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sacred chow part two

Posted by vegetablediaries on November 18, 2009

sacred chow tapas

i know i already did a post about Sacred Chow, which you can find here, but i recently visited NYC and had the lovely opportunity to eat more hardcore vegan organicness. i think this was probably one of the best Sacred Chow experiences I have had (and I have had many!). my friend and i ordered three tapas each and i loved the way they served it to us in tiers.

i ordered the curried steamed broccoli, cilantro hummus, and indonesian roasted tempeh. my friend ordered the orange blackstrap BBQ seitan, grilled western tofu, and sliced ginger soba noodles with spicy peanut sauce. everything was delicious. i usually don’t rave about hummus because it is so ubiquitous and so easy to make, but wow (!), the hummus is rave worthy and i would definitely order it again. i’m especially fond of the indonesian tempeh.

Sacred Chow also has desserts but my lunch stuffed me to the gills in a very good way. thank you, Sacred Chow!

Sacred Chow
227 Sullivan St
(between 3rd St & Bleecker St)
New York, NY 10012
(212) 337-0863
www.sacredchow.com

 

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more things i miss from NYC: sahara’s turkish restaurant

Posted by vegetablediaries on November 16, 2009

falafel plate from Sahara's

a weekday lunch at Sahara’s Turkish Restaurant is probably one of the best values and overall excellent lunch experiences i have had in NYC. i think i paid around $13 for a four course meal, which included the most heavenly bread in the world! yes, the world! the servers were all very prompt and professional and easily tended to my vegan needs. here is what i ordered:

*eggplant salad (wow! this is incredible… you will want more! i like to scoop it up with the bread.)
*mediterranean salad sans the cheese (again, wowo! i think they use a lemon vinaigrette, it’s so fresh and tangy.)
*falafel plate (i’m usually full by the time my main lunch comes around thanks to the bread, but who cares, i’m going in.)
*baklava (they told me this is vegan… it is seriously sweet.)

they will also serve you turkish coffee or tea, but i’m well past my food coma at this point and decline.

eggplant salad from Sahara's

mediterranean salad from Sahara's

baklava from Sahara's

although Sahara’s is quite meaty, there are plenty of vegan items to choose from. some things are even gluten-free, but always ask to be sure!

Sahara’s Turkish Restaurant
513 2nd Avenue (29th & 2nd)
New York, NY
212-532-7589
www.saharasturkish.com

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things i miss from NYC… HanGawi!

Posted by vegetablediaries on September 30, 2009

tofu clay pot in ginger sauce at HanGawi

tofu clay pot in ginger sauce at HanGawi

how is your um and yang today? well, if you need some help in finding balance, with some added korean flair, you must try HanGawi located in NYC. as summer comes to an end and the temperatures begin to drop, this is the best time to stroll down to HanGawi for their hearty tofu clay pot in ginger sauce! this dish is served steaming hot and is loaded with mushrooms, bok choy, sugar snap peas, ginger and thin strips of the best tofu i have ever tried. there are other types of vegetables in there, too, i just can’t recall them all. you’ll also get an order of rice with the clay pot. i asked for the multi-grain rice and loved it. they will also serve you two different kimchi dishes (spicy and non-spicy). i’ve tried many other dishes at HanGawi but the tofu clay pot is my favourite. they also have great lunch specials, which is a nice way to try this place on a budget. for around twenty dollars you can have a three-course meal. remember to save room for dessert!

tofu cheesecake at HanGawi

tofu cheesecake at HanGawi

the tofu cheesecake at HanGawi is to die for!! my non-vegan friends who have tried it cannot believe it is vegan.. oh, but it is! it is so rich and creamy and you don’t feel heavy after eating it. the blueberry sauce is just lovely. the sorbets are also amazing and unique. by the way, everything at HanGawi is vegan, yay! thank you, HanGawi!

HanGawi
12 E 32ND Street
New York, NY 10016-5419
(212) 213-0077
www.hangawirestaurant.com

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caracas arepa bar

Posted by vegetablediaries on August 16, 2009

caracas east village location

caracas east village location

ed: i haven’t been able to confirm with Caracas if they use milk in the arepa dough, however someone left a comment saying that there is milk in the dough. when i visited Caracas they told me that the arepa dough is vegan and i have eaten there on numerous occasions thinking that it my meal was dairy-free. i’m still going to keep this post up, but i can’t confirm whether or not Caracas is vegan-friendly. sorry, vegans!

