This weekend I headed down to Foodswings, Williamsburg’s own vegan comfort food joint. I had been trying to corral my boyfriend into going here with me since before he was my boyfriend, so it had been a long time coming. Although I was able to sample their “chicken” at the Seed Expo a few weeks back, I wanted the entire diner experience. What do I mean? I wanted a burger and a shake, dammit.

Foodswings is not health food, and it doesn’t try to pretend it’s health food. When you think “comfort food,” do you conjure up a raw crudite platter? No. You think creamy, fatty, tastes so good “junk” food. I met a very nice Brooklyn-based vegan couple a few weeks ago, when they came to stay at my mom’s farm. I asked them if they liked Foodswings, and the woman groaned inward and said she thought it was awful. Why? “It’s junk food!” she said. Mmmm. All the better to eat you with, my dear!

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Food porn a la Cinnamon Snail–ancho chili burger!

Okay so I promised once I crawled out of my cave of outdated technology and got a Smartphone I would become a better food blogger. Well my days of laziness are over, because I gave in (goodbye, reading real books on the train…) and got an iPhone just in time to document my visit to the Seed, a vegan expo in NYC this past weekend.

Get ready for some major food porn, people! I got to meet tons of awesome activists, window-show some really drool-worthy vendors (Olsen-Haus shoe-gasm, anyone?), watch cooking demos, listen to speakers and meet up with some of my favorite people, like sweet vegan pastry chef, author, photographer and an old colleague and friend of mine, Hannah Kaminsky. She gave a demo on how to make ice-cream without a machine, which rocked. She showed several different ways, one of which was to shake it up in a small bag placed inside a larger bag full of ice and salt. She passed it around for the crowd to shake up, and then when it was over she let me run off with the finished product and two spoons. What a sweetie!

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