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September 2014

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Coalescence Holistic Expo – a joining of likeminded people and ideas

 Coalescence is the bringing together and joining of like-minded people, ideas and things. The Coalescence Expo, set for Sunday, September 14th from 1-7 pm, was created when Kathy Steinberg was guided to join the local Rockland County area’s spiritual and holistic community.  “[This is] an opportunity for vendors, healers, speakers and psychics/intuitives to gather and interact with others,” Kathy said.Kathy is a Licensed Master Social Worker and was the owner of Good Vibrations Personal Growth Center and New Age Shop in Suffern, NY.  During this time Kathy said a community formed around the Center and Shop.  Although the space closed in 2008, the community continues to thrive through her website WeHealTogether.com.  Kathy currently works as a therapist and healer in Suffern.  According to intuitive Star Blossom Goddess:...

Dark Side of the Moo: What’s in that burger?

Dark Side of the Moo, owned by Tyrone Green, specializes in Americana with a twist, such as alligator sausage and kangaroo burgers.   They also offer traditional dishes, like pulled pork and hamburgers.  Green conceived the idea for his cart in Hoboken in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, when food trucks saved the day by providing hot meals to locals. He discovered his niche when he realized he could pool together his love of traditional American fare with his extensive travel experience.“I’ve been lucky enough to have traveled quite a lot, Green said.  “Wherever I go I always look for street meat. In poorer countries some people have to eat the cheaper cuts of meat. As a result they get creative with seasoning and can produce...

Rosies Weenie Cart: Hot dogs and smiles with a twist

After working in corporate for many years, Rosario D’Rivera of Rosie’s Weenie Wagon found herself struggling when her business closed up shop and moved halfway across the country.“I was so distraught and desperate that I sat down in front of the computer one day and just asked God to guide me in the direction he was planing on taking me,” she said. That’s how she discovered hot dog carts as a business and took the simple concept levels beyond what most people are familiar.  The cuisine chose her, she said, as her Cuban mother taught her to cook (including black beans).  She also drew upon her experience as a waitress and manager of an East LA Mexican restaurant in Hoboken in order to deal with...

Mausam: Bringing Indian food mainstream

Sankalp and Trusha Trivedi, owners and founders of Mausam Indian found their way into the food truck business a little differently, starting with wholesale catering, then expanding to open their own restaurant.  Now they have a third restaurant opening, plus Curry N Bites, their mobile food truck that spends most of its days serving businesses and locals in New York City.As a wholesale distributor, the Trivedis discovered that they were losing out by not being able to provide versatility.  As a food truck that offers “make your own curry,” they have over 60 different menu options available made fresh and to order.“We started in 2008,” Sankalp said.  “My wife wanted to open a restaurant banquet hall, I love to cook, and she comes from a...

Rockland Roots: Farm-to-table on the go

Brian and Alanna Holbach, owners and operators of the Rockland Roots farm-to-table food truck started their mobile restaurant as a way to gain more control over the food they prepared.  Brian, a long-time chef, found joy in creating meals on the island of St. Thomas.  The menu was constantly changing depending on what food was shipped to the island.He and Alanna combined the challenge and creative freedom of preparing seasonal food with their basic philosophies to create Rockland Roots.“We only cook food we would be happy to serve our kids; source food from local farms whenever possible; and are conscious about using processed foods and GMOs,” Alanna said.To currently stumble across their truck (often found in Rockland, Westchester and Bergen Counties, visit their website to...

Food trucks: Dirty water or gourmet?

When I think of food trucks I think of dirty water dogs, knish, fat cats and possibly falafel or gyro.  What I learned this summer is that food trucks are becoming so much more.The east coast seems a little backward in their recognition of these amazing vehicles.    Rebecca Godina said the best place to get authentic Mexican food in the Yakima valley of Washington State is on a food truck.“The owners are usually very friendly. A lot of them speak very limited English… and most of them don't ask for payment until after you're done eating. Very trusting, very relaxed.”Sara Keese said in Austin food trucks are essential for her daily bread.  Her office complex has skipped the cafeteria and instead contracts with a...

Songs from the heart: Emma Brooke

Nineteen year old singer/songwriter Emma Brooke has a sultry country voice and a passion for music.A year and a half ago she had the opportunity to make a dream come true when she recorded a song she wrote called "Wishing He Was You.”“That day caused me to fall in love with recording and being in the studio,” Emma said.While discussing her next songs Emma’s vocal instructor, Zuke Smith, suggested she write a song about Ty Rockey, whom Zuke had introduced Emma to a few years back. “One Day…” Emma said, then immediately realized she had the title to her next song.  “I was like ‘Ok gotta go bye!!’ …. I had most of the song [written] in 2-3 hours.”Emma describes “One Day” as a time capsule of...

Rocking for a cause: Rock for Retinal Research

Ty Rockey is a regular nine year old boy - except for one thing - he has a condition known as Lebers Congenital Amaurosis Type 1 (LCA1) that has made him blind from birth.According to his mother Kelly, there is a gene therapy procedure currently in clinical trials that is working to restore sight to others with LCA gene mutations.  The clinical trial for Ty’s gene should start within the next few months she said.“This is something we have been hearing about since the day he was diagnosed and now we are finally at the point where they are doing it – and it is working!” Kelly said.Through their non-profit organization, Ty’s Eyes, the Rockey family has been supporting this research with an annual concert...

The Story of Ty’s Eyes

Ty Rockey is nine years old and about to start the fourth grade.  Like most boys his age, he enjoys watching TV, riding his bike and playing outside with his friends.  Unlike most boys, Ty was born blind. Ty has Lebers Congenital Amaurosis type 1 (or LCA1), a genetic retinal disorder that can occur on one of 19 different genes, causing blindness from a very young age or birth.  “After we got a diagnosis we were completely devastated,” Ty’s mother, Kelly said.  “We had never even met a blind person before and had no idea what to expect or what his future would be like.”The Rockey family has since learned a lot about how blindness does not have to be a limitation.  Ty reads using braille,...