Dinner with Kristen at Blossom, Chocolate Parties, and More

by Gena on June 22, 2009

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Happy Monday, all!

Last night I had the pleasure of dinner at Cafe Blossom with the very awesome Kristen and her husband, Greg. Kristen and Greg are in town for an extended visit (you can read all about their meals and adventures on Kristen’s blog). As you know, I’ve been a fan of Kristen’s blog, e-books, and writing for a very long time, and so it’s of little surprise to me that she and I have become fast friends during her stay!

Cafe Blossom holds a special place in my heart for several reasons:

1) It’s across the street from my apartment. Literally. When a vegan cafe with raw options opened across the street (two months after I moved in, no less), I chalked it up to the workings of divine providence.

2) The general manager, Craig, is a pretty cool dude (and a friend of mine).

3) The Pink Lady juice, which I blogged about here.

4) My favorite appetizer, the all-raw Autumn Sweet Potato Rolls

5) The generous salad portions! There is nothing that irks me more than the pitiful little mounds of mesclun greens to which most restaurants assign the name of a “salad.” Even certain vegan restaurants (sorry, Candle 79) seem to think it’s perfectly OK to serve bird-sized salads for $14.00. Sorry folks, but to me, a salad means a heaping mountain of greens and veggies. This is something that the good people at Cafe Blossom understand and honor: all of the salads are not only delicious, but generous enough to feed a woman with an appetite!

For dinner tonight, I ordered the sweet potato rolls (coconut noodles, jicama, carrot, red and yellow pepper, scallion and avocado with an almond ginger dipping sauce) and the spring greens salad (sweet cherry tomatoes, cucumber, jicama, carrot, tamari toasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds) with avocado instead of seeds and lemon and olive oil for dressing. Both dishes were delicious:

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And since Kristen’s birthday was on Saturday, the kind folks at Blossom treated us to a slice of their vegan chocolate cake, which we all sampled and agreed was delicious!

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It was a lovely evening. I’m so glad that Kristen has extended her trip to NYC, so that I can spend a little more time with her before she heads home!

Speaking of friends in the blogosphere, I want to extend a special thank you to my friend Cory — AKA Zestycook — this morning. If you’ve never checked out Zesty’s site, go explore: it’s a passionate testament to his love of all things culinary and his incredible talent in the kitchen. But Zesty is far more than a great chef: he’s also a tech wizard, and he’s given his time and expertise to so many of us in the blog community by answering tech support questions, helping with WordPress emergencies, and the like. In the last week, he’s helped me with a bunch of my own little “tech-challenged” inquiries, and I’m super grateful to him. Thanks, Zest!

Finally, I wanted to give all NYC kids a head’s up about a fun party on Saturday night. My friend Vanessa, the owner of Gnosis Chocolate (an incredible raw chocolate company — product review soon!) is hosting a  raw chocolate and dance party on Saturday night, featuring chocolate elixirs, spring water, crudites, and other raw goodies. The party will follow on the heels of a two hour lecture from Daniel Vitalis on immunity and hormone production. I’m not a dancer, but I am a chocoholic, so I’ll be there.

chocolate-party

Tickets are available here if you’re interested. Check it out!

OK, that’s my news for the morning. Hope you’re all getting a great start to your weeks!

xo

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VeggieGirl June 22, 2009 at 8:05 am

You + Kristen + raw food = perfection.

Figures that the chocolate event is the day I leave NYC… grr. Enjoy it for me!!

I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!! :-D

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Pearl June 22, 2009 at 8:13 am

you and kristen are beautiful!

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gina (fitnessista) June 22, 2009 at 8:16 am

awww i love kristen- how fun that you girls have gotten to hang out!
every time i read your blog, i want to go back to ny NOW!
have a wonderful day!

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Gena June 22, 2009 at 11:49 am

Awe, I want you to come back!

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Chocolate Covered Katie June 22, 2009 at 8:43 am

Did someone say chocolate??? That cake is calling me. Can you hear it, Gena? :)

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Gena June 22, 2009 at 11:50 am

I can totally hear it!

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Maria June 22, 2009 at 8:57 am

A measley salad totally gets to me too. I love a ton of greens and stuff in my salads, and a handful of greens is not going to fill me up. Those sweet potato rolls with coconut noodles look divine, not to mention that gorgeous chocolate cake :).

Hope you have a fabulous Monday, Gena!

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Shelby June 22, 2009 at 9:03 am

That is amazing that you live across the street from the restaurant! It would take a lot of restraint to keep me from going every day!

