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The Cinnamon Snail has a New Location!

It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of NYC’s top vegan establishment, The Cinnamon Snail.  The Cinnamon Snail started as a food truck, opened a brick and mortar location at Penn Station while still doing events with the truck, and as of today they have opened up another location!

Cinnamon Snail - FiDi

This new location, 70 Pine Street in the Financial District in downtown Manhattan, is part of the City Acres food hall. Also inside City Acres is legendary vegan sushi concept Beyond Sushi, and Juice Brothers, a pressed juice concept from Amsterdam.  Non-veg options in the food hall will include Vanessa Dumplings, and Artichoke Pizza, who also both have vegan and vegetarian options.

Like all of their other locations, this new spot will be Kosher Certified, and will be 100% plant based, while still remaining absurdly decadent and creative. 

Gochujang Glazed Crispy Tofu
Gochujang Glazed Crispy Tofu
With kimchi, arugula and sriracha mayo on a grilled pretzel bun

And just in case you think you’ve already had everything the Snail has to offer, this menu will have brand new and exclusive items! A few all- time-favorite items will be available at all locations. Chef Adam Sobel’s signature Korean BBQ Seitan (with house made kimchi, smoked chili grilled seitan, and greens, on a chili butter grilled tortilla), Maple Mustard tempeh sandwiches, and the Cinnamon Snail’s legendary burgers will of course be part of the selection. 

Some of the menu items that are exclusive to this location are:

Gochujang Glazed Crispy Seitan

With kimchi, pickled red onions, arugula and sriracha mayo on a grilled pretzel bun

Gochujang Glazed Crispy Seitan
Gochujang Glazed Crispy Seitan
With kimchi, pickled red onions, arugula and sriracha mayo on a grilled pretzel bun

Peking Seitan Fries

With tamarind plum glazed seitan, scallions, pickled red onions, wasabi mayo and black sesame gomasio

Peking Seitan Fries
Peking Seitan Fries
With tamarind plum glazed seitan, scallions, pickled red onions, wasabi mayo and black sesame gomasio

Monster Style Breakfast Sandwich

Scrambled tofu, smoked coconut “bacon”, marinated kale, hollandaise, and pickled red onions, and “everything bagel” seasoning on grilled homemade challah bread

Almond Challah French Toast

Smoked almonds, maple raspberry sauce, almond and cinnamon bun glaze

Cambodian Crispy Tofu

With tamarind plum reduction, smoked chili roasted peanuts, umeboshi plum marinated cucumbers, baby arugula, and wasabi mayo on a grilled pretzel bun

Cambodian Crispy Tofu
Cambodian Crispy Tofu
With tamarind plum reduction, smoked chili roasted peanuts, umeboshi plum marinated cucumbers, baby arugula, and wasabi mayo on a grilled pretzel bun

Of course, The Cinnamon Snail will offer a huge selection of award winning donuts, and other pastries at this location.   Flavors change seasonally, and at the whim of the culinary basket case at the helm of the Cinnamon Snail’s multidimensional flavor ship.

Cinnamon Snail Donuts
Cinnamon Snail Donuts

And for anyone in Central PA who is dying to grab a bite from the Cinnamon Snail, they can usually be found at the Bethlehem Vegfest (Aug. 26th this year). But make sure you get there early to avoid the lines!

Now please excuse me while I go plan my next trip to NYC. 

Get social with The Cinnamon Snail:

Instagram: @CinnamonSnail

Soylent Review: Week 1

It’s been a full week of Soylent replacing two meals a day, and I’m still alive and feeling pretty good.

But let’s rewind a little…

According to their website,

Soylent™ is a pioneer in food technology, producing convenient, complete foods designed to provide maximum nutrition with minimal effort.

I’d wanted to try Soylent for a while, but put it off because I didn’t think I could make it work while still cooking for 3 other people, and it seemed like an expensive  investment when I’d still be buying groceries. Also, I kind of love food…like I really enjoy cooking for others, trying new things, and the time spent while sharing meals. 

On the other hand, I love experimenting with things, especially ones that are health related. Plus, I don’t *always* love cooking. Sometimes I want to work right up to our regular dinner time, and I haven’t start cooking. Breakfast and lunch are also less exciting for me, sometimes I’d rather not stop what I’m doing to eat lunch. Another benefit I considered from drinking Soylent is that the nutrition is already figured out. I figured 5 servings=2000 calories, so I could easily cut that back to what I need and not worry about getting enough protein or vitamins, etc. Last major awesome point…it’s plant based. Soylent is 100% vegan!

How I’m Using It

Originally, I was going to go 100% Soylent for a month, but according to their Nutrient Profile Calculator, I’d be drinking more grams of fat than I need. According to their Nutrient Profile Calculator, I only need about 1186 calories and 40 g of fat. That means I need 3 servings (400 cals each) to meet my calorie goal, but 3 servings would be 60g of fat. I decided to cut it back to 2 servings of Soylent with 1 meal. 

Soylent Nutrient Calculator
Soylent Nutrient Calculator

 

Day -4: Ordering my Soylent

I ordered my Soylent directly from their website on a Friday evening.  I used a promo code to get 50% off my first order of 2.0 (the bottled drink). You can use this referral link here: http://soy.lt/r/Q58Ei51bl9 (no benefit to me…just 50% off for you).

Along with my 2.0 subscription, I also ordered the powder with 10% off plus your first order comes with a free pitcher and scoop.

I also have a case of Cacao coming my way via Amazon with 20% off your first subscribe and save order.

Day 0: Shipment Arrived

My order shipped Monday and was delivered Tuesday. I would’ve started Tuesday afternoon, but it wasn’t delivered until 4pm, so official start day is Wednesday.

