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Angelica Kitchen NYC, a review

Published August 21, 2010 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

i went to angelica kitchen once while i was living in new york, and was so pleased to be able to return. it’s a macrobiotic restaurant near union square and they have a good variety of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, baked goods and desserts, as well as daily specials.

we started with the  Curried Cashew Spread ($4.75) An intriguing live blend of raw cashews, sprouted chickpeas, freshly ground curry powder & unpasteurized miso. Accompanied by crisp crudités. this was really good, and i’d like to try to recreate it at home.

and the Saturday’s Norimaki Sesame tofu, pattypan squash, broccoli, daikon, carrots, seasoned brown rice & walnut pesto. (6 Pieces $8.00/9 Pieces $11.50)

despite my trying to order something different this time, i couldn’t resist ordering what i had back in february… the Sam or I Sandwich Herbed baked tofu layered with marinated hiziki & arame, crisp grated daikon, ruby kraut, a smear of mellow sesame spread & lettuce. Served on choice of mixed grain or spelt bread. ($8.75) or get Half a sandwich with simple salad or cup of soup & kukicha tea. ($9.50) i highly recommend this sandwich : )

kassidy got the Three Bean Chili Piquant chili made with homemade seitan, kidney and pinto beans & lentils; slowly simmered with sun-dried tomatoes and a blend of chiles; topped with lime-jalapeño tofu sour cream. Served with fluffy Southern style cornbread & cucumber-red onion salsa. (wee $9.00 grand $11.50, wee pictured) kassidy enjoyed it and i had also had also tried this previously. they’re very generous with that amazing cornbread!

we also ordered a peach cobbler pie, not pictured, but it wasn’t all that great. overall it just lacked flavor.

Angelica Kitchen is located in manhattan, near union square at 300 East 12th street, 212-228-2909, open daily from 11:30am to 10:30pm.

Pala Pizza, NYC

Published April 1, 2010 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

While we’re on the subject of daiya cheese & pizza, I might as well tell you about a delicious place: Pala Pizza they’re located in NYC, on 198 Allen St, in the lower east side.

What’s really cool about this place is, well, everything. The atmosphere is romantically lit, the street facing wall is garage style roll up door of windows, and they have bouquets of dried oregano on the table for you to use instead of a shaker. Then the dichotomy… half of the menu is entirely vegan, and the other half is regular food. They even have separate ovens & fryers for the vegan side. This would be an especially great place to go with meat eaters, so every one is happy. (like when my parents visit!)

note windows/door behind me (& ironically, domino's)

This was our one fancy meal since we’ve been in new york, and we tried to order a few things and indulge.

antipasti: zucca antipastobutternut squash, onions, green peas, raisins and basil.
Very tasty!

salad: mela – arugula, apples and daiya cheese.
Very good, a little bitter, but nice with the tart apples.

pizza: patatosa – shaved potatoes, zucchini, rosemary and daiya cheese.
Very good, though I would’ve liked marinara sauce too. I know, this isn’t that kind of pizza. The gooey cheese was wonderful with the potatoes. I dumped the rest of the salad on top too! : ) I liked the apples with it.

pasta: gnocchi – potato gnocchi, cherry tomato sauce, basil and daiya cheese.
This was not as big of a portion as we would have liked. I only got to sneak a bite or two. It was really good, especially the sauce.

We were thrilled that they had 2 vegan desert offerings! pumpkin cheesecake, served with whip “cream” and ice “cream and…

desert: chocolate chocolate chip cake served with vanilla ice “cream”.

The cake was sinful. Normally I would jump at pumpkin anything, but I was actually in a chocolate mood that night. SO DECADENT! I love that vegan chocolate things are usually dark chocolate. Mmmm! I had the leftover cake for breakfast the next morning : ) All in all, it was a great experience. (and convinced me further of my love for Daiya cheese.)  The service was excellent, highly recommend!

Foodswings! Brooklyn

Published March 19, 2010 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

i love foodswings!

it’s in brooklyn, @ 295 Grand Street. this was my third visit and every time i go it’s difficult to decide what to try. it’s an entirely vegan fast food place. they have burgers, fries, corn dogs, chicken wings, lots of flavors of milkshakes, etc. not the healthiest vegan food you can find, but it sure is tasty.

sweet southern fried bbq wing and corn dog

sausage and peppers parm

chik’n cutlet bacon ranch

homemade chili con seitan & sour cream

the bbq wing was insanely delicious. i had read rave reviews about the wings, and was not disappointed. they have several flavors, so it’s a good excuse to order them all. the texture was great.

the chili was good, though i added a lot of hot sauce. jordan liked his sausage and peppers. my sandwich was pretty dry. it only had a little bit of desiccated looking ranch. it needed some veganaise, bad. the lovely sarah ate a gyro, and said it was good too. oh, and the fries were awesome! i didn’t remember the fries being that good the last time.  the corn dog did not really have a cornbread outside, more of a cornmeal coating. i would’ve preferred the former.

overall, the chicken wing was the winner today, but i’ll be back!

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