What I Ate Wednesday: Vegan NYC Edition

October 23, 2013

Hi there! I’m back from my trip to NYC and slooowly getting back to my usual routine (hello, laundry!).

I thought it would be fun to show you a day’s worth of healthy, vegan food I had while in the city. By far, the hardest part from a food perspective was deciding where to go amongst all of the amazing options.

To save money and to start the day off right, I made Chocolate Travel Overnight Oats for both Alan and me in our hotel room:

Overnight Oats in my hotel room

It was fun to watch the hustle and bustle on the street below:

Overnight Oats in my hotel room looking onto street

Mornings in the hotel also included a brief e-mail check and a Yogi Mayan Cocoa Spice hot tea:

Tea while checking e-mails

On this particular day, we visited the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side which had been recommended by a friend. It was fascinating! We actually went two days in a row because there was so much to learn:

Outside the Tenement Museum in NYC

After our tour ended, we went to SoHo for a lunch at ‘Snice Cafe. The cafe is not all vegan, but has tons of choices. I had the Thai Salad with edamame and roasted peanuts with the carrot ginger dressing. I had them add tempeh for an extra charge:

Thai Peanut Salad at S'nice in SoHo

Dessert was an Energy Cookie with no refined sugars that totally hit the spot: Energy Cookie at S'nice in SoHo

After lunch, I met my dear friend Jasmin of Our Hen House for tea (unpictured). We had a great time sitting outside, catching up, and plotting to rule the world discussing future projects: Jasmin and Carrie in NYC

After seeing Jasmin, Alan and I decided to go further south into the Wall Street area. This was our first glimpse of the World Trade Center Freedom Tower:

Freedom Tower in NYC Here it is up close:
Freedom Tower in NYC up close

We visited the 9/11 Memorial:

9/11 Memorial in NYC

Although we’ve been to New York since September 11th, 2001, it was our first time going to the site. Alan used to work for a company that was headquartered in one of the two buildings that came down and lost colleagues on that horrible, horrible day. We decided that this visit was the right time to go to the memorial and pay our respects.

Despite being saddened by our visit, we both thought the memorial was beautiful and significant. There are two fountains on the footprints of the former buildings and the water flows into the dark square that to me represented the devastation of the event:

9/11 Memorial in NYC

Dinner that night was a visit to Souen, a vegan-friendly macrobiotic cafe with three locations around the city:

Souen in NYC

I ordered the steamed veggies and greens with sesame vinaigrette and yuba (tofu skins) on the side:

Steamed veggies and tofu dish at Souen in NYC

Tofu skin sounds gross, but it’s really delicious:

Tofu dish at Souen in NYC

Alan had a stir-fry dish:

Dinner at Souen in NYC

After dinner, we decided to walk around the city as it was a beautiful, warm night. It was neat to see both tourists and locals walking around, hanging out in the parks, and just taking in the ambiance.

Here is the NYC Public Library:

NYC Public Library at night

Rockefeller Plaza with the ice skating rink already installed for winter:

Rockefeller Plaza at night

And, of course, the magnificent Empire State Building lit up in patriotic colors:

Empire State Building at night

I so enjoyed this trip to New York, seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Even though I often avoid travel because it’s such a pain, I realized how important it is to get out, see the world, and get a fresh perspective. However, I am ecstatic to be home, happy to be re-connecting with you here, and excited to share more of my adventures in the days to come. I missed you!

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{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

Suzanne @ hello, veggy! October 23, 2013 at 6:18 am

Tofu skins? What in the world are those?!


Carrie October 23, 2013 at 8:48 am

I have no idea but they’re delicious!!! :) No, really, I think they’re made by taking off the layers of tofu when they’re cooking or frying? I had them a long time ago on a trip to China and this was my first time eating them since then.


janet @ the taste space October 25, 2013 at 3:37 am

I love tofu skins! I just found them at a local Asian grocer and they are so much fun! (I rennamed mine tofu intestines, though, because that is what they looked like to me)


Carrie October 25, 2013 at 5:37 am

Ha ha ha. Well, Janet, I think tofu intestines aptly describes how the dish looks, but I never thought there could be a more disgusting name than tofu skins. But, seriously, though, it’s so delicious, right?


janet @ the taste space October 25, 2013 at 5:45 am

Yes! It is awesome. I will share my recipe with it for HVF as a bonus. :)

diana @ veggienextdoor October 23, 2013 at 6:19 am

What an amazing trip! The tenement museum is my favorite museum… And Jasmin!!!! So awesome!!!

If you ever go to NYC in warm weather I’d highly recommend renting a row boat in Central Park (by the boat house restaurant). The boat rentals are surprisingly inexpensive and its so peaceful to be on the pond.


Carrie October 23, 2013 at 8:51 am

Thanks, Diana! That’s so funny that you mentioned the boats in Central Park. My husband actually suggested that we do that, but I wasn’t sure (I imagined him rowing us around in circles or me somehow falling in the water, ha ha).


diana @ veggienextdoor October 23, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Aww…definitely think about trying it next time! The rowing area is quite large. Once my friend and I rowed out to the other side of the pond and then just laid there soaking in the sun for a bit before rowing back!


Carrie October 24, 2013 at 10:55 am

That sounds so lovely, Diana! :)


Lauren October 23, 2013 at 7:21 am

How neat! You got some great shots of the city. My extent of New York is (sadly) what I’ve seen on Sex and the City. The library looks amazing, and it’s so odd for me to see people ice skating right now….I’m in Arizona where its still averaging in the 80s, bah!


