With the recent trend of vegan restaurants opening coast to coast from New York to LA, it was only a matter of time before Harlem was next on the list. Seasoned Vegan Harlem’s first full service vegan restaurant is now opened for business. Seasoned Vegan is a family business owned by mother and son, Brenda and Aaron Beener specializing in gourmet vegan food. They give typical Italian, Asian, Middle Eastern, Caribbean and American dishes a vegan, home cooked, soulful twist.
Vegan cooking has become sort of an art form for certain chefs. If the largely successful “Blossom” located on the Upper West Side is any indication of things to come, we will be seeing more and more vegan restaurants. When I first dined at Blossom with my sister who has been a vegan for 10 years, I was skeptical. After trying it I was blown away at how surprisingly flavorful and good it was.
Harlem’s Seasoned Vegan write on their website “The food you love, veganized”. Great slogan! I am anxious to try this new place out to see for myself. For those who may not be aware of what vegan food is, check out this brief write up about it: What is VEGAN. As I mentioned earlier one of my sisters is a vegan and before that was a vegetarian so I have been privileged to some pretty good homemade meals over the years. Along with plenty of gentle lecturing on why I should not eat bacon or steak, dairy etc., or any animal products for that matter. Even though I haven’t changed my ways yet, I understand and admire the vegan way and applaud it. You do not have to be a vegan to eat and enjoy vegan food. It is for everyone and I will say that you feel so healthy after having a good vegan dinner.
By the looks of Seasoned Vegans dishes and desserts I imagine they will draw a nice crowd of loyal customers as well as curious new ones. I am looking forward to visiting them for dinner very soon. We are so fortunate to have such a diverse and specialized selection of restaurants and businesses here in Harlem.
Welcome to the neighborhood Seasoned Vegan!
Seasoned Vegan MENU
55 St. Nicholas Avenue
Harlem, NY 10026
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JAN 24 – BOOK PARTY & SIGNING
“THE PLAN” Lyn-Genet Recitas
We are happy to announce an upcoming event Thursday, January 24th at The 5 and Diamond Restaurant in Harlem. Join Lyn Genet for her book party and signing at 6:30-7:30pm. Growing more and more popular The Plan is now in the top 5 selling books in the US and Canada. Congratulations Lyn!
A while back a few of us here at Harlem Condo Life went to an event hosted by The 5 and Diamond all about The Plan. It was a very informative and educational experience which Icare4Harlem wrote about. If you would like to read more about Lyn Genet and her new book you can see our previous post here “Is the Lyn-Genet Plan On Your Plate?” by Icare4Harlem.
Celebrate Lyn-Genet’s new book, The Plan, 6:30-7:30 at
The 5 and Diamond Restaurant
2072 Frederick Douglass Boulevard
New York, NY 10026
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The book is available below and is featured on the HarlemCondoLife.com store. The book and the program makes a great year round gift.
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Feeding the Cold
By Tina Gowin
The chill is upon us – the days are dimming and hibernation feels very appealing. But while the air is brisk and your spirits are high, it’s time to gather the last roots of warm sustenance at your local farmer’s market.
All good things come to an end and we are near the end of the growing season. Before farmers’ markets close for the season, stock up on some hearty fruits and vegetables that can last up to a year or more if frozen, and will ignite your body with warmth and allow you to brave the chilling air.
Instead of roasting marshmallows, pan-roasting root vegetables on your stove top will prove to be a far healthier alternative that will add to the ambience of a cold night.
Potatoes, for example, are an excellent source of dietary fiber that provides feelings of fullness and helps to promote digestive regularity. An averaged sized potato (about 5.3 oz) with its skin intact also contains 45% of the recommended daily value of vitamin C, 620 mg of potassium – which is comparable to bananas, spinach and broccoli – and other essential vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay healthy. Added bonus: an average sized potato only contains 110 calories and has no fat!
Parsnips, which are also rich in fiber, are very low in saturated fat, rich in vitamin K and vitamin C, and high in folate and potassium. And because parsnips are naturally cholesterol-free, by eating this nutritious veggie, you can reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
With the winter months quickly approaching, why not give your eyes the necessary vitamin A needed to promote good eye health by eating carrots. After all, your vision is essential while driving in the snow.
The following easy-to-make recipe is sure to delight and will send you out in the cold to your local farmer’s market one final time this season.
Herb Roasted Vegetables
4 carrots, chopped
2 medium potatoes, chopped
3 parsnips, chopped
¼ cup cilantro, finely chopped
¼ cup parsley, finely chopped
1 tablespoon mint, finely chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
Preparation: Combine fresh herbs and olive oil. Toss with vegetables and add salt and pepper to taste. Place in a skillet and cover to pan-roast vegetables and cook until tender.
Fresh, local produce helps keep vital nutrients intact. Healthy living is achieved by combining both proper nutrition and daily exercise. Weather the cold with healthy living!
Tina Gowin is a full-time registered dietitian at EmblemHealth, one of New York’s largest and most comprehensive health plans. EmblemHealth is a sponsor of Harvest Home, which provides access to locally grown fruits and vegetables at the Mt. Morris Park Historic District through Nov. 17, 2012 and West Harlem Farmer’s Market through Nov. 20, 2012. Cooking demonstrations will continue at the West Harlem Farmer’s Market until its season’s end.
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Roast Chicken with Apricot Sauce
When my friend asked me to meet him at the 5 and Diamond Restaurant on Frederick Douglass Blvd. in Harlem, I just assumed it would be a chance to catch up over a nice meal. As I entered the restaurant, I suddenly realized that there was a special event occurring but I was completely unaware of the contents. In one of those “Now what am I going to do?” moments, it became apparent that leaving would be awkward but staying might mean enduring a lecture type evening after a long day of work. To my surprise and delight, the subject matter happened to be of great interest to me.
Lyn-Genet Recitas, Executive Director of Nutrition, of The Lyn-Genet Plan, presented an interesting and informative approach to weight loss, health, and reversing the aging process. There were numerous concepts and examples given during the presentation but what stood out in my mind was the idea that food often promoted as being “healthy” among the general population could, in fact, be a “reactive food” thus inducing an inflammatory response in others. This reaction has an overall effect on your health.
Mixed Salad Greens
Ms. Recitas’ approach was not an all-encompassing diet plan marketed for the masses but rather an individualized assessment to identify acceptable food and eliminate reactive food specific to each person’s needs. Her ideas may be of interest to those people who have attempted to address health issues solely through radical diets and/or medication—each having its own side effects.
The bonus in the evening was a lovely three-course meal consisting of a Carrot Soup Shooter, Mixed Salad Greens, Vegetable Timbale, Roast Chicken, Lamb Shepherd’s Pie, or Red Snapper, and a Berries, Chocolate, and Whipped Cream dessert. All items were prepared by the 5 and Diamond Restaurant utilizing a variety of herbs and spices and minimizing the use of sodium. Owners of the 5 and Diamond Restaurant plan to open The Harlem Pearl, located on 112th St. and Frederick Douglass Blvd. Followers of the Lyn-Genet Plan will be able to purchase her 4-Day Detox meals on a “to go” basis.
I have not had a personal experience with Ms. Recitas’ Plan but feel that her program warrants further investigation. For a more in-depth explanation, go to http://lyngenet.com/the-plan/, to assist in formulating your own opinion.
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