December in New York – Candle 79

After the whole engagement thing (no big deal right? I’m still eeeee-ing about it) we went back to the hotel, cracked open a bottle of champagne and started calling or emailing family members and close friends. Sometimes it just doesn’t feel appropriate to use Facebook to notify everyone of such important news. Then it was time to celebrate. And what better place than Candle 79 (154 East 79th Street at Lexington Avenue, New York, NY)? I had never been before, but after the endless series of great reviews I’ve read online, I couldn’t wait to finally go. We were the last seating of the evening, and got a lovely seat right by the front window. It’s such a nice space, cozy atmosphere with subtle lighting and plush seats. For drinks, I ordered the Reforestation; a mojito with a twist – a tree is planted with every Reforestation ordered. I love mojitos, I love trees: i.e., perfect combination. Moreover the ingredients interested me, I’d never tried Veev Acai spirit, but I had a little bit about it previously and liked the premise and ecologically responsible business model. Jordan ordered the Ginger Rush, I think mostly because it had sake in it, but it ended up being more my style than his. We picked out an organic wine from Heller Estates that I had to take a picture of to make sure we would remember it – unfortunately, the LCBO/Ontario wine stores don’t have it. We noticed the wine list was perfect,…

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December in New York – Tien Garden

We’ve been long back from New York city, but since starting a new job, and still having another one, I haven’t had enough time for the fun stuff (which includes this blog.) It was my birthday on Monday so my gift to myself is to write up a series of new blog posts, especially about our trip to New York City. I like making sure I write while I’m on vacation, because afterwards, things get lost in my memories. I forget to write, I lose track of time, and various other excuses but this trip was different in that after the unbelievable (yet entirely believable) events of the first day, I didn’t know what to say. So I’ll start from the beginning and keep going till it’s done. I’m aiming for one post a day for the next few days. Jordan and I got up bright and early on Friday morning, suitcases ready and waiting, excitement in the air. I’ve never flown Porter Airlines, so that was new, and delightfully convenient (it’s right downtown and only short drive from our house.) In case you’re wondering, Porter Air does not have particularly vegan items available in their cute little snack boxes, but I filled up on free almonds and coffee in the airport lounge before we got on the plane. I tried asking them via twitter if they ever had any vegan options but didn’t get a reply. Three hours later we arrived at the Thomson LES Hotel, after a very…

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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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