Finding Great Local Vegetarian Friendly Restaurants: Quartino Restaurante in Chicago, IL

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Clockwise from upper left:  Eggplant Parmesan, Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Eggplant Caponata

FG Rating: 94 out of 100

We score in 5 of 6 categories: What, Where, When, Who, Why and How (usually, How Much). The max score for each category is 20. The highest possible score is 100 (5 categories X 20 = 100).

What:  Quartino Restaurant, recognized as one of the best in the city, is a vegetarian friendly Italian restaurant in the heart of downtown Chicago.  Featuring small plates for sharing, dining here is a culinary adventure you’ll remember and want to repeat!  Here’s a link to their website:

http://www.quartinochicago.com

LLAG What Score: 19 out of 20

Where:  626 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60654
P. 312.698.5000

LLAG Where Score: 17 out of 20

When:  Great for late dining!

S-F: 11:30-2am

(kitchen 1am)

Sat: 11:30-3am
(kitchen 1am; pizza 2am)

LLAG When Score: 20 out of 20.

Who:  Award winning chef John Coletta is hands on and one of the owners

LLAG Who Score:  20 out of 20

Why: Wide variety on the menu, ambience and friendly, helpful staff

LLAG Why Score: 18 out of 20.

Enjoy!

Living Like a Goddess,

FG

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Finding Great Local Vegetarian Restaurants: Marrakech P Street in Washington, DC

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FG Rating:  92

We score in 5 of 6 categories:  What, Where, When, Who, Why and How (usually, How Much).  The max score for each category is 20.  The highest possible score is 100 (5 categories X 20 = 100).

What:  Marrakech Restaurant is a very vegetarian friendly Moroccan restaurant offering a wide variety of full flavored dishes to wow your palette.  There’s nothing like Moroccan done right and this is the real thing!  Here’s a link to their website:

http://www.marrakeshpstreetdc.com

LLAG What Score:  19 out of 20.

Where:  2147 P St NW, Washington, DC 20037

(202) 775-1882

LLAG Where Score:  17 out of 20.

When:  Open Tuesday through Sunday, 11:30 am to 11:00 pm…extra points for staying open late!  Closed on Mondays.

LLAG When Score:  20 out of 20.

Why:  Wide variety on the menu AND they DELIVER!

LLAG Why Score:  18 out of 20.

How Much:  Moderately priced…you can leave with your hunger satisfied and $ left in your wallet.

LLAG How Much Score:  18 out of 20.

Enjoy!

Living Like a Goddess,

FG

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Finding Great Local Vegetarian Friendly Restaurants: DejaVu in Memphis, Tennessee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our GREAT Vegetarian Lunch               Owner & Chef, Gary…this guy gets it!

FG Rating:  99

What:  DejaVu Restaurant…billed as a New Orleans Creole Soul Food & Vegetarian Restaurant, this happy place is a vegetarian’s gold mine!  We dined at the Mardi Gras themed downtown location for lunch and liked it so much we came back the next day.  We LOVE that all the veggies are prepared in vegetarian friendly ways (no meat, no chicken stock, etc)…even the Red Beans and Rice.  We chose the Veggie plate (your choice of 4 items)…you’ll see my picks in the photo above:  Fresh okra with tomatoes and a nice spicy kick, real New Orleans red beans and rice, steamed veggies (squash, broccoli, carrots and red pepper) and extra crispy sweet potato fries accompanied by not-too-sweet cornbread…in a word…YUMMMMM!

Here’s a link:

http://www.dejavurestaurant.org

Where:  51 South Main Street, Memphis, TN 38104

Phone (901) 505-0212

When:   Mon – Thu: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Fri – Sat: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Who:   Chef Gary Williams gets it!  We met the welcoming Chef Gary on our first visit to DejaVu.  Thank you for understanding and cooking for all the vegetarians…GREAT FOOD!

Why:  Worry free ordering for excellent vegetarian food!

How much:  Moderately (affordably) priced…we met one diner who had been there five times that week…WOW!

Enjoy!

Living Like A Goddess,

FG

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Finding Great Local Vegetarian Friendly Restaurants: Uncle Paul’s Pizza in New York City

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Above:  Uncle Paul’s welcoming dining room (usually FULL during peak dining hours) and the savory Veggie Wrap

 

FG Rating:  97

What:  Uncle Paul’s Pizza…yes, it’s great New York Pizza…AND we LOVE the savory Veggie Wrap, shown above, filled with eggplant, mushrooms, peppers and tomatoes…yummmmm!

