Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Eat Green...

(Blogger is having issues uploading photos right now, so this post is sans photo... guess you will just have to go to Community Food and Juice to see how beautiful and fantastic the food is.)

It's no secret that I am a big fan of the green movement, so you might be seeing a lot of posts about this in the near future as I learn new things. I hesitate to tell you about this really great restaurant near my neighborhood because I would hate for it to become trendy or overcrowded, but in the interest of my readers and in support of local farms I am going to advertise for them. It's called Community Food & Juice, and it's located at 113 and Broadway here in Manhattan. I went there in January with my friend Celeste for brunch one Saturday and absolutely fell in love because the food was so fresh and awesome. It wasn't until I took some friends there a month or so later for dinner that I realized they got all their ingredients from local farms... thus the name. I have since taken my mom there and some other friends, and everyone raves about it. It's so worth the money, and your body will rejoice over the deliciousness.

I am reading a book called Green Chic - Saving the Earth in Style by Christie Matheson (I promise, it's not as lame as it sounds). It's actually a really good source of information. I just read a section on food (she has probably read some of Michael Pollan's books about food or at least perused them...), and she provided a great website called DineGreen.Com. It lists restaurants that are part of the Green Restaurant Association, which means they have to meet the following standards:

1. Use a comprehensive recycling system for all products that are accepted by local recycling companies.
2. Free of polystyrene foam ("Styrofoam") products.
3. Commit to completing four Environmental Steps per year of membership.
4. Complete at least one Environmental Step after joining the GRA.

So, if you are planning an evening out and want really good food (because we all know that locally grown and organic food naturally tastes better than food that has been transported over 1500 miles not to mention the favor you are doing for the environment), you should check out the listing and see if there is a restaurant near you. Support your local farms and eat really good food!


Marci & Daniel said...

I can't wait to try the restaurant. And PLEASE do share what you learn!

naomi megan said...

since your recommendation back in the day, we've been many times to community and love it.
josh and i love it so much, we're guilty of eating there twice in a row sometimes for dinner. true story.
dine green sounds great, thanks for the link.

Ashley said...

I love this place too...doesn't it feel great to be eating good food?