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.