The New York Times’ Diner Journal highlighted chef Ayinde Howell, a two-time Gracious Gourmand chef and the man behind Williamsburg’s very own vegan waffle brunch, which happens every Sunday at The West Cafe at 379 Union Ave. In the article, they interview Howell, a born-and-raised vegan, whose parents were in the food-service and restaurant biz. There is a fantastic recipe for enchiladas as well, so go check it out!

• Winter-sports enthusiasts can hit the slopes without hurting them (as badly). Clearing trees and wildlife for ski trails and resorts is not very eco-friendly, but another hidden danger is that most ski and snowboard waxes are made up of toxic chemicals that drain into streams, lakes and rivers when the snow melts, harming both the environment and human beings. Chemicals like PFOA has been found in the blood streams of minks, bald eagles, and more than 90% of the American population. Yikes…

The Good News- More and more companies have developed formulas that are eco-friendly and biodegradable.One example is from Magic Potion.  Another Great find are these vegan snowboard boots from Burton. The are sustainably leather-free and add some flair and performance for your shredding needs.

Ion Boot