December 21, 2013

Cinnamon Snail Vanilla Bourbon Creme Brûlée Doughnut

Cinnamon Snail is truly one of my favorite vegan eateries in the city, and I just recently tried their award winning Vanilla Bourbon Creme Brûlée doughnut.

It is seriously delicious. If you have the chance, this is one tasty doughnut.

Suite ThreeOhSix

Friday after Thanksgiving, my family and I attended a beautiful dinner at Suite ThreeOhSix in Tribeca. It's a vegan supper club that hosts gorgeous multiple course dinners in a community style setting. 

This particular dinner was family style and had a Thanksgiving theme. Each dinner is different, and they often have guest hosts/chefs/collaborators and cooking classes.

We started with homemade Turkish pide, a focaccia like bread. And from there, we had seven additional courses.

Red Lentil Bisque with arancini, coconut aioli and cubanelle pepper. I must say, I think this was my favorite dish of the night. It was so complex and so lovely. The arancini was such a nice texture in the soup, along with the coconut and micro greens.

Baby Red Oak with hannah white sweet potato, rainbow beets and cilantro vinaigrette. A really nice salad after the depth of the soup.

Mushroom Melange with wild rice pilaf, bordelaise sauce and fresh thyme. I'm not the biggest mushroom fan, the textures freak me out a bit, but it had a really nice flavor.

Haricots Verts with pickled onion, walnut cream and toasted chia. The sauce was so tasty and the green beans extremely crisp.

Corn Pudding with smoked tea, leeks and cranberry chutney. I loved the presentation in this sweet little dish, and the cranberries were an awesome condiment.

Passionfruit Pumpkin Sorbet. As delicious as it looks.

 Chef Daphne at work.

Kabocha Squash and Pear Galette with cardamom ricotta and pecans. I had never had kabocha squash as dessert, and now I'm not sure why. It was amazing.

 And to finish, these adorable meringues.

It was such a great experience and I highly recommend it.

December 14, 2013

Mitchell's Ice Cream

And one final Thanksgiving treat...Vegan Salted Caramel Pecan ice cream from Mitchell's in Cleveland. My parents brought some with them from Ohio.

This ice cream is so good. It tastes just like Bit O Honey, which I used to love before going vegan. It sounds strange, but that's exactly the flavor. 

Vegan Treats' Cannoli

For Thanksgiving, I also ordered cannoli from Vegan Treats. (When my parents come to town, we get a little crazy with vegan sweets, we just have to try a little of everything).

These were beyond delightful. I actually preferred the original, but my dad went crazy over the chocolate dipped variety :)

Vegan Macarons from Sweet Maresa/Lagusta's Luscious

Upon suggestion from my good friend Kate, I ordered some vegan macarons from Sweet Maresa/Lagusta's Luscious.

Pistachio, Vanilla + Black & White. These were my very first vegan macarons and they were all incredible. Awesome texture and lovely subtle flavors. 

Next time I will for sure order the amazing looking chocolates from Lagusta. I was so excited to try a vegan macaron that I had to taste these first!

December 8, 2013

Pumpkin Cheesecake

For Thanksgiving, my mom always makes Pumpkin Cheesecake topped with dark chocolate and pomegranate.

This year my parents visited me in New York, and thankfully brought me a piece. 

If you're near Boardman, Ohio, Ely's To Go offers them by the slice or special order from time to time during the holidays.

Vegan Cheese

For Thanksgiving, I picked up some new to me vegan cheeses to try with a crusty baguette.

Kite Hill's White Alder was the first. It had the most amazing texture and I loved how very brie-like it was.

Treeline's Scallion Soft Cheese was also a great texture. It was a bit strong for me, but the scallion addition was really nice. It has a fermented taste that does come on quite strong, but a sprinkle of sea salt and fresh cracked pepper really helps even things out.

November 26, 2013

Adopt A Turkey

My favorite Thanksgiving tradition. I adopted Turpentine this year. He was rescued last year when a farmer couldn't bring himself to kill him. I just loved the story. 

Here's the link if you'd like to partake.

November 24, 2013

Smile To Go

Smile To Go is an adorable eatery a block from where I work, and they offer some amazing vegan sweets, to meet all of your cravings. 

 If you're wanting something sweet, but still healthy, they have an awesome Banana Quinoa Muffin.

If it's after lunch dessert you're after, the Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookie is where it's at.

And if you're looking to go all out any time of day, the Orange Cinnamon Roll will make all of your dreams come true.

