That's right, there's more to Franklin Avenue than a pawn shop controversy. After a chilly day of walking around on Saturday, I stopped in at Veggies because I was cold and and hungry and their chalkboard was advertising "Vegan Chili Jamaican Style." I'm not a vegan or even a vegetarian, but this stuff was fan-damn-tastic. The flavoring was somewhere between traditional chili and Jamaican Jerk (definite hints of sweetness and citrus) with a healthy amount of spicy heat (but that slow, satisfying back heat that creeps up on you and keeps you eating, not the "holy crap this burns my lips" vinegar-y heat you get in cheap chili). It was packed with soy crumble-thingys, red, white, and black beans, potatoes, some carrots and peppers, and a whole lot of delicious. At $5 at pint, it wasn't cheap, but it filled me up and I will most certainly be going back for more.
One quick note on the post and discussion below: The Crow Hill Community Association is meeting tomorrow at 7:30 PM at LaunchPad (721 Franklin), and I urge everyone on all sides of this issue to attend. These are important conversations to have and important issues to work on, and the CHCA provides a space and time for discussion and has the organizational experience and the connections to levers of power (elected officials, city agencies, etc) to make things happen. They aren't the only group in Crown Heights that does this kind of work, but they are a successful community organization, and even if you don't agree with them or like them, you can learn a lot about making change from them.
Finally, please don't use ad hominem attacks or racial slurs in your posts - I don't want this blog to become a forum for defamation or bigotry. Thanks.