Eating Green

by Christina on January 2, 2012

After a magical 2-week vacation at home with my family, I’m feeling rejuvenated and ready to get back into it… here I come, night shifts!

My younger sister, Jen, and I flew home together. She’s my food guru these days, so my plan was to get healthy again by following her around and eat whatever she did – which basically meant eating GREEN.

We got to know our parents' Vitamix well

Breakfast

The one place I didn’t follow her to was New York City. Thankfully she wrote up this New York City “Eating Green” review…  ENJOY!!!

Eating Green in NYC

By Jenny Palmer

Last week, I spent a few days in NYC with my good friend (slash high school sweetheart) Scott.  My main goal in this trip was to drink as much green juice as possible and eat as much amazing plant-based food as possible. I was so serious in this goal that I put together this map.

Vegan restaurants to try - NYC December 2011

Luckily Scott — now a tough and strong Marine Corps officer — was as excited as I was to eat this way. (Side note: Real men eat plants!)  We avoided the typical tourist spots and instead enjoyed ourselves walking from restaurant to restaurant.

Candle Café

The first stop was Candle Café in the Upper East Side for dinner on our first night. We arrived pretty tired, hungry and cold after arriving in NYC during a cold rain storm. We were extremely impressed with everything we ordered:

  • Candle Cocktail (not pictured): Carrot, celery, beet, mixed greens and ginger. Perfect!  And, the large size was actually quite large, unlike almost everywhere else that sells juice.
  • Spring Rolls: Pickled cabbage, avocado, carrots, cucumber, apple, cilantro and tempeh bacon wrapped in rice paper and served with spicy peanut dipping sauce.  The peanut sauce was incredible. Scott was talking about it for quite a while.
  • Daily Special: Millet salad with lentils, sundried tomatoes, artichoke. I really enjoyed this.
  • Beet Salad: Arugula, apples, shaved fennel, almond cheese and toasted cashews.  Served with creamy cranberry dressing with added avocado. This was light and healthy – hit the spot.
  • Daily Special: BBQ Tofu wrap. YUMMMM!  I need to make more BBQ tofu dishes. And wraps.

We also picked up a date bar and oatmeal chocolate cookie to bring home. We snacked on these for the next couple days. The date bar was especially delicious. I can’t figure out how they made it exactly, but it tasted like a cookie sandwich without the ice-cream: an amazingly soft cookie sweetened perfectly with dates, with some other layers of deliciousness.

Dinner at Candle Café. Forgot to take a picture of the wonderful green (actually beet red) juice

Terri

Terri is an awesome breakfast/lunch/snack place. My green juice with pear was sweeter than I’d usually get, but so delicious, as were our breakfast burritos.

  • The Perfect Pear: pear, cucumber, spinach, celery. Delish.
  • Hummus & Avocado wrap: hummus, avocado, smoked tofu, pepperoncinis, lettuce, tomato. The pepperoncinis were a nice touch. I think I’ll buy some at the grocery store.
  • Breakfast Scramble wrap:  scrambled tofu, Italian “sausage”, spinach, Daiya cheddar, hot sauce. It’s hard to go wrong with those ingredients, and this was especially well-done.

Breakfast at Terri, including pear-sweetened green juice

Liquiteria

We only stumbled in here to kill time and get hungry between breakfast at Terri’s and lunch at Angelica’s Kitchen. I couldn’t believe it when I looked at the menu and found it jam packed with superfoods, green juices, and green teas. The cashiers even encouraged me to get pressed juice instead of centrifugal juice because it’s healthier (they have both!) Despite getting yelled at for taking pictures in the store, I was blown away by this place.

More green juice and tea at Liquiteria, while waiting to get hungry for lunch.

Angelica’s Kitchen

I’ve wanted to go to Angelica’s Kitchen for years.  It did not disappoint: cozy atmosphere, lots of greens, and a darn good dessert.

  • Daily Special: Crepe with tofu and some other good things – I can’t remember exactly, but it was pretty good.
  • Steamed Kale: I can never have too much steamed kale…
  • Thai Mee Up: An All Raw Entree – delicate strands of daikon radish, butternut squash & carrot, on a bed of garlic-lemon marinated kale, dressed with Thai tahini sauce.  The kale was especially delicious. I love eating raw.
  • Angelica Kitchen Organic Brittle: pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pecans, rice syrup, maple sugar, vanilla, sea salt.  Delicious. I’m going to try to make something similar at home.

Very green and mostly raw lunch at Angelica’s Kitchen. Not photographed: the incredible “Angelica’s Kitchen Organic Brittle”

Caravan of Dreams

I hadn’t heard of Caravan of Dreams until one of my Facebook friends suggested it. I am so happy she did (Thanks, Elizabeth!) because it is now probably my new favorite NYC restaurant. Like Angelica’s Kitchen, it is very cozy. Everything we ordered was our new favorite dish of the trip, culminating in the warm orange gingerbread which is still officially my favorite dish of the trip! Also, they have an incredible drink menu. I got lemon-cayenne-ginger tea: so cleansing.

  • Seitan Nachos: Black beans, guacamole and salsa. I don’t normally eat seitan, but this was gooooood.
  • Grilled Seitan and veggies and pesto: Something like that, anyway. I can’t find it on the menu anymore. This was excellent, too.
  • Zucchini and Yellow Squash Spaghetti (LIVE): Brazil nut & sesame meatballs, sun-dried tomato marinara, kalamata olives and basil. I loved this. I’m inspired to make something similar at home.
  • The warm orange ginger bread isn’t on the menu online either, but this was so soft, warm and delicious. When I took my first bite, I loudly expressed my pleasure…

Dinner at Caravan of Dreams – new favorite!

Le Pain Quotidian

Le Pain Quotidian was relatively close to our hotel and offered plenty of good vegan and healthy breakfast options. I love this place.  I hope they open up in Northern California soon. I got a bowl of berries and steal cut oats with banana and pecans. I also indulged in a decaf cappuccino with almond milk.

Breakfast at Le Pain Quotidian. Definitely hit the spot, and so convenient.

Blossom Café

For lunch, we met my wonderful friends from Princeton at Blossom Café in the Upper West Side. Scott had a yummy fruit smoothie and I had yet another (my 4th?) green juice. For lunch I got the mushroom soup and raw zucchini spaghetti. It wasn’t as good as the one at Caravan of Dreams, but not bad. Scott got the very meaty-looking “bacon” “cheese” “burger.” My friend Logan got the grilled tofu sandwich, and I ordered one to go for the bus ride home.

Lunch at Blossom Café.

Well, that covers 2+ days of eating in NYC.  It’s amazing how many restaurants there are in NYC that satisfy my unusually demanding eating needs. And there are so many others that we didn’t make it to: Candle 79, Blossom, V-Note, ‘Snice, Pump, Dirt Candy, Peacefood Café.  Already planning a trip back…

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Chris Palmer January 2, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Fabulous! I hope a lot of meat eaters read this!

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Khalida January 3, 2012 at 6:54 am

Oh my gosh, Christina. I’m a SERIOUS carnivore and although I’ve been meaning to ease into a more plant-based diet, I always felt like it wouldn’t satisfy my tastebuds so I gave up. But these pictures have me nearly drooling, and totally motivated to get more creative with my greens. Thanks again for the inspiration to live a healthier, happier life. 🙂

Happy New Year! May 2012 take you to even greater heights.

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Suzanne January 9, 2012 at 6:31 pm

All that food looks incredible!

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