Gather your friends and eat vegan M&M's for breakfast (Ok, they're from Economy Candy, so technically they still count as NY).
|I can't even look at them without wanting to eat them all.|
As luck would have it, we were both greeted pleasantly at the door and found the dining room plenty warm; the S&V stars were aligned!
We went with two appetizers to start: the roasted gold beet crostini with black beluga lentils and smoked cashew ricotta and the kennebec potato wedges with grain mustard aoili (Jackie always remembers to bring ketchup as well!):
One of my friends tried the soup of the day, a sweet potato & butternut squash puree w/ smoked paprika croutons & toasted cumin oil; it looked extremely appetizing and he really enjoyed.
Another friend went with one of VM's favorites, the edamame falafel wrap with black sesame tahini and pickled vegetables on a whole wheat tortilla.
Of course someone at the table had to order the intense caraway-crusted tempeh reuben with thousand island dressing, pickles, and sauerkraut on grilled pumpernickel- always a hit, but I'm not sure why it wasn't on their luscious, dark pumpernickel!
As for me, I went for something I'd never tried before, the oyster mushroom po' boy with spicy remoulade, pickles & shredded lettuce on a baguette. This is the richest sandwich I've ever eaten! Between the battered and fried mushrooms and the generous serving of remoulade (similar to tartar sauce), I had no business whatsoever eating the whole thing. But I did.
Perhaps overeating wasn't the best plan, since the next stop on the Jerzday agenda was Vegan Treats!
With only the hour-long drive to digest, I kept it light: a classic glazed donut and- glory be- peanut butter and chocolate swirl softserve with rainbow sprinkles.
Good eats were had by all:
And then I took some stuff home....
For starters, chocolate covered cannolis!
Yep, just when I had all but finished swooning over their original cannolis, they go and improve upon divine decadence by generously dipping them in chocolate. Possibly a new Bean Family favorite.
I certainly couldn't leave without cowboy cookies.
And there was a new (to me) cookie in town: pecan sandies! How have I never tried these cookies before? They're great- even to a chocolate lover like me: almost like a dense, non-buttery, pecan shortbread.
Also, a chocolate raspberry cake! This cake was phenomenal.
I was a little wary when I saw that fresh raspberry poised atop, but I made sure to check: there were only preserves and raspberry buttercream inside, tucked between chocolate cake and coated with the same chocolate as my all-time favorite, the Death By Chocolate. SO GOOD!!
VM is a sucker for all things chocolate raspberry, so I conceded the bigger slice to her (<3!), but in future I think I'd just go ahead and get two. Or four.
Hey, it's a long drive; sometimes you just have to stock up.