Soon to be in New York City.

I’ve never been to New York City in December, but I’ve been told it’s the time to visit. I’m being whisked away from rainy Toronto, to the arty vegan food haven in the south (which is hopefully less rainy than it is here at the moment.) As with most trips, I feel compelled to make a list of possible sights and eats, but this time around, I’m not nearly as concerned with getting to it all, since after a few trips, I feel like I’ve gotten a rich NYC experience. I’m most excited about introducing my partner to the various galleries and restaurants that I’ve loved on past visits to the big apple. We’re staying in the Lower East Side (LES), conveniently located near Lula’s Sweet Apothecary (maybe a bit too conveniently) as well as places I haven’t tried yet, like Babycakes (248 Broome Street between Orchard and Ludlowm, NYC), Tien Garden (170 Allen Street, New York, NY) and Pala (198 Allen Street New York, NY). Once place I’m very curious about, but haven’t heard too too much about is Yonah Schimmel’s Knishes (137 E Houston St, between Orchard and Allen, New York, NY), knishes sound like the perfect food – mashed potatoes, with a little bit of dough, fried or baked. I’ll find out what’s in those little knishes and hopefully eat them. Other Food Places to visit Franchia (12 Park Ave, New York, NY) Candle 79 (154 E 79th St, New York, NY) or Candle Cafe (1307 3rd Ave, New York, NY) The…

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Vegan MoFo: 30 Days of Vegan Travel – Day One: NY and NJ

So, I’m being ambitious here. I’d like to turn November into a month of fantasy travel. My worklife has limited my ability to run off and go wherever I want to, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t places I’d like to go… eventually. I’m going to save myself some time, preplan them all in one mad month, and maybe in the meantime someone else can make use of my work. Right now I’m on my way back from a brief visit to (primarily) New York City, so this will be a non fantasy vacation, since I was actually there. A friend in New Jersey was kind enough to offer me a place to stay, so I spent some time in Jersey City, but most of the time was spent in Manhattan and Brooklyn. I preplanned this trip as I (try to) do with all of them, there were some websites that were absolutely invaluable in terms of finding things in the area. Since it’s such a popular place to visit it’s easy to get overwhelmed with information, but it was nice to have a few really great resources to sift through. Supervegan.com, gives you the option of organizing their listings by a variety of variables (like type of cuisine, neighbourhood, how vegan they are, price range, and other info), Yelp was helpful in terms of confirming my expectations. Plus the PPK forum is probably my favourite way to figure out if a place is actually good. So my absolute To…

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