Healthy Eats in Long Beach *** May 2009

by
Denise A. Wind, LCSW, HHC
Holistic Health Counselor
www.denisewind.com

516-897-6778

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.
  • GRILLED PORK CHOP/BABY BACK COMBO
  • Starch of the day, vegetable medley. You may want to skip the starch and ask for extra veggies to make this a healthier choice.
  • NORTH ATLANTIC SALMON
  • 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.
By
Denise A. Wind, LCSW, HHC
www.denisewind.com
516-897-6778
Each Month Different Restaurants and Eateries will be featured highlighting some healthy choices off their menu’s!!

Search for menus or food reviews at LBfoodie.com and check out the insidelongbeach.com forums for more food discussions.

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 Seabythecity.com

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

Restaurant Week

It’s restaurant week in Long Beach which means from April 17th to May 3rd you can get a three-course meal for $19.99. Visit the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce for a full list of participating restaurants.

Full Article @ Newsday

Check out some menus at Lbfoodie.com and all the restaurant discussions at insidelongbeach.com forums. Got a Long Beach restaurant that you want to promote? Please send me your info!

The local diner scene

One thing that I worry about here in Long Beach is the fact that some of these restaurants survive based on “location” and not by “quality.”

For example, I lived in Manhattan and a pizza / bagel place opened up right down the street on the corner of 3rd ave and St marks. It had what was possible the worse pizza and bagels I’ve ever had in my entire life, but the place was always crowded because the location.

Some of these restaurants in Long Beach seem to survive because they get the same crowd going to them year after year and it’s just good enough. Their locations make them the only game in town and they have no incentive to improve or make their place nicer or better. I am speaking mostly about the diners.

I love diners and have been to a ton of them across the Island and the metro area. The diners we have here in Long Beach are below average.. I’m sorry, but it’s true. Now I just moved to the area about a year and a half ago and I still haven’t found a diner that I love and want to visit when friends come into town. So far the only decent local ones I found aren’t even in Long Beach – Jo Jo Apples in Point Lookout and Dee’s in Island Park. What’s it going to take to get the local Long Beach diners to step up their game?

I’m sorry if any local diner owners are reading this and get offended. You are probably thinking “what does he know? he just moved here.” Well eating food and time spent living in an area have nothing to do with each other.

Discuss here.

Healthy Eats in Long Beach *** April 2009


by Denise A. Wind, LCSW, HHC

Holistic Health Counselor
www.denisewind.com


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

Salads

  • Any salad can be topped with one of their cold salads or any cooked fish. I would recommend staying away from the cold salads that may contain mayo and stick with the cooked fish as a topping.
  • Salad Choices are: Garden Salad, Caesar Salad , Mesculin Salad, Spinach Salad.
  • A salad is typically a good choice, but be aware that dressings and toppings like cheese and croutons can add fat and calories.

Entree’s

  • Any entree can be grilled, baked, broiled or steamed served with 2 side dishes. You may want to ask for just a dash of Olive Oil in the prep. Add some extra squeezed lemon to make it juicier and more flavorful.
  • Flounder, Sole, Tilapia, Halibut, Salmon, Tuna – Ahi, Sea Bass, Swordfish, Catfish,Scrod, Sea Scallop, Bay Scallop, Jumbo Shrimp, Catch of the Day.

Steamed Mixed Veggies

  • Excellent Choices!!! Steamed Broccoli, Steamed Asparagus Steamed String Beans

Side Dishes

  • Try mustard on the baked potato instead of butter or sour cream. Its delish!!
  • Baked Potato
  • Steamed Corn on the Cob

On the 1/2 Shell

  • Served with lemon and cocktail sauce
  • Littleneck Clams
  • Topneck Clams
  • Cherry Stone Clams Oysters

If you choose bread or rice: Choose items made with whole grains. Examples include whole-wheat bread, tortillas and pasta, as well as dishes made with brown rice.

Look For Next Month’s Featured eatery!!!

