Over the past year, I've been intently focused on developing and sharing new vegan recipes. But I'm still a greedy and enthusiastic consumer of other people's chow. I eat out often – with F-stop, my girlfriends, and even solo. [Inexplicably, I used to hate eating alone, but now, I kind of like it]. Here's a quickie recap of some recent vegan restaurant meals I enjoyed here in Philadelphia and in New York.
|Philly's Lemon Hill takes the humble olive appetizer to a new level. The citrus marinade is such a bright contrast to the olive's inherent bitterness. Lemon Hill doesn't skimp on quality, either. They use only the best olives punctuated by ginormous caper berries. Lemon Hill is known for its cocktails. I had the Double Cross. Doubly lethal!|
|French Dip at Lemon Hill. Earthy exotic mushrooms, sautéed in olive oil, served on French bread with a finer-than-diner dipping sauce. Skip the cheese and it's vegan.|
|Chocolate cupcake at Terri. I was not impressed by the the look of the icing, to be honest, but eating this cupcake ended up being a transcending experience: a moist, light and a fluffy-creamy vanilla experience.|
|I was tickled to run across Simply Rawnchy, a raw vegan food cart in New York. After noshing at Terri, I was too stuffed to try anything. But the menu looks fab, especially the juices. [Anyone been here?]|
|Vegetable terrine sandwich at Prohibition, in my 'hood in Philly. Prohibition now offers many more vegan items, including a dessert or two! The terrine, crafted from shredded veggies and oats, was substantial and served with pickled vegetables, Vietnamese hoagie style. My only criticism is that the bread was too thick and obliterated the hearty taste of the terrine.|
|Chickpea sandwich enjoyed on the roof deck of the Standard Tap, a Philadelphia institution. Simple, satisfying chickpea filling served on a grainy bread. My only "beef" was that we had to pay $3 to replace the fries with this rather meager salad and sub-par dressing.|
What was your favorite recent vegan meal out?