Hello from NYC, everyone!
My time here so far has been a busy mix of schoolwork (sadly, lab reports don’t take Thanksgiving holidays), seeing my closest friends, time with my mother, and catching up on desperately needed sleep. Throughout all of this, I have been eating my heart out, because my access to NYC vegan dining is no longer constant, and I like to take serious advantage when I’m here.
My NYC restaurant tour began on Thanksgiving night, with a holiday meal at Josie’s on the Upper West. I wish I could show you the excellent food I ate: (a roast beet salad, a sweet potato and chickpea dip with vegan cornbread, and for my entrée, a lentil, seitan, and sweet potato loaf with sauteed bok choy. This gets points for being the only seitan I’ve ever eaten that didn’t make me bloated. (Excuse the TMI.) I was a big, big fan.
I love countless dishes at Peacefood, but highlights for me are the kabocha squash, the kabocha sandwich with sprouts, the tahini sprout sandwich, the raw sushi rolls, and the “fluffy quinoa salad” with white beans and arugula. I also enjoy the juices and smoothies, and my mother is borderline obsessed with the macaroons!
I started my meal with two of the veggie side dishes: Japanese pumpkin (of course) and roast brussels sprouts (apparently my vegan stuffing has not fully satisfied my sprout cravings).
Determined to stuff myself, I also decided to explore Peacefood’s new offering of raw entrees! I am so thrilled that they’ve expanded their raw menu, all with the help of the generous and friendly new raw chef, Kai. I opted for lasagna, and I loved it!
Most raw lasagna I’ve had is really a vegetable carpaccio with nut cheese; this one actually feels like lasagna! The layers are thick, the marinara is very authentic, and the pesto was perfectly seasoned:
I was so impressed! It’s fantastic to know that a local eatery (well OK, it’s not exactly local, but I consider myself a part time Upper West Sider!) is now carrying great raw dining options. Also on the menu are a raw spaghtetti with cream sauce, raw nori rolls, raw crackers and sunflower seed dip, and raw pizza with buckwheat, quinoa, and sweet potato crust (I’m trying that next; curious to see how it stacks up to Café Green’s).
As an added bonus, I got to chat with Kai, who is incredibly sweet.
What a fantastic dining experience (so good, that I returned for lunch+juice today). I’m excited to spend more time at Peacefood over winter break. Along with so many other spots!
But here’s what really makes me love being home. Waking up in the morning to fully loaded coffee maker, a spoon and my very favorite Statue of Liberty mug, a note from my Mom that says “coffee is ready!” It’s the little things.
Happy weekend, everyone.