We couldn't have had a better day weather wise to try it. The temperature actually hit 80 that day and sidewalk seating was available, making it my first sidewalk cafe meal of the spring and summer season. Spring is finally officially here! The menu had so many items I could actually have! It was like heaven for me. To drink I settled on their Strawberry Blond juice spritzer. It had strawberry and blood orange juices paired with basil and topped off with soda. It was so refreshing and I'm probably going to try to concoct a copycat version at home. As my entrée, I had no choice but to try their Spicy Kale Caesar Salad. A friend of mine on Instagram posted a photo of it the day prior and it looked so delicious it was all I could think about until I arrived at the restaurant that day. The kale was dressed with a creamy vegan caesar dressing and topped with croutons, avocado, almond parmesan, and the most amazing crispy shallots ever. I'm kind of obsessed with crispy shallots now, I want to put them on everything! Not shown but equally yummy was a side of their gluten-free toast and cashew cheddar cheese. I'm counting the days until I can head back and try some additional items on the menu. Have you ever been to the Butcher's Daughter? If so what was your favorite dish? I need some ideas to try for next time I go!
The Butcher’s Daughter is a new juice bar, cafe and “vegetable slaughter house”.As a human race, it is becoming more and more obvious that our diet – and the way we eat – is changing: Meat is moving off center-stage and the spotlight is turning to fresh fruits and vegetables. At The Butcher’s Daughter, we treat fruits and vegetables as a butcher would meat: We chop, fillet and carve fresh produce into heathy vegetarian dishes and press them into pretty juices. ...We take pride in our daily-changing menu, which is 100% vegetarian and non-dairy. Most of our menu items are vegan and gluten-free, and we can always prepare substitutions for most dietary restrictions.
Pure Food and WineSay you don't like raw food? Pure Food & Wine will impress die-hard carnivores as well as vegans like me who usually like their food cooked. With their stellar cuisine, extensive wine list and candle-lit ambiance, it's the perfect location to bring your valentine for a romantic dinner out.
Candle 79Photo: Mimi Giboin A vegan fine dining establishment in the Upper East Side, Candle 79's creative dishes and numerous wine choices make this spot a must visit for a date night, valentine's day or any day.
One of my favorite restaurants in NYC, you can't go wrong with Blossom. With four locations ranging from the West Village all the way up to the Upper East Side, not only is the food to die for, the ambiance is quiet and candle lit. The Chelsea location is in the most romantic turn-of the century building, and if you reserve your table in advance you may have a chance to get one of their private, blocked off tables for two in their window. I can't think of a more romantic way to spend the evening than watching over the wintry NYC street scene while enjoying a romantic meal with your valentine.
Gift and Treat Ideas
Sweet & SaraMarshmallows are not very vegan friendly, which makes me sad. Luckily Sweet & Sara, based in Long Island City, figured out how to veganize them and they make a variety of marshmallow based treats, from s'mores to rice crispy treats! You can find them in various stores throughout the city, or can order them direct from their website.
Dunwell Donuts has some of the best donuts in the city, nevermind vegan donuts. With fancy pants flavors like Chai Tea and Creme Brule, these sweet treats will bring a smile to your valentine's face, especially if you get him or her a dozen.
Photo by Rachel HellerDoes your vegan valentine have any food allergies? If so, thanks to Babycakes that's no excuse why they shouldn't be allowed to have a sweet valentine's day treat! Babycakes Bakery on the Lower East Side offers gluten, dairy, egg and refined sugar-free cupcakes, cookies, donuts and even a Valentine's Day Candy Gram. Oh, and their icing is to die for!
Vaute Couture Apparel and Accessories
Thinking of getting your vegan valentine some jewelry? Vaute Couture in Williamsburg offers necklaces, sunglasses, and tees fit for the animal activist in your life. This V Necklace is currently at the top of my valentine's day wish list. Whatever you decide to do for your vegan valentine this year, don't forget... kisses are free! On another note, congratulations to Terry for winning the Anjolee Gemstone Pendant Giveaway!
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Us on the roof at the Met.
Bex giving NYC style bagels a giant thumbs up!
Exploring the Met.
Bex being silly (per usual).
Grabbing sushi and cocktails at Bozu.
Just part of my haul while thrifting.
I've lived in Williamsburg for over 8 years and had never, ever been to Brooklyn Brewery. No better time than now! I made an exception for gluten obviously.
Learning about beerz.
Farewell brunch including vegan "Eggs" Benedict at Champs.
Chloe Susan $1345
I've been in need of more flat shoes in my life, and when I spotted these all over Pinterest months ago, I've been longing for a vegan pair. I love how they're kind of the badass love child of a cowboy boot, moto boot and harness boot all in one.
JustFab Zurich $39.95
Forever21 High-Voltage Faux Leather Booties $42.80
These Neuara Aven's are marked down from $155 to just $75! I can tell you from experience, these are a HOT pair of shoes. I actually got mine direct from the ladies at Compassion Couture during a visit this past spring. I loved them so much I wore them out of the stockroom!