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My Recent Dinner at One Lucky Duck

My Recent Dinner at One Lucky Duck

The other night I took an old friend of mine from Nantucket to One Lucky Duck, one of my favorite organic restaurants in NYC. About 20 years ago we used to work together at The Wauwinet Inn and after not seeing each other for more than a decade, I bumped into him on the street […]

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The other night I took an old friend of mine from Nantucket to One Lucky Duck, one of my favorite organic restaurants in NYC. About 20 years ago we used to work together at The Wauwinet Inn and after not seeing each other for more than a decade, I bumped into him on the street the other day. He’s a super guy who is now doing big things in the photography world and enjoys coming to organic places with me.

One Lucky Duck is the takeaway, less formal, much smaller part of Pure Food and Wine. There are only three tables (all close together) at One Lucky Duck, which makes for a very social environment. In fact, it is where I met one of my very dear friends, an amazing woman who lives in India but just happened to be visiting New York for a few weeks earlier this summer.

Now, onto the food. One Lucky Duck is a raw food restaurant, which means that nothing is cooked above 118 degrees and all the food is vegan. No meat, no dairy, no sugar. Read more »


My Dinner Last Night at Caravan of Dreams

My Dinner Last Night at Caravan of Dreams

Last night I met up with a old friend of mine for dinner at Caravan of Dreams in NYC. Caravan of Dreams is an organic restaurant in the East Village that has been around for almost 20 years. Here is what I like about the place. 1) The food is very, very good.  I never […]

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Last night I met up with a old friend of mine for dinner at Caravan of Dreams in NYC. Caravan of Dreams is an organic restaurant in the East Village that has been around for almost 20 years.

Here is what I like about the place.

1) The food is very, very good.  I never ever have a bad meal there.

2) They have a big selection of cooked and raw food – the menu is extensive.

3) The smoothie menu is very strong and contains many super-food options.

4) I can drink the water there. Why? Because my close friend does their water filtration system and I know it is the best.

5) The service is always excellent. The people are down-to-earth, friendly and accommodating.

Here is what we had. Read more »


Do You Want to be Eating Genetically-Engineered Fish for Dinner — Forever? If not, Please Watch This Video

Do You Want to be Eating Genetically-Engineered Fish for Dinner -- Forever? If not, Please Watch This Video

For those of you who do not know, the FDA is very close to approving genetically-engineered salmon. If they do, this would be an absolute disaster. Watch the video above to see why. What is even more appalling is what The Center for Food Safety (CFS) recently discovered that FDA knowingly withheld a Federal Biological […]

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For those of you who do not know, the FDA is very close to approving genetically-engineered salmon. If they do, this would be an absolute disaster. Watch the video above to see why.

What is even more appalling is what The Center for Food Safety (CFS) recently discovered that FDA knowingly withheld a Federal Biological Opinion by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) prohibiting the use of transgenic salmon in open-water net pens pursuant to the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA).

According to Andrew Kimbrell, Executive Director of the Center for Food Safety, “This adds further evidence that in fact GE salmon pose a serious threat to marine environments and is another compelling reason for the FDA not to approve the fish for commercial use. While the FDA applauded the company’s choice of land-based containment as responsible, it never revealed that it is illegal in the U.S. to grow genetically engineered salmon in open-water net pens.” Read more »


Organic Thanksgiving Ideas – Traditional, Vegan and Raw Options

Organic Thanksgiving Ideas - Traditional, Vegan and Raw Options

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, two thoughts come to mind. One, I am super-excited that my beloved New England Patriots will be playing the Detroit Lions on national television. Since Detroit has finally developed into a respectable team, the football game should be a good one. Two, I am trying to figure out exactly […]

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, two thoughts come to mind.

One, I am super-excited that my beloved New England Patriots will be playing the Detroit Lions on national television. Since Detroit has finally developed into a respectable team, the football game should be a good one.

Two, I am trying to figure out exactly which organic food I’ll be eating.

For me and many other people, holidays do not mean a vacation from organic food. Here are some of my best ideas for an organic Thanksgiving.

– DINNER –

Certified Organic Turkey

As we all know, the staple of traditional Thanksgiving dinners is turkey. Certified organic turkeys mean that:

– No antibiotics, chemicals or pesticides are used.

