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    Posted February 19, 2014 by
    Brooklyn, New York
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Do you eat ethically?

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    Soup du jour..


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     The delicious soup at famous Nathan's restaurant in Coney Island, New York, inspired iReporter BQueen1 to think about eating ethically and locally. "You could say I try to eat in the community, what's conducive to the area, what's good and easy to get, what people are enjoying, and my own personal preferences," she said. Her fondness for locally grown food stems from a Ukrainian grandmother who ran her own potato farm in Ukraine and an Italian mother who encouraged a Mediterranean diet. "I guess the hot dog and Nathan's food fit in there somewhere!" she said.
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    With this cold winter weather we are having on the east coast in New York what better way to warm up than with a bowl or cup of soup.
    Soup goes way back to BC and is used in many cultures as an anecdote to exhaustion and other ills, the common cold, etc. It's a comfort food. You can sip it, slurp it, simmer it, nurture it, add things to it as you go along.
    My grandmother Paulina from the Ukraine had a garden, small farm in Westbury LI and a neighborhood grocery store. She grew lots of vegetables, potatoes, beets, turnips, carrots, tomatoes. We always had a bountiful of these things and eggs, etc. from the chickens. She had a root cellar and pickled her beets and cucumbers. I strictly remember her "Beet soup" called Borscht, which I hated, even to this day with a dollop of sour cream on the top. But some people loved it-not me.
    Today I sometimes like to indulge myself but I do have a conscience. In fact, if it I was vegetarian and organic minded for many years. That belief is still a large part of my thinking. However, I like my hotdogs and some fast foods, such as French fries. I try to balance my diet according to my life style and my beliefs. If I am in an envirement that makes me happy I digest my food better. I take into consideration all the things I've learned and come to believe, for me.
    I do not cook from scratch much anymore, although I would like too. Sometimes a tomato sandwich is all I require, with some mayo. It's really that easy. On other days I spend some of the money I have on places that make me smile filled with people I like or feel comfortable with.
    Right now, in my life, I enjoy the people and the soup at Nathan's Coney island, off season when it is quiet. Their hot soup is aromatic, and homemade from the area. The Manhattan clam chowder is my favorite, chock full of fresh tomatoes, celery, clams, and potatoes, fresh parsley and has a bite to it. Maybe it's in my head, but it's restaurant quality as if I'm eating at Sheepshead Bay or a nice seafood restaurant in Manhattan. The bisque is good too, but the chowder, a staple for me.
    It is a little pricey, but in the area for the convenience a cup of soup, 8 ounces goes for about 3.99 to 4.50. This is 6.99, for 16 ounces. and I feel it is worth it. I only indulge once in a while. I like to get a container to go, then take it home, put it on the stove in a pot, add a few things and enjoy and they don't chintz out on the oyster crackers, if you like that.
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