VeganMoFo Day Eleven > Looking back on Days Six & Seven with a coconut layer cake, dinner at Departure and my 31st birthday celebration stuff. Continue reading
Vegan Ice Cream at Stogo
Starting with the Ten Best NYC Vegan Experiences of my winter vacation, in no particular order:
- The entire Vegetarian Dim Sum House Experience
- Carrot Tahini spread and Terra Sana Syrah at Candle Café – nothing else I sampled there interested me. It was underwhelming the more ‘upscale’ dining attempt (on a budget) of my vacation. Photos below.
- Earl Grey infused Vodka Cocktail at Angel’s Share
- Toasted Cinnamon Raisin Bagel with blueberry tofu cream cheese from Bagels on the Square – plus the half dozen I brought back with me
- Dinner at Soy & Sake – specifically, the specialty sushi rolls and shrimp tempura appetizer. It was the vacation of fake shrimp and Daiya. Overall, the best dinner of my vacation was here. No photos, because every now and then I refrain.
- Gluten & Vegetables Pan Fried Noodles at Buddha Bodai – I get this every time I’m there.
- Vegan Knuckle Sandwich at Boneshakers -While I still think Daiya is more to look at than actually eat, I appreciated it in this glorious bagel sandwich.
- Dr. Cow’s cashew hemp nut cheese from Lifethyme Market - brought back to Portland, but in the running!
- The atmosphere & organic Ambrosia White Plum Tea at Wild Ginger, NYC
- Side note: They refer to themselves as a vegan cafe, but the menu notes a few non-vegan offerings with whey, for example. Order carefully. My lunch here was the night after food poisoning, so I can’t say much about my meal because I picked at it.
- Toasted Almond Joy ice cream at Stogo – I dig this solid, gelato style shop. I’m not trying to take sides in the vegan ice cream shoppe wars, I just really like their ice cream. I haven’t been wowed by every flavor I’ve sampled, but I’ve been at least intrigued. Toasted Almond Joy and Coffee have been my favorites so far, and my sister repeatedly orders the Coconut Vanilla..
- Veganized Novice Pesto slice with sun-dried tomatoes and Daiya at Slice - even though once my friend Millie sampled it and said the pesto tasted like pickles, it invaded my experience. You order custom, organic slices here, and they offer vegan pesto and Daiya – which again, was all over NYC.
- Soy Latte at Tillie’s of Brooklyn (another place with Daiya!)
- Soy Cappucino at the dear minibar, East Village
- and because it may have been the cause of late night food poisoning, but I’ll return for more, just the same: Oasis falafel, Brooklyn
- Economy Candy – because it rules.
Recs? I’m well aware of favorites I didn’t stop by during my brief vacation, and places I wanted to try (like Cocoa V, the freaking new vegan chocolate shoppe, Counter and Blossom) – any suggestions for my next pilgrimage?
The Photos and the arrival:
Upon arrival in NYC via good ‘ole Fung Wah from Boston, I decided to walk a few blocks into Chinatown for some vegan Chinese food. It was time for an early lunch after a long bus ride, the sibling I was staying with was just waking up for the day (of course), and her current neighborhood isn’t exactly known for its vegan options. Little did I realize, I was walking into the Chinese Lunar New Year Parade. I didn’t quite comprehend the growing crowds, and then I was stuck first inside, and then within 1 block of Buddha Bodai with my suitcase, unable to go further for a couple hours. On the plus side, I had meal in Chinatown, in New York City, and I witnessed the excitement of the New Year Parade! It was wild, and I remembered what crowds are like, to an extreme. Towards the end I did get a little angry, knocked over a few dozen people with my suitcase, and inched my way to a subway entrance and my mini family reunion.
Smiley Soy Latte at Tillie’s of Brooklyn (I was way too excited to be at a cafe named Tillie’s, with my friend Millie. It made my day).
Carrot Apple Ginger juice
Bread with marinara dip
Bread with carrot tahini spread
Daily Special Lasagna (with Daiya)
Cajun Seitan Sandwich
Daily Special: Macadamia encrusted tempeh with quinoa and sautéed vegetables.
This was my entrée - the sides well cooked, but utterly boring, and the tempeh was bland, which breaks my heart to say that anything encrusted, in macadamia nuts, could be.
Vegan Knuckle Sandwich with soy sausage, Daiya cheddar, and tofu scramble on a bagel at Boneshakers in Brooklyn
Vegan sausage sandwich at Boneshakers
Cappuccino from miniBar
Falafel at Oasis, Brooklyn
My sister, Jen, creepily waving her hand, in front of the Vegetarian Dim Sum House. The rest of my photos can be found on the Stumptown Vegans Guide.
Pesto Slice, at Slice
Lifethyme Natural Market - I’ve rarely been in NYC and not stopped here.
Wild Ginger – first time.
King Oyster Mushrooms appetizer
Sauteed Tofu & Vegetables in Brown Sauce (lunch special, my order – I really appreciated the side of kabacha squash)
Smoked Teriyaki Seitan with Sugar Snap Peas (lunch special, not vegan, not mine!)
Singapore Mai-fun with vegi fish cake (lunch special)
Ambrosia White Plum Tea
Wild Ginger, and my reckless suitcase
Only in New York.
Jenny, Millie, and Mike in front of MooShoes
Flowers Restaurant, Seattle
once again, I’m back after a bit out of town. this time, it was for a few days in Seattle. while I was there, I decided my next realistic dream job involves frequent travel and keeping Portland as my home base. I certainly can’t afford to travel recreationally as much as I’d like, and I’m fortunate that my current job lets me travel a bit. I’m getting the teeniest bit restless living here for 5+ years, but it’s Portland! It’s amazing! Quality of Life! etc. etc. etc.
that being said, I have three travels’ worth of photos and thoughts to unload soon via flickr, this site and stumptown vegans! I’m hoping to get back to normal life and do this sooner than later. rationally speaking, naming my flickr photos should not overwhelm me!
heading into overwhelmingly awesome plans, Portland’s Inaugural Vegan Iron Chef is officially happening on Sunday, June 6th, 2010 in the early evening.
It’s being presented by Try Vegan PDX, and I am beyond ecstatic about it. The official contestant invites went out yesterday! So many wonderful local vegans are already involved!
a few recent photos to get back into the swing of things…
Smokey Split Pea Soup, from Isa’s Test Kitchen
Soy Latte from K&F Coffeehouse in Portland
Dr. Cow Nut Cheese with Hemp Seeds from Lifethyme in NYC - my first time trying this, call me a fan! It’s sitting on top of a raw apple cranberry treat from Lifethyme, too.
My sister, Jen, agreeing to visit Vegetarian Dim Sum House in NYC, yet again. She’s a hip little flexitarian, and enjoys the Roasted Pork Buns and main dishes here.
Of course, something like this, which Millie and I really enjoyed, horrifies her.
Oasis Falafel, Brooklyn, NY. This was GREAT at midnight after a long night, but made me incredibly sick. fun times!
so much more to come.