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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Summer Sunday

Well, it's not technically summer yet but today was gorgeous and pretty indicative of a weekend in the summer in the city - lots of walking, lots of people out, and lots of stuff going on.
G was speaking at Left Forum bright and early this morning on a Comics for Revolution panel, which I did not actually attend because I would just have embarrassed him by cheering too loudly. HowEVER I did go into the city later (blasphemy for me on a day off) and we met up.
Before we met up, I stopped by a pop up zine shop on the Lower East Side and walked up to Crosby Street, where Housing Works was having a street book/LP/cd/DVD sale/party.

                                                           Vegan ice cream truck!
I didn't buy any books because I already have a reading list that is OOC (out of control) and too many books already. But I did buy ummm like every 10,000 Maniacs CD I could find.
Thennnn I ran into a friend, we chatted, and I walked up to the West Village. While waiting for G to arrive, I bought a Kevita and sat in Washington Square Park, where yet another street fair (for science!) was going on.


G had texted that he was in a scramble and toast mood and incidentally, I passed Ellary's Greens on the walk from the Housing Works fair up to the park, which I had only just read a review of that morning by Abby. I had stopped just to look at their menu, and they had exactly that scramble and toast offered.
So despite Abby's not altogether positive review, we walked over, arriving at 3:26 - 4 minutes before brunch was supposed to end. Long story short, G was not able to finagle a scramble out of the kitchen and, tired and hungry, was not very happy about it. "WTF."
Instead, he got a chickpea burger with escarole and tomato jam, which came with nothing on the side:

                                                                   "Angry arms"
and I got the portabella mushroom sandwich, which also looked slightly lonely on its plate:

with sauerkraut, "chickpea spread," and spinach. It was good, at least. And, yes, as Abby said, the bathroom was very clean. And the juices looked tasty. But the chairs were uncomfortable.
We then decided to walk over to Lula's vegan ice cream shop, on the other side of town. (Abby, basically this day was me following yr little bejeweled footsteps all over the city!)

Greg got a cookies n' cream cone, I got espresso. And then we decided our feet hurt, so we went home. A full day, full stomachs, and a bag full of 10,000 Maniacs CDs. If only the rest of the summer were like that.

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  1. What an awesome Sunday! With the exception of no scram & toast (sorry, Greg!). At least the picture of him sulking turned out well. And there was vegan ice cream. I love your glasses!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, the vegan ice cream was very good.

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  2. that kelvita is my fave flavor!

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    1. I don't usually buy them, think I've only had one other flavor but this was good.

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  3. What a great day! I was there in spirit. I was really cheering for you guys to have had a better visit to EG; inflexibility seems to be a theme there, but I love those angry arms!! So glad you went to Lula's too! I'm all for vegan options everywhere, but Lula's wins every time.

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    1. Haha I hope you read Greg's comment below. Was the music horrible when you were there too?
      Also... I just had ice cream much better than Lula's... deets to come!

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  4. Minus the not so great brunch this sounds like a really great Sunday! You always find the best fairs to go to. Lula's is SOOOOO good, they have the best ice cream. The angry arms made me laugh because that was exactly what I was thinking before I saw the caption. I love the ice cream pics, you guys are awesome.

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    1. NYC has so many fairs! You could probably go to any one and be pleased.

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  5. I'm sorry that I lol'd at the "Angry Arms." Bad brunch is a tragedy.

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  6. 'Angry Arm's' sandwich looks so big there isn't much room left on the plate — still, a pickle or some chips or something would have made the plate look less blank. What a great day — lots of walking, fairs and food is what summer is all about. Hope you were wearing comfy shoes.

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    1. It was a sizeable sandwich but yes, even a small toss of greens would have been welcome.
      my shoes were good - Greg has yet to find shoes to help his poor little feet.

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  7. YES! A bag full of 10,000 Maniacs CDs!! Now I want to drag out my old ones and re-listen. I'd totally forgotten about them! Also, those sandwiches look very lonely. I hate it when sandwiches don't come with sides. That's just wrong.

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    1. For only 3 dollars! I love street fairs. Pllleaase go listen! They totally hold up. Natalie merchant is a goddess.

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  8. Poor G!!! (not to be confused with 4G). First you bail on him for his big panel and then you drag him to a restaurant that the entire internet has been forewarned is horrible! I suggest therapy for the two of you to work out the issues.

