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NYC-Food Writing Class

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Desserts at Terri

I’ve truly promised myself that I will order more than a Butterfinger Shake next time!


Cocoa V

Dr. Cow Cheese Plate

Last weekend me and 4 other lovely vegan ladies had a girls day in NYC. Our first stop was the all vegan chocolate shop Cocoa V. What a lovely space! We entered through the chocolate shop which was filled with chocolate, cookies, cupcakes…etc…etc….  Then we entered into a really nice little dining room where you can order all sorts of things from quiche to cheese plates and chickpea melts and drinks like wine, espresso, juices and Iced Chocolate all of which are 100% vegan.     You can even get shakes there! I so wanted the Peanut Butter shake but was so full after our experience there that there was no way I could fit it into my belly. Next time.

For our appetizer the 5 of us decided to share the Dr. Cow Cheese Plate for 2. Besides having a few rounds of Dr. Cow cheese on the plate there were crackers, strawberry, figs, hummus and what I think was a type of quava jelly candy sorta thing. This was my first experience eating Dr. Cow cheese and it won’t be my last. I loved it. If it wasn’t so expensive I would probably make sure I had it in my fridge at all times.

Cocoa V Quiche of the Day

For our main course the 5 of us each ordered the Quiche of the Day. Which was made with leeks and daiya cheese. IT WAS AMAZING! Hands down the best quiche I’ve ever eaten vegan or not. I truly believe you can feed this quiche to the most hardcore omni you know and they would have no idea that it was vegan. It was that good and its something I’m going to try to recreate at home.

Chocolate Fondue Offerings!

After our main course we all split the Chocolate Fondue dessert. I didn’t get a picture of the melted chocolate but let me tell you it was the most melted chocolate I’ve ever seen in my life. We dipped everything from strawberries, candied ginger, apples to brownie bits and biscotti into the melted warm chocolate. I won’t name names but one person in our group, and it wasn’t me, was dipping their spoon into the chocolate and eating it like soup.

This was seriously one of the best meals I’ve ever had outside of my home. Everything tasted perfect, I was with wonderful vegan friends and it was so nice to go into a food establishment and be able to eat whatever I wanted and not have to worry about hidden animal ingredients. If you have yet to visit Cocoa V I suggest you do ASAP.

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