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NYC Weekend

A few weekends ago I took a trip to New York City. I really wanted to visit my friend Mallorie’s popup shop, and other than that, I basically just planned to eat my weight in delicious NYC food. When I got into the city, the first thing I did was head to a raw vegan restaurant, Pure Food & Wine. It was kind of a bucket list item for me. I always wanted to go but kept putting it off. When they temporarily closed over the winter, I knew that when they reopened I needed to get my butt there. It did not disappoint.

Pure Food and Wine Garden
Pure Food and Wine Garden

I got a Spicy Sesame Salad, a Mint Ice Cream Sundae, and a pot of white tea. The salad was huge, the sundae was incredible, and the tea was perfect since it was a little chilly sitting out in the (gorgeous) garden.  I wrote about the visit here.

Mint Sundae
Mint Sundae

Next up, I stopped at SmartGlamour, a women’s clothing shop owned by a friend I grew up with. She designs everything herself and everything is handmade. SmartGlamour makes clothing for every body type and size, and they promote a strong message of empowerment for women. I picked up an incredibly beautiful dress. Read more about my experience with SmartGlamour here.Smart GlamourI asked Mallorie if there were any vegan cafes in the area of her shop. She wasn’t sure but pointed me in a general direction. Right around the corner was a sign for…vegan ice cream! It was a little shop that had natural goods and some vegan food. Not everything was vegan, so I just grabbed a cup of maple cone ice cream and went on my way.

Vegan Ice Cream

I ate my ice cream and relaxed in Tompkins Square Park. I day dreamed a little that that’s what I’d be doing if we lived in the area. I always tell my husband we need an apartment in NYC to get away to. He’s okay with it, or will be after I hit the lottery.

Caravan of Dreams, NYC

I still wanted to find a place to get some food for my mom (other than the desserts I grabbed from PF&W) so I wandered in the general direction of the subway station I was headed to and found Caravan of Dreams. I think I read on the sign (or on my phone) that it was an organic, kosher, live (raw), and vegetarian restaurant, and when I was asking the host what vegan dish he would recommend for takeout, he said (very politely) that everything was vegan. I cannot tell you how awesome it is to hear that and know you can order ANYTHING off the menu. I wish I had time to sit and eat in because it was really cute inside, and there were a bunch of things I’d love to try off the menu.

Caravan of Dreams

I ordered the Tempeh Ruban (grilled onions, Russian dressing, tomato, rye toast, house sauerkraut and pickle) for myself, and a Rosemary Shiitake Burger (tomato, grilled onions, tarragon ali-oli, olive ciabatta and house-made pickle) for my mom, both came with  salads. We ate them later that night when I got home, and I have to say my ruban was out of this world. My mom loved her burger too. 

Grilled onions,Russian dressing,tomato,rye toast, house sauerkraut and pickle
Grilled onions,Russian dressing,tomato,rye toast, house sauerkraut and pickle

I had an incredible time in the city and cannot wait to go back. My mom and I are excited to go to Chloe Coscerelli’s new cafe when it opens.

My Raw Vegan Pilgrimage to Pure Food and Wine

Pure Food and Wine
Pure Food and Wine
Pure Food and Wine
Pure Food and Wine

I’ve been a fan of One Lucky Duck and Pure Food and Wine for years, ever since I discovered raw food-ism. There is a high-end, gourmet feel to their brand, and I think it’s well deserved. I’ve ordered from the site and visited the takeout bar a bunch of times, but I finally made it to PF&W this past weekend.

I always had an excuse for not going, it was too expensive or I didn’t plan well enough to make a reservation in time, but after their brief hiatus earlier this year, I made it a point to get there ASAP.

Pure Food and Wine Garden
Pure Food and Wine Garden

It was a bit chilly when I got there, but I asked if I could sit in the garden. The hostess was super nice and said of course, and gave me a choice of seats. It was just after 2pm and there were a few tables of people, but it was very quiet and peaceful.

Pure Food and Wine Corner Seat
My Corner Seat

The garden area was beautiful. The plants and trees were a nice little oasis in the city and I can only imagine how gorgeous it must be at night with the lighting they have.

Pure Food and Wine
Pure Food and Wine

I was glad it wasn’t crowded because I had the opportunity to take pictures without disturbing anyone and really got to enjoy the atmosphere. The wait staff were really helpful and attentive. Right away my server asked if I had any questions about the food.  I asked for tea mid-meal and they brought me a menu and tea within minutes. I also added some to-go items which my server helped pick.

Tea - Indian White
Tea – Indian White
Spicy Sesame Salad
Spicy Sesame Salad

I ordered the Spicy Sesame Salad (shredded cabbage, beets, jicama, daikon, cashew, sesame crunch, wasabi aioli), Mint Sundae
(chocolate, fresh mint, and mint chip ice creams, mint chocolate cookies, chocolate sauce, vanilla cream), a pot of Indian White tea, and a Mallomar (chocolate coated pecan cookie with vanilla cream) and Moon Pie (chocolate brownie vanilla cream sandwich) to go.

