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Restaurant Review: Candle Cafe

While I was in New York right before Spring 2013 Fashion Week I was lucky enough to have an understanding and food-enthusiastic friend who was willing to run all over Manhattan with me so that I could check some vegan restaurants off my Must Try list.

First on the docket – within mere hours of touching down at JFK – was Candle Cafe. Last year when I was in New York we went to Blossom and I had been interested in trying this other famous vegan restaurant since then.

{Vino}

{Grilled Kale Salad – Haricots verts, beluga lentils, red onions, turnips, avocado, sunflower seeds, spelt berries and chive vinaigrette}

{Evening Special – BBQ Seitan Burrito}

{Chipotle Grilled Tofu – Quinoa-vegetable pilaf, sautéed greens served with a black bean sauce; topped with an avocado mango salad}

After taking some recommendations from the friendly waitress and ordering a bottle of red, we decided to split two entrees and an appetizer, and since the appetizer kale salad was huge it ended up being more than enough food for both of us.

{Clearly we hated it}

Seitan is Colin’s new favorite vegan fare – It’s hardy, flavorful, and filling, a really great alternative for meat-eaters who are eating at plant-based restaurants or those who are attempting to go vegan or vegetarian.

If you’re a meat eater are you willing to try new types of restaurants with friends who follow a plant-based diet? Do you enjoy trying new and creative dishes unlike the ones you usually eat?


New York New York

 

I spent this past weekend in New York visiting friends and today I’m going to share some of our adventures. First though, I want to thank my gracious hosts Jon and Colin for letting me stay with them yet again (this was our fourth annual spring fling?).

Now, on with the show!

Friday night’s dinner was spectacular and even my omnivorous bestie loved his food from Blossom, a vegan, organic, ethically minded restaurant located on the Upper West Side (Blossom).

The decor was cool and relaxed and our waitress was very knowledgeable, offering plenty of suggestions and ideas for our meal.

We ended up ordering the Roasted Corn Polenta Cakes (pictured above), Spaghetti Squash Alfredo, Tempeh Pad Thai and a side of mashed potatoes. Quite a varied selection, no? Considering that I was tempted to order everything on the menu, this was actually an extremely tame order.

I apologize for the lack of pictures, but honestly we (fine, me) ate so quickly that all I had time to photograph was the first appetizer and the empty plates. And on that note, I felt SO AWKWARD taking photos of my food. Wow, nothing like a flashing camera in a restaurant to draw unnecessary attention to yourself!

Our evening quickly progressed with a few drinks, a costume change, more food (I have a problem, ok) and then, what else? A trip to a drag queen dance club – Rockit Fridays at District 36 hosted by FV Events.

The downstairs dance floor of the club was small and enclosed while upstairs boasted a larger, open space for dancing. Both floors quickly filled up with amazing dancers, some in street clothes, some in costumes, others in full drag. It was quite a show.

I can’t remember the last time that I went dancing, but it was an absolute blast to enjoy the music and the colorful scenery without fear of being groped by wandering hands!

And the bartender uniform de jour? Speedos. Raise your hand if you love gay clubs… 🙂

I was a little worse for wear after tons of sweaty dancing, but I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to pose for this picture, even though my makeup was literally dripping down my face.

Isn’t she gorgeous?

And after an amazing and late (for me) night out, I’m not ashamed to admit that Saturday consisted solely of recovery time. 3 people + pull-out couch + movies + food = AWESOME.

Dinner was especially delicious and I licked my bowl clean after ordering from Basera Indian Bistro. Their vegetable Jalfrezi over rice was spicy and flavorful, I would definitely order from there again if I lived in Hells Kitchen!

I already miss New York and am planning another trip this summer to see the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty Exhibit at the MET (upcoming exhibitions).

Next time you’re in the Big Apple, check out Blossom if you can it’s definitely worth a visit!