Cafe Blossom for lunch & TACO NIGHT!

25 05 2010

Friday, Robbie and I had a wonderful lunch at Cafe Blossom on the Upper West Side. We’re big, big fans of Blossom and Cocoa-V in Chelsea, so lunch at yet another Blossom spawn seemed like a great idea. They have a great outdoor seating area, so we were able to bring Stella Adler along as well.

Hey Blossom: May we suggest a mascot?

Stella loves Blossom...

We started with the Black Eyed Pea Cake- which is a regular at Blossom as well, and is a “must-order” until I master it at home…which I haven’t come close to yet.

Black Eyed Pea Cake- more rustic than the one at Blossom, but still so amazing.

Next, for entrees, we shared the Red Quinoa Salad and the Southern Seitan Sandwich. Both were really, really tasty. Robbie and I were especially amazed by the sandwich. The seitan was cooked in a very flavorful breading, and the combo of that with perfectly cooked onions, avocado, and wonderful bread was drool-worthy. The side of sweet potato fries were perfectly cooked as well.

Spiced seitan, caramelized onions, avocado, chipotle aioli, served with sweet potato fries

Red quinoa, navy beans, julienne peppers, watercress, toasted seeds, mango guacamole, lemon vinaigrette

Saturday was TACO NIGHT! We made two different tacos. One was a mushroom taco with shiitake and creminis, cooked with tequila. The other was a peanut-tequila chipotle marinated seitan. After we cooked both, we heated them over a mixture of Daiya and the new version of Teese (mozzarella style). I must say, there was some major melting going on, which for those of us vegan nerds out there, is a little more than exciting. We served the tacos with some of Robbie’s amazing guacamole and black beans. NUM!

Peanut-chipotle tequila seitan over Teese and Daiya

Shiitake and Creminis with tequila over Daiya and Teese

Melty Daiya and Teese goodness. Ohhh, the combination.


Welcome home, Ms. Stella Adler!

16 05 2010

Last Friday, I was walking in the East Village to meet my friend Sarah for some pre-theatre Indian food at Brick Lane Curry House (none of which was photo-worthy, as it looked like mush- but it tasted great and they have marked vegan options on the menu).

On my way, I saw this beautiful French Bulldog, with an “Adopt Me” vest.

Robbie and I have been dreaming of adopting a dog for a while now, but we were both too scared to ask our landlord if he would allow it, as 1) That would mean that all of our silly pre-dog planning was for naught and 2) We love our apartment and moving is probably not in the near future. So, no doggie.

Stella and her Dad, Robbie

That aside, I instantly, and probably freakishly, asked the walker volunteer what her story was. She told me the shelter where she was staying, and I noted it but didn’t go there immediately because of my plans. After dinner, Sarah suggested we stop by, even though it was supposed to be closed. If Sarah hadn’t suggested this, I probably would never have been able to adopt Stella (Oh- her name is Stella Adler, by the way). Thus, Sarah is Stella’s official god(or whatever)mother.

Long story (kind of) short, our landlord said YES, however reluctantly, to our plea to adopt her and we brought her home the next day. I actually got the final yes from my landlord while having a vegan Twitter meet-up with some new blogger friends. You can check out their blogs Lifestyles of the Chic & Vegan, Vegan Good Things and brazil nut. We all simultaneously had a wonderful, joyful freak out. I was pretty worked up from all the suspense, so it was great to have their support. Thanks ladies!!

Stella and her Grand-dogger

We were told that she was abandoned. It baffles me that anyone could do that to a family member. As if she was a handbag or something. From what we can tell, she was probably forced to be a mommy more than she would have liked, and from the length of her nails and some scarring in her ears from untreated infections, there was definitely some mistreatment. That being said, she is love. Love, love, love.

She is such a fantastic addition to the family. We absolutely adore her, and it feels like she’s been part of our clan for so much longer than just a week. She’s great with other dogs, kids, and even the occasional unicycle.

PLAY with me!

….Just another example of why people looking to get a dog or cat should ADOPT! There are so many incredible, sweet animals looking for homes.

Cheers to Stella!