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Hummus Kitchen

GF Friendly Restaurants, Healthy Living, New York City, Vegan

Hummus Kitchen

5 Comments 18 April 2014

New York City has to be the easiest place to be a gluten-free vegan. Yes, I’m a lucky foodie girl. There are days that I still can’t believe I get to live here. While traipsing through the City we found this little place and decided to stop in for a snack.

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Several snacks.

That turned into dinner.

With so many options it was hard to choose. The vegan items are clearly marked on the menu and many menu items are naturally gluten-free. I just ran my order past the waitress who confirmed that my choices would be safe.

Their hummus is insanely creamy and served warm. They were even kind enough to serve it with sliced veggies instead of pita bread. Now if they could make a gluten-free pita bread…

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Creamy Babaganush

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Mediterranean Chopped Salad

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A rice and lentil dish called Majadra

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Falafel served with Green Tahini

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***Note: I have since read that the fryer at Hummus Kitchen is not dedicated gluten-free, which is important for those of you who are extremely sensitive. Thankfully it did not bother me.

A feast.

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There are 4 Hummus Kitchen locations in New York City. I highly recommend stopping in for a plate or three.

Friday’s Find at The NYC Vegetarian Food Festival

New York City, Raw Foods, Vegan

Friday’s Find at The NYC Vegetarian Food Festival

4 Comments 07 March 2014

Last weekend I went to the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival and had a great time. It was fun to rub elbows with other veggie lovers, talk to vendors, and try a few new foods. I was excited to see that most items were vegan and naturally gluten free. So today’s Friday’s Find will highlight a few of my favorites.

As a vegan I love finding cheese alternatives, and it’s a double bonus when they’re raw! Imagine my surprise at finding two great raw vegan cheeses at the festival.

Treeline Cheese has two delicious soft cheeses and a new line of hard cheese that is coming out soon. The hard cheeses were there to sample, but one of them is not gluten-free. Not wanting to risk it, I only tasted the soft cheeses which were incredible!

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Treeline products can be found at Whole Foods and other natural markets.

I also found another raw vegan cheese by Nuttin Ordinary that I really liked. They had a Cashew Cheese Spread and a Spicy Cashew Cheese Spread available to try. Guess which one was my favorite!

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Nuttin Ordinary started in New Hampshire and is spreading (pun intended) throughout the Northeast. I hope to be able to find them in New York soon.

But nuts aren’t just good for making raw cheeses. I found another company that blends them into nut butters combining 7 nuts and seeds in each product. NuttZo butters are organic and come in three different flavors: original, a peanut-free version, and dark chocolate, which is out of this world.

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There were snack bars, protein bars, and nutrition bars everywhere, but these Amrita bars were delicious and packed with plant-based nutrients. Check out their store locator to find a sample for yourself.

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And just for fun…I couldn’t believe that we have this is Manhattan!

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Beyond Sushi creates 100% vegan sushi at two locations in NYC, Chelsea Market and Union Square. Forgive my blurry iPhone pictures, but hopefully this gives you a glimpse of the artistry. There was one roll for sampling which immediately caused me to put Beyond Sushi on my list of NYC eateries to try.

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Have a great Friday!

Readers, dish!

  • Have you tried any of these products?
  • What new gluten-free, vegan find have you found recently?
  • Have you had any fun food adventures lately?
Valentine’s Day at Candle Cafe West

GF Friendly Restaurants, New York City, Vegan

Valentine’s Day at Candle Cafe West

8 Comments 19 February 2014

On Valentine’s Day, the Husband took me to one of the vegan restaurants in our neighborhood that we hadn’t yet been to together. I was thrilled to be wined and dined at Candle Cafe West with my love on this special occasion, and he definitely knocked it out of the park with the restaurant choice. We had to chuckle when the waiter asked if either of us had ever been to Candle before. I had been there with some girl friends, but the Husband had not. So the waiter looked at the Husband and said, “Don’t worry, you’ll be fine. This is vegan food for people who like food.” Obviously he had no idea who he was dealing with!

