Restaurant Review: Home On 8th

Here’s the next in the series of very-late restaurant reviews from our trip to New York last month. I’m determined to get them all done before we go there again.

After we got our free tickets for the Upright Citizens Brigade show, we stopped by Home on 8th to grab a couple of appetizers for a snack before the show. The restaurant serves up standard Asian fare in a nice atmosphere, but also pimps a hefty vegetarian offering. The mock crispy chicken drumsticks caught Huyen’s eye, so we ordered one of them as well as a citrus beef skewer along with some green tea. They were short on wait staff (one waiter for the whole place) and, unfortunately, it showed. Our green teas seemed to be sweetened with honey, even though we specifically asked for no honey, which made them barely drinkable (have I mentioned recently that putting sweetener in your green tea is heresy?). Then, we were told that they had just run out of the drumsticks. Indeed, we saw another table get served the very last ones. So, we opted for some super-tiny spring rolls in addition to our beef skewer.

The skewer’s seasonings and seitan texture was just right while the spring rolls were fine, but unremarkable. The portions were small, but appropriate for appetizers.

For a quick stop in, we were pleased enough, though we’d really like to try that crispy chicken sometime…

White Bison born in Canada


Rare white bison born in British Columbia

Blatz said the calf will remain under her care for several more months, but she is considering selling him.” It could be to the native Americans, or even if a circus or a zoo wants something rare to put in there – to draw the crowds. That would be good too, but he definitely needs more exposure than where we live.”

Um… no he doesn’t.


Misunderstood Carob


Poor carob. It’s so misunderstood.

Often viewed as “fake chocolate” and looked at with scorn because it doesn’t taste like chocolate, carob is one of those foods that lives in the shadows, but really deserves to be considered on its own.

I’ve always liked carob. Even as a kid, when my mom would take me to the local health food store and let me buy a treat, I’d often pick a carob bar. Today, the taste of carob takes me back to my childhood, but I also enjoy it for its own taste pleasures. Baked goods with carob tend to be a little drier than their chocolate counterparts, but offer a unique bite that makes their flavor quite distinct.

One of the items that’s reminded me recently how much I like carob is Frankly Natural’s Vegan Decadence Double Carob Cookie. They look much more appealing than the picture and have a wonderful balance of carob and “other stuff,” so that no one taste is too overwhelming. Sure, not everyone can appreciate carob, but those that do will definitely want to hunt this one down in their local co-op.

To find out some more about carob, I point you to the mighty Wikipedia.

Dream Job for Vegan Nerds


Are you vegan? Are you a programmer? Would you like to live in a vegan community Hawaii? Would you like to be paid well?

This may be the job for you.

This is the first time I can recall seeing a non-AR-specific job offered where you must be vegan to apply because you’d be joining a “vegan community.” Very cool. If I didn’t have family in the local area, I would seriously consider trying to talk Huyen into moving for this. I suspect it wouldn’t be difficult.


Teacher Dissects a Live Dog


Scott passes on a disturbing news story out of Utah where a substitute teacher dissected a live dog in front of a high school biology class.

“I thought that it would be just really a good experience if they could see the digestive system in the living animal,” [the substitute teacher Doug] Bierregaard said.

You have got to be kidding me.

The excuse, that even the school’s principal is using?: oh, the dog’s going to be euthanized anyway. Sounds an awful lot like people’s reasoning for eating meat, “Oh, the animal would die whether I ate it or not.”

This is entirely inappropriate for a high school classroom when there are so many alternatives. If showing the digestive system in a living animal is so important to this substitute teacher, why doesn’t he, say, use a videotape?

I hope the teacher and his school are properly ridiculed and reprimanded for this.