Lost Vegetarian Presents… Black Radish Pasta at Dirt Candy

Episode 1.2 of “Lost Vegetarian Presents…” features Chef Amanda Cohen at her restaurant, Dirt Candy. Enjoy!


Lost Vegetarian Presents… Happy Buddha

Almost a year ago I had an idea for a video project, one that highlighted the variety of great vegetarian food around the world. I’m happy to share with all of you the first episode of “Lost Vegetarian Presents…” This first season will focus on New York City, where I live, but I’m hoping that future seasons will spread out to encompass other cities around the country and around the world.

This is the product of the hard work of a lot of my friends, and I need to thank them all. Most importantly I need to thank Donny Tsang and Henrietta Yuki; not just for their technical assistance with the cameras and lights (which was invaluable), but because without them this wouldn’t have happened. They questioned me, pushed me, and helped me figure out what I wanted this project to be. I also need to thank Scott Lindrup, who was at every shoot and did whatever we asked him to do. And special thanks to Bayard Russell, for allowing me to use his song “Keep Dancing” for the opening and closing titles. Plus there were numerous friends and family members who watched rough cuts of these episodes and gave me useful feedback about them. Thank you all!

We made these videos on a shoestring budget, so if you want to sponsor these videos (or you would like to participate) please email me: lostvegetarian@gmail.com

East Wind Snack Shop is located at 471 16th St, here in Brooklyn. Special thanks to Chef Chris Cheung and the entire staff there for helping us out. Happy Buddha is a simple looking vegan dish, but it’s got an incredible amount of flavor. Enjoy!

Spicy & Tasty


After finally watching the Shanghai episode of Parts Unknown Season 4, I was craving for noodles and dumplings. The next day, after work, I trekked out to Flushing for spicy wontons at White Bear and spicy beef noodle soup at Spicy & Tasty. Both were satisfying, especially the bowl of noodles at Spicy & Tasty. I haven’t been in a while but it’s just as good as last time.

Spicy & Tasty, 39-07 Prince St, Flushing, NY

Pig Beach


Brooklyn is becoming THE destination for barbecue. We have Hometown, BrisketTown, Mighty Quinn, Fletcher’s, Morgan’s, Mable’s, Fette Sau, Arrogant Swine, Dinosaur, Hill Country, The Smoke Joint, Beast of Bourbon, Humo, and Lonestar Empire. And now add Pig Beach, a summer pop-up next to The Green Building in Gowanus, to the list. Pig Beach is a combination of Ribdiculous Bar-B-Krewe (run by Shane McBride of Balthazar) and Salty Rinse BBQ (run by Rob Shawger and Ed McFarland of Ed’s Lobster and Matt Abdoo of Del Posto).

Yeah, you’re probably thinking, hm….the Gowanus. YEP! The Pig Beach is literally right next to the Gowanus Canal, hopefully the smell of barbecue will overcome the funky canal smell during peak summer time. With that aside, the space is spacious and more importantly, the meats are gooooooood!

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LA Taco Crawl 2015

Couple weeks ago, I was home in LA and I decided to go on a taco crawl. It’s been a while since I did one and so to celebrate this occasion, I asked the people at Saveur if I can takeover their Instagram account for the crawl. They said yes! So from 11am till 4pm, on a Friday, I drove all over LA taking photos of tacos and eating tacos.

Above images: I started the crawl with 2 crispy shrimp tacos ($2 each) at Mariscos Jalisco, a Jonathan Gold approved taco truck. The tacos were glorious! Filled to the max with shrimp. Messy and delicious. Then it was steak and uni with smoked soy sauce taco ($8) at the Guerrilla Tacos truck in front of Blacktop Coffee. This was pretty good, interesting combination and actually wouldn’t mind eating an uni taco minus the steak.

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I Found My Happy Place At Flushing’s Food Courts


Oh, hello there. It’s been a while since I posted anything on this blog, I know. It’s been since August, you say? Seems like time has been going by very quickly. In truth I’ve been very busy at work, and I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed. Lucky for me I recently took a few trips to the Chinese food courts in Flushing, where I got some really amazing food. Here’s the best of what I had during my recent trips. At the Golden Shopping Mall, a warren of narrow stalls with almost no English menus, I got the bowl of food you see above from what I think is the Chengdu Heaven stall. I got two different dishes — cold strips of cooked potato, seasoned with vinegar and chilies, and a seaweed salad dressed with vinegar and sesame oil.

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Thrillist’s ‘Fest of the Best’

Villian's Fest of the Best exterior

It’s the end of the year and you know what that means….time to celebrate the best of 2014! This year, I was invited to Thrillist’s ‘Fest of the Best’ event in Williamsburg. I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that I didn’t know half of the restaurants there but I was really glad I went.

Spoiler alert
The winning best of the best restaurant went to Bacchanal. Their confit lamb shoulder was amazing……it was so amazing that I went back for seconds.
Bacchanal wins

A close second for me were BLT Fish with their raw oysters topped with wasabi peas and nori and French Louie with their snails Merchand de Vin with Falls Mill grits. Some other great dishes that I can imagine myself eating over and over again where Emily’s smoked chicken and some really tasty sunchocke chips, Seoul Chicken’s mini fried chicken sandwiches served in Kings Hawaiian rolls (man oh man, I grew up eating Kings Hawaiian bread), Avo Toast by Two Hands because avocado toasts are so in right now, and surprisingly the warm grain and kale salad from Randolph.

Thanks Thrillist for a damn good Saturday afternoon (even though it was pouring rain) and some really great foods. Congrats to all participating restaurants for being part the best of 2014.

Photos courtesy of Kimberly Mufferi