I hope you all had a very happy Easter. Hopefully there was plenty of relaxing and feasting and time spent with the ones you love. I attended an awesome Easter Feaster on Saturday with friends where the cheese was plenty, as was the vegan treats (best guacamole EVER). I am now spending time in my home town where Mum is of course pleasing us all with her amazing ability to turn out a veritable and delicious feast at every meal time.
My own cooking has been fairly unimpressive of late, although I did have a week of motivation where I tried out a few new recipes. Remind me to post once I have my camera again! Although, I have been mastering some mega salads recently. Haloumi is my friend! Squeaky and salty…can’t go wrong there can you?
I thought I’d share a few more snaps from New York.
Firstly, a vegan pizza from John’s of 12th St in the East Village. This place is amazing. Picture an old Italian family style restaurant where the waiters wear bow-ties and Woody Allen-esque glasses, all carrying about as though they’re auditioning for a part in a movie. They have the traditional Italian menu but have added a complete vegan Italian menu as well! The vegan pizza was delicious, helped significantly by the daiya cheese. It’s difficult to find vegan cheese that actually melts, but daiya ticks all the boxes!
Next we have ‘The Peace Bowl’ from perhaps my favourite veggie restaurant in New York (of those I managed to try anyway), Peace Food Cafe. I even took a group of friends there on my birthday. Peace Food Cafe is completely vegan. Other things I tried there included the dumplings (amazing!), a vegan parmigiana, a savoury scone, some of their fresh juices, soy chai, tofu scramble and potato salad (yes, I went there many a time).
And lastly, something a little bit naughty! I cannot rave enough about S’MAC - a tiny little restaurant in the East Village dedicated to MAC AND CHEESE/CHEEZE (they have vegan options too). I’d heard a lot about it from a friend from work who lived nearby, so when my mate Tim came to visit I decided we should go and check it out. It didn’t disappoint. They have probably 20 different varieties of Mac & Cheese. I had the Parisienne which they describe as ‘Mac and cheese for the ‘Upper-Crust’. Creamy brie, roasted figs, roasted shitake mushrooms and fresh rosemary.’ Fancy huh!?! Tim and I stumbled out of this place feeling much rounder, but nothing a walk in the cool (actually, bloody freezing) night air didn’t fix.
That’s all for now, but before I go, I’d like to mention that if you have any questions or comments, or just want to give me a holler, please don’t hesitate to hit me up in my ASK BOX.