Vegan Nom Noms Does America: Brooklyn and NYC

Okay okay, everyone and their mother writes about all the vegan food in the NYC area, so sue me. It was still effing delicious. There are a lot of photos and food here, including the Dr. Cow all-vegan cheese shop, so get ready. I am still full. Vegan Nom Noms Does America: Brooklyn and NYC | Vegan Nom Noms As soon as I arrived, we took a little trip to my friend Brian from Mission Tomato: An Attempt to Farm in Brooklyn‘s garden plot. It was super exciting to see all these vegetables growing in the middle of the city and I got fed a lot of homemade picked everything.Vegan Nom Noms Does America: Brooklyn and NYC | Vegan Nom NomsTasting a NY bagel with tofu veggie cream cheese is the only thing that makes me briefly consider dropping everything I’m doing in Germany and moving back to the NY area. They are so, so good. This is an Everything Bagel with Tofu Veggie Cream Cheese from Bergen Bagels and it was so fantastic.Vegan Nom Noms Does America: Brooklyn and NYC | Vegan Nom NomsMy parents came into NYC for the day and thanks to foursquare we happened upon this Vietnamese place with vegan options called Mangez Avec Moi (don’t ask about the French name). This is the Mango Veggie Faux Chicken and it was amazing. It cost $13 which my friends said was cheap, which just made me realize I needed to leave NYC before spending all my money, but I made the most of it while I was there. NYC really is expensive though.Vegan Nom Noms Does America: Brooklyn and NYC | Vegan Nom Noms Anyway, back to Brooklyn for more nature. We found a mulberry tree and treated ourselves to some berries. Everyone on the street thought we were crazy I think. Since then I keep noticing mulberry trees in cities while traveling.Vegan Nom Noms Does America: Brooklyn and NYC | Vegan Nom NomsOkay, getting to the good stuff. After all the mention on the internet we had to go to Champs Family Bakery (but was more of a diner) in Williamsburg. It lived up to my expectations. Above were the Loaded Champs Fries. Holy crap the cheese sauce was amazing.Vegan Nom Noms Does America: Brooklyn and NYC | Vegan Nom Noms Champs Mac-n-Cheese. Okay, to be honest, I’ve had a lot of vegan mac-n-cheese in restaurants that tastes like crap, but this was RIDICULOUSLY DELICIOUS. The broccoli was perfect and there was a mound of crispy melted vegan cheese on top.Vegan Nom Noms Does America: Brooklyn and NYC | Vegan Nom NomsMy friend Brian got the Chickn n’ Biscuit. I didn’t try it, but it looked really good.

Vegan Nom Noms Does America: Brooklyn and NYC | Vegan Nom NomsI got the Buffalo Ranch Vegan Chickn Salad. the Ranch was so good, yum yum yum. Maybe it wasn’t actually healthy, but I felt I needed some vegetables in my system before consuming the dessert it was inevitable that I order.Vegan Nom Noms Does America: Brooklyn and NYC | Vegan Nom NomsVEGAN BROWNIE SUNDAE! They don’t really do these in Germany, at least I never see them. Maybe it’s for the best, because brownie sundae’s are my weakness. This wasn’t the best brownie sundae of my life, but it was still pretty tasty.Vegan Nom Noms Does America: Brooklyn and NYC | Vegan Nom NomsOkay okay. I had to check out Dr. Cow’s Vegan Cheese Shop in Brooklyn. It’s been on my list since I read that it opened online months back. There has been so much hype about Dr. Cow for at least a decade. It was for sure expensive, but good. If I’m honest, when I first bought some of it, I got the Regular Variety and the Sun-dried Tomato Pimento Rosemary, I didn’t really like it and neither did my friend. I didn’t hate it, but it wasn’t as sharp as I was hoping and I felt like it was missing a flavor. Disappointed, I put it in my cooler and traveled to my next location in Massachusetts. Eventually I decided to eat some more and when I tried it again I suddenly LOVED it. I have no idea what happened, but now I’m addicted. The Tomato Pimento one was my favorite.Vegan Nom Noms Does America: Brooklyn and NYC | Vegan Nom NomsNext stop, Vegetarian Dim Sum House in Chinatown in NYC. I go to this place every time I go home and I love it. It doesn’t look so spectacular from the outside, but holy crap. They have a checklist of different dim-sum, all vegan and about $3.50 each and you just check what you want. I got four and realized that was an inhuman amount for one person, even for me. The above one is the Taro Treasure Box dim-sum.Vegan Nom Noms Does America: Brooklyn and NYC | Vegan Nom Noms This was the Spinach Rice Paper Rolls. They pour a sauce over it when it arrived at your table, mm!Vegan Nom Noms Does America: Brooklyn and NYC | Vegan Nom Noms I forgot what this was, I think the Monk Dumpling. Whatever it was, it was yummy.Vegan Nom Noms Does America: Brooklyn and NYC | Vegan Nom Noms Another day I headed back into NYC to a place called Hana Sushi on the Lower East Side to meet my friend Tessa. They have a Vegetarian Sushi Forbidden Rolls secret menu you can ask a server for. They use black rice for these, which you can see above. Not all of them are vegan, but half are and the rest can just be made without the mayo, etc. They were expensive at $8 each, but pretty good. The above is my friend Tessa’s sushi because I’m cheap, but I tried them and they were awesome.Vegan Nom Noms Does America: Brooklyn and NYC | Vegan Nom Noms The secret vegetarian sushi menu at Hana’s.Vegan Nom Noms Does America: Brooklyn and NYC | Vegan Nom Noms I realized we were really close to Lulu’s Sweet Apothecary, which I had also heard a lot about, so we went there next. All vegan ice cream, lots of awesome flavors like Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream. I got another sundae with brownie bits!Vegan Nom Noms Does America: Brooklyn and NYC | Vegan Nom NomsA couple friends visited me in Berlin and told me about this event in Brooklyn called the Vegan Shop-Up, an all-vegan pop-up market in Bushwick, an artsy industrial area in Brooklyn. I HAD to go and luckily this monthly event fit in while I was still in the area. It was here I found Sweet Maresa‘s who makes Vegan Macarons! They are actually based in New Paltz, NY upstate, along with Lagusta’s Luscious all-vegan candy shop (who was also there). So I tried my first ever vegan macaron and it was amazing. Totally worth the $2.50 each!Vegan Nom Noms Does America: Brooklyn and NYC | Vegan Nom NomsBunna Cafe was also there an all-vegan Ethiopian place, so I got their mixed plate so I could try everything. I love Ethiopian food, so this was awesome.

