Okay, the past few days have been crazy, so I’m straying from my normal format. This will be mostly pics (at the end since this is being written on my iPad, and I don’t know any other way to do them!).
Tuesday was a late work night, and I got home around 930. Wednesday was too, and I was home around 9. I stayed up late enough to pack so I could hit the road in the morning to the DC area for work. My oldest came with me, hung out in the hotel when I worked, and then we jetted off to NYC. We’re here until Sunday, then to Baltimore (college visit), then back home Tuesday. I feel like such a jet setter!
Tuesday I made a BAS with my typical toppings and the baked falafel from Monday night. I was in the middle of an exec meeting when I realized I really wanted a picture….below you will see my stealthy mid-meeting pic of my salad, water canteen, and bottle of kombucha. I imagine they think I was emailing or doing something important. I really was paying attention, but it was such a pretty salad!
Thursday morning was a smoothie (no pic) and then a BAS at Whole Foods in Richmond on my way to DC. Dinner was tofu green curry that wasn’t the best I’ve ever had for sure.
Friday was another breakfast BAS, this time from Wegmans. After working, it was time to head up to NYC!
We got to our hotel in Times Square, and charmed our way to a top floor (45th floor) room overlooking absolutely everything. It’s stunning. We wandered around Times Square, went shopping, picked up our Broadway tickets for tomorrow, and then escaped the cold at Hard Rock Cafe for a bit. I even walked past a pub flying a Chelsea flag!! So excited to find Blues supporters in the US….
Then it was off to Candle 79 for dinner! I’ve wanted to eat here for as long as I can remember – always being jealous that NYC has such a collection of gourmet vegan restaurants.
So – I was insanely disappointed. We got seated right away (had reservations), and was left to sit for 20 minutes before anyone came by. We ordered our drinks and then waited another 20 to place our order. We got an appetizer (seitan chimichurri) and our main dishes. I opted for the pumpkin seed crusted tofu medallions with roasted brussel sprout and quinoa pilaf.
The appetizer was really tasty, and I want to learn how to make it. My main dish, though, was bland and boring. The tofu medallions tasted like tofu chickn nuggets, and my pilaf lacked spice. A’s morrocan chickpea cake was also bland, and she ate very little of it. Our waiter only came to our table twice in an hour, and we flagged down bus boys and other servers just to get water refills. All told – I was highly disappointed. What I realized is that while I despair that where I live lacks vegan-only restaurants (I know of only one – Quenna’s), I know I can get great vegan meals at several places (like Pasha’s, a favorite!). I also know that as high end as Candle 79 is, the food coming out of my kitchen is better, even without a formal culinary background.
Maybe A and I was there on an off night, and maybe our little table of two was easy to ignore from a customer service standpoint – but I don’t think I’ll ever be back. With so many other options in NYC, even if I do get the chance to visit again, I have plenty of other places to give my time and money to.
Tomorrow we are planning to dedicate the day to the Fashion District here, so A can get fabrics, notions, and fun stuff. We also each have to buy a pretty outfit for our Broadway show (going to see Chicago! A’s choice). Other than that, trying to stay warm and enjoy our time here.
Have a great weekend – I’ll blog later!