    Ellary's Greens couldn't even be bothered to add a sprig of Parsley to the plates?! That other place you go to puts a freakin' fresh Orchid on every plate!

    Anyway, looks like you were able to placate him with Ice Cream, so all's well that ends well.

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    1. There will be many other panels as he is gonna be big time famous soon.
      Right? Someone needs to talk to Ellary.

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  9. So i just read Abby's post about this place and then I read some of the negative yelp reviews. Abby is definitely right about everything she says, RE: things like subbed zucchini and the strawberries being merely sliced as opposed to macerated as per the menu description. This kind of thing is utterly inexcusable for the price and shows a clear lack of regard for the customer. The whole place reeks of snootiness. Abby may have liked that cloying "no wifi" sign but i found it smug and obnoxious. It seems that most people who go there are disappointed by the lack of sides served with burgers/sandwiches. This is not inexcusable, (there is no promise of sides) but just dumb and cheap on their part. They clearly haven't surveyed the nearby competition. And if they have it just reinforces how dumb and cheap they are. A place like Quantum Leap, 2 blocks away gives you a side salad and fries with each burger for the same price without the snoot. When you serve someone a burger on a plate with no sides, its like you are just flinging the plate at them and being like "here's ya burgah, hurry up and eat it ya schlub" and then just walking away, which is essentially what they did at ellery's (as abby also mentions).

    The service was not bad but not good. As noted, we arrived at 3:24 for a brunch that supposedly ended at 3:30. The sign was still outside advertising their brunch offerings. Now, sure, we are cutting it close. but hey, we WERE there before 3:30, and c'mon...what really happens at 3:30 that you can't slide me some fuckin tofu scramble and TOAST, especially when the persons on EITHER SIDE OF US were served pancakes/tofu scramble AFTER we had ordered off of the lunch menu. I had to watch them eat the food I wanted but was unavailable to me as a result of a mindless, bureaucratic waitstaff. It was irritating when I asked the hostess about brunch and she said we were too late, then I asked another person, who also said we were too late, then finally, I asked our waiter, who said he would "check". I got excited, thinking he would be savvy enough to ACTUALLY check, as in, go down to the kitchen, but he just turned around and asked the second person I had asked who again, said "NO". So much for him, he is a bad waiter and probably just a mindless idiot in general who believes whatever he is told without trying to find out for himself. Anyway the burger tasted fine the end. But here is a tip, ellery: when brunch ends (early), bring the fucking sign in or honor it up until the noted time.

    While looking at the yelp reviews, I saw that the owner, or someone from "team ellery" responded to many of the negative reviews (many of which are in keeping with the opinions expressed herein) with niceties like "sorry you were disappointed, we strive to blah blah blah snooty organic mumbo jumbo, etc. Hope you will give us another try, we would love to make it up to you!" in other words, a hollow attempt to draw the customer back in for another overpriced lackluster dining experience with no real promise of recompense. So the real question is, everyone agress they need improvement in these areas, and they are even smart enough to read the yelp reviews, seeming in an effort improve, yet they continue to fail to implement said improvements. I feel bad for these people as businesspersons and I am sure they know the best place to get grass fed beef but maybe they should focus more on customer experience so they wont go out of business. Some of the restaurants I LOVE BEST are ones where I've had a lackluster experience, and upon mentioning it to the owner, was offered to come back in for a free meal, to make it up to me. Some restaurants have off nights, or growing pains, and thats fine. But it's on the business to keep the customer satisfied throughout, not on the customer to keep the business going in the face of recurring ineptitude.

    Also the music was HORRIBLE, and I noticed I may have been spelling the name wrong this whole time, but whatever.

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  10. That looks like a pretty great Sunday aside from the scramble sitch. Getting ice cream as soon as the sun comes out is one of my favourite things to do.

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    1. This will be a hot summer. I foresee a lot of ice cream :)

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  11. What a perfect, classic start to summer. You guys look happy, and that makes me happy! I"ll have to read Greg's comment above now.

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  12. so I have been MIA for a while but so glad I popped in just in time to see your adorable face that has been hiding for like ever behind your probiotic drinks and market stalls.
    Those are very sad unadorned plates from that pretentious place but
    looks like Natalie merchant and those nifty cones made up for it.

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    1. I am glad to see you back!! The cones were pretty damn good.

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  13. If all else fails, eat ice cream. It's a motto to live your life by. That burger looks kind of whack....

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