Dennis and I bought our house a year ago, and since we still have some semi-costly work we want to put into it, we’re not planning on taking any lengthy vacations this year. We did treat ourselves to a three-day weekend recently, and we took a few day trips so it would seem like we were having a mini vacation. There was some yummy eating along the way, so today’s What I Ate Wednesday post is dedicated to showing off what we ate in our travels.
On Friday we went into Manhattan to see Nathan Sawaya’s The Art of the Brick exhibit at Discovery Times Square. If you’re not familiar with his work, Nathan Sawaya is an artist who works exclusively with legos. The pieces are incredible, and it’s amazing how detailed and expressive work that’s made of off toy blocks can be.
Before the show, we went to Blossom Du Jour, which is just two blocks away. I had their Pesto Un-Chicken Griller Wrap. I’m at total sucker for pesto. This was nice and light and perfect for a hot day.
After the exhibit we went to Blossom restaurant. Blossom is one of my favorite restaurants, and I’m always happy to get a chance to eat there. We started off the meal with a Black-Eyed Pea cake, which Dennis and I split.
I had Seitan Scaloppini which was pan-seared seitan cutlets in a white wine, lemon & caper sauce with garlic mashed potatoes, sautéed kale and a few brussels sprouts. Perfection!
On Saturday we didn’t actually take a day trip, but we did check out PositiviTea, a new vega cafe that opened in our area. They have wraps and sandwiches, raw desserts and tea. Dennis and I split a vegan chick’n parmesan wrap and a “Burning Man” wrap, which was sort of a veggie burger and vegetables in a gluten-free wrap. Both wraps came with a cabbage salad on the side.
PositiviTea makes their own almond milk-based soft-serve ice cream which they mix different toppings into. I had the “Pot Hole”, which was like rocky road and had marshmallows, chocolate chips and walnuts. I’m looking forward to going back and trying out more of their creations.
On Sunday we took a trip to Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary with Montclair Vegans and Orange County Vegans. After the sanctuary visit, we all went to Garden Cafe in Woodstock for lunch. I had never been to Woodstock before, and, as you would expect, it’s a cute town with lots of little shops and restaurants. Garden Cafe is all vegan, and were able to sit outside on their garden patio. It was nice to relax in the shade after walking around the sanctuary in the sun for several hours. Dennis and I started the meal with quesadillas, which we split.
Garden Cafe is known for their Garden Bowls. I had one of the daily specials, which came with kale; risotto cooked with broccoli and mushrooms and was topped with caramelized onions; and baked tempeh topped with a red pepper almond sauce. Delicious!
I ended the meal with some cooling raw mint chocolate swirl ice cream. It was cashew based and the perfect way to end a meal on a hot day. I’m looking forward to going back to Woodstock and trying out some of Garden Cafe’s other dishes.
On the way home, we decided to stop at Lagusta’s Luscious in New Paltz to pick up some chocolate. Dennis and I bought quite a lot of chocolate, and we both got drinks to go. I had a frozen hot chocolate, which was chocolatey perfection.
I hope to take a few more day trips this summer. Where should we go next?