Lynn – Rewind, Repeat

January 2, 2010

in restaurant, travel

2010 started off with a trip to one of my favorite restaurants in New York, Spring Street Natural….

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…for a blogger meetup with Ada, Nathalie, Chelsea, and Marina!

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I munched on a piece of each bread basket offering – Rosemary Tomato and something multigrain-y….

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…and ate about 3/4 of the Asian Salad without crispy noodles (Boston, romaine and iceberg lettuce, pineapple, toasted almonds, carrots, jicama, mango, spring onions with grilled free range chicken and spicy toasted sesame-miso dressing on the side):

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Still delicious, though the bread wasn’t as rockin’ as I remember it being…

After brunch with the the lovely ladies, I hopped on the train to the Upper West Side to hang out with my friends Emily and Jim, who I haven’t seen in years. When I got back to Chelsea, Abe and I caught up with one another (our first time being apart in over a week!) and just chilled in the apartment for a few hours.

I waited for my appetite to come back, but it never really did, so around 7:00 we tried to figure out someplace to go that wouldn’t be too heavy or expensive or require a reservation. Abe wanted to go to Spring Street Natural, but I didn’t want to eat there twice in one day (though I must admit the idea was tempting). Finally, we decided on a new vegan place I’ve read about on other blogs – Peace Food Cafe – so I made yet another trip to the Upper West Side.

The restaurant was very cozy and casual….they were blasting Beatles music and we instantly felt at home.

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Abe and I both ordered sandwiches and shared them – the roasted japanese pumpkin (with caramelized onions, ground walnuts, and vegan goat cheese on toasted whole spelt rye) and the pan seared french horn mushroom panini (with sun-dried tomatoes, arugula, artichoke aioli, mint and basil pesto on homemade focaccia).

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Both were insanely good (and would satisfy a skeptical meat-eater) but I did prefer the panini, which shocked my pumpkin-loving self. The latter did come with a little bit of jicama but it was more of a garnish than a side.

So Abe also ordered some baked soy nuggets with herbed vegan mayo, which I tried one of.

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Not bad – though I like the frozen soy nuggets from Trader Joe’s better, so that’s not really saying much.

All in all I really liked this place, as did Abe. I read on yelp that the service here can be iffy – what was interesting was that there seemed to be a dozen people running around for such a small cafe. They were all super friendly and content; my one issue was that they brought my order out about 5 minutes before Abe’s.

We talked about going down to Tribeca to visit the movie theater where we got married (yes, you heard right) but I felt cold and stuffed so we just went back to the apartment instead to snuggle and digest.

I poured myself a cup of Yogi Tea (Calming flavor) which had a nice positive message.

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Thank you, tea bag.

With a tootsie pop cause my mouth was bored (even though my stomach wasn’t).

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We watched about 10 minutes of “Alvin and the Chipmunks” until we couldn’t take it anymore and decided to go to bed. A nice mellow start to the New Year and a solid night’s sleep.

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{ 16 comments }

1 Anna January 2, 2010 at 7:15 am

Mmmm….all those eats look great! Looks like a fun blogger meet-up too!

I HATE it when servers bring out the meals at different times. It makes the meal so awkward!

2 Rosey Rebecca January 2, 2010 at 7:32 am

That place looks so cute! So sorry I couldn’t make it! Glad you had fun though.

3 Alison January 2, 2010 at 7:51 am

Looks like you’re having a great time!
The sandwiches look and sound delicious. The panani looks especially good even though I hate mushrooms. I bet the pumpkin sandwich was wonderful.

4 Marina January 2, 2010 at 8:06 am

It was great meeting you yesterday! I had fun!!

5 Daria @ Daria Can Cook January 2, 2010 at 8:08 am

I love that you got married in a movie theater. How cool! And I’m impressed that you made it through even 10 minutes of Alvin and the Chipmunks. ;)

6 Angie January 2, 2010 at 8:21 am

Beautiful meals!! The sandwiches look amzing!

And, I love tea bags with happy messages….and chocolates too!

Happy New Year, Lynn!

7 Evan Thomas January 2, 2010 at 8:24 am

The grilled chicken salad looks unreal! Definitely my type of cafe

8 leianna January 2, 2010 at 8:29 am

Your trip to NYC is like foodie heaven, I’ve heard about Peace Cafe through other blogs. I love paninis, wish I had a press to make my own sometime!

9 Susan January 2, 2010 at 9:14 am

Mmm I’d love to try that vegan place!
And I want more deets on the movie theater wedding – I love wedding stories!

10 Ada January 2, 2010 at 9:25 am

That’s so funny that you went to Peacefood Cafe, I literally live right by it! I also still can’t believe your roomate was that doctor, what a strange coincidence!

11 Chelsea January 2, 2010 at 12:09 pm

I want to go to New York again! All that food looks delish!

I love the cup in your last shot-soo cute.

12 Light Delight with Tou Tou January 2, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Blogger meet up!!! so much fun ;-D we had one in DC too today. it feels so good to meet up with your virtue foodie friends !

that salad looks awesome :-D I love it!

13 Amber January 2, 2010 at 4:03 pm

How fun! I know i say this almost everytime but your food always looks SO good! And I love the yogi teas and their positive messages.

14 greensandjeans January 2, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Yay for blogger meetups! That place looks so good! I’ll have to check it out the next time I’m out there!

15 candice January 2, 2010 at 9:24 pm

Delicious-looking bread and dressing. Love toasted sesame anything :) I WISH I could buy a roasted kabocha sandwich! Seriously, if it were tasty, I would be an eternal patron… Sometimes, I don’t get hungry all day, too, even though I’ve been walking around and everything. It’s weird and slightly annoying, because then eating becomes almost like a chore.

16 Chelsea Ward January 2, 2010 at 9:33 pm

It was so, so nice to meet you yesterday Lynn! I had a lovely time at lunch getting to know you all face-to-face. Looks like you had a foodtastic remainder of the day as well. That sandwich and those soy nuggets look yummy! I will place that restaurant on my queue of healthy places to eat in the city.

Have a safe, warm trip back to LA. I’m sure today’s weather had you itching for the warmth of Southern CA a bit. Heck, I was itching for the warmth of the West!

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