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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

Some students returning to school the first day might see a new face on the bus: Hicksville’s new interim superintendent Dr. Carl Bonuso.

“Every year on the first day of school I ride one of the buses. To see the face of a kindergartener on that first ride just reminds you of why you’re in the field,” he says.

Last week, County Executive Ed Mangano declared amnesty for all speed camera tickets issued this summer.

Drivers across Nassau County were up in arms due to the recent implementation of the school zone cameras, which had issued numerous violations since they were installed just weeks ago. The source of residents anger with the county’s speed cameras stems from lack of  warning and the cameras issuing speed violations even when school wasn’t in session.


Sports

I’m convinced that the soul and the center of Hicksville is Cantiague Park. And why not? Every weekend it’s a beehive of activity ranging from tennis matches, hand ball games, basketball and baseball games, swimming, hockey and of course ‘the beautiful game’ called soccer. Cantiague has two professional soccer fields that are perfectly manicured and begging to be played on. And they were. This weekend was the finals of the East Meadow Soccer Tournament which is one of the largest youth soccer tournaments in the nation, sponsored by the US Soccer Federation. There were 18 boys and girls teams in the finals and a large staff of referees.

Two of the refs were Steven Orozco and Randy Vogt who told me how soccer had been growing and has now become the second most popular participation sport in America with 25 million of us watching this year’s World Cup.  I also met and interviewed Joe Codispoti who along with Tim Bradbury is the head coach of Rockville Centre United, a U16 boys club.  This U16 team has a group of standout players led by  Jack Graziano, AJ Codispoti and Pat Basile who have been playing together for six years.

Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its fourth tournament on Thursday Aug. 7. We had 33 golfers and a record 8 who scored under 40. Low overall score was won by newcomer Ed Hyne with an impressive 33, his second low net in a row. Charlie Acerra scored a solid 35, and won low overall net with a 26; his best score in 4 years.

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 % 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. The league meets every Thursday at 7:30 a.m., but the formal tournament dates are only the first and third Thursday of the month through late October. We will have a final luncheon with prizes on our last meeting.


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