Sweet Potato Rolls?!?! HEAVEN!

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Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) June 22, 2009 at 9:09 am

Those rolls look so good – I’m trying out your “California Wrap Sandwich” today for lunch, really excited about it!

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Briana in Tucson (aka Trilby Drew) June 22, 2009 at 9:14 am

You guys look great together!

And oh my gosh, that food looks so good. Ok, I have to stop reading this blog on an empty stomach…

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Metta June 22, 2009 at 9:34 am

How awesome that a great restaurant is just across from your building. It’s nice to have something good close on those days that you just don’t want to be in the kitchen.

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Gena June 22, 2009 at 11:50 am

Totally agree. I usually prefer to cook, but once in a while, I don’t mind being treated!

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Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) June 22, 2009 at 10:20 am

Guess I’m gonna have to make another trip up to NYC to try Blossom…darn it! Well, if I must…I must. =)

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Gena June 22, 2009 at 11:49 am

Hehe. Courtney, you’ll be here soon enough!

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rhodeygirl June 22, 2009 at 10:58 am

great food and great company… what more could you ask for??? ;)

sounds like a fabulous night.

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leslie June 22, 2009 at 11:20 am

cafe blossom has been on my to-dine list for a looong time – i need to make it there!

i definitely share your feelings about restaurant salad portions (i posted about it a couple days ago too!). it’s always nice to find a restaurant that does it right!

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elise June 22, 2009 at 11:33 am

i loveeeeeeeeeee blossom. and couldnt agree more about the salad portion sizes. mmmm… glad you had a fun dinner date :)

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Lauren June 22, 2009 at 12:55 pm

I haven’t tried Cafe Blossom, but I’ve been to the other Blossom a few times. Thomas loves it! :) I will have to convince him to take me to the cafe soon! Thanks for the review, I hate when I get a tiny salad!

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Gena June 23, 2009 at 7:13 am

Ha, I’m glad I can always count on you to commiserate on the salad issue, Lauren!

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Emily Eats June 22, 2009 at 1:47 pm

All this food looks just wonderful! I will be using your blog as my tour guide next time I get to be in NYC :)

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amy *veganissexy June 22, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Oooh beautiful girls, beautiful juice and a sexy chocolate cake! Sweet!!!!

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Ada June 22, 2009 at 4:12 pm

You live near Cafe Blossom? That is so funny, I do too! I was SO happy when it opened in our neighborhood :)

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Gena June 23, 2009 at 7:15 am

Yup!

You go to Barnard, yes? That means you at least have Community nearby. Back when I was at Columbia, there were scant healthy dining spots in the neighborhood.

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hstryk June 22, 2009 at 4:21 pm

That lecture sounds really interested, I may go! There’s a great show going on at Studio B in Brooklyn… hmm maybe I’ll go to this lecture and then dance it up! Love that you do such thorough reviews of places in NYC. Always looking for new restaurants to hit up when I go down there.

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Gena June 23, 2009 at 7:14 am

Cool! Hope you can make it!

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Kim June 22, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Wow, now I learn a new place to visit…sproutcraft!

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jessica June 22, 2009 at 7:39 pm

lovely photo of the two of you.
how lucky you live across the street from the restuarant.
i will have to check it out.
beautiful salad, beautiful chocolate cake.

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Gena June 23, 2009 at 7:14 am

Thanks, Jessica!

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Kristen's Raw June 22, 2009 at 8:01 pm

Hi Gena,
It was awesome having dinner with you. You put me in a stitch of giggles and we LOVE your company. Can’t wait to see you for lunch Monday. :)

PS. I went back to Blossom tonight and had the Raw rolls and the same salad (add avo, sans seeds) and a large Field of Greens green juice. F… Great! So filling and fresh and satisfying. Oh, and I took some raw cookies back to the hotel room. Munch Munch Munch… crumbs in the bed now. ;)

XOXO,
Kristen

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Gena June 23, 2009 at 7:14 am

Ooooooooh, I’m jealous! Raw cookies would rock right now.

I love your company more than I can say!!!

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happy herbivore June 26, 2009 at 4:42 pm

you both just glow! look at those rosy cheeks! raw juice does a body good (& I cannot wait to sample your precise bev in a few weeks!)

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Ravi August 22, 2009 at 7:44 pm

That food looks amazing!

I recently saw some vids of Daniel V and he totally inspired me to go out and find a spring…RIGHT AWAY….so I did. His site…www.findaspring.com was a huge help.

Posted some pics of my spring find here:

http://www.sethigherstandards.com/find-a-spring-for-the-best-water-ever/

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