Perhaps one birthday dinner IS better than a week full of birthday dinners… or perhaps not! One thing for sure, if balance is the key and I believe it is, then I need to tip the scale in the other direction soon because dining out every night is not the healthiest practice for optimum health. It is my birthday and I have been pressing that excuse all week but it hit it’s quota and capacity tonight.
First of all, I believe this is my favorite restaurant to date. CAFE BLOSSOM. Next I’m out with a few of my best friends who love to dine and try new things. This is the group who secretly went out to a vegan restaurant a month ago WITHOUT ME- how dare they. I think because they have low expectations when we go out vegan and then they are so blown away with the amazing dishes.
This being yet another one of those nights.. plus my birthday so of course indulgence was the name of the game. We started with this pizza and a few apps. This vegan pizza I WILL SAY RIGHT NOW IS THE BEST VEGAN PIZZA I HAVE HAD SO FAR THIS YEAR. I love my raw vegan pizzas and keep in mind that raw for me is healthier but as far as straight up vegan goes- this is the winner. Considering too that the crust is whole wheat.
Before I get to the apps and entrees, I have to say that I have blogged about Cafe Blossom before. I love that it’s located in the West Village (41 Carmine Street) and that it’s casual / upscale but not pretentious. I love that they have many tables and an interesting menu with intriguing options.
One of the highlights besides being with my best friends was that I finally got to meet Erin Red from RED RADIO. I am not a huge TWITTER fan but she is one of a few people that I somehow struct up conversation with through Twitter. Red has her vegan podcast and she is also part of THE SEED EXPERIENCE as well as other vegan events and networking. Red is even more charismatic in person.. and as always, supportive of all things vegan! That was great! Honestly, I have very few vegan friends so it’s nice to meet and talk to other people who kinda get you and understand the depth of your activism.. where it comes from and where it’s need to continue.
I couldn’t pass up my favorite entree.. the SEITAN PICCATA with truffle mashed potato. It was just pure perfection. Hands down- this is vegan food at it’s best!