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chocopologie & chipotle

It was gorgeous out in NYC yesterday morning when I headed out for my walk.  I walked along the river for a few miles, then headed over to pick up a juice at One Lucky Duck!

I ordered the Bunny Brew, which is a mix of carrots, apples and ginger.  I love the kick of ginger and the apples add a bit of sweetness to the drink.  It is delicious!

At this point, I was happy to have the juice because it go HOT out on my walk back home.

All in all, I covered a little over 3 miles in 45 minutes.  It felt great to stretch my legs after walking around and standing all day and night on Saturday!

Back at my brother’s apartment, we had bagels for breakfast before heading out.  I toasted up 1/2 of a cinnamon raisin bagel and spread it with peanut butter with a yogurt.  I love carbs. 🙂

On our drive home, we made a pit stop in South Norwalk (SoNo) for lunch.  It is a really small town right off of the highway, but the downtown is so cute!  It is a small strip of restaurants, coffee shops and boutiques.

We decided on Chocopologie for lunch.  Why?  Because of the name!!

It was so cute inside and everything on the menu sounded amazing from sandwiches to salads to buckwheat crepes to french toast and a lot more.

I started with a Raspberry Smoothie while we waited for our meals.  It was so good, it tasted like a milkshake.  Although, it could have been colder and thicker…

For my lunch, I ordered the Meditteranean Salad.  It was hands down, the best salad I have ever had!  I can’t wait to re-create it at home.

The salad contained arugula, green beans, kidney beans, roasted beets, goat cheese, croutons and a lemon viniagrette.

The salad was served warm!  I loved it.

We made a few more stops on our ride home, so I snacked on an Endure GloBar a few hours later.  This flavor was awesome!  There is something about cranberries that I just love in granola bars.

And, we picked up dinner at Chipotle because the last thing you want to do after a weekend away is cook on a Sunday night!!

A vegetarian burrito bowl with rice, black beans, peppers, onions, corn salsa, hot salsa, lettuce and guacamole.

Delicious!

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walking food tour of nyc

I love visiting New York City with all of it’s juice bar’s and vegetarian restaurants!  It is so different from Boston, which has nothing!!

We didn’t have much on the agenda yesterday, so I took Brant on another ‘walking tour’ of my favorite places to pick up some souvenirs to take home.  It was HOT!!  But, still very enjoyable.

First stop, the Union Square Farmer’s Market!  The fresh produce was calling my name, but I held off for our CSA.  I took some photos, though.

We did grab a container of blackberries to eat on our walk with our bagels and they were delicious!

How cute is this coffee shop on wheels?! 

NYC Love Street Coffee.  Brant picked up some iced coffee.

At this point we were dying of heat, so we hailed a taxi to take us to our next stop – Organic Avenue.  I have been wanting to visit the store, but hadn’t had a chance on my last few trips to the city.  I am glad we had time today!

Organic Avenue sells juices, smoothies, raw foods, supplements, etc.  They also offer juice and raw food cleanses, and even deliver it to your door!

Their juices come in these great glass bottles (which you can return for a refund), but I wanted to take a few home with me, so I picked out some juices to buy – Coconut Mylk, Blueberry Spirulina Smoothie and Veggie Love.  I will let you know how they are once I try them!

We were ready for lunch after this stop, so we walked back to Union Square, stopping at Liquiteria for a Peaches-N-Dream Smoothie on the way.

The smoothie was made up of peaches, strawberries, bananas, apple cider, cinnamon, aloe vera and energy memory.  It tasted great.

We went to Dogmatic for lunch.  It is a fun ‘fancy sausage’ take-out place.  They cook their rolls on a fancy machine that leaves a hole in the middle.  They pour in a sauce of your choice and fill it with a sausage of your choice.

All of their food is free from hormones, antibiotics, preservatives and artificial flavors.  I chose the asparagus with sun-dried tomato & feta sauce with a side salad.

Isn’t this a neat concept?  And, it tasted great too.

After a quick stop at One Lucky Duck for a raw Moonpie and Mallomar to take home, we were on our way to dinner at Otto Pizzeria.