Honestly, I came for the mint sundae. Pictures don’t do it justice. I almost didn’t order it because I read a yelp review that said it wasn’t that great, but I’m glad I didn’t listen. It was amazing.

Mint Sundae
Mint Sundae

The spicy sesame salad was also really good. I got a salad because I was pretty hungry and I knew how filling the salads were. I was afraid if I got one of the smaller entrees I’d still be hungry, but now I’m kind of regretting not trying something more fun. I did like the Mediterranean Salad (arugula, kale, kalamata olives, tomatoes, pumpkin seed macadamia parmesan, balsamic vinaigrette) that I got another time at the take out bar a little bit better than the Spicy Sesame because of the kalamata olives and the parmesan, but both were huge and really filling.

Mediterranean Salad
Mediterranean Salad

I ordered a Mallomar to go because they are incredible, but I should’ve just eaten it while I was there because it was crushed by the time I got on the train. I still ate every single drop. To be fair, the server recommended the Chocolate Caramel Bar (chocolate dipped pecan caramel bar) because it would hold up better, bit I’m a sucker for the Mallomar. The Moon Pie held up perfectly. I got it for my mom and she raved about it. They look pretty small, but they’re really rich and it is the perfect amount.

Smushed Mallomar
Smushed Mallomar
Mallomar
Mallomar Not Smushed
Moon Pie
Moon Pie
Moon Pie
Moon Pie
Chocolate Caramel Bar
Chocolate Caramel Bar
Pure Food and Wine Garden
Pure Food and Wine Garden

I can’t wait to go back!

New York Comic Con 2014

This was my first year at the New York Comic Con and I took a depressingly small amount of pictures. It was jam packed, hot, and a little confusing, but it was a lot of fun. We went with a plan, which didn’t really work out, but we were okay with that. I got to talk to Gillian Anderson for a minute so basically my day/weekend/life was made. I only wish I had taken more pictures because there was some really incredible cosplay.

NYCC 2014 Batman

It was raining in the morning and the shuttle to the Javits center wasn’t where it was listed on the website, so after standing in the rain for 20 minutes or so, we got on the correct bus and went on our way. It was confusing for a lot of people because we were all standing where it was supposed to be, but the fact that there was even a free shuttle offered pretty much made up for it.

NYCC2014 Han Solo

We got to the Javits center around 10:30 and pretty much walked right in. We went downstairs first because we were getting our picture with Gillian Anderson at 11:45 and wanted to scope out the area. It was actually not very crowed at all and the lines for autographing were basically nonexistent. This didn’t last long, so I’m guessing the rain held people off. Alex Kingston (Doctor Who – River Song) and Arthur Darvill (Doctor Who – Rory Williams) were there doing autographing and photos  too. I only got out picture with Gillian because the prices were crazy. I know they were probably typical for cons, but it’s hard to justify $100+ for a photo with someone. It was $150 (after taxes and fees) for the Doctor Who team up, so we skipped it but I saw some posted online and they looked pretty neat.
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The floor was so packed we really didn’t get a chance to look at everything.  The Doctor Who Store table had some really cool stuff, including this life size Dalek. There was a 9th Doctor cosplayer and I got his picture attacking the Dalek with his Sonic Screwdriver….unfortunately I only took it with his phone.NYCC 2014 Dalek NYCC 2014

We walked out to a falafel stand for lunch. There were a bunch of food trucks outside but the lines were long and it was still drizzling out. My falafel was delicious and so filling. NYCC 2014 Falafel

NYCC 2014

I *almost* bought a book and then paid $60 to have her sign it, but I stopped by the publisher’s table and asked if they had any signed copies and…they did! It was kind of weird that they didn’t advertise them, at least that I could find, but the guy working looked through the books and pulled out a signed one for me. I read half of it on the drive home from NY and now (a week later) I only have a few pages left. It’s surprisingly good. Not that I thought it wasn’t going to be good, but I’m really picky about reading and it takes me a while to get into books. This reminds me of an X-Files episode (monster of the week type story) with a strong heroine. The writing is really great, it’s so descriptive, it’s easy to see the scenes play out in your mind. The next book in the saga is supposed to come out next year, I feel like I’m back in my Harry Potter days waiting for my next fix.
A Vision of Fire

I joked to my husband that I should have her sign my arm, or a piece of paper or something and then I could get a tattoo of it. I was only half serious because as awesome as I think it would be, I also think it’s just a little bit creepy. Turns out, someone did that exact thing and got it tattooed that night. They got “I don’t want realism I want magic!” and there was a link on reddit but it looks like it’s been removed since then. I’m kind of kicking myself for not doing it now.

Gillian Anderson Autographing
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