Written by Lyn Dobrin, firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
Although Fuel Cafe is six years old, it's been a work in progress since new owners took over one-and one-half years ago. The main part of the cafe was recently redecorated and an adjoining room is soon to open. And though there's been several changes, the concept remains the same—this is a place where healthy and hearty food is served. The food is grilled or baked, never fried, and they do not use microwaves so everything is made to order.
With a menu of over 170 items and dozens of combinations of meats, vegetables, bread and more, be prepared to do a lot of reading to figure out what your meal will be.
The restaurant began primarily as a dining destination for body builders who came to “fuel up” on protein and carbs. Manager Ryan Riddle, once a body builder himself, described his former regimen of 50 grams of protein and 50 of carbs every two hours, a meal that is easy to get at Fuel. The menu is divided into sections such as Fuel Monsters, Power Platters, Low-Carb Power Platters and Power Pitas. Under Fuel Monsters we selected Kung Fu Cola, a combination of sautéed salmon with a walnut sauce, served over grilled fresh spinach and brown rice. Fuel Diesel combined a grilled bison burger, grilled chicken and a veggie burger with low fat mozzarella and teriyaki sauce. Lean bison finds its way into several dishes.
If all the 177 choices are not enough, patrons can also can create their own pizza, which is made with low fat mozzarella and low sodium tomato sauce. Breakfast, served from opening until 8 p.m., also offers endless possibilities. To the Create Your Own Breakfast egg white omelet you can add vegetables, meat such as turkey bacon or roast beef and cheese, and have it served in a wrap or with pita or a roll. There’s also a Cheaters Breakfast section featuring whole eggs and Cheaters Lunch offering bacon cheeseburgers and gyro platters.
Smoothies and fresh squeezed vegetable and fruit juices are available. And if you don’t find any combination to your liking, I’m sure that they’ll put together whatever you ask for.
Riddle is a recent graduate of the Long Island Culinary Academy and he’s excited about creating a dining experience for families and people who want to eat healthier. “So many people who think they can’t eat healthy should come and give it a try.” He’s sure you’ll find something to your liking, such as their new Only 8 frozen yogurt, a yogurt that is low in calories, safe for people who are lactose intolerant and calcium fortified.
Fuel Cafe is located at 196 West Old Country Road. For more information and to look at the menu, visit www.fuelyourbodycafe.com.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
Typically Asian cuisine is not associated with dessert and pastries so I was delighted by the deliciousness of the breads and pastries I found at Canaan Bakery and Cafe in Hicksville. Savory and sweet buns, Danish and Korean pastries, cookies and very good coffee can be enjoyed at the café, which is located at the entrance of the H&Y Supermarket. This is the Nassau County outpost of the four Canaan bakeries—the other three are in Flushing.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
Linda Cafiero has been a yoga and tai chi instructor, as well as reiki master, for well over 10 years. Last week she brought her meditation expertise to the Hicksville Public Library. Cafiero hosted a meditation workshop at the library for an intimate group of individuals seeking to gain a few moments of peace and serenity in their hectic and fast-paced world.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:40
Hicksville’s Matthew Sloan faced off against the best young soccer players in the world recently, as he traveled to Turkey with the Olympic Developmental Program.
The Hicksville High School freshman started playing soccer when he was three and advanced his game to a more competitive level at age 10, when he was chosen to play with the Long Island Rough Riders. Sloan plays other sports and is on the boys basketball team, but says that he loves soccer because of the fast pace, and because of the coaches who have had a great influence on him throughout his training.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:45
The Hicksville Middle School Kickline claimed victory again recently at the Scholastic Kickline Competition held at Nassau Community College. The team competed against top kickline teams and placed second in hip hop, third in pom and third in kick. County legislator Rose Walker, an honorary Hicksville Kickline team member, supported the girls at the competition. The middle school kickline team’s season began in September, and includes dancing at football and basketball games and competing in three tourneys. Their last competition of the season was March 2 at Nassau Community College. The girls are coached by Hicksville kickline alumni Katelyn Heuser, Victoria Shannon and Laura Bueche.