26 April 2014

maui bound!

hi, team.

a quick note ... i'll be taking the next week off.

josh & i are heading to maui(!!!!!)
here we are at the airport before our last trip (to spain).
can't you tell how excited josh was for a week of selfies??
well, time for round 2.

be on the lookout for some fab food posts from hawaii ... we've got tons great spots lined up. 

so stand by! aloha.

23 April 2014

new york city : pommes frites.

ever since i saw the comedians in cars getting coffee episode with gad elmaleh, i've wanted to go to pommes frites ... a french fry only snack stop in the east village.

i mean, come on. obviously.

some more deets : "pommes frites isn't an ordinary shop, but a specialty shop serving authentic belgian fries ... you won't find many seats here, but you will find the tastiest treat in town." damn straight.

here's what i had ...

pommes frites! :
sauces : sambal olek (hot chili paste) & regular ol' ketchup. 
everything i wanted a more. delicious. fresh. crispy. hot & steaming. french fry amazingness. there were a couple other vegan dips, but i felt like i had to get the ketchup (the o.g. of fry condiments) ... but i went a little wild with the uber-spicy sambal olek. top notch.

frazzled frites :
wind swept hair & a french fry bouquet. 
after a day walking around in the wind, i (my hair) was quite um... yea, you see. but that didn't stop me from taking a photo with my bouquet of fries.

i really believe pommes frites is a must stop shop in nyc ... perfect for a late afternoon snack. bon appétit!

[side note : if you aren't familiar with comedians in cars getting coffee, familiarize yourself quickly. super hilarious.] 

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pommes frites
123 2nd avenue
new york, ny 10003

20 April 2014

bountiful eatery.

to anyone who has read this blog before, it may seem like i'm the type who pretends to like super healthy food ... but in reality, would choose a rather sizable bowl of vegan macaroni & cheese before a salad. while that is sometimes the case ... i actually do love a simple, light & healthy plate.

i was recently wanting just that ...  so i turned to an old favorite (that i somehow have not written up yet!) : bountiful eatery in lakeview.

about this lovely joint : "bountiful eatery is dedicated to the need for healthy & delicious gluten-free foods while maintaining delectable tastes." perfect.

here's what i had ...

tofu kebab :
tofu, zucchini, red bell peppers & onions, marinated in fresh herbs & olive oil. chickpea salad & side salad. 
one word : obsessed. i know what you are thinking. "halley, this looks so simple. can't you make it yourself." why yes, dear reader. i probably could. but here's the thing. i don't want to. i just want to order the food & have it show up at my house in it's completely prepared perfection.


in fact, i have become so obsessed with bountiful eatery lately (somehow i forgot about it's greatness), that i ordered it again last weekend. this time, i couldn't resist ordering some of their vegan desserts ... 

vegan brownie & vegan red velvet cupcake :
by swirlz!
i didn't realize at the time that the desserts would be from swirlz, but that's okay. because i know already i love swirlz cupcakes. i had never had the brownie ... which, holy yum, was amazing. not sure how the fine people at swirlz make their sweets so freaking delicious. but they do. and we should all be grateful for that.

in summation -- bountiful eatery is a great place ... lunch, dinner, dessert -- whatever. check them out.

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bountiful eatery
3312 n. broadway
chicago, il 60657

16 April 2014

new york city (brooklyn) : dun-well doughnuts.

there are two things that i miss a lot since becoming vegan. okay, maybe not miss. but remember quite fondly & think about often. one of those two things is macaroni & cheese. the other? donuts.

this is funny to me because it's not like back in my omnivore & vegetarian days, i was walking around town, eating donuts on the daily. but like so many things we want, but cannot have -- donuts are now a frequent craving of mine.

so particularly when in nyc, i like to seek out & eat donuts. and this most recent trip was no different. a quick, pre-trip google search for "vegan donuts nyc" led me & melissa to one of the most heavenly places on earth: dun-well doughnuts in williamsburg.

dun-well mission statement : 
i'm definitely on board with this.

here's the full story ... "dun-well doughnuts started as a food craving [ed. note : as most great ideas do.] when christopher hollowell (the "well in dun-well" called up his buddy dan dunbar (the "dun" in dun-well) after having watched a simpsons anniversary episode that featured homer's favorite round confections rather prominently. having been unable to find a vegan doughnut in nyc that satisfied his craving, christopher & dan agreed to make their quest to create an amazing doughnut & open nyc's first all-vegan doughnut shop." welp. good job, guys.

doughnut perfection. 
so pretty. 

while i wanted to try all zee dw doughnuts, that would have been both absurd & unacceptable. so we opted for 3 varieties.

here's what we had ...

vegan doughnuts!
almond cocoa joy, chocolate w/ sprinkles, peanut butter & jelly.
we snarfed these puppies down in about 6 minutes ... which led to extreme sugar highs.

the evidence : 
we clearly hated the doughnuts. [sarcasm.] 
they were freaking amazing. my fave was the peanut butter & jelly ... melissa's favorite was the chocolate with sprinkles. but let's be honest, they were all winners.

i already know that dun-well doughnuts will become a staple stop for any & all future nyc trips. i highly suggest you make it one as well. 

