It’s been 20 months since my last blog post. This feels a little like Catholic confession. Although I’m not Catholic I’ve seen a lot of confessional scenes on tv. And while my intention isn’t to confess the reasons for my absence I’d like to explain the obstacles, because existing in New York City is a daily obstacle course. Blogger or regular human.
1 The Kitchen
Cooking and preparing food in a 6-square foot corner kitchen just isn’t exciting or easy. While I’ve acquired a butcher block to extend the kitchen into the living room, making it actually possible to make a dish or two, it’s still an ordeal that often makes me crazy and cranky. And how many smoothies and salads do you really want to read about? Because that’s about the extent of my kitchen work.
2 The Vegan Restaurants
New York is a gluten-free vegan’s dream. In my neighborhood alone, in a New York minute, I can walk to 4 vegan restaurants and 4 “fast food” vegan counters for a quick bite or fresh juice. If I blogged about the food I eat you’d get really tired of hearing about Blossom’s kale salads and beet burgers, Peacefood’s biscuits and daily soups, and Candle Cafe’s tempeh sandwiches. Because I eat these all the time.
And then there’s delivery for those blustery winter months or “I don’t want to get out of my pjs” days.
Seamless, I love you. I also love the fact that you can get anything delivered to your door within an hour. Meals, groceries, cat food, wine, anything. I could blog about this a grand total of once.
Brunch in New York is not optional. In the South the question isn’t “do you attend a church?” It’s “where do you go to church?” It’s assumed that you’re a good person and good people are church-goers. In New York brunch trumps church for most people. You roll out of bed on Sunday morning and don’t even have to ask the question. You’re going to brunch. The question becomes “where are we going to brunch today?” With brunch comes eggs, and eggs are obviously not vegan. As a vegan blogger my readers don’t want to hear that I eat eggs at brunch once a week, even if they are organic and locally sourced and served with gluten-free bread. There. I said it.
5 Gluten-free Goodies
Gluten-free baking is out of the question in my kitchen. For the first two years we lived here my oven didn’t even work. But there are a half dozen options for gf baked goods scattered across the Upper West Side. Plus, picking up a blueberry corn muffin as a treat at By the Way Bakery is probably better for me than having a dozen calling my name from my counter at home. Are their treats vegan? No. But I do enjoy an occasional non-vegan treat. There. I said it. Again.
6 Gluten-Free Options
Gluten-free menus and options at restaurants are plentiful. Everywhere you eat there are options. I rarely call ahead anymore as I know they’ll be able to accommodate my dietary restrictions. I feel less and less an of an obligation to share my incredible gluten-free finds, because most restaurants have finally figured out how to do it well.
7 New York Experiences
There is so much to experience in the City.
I have no idea how I ever had time to create a recipe, cook or bake, set up the perfect photo, edit the photos, and write a colorful description three days a week while working full-time. Seriously, what else did I do? In the City there are parks to be walked, shows to see, friends to meet for happy hour, and gatherings that start too late for a school teacher. And they all seem to a happen last minute. I’m experiencing life. And I’m tired all the time.
You may remember that we lost Marcy back in 2012. We lost my sweet Max here in the city in 2014. Without these two little rays of light and joy it was a dark world for a long time. Writing about anything is hard in grief. Just last year we did rescue a 20-year-old kitty named Maggie, and we consider each day we have with her a gift.
So if blogging in the City is such a drag, why am I starting up again?
- I miss the blogging community.
- I miss connecting with readers.
- I miss the process of writing.
- I’m hoping you don’t mind if I blog about life instead of food all the time.
- There are incredible things about this City I’d love to share with you.
- There are annoying things about this City I’d love to share with you.
- I’m hoping I can be transparent instead of being afraid to share times I’ve enjoyed a non-vegan experience.
- New York City is eye-opening.