Otto’s was opened by Mario Batali and is apparently modeled to look like an Italian train station.  And, they are a Certified Green Restaurant!

We started with some Antipasti – Poached Figs, Broccoli Rabe, Summer Squash, Green Beans.  They were all great, but I especially liked the green beans and the fig!

For my entree, I ordered the Swiss Chard & Goat Cheese Pizza – so garlicky, but so good!

The pizza was spread thinly with goat cheese and then topped with swiss chard stems and leaves.

It was a delicious meal and I left feeling stuffed and ready to make our way to Citifield for the Dave Matthews Concert!

quick eats

I started out my morning yesterday by oversleeping!  My body/mind is still exhausted from my crazy weekend in NYC, so I am all about letting it rest and recuperate so that I do not get run down.  So, yesterday was another ‘rest’ day in the workout world.

Once I got up, I was psyched to remember that I had juice waiting for me in the fridge from Liquiteria!

Grasshopper: apple, pear, pineapple, wheatgrass & mint.  YUP – this was delicious.  Not too sweet, not too minty, and I could not even taste the wheatgrass.  Why can’t the juices that I make taste this good?!

Along with my juice, I had 2 slices of Millet toast.  One slice with cashew butter and cherry jam, one slice with homemade Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter.  Honestly, this almond butter is the best thing since sliced bread.

Lunch included some leftovers from last night.  I was so happy that the recipe made so many Millet Patties because they are delicious.  And, perfect for leftovers.  They are good hot, cold, on top of a salad, as a burger, however you want to eat them.

I served 2 millet patties over arugula with peppers, cucumber and an pom-orange poppyseed dressing.

This dressing literally took 2-minutes to make: squeeze 1 orange into a small container, add a splash of pomegranate juice, a pinch of salt and pepper, and a shake of poppyseeds.  Shake up!  This will last me for at least 2 days.

Also part of lunch: Wallaby Vanilla Bean yogurt with Kaia Foods Chocolate Granola.

Yum, this might be my favorite flavor yet!  (Although, I got a tip that they have a maple flavor!!  I will be in love once I find it, I just know it!).

My afternoon snack consisted of another New York City goodie – a raw moonpie from One Lucky Duck!  Super delicious.  It was so rich and chocolaty…and huge…but, I couldn’t stop at just half. 🙂  Dessert before dinner, right?!

And, dinner was one of my favorites – Ten Minute Asparagus and Brown Rice made by Kate!

Along with a salad from Lauren which was jam packed with goodies – mushrooms, peppers, carrots, onions, radishes, dried edamame (which were delicious!).

Just as delicious as it always is.

Yum!  Thanks, girls for a super dinner!!

What a long, but great day!

nyc weekend recap – part I

Wow – what a whirlwind of a weekend!  I hope you all liked my posts of spring veggies and spring running gear over the past few days.  Now, on to the eats for the weekend.

It was quite the weekend of food finds for me.  I was in the city Thursday-Sunday, and even though I was in an 8 hour workshop everyday, I was determined to get to the places I wanted to go to.  It’s not everyday that I get to be in NYC, so I need to live it up when I’m there.  There are a crazy amount of healthy/vegan/vegetarian/raw food joints that I want to try out.  I got to quite a few over the past few days!

I didn’t document everything that I ate over the past few days, just the things worth mentioning.  Breakfast each day was normal – oatmeal with banana, flax, peanut butter and granola.  Lunch was PB&J, apple and yogurt.  Snacks were granola bars and/or trailmix.  Nothing unusual, but I needed everything to be portable.  I made sure to pack my own breakfast, lunch and snacks so that I would have more to spend on goodies!

My first stop was at Angelica Kitchen for dinner on Thursday night with my sister-in-law.  Angelica Kitchen is a vegan restaurant that uses only organic products and no preservatives or refined sugars.  Apparently, they only buy their produce from local farmers, and serve everything within 48 hours of harvest.

I was so excited when she said that she wanted to try it out!  The place was packed, but we only had a 30ish minute wait, and it was worth it.  Everything on the menu sounded delicious.  They have a variety of entrees, appetizers and juices, but I ended up going with a special of the day.

