Tuesday, July 24, 2007

I <3 New York!

Kyle and I took a mini-vacation to New York during July and had a great time! I have to admit that I was a little hesitant about visiting such a big city, but I can't get over how safe and easy it is to get around there! We had an absolute blast.

We also stuffed our faces. We ate salads at Just Salads (no photo), but I have a few photos from some of the other places we visited. One stormy afternoon, we headed to the upper east side to an organic pizzeria, Cafe Viva Natural Pizza. Delicious! I also had to get a cookie (see photo), but I devoured the chocolate cake too quickly to get a snapshot of that.
We also went to an amazing vegan restaurant called Blossom. My friend Chris had been there recently, so we thought we'd give it a try, despite being warned of its pricy-ness (plus, we couldn't go to Pure Food and Wine since we didn't have appropriate attire to suit the dress code). Omigod - we did not regret going to Blossom. I started off with a ravioli that was awesome, while Kyle had a mango salad. I first have to apologize for the dark photos - it was a dimly lit restaurant and I didn't want to ruin the ambiance with my flash going off:

As for entrées, I had some lentil-phyllo thing with curry dipping sauce and steamed beet greens (good, but WAY too much food on my plate), while Kyle had a stuffed portobello concoction on couscous (which he insists was better than mine). They had much fancier names, but they escape me right now.

The most heavenly moment was the dessert - my god, the 'cheesecake' was amazing. It's forced me to try and create a soy yogurt cheesecake (I try to avoid recipes calling for vegan cream cheese since it's a hydrogenated product).

Oh yeah - all the sights were pretty cool too.


VeggieGirl said...

I've heard nothing but great things about Blossom; and wow, that pizza from Viva looks incredible - I need to go there next time I'm in NYC (which will in a few months!). I'm the same way with taking pictures in restaurants - I'm afraid that if I use the flash on my camera, I'll startle other diners in the restaurant, haha.

Kati said...

Everything looks so delicious! Silly PF&W with their dress code...I'd love to go someday, but it puts me off to be told by a restaurant what to wear. Ah well, I guess I'm just not "gourmet" enough for that crowd.

Glad you had a safe and happy trip!

Judy said...

Sounds like a great trip. I can't wait to go one day, seems like such a fun place.

Anonymous said...

Wow, all that food looks amazing girls! Really delicious. Great blog!

Carrie™ said...

I've never been to NYC, but very much want to go. The gourmet dishes look really nice and that pizza slice is loaded! Yummy!