Tuesday, March 23, 2010

week 12: sacred chow


my week-long trial period of near-veganism culminated last friday,
with a trip to 
in the west village

it was recommended to me by vegan friend justin,
whom i did not know was vegan until he turned down an offer
for a cookie bar made by mum
{and you must know that no one turns down jody's cookie bars}

so in our post-concert rush,
we taxied downtown 
with just enough time to place our dinner {and dessert} order
by closing time.



and the style was 
tapas
and our appetites were
big


here's a list of what we ordered,
and my thoughts about them 
{in twitter form, of course}

sacred caesar salad
taste simulation at it's highest.
are you sure there are no anchovies in this, justin?
yes, pumpkin, i'm sure.

sunflower lentil paté
tasty,
not too weird or grossly offensive,
but, alas, i've never had real paté so i don't know how this compared.

mama's soy meatballs
with sicilian sauce
delicious!
reminded me of the vegetarian meatballs that an ex's mom made,
and since i wouldn't dare ask her for the recipe,
these compensated quite well.

baby root vegetable latkes
like soggy waffles.
no one likes a soggy waffle.
and last i checked, "crispy" is a word that is indeed in the vegan dictionary.

sliced ginger soba noodles
with spicy peanut sauce
by far my fave. 
it's hard to mess up peanut noodles, i know,
but i was afraid of the word "soba" 
til i tried these.

indonesian roasted tempeh
contrary to what i predicted, 
i didn't run the other way screaming.
the texture was new,
kind of like paper maché,
but i think i'd like to try it again to give it a fair shot.

seitan.
seitan.
roasted black olive seitan.
there's a reason it's so close in spelling to satan.
kidding.
sort of.
i actually muscled through a whole piece of it thinking it was the meatballs.
and then the meatballs came out and i was like
oh no what did i just eat? that's such a terrible feeling.
 it tasted like that egg carton foam you put over your mattress. 
but edible, definitely edible.
sort of.

top to bottom: paté, tempeh, seitan

and for dessert:

brownie sundae
i didn't feel so guilty gobbling all of it up because
if it's vegan,
it must be healthy,
right?
please let that be right.
because i pretty much ate it all.
and i couldn't believe it was vegan.
 i was, after all, that bitch of a little sister when lactose-intolerant stoop had to eat soy dream.

...

anywho,
i really enjoyed my first vegan restaurant experience.
it was sort of like being on another planet...
most things were recognizable with their non-vegan counterpart,
but there were things, mostly textures, that distinguished them.
i mean, how close can one really get to simulating a chewy, still bleeding steak without a cow?

 but this new food world
is like discovering a new ethnic cuisine,
 it is so interesting,
that i just might extend my near-veganism
for kicks.
and because my jeans were looser this week.

i think i'll go back to sacred chow,
or try to incorporate more vegan things in the 40 restaurants that i have left...


xoxo


yeh


sacred chow is on sullivan street between west 3rd and bleecker in the village. 
sun-thu 11-10, fri&sat 11-11.


14 comments:

Melissa said...

This place sounds awesome! I've been wanting to go vegan but still deciding. I'll have to check it out!

tiffany said...

mmmm everything sounds so good especially brownie sundae! ^_____^

xo tiffany

chelsea rebecca said...

i'm dying over the ridiculous amount of food in this post!!
I WANT IT ALL!
and i especially love the fact that it was finished off with a brownie sundae. YUM!

Emma Jade said...

sounds amazing! I always wanted to go vegan but struggled with being vegetarian due to severe anaemia, maybe ill try again soon though!
xxx

Meghan said...

Ha! I love this! I felt the SAME way when I had a vegan dessert here in Chicago - it must be healthy, right??? :)

Maki said...

I've tried vegan chinese food before and they were awesome! But I don't think I can be a vegan... I do eat healthy and love fruits and vegetables and eat more of seafood and chicken, but once in a while I crave steak and I know I can't pass that up!!!

I love all of your photos :)

p.s. and yes, it's totally okay to dye easter eggs even when you're jewish! i love it too!!

daisychain said...

I love vegan food, you must take me here some day!

Kimbirdy said...

I always seem to read your blog when I'm hungry... bad idea! ;)

C'est La Vie said...

you just made me SO hungry

Jasara said...

the first pic is priceless! lol

Katy Mary said...

I really love the presentation with the plates on that little tower. It's very cool. I was a vegetarian for many years and sometimes I really miss it. There are so many delicious vegan and vegetarian dishes out there. I definitely need to get back into some of them. You have given me a huge list of places to try next time I'm in NYC!

Adrien said...

Never had paté uh? do you mean by that what we civilized people refer to as foie gras and was banned by the Illinois Senate?
if that's the case, you can never consider yourself a grown up before you try it at CHEZ DENISE

http://maps.google.it/maps/place?hl=it&client=safari&rls=en&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=chez+denise+paris&fb=1&gl=it&hq=chez+denise&hnear=paris&cid=7859511086313267267

ask Markus, he knows.
a trip to paris is definitely required...

Anonymous said...

but seriously though....I think your review proves that vegan food blows. think about everything you just listed and then compare it to it's non vegan equivalent. absolutely can NOT be as tasty. no way. bottom line.

To all you vegans out there--
Go you! Save the planet!!! You'll just be eating mediocre foods the rest of your life

Pescetarianally, vegetarianlly, and meatetarianally yours,

Tasties

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

the brownie looks so so yummy, Im craving some chocolate + your post above made me want nutella... badly... and it's past 11pm... lovely photos

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