intimate seating, hooray! although it can be difficult to get a table at Caracas it is definitely worth the wait. this teeny tiny venezuelan restaurant with locations in manhattan and brooklyn serve up homestyle arepas that will make you swoon! apreas are spongey little fried rounds made from corn flour. it’s similar to a pita pocket but the texture and taste are quite unique. most of the menu contains meat and/or dairy but i tried the la jardinera, which is an arepa filled with grilled eggplants, sun-dried tomatoes and caramelized onions, sans the cheese. i’ve also tried the mixed greens salad, which is huge and filling. the guacamole is good, too. the staff are very accommodating should you have any dietary restrictions.  i recommend getting one arepa and a salad, and if you’re really feeling hungry then get two. when they serve you your arepa your first instinct will be to devour it instantly, but be warned that these suckers are steaming hot! you’ll have to wait a few minutes before you can really get into it, but once you do you’ll be covered in arepas and just go with it. its such a fun and messy meal, quite comforting. don’t forget to try the secret hot sauce!

p.s. there is a take-out location next door if you are in a hurry and need an arepa fix.

Caracas Arepa Bar
93 1/2 E 7th St
New York, NY 10009
(212) 529-2314
www.caracasarepabar.com


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babycakes NYC.. and soon to be in LA

Posted by vegetablediaries on August 3, 2009

babycakes nyc bakery

babycakes nyc bakery

i ate all of my babycakes before i could take a picture… but! here are a few photos of the bakery. for those of you who haven’t met a babycake, well, they are one of the most delectable, toothsome, baked treats i have ever tried. they also happen to be refined sugar-free, gluten-free, wheat-free, soy-free, casein-free, egg-free, vegan, and kosher! so, there is something for everyone. and don’t let all those allergy-free warnings scare you… these are some serious sweets. i love the cinnamon toastie and lemon poppyseed teacakes. the agave brownies are also outstanding! the owner, erin mckenna recently published a babycakes nyc cookbook and it has been so fun to play with. i encourage everyone to try. gluten-free baking can be really tricky but its definitely worth the results!

oh! los angeles will soon be in luck! babycakes nyc is coming to downtown LA. you can read more here: http://vegnews.com/web/articles/food.do

babycakes nyc bakery

babycakes nyc bakery

cute t-shirts for sale

babycakes nyc t-shirts

babycakes nyc t-shirts

not everything is gluten-free, so inquire which products are safe to eat if you have any gluten or wheat sensitivities.

http://www.babycakesnyc.com/

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things i miss from nyc: installment two

Posted by vegetablediaries on July 30, 2009

dosa man making up dosas in his dosa cart!

dosa man making up dosas in his dosa cart!

the dosa man has stolen my heart and the hearts of many others who frequent this shrine o’ dosas. located in washington square park at west 4th street, thiru, the dosa man will make you “purely vegetarian vegan” dosas, uttapam, samosas, and more. his most popular item is the pondicherry special, but i tried the simple sada dosa with sambar and coconut chutney. it really wowed me. thiru puts so much love and pride into his cooking; its very enjoyable to step aside and watch him take orders, create meals, and smile. what a friendly man! everything is cheap.. and t-shirts are for sale!

thiru, the dosa man

thiru, the dosa man

the sada dosa is a plain dosa. its basically a crepe made with fermented rice and lentils. you have a choice to make it spicy or not.

sada dosa with sambar and coconut chutney

sada dosa with sambar and coconut chutney

dosa man telephone: 917-710-2092

and what a lovely way to to end your dosa meal.. walk over to STOGO ice cream!!

stogo coconut vanilla and coconut chocolate ice cream

stogo coconut vanilla and coconut chocolate ice cream

oh man, stogo is the best dairy-free ice cream i have ever tried! its so rich and creamy, and their flavors are quite unique. how about vanilla goji berry crunch… the coconut vanilla and coconut chocolate are my favorites. most of the ice creams are soy, coconut, or hemp based. feeling sad? has nyc rained on your day? stogo makes life so much better. be warned, it can turn into an expensive habit but its so worth it, i think. i can’t wait to go back! babycakes nyc cupcakes and cookies are also for sale here, along with gourmet chocolates.

http://stogonyc.com/

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things i miss from nyc: installment one

Posted by vegetablediaries on June 23, 2009

sacred chow's banana bread french toast

sacred chow's banana bread french toast

i certainly miss sacred chow. this little eatery located near washington square park is a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of nyc. they offer tapas, heros, salads, and desserts! all of the food is vegan with many gluten-free options. they also claim to be 100% hardcore. i like it.

Sacred Chow
227 Sullivan St
(between 3rd St & Bleecker St)
New York, NY 10012
(212) 337-0863
http://www.sacredchow.com/



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