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THE EXPERIENCE BLOG – Healthy Food In Fashion Fall Gala 2011

13 Oct

We hear it all the time: “Diet, diet, diet!” But how many of us actually adhere to this call to amend our eating habits? Health is important to a long and comfortable lifestyle. Vegetarianism is deeply rooted in the Bible and has become a large part of our society. The avid presence of processed foods and hormonal meats has raised concern among us all. Parents want to make sure their kids are able to grow in perfect health and diet is at the forefront of these concerns.

The Healthy Food in Fashion Fall Gala addressed some of our concerns. The program hosted over 20 NYC vegan restaurants at the New York Academy of Medicine, who gave out samples of some of their finest vegetarian dishes and beverages. The silent auction that took place was to raise funds to bring vegetarian food programs to more schools in New York. Their slogan: “Better Health.Better Grades.Better Behavior.” I couldn’t advocate for this change in diet even more; such a change is necessary to give our children more options. 

I tasted some of the best organic and vegan baked goods, pizza, drank some of the best vegan juices and organic wines. Russell Simmons was in the building. The host of the night was Robin Quivers. The following lists the contributors and the dishes they offered (best believe I made my way around to each table; mouth-gasmic!):

1. Candle Cafe & Candle 79

Chimichurris * Aracini w/Marinara *Plantain Chips & Guacamole Dip  *

2. Chef Laura Dardi

Organic Praline Pumpkin Pie *Cardamom and Candied Ginger Shortbread Cookies

Live Apple Crisp *Fall Marinated Kale Salad on Crostini

3. EchoChef Love Catering

4. 4Course Vegan

5. Fran Costigan, Author, Culinary Instructor

Vegan and Gluten-Free Bittersweet and Ginger Chocolate Truffles

6. Franchia

Soy BBQ “Chicken” Satay, Crispy Tofu Sushi Rolls

Vegetarian California Rolls


Kale Salad

8. iEat Green

9. Live Jolly Foods

“Cheese” Ravioli, Italian Herbed Ravioli, Cashew Orange Chocolate Truffle,

Brazil Nut Vanilla Truffle, Double Chocolate Goji Truffle, Chocolate-Dipped Pie Pieces

10. Natural Kitchen Cooking School

Dandelion Apple Smoothies *Pecan Nut Balls

11. Chef Yoli Ouiya

Home-Free Cheesecake Cuties (Gluten-Free Available)

Seared Seitan with Special Sauce

12. Pure Food & Wine 

Lemon Cheesecake on Gingerbread Cookie with Poached Pear

13. Rama Sushi

Assorted Artisan Sushi

14. Red Bamboo

Grilled Bourbon “Chicken” (plant-based)

15. Sacred Chow

Seitan w/ Thai BBQ *GF Grilled Tofu Spa Salad *GF Sunny Lentil Plate

16. Slice, The Perfect Food

Herb Crusted Organic Vegan Pizza made with Daiya Dairy-Free Cheese

17. Stogo 

Gourmet Organic Dairy-Free Ice Cream

18. Veggiecation

Pumpkin Chili and Black Eyed Pea Spread with Garlic and Cumin

19. V-Spot

Black Bean and Sweet Plaintain Empanadas

20. Inko’s Teas

21. Lakewood Organic Juice

22. Ayala’s Herbal Water

23. Peak Organic Beer

Healthy Food Fall Gala


Father’s Day Edition: Brunch is Back, Soulful Sundays Style

18 Jun

Have you been looking for a venue to treat your father on his special day?

Are you from the Tri-State Area?

I have the perfect recommendation.

Ms. Phia’s Sunday Brunch returns with a new menu and site (in none other than Brooklyn, NY). This Father’s Day, treat your Father to some good Soul Food. The new installment will continue throughout the summer. Click on the photo below to RSVP on Facebook and I hope to see you there!

Ms.Phia Presents Soul – Full Sundays Discussion Brunch

Sugarland Outdoor Garden & Cafe
609 Dekalb Ave

Brunch specials include:
Chicken & Waffles $10.95
Fish & Grits $9.95
Crabcakes w/Eggs & Grits or Homefries $10.95
Waffles w/ Sausage or Bacon $9.95
Pancakes w/ Sausage or Bacon $9.95$25 Pre-Fix Unlimited Mimosas or Bellinis + 1 of the above
$20 Unlimited Mimosas & Bellinis
$18 Pitchers: Mojitos or Rum PunchCome have Fathers day brunch to the sounds of a live band….tables guaranteed to sellout for this extraordinary day..

Then at 4pm we switch gears to a live dj for our outdoor dinner party…
Music and Hosting by Silky Valente & Soundproof

Dinner menu includes: 
Oxtail, Steak, Shrimp, Burgers, Lobster tail and too much to name….
Celebrating a b-day or occasion? or just want to be VIP? 
We have 3 large cabanas equipped with private TVs for parties up to 8 to dine,dance or just relax in your own private section..
Our Miami styled frozen drinks are sure to be a crowd favorite…
Bottle prices are also great on wine, champagne, cognac and vodka.

Soulful Sundays

Nadia’s Spice Kitchen – Good COOKING!

26 Apr

Naturally, as hungry human beings, we are often in discourse about varieties of food. Something about a delicious dinner and tasty lunch gives one a feeling of accomplishment, unequivocal to any other feeling of satisfaction otherwise. Nadia’s cooking does just that for one’s taste buds. As apart of the newly installed brunch series, hosted by Ms. Phia at New York City’s Bazar Bistro Restaurant, Nadia’s cooking adds just the right amount of balance to your breakfast life.

I had an opportunity to speak with this young entrepreneur about her line of work…and I must prequel this with the remarkable observation that Nadia doesn’t look like your average cook. Talk about hot girl meets spatula! Nadia has roots in the Caribbean island of Trinidad and Tobago. She aspires to one day own her restaurant and we will definitely support that movement. Good look in your endeavors Nadia!

In the meantime, make sure you come out to some thought-provoking discussion brunches. Click the photo below to see the Facebook event:

Yet Another Dish!

26 Aug

Healthy eating pays off in the long run. If you are clean on the inside, beauty will manifest itself on your outward appearance. Diet and exercise are key! Go ahead and view my youtube video on cooking green beans simmered in fresh tomatoes and herbs. It promises to be a delight! If you have any suggestions or dishes of your own, reply to this post 🙂


17 Aug

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I am a man of the kitchen. Over the years, I have developed cooking skills, mostly learned from trial and error and my mother. Everyone should learn how to cook. It is a stress-relieving activity, if done correctly; the ability to select one’s own ingredients is surely a beautiful thing! This video provides step-by-step instructions on how to make my famous macaroni pie, aka baked macaroni. If you have any questions about the recipe, comment on the youtube video or leave a comment on the blog. In a future post, I will also reveal how to cook carrot soup and grilled salmon (not as easy as it sounds!). ENJOY!