June 27, 2015

Strawberry Month

The strawberry sweets at Lagusta's Luscious this month are insane! I missed out last year and decided that this year I would take full advantage. 

I luckily live close enough to visit in person, however, if you do not, most items can be ordered online. 

White Chocolate Strawberry Milkshake

White Chocolate + Dark Chocolate Strawberry Almond Creams

Strawberry Ice Cream

Strawberry Balsamic Caramels coated in Chocolate

May 30, 2015

Afternoon tea at The Plaza

Afternoon tea at The Plaza. Call me old fashioned...I've always wanted to experience it.

Luckily, with advanced notice, they are happy to accommodate a vegan diet. 

This lovely 3 tiered tray was filled with all kinds of goodness. 

On the top, caramelized bananas, pâte de fruit, walnut chocolate fudge, dried fruit and nuts, puff pastry with fruit, and a chocolate cake. 

On the 2nd tier, tartines topped with hummus, spinach, caramelized onions, baba ghanoush, and harissa.

And on the bottom tier, scones that had a banana flair. 

A fun birthday indulgence. 

Birthday breakfast

My birthday was two weeks ago, and I celebrated mostly with food, as vegans do. 

Breakfast started with a potato sausage hash + blueberry waffles. 

For the hash, potatoes, Gimme Lean sausage, onions, peppers sautéed in oil and Earth Balance, topped with green onions. 

For the waffles, I use this recipe, and it's a gem. Add blueberries, Earth Balance, and maple syrup. It certainly helps to have a good waffle iron. My mom gave me ours and it's an All Clad and an absolute champ. 

Modern Love Takeout

Takeout from Modern Love in Omaha tonight...so insanely delicious that you'll keep eating even after you're past the point of being stuffed. 

Mac & Shews - mac and cashew cheese, pecan crusted tofu, BBQ cauliflower, and braised kale. 

Followed by Blueberry Ginger Pie. Oh my. 

April 7, 2015

Spreadhouse Coffee

My mom and I also stopped by Spreadhouse Coffee on the lower east side to sample some Cake Thieves vegan donuts. They have such a great spot, which used to be one of the original Organic Avenue locations. 

The day we stopped in they had at least 6 different baked goods...donuts, biscuits, muffins, etc. My mom had the Chocolate Bourbon donut...

...and I had the Apple Fritter. It was phenomenal. I've had many a vegan donut and this was definitely in the top five. So delicious and a great spot for coffee. 

Haymaker's Corner Store

The picture you see below is a bodega in Brooklyn...and it's 100% vegan. 

Say wha? Yes, Haymaker's is a totally vegan corner store. 

As you can see from the first photo, they have all kinds of dry goods...chips, crackers, sauces, pasta, juice, dairy free milk, etc. Plus, they sell baked goods from Champs (owned by the same people). 

And also some great pre-made foods and cakes, tarts, and puddings. Such good stuff here and so fun to shop. 

Little Choc Apothecary

My mom was in town this past weekend so we decided to head to Brooklyn for lunch at Little Choc Apothecary in Brooklyn, an all vegan creperie. 

They offer both savory and sweet crepes. My crepe was filled with seitan, roasted red peppers, kale, caramelized onions + bbq sauce. The batter is perfectly crisp and brown and also gluten free. 

Unfortunately I was too full for a sweet crepe, but their options looked amazing...newtella (homemade vegan Nutella), caramel, peanut butter, fruit, nuts, etc. 

March 23, 2015

Some of my UWS favorites

This weekend I had dinner and dessert from two of my favorite neighborhood spots. 

For dinner, Heath and I love to stop by Mermaid Inn and sit at the bar for an early, quick bite. You have to get there early or the bar will be full. Their Grain Salad has quinoa, kale, red onions, cherry tomatoes, chick peas, butternut squash and a really light and bright vinaigrette. It is so simple and so good. Order without the cheese to be vegan. They also have some amazing old bay fries with ketchup that complement this salad rather nicely.  

For dessert, I stopped by Peacefood Cafe and got their Strawberry Shortcake to go. Obviously it looks delicious, but there is also a hidden element that makes it even better than it looks. Strawberry jam. It's enormous, it will feed multiple people or one person for several days. 

March 1, 2015

Hip City Veg

While in Philadelphia, I stopped by Hip City Veg for takeout on the train ride home. 

Their Udon Noodle Salad was stellar - chinese black bean dressing, sprouts, arugula, carrots, cabbage, daikon, peanuts & spicy glazed chick’n. 

And they offer Philly Cupcake treats! (See my previous post on their Oreo cupcake). 

Philly Cupcake

Last weekend I visited Philadelphia for the first time. Unfortunately it was a short trip and Vedge was completely booked. Next trip for sure. 

I did have the pleasure of eating a vegan Philly Cupcake

They are not a fully vegan bakery, but they always have vegan options, really good vegan options that vary daily. I had the Oreo cupcake and it was beyond delicious. The chocolate was so rich and moist and the icing fluffy.