Sunday, October 26, 2014

Beyond Sushi - Restaurant Review

Since becoming vegan I have really missed going for sushi.  I tried eating the same old veggie options they offer at most sushi restaurants, but after a while I lost the taste for cucumber and avocado rolls.  When I heard about 'Beyond Sushi', with its entire menu dedicated to vegan sushi, I really wanted to try it.

They have two locations, a tiny restaurant in Union Square and a take out counter in Chelsea Market. Yesterday I dragged hubby to the Chelsea Market location promising the tastiest vegan sushi he would ever have!

I haven't been to Chelsea Market for a long time and forgot how crazy busy it always is, especially at the weekends.  It was another shuffling situation as we fought our way through the crowds to find the restaurant.  'Beyond Sushi' has a great menu, with many interesting rolls, wraps, salads and individual pieces.  The use six grain rice and forbidden black rice in place of the regular white rice usually associated with sushi as it is much healthier and tastes better.

After perusing the menu we decided to order the La Fiesta, Sweet Tree and Spicy Mang rolls.  It was pretty expensive, $25 for the 3 rolls and a bottle of water, but I wanted to try a few different items from the menu. After a 5-10 minute wait our sushi was ready and we managed to find a corner of a communal table to eat.  The sushi was pretty good, it was flavorful and both of us enjoyed it.  It wasn't as amazing as I had hoped, but the sauces were tasty and there was a good level of spice in the rolls.  It was definitely a step up from any vegan sushi I have had previously, and my favorite was the Spicy Mang roll as it had a bit of a kick to it.

I would have enjoyed it much more had we been sat in a nicer environment.  It wasn't very relaxing eating with loud screaming kids and tourists who insisted on telling everyone they were 'out-of-owners'.  It was just too busy in there and unfortunately that over shadowed the food experience.  My husband couldn't wait to get out of there, so we quickly finished our food while other diners hovered over us waiting to pounce on our seats.  Hardly a relaxing meal!

Although I enjoyed the food from 'Beyond Sushi' I won't be rushing back as there is no where nice to enjoy the food.  If passing by I might get something to take home, but I doubt I'll make a special trip just to go there.  It is worth a visit if you live near by, but I would definitely avoid going at the weekend and try and take it somewhere else to eat if you can!

For more information visit http://beyondsushinyc.com.

Friday, October 24, 2014

MOMA and The MET

In between packing, moving and the general upheaval of relocating back to the UK, I have been working hard to complete my New York Bucket List.  So far I have been able to visit both The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met).

I have wanted to visit both museums since I arrived, but I was especially excited to go to MOMA. I went on a rainy day with a friend and the place was packed.  Luckily I bought our tickets online, so we avoided that queue, but it didn't make much difference as it was so busy inside. There were so many people trying to view the exhibits that it made for frustrating viewing.  You had to shuffle from room to room trying to get a glimpse of the art work.  It was very annoying, and seeing 20 people pushing each other to take a photo of a tiny Dali summed up my experience.

There were some great pieces in there though, and the 5th floor was my favorite especially the Dali, Picasso and Monet works.  However, if I am honest, I didn't really get most of it!  I could pretend that I understood the fascination with blobs on the floor made of various materials, or an entire book written on canvas, or some sheets hanging from a ceiling, but I really don't.  I know many people will shake their heads at me, but I know what I like and I didn't like most of MOMA.  Perhaps if it hadn't of been so busy I would have appreciated it more, but overall I left disappointed.  Tickets for MOMA cost $25 and for more information visit http://www.moma.org.

My visit to The Met was much more successful.  I went on a Sunday with my hubby and we were expecting it to be packed, but were pleasantly surprised when we didn't have to queue to pay for tickets and walked straight in.  My first impression was at how vast the museum is, there are so many exhibits and different things to see that it was almost overwhelming.  I wish I had spent a bit of time researching what to visit, as it is impossible to see everything in one day.  We walked around a bit aimlessly at first, but them stumbled upon the Egyptian Art section. It was brilliant.  There was so much to see and The Temple of Dendur was amazing.  We also enjoyed the Arms and Armor exhibits and the Greek and Roman Art.

We had lunch in the cafeteria which had options for everyone, although it was pretty expensive.  They had a decent salad bar, which was good for us vegans, as well a variety of food stations that included pizza, sandwiches, burgers and desserts.

I very much enjoyed my visit to the Met and would love to go back again as there is so much I didn't see.  As the museum is so big, the crowds disperse once you get inside making it much easier to look at the exhibits.  The suggested admission is $25, but you can pay what you like to get in.  If you are planning 3 or 4 short visits I would recommend making donations rather than paying the full price every time.  For more information visit http://www.metmuseum.org

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Back to Blighty and My New York Bucket List

Wow, it has been AGES since my last post!  I think my enthusiasm for writing about living in NYC has come to end, which coincides well with the fact that I am leaving next month.

We are being relocated back to the UK for a couple of years and I must admit I am ready to leave the city.  I have made a great life for myself over the past four years and it will be sad to leave some parts of it behind, but overall I am ready to leave New York.  I'm sad to be leaving the US, and know we will be back one day, but I am really looking forward to being close to the friends and family I left behind in England.

That said, I have six weeks left to enjoy the city and my outlook is much more positive since I found out we were leaving!  There are certain things that I want to do before going back to the UK and here is my Bucket List of the 10 things I want to do before I leave New York:

1. Visit the MET-I know, it's disgusting that I haven't been in 4 years. Please don't judge!
2. Visit MOMA-As above
3. Go up into the crown of The Statue of Liberty
4. NBC Studio Tour and meet a Rockette
5. Go to the Top of The Rock and have a drink in Sixty Five at The Rainbow Room
6. Get the cable car over to Roosevelt Island
7. See The Book of Mormon on Broadway
8. Volunteer at The Natural History Museum for Halloween
9. Eat in as many vegan restaurants as I can - I think it will be slim pickings in the UK by comparison
10. Get Vegan sushi from 'Beyond Sushi' at Chelsea Market

I will let you know how I get on and fingers crossed I will get them all done before I go back to the UK!