Anyway moral of the story is there is a lot of vegan food in Brooklyn and the NYC-area and everyone should go to the Vegan Shop-Up event!

Next stops, Massachusetts, Niagara Falls and Michigan! Now excuse me while I go do a juice cleanse…(okay not really who am I kidding?!).

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Vegan Nom Noms Does America: Long Island, NY

Let’s take a step back. I hopped a plane from Berlin, Germany, to JFK on July 3rd. In America for three months doing a cross-country roadtrip to LA and back. After my HORRIBLE experience with American Airlines my last trip, I decided to take AirBerlin this time. Ordered the vegan meal, which you can see below, not bad! I even got a little vegan spread.

Vegan Nom Noms Does America: Long Island, NY | Vegan Nom NomsVegan meal on AirBerlin flight, stuffed potato with some type of flavored quinoa if I remember correctly, steamed broccoli and mushrooms. It was delish! Quinoa on a plane?! I also got a salad, fruit salad, water and rice cakes with some vegan spread that was okay. It felt pretty healthy. I got another vegan meal later that was kind of the same, except the main part was a salad and a different vegan spread.Vegan Nom Noms Does America: Long Island, NY | Vegan Nom NomsFor those of you who don’t read WAY back on my blog, I’m originally from Long Island, NY, so my first stop was back there for several days to visit my family and this little feathered cutie pie. This is my bird Ricotta, I woke up freakishly early because of jetlag and Ricotta was very cooperative for a photo shoot because she was still half asleep, but clutching some ball of paper in her beak. Ricotta is an umbrella cockatoo and we’ve had her since I was in 5th grade. She’s a teenager now and has learned to projectile poop and throw seeds out of the cage while giving us dirty looks recently, but she’s still adorable.Vegan Nom Noms Does America: Long Island, NY | Vegan Nom NomsAnyway, I guess I should talk about food now. I’ve never done a post on Long Island before. Long Island is the type of place with pretty much no fully vegan establishments, but plenty of yummy vegan options here and there of the #makingitwork variety.

So, of course I had to re-acquaint myself with American Mexican food immediately. We went to Moe’s Southwest¬† Grill in Rocky Point, NY on Long Island in the space of a former Taco Bell. Upgrade! It’s kinda like Chipotle, they had a tofu option, guac and fresh chips. Really easy to make something vegan and delicous. This was the Taco Salad with beans, guac, lots of salsa and it came with chips too. They had a really fancy soda machine. I was also re-acquainted with American sizes here. A small soda cup as big as my face, mostly. Delicious though! This is a chain, so you can find it around. I even saw one at a highway rest stop between NYC and Connecticut on I-95. Vegan Nom Noms Does America: Long Island, NY | Vegan Nom NomsNext was Hana Japanese Restaurant in Port Jefferson Station, NY. After all of my sushi horror stories in Berlin, where I’ve gotten rock hard disgusting avocado multiple times in my sushi, American sushi is a big tie up in the #1 spot on my to-eat list. Here I got an avocado roll, sweet potato tempura roll and the green roll, which if I remember correctly was vegetable tempura sushi with a soy wrapper. It was all awesome.Vegan Nom Noms Does America: Long Island, NY | Vegan Nom NomsFlashback, my whole family went on Weight Watchers when I was in high school and we would often frequent TCBY in my pre-vegan days during this time, so it’s sort of a childhood memory of sorts. I’ve been reading about the new vegan flavors from afar from Germany, but had to check them out for myself. I arrived and they had none in the machines at the Mount Sinai location, but the owner was super nice and told me he had some in the freezer he had made specifically for another customer who had requested dairy-free options. He let me put toppings on it so it was the same experience. I got carob chips, which I confimed contained no dairy and crushed oreos. Even though this is not frozen yogurt, it was a good option. Not the best ice cream of my life,¬† but not bad. This was coconut flavor made with Silk soymilk. Lesson-learned, it pays to ask!