There are two Candle restaurants in the city. We had a wonderful experience at Candle Cafe East several years ago, so I knew this was going to be an incredible dinner.

We had the option of ordering dishes off the prefixed menu or going for the whole kit and kaboodle by choosing a soup, an appetizer or salad, an entree, and a dessert.  There was also an option to have each course paired with a different wine. Guess which one we chose!

Every single item we ordered was outstanding. There were at least two gluten-free options in each category, so there was plenty for me to choose from. We both ordered something different so we could enjoy more of the menu.

The Soups

Both soups were creamy and unique, starting off our meal with warm tummies on a cold evening. The portions were huge, but they were so delicious I just couldn’t help eating the entire thing! I wondered how in the world I would be able to eat 3 more courses. Don’t worry, I managed.

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Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with Arame Caviar and Truffle Oil

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Smoked Red Pepper Soup with Bread

(The soup was gluten free, but the bread was not.)

I appreciated that there was plenty of time between courses to enjoy the wine and actually start feeling ready for more food. We weren’t rushed on this busy night but were given time to savor and anticipate the next course.

The Appetizers

Again, the appetizers were ample. Mine was almost a mixture of an appetizer and a salad. The Husband’s was almost a lunch portion entree.

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Grilled Artichokes with Green Beans, Hearts of Palm, Kale, English Peas, and Red Pepper Aioli

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Yes, I actually ate peas! There are few foods that I dislike, and peas are one of them, but these weren’t bad disguised in the delicious flavors from the rest of the dish.

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Spinach Ravioli with Tofu Cheese, Sauteed Spinach, Garlic, and Roasted Plum Tomato Sauce

(This was not gluten-free, so the Husband enjoyed this one all by himself.)

The Entrees

I actually can’t say which entree I liked better. I thoroughly enjoyed both of them in the restaurant as well as the leftovers the next day. I am determined to improve my tempeh and tofu-baking skills after tasting what can be done with them! The tempeh tickled my tastebuds with spiciness while the tofu had a Asian flair similar to Suzanne’s Dragon Sauce at Hello Veggy.

Valentine's6_Gluten-Free_CatVegetable Stuffed Tempeh with Grilled Tempeh, Sauteed Peppers, Shallots, Oyster Mushrooms, and Avocado-Tomatillo Sauce

Valentine's7_Gluten-Free_CatSesame Crusted Tofu with Ginseng Infused Black Rice, Sauteed Snow Peas, Edamame, Ginger, and Sake-Miso Sauce

The Desserts

Love. Love. Love. Three out of the four desserts offered were gluten-free. So we narrowed it down to chocolate and chocolate. I’m a firm believer that if there is a chocolate option there’s no need to look further. I’m sure we ordered the best two desserts, because I can’t imagine a dessert tasting better than either of these.

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Almond Joy – Chocolate and Almond Mousse, Candied Almonds, and Raspberry Coulis

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Brownie with Candied Pecans, Strawberries, Kahlua Ice Cream, and Chocolate Sauce

It was a delightful evening with incredible food and wine and great service. I would highly recommend Candle West for a special occasion or just a fun dinner out. Put it on your list!

Candle Cafe West
2427 Broadway
New York, NY

Readers, dish!

  • What did you do for Valentine’s Day?
  • Which of the above dishes would you order?
  • Have you ever been to Candle Cafe?
Juice Generation: Day 30!

GF Product Reviews, Healthy Living, New York City, Raw Foods, Vegan

Juice Generation: Day 30!

18 Comments 02 February 2014

Day 30 of my New Year’s Juicing Challenge is finally here! While breezing around the City running errands, I hit an energy lull. A serious energy lull. But I still had one more stop and 6 more blocks to haul my bags of groceries. While I was telling myself just to power through, I literally looked up, saw this storefront, and thanked the Lord.

