Healthy Eats in Long Beach *** May 2009

Denise A. Wind, LCSW, HHC
Holistic Health Counselor


Each Month Different Long Beach Restaurants and Eateries will be featured highlighting some healthy choices off their menu’s!!

Sugo Cafe
62 West Park Ave

Long Beach, New York 11561

516-431-SUGO (7846)
  • SUGO’S CHOPPED SALAD Savoy cabbage, provolone, roasted corn, tomato, champagne vinaigrette. This salad is great but you may want to ask for a simple EVOO and squeezed lemon to keep the added “stuff” out. It is great to always add many different types of greens to your diet. Savoy cabbage is an excellent addition. The more “colorful” a meal of veggies, the better.
  • POACHED PEAR & ARUGULA Cherries, pecorino, honey walnuts. Excellent choice but be careful to limit these inviting honey walnuts as they can pack a punch in added calories to your meal.
  • SEASONAL VEGETABLES Consider asking for these steamed.
  • SAUTÉED BROCCOLI RABE Ask to go light on the EVOO here. If it is drowning you will miss the benefits!! Broccoli Rabe is an EXCELLENT source of iron. One of the many health benefits of this vegetable is that it is rich in certain phytochemicals, including sulforaphane and indoles. These are chemicals which are proving to protect us against cancer.
  • TILAPIA LIVORNESE Capers, onions, olives, basil, tomato Nice choice! Tilapia have very low levels of mercury because it is a fast growing and short lived fish that mostly eats a vegetarian diet and therefore does not concentrate mercury found in prey.
  • Starch of the day, vegetable medley. You may want to skip the starch and ask for extra veggies to make this a healthier choice.
  • Risotto, seasonal vegetables, lemon beurre blanc. Consider ordering this broiled with a light coating of EVOO instead of the lemon beurre. You can always squeeze lots of fresh lemon on it when it is steaming hot served.
Denise A. Wind, LCSW, HHC
Each Month Different Restaurants and Eateries will be featured highlighting some healthy choices off their menu’s!!

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Super blocked?

So what is the deal with the Superblock? Those six oceanfront acres of restaurants, shops, a conference center, condos, catering hall, hotel & spa – all packed inside two 10-story buildings. There hasn’t been any news for over a year. Developed by Shore Development, construction was supposed to start sometime at the end of 2007. The only thing they’ve done so far was installing a fence around the perimeter.

This development has been 15+ years in the making and it seems like it will never get started. Are we for it? Against it? When done, will it be the end of the sleepy beach community and be the beginning age of annoying tourism? I will post whatever news I get as soon as I get it.

Debashis Pradhan Photography

All photos by Debashis Pradhan. See more of his photography at his flickr page. Click on photos for larger images.

“The inexorable, long beach walk”
Barefoot ladies moving inexorably towards the beach.


“The long boardwalk at Long Beach, Long Island”
Everything here is loooonng. Taken just before sunset.

“The lady, the bird and the ocean”
Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool or you go out in the ocean.


“Waiting for the Sunset at Long Beach”
There were a few more minutes before the sun went down behind the buildings on the Long Beach boardwalk. The boardwalk seemed like a never ending stretch leading right up to the horizon.


Red-light cameras

I was just given a list of where all those new “red-light” cameras are going to be installed. If you run a red light at any of these intersections you’ll get a photo in the mail of your license plate along with a ticket that will cost you more than a few pennies. These cameras are supposed to be implemented an in effect by later this month. Here are the ones that effect us Long Beach residents:

My Nick Diangelos Prix Fixe meal

After filling up on the free bread with delicious hummus, I started off with the chopped salad. It had some tasty sweet peppers, cheese and a vinaigrette “house” dressing. I loved the dressing because you can tell they don’t load it with a lot of sugar or salt. It had a very natural taste. The salad was small, but enough for one person.

After that I had a few raviolis which were very tasty. They had a few onions and melted mozzarella on top. There were only a few raviolis, but that’s fine because I didn’t overeat and feel sick afterwards. Plus I had more room left for dessert!

Fudge brownie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and fresh whipped cream. Enough said. The brownie was especially good with their coffee. Everything was very tasty and worth the 20 bucks.

It was my second time at Nick Diangelos and like all George Martin restaurants you get nothing, but quality. My only complaint is that it’s too dark in there!

-Anthony, Admin of

Check out this Nick Diangelo’s Prix Fixe meal review as well as other reviews at Your Guide To Dining & Living in Long Beach.

Lido Boulevard transformation

Written by Michael Kleinert of

What does everybody think of the Lido Boulevard transformation?

Do you think that the County actually got it right? Or do you think that they just caved to appease the residents by slamming together any ole plan that cosmetically looks like something is being done, but may not have the intended outcome?

Personally, I believe that the intentions were good – and the overall concept might be the best one presented thus far – but there are too many errors and oversights that might actually make the roadway more hazardous than before.

For example –

  • 1. The turn lanes are not long enough – vehicles will back up into the traffic lanes and this presents potential hazards – particularly so when pedestrians will now be crossing at these locations. If a vehicle is rear-ended, a pedestrian could get injured.
  • 2. The usable roadway area was narrowed more than necessary. This increases the need for greater precision in people’s driving and thus leaves less room for error, more room for bad judgment – thus greater likelihood of accidents. And again, the turn lanes are particularly narrow.
  • 3. The turn lanes were not placed where needed – there is no break in the barrier to turn for any of the local businesses. People will be trying to make illegal u-turns or will be trying to find creative ways of crossing and that will create new hazards, in addition to backing up traffic.
  • 4. The basics on the remaining length of Lido still have never been addressed. There are two intersections which still have old antiquated traffic lights that cannot be seen well from sufficient distances. One of these is at Donna Lane. My ex-girlfriend’s father died in that intersection.
  • 5. More people, likely kids, will decide that the barrier is a great place to walk along the road – thus placing pedestrians now in the center of the roadway and thus in a very dangerous situation. I’ve already noticed this on a couple of occasions. You never want to have pedestrians walking down the center of the road.
  • 6. The old road surface is obviously about to be paved over with the cheap stuff that requires frequent repaving for maintenance. The old road surface holds up forever with little maintenance. This is expensive and inconvenient.
  • 7 . They are adding a crazy amount of traffic lights. This is a great irony, since the planner of the project from Nassau County previously stood up in front of all of the residents and told them how more traffic lights was not a good solution. He emphasized that traffic lights are only to be used for traffic control (ie. right of way) and not for speed reduction or safety improvement. Every expert – the LB Police and Fire Commissioners – then proceeded to talk about the added dangers of increasing the number of traffic intersections, because these are always correlated to car accident locations. They add new decision points and thus introduce additional driver error, which equates to more accidents.

So, I continue to be puzzled as to how this project improves the safety of the road.

It merely *changes* the road, and it is naive for people to assume that all change is good. Only the *right* change yields the desired result. The only good things I can say is that the project has been run very smoothly, which is refreshing to see. And, it does appear to slow the flow of traffic – but it’s yet to be seen whether or not that will be a good thing or a bad thing.

Your thoughts?

Continue this discussion here at the forums