Veggies and music

Yay for people who love food [almost] as much as I do! Last night’s blogger dinner, masterfully organized by Heather as a way to welcome (or bid farewell to, as the case may be) a visiting VeggieGirl, took place at Candle 79, a fancy vegan restaurant on the Upper East Side. I didn’t want to make all the ladies pose for the millionth time, so I snuck all these pics on the sly so I could give a quick orientation to NYC blogger brilliance.

Left to right: Amelia, Katharine, Diana, Marina, Amie

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Caroline, Liz (aka VeggieGirl), Katie, Ari:

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Olga‘s hair and Deidre:

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Danielle and Liz:

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Marina, Amie, and Heather’s arm:

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Since I didn’t have any cake at work yesterday, I was hungry for dinner! First to arrive at our table was the “amuse-bouche” of polenta chips with walnut-lentil pate and julienned radish:

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I ate two of these while we waited for our food (and I ate four more after the food when I was still hungry!):

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Olga and I got crafty and decided to order two dishes to share so that we could have a taste of each. Dish #1 was the Moroccan Spiced Chickpea Cake with seasonal vegetables, red pepper-coconut curry, apricot-date chutney, and roasted almonds:

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This was good, but I had two reservations: (1) the chickpea cake was the size of my big toe and (2) as Heather so astutely pointed out, the texture was akin to meatloaf. I liked the flavors, especially the apricot-date chutney, but I really could have gone for some crisp on the outside instead of a mush-patty through and through.

Dish #2 that Olga and I split was the Live Zucchini Enchiladas with cashew cheese, spinach, guacamole, chipotle tomato sauce, cashew sour cream, pumpkin seeds, baby romaine, and cucumber-tomato salsa:

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This was also tasty, and the zucchini ribbons were pretty:

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Despite the impressive-sounding ingredients and the raw factor, however, the fact remains that this dish was simply a slice of zucchini topped with mashed avocado. Delicious … but I could have made it myself for way less than the $26 I spent! Again, the food was tasty, but I don’t think it was worth the money at all. I’ve heard much better things about Candle Cafe, the more casual and less pricey sister of Candle 79, so that will be next on my agenda!

IMG_1922.JPGVG Liz had to book it out of there at 7:30 for another engagement, so we didn’t get to try dessert (which is when the four remaining lentil pate-topped chips made their way into my system). No dessert was really fine with me though — my wallet was feeling the strain, and Pinkberry had free froyo right around the corner to market the new summer flavors of passion fruit and coconut. Olga and I raced over there in an attempt to multi-task to the max: we needed our free froyo, but since dinner was done so early, we also needed to get from the UES to Park Slope stat to see if we could catch any of the Blonde Redhead show at Celebrate Brooklyn. Diana and Katharine materialized in the line behind us shortly after our arrival. I had to snap them on the go (hence the blur) since we were in a rush!

My pinkberry prep-master put on quite the show for documentation purposes as he put together my passion fruit and coconut swirl with chocolate chips and fresh cherries:

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Carefully accessorizing the froyo:

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Busting out some more moves for Olga:

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Big sigh of relief because my dessert is finally here

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Mmmmm, love my froyo! It was tasty but not $6 worth of tasty, so I’m glad we were able to make it in time for the free cup.

And, miracle of all miracles, we arrived at Prospect Park around 8:45, and Blonde Redhead was just starting. I guess the start of the show (which was FREE, fyi) had been delayed for over an hour because of the thunderstorm, so we made it just in the nick of time! (Olga and I should have taken a picture of ourselves in all our blonde-redhead glory, but I guess we were too excited to think of that.)

With her connections, Olga snuck us into the VIP section so that we were close and could see the music:

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Before the show, I knew nothing whatsoever about Blonde Redhead, but they were great!

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I’m so glad Olga mentioned she was going to try to make it to the show. The park is only two blocks from my house so, not only was it an excellent way to spend my Friday night, it was ridiculously convenient.

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I was having a definite I’m-so-lucky-to-live-in-Brooklyn moment while watching and listening! Thanks Olga πŸ™‚

(And if you’re at all curious about the food-drops on my desk today at work, they went a little something like this …

Morning snack of buttered whole wheat toast because the breakfast man gave Myrna extra:

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And afternoon snack of 1/4 a buttered bagel left from Belkis’ breakfast;

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The bagel needed doctoring:

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Smothering the bagel with peanut butter and almond slivers was bound to take it to the next level.)