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Inside I found bottles of cold pressed juices.

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In all sorts of delicious combinations.

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And a juice bar!

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Do you think that produce rack would fit in my NYC kitchen? Of course my eyes immediately scanned the Fresh Juices menu to find exactly what I needed…PURE ENERGY.

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But they also have:

  • Smoothies
  • Acai Bowls
  • Shots and Boosts
  • Raw Foods
  • Vegan Soups
  • Baked Goods

For a 20-ounce juice I paid just under $10.00. I thought that was a little steep, but I reminded myself that I live in a City where someone will make juice for me at precisely the place and time that I need it.

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Cheers to Juice Generation and cheers to my final day!

Readers, dish!

  • Have you been to Juice Generation?
  • How do you replenish your energy when you’re on the go?

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Organic Avenue Love Deep Cleanse: Day 27

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Organic Avenue Love Deep Cleanse: Day 27

7 Comments 29 January 2014

I’m back to making my own juices now that my week of Organic Avenue deliveries has come to an end. Just a few more days to complete my 30 day goal! I had such a wonderful experience with Organic Avenue that I wanted to tell you all about it.

Organic Avenue has three different levels of cleanses:

  • LOVE Easy – a beginners cleanse that combines a booster shot, juices, and raw meals.
  • LOVE Fast – an intermediate cleanse consisting of a booster, juices, mylk, raw soup, and a raw meal.
  • LOVE Deep – an “expert” cleanse consisting of a booster, juices, and a mylk.

The LOVE Deep Cleanse comes as a 3-day, 5-day, and 7-day program.  Since Organic Avenue was having a 30% of sale, I decided to go for the 7-day to give myself a week break from juicing in my baby NYC kitchen. This is what I received on the first day.

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My juice for the day was delivered to my home, free of charge, between 6:00 and 8:00am. I immediately opened the box and labeled each bottle with the time they recommended consuming it. This made it easy for me to toss the bottles I needed throughout the day into my lunch bag and save the rest in the refrigerator for later.

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8:00 – 9:00 am The Booster Shot

Each day began with a booster shot.

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  • E3 Live Shot – It doesn’t taste great, but when you know that you’re getting 64 vitamins, minerals, and enzymes from blue algae, it’s much easier to get down.
  • Aloe – This tastes sour, which surprised me as I’ve taken aloe in the past and it didn’t have a taste at all. Aloe is great for detoxification and decreases inflammation in the digestive tract.
  • Wheatgrass – LOVE, love, love! By far the most deliciously sweet shot. The benefits of wheatgrass seem to be endless, but it’s well known for it’s detoxifying properties as well as its ability to increase red blood-cell count.
  • Chlorophyll – Brush your teeth and tongue afterwards if you don’t want to leave the house looking like you just ate a green lollipop. It regenerates and cleanses the body on a cellular level, so it’s worth looking a little like a toddler.

9:00-10:00 am Fruit Juice

Now we’re hungry and we’re ready for our first juice of the day. One of the following fruit juices came each day.

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Orange Juice – 100% pure orange juice. I added vanilla protein powder to this on the days that started with a workout which made it taste like an orange julius.

Grapefruit Juice – 100% pure grapefruit juice! Delicious, but I missed the ginger that I put in my Morning Zinger.

Royal Red – Packed with antioxidants and powerfully delicious with carrot, beet, orange, pear, pineapple, ginger, and lemon. I love this juice.

11:00 am -12:00 pm Green Juice

Next was one of the following green juices:

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Sweet Greens – Sweet pear, orange, and hydrating cucumber balance the intensity of Swiss chard, kale, and collard greens. A touch of lemon and mint finishes it off.

Mellow Love -  A smooth combination of romaine, celery, cucumber, spinach, and parsley.

Green Coco – Wonderfully hydrating with organic young Thai coconut water, green chard, romaine, spinach, kale, and celery.

