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Fuel Cafe Makes Healthy Eating Easy

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.

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

American Legion Meeting

April 21

HS Theater in the Round

April 24-26

Science Fair

April 26



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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