Daily Archives: June 25, 2011


brunch - restaurant

My in-laws Wendy and David rode the train in from Philly to see us this morning, so we took them out to eat!

Multiple bloggers recommended Locanda Verde, a TriBeCa restaurant (part owned by Robert De Niro) which was written up in the Huffington Post as having “The Best Breakfast in NYC.”


Don’t know if that’s true, but I will say they have the best bread-fast! All I ate were doughy slices in different forms. Starting with the complimentary focaccia:


Soft pillows, swirled with balsamic glazed onions


For an appetizer, we shared their famous Sheep’s Milk Ricotta, served with burnt orange toast


Truffle honey usually comes on top, but since Wendy/David aren’t fans, it arrived on the side


Drizzled on top of my toast…


…then more with another 1/2 slice of focaccia!


For my main dish, the king of carbs – French Toast. Hazelnut crusted, with a Sicilian Citrus Salad and powdered sugar on top.


Warm maple syrup – I only needed 1/4 of this because the bread really didn’t need it…


…not too sweet, not too soggy, not too dry. With the bitter zest and salty/crunchy hazelnuts, this was such a unique combination of flavors of textures


But if you’re coming here and want something sweet, I highly recommend the dish that Wendy got – Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, with fresh blueberries and lemon curd. Light but filling, with a thin crispy crust.


All of us agreed – some of the best pancakes we’ve ever eaten.

More tastes were exchanged around the table…


…Abe’s Soft Scrambled Egg Crostino with leeks and shrooms (he asked for them to leave off the speck meat)…


…David’s Uovo Modenese – Cotechino Hash (pork), Spinach, and Tomato Hollandaise


When the busboy came to clear our tables, he was shocked.

“I don’t think I ever seen this before,” he chuckled. “Usually someone leaves SOMETHING!”


I don’t get it. This is the way The Greenwalds and The Chens eat every time we go out!!!


(P.S. – Happy early birthday, Wendy!)


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The Motherfucker with the Vegan Sundae

dessert - theatre - travel - vegan

One thing I haven’t done in FOREVER is see a Broadway show. Even when I lived in NYC we rarely went.

I know, I know, bad actor.

Friday afternoon Abe waited in the TKTS line to purchase 1/2 price seats for “The Motherfucker with the Hat.”

Before heading into Times Square, we hopped on the F train to the Lower East Side for ice cream. My stomach has been through a lot the past few days, so I decided to take a break on the meals and jump straight to dessert!


Lula’s Sweet Apothecary = vegan heaven. Their old skool menu has pretty much every concoction you can imagine – with gluten-free options as well



Knowing my intense passion for the non-dairy gelato at Scoops, a number of NYC readers suggested a visit to this shop. When I contacted owner Blythe Boyd, she was kind enough to offer some free treats for the blog!


Started off with samples. First, a few tastes of their famous cake batter soft serve. I want a cruelty-free Fudgie the Whale for my birthday made of this stuff!!!


Also their hand-packed flavors…


…I tried Peanut Butter and Jelly, Vanilla Fudge Brownie, and Cola (<—shockingly awesome – someone should order a float made out of this!)


Decided on a 2-scoop Sundae – Peanut Butter and Jelly, Mint Chocolate Chip


Toppings: Candied Pecans, Hot Fudge, Whipped Cream (Coconut based) and of course, a cherry on top!


There are a few stools by the window where you can sit and eat (that’s beautiful Blythe in the middle!)


Had a show to catch, so we ordered to go – in corn-based, compostable containers


I traded bites/sips with Abe’s Egg Cream (which, traditionally, is made with milk – not eggs or cream). This version had organic chocolate syrup, rice milk, and seltzer.


We both hated to admit it, but we actually prefer Lula’s to Scoops. The texture, flavor, and overall selection blew our minds – I eat a lot of the regular stuff (much to my stomach’s chagrin) and this came really close.  Not just good for vegans, but for anyone with a sweet tooth.

Mouths happy, we made it to the theater with plenty of time before curtain!


(I wonder what the passwords for these WiFi connections were?!?)


The play was short – 1.5 hours with no intermission. It was cool to see Chris Rock and Bobby Cannavale live, plus Annabella Sciorra (who I worked on the pilot episode of “Law and Order: Trial by Jury” with).

Got back just in time to hear the good news about gay marriage! What a sweet, sweet night.

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