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.


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


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.



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.


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


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


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!