Green Love - Pear and lemon sweeten up a concentrated combination of dark leafy greens including kale, Swiss chard, spinach, parsley, collard greens, and romaine.

Medicinal Green – This one had to grow on me. I finally came to appreciate the kick from the garlic, turmeric, cayenne pepper mixed with cucumber, Swiss chard, spinach, collard greens, kale, lemon, and Himalayan salt.

1:00 – 2:00 pm Tonic

The early afternoon tonics gave a little boost during a busy time of day.

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Master Tonic – Flashback! Have you ever done the Master Cleanse? One sip and you’ll be flashing back. Maple syrup, lemon, and cayenne pepper is the original Master drink, but Organic Avenue uses coconut sugar instead of maple syrup. Very tasty.

Ginger Lemonade – Sweet and tangy with a kick of ginger, this was by far my favorite tonic. Purified alkaline water, lemon, lime, ginger, and coconut sugar provided a great boost.

Turmeric Tonic – This was my least favorite. In fact, I didn’t like it at all. It may be that the spices are gritty and collect at the bottom of the bottle. Ingredients: purified alkaline water, ginger, coconut sugar, lemon juice, turmeric, cardamom, black pepper, cayenne pepper, Himalayan salt

3:00 – 4:00 pm Vegetable Juice

My favorite time of day! I’d come home from work and sit down to a tall glass of…

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Carrot Juice – Yes, pure organic carrot juice. It tastes like candy. Have you ever tried 100% carrot juice? It’s out of this world. I didn’t even miss the fact that none of my boxes included the alternate veggie juice called Veggie Vibe.

5:00 – 6:00 pm Green Juice

Early evening brought another one of the 5 green juices.

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7:00 – 8:00 pm Mylk

And the best part of the day was ending it with one of these.

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Cashew Hemp Mylk – I love love LOVE this milk. It was such a treat right before bed. More decadent than my version of Cashew Hemp Milk, this one has organic coconut sugar.

Coconut Mylk – Thick and dreamy, this creamy delight is made from 100% Organic Coconut Meat and 100% Organic Thai Coconut Water. That means it’s 200% delicious if I’m doing my math correctly. Seriously, it’s so thick that it pours out of the bottle like a pudding. What a great way to end the day.

Having Organic Avenue cater to me during the third week of my cleanse was the refreshing break that I needed. Now just a few more days of juicing on my own to meet my goal. I would highly recommend Organic Avenue’s LOVE Deep Cleanse. The juices are top quality, the variety keeps you interested and properly fueled, and customer service can not be beat.

Readers, dish!

  • Have you ever tried an Organic Avenue cleanse?
  • Have you tried a cleanse by another company?
  • Which Organic Avenue juice would you like to try?
  • Which juice would you like for me to replicate and post?

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Dining Out While Juicing: Day 24

GF Recipes, Healthy Living, New York City, Raw Foods, Vegan

Dining Out While Juicing: Day 24

5 Comments 26 January 2014

I can’t believe that I’m almost finished with my New Year’s Juicing Challenge. It has been much easier that I thought it would be, but juicing does curtail your social events, and when you’re doing it alone it can feel kind of isolating. But going out and having fun isn’t out of the question when you’re juicing in NYC.

That reminds me, do you remember how excited I was on Day 1 about doing this challenge with a group of friends? Well, I’m the only one who actually started it! So I’m doubly thankful for supportive readers like you. I appreciate your encouragement and enjoy hearing how your juicing endeavors have been going.

Everyone goes to brunch on Sundays in New York City. It’s not a matter of if you’re going to brunch. That’s assumed. It’s where you’re going to brunch. We have several restaurants in our neighborhood that serve gluten-free, vegan meals, and thankfully they also happen to serve juice too. So going out for Sunday Brunch hasn’t changed while on this juice cleanse.

