5-spice Lemongrass Seitan
The Cinnamon Snail is at the Red Bank, NJ, Farmers Market on Sundays. Its not possible for us to go down to them during the beach season because traffic home on a Sunday is horrendous! A 1 our trip can take over 2 hours! So since we were south of Red Bank on our vacation we traveled UP to Red Bank in the morning to hit up the Cinnamon Snail food truck. Most importantly it was without the kids! They stayed back at the beach house with my mother in law.
It was still breakfast time when we arrived but we both decided lunch would be for breakfast. Since breakfast for dinner is a thing then lunch for breakfast could be a thing…right? I ordered the 5-spice Lemongrass Seitan sandwich. It was amazing. Probably my new favorite sandwich from the truck. It is loaded with cashews. Cashews on a sandwich. Brilliant. I love cashews and this sandwich had a ton of them! Along with the load of cashews is also arugula, wasabi mayo and chili sauce.
Korean BBQ Seitan
My husband ordered the Korean BBQ Seitan sandwich. I’ve had it before and it’s always delicious. It’s seitan with chili butter, kimchi and greens. You can’t beat that.
Box of pastry!
I loved when Adams daughter asked if we would be needing a small or large box for the pastry’s. We went with a large box and ordered a few donuts, tarts and other sweets. Everything was amazing. I especially loved the S’Mores Donut and the turtle bar. This box of treats was very popular when we brought it back to the beach house.
Across from The Cinnamon Snail is a truck called Freezy Freeze that makes Ice Cream per order with the help of SCIENCE!….A.K.A. Liquid Nitrogen. All flavors can be made vegan and they have quite the list of toppings.
I have yet to try their Ice Cream since I’m alway’s there to load up my stomach with some Snail goodies. I did order their cold brewed coffee with coconut milk and it was a delightful iced coffee. I’ve promised myself I’ll order an ice cream while I’m waiting for my Snail order to be made. (I’ve waited 45 minutes once. Totally worth it though.)
Last week my friend Dianne aka VeggieGirl headed into NYC to attend a book signing for Chloe Coscarelli’s new vegan dessert book. It was held at the Natural Gourmet. It was weird sitting in the same room that I took my cooking exams in when I was a student in their Chef’s Training Program. The small space was packed. We were lucky to get a seat right up front. Chloe came in. Answered some questions. Gave away a few gift bags (I WON ONE OF THEM!) and then signed some books. We got to nibble on some recipes from her new book. The donut was my favorite! I can’t wait to get to my hands dirty baking from this new book. Everything looks wonderful.
Thai Chicken Wrap, Butterfinger Shake
Before the book signing we went straight to Terri, which is a few blocks away from the school. Dianne and I both chose the Thai Chicken Wrap which is made with vegan chicken, mixed peppers and a peanut sauce. The peanut sauce was really good but had a slow burn to it. It didn’t notice it until you were halfway done. I kinda like when that happens. Dianne was smart and bought a pressed juice to drink. I was crazy and ordered my favorite Butterfinger Shake. I ended up tossing it on the way to the signing. It was too cold out to be drinking a milkshake! I’ll just wait until it warms up again before ordering one again.
Tickets to a show!
On Friday I had tickets to see Eddie Izzard in NYC. VeggieGirl and VeggieGuy were going and my husband and I were suppose to go. Peter ended up staying home with the kids because of the rare occasion that we didn’t have family members available to watch the kids. I ended up bringing my sister with me which worked out for the best anyway since she is a much bigger Eddie Izzard fan then my husband is. It was a tiny theater and it was amazing. This is the 3rd time I’ve seen him and the 1st in such a small setting. It was definitely the best show of his I’ve been to.
Over the summer I wrote about taking a food writing class in NYC and the food my friend Dianne and I ate. I mentioned having a Butterfinger Milkshake at Terri and how I’ve only ever ordered a Butterfinger Milkshake at Terri and that I’ve never actually eaten food that they serve. Well I finally got a chance to eat a proper meal there…of course….with a Butterfinger Milkshake!
First I’ll admit that my husband and I weren’t suppose to eat at Terri the night we were in the city. We had reservations at another vegan establishment but a broken down bus just past the tolls to the Lincoln Tunnel made us miss that reservation. I was sad about it but perked up when I realized that Terri was actually on the way to where the second part of our evening was to take place. It ended up working out for the best.
Buffalo Chicken Sandwich
I knew immediately what I was going to order. I’ve been eyeing their Buffalo Chicken Sandwich on the menu each time I’ve gone in and only ordered a Butterfinger Milkshake. Buffalo Sauce is one of my favorite foods. Period. The sandwich comes with celery on it and if there is one thing I don’t like in the food world it is celery (and seaweed). I’ve tried to like it and it just isn’t happening although I have become a bit more tolerant of it in things. I was going to ask them to not include it in the sandwich but decided last minute not to. I’m happy I did because it added a flavor to the meal that I actually didn’t mind for once in my life. The crunch the celery added to the sandwich was a welcome event in my mouth.
