On Sunday, my friend Jessica and I trekked around Manhattan eating, shopping and drinking coffees. I don’t normally drink coffee, but it seemed like the right thing to do on a casual Sunday in New York City. For today’s What I Ate Wednesday, I’ll show off what we ate. (And some of what we bought.)
We started at Peacefood Cafe with pumpkin lattes. This was my first ever pumpkin latte and I really enjoyed it.
We split an order of Chickpea Fries, because it’s impossible to eat at Peacefood and not order them.
I had their mushroom vegan omelette special. It’s been years and years since I’ve had an omelette, and they were a big favorite of mine before I went vegan. This was incredible!
Jessica had the roasted Japanese pumpkin sandwich. This is a Peacefood favorite of mine, and the last time I had it, it had significantly more pumpkin on it.
After a brief stop at Sustainable NYC for iced teas, we went to the establishment formerly known as Lula’s Sweet Apothecary. For those who don’t know about it, it’s an all vegan ice cream parlor in the East Village. Lula’s closed for a while during the owners’ divorce trial, but it reopened not too long ago without the former name. I’ve heard that it’s going to be called Blythe’s, but I didn’t see any signs anywhere indicating that. Because pumpkin was the theme of the day, Jessica and I both got soft serve swirl cones with pumpkin and cake batter ice cream. I can’t remember the last time I had a soft serve cone!
Since we’re chocoholics, we both got some candy to go. Being the good friend that I am, I let Jessica have the last Rescue Chocolate Peanut Pit Bull, and I bought their new(ish) Forever Mocha bar. I also picked up some fudge from Super Foxy Sweets and a Snap! bar from Go Max Go. I’ve only eaten a little bit of the fudge so far because even though I’m a chocoholic, I do have some restraint.
We also stopped at an Indian spice shop and stocked up on spices, beans and grains. I bought cinnamon sticks, garlic powder, 3 kinds of lentils, quinoa, brown rice, peppercorns, medjool dates, raw cashews, chai masala tea and relaxing tea. Despite being in bags, I could smell a lot of the wonderful spices as we walked around. I kept wondering where the licorice smell was coming from, and then I realized it was me! (It was actually coming from the relaxing tea.)
After lots of walking and shopping, we opted to have dinner at Zen Palate. Back in the olden days of veganism before places like Peacefood started popping up, vegan Chinese restaurants were plentiful in New York City. They’ve started to die off, but Zen Palate has been a mainstay. (Actually the Union Square location did close for a few years and reopen in a different space.) I had the Shredded Heaven, which was made with veggies, tofu and seitan. Since there’s a vegan Chinese place not too far from my house that I eat at regularly, I wanted to get something that was a little different, and I was pretty happy with my choice.
Jessica had Sesame Medallions, which was seitan in brown sauce with lots of sesame seeds.
I brought a “dosssant” (which definitely cannot be called a “Cronut”) back from Peacefood for Dennis. He loved it.
For my second (and final) dessert of the day, I had a vegan zombie cupcake from Sweet Avenue Bakeshop, which I ate while watching The Walking Dead. I bought this on Saturday at a zombie dog walk for the local animal shelter. It was perfect for my zombie-themed evening and the perfect snack to end the day with!
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