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Howard Walfish

Howard Walfish

Contributor, Vegetarian Option

Howard Walfish is a Virginia native who has been living in New York since 2003. He is the co-founder of Eat to Blog and the creator of BrooklynVegetarian.

The Vegetarian Option: Moldova, a Journey to Eastern Europe Through Midwood

I wasn't sure what to expect from Moldova in Midwood—before eating there I couldn't have pointed out Moldova on a map. But after eating there I want to know everything I can about the country, which I now know is sandwiched between Romania and the Ukraine. Sometimes we food obsessed people talk about beginning to understand a culture through its cuisine; that's exactly how I feel about my meal at Moldova. More

The Vegetarian Option: Jacob's Pickles, House-Made Style on the Upper West Side

A restaurant that features house-made pickles, pours craft beer, and specializes in home-style Southern food seems tailor-made for Brooklyn, but it sticks out like a sore thumb on the Upper West Side. Yet that's exactly where you'll find Jacob's Pickles, and if the crowds were any indication on the night of my visit, the West Siders are clamoring for exactly this kind of thing. More

How to Be a Vegetarian in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur

Southeast Asian food is not known for being vegetarian-friendly. Many dishes contain shrimp paste, fish sauce, or they're just fried in lard. So, eating vegetarian in Southeast Asia will require some advance work. This guide should serve as a resource for any vegetarians, or just vegenthusiasts, planning to travel through Singapore and Kuala Lumpore. More

Hanjan: Hooni Kim's Sophomore Effort Establishes Him as NY King of Korean

Hanjan: Hooni Kim's Sophomore Effort Establishes Him as NY King of Korean

Good Bread: Pain d'Avignon

yeah, i stumbled into their place a few months ago and walked out with an amazing sourdough.

Red Hook Ballfields' Country Boys Open a Restaurant in South Slope

had a pretty terrible meal there the other night -- inconsistent-to-bad food, and inattentive, confused service. i think they're still trying to figure out how to run a restaurant. hope they turn things around.

Slurped: The Penang-Style Fried Cubes at Sanur

i am intrigued by those fried cubes. was the dish vegetarian?

The Vegetarian Option's Favorite Dishes of 2012

@bf - thanks for the praise. i can definitely try to include more info about vegan options, i appreciate the suggestion.

The Vegetarian Option: Homey Red Sauce Classics at Max in Tribeca

@coles - are they the same? this max shares a website with max in the east village, but max soha has its own site. even if they are the same owners, the two restaurants have very different feels, and, as you said, both are great.

10 Can't-Miss Vegetarian Dishes For Fall in NYC

@Feet2Eat - thanks! check out my other blogs for more vegetarian options!

@VegAstoria - yeah, it was that good.

@mrsdebdav - at upi jaya they use onion crackers on the vegetarian dishes. they are very considerate that way.

The Vegetarian Option: Himalayan Flavors at Mustang Thakali Kitchen in Jackson Heights

@Chris - love phayul, but haven't had the momo there. i'll have to check out your other recommendations.

@Jess + Garrett - the thalis with meat have much more food on the plate, if that's your thing.

The Vegetarian Option: Bedouin Tent

@molly - thanks!

@otis - i'll take your word for it.

How to Be a Vegetarian in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur

@jassybeans - it's true, we could have eaten more indian food but we wanted more variety. it wasn't easy finding vegetarian versions of the more popular malay foods, like laksa or even fried noodles -- most use shrimp paste or lard.

@ChiRunner - and a lot of vegetarian places don't serve onion or garlic.

@Pintchow - we had to seek it out, not every hawker center had vegetarian food.

@theotherworldly - if you click through the slideshow you'll see that we did visit ci yan, and although the food wasn't all great i agree that the old guy who runs it was definitely a fun character.

Market Tours: United Meat Market, an Old-School Italian Butcher Shop (and More)

love this place, and they have great fresh mozzarella. my only complaint is that the prepackaged cheese i get there always taste flavorless, not sure why.

The Vegetarian Option: Splendid Vegetable Dishes at L'Artusi

whoops, that's my fault. not sure why i wrote down "crudo" in my notes.

The Vegetarian Option: Meskerem

@KateN - i hope it's not a faux pas, because i always eat that too. i assume it's there to be eaten.

@salsasis14 - i don't know if it's gluten free or not, sorry.

The Vegetarian Option: Frankie's 457

@ruiniste - wish i'd known, that sounds great.

The Vegetarian Option: Terroir

@DaisyNYC you're absolutely right, corrected!

The Vegetarian Option: Sides at Fort Reno Provisions Barbecue

@fatjerk - i went with my meat-eating friends, and was pleasantly surprised.

@Kelly - thanks for the recommendations -- i'll have to check out blue smoke.

@KateN - glad to hear i'm not the only one who got the bum cornbread.

This Week on Serious Eats: New York

fyi - the link on #6 is broken (not to be self-serving)

The Vegetarian Option: Agnanti Meze

@gargupie - i agree, home-style is the way to go.

@LamRy - it was my 1st trip to astoria; i had a great time.

@Astorian - i noticed the tables outside, but it was just a bit too cold. another time.

The Vegetarian Option: Der Kommissar

@killatofu - yeah, sorry about that.

@Lauren Rothman - it's one of my neighborhood faves too.

The Vegetarian Option: Cheburechnaya

@gargupie - seriously, have you been to every single restaurant in nyc?

The Vegetarian Option: Brookvin

@fascfoo - yeah, the prices are way too high for the portions.

The Vegetarian Option: Beer Table

@charm city - don't confuse "simple" with "boring".

Get to Know Us: Jessica Allen and Garrett Ziegler, 'Date Night'

awww, thanks guys.

The Vegan Experience, Day 11: Diversity Through Restriction

well said, i feel exactly the same way.

Date Night: Dressed Up Hawker Fare at Singapura

Some call what comes out of the kitchen at Singapura "Asian fusion." While the dishes do draw on ingredients and preparations from a wide swatch of the continent, including India, Thailand, Malaysia, and the provinces of China home to the Hakka people, they represent, according to the menu, what's made by housewives and hawkers in Singapore. Singapura offers an excellent introduction into this multifaceted cooking culture. More

The Vegetarian Option: Jacob's Pickles, House-Made Style on the Upper West Side

A restaurant that features house-made pickles, pours craft beer, and specializes in home-style Southern food seems tailor-made for Brooklyn, but it sticks out like a sore thumb on the Upper West Side. Yet that's exactly where you'll find Jacob's Pickles, and if the crowds were any indication on the night of my visit, the West Siders are clamoring for exactly this kind of thing. More

How to Be a Vegetarian in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur

Southeast Asian food is not known for being vegetarian-friendly. Many dishes contain shrimp paste, fish sauce, or they're just fried in lard. So, eating vegetarian in Southeast Asia will require some advance work. This guide should serve as a resource for any vegetarians, or just vegenthusiasts, planning to travel through Singapore and Kuala Lumpore. More

Snapshots from El Salvador: Best Things We Ate in Juayúa

In the misty volcanoes of western El Salvador is a little town called Juayúa. Show up on a weekday and you'll see some interesting murals and a few picturesque buildings and you'll think it's a pleasant enough but rather sleepy place. Show up on a weekend, however, and you'll find the madre of all Central American food festivals. Papas fritas, pupusas, tortas, iguana (!) and more bites! More