Thursday, November 1, 2012

new york

We just got back from New York City!  New york is a great place to visit and it's super fun because we have friends who live in Brooklyn and they are so wonderful to hang out with. I can't imagine a better host. They know all the great places to check out and we have the best time walking around with them.

I was so excited about all the vegan restaurant possibilities, and found it kind of funny that the best food I had wasn't at a vegan restaurant. One, however, that is completely vegan and so worth checking out is Dun Well Donuts. I am not into donuts but had to get one to try. I had a cinnamon sugar and it was delicious. The place has a great feel, and I thought it was kind of cool that the word 'vegan' is no where to be seen. I love the way the donuts are served, on pieces of wood.

Champs was another vegan place we checked out for brunch. I had a hard time deciding what to order, because I'm not accustomed to having so many choices.  Ended up getting the tofu scramble, which was cooked perfectly. Not incredibly exciting but I would go there again.

I was determined to visit a Candle restaurant. Jasmin Singer recommended the Candle West, but that didn't work out;  instead we made it to the one on the East side of the park. It was okay, but definitely did not blow me away as I had so wanted. I think my expectations were too high and probably should have gotten a salad.

 One night Anessa took us to Momofuku, and when we walked in we were told there would be an hour wait. She asked the hostess what options there were for vegans and the hostess assured us that there were choices. Once we were seated, our waiter explained that the noodles and broth weren't an option, and that we would have to get rice. The vegan choice was the ginger scallion bowl, with pickled shitake and cucumber, substituting rice for noodles, and leaving off the broth. This dish sounded so boring, I really couldn't believe how complex the flavors were. The ginger was dominant but not harsh or spicy. I told the waiter it should go on the menu. Definitely one of the best meals I had.

Another really beautiful dinner was at a place in Brooklyn called The Lodge. Great atmosphere but definitely not vegan. I was able to get a kale salad with tomatoes and avocado, roasted brussel sprouts with mushrooms and sweet potato fries. Tell me that doesn't sound good.

All over Brooklyn and New York, vegan cream cheese is available. Sometimes you have to ask but at Bagelsmith, there are three choices, lined side by side with all the other flavored cream cheeses.

We had pizza a couple of times, one place being Patsy's, which C had been to on her 10th birthday trip with her grandmother and grandfather. She insisted it was the best pizza ever, and it is definitely is up there. If you get a salad, stay away from the 'creamy balsamic dressing'...

I can't remember where in Brooklyn Handsome Dan's Candy store is, but it's in a building with several other businesses. There is a really great bookstore and a clothing store. When Brett asked if they had any vegan candy, Dan (presumably) proudly showed a section labeled 'vegan'. I thought it was pretty cute, and B sure did appreciate it. They even had Brooklyn made vegan fudge!

There is a falafel place in Williamsburg, called Oasis and if we hadn't been led there, I doubt we would have ever tried it but I tell you it is absolutely the best falafel! Aside from the falafel being flavorful and not greasy, the pita is thin, instead of this thick bread that I'm usually finding these days. He piles in shredded lettuce, pickled cabbage and onions. And, it's $3! Absolutely crazy. For $6 you get a side of humus and tomato & cucumber salad. I recommend leaving your falafel in the bag in which it's served or it will be way messy.

I was so excited to get to visit Moo Shoes and, with the gift certificate from Tammy, buy a pair of boots, which is something I have wanted for a long time. It was so great to not have to find the label and check to see if anything was made from leather!

These are just a few of the places we visited. There is always so much more to explore. Definitely want to check out Lulu's Apothecary, Blossom, and a recommendation by the sitter we had when we were there. She's vegan and said her favorite place is Sacred Chow.

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