Carrie October 23, 2013 at 8:52 am

Hi Lauren! I was totally trying to pretend I was all glamorous like a S&TC lady while I was there. There is a tour devoted to sites featured on the show, I think I might have to do that next time. :) Do you watch The Girls?


Patty October 23, 2013 at 7:25 am

We missed you, too, Carrie! Welcome home. Your trip looks really cool. I’m glad you, and Alan, got to go on vacation there together. I’ll bet the kitties missed you guys (and you missed them). :)


Carrie October 23, 2013 at 8:54 am

Hi Patty! Thanks for the note, a vacation was really overdue and it was a lovely change of routine and a nice way to have some dedicated time with my man. We had so much fun. But, yes, I missed my fur-babies terribly and am really happy to be home. :)


Lauren October 23, 2013 at 9:33 am

Oh yes, I especially love the mini marathons! :) That tour sounds like something I’d enjoy too!


Jan-Marie October 23, 2013 at 9:40 am

Thank you for sharing your trip with us! I had goose bumps all through reading about your excursions. The steamed greens and veggies must have excited you. I know I would be ecstatic to see such a thing on a menu.


Carrie October 23, 2013 at 10:33 am

I’m glad you liked my re-cap, Jan-Marie! The Souen restaurant was recommended to me by a fellow nutritarian and I think we are there 7 times! I didn’t always get the steamed veggies, but it was really nice to have a healthy option. They even had a gluten-free cornbread that didn’t taste like it had any sugar in it that I had several times for dessert. :)


Brittany @ The Fit Phoenician October 23, 2013 at 10:14 am

Your eats look amazeballs! I’ve only had tofu skins in sushi roll form… Interesting…
I couldn’t imagine seeing the 9/11 Tower Memorials… :(


Diane October 23, 2013 at 10:22 am

would love to try those tofu skins, but don’t have a clue where to get them! :)


Carrie October 23, 2013 at 10:34 am

Me neither, Diane, except maybe a Chinese or Japanese restaurant?


Diane October 23, 2013 at 10:53 am

next time at my local Chinese market I’ll ask … tofu is my new love!


Carrie October 24, 2013 at 10:55 am

Ohhh, let me know if you try it and what you think, Diane. I love tofu, too! :)


india leigh October 23, 2013 at 10:46 am

Carrie! Thank you so much. I am going to NYC in 3 days!! woohoo , my first trip. You gave me two good tips. The tenement museum and Snice are now on my ‘things to do list’. Thanks again!! xxx


Carrie October 24, 2013 at 10:54 am

Have fun India!!! There is so much to see and do (and eat, obvs). I’ll be posting some more pics on Monday.


Lauren (@PoweredbyPB) October 23, 2013 at 11:39 am

Sounds like a great trip, the food looks great. I haven’t been to New York for over 6 years now and not since I’ve been Vegan, I can’t wait to visit again sometime.


Carrie October 24, 2013 at 10:55 am

This was my first time visiting as a vegan, too, and it was incredible. Every neighborhood has food options, I only wish I could have eaten more! :)


Robyn B | Modern Day Missus October 23, 2013 at 9:25 pm

Oh, that salad looks absolutely delicious.

We’re from Australia, but hubby and I went to NY for New Year’s Eve two years ago – it was AMAZING! Can’t wait to go back.

Robyn xx


Carrie October 24, 2013 at 10:56 am

Hi Robyn! Wow, going to NYC on New Year’s is pretty adventurous with the cold and crowds. I agree, NYC is amazing and I can’t wait to go back, too. :)


Lily Trahan October 24, 2013 at 6:43 pm

I’m in love with your blog! Keep up the great work. :)


Carrie October 24, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Awww, thanks Lily! :)


Michelle Lugo October 24, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Carrie I LOVEEEE your WIAWs and I am a huge fan of your app <3 . You have such great recipes, which has helped my transition my carnivore to vegan such a breeze.


Carrie October 25, 2013 at 5:36 am

Michelle, you just made my day with your kind words! I can’t tell you how much it means to me to hear you say that. Xoxo!!!


Rachel October 25, 2013 at 12:19 pm

I kept it together at the memorial until I saw 2 names with white roses inserts into their spot. Then I knew someone who loved them had placed those flowers and I was a mess. I think they did a wonderful job putting it together and look forward to the museum opening (but I will be ready with tissues next time).


Carrie October 26, 2013 at 1:25 pm

It was tough to hold it together, Rachel, and I agree that the museum itself should be equally touching.


kimthevegan October 27, 2013 at 4:05 pm

WOW! Look at all of those super tasty looking eats =)
It sounds like you guys had such a great time in New York!
I love love love that pink shirt on you – it looks fabulous!


Deborah Davis October 28, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Hi Carrie,
I am so glad to see that you enjoyed your visit to my hometown, NYC.
Next time you come, try to have a meal at Angelica’s Kitchen on 2nd Avenue and 12th Street in Manhattan. It is my absolute favorite place to eat healthy vegan food and the atmosphere is so friendly and cozy. I also love Souen so I am happy that you ate there since it is my second favorite vegan restaurant. Fortunately, NYC has so many vegan and raw food options. We’re always eating!


Carrie October 29, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Thanks Deborah! With all the walking I did, I had quite the healthy appetite. :) I have heard great things about Angelica’s Kitchen, I was sorry to have not made it there…next time for sure!


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