So right about now I’m realizing I sucked at taking pictures, but I want to tell you a couple of my favorite Long Island places for vegan food/hippy havens I used to survive on preppy Long Island growing up.

First up:

Tiger Lily Cafe – Alternative Vegetarian Eatery- Port Jefferson

Tiger Lily is a little super vegan-friendly, nice atmosphere oasis in Port Jefferson. They also have meat, bu the vegan options are clearly labeled, they have vegan baked goods and an AMAZING chai frappe you can get with soymilk (most of the mix flavors are vegan). This place is the only way I survived life on Long Island in high school. I used to go here ALL the time and always swing by when I’m back.

Witches Brew - West Hempstead

On the other side of Long Island, this place is a trip and one of my other favorite places in high school. We used to drive and hour and a half to go there (I grew up in the suburbs, okay?!). I don’t make it there much anymore as I live on the other side of the island, but it still has a special place in my heart. They have tons, TONS of different coffee and tea options, make-your-own Italian sodas, lots of interesting things. It’s filled with couches and the decor is crazy, just my style. They used to have a vegan brownie sunday that I loved.

Of course, there is also Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, etc. In East Setauket there is also an only-Long-Island-chain big natural foods supermarket called Wild By Nature that’s been there for ages (other locations on website).

Apparently there is also a vegan bakery on Long Island now, how things change! Sweet Lick Vegan Bakery in Williston Park, NY.

Meet other vegans:

Meetup.com seems to be the most active social networking community to meet new people on Long Island, try the Vegan Long Island group. There’s also a Long Island Couchsurfing page that hosts some events.

I’m not so good with places to stay on the island since I grew up there, but if you have good recommendations post in the comments and I’ll add them! Of course, there is always AirBnB.

 

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Rustic Fresh Tomato Whole Wheat Pasta with Almond Parmesean

Rustic Fresh Tomato Whole Wheat Pasta with Almond Parmesean | Vegan Nom NomsThe American road trip has begun! For the next three months until October 3rd, I’ll be driving across America and back, first through the north and back through the south. Thus, you’ll be seeing a lot of my travels and the vegan foods I’ve found during my trip here. If you want to follow all the quirks and eats of my travels in more detail, be sure to follow me on Instagram too!

Right now I’m staying in Brooklyn, NY, which is pretty much just as much as a vegan heaven as Berlin! So far I’ve had delicious vegan bagels with vegan cream cheese, went to the Dr. Cow vegan cheese shop in Williamsburg, oogled over everything at the Park Slope Food Co-Op and gorged myself on vegan mac-n-cheese, a Buffalo ranch vegan chicken salad and a delish brownie sundae at Champs. More info on all that in an upcoming post.

Right now though I have a recipe for you courtesy of Brian from Mission: Tomato, who writes very wittily about his attempt to farm in Brooklyn. Head over there now if you want a laugh and to lust over all his gorgeous vegetables.

He threw this recipe together with some fresh tomatoes from his garden plot and is letting me share it with you here. It was DELICIOUS. I am still dreaming about it. Super easy too!

One more picture to make you hungry, now go read Mission: Tomato!

Rustic Fresh Tomato Whole Wheat Pasta with Almond Parmesean

Ingredients

  • enough whole wheat pasta for two people
  • 1-2 big fresh tomatoes, diced
  • 1 can black olives, drained and diced
  • big handful of almonds, chopped in the food processor
  • 1 Tbsp flaxseeds
  • 1 Tbsp dried basil
  • splash of balsamic vinegar reduction (optional, but delicious)

Instructions

  1. Add water to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil, adding the pasta and cook following the directions on the box
  2. While this is heating up, grind the almonds and flax seed until crumbly parmesan consistency (coarse meal)
  3. Once the pasta is done just to al dente, strain and set aside
  4. In the same saucepan, heat up some olive oil and start toasting the almond/flaxseed mixture
  5. While the almonds are toasting, chop the tomatoes and black olives
  6. Once the almonds are browned and fragrant, toss in the pasta, add the chopped tomatoes and olives and stir
  7. Add the basil, splash of balsamic vinegar reduction, salt and pepper to taste
  8. Let cook a few minutes, stirring until thoroughly heated throughout and serve into bowls
  9. Enjoy!
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Rustic Fresh Tomato Whole Wheat Pasta with Almond Parmesean | Vegan Nom Noms

Rustic Fresh Tomato Whole Wheat Pasta with Almond Parmesean | Vegan Nom Noms