– All organic feed is used.

– They are pasture-raised, have had ample time to roam outdoors and are not confined to tight spaces.

There are many online vendors that sell certified organic turkeys, and local organic supermarkets have them as well. However, the following two farms offer something pretty unique.

**  Guttenberg Farms in Wisconsin offers certified organic heritage turkeys. Heritage turkeys are the ancestors of the common broad-breasted white industrial breed of turkey that comprises 99.99% of the supermarket turkeys sold today.

Heritage turkeys have a stronger flavor and darker color, dine on grass and insects, and require about 28 weeks to get to full size. Because it takes so long to grow to market weight, the turkeys have time to develop a thin layer of fat under their skin, which makes them “self basting.” Read more »


Kelp – Making its Way Into My Diet

Kelp - Making its Way Into My Diet

I have always been a big fan of sea vegetables. Mostly, it has either been nori or dulse. However, organic kelp is something that I have been digging into a lot as of late. For those who don’t know, kelp is a sea vegetable. If you’ve ever had sushi, the black edible “paper” on the […]

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I have always been a big fan of sea vegetables. Mostly, it has either been nori or dulse. However, organic kelp is something that I have been digging into a lot as of late.

For those who don’t know, kelp is a sea vegetable. If you’ve ever had sushi, the black edible “paper” on the outside of the roll is actually seaweed – nori.

If you are eating kelp dry and right out of the bag, like I do, then you will find it very, very tough and very, very salty. I mean ridiculously salty. Naturally salty, that is.

When using kelp in soups or stews, it will expand and become much more tender and easily-chewable. Kelp can also be roasted, boiled, sauteed or marinated.

I am adding kelp into my diet because I want to increase the amount of iodine I consume. Kelp is also rich in minerals and trace elements, including calcium, potassium and magnesium, and it offers substantial amounts of some of the B vitamins.

My preferred brand of choice of kelp is Maine Coast Sea Vegetables. Read more »


The Dirty Dozen – 12 Different Fish to Avoid

The Dirty Dozen - 12 Different Fish to Avoid

While many of us are familiar with the Dirty Dozen, the toxic fruits and vegetables to avoid as compiled by the Environmental Working Group, there is a lot of uncertainty and confusion as to what fish are healthy to eat. One of my favorite non-profits, Food & Water Watch, has addressed this problem and come […]

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While many of us are familiar with the Dirty Dozen, the toxic fruits and vegetables to avoid as compiled by the Environmental Working Group, there is a lot of uncertainty and confusion as to what fish are healthy to eat.

One of my favorite non-profits, Food & Water Watch, has addressed this problem and come out with their own Dirty Dozen but for fish. These are the fish that they give a big thumbs down to.

1. Atlantic cod

2. Atlantic flatfish, e.g. Atlantic halibut, flounders and sole

3. Caviar, especially from beluga and other wild-caught sturgeon

4. Chilean seabass

5. Eel Read more »


Rockin' Raw in Brooklyn – Video Restaurant Review

Rockin' Raw in Brooklyn - Video Restaurant Review

Here is my very first video restaurant review.  On this trip, I crossed the bridge (actually I took the subway, which goes underneath the water) over to Brooklyn to check out Rockin’ Raw. As the name explains, Rockin’ Raw is a raw food restaurant with a very distinct twist to it. The cuisine is a […]

NYC Raw Food Video Restaurant Reviews
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Here is my very first video restaurant review.  On this trip, I crossed the bridge (actually I took the subway, which goes underneath the water) over to Brooklyn to check out Rockin’ Raw.

As the name explains, Rockin’ Raw is a raw food restaurant with a very distinct twist to it. The cuisine is a combination of New Orleans/Peruvian/Creole all wrapped into one.

A lot of times you go to raw food restaurants and you see many of the same dishes.  Not here. There were items on the menu that I had never seen before and probably won’t again.

Key highlights:

– Unique, interesting dishes.  Many items were brand new to me and I’ve eaten at my fair share of raw food restaurants all over the country.

– Very spicy. If you like hot, this is your place.

– Excellent service. The waiter even played cameraman for me in the opening shot on the street. Read more »