Buddha Bodai in Chinatown, NYC

We recently explored Chinatown more and of course had to sample the food too. Buddha Bodai happily offered a warm and full dining room.


Everyone was stuffing their faces with Dim Sum. We decided to try:

  • Sweet sticky rice dumplings
  • Veg meat rice roll
  • Steamed vegetable bun
  • Steamed dumpling, because I adore dumplings
  • Lotus root pan cake
  • Sushi rolls of sweet potato and vegetable, because the friend with us really wanted sushi


I have almost no idea which was which of the different dishes and it was very fun to try so many things. However, I probably needed help ordering as I was not super impressed. The sushi tasted strange to me, but that’s what we get for ordering non-Chinese food in Chinatown.

Buddha Bodai gets three out of five vegan cupcakes. Everything tasted fresh and it was fun, but if I go back I will take an expert to help me order.

Cafe Frida in Upper West Side NYC

Cafe Frida recently added a vegan menu to their traditional Mexican options. So of course I had to check it out.


The place was completely packed and very noisy. We were told 15 to 20 minutes for a table for two, but waited 45 minutes. Oops.

There are three entrees to choose from and several appetizers. We decided to try multiple appetizers.


We started with excellent guacamole. Some of the best guacamole since moving to NYC. But the chips are super salty. Then we enjoyed some elote, which is corn on the cob covered in yummies, and soy chorizo quesadillas. 


We also tried the chilies toreados, but they are way too spicy for us.

Overall it was fun to try some new things. I had tasted a couple entrees and salads through Grub Hub ordering. The salads are good, but the entrees would benefit from more vegetables. The platanos are delicious. There are currently no vegan desserts, but I was told they are working on one and I should come back in a couple weeks.

Cafe Frida gets three out of five vegan cupcakes. There are some yummy things and I am glad they are trying, but there is room for improvement. I hope that happens and I can update when it does.

Orchard Grocer in Lower East Side

I was lucky enough to be part of the Grand Opening of Orchard Grocer in Lower East Side. MooShoes took half their floor space and turned it into an all vegan grocery store.

It is a wonderful place with lots of fun options and a deli for sandwiches and salads. Even a daily soup!


The place was packed, but I had great fun picking out local products and other brands with which I don’t normally have access. Then we got sandwiches.


I got a bagel with carrot lox and hubby picked out a caprese sandwich. Both were yummy.

I will be trying to get to this gem on a regular basis!

Sacred Chow in West Village NYC

Hubby and I decided to try a new place for brunch today. Our top three rotation places are Blossom on Columbus, PeaceFood, and Candle Cafe West. It’s hard to break habbit, but we were up for a challenge! I jumped online to look up top vegan brunch places in NYC. This site recommended several places we have not tried for brunch and Sacred Chow was on the way to our ultimate destination for the day. Score!

It’s a small and cute space. Bonus, our server was super nice. We began with coffe for hubby and I got fresh ginger tea. Hubby liked the coffee, but my tea was weak.

In an effort to try multiple fun things, we ordered three plates:

  1. Belgian Waffle
  2. Soy Buttermilk Biscuit Po ‘Boy
  3. Huevos Rancheros

We actually got the French Toast, but everything was yummy.


Everything was fresh with a nice combination of flavors. Hubby felt things were a bit bland.

Sacred Chow gets three out of five vegan cupcakes. I would return, especially when By Chloe down the street is packed, but the food has a lot of competition in that neighborhood. It was fun to try a new place. Also, I now don’t trust that site of the supposed best brunch places. Our regular haunts are tastier.

But, as always, check it out for yourself. And then let me know what you think. Yummers!

Delice & Sarrasin in Chelsea

Hubby surprised me, I adore surprises, with reservations to the vegan French restaurant, Delice & Sarrasin in Chelsea. I didn’t even realize this was a thing! Apparently about 18 months ago this cute place switched from a traditional cream and meat heavy menu to a fully vegan one. We had such fun!

We started with the cheese plate, that was actually fantastic. They make all the cheeses in-house and we wanted more, it was so good!


I’m always hesitant with faux meat options as I don’t normally enjoy them much. But it’s faux meat or ratatouille here. I ordered the Poulet Basquaise and hubby got the Steak tartare vegetable accompagne de frites maison.


We were both pleasantly surprised and I didn’t mind the faux meat at all. My “chicken legs” even had sticks in them that startled me when I first cut into the dish.

Now we really want to go back and try their signature crepes. Maybe for brunch soon? Delice & Sarrasin gets five out of five vegan cupcakes. Delicious, adorable, and pushes me out of my comfort zone with yummer results. Definitely check it out.

