Wondering about the uncharacteristically peppy blog post title? Calm yourselves. I have not gone cheerleader on you. Instead, I meant to evoke with alliteration the title of one of my favorite vegan blogs in blogdom: Diet, Dessert and Dogs. It’s the child of Ricki Heller, teacher, health educator, and mother two some very well loved pets. Ricki’s name has appeared on CR before; I’ve written about her incredible anti-candida desserts, which are intended to indulge the sweet tooth without dropping a sugar bomb. And I’m a regular reader of Ricki’s blog, which I think is one of the most beautifully photographed and well written out there.
Last Friday, I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Ricki in person for lunch at one of my favorite spots: Bonobo’s Vegetarian on 23rd street. I’ve written about Bonobos before, too, and my never-ending love of their coconut crack chai. It’s my favorite spot to bring people who’ve never tried raw food before, because it’s delicious, has tons of options, and compared to other raw lunch spots (sorry One Lucky Duck, I love you but your incredible salads come at a hefty price), it’s relatively affordable. I’m a huge fan of their soups (the avocado and bell pepper and coconut have both inspired home versions), and I also love to get their nori rolls.
As soon as I arrived at Bonobos, Ricki and I greeted each other with a hug that suggested we were old, old friends:
The power of blogging friendship!
Then came the daunting task of food selection. Creature of habit that I am, I went with my standard: a mixed bowl of the avocado and tomato soups, and a kale salad.
Ricki was slightly more adventurous, and made her own nori roll with a poppyseed pate. It was beautiful! I’m pretty proud of my cashew ginger nori rolls, but clearly I’ve got to work on my presentation skills.
Hers and hers:
Note that this isn’t the first time I’ve cracked out the camera in public at Bonobos. I was playing photographer just a few months ago, when I met Sophia and Diana there for lunch:
And in case you were wondering how I really feel about the soup…
Over lunch, Ricki and I chatted about blogging, cooking, writing, teaching, and, of course, our mutual passion for veganism. I think Ricki sets a bright and shining example of the vegan life through her words and her delicious recipes. I’m lucky to follow her journey as a cook, and lucky, now, to have brought our friendship out of the ether.
I’m also lucky to have the delicious raw treats she brought me from Canada – crackers, cookies, and buckwheat granola. Can’t wait to try them!
I’ve said it before, and so has every other food blogger, but connecting with likeminded foodies is truly one of the nicest perks of blogging. When was your last blogger meetup? Where did you eat, and whom did you meet?