Vegan Outing

I'm drinking the housemade ginger ale &
Eva's sipping on a rhubarb-mint cooler

A great day involves connecting with a friend, eating yummy food, and spending time outdoors. Sounds a lot like my day yesterday... :) 

My friend Eva and I treated ourselves to lunch at Candle 79, an organic vegan restaurant located on Manhattan's Upper East Side. I'm not vegan, but I love going to vegan restaurants. They always give my outlook on vegetables, grains, and nuts a much needed jolt, reminding me that the possibilities are endless when working with these ingredients. I experienced a variety of different flavors and textures, and even fooled my taste buds into thinking I was feasting on a dish full of meat!


I had the housemade ginger ale which was made with fresh ginger, lemon, agave, mint, sparkling water, and ice. I could really taste the ginger, giving this drink a bit of a kick. Eva had the rhubarb-mint cooler which consisted of rhubarb puree, lemon, mint, lavender agave, and sparkling water. Eva described it as being smoothie-like and after giving it a taste I think she's spot-on!

We shared a seaweed salad made with carrots, cabbage, grilled shiitake mushrooms, edamame, radishes, wasabi leaves, and miso-lemongrass dressing. I've never had seaweed salad outside of a Japanese restaurant and this was very different. The seaweed wasn't tough to chew and didn't have a fishy aftertaste. Score and score!

Seaweed Salad
Then came our main dishes, and this is where I got excited and didn't snap a picture of Eva's dish and have a picture of mine but it's half eaten so I don't think I'll be sharing. I loved my dish. I had a BBQ seitan sandwich with caramelized onions, chipotle aioli, avocado, polenta fries, and mixed lettuces. It tasted just like BBQ brisket.
Seitan is a popular meat substitute used in vegetarian and vegan dishes because it is high in protein, looks just like meat, and even has a similar texture. So even though it's similar to meat it's really made from wheat. 
Eva had the black bean-pumkin seed burger with mixed lettuces, avocado, polenta fries, and chipotle ketchup. 

We passed on dessert and headed out to central park for a much needed walk. Even with puddles on our path and getting gravel in my shoes, we easily walked 3 miles.

 It's important to cut back on our consumption of animal products, and yesterdays lunch date reminded me that this doesn't mean eating only leaves for every meal. A dish without meat or dairy can be just as substantial. After all, we passed on dessert only because we were so full!


  1. Yay! It's us. Love how you photoshopped our drinks! Let's get together again soon :). xo

  2. Definitely :) Thanks for making sure that I take pictures!!