Wednesday, November 07, 2007
On Friday night, Daiku and I hit vegan pay dirt- we got to have dinner with 20 fellow PPK-ers in New York! Since this is VeganMoFo, I will bring you mostly food photos in this post, but to get to see some of the gorgeous people we got to meet, you can see more photos here.
For dinner, we went to Caravan of Dreams, located in the East Village. I had never heard of the place, but Terry assured me that it had been around forever. The menu is full of intriguing dishes, including tons of raw food options. I'll give you some of the dishes we managed to photograph, along with grades.
Spinach-potato soup. B.
Indonesian salad. Not so Indonesian. Seriously, macadamia nuts? C-.
Tempeh Reuben. Sandwich: B+ . Pickles: F. Seriously. As a pickle lover, it saddens me to report that pickles this bad even exist.
Organic vegan beers in huge never-ending bottles? A+ !
Desserts were solid. But they were all decorated the same! And had a bit of a "health-food" flavor. B.
Getting a coffee that repeatedly formed an "orb of doom" after we'd spent the whole night talking about Japanese horror movies? Priceless.
Afterward, those of us who hadn't ordered dessert at Caravan of Dreams walked over to Atlas for some vegan soft serve and other assorted goodies.
Everything in the display case (brownies, cakes, cheesecakes, cupcakes) was vegan!
Chocolate-hazelnut cake with a gooey fudge-y middle layer. B+
The soft serve was vanilla, but you could play around with your flavor by choosing various mix-ins. I chose coconut. A-
The best part of the evening was meeting such wonderful and cool on-line friends, including Isa and Terry, vegan authors extraordinaire and all around cool persons. Here's the best part of VeganMoFo: vegan food, the good, the bad, and the weird, tastes better when you have awesome company to share it with. Other than blogging, the Post-Punk Kitchen forums are what have allowed me to keep my veganism -and my sanity- intact!
Check out the blogs of some of the people at the dinner:
Isa & Terry (The PPK blog)
Suzie (One Chubby Vegan)
Melisser (The Urban Housewife)
Jason and Laura (Supervegan)
Gwenlet (Eating Well and Eating Well)
(anyone I missed?)
Caravan of Dreams (100% vegan, raw and gluten-free selections)
405 East 6th Street
Atlas Café (vegan soft serve, crepes, and baked goods from Vegan Treats)
73 2nd Avenue
New York NY 10003
More NYC food, still to come...