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These juices are from Blossom, my absolute favorite vegan brunch spot. I have sampled every juice on this menu, and it’s hard to say whether the Pink Lady or the Ruby Red is my favorite. The green juices are good too, I just make them a lot at home so the others are more fun for “out for juice” drinks.

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Last weekend I asked the Husband if he wanted to go hang out at a bar. His response was “I feel like this is a trick question.” It was and it wasn’t. We did hang out at a bar, but it was a juice bar at Peacefood Cafe. I was excited to try their Asian Roots juice with green daikon, sweet potato, apple, and ginger.

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I loved this juice and can’t wait to make it at home.

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They call this one The Hangover Cure with apple, orange, carrot, celery, and ginger.

Perfect for brunch.

Last night we went out for dinner with friends at Spring Natural Kitchen, another favorite neighborhood restaurant. They serve cold-pressed juices along with a beautiful menu with many gluten-free, vegan options. They even have homemade gluten-free bread!

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I meant to try several of their juices, but the Watermelon Pineapple was so good that I had to have two.

I realize that I’m in a unique situation in New York City. Not everyone has 5 different juice bars within a few blocks of their home. But on Day 24 I’m incredibly thankful to be living in such a juice-friendly city!

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Readers, dish!

  • Do you go out for brunch?
  • Do you have juice bars near you?
  • What’s your favorite juice bar?
Weekend in the City and a Pastis Brunch Review

GF Friendly Restaurants, New York City, Vegan

Weekend in the City and a Pastis Brunch Review

4 Comments 18 November 2013

It was a gorgeous weekend in NYC. It started with an inspiring run in Central Park as we ran against over 500 ultra marathoners competing in a 60k race. Now when I say against, let me clarify that they were my oncoming traffic. I am not an ultra marathoner. But there’s nothing like watching such strength and dedication whiz by you to capture every possible complaint that might slip past your panting lips. If they can run 60 kilometers surely I can finish my 4 mile loop!

Afterwards we took the opportunity to try out a restaurant that I’ve been meaning to get to for months. A sweet friend gave us a gift card as a Welcome to New York Gift and it’s taken this long to finally make the arrangements to eat at Pastis. We tried weeks ago to make reservations for the next day and found that they were all booked up for weekend brunch until this weekend. Tip #1: Plan ahead.

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Pastis is a large restaurant by New York standards located in the West Village on a cute cobble stone street. It was designed to replicate a 1930s Parisian brasserie, and from what I read and experienced, it is always hopping. There’s a large communal table in the middle of the restaurant, a large bar, and small tables packed around the perimeter. I have no idea how we were fortunate enough to be seated at the best table in the house…a cozy table for two in a corner. If you’re looking for a quiet, romantic restaurant, this is not it. Loud and romantic? Definitely.

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Tip #2: Order a cocktail. Yes, even for brunch. They have an assortment of wines, and a full bar, but the brunch cocktails looked really delicious. We ordered simple mimosas that weren’t on the menu, and they were incredibly refreshing after a morning run. But be prepared to spend $13-14 on your beverage. Yes, two mimosas cost $28, so no refills thank you.

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Tip #3: Make sure to notify your waitstaff of your food allergies. I was extremely impressed with our waitress who warned me about this gorgeous stack of fries that the Husband ordered. No nibbling for me as they are fried in the same oil as the shallots which include a little flour. Later, the manager even came to the table to check on us and make sure that I knew that the french fries were not safe for me. That inspired confidence.

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Tip #4: If you are a vegan, however, you will find very limited options at Pastis. Much of the brunch menu consists of eggs, fish, and meat. There are a few salads that you could order without the cheese, fresh fruit, grapefruit, and this oatmeal.

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Knowing my limitations, I was prepared with my order before we sat down. (If you haven’t read my series on Eating Out Gluten-Free, my first tip is Do Your Homework. If I hadn’t done my research, I never would have known that their oatmeal was an option. Normally, ordering oatmeal at restaurants in off limits as they do not serve gluten-free oats. But Pastis uses Anson Mills Steel Cut Oats which are gluten free.

