Vegan in NYC: by CHLOE

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My mom and I are huge Chloe Coscarelli fans. Her recipes are some of my favorites because they use simple, normal ingredients, and always come out delicious. When I learned Chloe was opening a restaurant, I immediately told my mom and we vowed to go when it opened. Well, they are opened two weeks ago, and we made the trip to NYC to check it out.

Casaer Salad
KALE CAESAR – SHIITAKE BACON, AVOCADO, ALMOND PARM, MAPLE-WHEAT CROUTONS, CAESAR DRESSING

Food

We spent a ridiculous amount of time looking at the menu (and pictures on Instagram) trying to decide what to order when we got there. Despite how amazing the burgers looked, I had my heart set on the Casaer Salad. I haven’t had one in years and it just sounded too good not to get. I decided to get a side of fries and an order mac n cheese too. I almost ordered the pesto meatball sub, but I’m glad I didn’t because after the huge salad, I could barely finish the fries and didn’t even touch the mac and cheese until later. The salad was humongous and delicious, and the shiitake bacon was the best not-bacon I’ve ever had. It was crispy, salty, fatty, and sweet. The fries were very much like other fast food fries, and you would never know they were air baked instead of fried. I generally don’t care for ketchup, and my mom doesn’t like beets, but we both loved the beet ketchup and special sauce that came with the fries. I ate the mac n cheese when I got home, my mom also got an order, and we agreed it was the best mac and cheese we’ve ever had. I realized when I got home that I had made her recipe for mac and cheese with sweet potato sauce before, but I don’t remember it being that good.

My mom got the Whiskey BBQ burger, and also loved it. Every single thing on the menu sounded so good, I wish they had a sampler with tiny portions of everything. We also ordered peanut butter banana smoothies (YUM) and desserts to go.

The cupcakes didn’t quite make it home in one piece but they still tasted wonderful. You can see what the Raspberry Tiramisu cupcake looked like when I ordered it below.  I had to order it since it was one of her winning Cupcake Wars cupcakes! The Chlotess cupcake had the perfect chocolate ganache and little vanilla loops. The chocolate chip cookie was the most perfect cookie, it was chewy with a little bit of crunch…I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.Desserts

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MAC N’ CHEESE – SWEET POTATO-CHEESE SAUCE, SHIITAKE BACON

Fries

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WHISKEY BBQ – SMOKY PORTOBELLO MUSHROOMS & SEITAN, SAUTÉED KALE, ONION MARMALADE, GRILLED PINEAPPLE, BOURBON BBQ, POTATO BUN

Price

The prices were very reasonable…especially for New York. My salad was $9.95 and was huge. My mom’s burger was $10.95 and also filling. The sides we got, sweet potato and regular fries, and mac and cheese, were $3.95 and $4.95. The 16 oz smoothies were $8.50, the cupcakes were $3.50 and the cookie was $2.50. Our bill was higher than we’d normally spend at lunch, but that’s only because we went a little crazy and got extra food to go.

Casaer Salad2
KALE CAESAR – SHIITAKE BACON, AVOCADO, ALMOND PARM, MAPLE-WHEAT CROUTONS, CAESAR DRESSING
Peanut Butter Banana Shake
PB – PEANUT BUTTER, BANANA, RAW CACAO, HOMEMADE ALMOND MILK, RAW AGAVE

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tirimisu
RASPBERRY TIRAMISU CUPCAKE
chloestess
CHLOSTESS CUPCAKE
cookie
OLD-FASHIONED CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE
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Dessert Trio

The Interior

The restaurant was packed when we got there, which was peak lunch time, at a little after 1pm. I took more pictures of the inside but it was mostly the tops of people heads or their backs. The decor was very modern and I would’ve loved to really look around and see the other merchandise she was selling, but I didn’t want to waste time or be in anyone’s way. We had to stand and wait a little bit for a seat, which was okay, and it was slowing down a little bit by the time we were leaving. The lines/people standing around waiting was a little confusing. I ended up standing in line 3 times (more about that in a second) once behind someone who was waiting to get their food, not order it, and the second time I decided to ask the person in front of me just to be safe and he responded like “of course I’m in line, why else would I be standing here.”

to go

The Service

I ended up in line the second time because after we sat down, I was looking at my receipt and realized the woman at the register missed a bunch of our food. I went back and reordered what was missed, so no big deal.

When we were ordered, my mom asked me if Chloe would be working there and I said I wasn’t sure. When we were eating she was walking around asking people how their meal was and was giving smoothie samples out. She was also cleaning tables, and asked my mom if she could take our trash when I was ordering desserts.

I can only image how hard it is to run a restaurant, especially in NYC. And while I have no clue how much of the business responsibility is on her, I saw first hand how hard she was working. Chloe has been one of my favorite “celebrity” vegans for a while and I love her even more now. She is incredibly inspiring and is showing people vegan food can be reasonably priced, filing, and delicious.

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Overall

If you’re in the tri-state area, get to By Chloe, and come hungry. If you can’t get to NYC to eat at there in person I highly recommend her cookbooks. They are all filled with easy, recipes that everyone will love.

July Goals – Updates

Semi Clean Desk
Semi-clean Desk
  • Clean off desk and keep it clean. – Big Fail. Although my desk is pretty clean now, I think it looked worse than usual this month. This will be an ongoing goal. 
  • Try to find members for GISHWHES team. – On team VelociCachers, and excited for my first year participating.
  • Put/give crap away. Declutter and put away seasonal things and things that aren’t used very often. Organized some stuff, donated some clothes. On going task.
  • Look into scholarships for MA program and decide if it’s something I want to pursue now. – Decided against for now, but will continue to take online courses for fun.
  • Write more consistently…blog at least 3 times a week. Get weekly yoga posts up on time! – Blogged more regularly than in the past, but only posted 7/14 posts.
  • Come up with giveaways. Probably one a month to start.  Tea, yoga stuff, vegan snacks, cookbook. – Made a list of items, didn’t figure out logistics.
  • Be more active. Don’t sit as much. – Got outside more and was more active around the house but still managed to gain a couple pounds so…
  • Go over grocery budget. – Went over all the weekly/monthly basics, and cut out unnecessary items. Still not within the budgeted amount though.
  • Set aside $40/week for 2017 Greece vacation. – Started out okay, but now looking to put the money towards a car.

Back to Backbends – Week 3 {Yoga Challenge}

Day 15: Viparita Dandasana, Inverted Staff Pose
Day 15: Viparita Dandasana, Inverted Staff Pose
Day 16: Anjanayasana, Crescent Lunge
Day 16: Anjanayasana, Crescent Lunge
Day 17: Matsyasana, Fish Pose
Day 17: Matsyasana, Fish Pose
Day 18: Urdhva Dhanurasana, Upward Bow
Day 18: Urdhva Dhanurasana, Upward Bow
Day 19: Eka Pada Urdhva Dhanurasana, One legged Wheel Pose
Day 19: Eka Pada Urdhva Dhanurasana, One legged Wheel Pose
Day 20: Dropping back into Urdhva Dhanurasana
Day 20: Dropping back into Urdhva Dhanurasana
Day 21: Eka Pada Rajakapotasana, One Legged King Pigeon
Day 21: Eka Pada Rajakapotasana, One Legged King Pigeon

Leave me a comment on Instagram if you’re doing the challenge too!

Related Links:

Back to Backbends – Week 2

Back to Backbends – Week 1

July Yoga Challenge – Back to Backbends

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