Roasted Veg Sandwich and a Brazilian Bombshell Smoothie
My husband is not much of a meat analog type of guy so he went with the Roasted Vegetable Sandwich and a smoothie called Brazilian Bombshell. The sandwich was loaded with eggplant, squash, sun-dried tomatoes, peppers and kalamata olives. He loved it and I loved the look of it. I’ve decided the next time I go to Terri I’m going to order this sandwich for myself. The Brazilian Bombshell smoothie he had with his meal was also great! Since it is a Brazilian smoothie it just has to have acai´in it and it did as well as cherries, blueberries, mangos, bananas, soymilk and agave. The next time we go to Terri I’m going to make him order this again and steal sips from it. I won’t be ordering it for myself because I’ll be ordering myself my usual Butterfinger Milkshake!
Coconut Bacon BLT
It’s tomato season here in the Garden State. We have 3 types of heirlooms growing in our garden as well as some cherry tomatoes that grew from tomatoes that hung out in the garden all winter from last year! Once the tomatoes start to ripen all I want to eat are BLT’s. One of my all time favorite meals. Crispy bacon. Mayo. Tomatoes that taste like the sun shines. Perfect.
I’ve tried my hand at all different types of vegan BLT’s. Tempeh Bacon, Smart Bacon and of course Seitan Bacon. It’s all ok. My favorite though is my home made coconut bacon that I make with large flaked unsweetened coconut. This stuff is so good and so easy to make. I’ve been eating these sandwiches a few times a week when the tomatoes are perfect for eating.
The coconut bacon is really easy to make. Its 4 ingredients total. Takes minutes to put together and about 15-20 minutes to bake in the oven. BUT….you must, must, must stay near the over after the first initial 10 minutes of cooking. Ovens are temperamental, they have their own special “hot spots” and this bacon can burn the minute you walk away from your oven. Watch it like a hawk during the end of it’s cooking time.
makes 1 cup (3-4 sandwiches)
1 cup large flaked, unsweetened coconut
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
2 Tablespoons tamari
1 Tablespoon liquid smoke
Preheat oven to 350˚ and cover a baking tray with parchment paper.
Measure the coconut flakes into a small bowl. In another small bowl combine the maple syrup, tamari and liquid smoke and mix with a fork. Pour over the coconut and stir to combine. Making sure all the coconut flakes are covered.
Spread the coconut out evenly onto the already prepared baking tray. Bake for 10 minutes. Gently stir the coconut on the tray and bake for another 3-5 minutes under your watchful eye! Just keep peeking at it every minute or so. Gently stir again. Keep baking until the bacon gets slightly crisp and darkens a bit (I don’t mind a few burnt pieces). Shouldn’t take longer then 20 mintues. It will all depend on your oven. Take out of the oven and let cool. Store in an airtight container on your counter and use within 2 days (if it lasts that long in the first place!)
Smokey Avocado Wrap and Vegetable Juice
A few weekends ago VeggieGirl and I hoped onto a train to NYC for the day. Our main reason for going was to take at class at my old alma mater The Natural Gourmet Institute. The class was called Spice Up Your Food Writing and it was taught by none other then the Urban Vegan’s Dynise Balcavage! It was so nice to finally meet Dynise. I’ve “known” her through the blogging world longer then I’ve known my own children. Her class was so informative and really jumped started my brain to get back into writing. She had us do a few writing exercises, which I was nervous about doing, but they helped me tremendously! I’ll forever be grateful to her for this class. If you ever have a chance to take a class taught by Dynise I highly recommend it.
Of course heading into NYC means we also have to eat! There is no way I can spend a day there and not hit up at least 2 vegan food establishments! We headed into the city a bit early so we could eat lunch at Blossom Du Jour which is located at 174 9th Avenue. Its an adorable little take out place with very limited seating. I chose the Smoky Avocado Wrap a.k.a. Smokacado. It was a spinach wrap filled with avocado, smokey tempeh, tomato, lettuce and a chipotle aioli. I pretty much will choose anything on a menu that contains a chipotle aioli! I chose a TRu Life Juice to drink with my meal. I went with the Heartbeat juice. Its made with apples, ginger and carrots. One of my all time favorite fresh juice combos. It was so refreshing! I wish I saved some of it to drink during class but since it was so good I gulped it all down while eating lunch.
After lunch we headed right next door to Blossom Bakery for a treat. I chose a chocolate chip cookie thinking I would nibble on it during the class. I didn’t get a chance to so I shared it with my husband after the kids went to bed. Honestly, by looks alone I wasn’t expecting much from the cookie but by taste, oh my goodness its was delicious!
After class we had some time to kill before our train arrived so we headed to Terri which is located at 60 West 23rd Street. One of these days I will actually order a sandwich when I go to Terri but since we already ate lunch Dianne and I both choose to order their famous Butterfinger Shake. It was my second time having this shake and I can say, even without every ordering anything else off their menu, that it is the best thing they have! Its just that good! It was hot as hell out that day so the shake was the perfect thing to cool us off on our walk back to Penn Station.
Desserts at Terri
I’ve truly promised myself that I will order more than a Butterfinger Shake next time!