I’m not into the detoxing/juice/raw food cleanses…that stuff is just plain weird! But post Jewish holiday eating, my body was craving fresh veggies and healthy food. Enter Angelica Kitchen. My new veggie loving friend Julie and I decided to embark on a challenge…to try a new vegetarian restaurant each month and this restaurant was first on our list. I would describe the food as vegetarian comfort food and it now beats out candle cafe for my favorite vegetarian restaurant in the city!
We started with these apps: the sushi of the day, cornbread with miso tahini spread, and lentil veggie soup with sourdough and carrot ginger spread. The cornbread was doughy, cakey, grainy and surprisingly, gluten free. I didn’t know glutenless foods could taste so good! But I must tell you…both of our spreads were incredible. I think we were trying to find anything we could to dip in them…and little did we know, some more delicious sauce was yet to come.
For our mains, I went with the build your own plate…and again, the star of the show was the carrot dill sauce. I think Julie and I both agreed that next time we went we would ask for a giant bowl of this sauce and maybe some tofu on the side for dipping. It is that good! All the veggies were perfectly cooked, the squash was sweet and I demolished that plate and was stuffed to the brim. Detox dinner one success! I think Julie and I have a very good and veggie filled future in store…stay tuned for our November dinner date at Dirt Candy!
The next night, I cooked my own healthy meal inspired by Ellie Kreiger. Her sweet and spicy salmon with lemon lentils with spinach and tomatoes caught my eye when I was watching The Cooking Channel (Attention Canadian readers….I have not one but TWO food channels here…don’t be jealous!) I basically followed her recipes found here:http://www.foodnetwork.com/healthy-appetite-with-ellie-krieger/cook-better-look-better/index.html
Served with some roasted brussels sprouts and zucchini that was on it’s last leg, this meal filled the quota for a healthy meal my body desperately needed. And the best part was leftovers for the next night…love when I plan that way!
Now last night the healthier eating came to an end when I discovered the deliciousness that is Momofuku. My eating partner and I went to the noodle bar which is the most casual restaurants in this empire. We started with the shrimp buns…soft and fluffy Japanese style bun filled with some sort of shrimp cake, spicy mayo, and lettuce. It was so good…we actually debated ordering some of their other buns but we had big bowls of noodles ahead.
It was cold and rainy outside so we were both craving soup and so, we both chose the miso chicken ramen bowl.
The broth was smokey and salty, the noodles were perfectly cooked, and the egg added a nice creamy touch. This bowl was warming and soothing for a cold and damp night and definitely hit the spot. Now, no Momofuku experience is complete without visiting the Momofuku Milk Bar...a very creative dessert spot with interesting treats such as “crack pie,” “compost cookies,” and “birthday cake truffles.” How could this be bad?
That’s right..it wasn’t bad. This ice cream tasted like the milk at the bottom of the bowl of cornflakes…sweet and salty and very weird in the best way possible. The cornflake crunch really adds a nice touch. My friend went with the compost cookie…now it was good, but it was also just a cookie. Nothing to write home (or blog) about.
Now this was something special. It tasted like the best raw cookie/cake dough you’ve ever eaten. So rich, sweet, and really melts in your mouth. It tasted especially good after a rainy and wet training run. Momofuku…I will be back!