On my first Friday in New York, I went over to New York Adorned and got tattooed by Brad Stevens. It was a pretty cool experience and the shop had a good vibe and cool people working there. Brad is vegan so I asked him for some suggestions as far as good restaurants in the Greenpoint/Williamsburg area, especially for a good breakfast. His first suggestion was Champs, a restaurant/bakery that has gone through some changes in the past year, for the better!
So, for a late breakfast the next day, my cousin and I ventured a mile or so in the unusually warm weather to Champs. We walked in and all of the tables were full with a short wait, so as soon as the seats at the counter opened up we grabbed them and set our eyes on the menu. I ended up getting the Bionic Breakfast that included a “mountain of potatoes with sauteed mushrooms, peppers and soysage topped with spicy tofu sauce” and my cousin got the BLT with tempeh bacon, tomato, lettuce and veganaise on whole wheat bread.
The spicy tofu sauce was an awesome touch to the breakfast bowl, and I had a bite of the BLT and it was very good. My cousin isn’t vegan, but she said that she absolutely loved it! After that, we just HAD to get a dessert, since this place is part bakery after all. We decided to get the peanut butter chocolate tart, and split it in half. Although, out of the whole dessert, I ended up eating most of it and totally not regretting it. It had a super rich peanut butter chocolate filling in a chocolate cookie crust.
And the aftermath…
Ha ha! So, after a few cups of coffee and enjoying the food, I would have to say that I really enjoyed this place and I’d love to go back there someday! If you’re in the area I highly recommend heading over to Champs for some breakfast or lunch.
I showed up in New York on a nice fall day, the weather was actually a little warm and I was a bit overwhelmed by being in such a different environment than I’m used to. After I got settled in, I found myself in need of some food; I was supremely jet-lagged and not trying to walk too far from where I was staying. Thankfully, I had purchased the Happy Cow app for my phone so all I had to do to find a vegan-friendly place for me to satisfy my hunger.
One of the restaurants closest to me with vegan options was a cute, little place called “Eat“. There’s no real sign outside and if you walk at a quick pace you’ll more than likely miss it. Once you walk in the door, you enter a space that is as simple and clean as the place’s name. Off white walls with modern lighting and bench seating, decorated with seasonal produce and herbs hanging to dry. The kitchen is tiny and far back in the large room, the wooden furniture and chalkboard menu give off a rustic and comforting vibe.
This restaurant has a menu based on whole and organic ingredients, although only a few vegan options are on it, what they do have is pretty good! The server was attentive and helped me pick a dish that met my dietary needs, and while I was waiting I decided to snap some shots of the restaurant and the unique ceramic dishes and assorted dishware.
I ended up going with a bowl of black bean soup with homemade focaccia, I’m a sucker for black beans, seriously. The taste was good, but the texture was a little off, a little too watery for me. The focaccia was good, and was great for dipping in the soup. Overall, I enjoyed my experience here; not to mention, I ended up speaking with an older gentleman about his life for about 45 minutes (hilarious!). I’m not sure how I always seem to attract these people, but I’m glad that I did because it made my day all the more interesting. 🙂
And here’s a pumpkin on their shelf for good measure!
Right now, I’m in the middle of Michigan, surrounded by half-bare trees and colorful leaves. I can’t believe that just a couple of days ago I was in New York gallivanting around town, trying out new vegan spots and figuring out the subway system. And a couple of weeks before that? Back at home, waiting for cool fall weather to come and stressing out about my self-forced life changes. So, it’s great to be surrounded by nature’s beauty and living a slower life, not worrying about a whole lot and spending time with family.
Simple times call for simple recipes and sometimes, instead of a heavy pumpkin dessert, I crave a refreshing way to enjoy pumpkin close to it’s pure form but with a little help from some other fall staples. This smoothie may not be the pinnacle of nourishment, but it’s light, healthy and great for breakfast or a snack.
- 1 1/2 Cup Half-Frozen Cooked Pumpkin
- 1 Apple, Roughly Chopped
- 1/4 Cup Dried Cranberries
- 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
- 1/4-1/2 Cup Water, to help blend
- Optional: 1 1/2 tsp. Maple Syrup
- Make sure that the pumpkin is not completely frozen, so that it is easier to blend. Place all ingredients in high-speed blender and puree until smooth. Garnish with cranberries and a pinch of cinnamon.