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Topped with sauteed bananas, walnuts, and golden raisins, these oats tasted divine. They were so good that I didn’t bat an eye at the $13.00 price tag. Tip #5: Be prepared to drop a pretty penny on your meal.

The Husband ordered this Bagel with Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese which was not gluten-free. Although he thoroughly enjoyed his meal, he mentioned that the bagel with cream cheese that he picks up at the corner bodega is just as good, especially since this one was $19.00. But if they had gluten-free bagels for $19.00 I probably would have ordered two!

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So the bottom line is that Pastis is a great experience that has many options for gluten-free diners but limited options for vegans. It was fun to experience once, but with all of the gluten-free, vegan fare this city has to offer we won’t be back.

After brunch we were off to explore more of the city, and this weekend we chose the American Museum of Natural History.

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I met a few friends.

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This one was for my daddy. He has called me “Monkey” since birth. (What does that say about what I looked like as a newborn?) I texted him this picture and his response was, “Which one is you?” Love that guy.

Readers, dish!

  • Have you been to Pastis?
  • How was your weekend?
  • How do you prepare for a new restaurant?
Vegan Delish Winners!

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Vegan Delish Winners!

8 Comments 20 October 2013

Happy Sunday! It’s a gorgeous Fall day here in the city. Crisp, cool, sunny, and the leaves are just starting to change. I usually don’t post on Sundays, but I have two newsy tidbits to share with you.

Congratulations to Deanna, April, and Sarah! They are the winners of Vegan Delish, the recipe app created by Carrie On Vegan. Didn’t win? You can grab your own copy of Vegan Delish right here for only $2.99. Remember, you must have an iPhone or iPad to run the app.

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This was a fun week for me. Not only have I been using this app like crazy to plan and make vegan meals for the week, but I got to meet with a special guest who was vacationing in my city!

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Yes, Carrie herself! We had a lovely time getting to know each other while nibbling fruit and sipping tea in Central Park on a gorgeous afternoon. Yes, two happy little vegans sitting on a park bench finding out just how much we have in common. Have you ever wondered if your online friends are as wonderful in person as they seem to be on their blogs? Well, in my experience the answer is usually yes. And in Carrie’s case it is most definitely a YES! She is delightful in every way.

And back to Vegan Delish… You seriously want a copy, and it’s practically a steal at $2.99. One of our best meals this week was Carrie’s Ultimate Tofu Burger with Pesto Hemp Dressing. Even the meat-eating Husband loved them!

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Why I Bring My Compost to Church

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Why I Bring My Compost to Church

7 Comments 25 August 2013

On Sunday mornings I get ready for church just like most Sundays of my life. I grab the purse, the Bible, my bags of frozen veggie scraps, and I’m out the door.

What? Veggie scraps? To church? Well, this part of the Sunday routine is new to me since moving to the City, but I’m loving it!

All week I’ve been keeping my scraps in re-used baggies.

I store it in the freezer.

And on Sunday morning, off we go with frozen bags in hand.

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Right to church, because we’re probably late. But maybe first to the Farmer’s Market to drop off the veggie scraps so I don’t have to bring frozen produce into the sanctuary.

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Someone will compost my kitchen scraps.

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And that makes me so happy! Because if I can’t have a garden right now, there’s a farmer who does and can use what I can’t!

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And what a great way to start a Sunday.

Now off to church!

Have a beautiful day!

A Curious Girl in the Gluten-Free World

I'm a curious girl, wife, teacher, friend, fitness fanatic, foodie, high raw vegan, child of the King, and Mama Cat. I've made the transition from baking and cooking gluten-free to creating raw vegan recipes that are naturally gluten free. My gluten intolerance opened up my diet to a whole new world of nutritious plant-based foods. And now I have another challenge ahead...I'm moving to New York City! I look forward to Living Raw Vegan in the City and sharing my experience with you.

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