July 31, 2014

Fresh Tomato Tart in France

Last week, I spent some time in the UK and France. The first half of the week was all work, the second half all play.

My aunt and uncle (and lots of other extended family members) live in the south of France, and every few years we get together at their beautiful house. My aunt makes an amazing tomato tart with tomatoes from their garden. The last time I was there I was not vegan, so I was praying she could veganize it for me. 

Luckily, she did. Pâte brisée (made with olive oil, not butter), topped with caramelized onions, tomatoes, and herbs, and baked until golden. That's it - it's so simple. It is so flavorful and lovely - I took the leftovers on the plane with me. Here are a couple of recipes I found for the pâte brisée: made with Earth Balance + made with oil

Tomato Tart Before:


Tomato Tart After:




Merci Me Ha!

June 8, 2014

Two Tablespoons

Madison Square Eats is a month long event in the Flatiron District, and thankfully, close to our office. 

Throughout the month of May, I frequented Two Tablespoons, a vegetarian and gluten free eatery. You can find them throughout the summer at Broadway Bites


I'm a huge fan of Kombucha, and they have one on draft from Beyond Kombucha that I adore. It's called the Anti-Bomb. 


The Edamame and Cucumber Noodle Salad is so perfect for a summer lunch. 


And their Quinoa + Almond spring rolls are really lovely. They're filled with cucumbers, tofu, lettuce, carrots, cabbage, quinoa and an almond sauce. 


Bryant Park Grill

Last week, on a particularly nice day, Heath and I walked to Bryant Park for a rooftop snack.

Bryant Park is super chill and a nice break from the city. There was a yoga class going on at the time. It felt a bit lazy watching others burn off calories while I consumed them, but it was still lovely. 


The Bryant Park Grill has several dishes labeled vegan, but it looked like there were a good deal more that could be veganized. 

We shared the Vegan Israeli Platter -  hummus, pinto beans, olives, chopped tomato & onion salad, tabbouleh, grilled hot chilies, fire roasted eggplant, cabbage slaw, organic carrot and date salad, sliced raw onions and grilled pita bread. I loved the mixture of hummus and smashed pinto beans, with all of the various toppings. 



(Everything is in plastic because we ate on the rooftop. Their indoor presentation is a bit more elevated). 

June 4, 2014

Pitch follow up

Pitch is always one of my favorite stops in Omaha. They have a veggie pizza that I really love. Everything is baked in their coal fired oven, and it adds such a nice complexity. 

The veggie pizza needs to be ordered with tomato sauce instead of the cream sauce, and without cheese. It's so flavorful, you won't miss the cheese. 


Bliss Bakery

During my last trip to Omaha, I also got to try Bliss Bakery for the first time. They sell their awesome baked goods at the Tea Smith in the Old Market and I was thrilled to find a vegan brownie when I stopped in for my morning tea. 

The brownie is a Chai Chocolate Brownie, and it was really interesting and unique. I love chai. I love chocolate. Also a really great texture for a vegan brownie. 




Blue Sushi's expanded vegan menu

In Omaha, Blue Sushi is one of my favorite spots. They have really inventive veggie rolls, which I really appreciate. And now, all of their veggie rolls with the exception of one, are vegan. Vegan mayo, vegan tempura. It's amazing...and it's all because people requested it. (In particular, Vegan Omaha). Ask and you shall receive. Never hesitate to ask. 

The Cowgirl is my favorite roll - pickle tempura, crispy onion rings, mayo and bbq paper. It's so unique for sushi and I love the pickles. 


This picture was taken in my hotel room, while I was working late on a Tuesday night. It was the perfect snack to eat in bed. 

April 30, 2014

Vedge Restaurant Cooking Demonstration at DeGustibus

Tonight I had the great pleasure of attending a cooking demonstration from Richard Landau and Kate Jacoby from Vedge Restaurant in Philadelphia. DeGustibus is an amazing cooking demo/class inside of Macy's on 34th Street in Manhattan. Our good friend Will introduced us to it, and I immediately signed up for this class. 

You watch the chefs actually make a 3-5 course menu from start to finish, taste the dishes, and get copies of the recipes. You can also have your cookbook signed if you'd like :)


If you're not familiar with Vedge, it's pretty well known in the vegan realm and one of the best in the country. 

To start, we had a puree of rutabaga, black salt and green onions on toast. So lovely, I didn't realize rutabagas could taste so good. 


Saffron Cauliflower Soup with Persillade - great texture and really nice on a rainy spring day. 


Pan Seared Tofu with Capers, Basil + Tomatoes. We learned some amazing tips on cooking tofu tonight. They don't press their tofu....at all. They get freshly made extra firm tofu, and just let it sit for 15 minutes. This keeps it from drying out on the inside. Lots of other great tips as well, like cooking with stainless steel and different oils. Anyhow, this tofu was so good. Perfectly spiced and seared. 


Seared Maitake Mushrooms with Celery Root Fritter and Celery Root Remoulade. My husband could not get over this dish. The fritter was so crispy and flavorful, and the remoulade was killer. I normally don't dig on wild mushrooms much, but these mushrooms are really decent. 


And for dessert, Strawberry Sorrel Bread Pudding with Saffron Ice Cream. Oh my, this was delicious. The sauce is made with rhubarb, and the bread is actually cake! Really lovely depth in this dish.


 And I got my cookbook signed! They were both so lovely. 




April 22, 2014

Four Seasons Vail

A couple of weeks ago, Heath and I visited Vail, CO with some good friends. It was my first time there, and I loved it. The air was so refreshing and crisp. 




We had a bite at the Four Seasons and their White Bean Hummus with crudités and lavosh was so lovely. The crudités were so simple, but when stacked, they looked amazing. It was also super tasty - seasoned perfectly. It's made me want to start making my own hummus.


April 20, 2014

TCBY

During a layover a couple of weeks ago at the Denver Airport, I finally got to try Silk's vegan frozen yogurt at TCBY. It's vanilla almond flavored, and there are lots of great topping options, including fresh strawberries, which I chose. 

Now, if only Pinkberry would also offer a vegan option.



Van Leeuwen Vegan Flavors

Van Leeuwen has started making vegan ice cream, in incredible flavors. 

The Mint Chocolate Chip is pretty awesome, and I cannot wait to try all of the other flavors. Sicilian Pistachio, Coffee Crunch, Dark Chocolate, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk, Salted Caramel + Banana Nut.