Monday, February 9, 2009

Vegan Travels-NYC

A weekend jaunt to the Big Apple reminded me how much I would love to eat my way through the entire city!! Unfortunately, time does limit that-but I manage to take a bite out the endless list of great restaurants! After getting off of the bus, I stumbled upon the Union Square Green Market, which was very exciting! All the Farmers Markets in the Boston area end around Thanksgiving, so it was a treat seeing farm-fresh apple, potatoes, local wines and baked goods in February! I had an AMAZING lemon-poppyseed muffin from Body & Soul Stand! Its been so long since I've had a muffin! Body & Soul uses multi-grain flours, no refined sugars, are low-fat and vegan! Could it get any better??
And while I was in the neighborhood I just had to pop into OneLuckyDuck Raw Takeaway for a Raw Gingersnap cookie for later!
I took my aunt and her significant other out to dinner at V-spot. While our eating styles are sometimes polar opposites (they are devotees of the Aktins lifestyle) we all enjoyed our meal! I had a delicious quinoa pasta with marinara sauce! I've never tried quinoa pasta before, but I love the grain and its protein!

The next day my aunt and I did a lot of walking around the Upper Eastside, window shopping and museum hopping! We grabbed lunch at Candle Cafe on 3rd Ave and 75th St. Not to be confused with its next door neighbor, "Le Steak":

I've been to Candle 79 in the past and wanted to visit their sister cafe. I especially liked this quote from their menu:
"By supporting organic farming and avoiding animal products, we acknowledge the interconnectedness of environmental, spiritual and physical well-being. We are delighted to nourish your body with delicious meals served in a vibrant and friendly atmosphere. We invite you to enjoy the good foods that come fresh from the farm to your table."
It was an intimate dining location, and the food was delicious, once again! I had an amazing Indian plate special! The raisin and date chutney was to die for, and the spice blend they used on the chickpeas was fabulous. I'm personally not a fan of seitan- its too "rubbery" for me, but that was my only complaint.
The place was packed on a Saturday afternoon.
Yummy! There are so many great vegan restaurants in the city, I'll just have to go back to NYC soon to continue my epicurean adventures!


Gina said...

Elizabeth, what a great blog!! Do you go into NYC often? I am about an hour away, but have some friends who live there so I am down there often. None of said friends are vegan though, so I have yet to visit any vegan establishments there :( I always say I'll go down early and walk around myself, but...never do.

And I love the name of your blog, so cute!

Michelle said...

Oooh thanks for the recommendations. I'm going from Boston to NYC every month to attend the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Always looking for healthy places to eat! Thanks for stopping by my blog, btw :-)