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dun-well doughnuts
222 montrose ave.
brooklyn, ny 11206

13 April 2014

yummy yummy asian cuisine.

let me start by saying that i loooove chinese food. so when i heard about a vegan/vegetarian-centric asian restaurant, i knew i had to try it immediately. so one night, josh & i ordered in from yummy yummy asian cuisine, located right in lakeview over on broadway.

to put it simply, yummy yummy defines itself as : "home of the smoothie & vegetarian health food." alright, sounds good. and per the recommendation of my vegan co-worker, tnaya, i went with the items below.

here's what i had ...

general tao's soy gluten :
with a vegan egg roll & white rice.
egg rolls are my fave. but there isn't all that much variation between them. as long as they are hot & crispy, i'm in. the general tao's soy gluten i was less sold on, but that's just because it's a sweet & spicy dish ... and sweet isn't my fave when it comes to chinese food. so that was really my bad. i will say though that the texture soy gluten was quite quite good. 

having access to vegan chinese food is going to be a game changer for me. i'm looking forward to trying many more dishes in the near future!

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yummy yummy asian cuisine
2901 n. broadway
chicago, il 60657

09 April 2014

new york city : dos caminos.

my first three meals in new york city this trip were repeat visits. but for my second night we decided to try somewhere new ... one of my favorite food types : mexican ... which meant the obvious choice was dos caminos ... with four nyc spots, we opted for the park avenue (flatiron) location.

to sum it up, dos caminos = a "modern mexican cuisine & tequila lounge" ... perfecto.

amigas :
melissa & halley : chicas in the city. 
not pictured : abby & alicia.  
(you may remember alicia, my vegetarian comrade for comidas in nyc.)

here's what we had ...

guacamole :

made fresh to order.
 served with ...
trio of salsas :
 both the guacamole & salsas were delicious. the guac was surriously fresh ... the salsas, lo mismo. the orange one in the corner was even too picante for me! i know, loco.
 dos caminos chopped salad :
grilled corn, poblano chiles, apples, pinto beans, green olives, tomato, crispy tortillas, lemon vinaigrette. sin queso.
alicia & i decided to share this salad & some veg tacos (below) ... the salad? so many tasty toppings = the right way to make a salad. top(ping) notch. get it?

vegetable tacos :
grilled avocado, asparagus, refried white beans, cucumber pico de gallo. sin queso.
i believe my exact words were : "these are the best veggie tacos i've ever had." enough said.

besides the fabuloso vegan food, dos caminos was great for another reason ... our server was so on top of it. like for real. not only was he just generally super attentive, but he was also on his game when it came to figuring out the vegan stuff. they even brought out the wrong dressing on the first try, which he noticed immediately. a+! i wish i knew your name, awesome dos caminos guy ... muchas gracias! 

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dos caminos
373 park avenue south
new york, ny 10016

02 April 2014

two things ...

first! 

i finally created an instagram account ... check me out : @thechicityvegan ... and don't worry, it won't only be food photos. i'll be sure to throw in the occasional selfie or dog photo.

find me!
 

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second ...

this weekend, i'll be heading back to new york city for some (jk, lots of) vegan eating. keep an eye out for some great nyc food posts! we've already got a few awesome visits planned ...

besties in the big apple :

until then!!

01 April 2014

harvest juicery.

we all know how much i love food ... so no, this is not an april fool's joke.

ah, juice. some people love it, some people ... not so much. me? my opinion's still up in the air. that being said, harvest juicery in the west loop is helping to sway more toward a more (not complete) juicy lifestyle.

after i first heard about harvest, i figured the perfect person to try it out with was fellow chicago vegan & juice enthusiast, marcy cruice(hi, marcy!)

a bit about this new spot : "at harvest juicery, all of the fruits & vegetables that go into our juice are organic or locally sourced. we incorporate fresh herbs & spices in each and every bottle that will awaken your taste buds while nourishing your body with healthy juice." sounds good! 

juice! 
 i especially liked this little installation. because in my head, i read it as halley + josh. i'm dumb, i know.

anyway, here's what i had ...

watermelon juice & green #1 :
watermelon : cayenne & sweet basil.
green #1 : spinach, kale, turnip greens, cucumber, pear, lime. 
to be honest, the watermelon was waaay too sweet for me. (marcy agreed.) ... but the green was delicious. i actually think i could even drink it for a meal. what? i know. 

there are plenty of other options at harvest that i want to try, so i'm certain i'll be back soon. plus, it's so healthy. there's no negative, right? check it out. 

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1021 w. lake street
chicago, il 60607