Where:  70 Vanderbilt Ave, New York, NY 10017
(212) 922-1200

Here’s a link:

http://unclepaulsnyc.com

Who:  We talked with Vinnie, the chef who created our delicious wraps

Why:  Okay, yes, we’re picky pescetarians…fantastic tasting food is a MUST with us!   Uncle Paul’s is up there with the best around the country and was undaunted with our special requests.  That earns points from us!

How much:  Thankfully…fairly priced.

Living Like a Goddess,

FG

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Finding Great Local Florists: Floral Impressions in New York City

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Kenneth Kleinert, Owner of Floral Impressions

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A view from the shop, with gorgeous orchids in the foreground,

to Park Avenue

FG Rating:  98

What:  Floral Impressions, a fabulous NYC floral shop, recommended to us by the locals, in the know

Where:  250 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10017

(212) 986.6195

Easy access from Grand Central Station

Who:  The friendly, knowledgeable owner of Floral Impressions is Kenneth Kleinert…see him in the top image.

When:  Open Monday through Saturday

How much:  Affordable (what?  Yes!), beautiful, FRESH flowers in the city.  The price will, of course, depend on your choices.  The selection on any given day will vary…take a look at the fab orchid in the image above…we chose colorful roses!

Why:  We support LOCAL and FRIENDLY!

Be sure to tell Kenneth that we said “Hello!”  when you stop by.

Living Like a Goddess,

FG

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Finding Great Local Vegetarian Friendly Restaurants: Trattoria Trecolori in NYC

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Capellini Primavera and Eggplant Parm at Trecolori…MMMMM!

FG Rating:  98

What:  Yes, we love NYC and yes, we love Italian.  Combining the two?  Incredibly delicious!  Everything you’d expect on the menu and some genuine surprises, too.  The taste…WOW!

www.trattoriatrecolori.com

Where:  Trattoria Trecolori

254 W 47th Street (between Broadway & 8th Ave)

NYC

Phone:  212.997.4540

Email:  info@trattoriatrecolori.com

When:  Sunday through Thursday 12:00 pm-10:30 pm

Friday and Saturday  12:00 pm-11:15 pm

Who:  We’ve met two of the stellar host/co-owners, Phil and Marco and several of the helpful, friendly staff.

Why:  This bustling trattoria is our hands down fav when we are in the City.  We discovered it during the Blizzard of 2010 when our cancelled flight left us in New York for three additional days.  Friendly and accommodating service satisfies even our picky palates.  Now, we make sure to dine here at least once each time we’re here.

How Much:  For the two of us, appetizers and entrees around $60-$70 plus tip…and worth it!

Enjoy!

Living Like a Goddess,

FG

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Are You on “Your Track”©? Page 1

Goals are great.  We all have had the experience and sense of accomplishment of setting and reaching a goal.  And, then what?  At some point, we realize that life is a continuing journey…a road that has a lot of curves, bridges and sometimes even dead ends. “Your Track”©, can help you navigate the way (creating “Your Track”©, staying on “Your Track”© and getting back on “Your Track”©) during this incredible experience called “life”.

What is “Your Track”©?  It’s the plan written by you about where you are, where you’re going, and how and when you’re going to get there.  It serves as a reference point to help you stay focused in the right direction for you.  Sound like goals?  Yes, it includes goals and, yes, it’s more than that.  It’s cohesively tying your goals together to make your experience here on earth what you want it to be.  It’s an ongoing guide for achieving your dreams…your life map.  It’s changeable…like life.  It’s simple to get started, so let’s go.

First, get a piece of paper (a what?) and a pen or pencil (yes, to actually write some things down).  Title the paper, “My Track”.  Then, divide the paper into three columns:  “Short Term-6 Months to 1 Year”, “Mid Term-1 Year to 3 Years” and “Long Term-Over 3 Years”.  Record at least two things you want to accomplish within the specified time frames under each heading.  Place the date at the top of the paper and tack it up somewhere you’ll see it (the fridge, by your desk, etc.).  This is your start.  Now, you’ll probably be thinking about your goals in an expansive way…the creation of “Your Track”©.  Next step coming soon…now, enjoy this beautiful day!

Living Like A Goddess,

FG