Day 1: Well…

I made the first pitcher of the powder the night before so it could chill in the fridge. Then I read it needed to be consumed within 48 hours, so I planned to drink the pitcher for breakfast and lunch on Wednesday and Thursday, sharing some with my husband.

Straight up, it wasn’t exactly my favorite. It has an aftertaste that isn’t fantastic. I did fill me up and I wasn’t hungry after drinking it, but that could be because of the taste.

Day 2: Better

 I still had half a pitcher in the fridge so I decided to use it as a smoothie base. I blended the already mixed Soylent with some frozen strawberries and it was a million times better. 

Day 3: Trying the 2.0

The Soylent drink tastes like the leftover milk from a bowl of cereal. Generally, that wouldn’t be my cup of tea, but I really love the taste of this. 

Days 4-7

So far, I’ve had 2 servings a day + 1 meal. I’ve never felt hungry, which was my main fear. Even if it was all in my head I was worried I’d think I was hungry. I’ve actually felt really good. Not hungry or tired. I haven’t noticed any difference at all really.

Drink vs Powder

The drink is more convenient with no mixing , there are 6g less sugar than the powder, and it tastes better.  The downside is that it is more expensive. The cost of a serving of the powder is about $1.54, where the drink is $2.69. I like the drink better, but when the powder is mixed with fruit it tastes fine.

Health

Around day 4 I was down a pound since starting Soylent. I think it was just a coincidence because I’m back to where I started now. 

I’ve only been drinking 800 calories of Soylent, but I’m positive I’ve been eating more than 400 calories in my one meal. I can see how this could be helpful for someone trying to get more calories in their diet.

In January I had my blood work done and I plan on having it done again in July. I realize this is not a scientific method, but at by July 2/3rds of my meals will have been from Soylent for 2 months. I’m curious to see if anything significant stands out.

I always planned on drinking Soylent for a month, but at this point I plan to continue drinking it for the foreseeable  future.

Would you be open to trying Soylent? 

 

Raw Review: Root – Lancaster, PA

Root of LancasterLast weekend, I finally made it to Root, a semi-new vegan restaurant in Lancaster. I wanted to check it out as soon as it opened, but I kept putting it off, basically because it’s in Lancaster and I never really wanted to battle 5 o’clock traffic during the week into the city, and on the weekends I got busy doing everyday life things.  They are pretty lame excuses and I found out I was missing out on some awesome food.

I told my husband I wanted to go for brunch and we headed out a little after 11 on a Saturday. To my relief, there was a small parking lot for the restaurant (marked as Reserved for WOW) that was mostly empty. (Parking in Lancaster or Harrisburg *really* stresses me out.)

Root of Lancaster

The Menu
The best thing thing overall about Root is that it is completely vegan, right down to the alcohol menu. I love having an entire menu to order from. Speaking of the menu, it had a decent selection and was reasonably priced. I’m looking forward to going back to try the dinner menu because there is more on it, and there are a lot of things that sound delicious.

Root’s menu is great for vegans and non-vegans alike. The brunch menu has pancakes, french toast, a grilled pb&j, and (tofu) tacos. The lunch menu includes soups, salads, and sandwiches.

Root Lancaster Zucchini Sandwich
Grilled Zucchini Sandwich – Grilled zucchini, lemon aioli, lettuce & tomato on rustic Italian bread served with fries.

What We Ordered
First, we ordered the brunch special, a pumpkin ginger waffle. It was a flavorful Belgium waffle. This item was the only thing that I thought was a little pricey given that it was just one waffle for $7. It tasted great, but I think if it was served with some fruit or something on the side it would’ve been a more substantial meal.

My husband got the Hearts of Palm “Seafood” Salad. It’s blended hearts of palm, celery, mayo and seafood seasonings on rustic Italian bread with lettuce and tomato, served with fries. He said it was a little salty, but devoured it before I could try a bite so I’m going to say it was good.

I ordered the grilled zucchini sandwich – grilled zucchini, lemon aioli, lettuce, and tomato on rustic Italian bread served with fries. I really liked the sandwich. The bread was crusty on the outside and soft on the inside and the aioli was super tasty.

We were both full after our meals, but I wanted to try as much as possible, so we got the two desserts, the Caramelized Apple Spice Cake and Blueberry cake, to go. We ate them later at home and they were both really, really good.

I’m kind of kicking myself for putting off visiting the restaurant for so long. I can’t wait to go back for dinner and to bring my mom.

Farm Sanctuary Event
What’s even more exciting is that in a few weeks, Gene Baur will be celebrating 30 years of Farm Sanctuary’s work in helping animals at a dinner party held at Root! I had no idea that Farm Sanctuary has history in Lancaster, which makes it even more awesome. More info and tickets can be found here. Let me know if you’re going!

Root of Lancaster Parking
Root Parking

Root of Lancaster

Root of Lancaster - Brunch Menu
Brunch Menu
Root of Lancaster - Lunch Menu
Lunch Menu
Root of Lancaster Beer List
Beer List
Root of Lancaster Wine List
Wine List
Pumpkin Ginger Waffle
Pumpkin Ginger Waffle
Hearts of Palm “Seafood” Salad
Hearts of Palm “Seafood” Salad – Blended Hearts of Palm, celery, mayo and seafood seasonings on rustic Italian bread with lettuce, and tomato, served with fries.
Grilled Zucchini Sandwich
Grilled Zucchini Sandwich
Caramelized Apple Spice Cake
Caramelized Apple Spice Cake
Blueberry Cake
Blueberry Cake