Hello again! Once again, school and NYU Spoon got busy, and I got a dog and stuff. So basically I got really busy again and let blogging fall wayside. Because it turns out blogging is time-consuming. Which you don’t really realize until you start. I mean like, you gotta take a bunch of pics, upload them, write stuff, blah blah blah….anyways I’m back, and better than ever! Can’t wait to get this thing re-rolling this summer. I plan to start explaining the last semester (my new dog, my life, etc).
You can get a sneak preview of the latest in my updated About Me section. In other news the cashier at starbucks asked me yesterday, “Aren’t you a bit young to be drinking iced coffee?” I’m 23. This doesn’t really bother me any more; I mostly just think it’s funny.
But before I start adding all my new stuff this summer, I’m going to add all the stuff I collaborated on this semester, including NYU Spoon and my friend Dan’s blog Like It’s Your Last. Both are really cool projects with really cool people and you should check them out.
Here is my first piece published on Like It’s Your Last. It’s about Beyond Sushi, which is my current addiction. It’s also the photo that’s on my homepage. Its gorgeous. It’s vegan sushi. But it doesn’t really taste like sushi. Basically it’s like constant flavor explosions and I can’t get enough. For skeptics I beg you to keep an open mind and an open mouth (but then close it when you chew plz). This piece was also edited quite a bit and and published on NYU Spoon and The Daily Meal. The one I wrote for Dan is more my own thoughts and stuff but in publications apparently things get changed a bunch. That’s fine. I’m still learning. But that’s also why I want my own blog so I can say whatever the heck I want and not get tweaked. More on this later.
Anyways here it is. I’m gonna copy/paste it from Dan’s site:
Beyond Sushi, located on 14th street between 2nd and 3rd, is easy to miss. In fact, even as I regular, I sometimes walk by it. A no-longer-hidden gem, the green space is small but tidy, with a zen dining room that seats up to 12. The three small tables are for sharing, elbow room is a small sacrifice to make for such innovative cuisine.
Beyond Sushi is a vegan establishment, and while the idea of vegan sushi may sound paradoxical, I bring even my most carnivorous friends here, soliciting their blind trust to follow me into the delicious world of Beyond’s redefinition of sushi.
I like to start with the carrot salad. The carrots themselves are lightly blanched: slightly tender but with a nice, crisp bite and lightly dressed in a heavenly sauce. The sweetness of the carrots is enhanced with notes of chili, ginger, garlic, fresh cilantro and sesame seeds. Although the flavor combination sounds like it could overwhelm, it doesn’t. It’s simply perfect.
Then comes the sushi. Surprising combinations of healthful but hearty ingredients like sweet potatoes, avocado, mushrooms, tofu and crisp green vegetables are thoughtfully paired together, wrapped in a seaweed hug, covered with a layer of rice and finished with a specially paired sauce. This food is beautiful. It’s art. It’s almost impossible to eat without snapping a picture. What’s even better to discover is that its beauty is not just skin deep; when it hits the palate, it delivers flavors that surpass expectations.
Take, for example, the La Fiesta roll. Filled with avocado, pickled jalapeño and chayote, this beauty is artfully topped with a mango chili sauce, bringing a burst of sweet and spicy to the earthy roll. One thing that is striking at Beyond, both aesthetically and to taste buds, is the rice. Beyond Sushi uses a 6-Grain blend or black rice in all their rolls. Both of these rices put white rice to shame, providing more flavor and a far superior mouthfeel. The quality of the seaweed (which, in my opinion, makes or breaks a sushi experience) is reflective of every ingredient they use: it’s at its peak freshness and prepared perfectly.
Food is clean, and flavors shine. I liken my journey through a roll to solving a puzzle. As I make my way through, I discover a new element in each piece: Tanginess from the pickled jalapeño. Umami from the black rice. I just got a hint of chili. That brightness…wow the cilantro was a nice touch. By the time I’m finished, I’ve gone through an entire whirlwind of flavors, and eagerly move on to the next roll.
If it were up to my taste buds, I would pack away ten rolls without taking a breath. However, the limits of a student budget usually stop me after 2 or 3, which, I have found (after a few minutes surfacing for air) to be surprisingly satisfying, leaving a feeling of full nourishment for body, belly and spirit.
“That’s the best sushi I’ve ever had,” is what my mother (a carnivore) said when I took her for the first time, and I’ve heard this phrase echoed from every skeptic I’ve brought along. I tend to agree. Each time I gather my things to leave the small healthy haven, I catch myself thinking, “Wow, that wasn’t even sushi – it was better than sushi – like, beyond sushi.” For a moment I mistake this as a profound thought; I then realize, I’m simply reiterating their quintessential name.
229 E 14th St
(646) 861 2889