, rather than protect, our animals friends for food/clothing/furniture/sport. 
Yet we are superior.

What do you think?

I present to you the FIRST completed episode of Meatless Manhattan!

Hungry in Colombia

As much as I love to explore new countries I don’t like to spend the majority of my time in search of vegetarian/vegan food. Such is the case during my present trip to Cartagena. A beautiful city with history, beach swag, and salsa playing on every ‘calle’, it lacks cognizance of cruelty-free diets. The saddest part of my day today was spotting a sign for a vegetarian restaurant before noticing it was run down and closed. Perhaps showing them a few episodes of Meatless Manhattan will foster an emergence of meatless cuisine? One can only/always hope! For now I will spend my remaining few days in this otherwise lovely country enjoying all that it DOES have to offer, and shed a few pounds along they way.

Back in my ‘vegetarian’ days I loved to indulge in Mac and Cheese.  This is a still from the day we filmed Meatless Manhattan at Sarita’s Mac and Cheese, which I still frequent.  After all, they have vegan options!

Back in my ‘vegetarian’ days I loved to indulge in Mac and Cheese.  This is a still from the day we filmed Meatless Manhattan at Sarita’s Mac and Cheese, which I still frequent.  After all, they have vegan options!

Easy Recip-easy

I have been cooking a lot lately.  I know I know, I should instead be hitting up all the vegan restaurants in NYC to see which ones I want to feature on Meatless Manhattan, but there is something about home cooking that is liberating.  It’s the sense of being able to nurture and take care of myself.  I’ve often heard from people that they don’t enjoy cooking for themselves.  I love it.  In fact, when I am under pressure to cook for others is when I make most of my mistakes.  For myself, there is no pressure.  I know that I am doing something good for myself and my being, especially when I’m using preservative-free ingredients and cooking with patience.  I have hit up Trader Joe’s 3 times in the past 2 weeks!  It feels great to have a full fridge of food, what can I say?  The best part is that I have also been taking the time to post pictures online and more than once I have received pictures from friends who have attempted my recipes!  A few have suggested I make a vegan cookbook.  I may just do that and send it out as a gift for Christmas 2013.  My cooking is aimed at being nutritious, easy, quick, and delicious.  Who wouldn’t want to know how that’s done???  In other news, I have seen the first 4 episodes of Meatless Manhattan and they look great!  I will have them uploaded online soon enough!  Hard work, creativity, and patience is starting to pay off.  How cool is that?

veganmovement2012:

This is disgusting! No wonder children grow up thinking slavery, rape, torture and murder are ”normal”…

veganmovement2012:

This is disgusting! No wonder children grow up thinking slavery, rape, torture and murder are ”normal”…

(via animalfreak11-deactivated201310)

NYTimes: How to Go Vegan

davegan:

There’s a nice introductory article in the New York Times about going vegan that I wanted to share. There are some great tips in there for anyone who’s needing a little help getting started. I usually stay away from comments on news articles, but I think there are some good ones in this article, offering additional tips and words of encouragement.

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/14/how-to-go-vegan/

My post-workout protein-packed lunch! What is it? Bean/lentil stew, Indian style, with inca red quinoa paired with sliced onions and green chilis which are drizzled in fresh lime and salt and pepper. Cruelty-free comfort food:)  Message me for the exact recipe!

My post-workout protein-packed lunch! What is it? Bean/lentil stew, Indian style, with inca red quinoa paired with sliced onions and green chilis which are drizzled in fresh lime and salt and pepper. Cruelty-free comfort food:)  Message me for the exact recipe!

Be the change you want to see…

I have been going along my merry way experimenting with new recipes and posting pics to various social media sites, not knowing how many mouths I have been making water along the way!  On Sunday I posted a picture of the chili garlic noodles and already I’m receiving pictures from friends of their successful attempts at recreating this dish.  I am one proud mama for that!

I met someone in Tampa during my recent holiday who is predominantly a meat eater.  Upon learning that he wanted to be more healthy I offered him a friendly suggestion to go vegetarian for one week.  He did, and I helped keep from starving!  It’s been a fun week where I send him a grocery list and he sends me pictures of his lunch.  I also suggested he watch ‘Vegucated’ as I felt I was doing my own little mini version:)  After his week of being vegetarian he decided to keep it up so this would be day 9 I believe.  Today I sent him a list of recipes that he seems excited about.  Lets see how long his enthusiasm, which has permeated to me, will last!  Being that he has a compassionate heart I have pretty high hopes.

Meatless Manhattan the show will start being released this weeks.  We have 4 episodes complete, with 3 still in editing.  We are determining which restaurant to film next, and suggestions are welcome!  Our web site is also under construction and will be ready within 2 weeks.  That doesn’t mean that tumblr will in any way be ignored so fret not, I am sticking around!  Happy, healthy, and peaceful eating folks…

Woke up Sunday with a craving for chili garlic noodles and so I decided to make them myself!  And here’s how it went:
Soak pad thai noodles in hot water for 25 minutes
chop up onions, jalapenos, and tomatoes
Heat 3 tbp olive oil and add the onions and jalapenos.  Stir fry for 2 minutes before adding the tomato.  Add soy sauce and chili garlic sauce.  After a minute, add the pad thai noodles.  Remove from heat, drizzle a little fresh lime juice, and good to go! 
If you prefer it less spicy substitute the jalapeno for a green bell pepper, or mushrooms.

Woke up Sunday with a craving for chili garlic noodles and so I decided to make them myself!  And here’s how it went:

Soak pad thai noodles in hot water for 25 minutes

chop up onions, jalapenos, and tomatoes

Heat 3 tbp olive oil and add the onions and jalapenos.  Stir fry for 2 minutes before adding the tomato.  Add soy sauce and chili garlic sauce.  After a minute, add the pad thai noodles.  Remove from heat, drizzle a little fresh lime juice, and good to go! 

If you prefer it less spicy substitute the jalapeno for a green bell pepper, or mushrooms.