They also have all kinds of savory dishes, that vary daily, many of them vegetable based. They're super friendly and helpful, so just ask what vegan offerings they have that day.

Goody Good Stuff Strawberry Cream

Speaking of traveling, I know I've shown these before, but Goody Good Stuff makes my favorite gummy travel snacks. 

Their Strawberry Cream gummies are my gummies of choice.

November 11, 2013


During our trip to the UK, we spent several days in Hemel Hempstead, about 40 minutes northwest of London. To my absolute delight, they have a vegetarian restaurant. 

Woody's is a cute spot along the water that specializes in crepes and pizzas. 

For my pizza, I went with the Marinara. Tomato, onion, garlic and fresh lettuce. I love cold lettuce on my pizza.

 And for dessert, Heath and I shared a Maple Syrup and Hazelnut Crepe. I loved the maple syrup, but next time, I'll definitely try the Dark Chocolate and Pear!

Both their pizzas and crepes can be made gluten free as well!


One night for dinner, Heath and I were craving sushi. I found a spot nearby called Roka. It's on a super cute street and has outdoor seating, if the weather cooperates. 

The Avocado and Cucumber Roll was really nice - I loved the thinly sliced avocado on the top, sprinkled with bits of crispy onion. I always run into a few little pieces of roe that I meticulously pick off because I can't stand the thought of accidentally (or purposefully) eating fish eggs.

And I love Robata! I opted for the Tofu in a sweet soy sauce with micro greens and green onions. (They also have asparagus and eggplant).

If you ever visit, explore the neighborhood. So many gems.

November 10, 2013

Virgin Atlantic

Last summer, when I traveled to London, I was very fortunate to travel Premium Economy on Virgin Atlantic

For breakfast, they served hash browns, sautéed spinach, tofu and a cherry tomato. It did require some salt and pepper, but I really liked the combination. 

For a snack, a tea sandwich made with hummus and veggies with a side of sweetened dried cranberries. (I apologize for the image quality, the lighting was not exactly ideal).

And for dinner, it was Chana Masala with rice and vegetables, a green salad and fruit. 

As far as airplane food goes, it was the best I've had. 

October 30, 2013

Cat & The Cream

This summer when I was in London, I stopped by a Whole Foods to check out the local vegan options. 

I found some great things, but my favorite was a Cat & the Cream cupcake. 

I chose the Chocolate Mint + Raspberry - chocolate sponge cake with dark chocolate and fresh mint ganache topped with pink raspberry icing. 

A superb afternoon snack.


For the past few weeks, Banksy has been in New York. If you're not familiar, he's a graffiti artist who is quite thought provoking. Supposedly, no one knows who he is, but his work is identifiable. 

He has two works that at least hint that he is against factory farming. No idea whether or not he's vegetarian or vegan.

The first is Sirens of the Lambs - adorable stuffed animals being taken to their death. It's really powerful to see in person.

The second is a sculpture of Ronald McDonald with a live person polishing his shoe outside of random McDonald's around the city. 

I love seeing new works of art appear around the city. It's so much fun finding them!

October 28, 2013

The Butcher's Daughter

The Butcher's Daughter is an awesome eatery in Nolita. It is completely vegetarian and dairy free. It's also a juice bar, and everything I've tasted has been delightful. 

They do serve eggs, so if you're vegan, make sure to let them know. 

The Ploughman's Lunch is an assortment of cashew cheeses, pâté and veggie sausage, served with bread and fresh cucumbers. 

The BLT is made with heirloom tomatoes, adzuki bacon, bibb lettuce and basil mayo (with a side of watermelon cubes - how cute is that?). 

The Merguez Sandwich is filled with spicy veggie sausage, fig mostrada, seasoned vegan mayo and greens. This one is my favorite. It's spicy and sweet and really filling. 

October 17, 2013

Pommes Frites

I have a deep love for french fries. The potato will always be my favorite vegetable, and frying it obviously just makes it that much better.

A few years ago, Heath and I walked by a little french fry shop on 2nd Avenue with a line out the door. It was bad timing since we had just eaten, but I always remembered it, hoping to return hungry. 

And a few weeks ago, we just happened to walk by when I was in desperate need of a snack. (It took several years to return because we moved away for about four years - 2 years in Omaha and 2 in Chicago).

Pommes Frites offers Belgian fries with all kinds of toppings.

They have a variety of ketchups and mustards, along with barbecue, sweet chili, and peanut satay. I opted for the latter. 
Very good, but quite rich, I think next time I'll go for the barbecue or sweet chili.
Regardless, the fries themselves are quite awesome.