Hi there! I’m back from my trip to NYC and slooowly getting back to my usual routine (hello, laundry!).
I thought it would be fun to show you a day’s worth of healthy, vegan food I had while in the city. By far, the hardest part from a food perspective was deciding where to go amongst all of the amazing options.
To save money and to start the day off right, I made Chocolate Travel Overnight Oats for both Alan and me in our hotel room:
It was fun to watch the hustle and bustle on the street below:
Mornings in the hotel also included a brief e-mail check and a Yogi Mayan Cocoa Spice hot tea:
On this particular day, we visited the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side which had been recommended by a friend. It was fascinating! We actually went two days in a row because there was so much to learn:
After our tour ended, we went to SoHo for a lunch at ‘Snice Cafe. The cafe is not all vegan, but has tons of choices. I had the Thai Salad with edamame and roasted peanuts with the carrot ginger dressing. I had them add tempeh for an extra charge:
Dessert was an Energy Cookie with no refined sugars that totally hit the spot:
After lunch, I met my dear friend Jasmin of Our Hen House for tea (unpictured). We had a great time sitting outside, catching up, and
plotting to rule the world discussing future projects:
After seeing Jasmin, Alan and I decided to go further south into the Wall Street area. This was our first glimpse of the World Trade Center Freedom Tower:
We visited the 9/11 Memorial:
Although we’ve been to New York since September 11th, 2001, it was our first time going to the site. Alan used to work for a company that was headquartered in one of the two buildings that came down and lost colleagues on that horrible, horrible day. We decided that this visit was the right time to go to the memorial and pay our respects.
Despite being saddened by our visit, we both thought the memorial was beautiful and significant. There are two fountains on the footprints of the former buildings and the water flows into the dark square that to me represented the devastation of the event:
Dinner that night was a visit to Souen, a vegan-friendly macrobiotic cafe with three locations around the city:
I ordered the steamed veggies and greens with sesame vinaigrette and yuba (tofu skins) on the side:
Tofu skin sounds gross, but it’s really delicious:
Alan had a stir-fry dish:
After dinner, we decided to walk around the city as it was a beautiful, warm night. It was neat to see both tourists and locals walking around, hanging out in the parks, and just taking in the ambiance.
Here is the NYC Public Library:
Rockefeller Plaza with the ice skating rink already installed for winter:
And, of course, the magnificent Empire State Building lit up in patriotic colors:
I so enjoyed this trip to New York, seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Even though I often avoid travel because it’s such a pain, I realized how important it is to get out, see the world, and get a fresh perspective. However, I am ecstatic to be home, happy to be re-connecting with you here, and excited to share more of my adventures in the days to come. I missed you!
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