Thursday, November 11, 2010

My Green NY Times: Raw Eats and Eco Bloggers.

It amazes me every time I walk into One Lucky Duck and find things that I haven't tried yet. The innovative products read like my grocery list of prized ingredients and necessities. If the world was a product of my imagination, all grocery stores would be giant One Lucky Ducks and bags of spicy cashews would be as common as bags of potato chips and green juice would easily replace soda. Dessert cases would shine exactly as they do at One Lucky Duck, and the beauty aisle would be lined with natural remedies. Commercials for  cashew-based ice cream would run between Top Raw Chef on Bravo. That would be my world and all of this would be normal.

And Erica from Discovering Raw makes me feel like I'm not alone in that small universe. Because after dining with her last night at Pure Food and Wine, it's clear that we have a very similar preference for food that is food and not pretending to be anything else, unprocessed and loaded with dietary value, and far more substantial than the fluff that fills the modern world.

That's often referred to as a food snob. But that only makes sense. You deserve better and you should live like you do.

Many of the wonderful photos that highlight the food on the One Lucky Duck Takeaway are captured by this talented mistress of the lens. The meal was incredible as always, and the kitchen even sent out a few extras.

I snapped a few quick pics:

 The Spanakopita with Almond Feta was earth-shattering. I kept referring to the white grapes, slathering them in the tangy "yogurt" sauce.  Erica had ordered the Niwa Maki and the Winter Salad with Medjool Dates, two appetizers that would be a nutritionista's dream meal. The kitchen sent out the Porcini Ravioli. There's something about raw ravioli that is so much better than having actual pasta.

It's like a ravioli salad.

We both agreed that not ordering dessert would be a huge error in ending the meal blissfully. Erica chose the Pumpkin Cheesecake Parfait, which I am already trying to recreate in my kitchen today. It was an intense shot of pumpkin anchored in maple, and did not seem to want its photo taken. The thick glass kept glaring back at us, angry that we were not digging in yet.

 I took aim at chocolate, choosing the Mexican Cinnamon Mousse with Chili Pepper Chocolate Cake,  Pear Relish and Sorbet. I'm not a sorbet fan, but I did take care of that cake. The spice was very subtle.

 It's not every night that you get to share a meal with someone who understands your views of our food system and who is as crazy about raw desserts as you are. Bliss, I tell you.

As it happens, I'm an eco product geek, too, and that's why after dinner, I skipped over to Ecover's 30 Under 30 and Green Blogger Convention at Environment Furniture near Union Square.

This is a store I would shop at in a heartbeat. Except it was furnished with eco-bloggers and sponsor tables from Ecover, Tom's of Maine, Zhena's Gypsy Tea, WaterPik, Jane Iredale Cosmetics, and Lapostolle Organic Wines. There were Babycakes brownie bites and geeks lounging on great sofas.  It was my kind of time. I was particularly interested in hearing the panel discussion on social media and eco blogs, with the voices of Inhabit, Eco-Chick, Ecostiletto, Treehugger, the Daily Green, and the 30 Under 30 Winner, Ryan Arnold. Arnold had one of the best quotes of the panel that night:

"Really high specialization in environment is the new activism." 

And he's certainly right. Pick what matters most to you and think of the major skill that you have to assert it.

For me, that's promoting a healthful approach to plant-based eating.


Erica said...

I had such a wonderful time, and I just adore your review! Now if only our small universe would become the norm, like you said...

Will be coming to Philly in the (very) near future!


The Kuntrageous Vegan said...

That spankopita LOOKS earth shattering. Yum. I am so jealous of all your vegan options up there!

kellywhitephillips said...

The Spanakopita was fun to eat - I love anything that has layers. I am lucky to be close to NYC, but also lucky that I don't live there, because then I'd spend all of my money on vegan food.

greenmilktea said...

Looks like you had a lovely time at Pure Food and Wine. They do serve the best food. I'm surprise you like the Porcini Ravioli dish. The truffle sauce was too much for me. I heard so much about the Pumpkin Cheesecake Parfait that I have to try it the next time I'm there. You should definitely go back and try their sundae. It's sooo yummy!

kellywhitephillips said...

You must try the parfait. I have had the sundae and it is my fave ice cream in the world. However, the dessert menu makes it so hard to choose...everything is extraordinary.

EcoverUS said...

So glad you enjoyed our 30 under 30 event! Love the quote from Ryan, our grand prize winner! Until next time!

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