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Where West Meets East

Health benefits in more ways than one

West East All Natural Bistro and Wine Bar is a fresh and virginal startup that provides hope for change in a landscape that has become stagnant and saturated with the same, tired, fast food, assembly-line approach, and artificially hospitable corporate eateries.

A few years ago Raquel Jadeja and her husband, Jay were just regular customers of Danny Wu’s establishment. Wu is the original owner of The West East All Natural Bistro. The Jadejas many years of restaurant experience led them to become Wu’s unofficial consultants. Their friendship, which was a symbiotic progression, culminated when Jay became a co-owner and head chef in October of 2012.

Raquel who is a certified health coach explained, “When we started out, we wanted to bring something that was in line with our beliefs; we wanted to bring the organic lifestyle.”

 If your healthy conscience still desires more reassurance, the words of Jay Jadeja should bring calm to any faltering nerves. Jay would never serve you food that he wouldn’t serve to his own children. “The food I cook and serve is a reflection of who I am,” said Jay.

The newly formed partnership between Wu and the Jadejas has been a fast growing evolution. In January they began serving hormone-free, grass-fed meats, which are clinically proven to provide much-needed omega 3 fats, that unfortunately, so many Americans lack because of mainstream diets.  

Terri, a local patron from Bethpage, whose new found appreciation for a healthy living told the Hicksville Illustrated News that is exactly what has kept her coming back for the last couple of years. “The food is delicious; it’s fresh and healthy, and you feel really good after you eat it.”

Raquel said the restaurant has received a very positive response. Their affirmation for healthy food has brought in customers from as far as Long Beach, and even gained the recognition of an organization called Slow Food.

Slow Food, as described on their website at slowfoodusa.org, started out as an idea to promote a healthy way of living and eating. They have thousands of members in over 150 countries that are committed to the important connection between food, community, and the environment. West East Bistro also recently won Slow Food’s much-coveted “Snail of Approval” honor.

West East Bistro’s passion for sustenance and growth does not just encompass the ecosystem of the edible variety; they are just as committed to the societal ecosystem we all live in. This can be shown through their generous decision in April to donate 20 percent of their proceeds every Wednesday throughout the summer to the “Nassau Hurricane Relief Fund”.

The fund has been helping the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Raquel Jadeja partnered with Nassau County and believes that the idea is “fully in line with her ideas on giving back to the community.”

West East Bistro is a healthy and friendly place to eat. Twice a month they hold food and wine tastings for the community to come and enjoy. Whether you enjoy spicy South Asian food or you seek the adventure of eating wild game, these bimonthly events are always themed differently.

“The generosity of West East Bistro is appreciated by all those working to make the victims of Hurricane Sandy whole again. It is another example of the outpouring of support that the communities have received from their neighbors,” said County Executive Edward Mangano. “Through the kindness of this local business we will continue to be able to provide some measure of assistance to those still making their way back.”

So stop by 758 South Broadway in Hicksville, where having a meal here not only illuminates the health, but also helps the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Where you can make new friends over wine and enjoy the special theme being held that night. When you eat here, you’re making the healthy choice in more ways than one. Visit www.westeastbistro.com or call 516-939-6618 for more information.

News

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. That’s just what a Hicksville baker is doing, except in her case it isn’t lemons, but a gluten-free diet. Her lemonade stand of choice is her brand new gluten-free eatery, “Jac’s Bakeshop and Bistro,” which held its grand opening on April 12.  

“I’m a baker who can’t even eat wheat or eggs,” said owner Jaclyn Messina, chuckling at the irony.

There’s a lot you can do in 99 minutes. You could cook dinner, play a non-stop soccer game, watch a romantic comedy or hang out with Odysseus, Achilles and Hercules. If you chose the last option, Hicksville High School’s upcoming theatre production of The Iliad, The Odyssey, and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less  is the place for you.

The mouthful of a title says it all. The cast will take on over 80 characters as they speed through all of Greek mythology, including popular tales such as The Iliad and The Odyssey, in a little over an hour and a half.


Sports

Vito Sciascia was recently named Hicksville Soccer Club’s Volunteer of the Year at the 2014 Long Island Junior Soccer League 2014 Kick-off Convention.

Sciascia started coaching travel soccer in 1998 for a boys team, the Flash, who later changed their names to the Muddogs. He could always be found at various sporting fields trying to recruit new soccer players. He would make each of these boys feel important and there was always room for another player. He tried to never turn a child away and when other coaches were having trouble with a boy he would take them on his team, no one was ever too much for him. Sciascia found the good in all those boys and they in return respected him. He took them to many tournaments and solicited enough sponsorship so that it was never a financial burden on their families.

Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its first tournament on Thursday April 4. Twenty golfers came out on on a crisp but sunny morning. Charlie Hong was the only man to score under a 40, with a 38 and won for low overall score. Jim O’ Brien  scored a 41, and won low overall net in a tie-breaker with Mike Guerriero.

Competition on the nine-hole course is divided into two divisions. Flight A is for players with a handicap of 13 or lower. Flight B is for players with a handicap of 14 or more. The league is a 100 percent handicap league. Any man 55 years or older is eligible for membership. We have many openings for this year, and you can sign up anytime throughout the the season.


Calendar

The Acchords Concert

April 26

Senior Citizen Luncheon

May 1

Curtains

May 1-3



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