Monday, September 6, 2010

Out on the Town

This weekend my mom and her boyfriend Ken were in town as well as my Uncle Steve and Aunt Diana. I knew that we would all be out and about in NYC starting Saturday morning so Patrick and I decided to cook at home on Friday night. I was craving Indian food so we made some Palak (sans Paneer- otherwise known as cheese) and chickpea curry. We also made some brown basmati rice and onion naan. So good! Better than takeout for sure : )
Green leaves being blended for palak- check out this recipe from Mama Pea for specifics
I bought some chilis for the chickpea curry. Thank god I tasted them before I added a handful to the pot. They were hot, hot, hot. I put one in my mouth and began running around the kitchen like a crazy person looking for something to cool me down. I only added 1 1/2 of these tiny chilis to the dish and it still packed some major heat.

Chickpea Curry:
1 can mashed chickpeas
1 jar stewed organic tomatoes (if I could do this again I would puree them before adding to the recipe)
1 small chopped onion
2 cups vegetable broth
1 Tbsp unsalted butter
2 teaspoons minced ginger
1-2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Put ingredients together in a pot and simmer for 30-40 minutes. Yum!

Dinner together at home was a great way to begin the long weekend. I was proud of myself when my craving for curry did not lead me to pick up the phone and a takeout menu. Hurray for sticking to my goals (I vowed to cook at home more this year).
The next day, my family and I had tickets to the Yankee game so I woke up early and did some yoga, then enjoyed some granola with a juicy chopped pear and hemp milk.
This was my first time trying hemp milk and I LOVED it. Very creamy. It has a funky color to it but I sort of like the greenish hue. Wierd huh? It also has way more calories than my usual almond milk so if you're looking to lose weight you might want to pick another type of milk. However, it would be great as a treat : )

Pat enjoying a beer at the game

There actually turned out to be some healthy eating options at the new Yankee stadium (a fruit and veggie stand). But, rather than pay a ton of money for a mediocre salad, I brought in an "egg salad" sandwich and some snacks.

Pat decided to indulge in one of his favorites.

Hmmm... I'm already thinking of a way to veganize the philly cheesesteak...

Fresh veggies in a bag at the 7th inning stretch

For dinner we tried this awesome organic restaurant by the 14th street PATH station. It was sooo good and had options for vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters. My family was so open to trying food from the unique menu. Some people who make the choice to go vegan have to deal with resistance and mockery from their loved ones. I am so lucky to have people in my life who are open and willing to explore a new way of eating. Thanks guys!

The signature Gusto Soup- this was made mostly from beets which are not my favorite so I didn't love it. Also, it looked like ketchup. Not the best part of the meal.

Vegan penne with veggies and marinara. Very fresh and delicious...

My mom and Ken about to enjoy their own organic meals : )

Uncle Steve and Aunt Diana

The whole crew- notice the organic red wine at the forefront

Patrick was excited about his pizza!

The boys enjoyed some chocolate fondue for dessert. Sadly, the chocolate had dairy in it so I did not partake.

They did however have a vegan apple tart that was very light and sweet. Not quite the same as chocolate fondue but it did satisfy my need for dessert.

Another shot of the wine. I really enjoyed this Meritage. Not sure if the fact that it was organic made a difference in the taste or if it was just good wine... either way... CHEERS!

The restaurant philosophy

On Sunday we were headed back to the city to see Jersey Boys. I got up and did a quick workout with Pat and then started off the day with some Oats in a Jar. Days are always better when they begin in a PB jar, don't you think??

Leftover palak for lunch with flatbread and carrots. Points for presentation?
The show was really fun. People were clapping and sort of dancing in their seats. I was surprised to see that I actually knew all the music.
Afterward, we headed over to Philip Marie's in the Village (thanks for the recommendation Megan!) At first glance, there weren't a ton of vegan options but I spoke to the waiter and he helped me to get a little creative with my order. The results were AMAZING! Everyone really enjoyed their meals and we will definitely be going back...

Crispy portabella fries

Nuts & Berries Salad with figs, dates, currants, pear, walnuts and sesame

Side of grilled veggies to go with my salad

The drink of choice

Fresh fruit plate with mango sorbet for dessert
Basically, I had a great weekend with my family and was sad to see them go. This weekend marks the official end of summer for me as the first day of our regular school year begins on Tuesday. While I am really looking forward to the school year and the fall and everything that comes with it, I will miss the more frequent visits with family that always happen in the summer months. Corssing my fingers that the holidays come quickly!


  1. W-O-W!!! Everything looks unreal! And the pics are so cute--I LOVE that you have pictures of the food AND of you guys!

    Miss your face! Keep blogging youre inspiring me to cook

  2. I have to say the portabella fries were AMAZING!!! Actually, all the food was really good...even the non-veg/vegan :-) I agree with was an amazing weekend. Great weather, great food, fun events, and WONDERFUL people to experience it all with! What a way to end the summer.

  3. I miss you too Beth! Let me know when you get back into your school year routine and start cooking. I'd love to hear your ideas. You were the one who started all this healthy living stuff to begin with. Remember our trek to Trader Joe's back in the day in DC? And our mango chicken and rice??

  4. It was a great way to end the summer! Come back and visit me soon : )

  5. mango chicken and rice!! i remember! this blog made me hungry, as usual... and i need to go buy some veggies and fruit tomorrow

  6. btw, do you have the recipe for that blueberry dessert dish you made one time when i was there... that was soo good im thinking of trying it out myself!

  7. Ya for fruits and veggies. My CSA delivery comes tomorrow and I am excited.

    I do have that recipe. It was from The Kind Diet. I can't post it here but I can definitely lend you my book so you can try it. It was super easy!

  8. Here is the Carrot-Onion Salad I told you about.
    4 large carrots, grated
    1 medium red onion or sweet onion sliced thin or diced
    1/4 tsp sea salt
    1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
    3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
    1/3 cup chopped cilantro
    Combine and mix well. Refrigerate for 20 minutes before serving.