Millet patties with corn, onion, sweet potato and spices served with a pumpkin pesto over sauteed beans, roasted cauliflower and green beans.

This was so so so good!  I loved everything about it and basically cleaned my plate.  It tasted so fresh and healthy.

Obviously, I saved room for dessert.

Carob Chocolate Cake with raspberry puree and maple tofu whip.

Doesn’t it look so pretty?  Well, I did not like it!  I guess that I am not a huge fan of carob – or there was something else in here that I didn’t like.  It tasted very dry and the maple tofu whip on top did not taste of maple.  Oh well – our dinners definitely made up for it.  I would go back in a second!

After the workshop on Friday, I took a long walk around the city to stretch out my legs and check out a few places.

The first stop was Cocoa V, a vegan chocolate shopCocoa V is a chocolate boutique and wine cafe, according to their website.

It was adorable inside with a bakery case full of chocolates, and a small room of tables set up to wine and dine.  They have so many chocolates to choose from, and expensive chocolate at that!  There were Truffles, Bon Bons, Bark, Brownies, Cupcakes, Hot Chocolate, etc.  They do offer a few menu items, as well, but let’s be honest – I was here for the chocolate!  And, I took it to go.

I purchased a few things: Chocolate Pretzel Chunks, Chocolate Bark with Coffee Beans and Cacao Nibs and a Chocolate Almond Bar.  I ate a bite of each right away, and they were all delicious!!  Very rich and chocolaty.  I am not sure what they use for chocolate, but it did not taste anything like my Carob Cake from Angelica Kitchen.

Then, I made my way over to Union Square for the Farmer’s Market.  I got there just as booths were starting to close down, but I did get there in time for my favorite pretzel stand to still be open.

Where I purchased some pretzels to-go.  They sell the pretzels individually, in 3’s, 5’s, 10’s, 20’s, etc.  I went with 1/2 salted, 1/2 unsalted.  They are really good!

And, then to my favorite NYC establishment – One Lucky Duck!!

One Lucky Duck is the takeaway section of Pure Food & Wine, a raw vegan restaurant whose menu is entirely plant based and does not use any processed ingredients.  Nothing is heated above approximately 118 degrees in order to preserve vitamins, minerals, and enzymes.  I have not been to the restaurant, but someday I will get there!  One Lucky Duck offers take-out featuring salads, nori rolls, smoothies, juices, desserts and packaged items like granola and crackers.

I got a Pina Colada smoothie which is made up of fresh coconut meat, coconut water and fresh pineapple.  No sugar added!  It was one of the best things I have ever had!!!  Why can’t we have places like this in Boston?  This is why I make visits to new places while in NYC.

I also bought a few things to go…ok, a lot of things to go!  Last time I was here, I absolutely loved everything I purchased, so I needed to try a few others this time.

Rosemary Quackers, Granola, Cinnamon Crispies.

Orange Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies and a Honey Bunches Bar.

The Honey Bunches Bar contains organic almonds, organic oats, organic buckwheat, organic blueberries, organic nutmeg, organic vanilla extract, organic raw honey, Himalayan crystal salt. It is awesome!  Not too sweet, not too hard – just perfect and delicious.

And, lastly Chocolate Truffle Butter.  Made with raw organic ingredients: cacao powder, agave, cacao butter, vanilla beans and celtic sea salt.

They were handing out samples of this on little spoons last time, and it was unbelievable.  Can you tell that I like this place?  Yes, it is pricey, however, you pay for what you get.  It is located in NYC which does add to the price, but a lot of time and preparations go into preparing raw foods.

I hope you liked Recap – Part I of New York City’s vegan/vegetarian/healthy eating establishments.  I am always searching out new healthy restaurants when I travel to other cities and love to give other people ideas.  There are hundreds of places to visit in NYC and I love to read and hear about other people’s favorites, so hopefully you do to!

This post is getting really long, so Part II to come tomorrow…

crunchy carrots

It’s raining again?!  What is going on?  I thought it was April showers…

I wanted some of everything for breakfast this morning.  Does this happen to anyone else?  Sometimes, when I am that hungry, I end up eating random bites of things straight out of the cabinet or fridge.  But, I have been trying not to do that lately.  Even though my random bites from the cabinet are not unhealthy (because I really don’t buy items with artificial ingredients and the like), they do not make me feel satisfied.