Ladie’s night at Lola’s

Written by Andrea from Pinup Clothing Boutique

I recently met a woman friend of mine for dinner at Lola’s Kitchen and Wine Bar (180 W Park Ave) on a Thursday night . While sipping my martini at the bar I noticed groups of women….from a variety of generations…coming into to Lola’s one after another. Thursday night at Lola’s is “Girls Night Out!” and what a great deal it is. On Thursday nights, Marco and his staff offer an extensive $15 dinner menu, $15 bottles of wine, $15 pitchers of Sangria, the most adorable $5 martinis and most importantly a warm, comfortable atmosphere where women can come relax and unwind with friends.

And the food was great. My friend decided on the fish(which included a salad)….ate every bite and raved. I decided on a steak quesadilla…not part of the special menu…but one of my favorite dishes at Lola’s. (and costs below $15 as well!) Eddie, the bartender, shook us up a couple of perfect martinis (my friend and I consider this a form of art!). We chose to sit and dine at the bar…from our vantage point I couldn’t help but notice the groups of women coming through the front door and filling both the bar and the dining room.

Originally, when I told my boyfriend I was going to Lola’s on a Thursday night…he said “but that’s ladies night…”

His assumption was that there would be a lot of men there looking to meet women. The night I was there…there were 2, maybe 3 men at Lola’s. Instead, what impressed me was the various ages of the women coming simply for good conversation, a good meal, and nice atmosphere all for an extremely reasonable price. All women should check out Lola’s on a Thursday…it was great.

I have a feeling, though, that as more men hear about “Girls Night Out”, they will be checking out Lola’s as well!

observations

  • The 9th annual Polar Bear swim went without a hitch and boy was it fun. Thousands of people showed up and lots of money was raised for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Too bad I am more of a chicken than a polar bear. Visit the Long Beach Polar Bears for more info.
  • Lido Blvd median should hopefully be done soon. I am tired of driving on uneven blacktop with rocks bouncing off my windshield from the car in front of me. What’s gonna go in the middle planters? Any guesses? Flowers? Shrubs? Trees?
  • Speaking of medians, Surf City Pizza @ 300 Lido Blvd wants the median that blocks access to their street be removed. I can’t say I blame them. Poor planning if you ask me. Small businesses are the life blood of our barrier island and we shouldn’t do anything that discourages shoppers from shopping. Stop by to sign the petition and grab a slice while you’re at it.
  • Full-screenCorbin & Reynolds‎ @ 20 W. Park Ave is closed. A sign on the window says something about a California style restaurant coming soon. Not sure what that means, but I’ll give it a try.
  • Nothing new on with Superblock or Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP). I search every square inch of the internet for news on those two developments and I always come up empty. If anybody has any info on these topics, I would love to hear from you. I need to know when I can dock my boat at the long beach marina.

Well that’s it for now. Sorry for the lack of updates. I will update soon with some pictures of the Polar Bear Swim. If anybody would like to contribute, please email me (Anthony) using the contact link up top.

Random Updates

Well the winter is almost officially here and all is quiet here in this sleepy beach town.

I went to Sugo Cafe and liked it. The owner was really nice and they have live entertainment and comedy on the weekends. It’s not your typical Italian food that you would find at Gino’s or Mulberry Street. Being an Italian myself it was pleasantly surprised and not bored. Mulberry Street was a little too boring for me (sorry).

Green Cactus has been open for a few months and I suggest everybody to try it if you haven’t already. It’s a local Long Island franchise and one of the better ones.

Five Guys Burgers is also open. I love the checkerboard / old diner look. I wish them success. Unfortunately I probably won’t eat there that much. When I want a burger, I usually just throw it on the grill.

The Allegria Hotel & Spa (King David Manor) website claims that they will be open for business this March and they are already taking reservations.

No news on the Bayfront development or the Superblock, but it looks like city might consider using Meter parking on the West End of town.. As if parking there didn’t suck already…..