NYC Day 3 Breakfast and Lunch

by sara on March 18, 2011

Day 3 started off with champion eating, as usual.  We started walking straight for the Wafels & Dinges food truck as soon as we were out the door.

SO MANY OPTIONS!  Mini wafelini?  No, I go big or go home.  Brussels wafel?  Nah, I’m not in the mood for light and crispy.  Liege wafel?  Yes, the soft and chewy secretive waffle that the Belgians kept secret from us for so many years until food trucks came along!

Jason went for the brussels wafel topped with syrup and powdered sugar and had bacon cooked into the waffle.  Yes, you heard me correctly.

I was like a deer in the headlights when ordering so a nice, local New Yorker lady next to me took me under her wing and said “order the liege wafel topped with bananas and spekuloos spread or I will punch you in the face.”  Not one to argue, I went with her suggestion and boy am I glad I did.  I ended up buying a jar of the spekuloos spread (vegan peanut butter like spread with gingerbread-cinnamon cookies mixed in).  I want to serve these at my wedding.  Guess we’re getting married on the street in New York City!

Hazelnuts roasting on an open lightbulb.

After waffling around all morning, we decided to walk the town again and see what we could find.  We walked too long though and I started to get cranky pants.  We did a quick Yelp search and found an organic vegan restaurant with some pretty good reviews.  We’re not vegan nor are we thinking of going vegan but we thought we’d see what the NYC hippie crowd looked like so we headed to Candle Cafe.

Oh here’s what they look like.  It was a very small restaurant but we only had to wait a few minutes for a table because we were there for a late lunch.

They have a fixed menu plus daily specials.  As you can see, it is not cheap.

I started off with a Green Goddess drink, a juice of mixed greens, apple, lemon and ginger.  If this is what vegans drink, I don’t want to be vegan.  It needed some aspartame and a dollop of xanthum gum and it would have been great!  It looked pretty though and I felt healthy choking it down drinking it.

Since I was ready to bust a cap from hunger, we got a starter of Seitan Chimichurri – citrus herb marinated seitan skewers.  We had to google seitan and even after reading about it we still didn’t know what we were eating.  The gluten part of wheat?  How is that meat like?  They were tasty good though!

Jason liked seitan so much he ordered the Cajun Seitan sandwich!  Is it pronouned “satan?”  I don’t know but I hope not.  Ooooh yum have you tried the new Cajun Satan strips from Church’s?!  See?  It would be bad.  The Cajun Seitan sandwich had pan-seared seitan, steamed greens, caramelized onions and avocado on a focaccia bun with ancho chile aioli and coleslaw.  He said he would prefer a bacon cheeseburger for lunch.

I went with the Tuscan Lasagna made with grilled zucchini, peppers and onions, tofu basil ricotta, tapioca cheese and seitan ragout topped with tomato sauce and served with greens.  The greens were chewy and bleh.  The lasagna tasted awkward.  I probably shouldn’t have gotten something that I can easily compare to a meaty, cheesy dish.  I would not order this again.

Though we weren’t too impressed with Candle Cafe, we had enough nourishment to get us through a Central Park hike and last us until afternoon snack time.  More to come!

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Ice March 22, 2011 at 10:59 am

Vegan hippies are seitan


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