OK, this morning on the list I’ve got hot yoga, CSA pickup, and topic selection and research for my final paper that’s due on Thursday! Ack, I’d better enjoy my four hours outside the apartment now because I’m not going to be leaving it for the rest of the weekend. Rararararrrrrr homework. We finally have some nice weather after all the rain drama, and I am stuck inside! How do you console yourself when you have loads of inside work but wish you were outside?

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19 thoughts on “Veggies and music

  1. insideiamdancing says:

    Looks like an AMAZING night! I am dying to go to Candle Cafe- save an evening in October when I am in the city πŸ˜‰

    I hear you on the ‘wishing I was outside but have to stay inside’… I am consoling myself with the fact that the sooner I buckle down and finish what needs done, I can go out to play πŸ˜› (though this would happen faster if I was procrastinating on blogs, lol)

    Enjoy your weekend!

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  2. Diana (Soap & Chocolate) says:

    Seriously, Candle 79 portions are way stingy for our American sized bellies (and the price)! Points for presentation but I can’t lie and say I didn’t have some chocolate when I got home, even after free pinkberry! I would say I did enjoy Candle Cafe more, despite its ambience being nothing to speak of. Porcini-crusted Seitan followed by CARROT CAKE. You know how I roll. It was good.

    Glad you guys made it to the concert! Hope you’re enjoying your time outside. πŸ™‚

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  3. Mrs Myers @ Eat Move Write says:

    You console yourself by remembering that there are TWO days in the weekend and all that work will still be there tomorrow if you go outside today!!!

    I love the way you described that cake. The size of your big toe and the consistency of meatloaf?! MMMM lol.

    You evening looked really fun. I actually like candids better than those posed group shots anyway.

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  4. VeggieGirl says:

    I agree!! The meal was NOT filling at all – Caroline and I split a pint of raw ice cream at Pure Food & Wine’s One Lucky Duck takeaway place afterwards, haha πŸ˜€

    Glad you had a fun night though, and it was lovely meeting you!! Sorry we couldn’t chat longer though!!

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  5. verbalriot says:

    hahaha I like how I’m totally the “phantom” in this post, my back is turned! πŸ™‚ Such a mystery.

    I’m so glad we got free yogurt AND got to the show, I’m so happy you enjoyed it, thanks for coming with me!

    I hope you made some progress on your final paper business!

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  6. Gina says:

    Looks like a great time!! The froyo looks so perfect, especially for right now, as it’s 90 degrees out….

    It’s hard for me to know it’s so beautiful outside but tha tI am stuck inside working on a thesis. I used to keep my blinds open so I could at least see it outside, but I think it was making the apartment WAY too hat, and the AC kept cranking (waste of energy and money!). Now I just remind myself how freaking humid and miserable it is outside…that way I don’t feel bad that I’ not out there!! πŸ™‚

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  7. bhealthier says:

    Hey there!

    Such a great review of dinner! I would have been bugged by the $26 zuchinni /avacado deal too – not that it wasn’t fabulous as I’m sure it was!

    I have never gone to a pinkberry- none around here. That is so fantastic you got a free cup and a delicious looking one as well!

    Yum! Look forward to reading more of your blog!

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  8. katecooks says:

    what a fun meet-up! yeah, i agree with you on the portions, it looks like not a lot of food and not very filling food either for the money. i prefer healthy but heartier plates for sure!!

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  9. Erin says:

    Too bad about dinner. Spending money on not perfect meals makes me sad. But woohoo to living in a city that has wonderful things to do and free fro yo!

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  10. Marina says:

    I love the pictures you got of me yapping away! lol I had a good time, but I agree, I was disappointed with how tiny the portions were and how expensive it was! You took good pics though! πŸ™‚

    Take care,
    Marina

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  11. Olivia says:

    Oohh blogger dinner. I have so many things to look forward to as a blogger πŸ˜‰
    Speaking of which, we need to have a dinner soon too!

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  12. lilveggiepatch says:

    It was so nice to meet you yesterday, even though we didn’t get a chance to talk. Hope to see you again some time!

    LOVE Blonde Redhead. I wish I’d known they were playing! Glad you got to see the show!

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  13. Rose says:

    This looks like SO MUCH FUN!

    Good question at the end of this post. I try and sneak out for at least 5-10 minutes throughout the day whenever I can. It really helps!

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