Eventually, after searching, I decided on a big glass of fresh-squeezed juice and manna bread with almond butter and banana.

In the juice mix:

  • 1 apple
  • 2 carrots
  • pineapple
  • 3 celery stalks
  • ginger
  • 1/2 cucumber

I loved the cucumber!  I could really taste it, and it made the juice very refreshing, which would be perfect for the summer!

Served along with some manna bread, almond butter and banana.  I love juice with breakfast, but I also like something to chew (and some fat for satiety).

Carrots

You have probably noticed that I add carrots to almost every juice that I make.  Well, I really enjoy the taste of carrots, but I don’t love eating them.  It may be weird…but, it’s just something about eating carrots that I don’t like – I can’t explain it.  But, carrots have so many beneficial nutrients (and I like the taste), that I am able to add to my diet by adding them to my juices.  I normally try to make juice a few times each week.

(Source)

Carrots do contain a good amount of sugar, but because it is natural sugar and has a high carotenoid content, it actually helps balance blood sugar.  They provide an excellent source of vitamins, including A, C, D, E, K, B1 and B6.  Carrots have a high amount of antioxidant compounds which help protect against cardiovascular disease and cancer and also promote good vision, especially night vision.  And, are also very rich in calcium, magnesium and phosphorus.  As we know from my post about the benefits of chocolate, over 80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium.  We need magnesium for heart health, muscle relaxation and to increase our brainpower.  So, if you don’t like chocolate (?!), then eat your carrots!

Enough about carrots!  It’s time for lunch.

I made up a delicious salad to bring with me today with a little of everything from my fridge.  Salad with romaine, cucumbers, heirloom cherry tomatoes, chickpeas and apricot stilton with pear infused viniagrette.

My home-cooked chickpeas are pretty good!

Along with my salad, I had a side of Cheese-y Quackers that I picked up from One Lucky Duck in NYC.

Cheese-y Quackers are raw crackers made with organic almonds, organic flax, organic nutritional yeast, organic spices and organic sea salt.  Can’t get much healthier than that!

And, they tasted great.  They were just as crispy as crackers could be, and had a great cheese-y taste.  They tasted very rich, which meant that I only needed a few!  Definitely a perfect replacement for me.

It is so gross out, and it looks like we have a few more rainy days in the future.  It’s a perfect day to curl up on the couch with a blanket and a cup of tea…too bad I’m headed back to work!

new york city

I thought that I posted this on Saturday night, but apparently I never hit publish!  Enjoy :).

We spent the whole day walking around NYC!  It was 75°F and sunny, I loved every minute of our day.  We started the day with some breakfast at home.

Then we walked over to pick up my race packet.

Then, the fun started!  We went to Chelsea Market to check out One Lucky Duck.  Chelsea Market is a really cool old builing that was converted into tons of little shops and restaurants.

I have been dying to go there!  One Lucky Duck is a raw food shop that sells fresh squeezed juice, smoothies and takeaway meals and treats.  They also have a restaurant, Pure Food & Wine, if you want a full meal!

I decided on some crackers and cookies to take away with me.  I also got a fresh squeezed juice with carrot, apple and ginger to drink on our walk.  They make it right there!

Yum, it was delicious.

While at One Lucky Duck, I spotted this.

The Nut Box!!

They have a whole bar of loose nuts and fruits, where you can make your own trailmix.  Or, they have pre-packaged items.  Of course, we had to pick up a few treats.  We ended up with Chile Pistachio’s and Fruit Crisps!

After the market, we headed to the Farmer’s Market in Union Square and snacked on an apple while exploring.

And, then stopped into Chop’t for lunch.  Why can’t we have places like this in Boston?!

I made my own salad.  It was huge and delicious!

After walking around a lot more, we stopped for Tea at my favorite tearoom – Podunk.  I talked about it on my last NYC trip when my camera ate my photos!  It was just as great.  I sipped some Toasted Coconut Black tea as we chatted.

It was a perfect day in NYC!  Now, it’s time for the big run!