NYC-Food Writing Class


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.


Blossom Bakery

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!


Butterfinger Shake

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!

7 Comments on NYC-Food Writing Class

  1. Dianne @ Veggiegirl
    August 9, 2012 at 10:32 AM (9 years ago)

    Such a fun day! We need another food-themed excursion soon!

    • JENNA
      August 9, 2012 at 10:36 AM (9 years ago)

      We really do! I’m dying to try Dunwell Donuts, Lula’s (of course) and V-note.

  2. Jes
    August 9, 2012 at 10:56 AM (9 years ago)

    Taking a food writing workshop sounds absolutely amazing! What a treat! And the eats look great too–umm, Butterfinger shake? I’m all there :)

  3. Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy
    August 10, 2012 at 8:25 AM (9 years ago)

    how fun! i really want to go to the NGI! and isn’t Terri the best! never had a milk shake there though!

  4. veganlinda
    August 12, 2012 at 8:24 PM (9 years ago)

    It all looks so good! A Butterfinger shake, I must get to NYC soon!


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