Angelica Kitchen in East Village

Angelica Kitchen is a long standing vegan restaurant in NYC. It was one of the places I visited during my second trip ever to NYC, many years before I moved here. People claim to adore this place. I, however, think there are better options.


The place is cute and homey with lots of natural light, a nice change for NYC.


I decided to order from the special list as that is often the best food for the day at any restaurant. I got the Winter-Layer Wonderland and hubby selected butternut squash soup and a Ruben. We were both excited for our options from a place so beloved.


Well, the food was dry and cold. Unfortunate. The overall flavors were underwhelming. This was what I remembered from the many years ago I had visited (2005? 2006?). Back on the early 2000s I would have jumped on any opportunity for a vegan restaurant, even if I was a better cook. But there are incredible vegan options within walking distance of Angelica Kitchen to take advantage of. In relation to those, this place gets two out of five vegan cupcakes. I’m sad I didn’t enjoy the food more, but want to be honest about my experience. I won’t be going back.

Brooklyn Wiskers in NYC

One of the things I adore about the Vegan Shop Ups here in NYC is getting to know the folks making veganism easier when they are just starting out. This is the case with Brooklyn Wiskers. I was lucky enough to meet the founder/baker and enjoy the yummyness a year before this cafe opened.

I have been drooling over her croissants and desserts for months and look forward to seeing the yum at the Shop Ups. When the cafe was being planned, the owner said it was coming and promised to keep coming to the events. Score!

Brooklyn Wiskers is adorable and has an expanded menu with the permanent location. I finally made it out to Bushwick earlier this month.


In addition to those delicious pastries, I ordered “bis-cats” and gravy with kale and potatoes. So yummy!


I highly recommend catching Brooklyn Wiskers when in Bushwick. Brooklyn Wiskers gets four out of five vegan cupcakes. It’s a cafe and small, but wonderful and worth the train ride.

The Fanciful Fox

“Tested on dirty vegans, not on animals” says it all. Another slogan used is “made with love and plants.” How could anyone not want to try these products? Then you smell them and suddenly long for a bath or shower!

I learned about The Fanciful Fox a few months after moving to NYC, but they have a website, so it’s totally my fault for not knowing about them before. Exploring a ShopUp in Brooklyn was this table full of beautiful soaps and pretty little containers. A friend standing next to me was shocked I was unfamiliar with the brand and insisting I pick out something. I have so many allergies that I was very hesitant. I noticed they have an olive oil night lotion similar to one I had been using for several years from a different company and I was needing to order more anyway. So I got theirs instead and haven’t looked back. Wanting to support a local company, I tried more things, like lip balm, and hubby is even now hooked on their soaps.


The care placed into every detail is just a pleasure to see and the owners are some of the nicest and coolest people I have gotten to meet. I was lucky enough to attend their grand opening last month of a storefront in Brooklyn.


And I even snagged a goody bag.


A different friend was at the opening and had not tried anything yet. Wow, was she in for a treat!

I highly recommend trying something from The Fanciful Fox. Form your own opinion and hopefully fall in love with the products like I have. I can’t wait to get back to their store and leisurely explore all the different product options!

Vaute Coture NYC Store Opening


I was lucky enough to make it to Vaute Coture opening its first permanent location in NYC a couple weeks ago. I adore the brand because it’s awesome. Not just the fun vegan clothes that are locally and ethically made, but the people. Every communication is full of joy, gratitude, and love. That’s so much of what I aspire to be!

It was a very hot day, so hot that I had to sit down as soon as I found a seat inside. I needed to recover.

The place was packed with people thrilled to explore, try on items, and eat the treats!


The place is adorable and full of great messages.


I will be returning soon to explore on my own pace and I can’t wait. The world needs places like Vaute. I’m thrilled to be part of this important change.

Organic Avenue take 2


Organic Avenue closed about 9 months ago. I was so sad. The location in my neighborhood is now a chocolate shop that I have not explored.

There was/is a location across the street from where I work and one day I noticed it was back open. Happy day!

The menu is very different, with new options like mac and cheese, but some of my old favorites are still available, live avocado soup. Still all grab and go, but can get a fresh smoothie and kombucha.


And they have vegan baked goods too! I tried a cookie and a brownie. Not my favorite, but I’m glad they have them, especially since several options are gluten free.

I’m thrilled to have this place back open. I pick up lunch at least once a week to take back to my desk and am really digging the salads. The location is also perfect for Bryant Park, Movies in the Park, but they close at 6:00, so don’t wait too long after getting a spot on the grass to get some food. Yummers!