V Life in NYC



Heading out to see a show, I needed some food first. Not too far from Times Square is V Life. A small, vegan, fast food place with a few tables. The food isn’t super fast, but is tasty.

I ordered the Groovy Guacamole Burger with Avocado Mayo and Emergize Me fresh juice. Both made after I ordered. I also ordered a piece of peanut butter bomb cake, but got the pumpkin. Be prepared to not get exactly what you ordered.



I did enjoy my dinner and the people were very nice. V Life gets three out of five vegan cupcakes. Worth eating, with some quirk.




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Blossom du Jour in Hell’s Kitchen

I seem to always be starving when I arrive in NYC. Probably because it’s a long flight. Happy Cow quickly pointed out Blossom du Jour close to my hotel and I was thrilled.

The food is delicious. Hubby said of his burger, “this will convert meat eaters.” This is high praise from Hubby.

We ordered Un-chicken salad, Midtown melt, Un-chicken avocado griller, green lemonade, and banana chocolate chip loaf.


Hubby had eaten half of his Midtown melt before I could get a photo! It was all yummers.

Blossom de Jour gets five out of five vegan cupcakes. The food was fresh, satisfying, and worth every bite. I will be going back. Just be aware, as a fast food place, seating is limited. Lots of people order to-go or delivery.

Blue Koi in KC

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Blue Koi in KC was recently visited by the local vegan group and I thought if they like it I might too. The inside feels more hole-in-the-wall, which I don’t usually mind. I ordered the dumplings because, well, dumplings. And the eggplant pockets. Hadn’t realized the pockets were super fried. My friend ordered the soup.

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Friend liked the soup. She said the broth was nice. I liked my dumplings, but was unimpressed with the eggplant pockets. Which is a bummer since I love eggplant.

Blue Koi gets two out of five vegan cupcakes. It was just okay. The dumplings were decent, but the ambience didn’t feel clean. I won’t go back, especially with so many other great options in KC.

Chocolate Warning

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Ugh. The last thing I want to think about is chocolate making me sick. Apparently over 50% of supposedly vegan chocolate could contain a large enough amount of dairy to actually cause a reaction.

http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/Suppliers2/FDA-finds-some-dark-chocolate-includes-undeclared-milk/?utm_source=newsletter_daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=12-Feb-2015&c=ifTHnLnYlytl%2BJh0%2FX2AxbKUAd5WHaVU

One more reason to stick with the vegan chocolates that have a mission of kindness, like Endangered Species or Two Moms In The Raw.

Chipotle Sofritas

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I know. I know. Lots of people have already had a chance to try the new Sofritas at Chipotle. Today was my first chance. I ordered my regular vegetarian bowl with the Sofritas and yummers. Spicy with a nice new texture to my meal. Totally worth trying of you haven’t had a chance. And totally worth ordering when I find myself needing food in a suburban strip mall.

Persian Sweets

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A friend asked me to help her get ready for a giant Persian dinner by making the desserts. I had no idea what I was in for. Not all my attempts are worth sharing. But these sweets are good. Really good. And have mostly natural sweeteners. What you will need:
3/4 cup dried figs
3/4 cup dried dates
3/4 cup walnut pieces
2 TBS orange zest, very fine
2 TBS orange juice from the oranges just zested
1 TBS fresh lemon juice, from a lemon
About a cup of pecan halves
Powdered sugar
Parchment paper

Place the figs, dates, and walnuts in a food processor and process until it stops. Add the orange zest, orange juice, and lemon juice. Process again until well mixed and firm-ish. Powder a piece of parchment paper with powdered sugar and move the mixture to the paper. Roll into a long roll, about 15 inches long. To roll properly, it will be covered in sugar. Cut into 1/2 inch circles. Or ovals. Most of mine cut into ovals. Place oval side up on a clean piece of parchment. Once all cut, powder the tops with more powdered sugar to make look pretty and top each piece with a pecan half. Let sit for at least three hours. This lets them set. Now can move to a plate to serve or place in the fridge for later. Yummers!