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  • The Impossible Burger

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    Check out this delicious, juicy, meaty burger…made completely out of plants! This is the famous Impossible Burger by Impossible Foods, and it was incredible. Mark my words, this burger is going to revolutionize the food industry.

    The Impossible Burger has been on my radar for months, ever since it made its first appearance at Momofuku Nishi in NYC. Foodies have been lining up to try this impossibly meaty vegan burger. I finally tried it out at Crossroads Kitchen in LA and I was blown away. I’ve had my fair share of delicious veggie burgers, but the Impossible Burger is in a league of its own because it tastes, smells, sizzles and even bleeds (yes bleeds!) just like beef.

    According to the Impossible Foods website, the creators of the Impossible Burger spent five years “studying the sights, sounds, aromas, textures and flavors” of beef – and how they could be recreated with plants. The main ingredients in the burger are wheat, coconut oil and potatoes. But the key to this burger is heme. That’s right, heme…as in what makes blood. Heme is a building block of all life, including plant life. But it’s abundantly more prevalent in meat, and that’s what lends a real beef burger its signature flavor. With a team of scientists, farmers and chefs, Impossible Foods found a way to isolate heme in plants and created this vegan burger that can fool even the most ardent meat lover.

    And in addition to its flavor, the best part of this beefy burger is that no cows are used to create it. That makes the Impossible Burger so much better for the planet and for our health. The Impossible Burger uses 95% less land, 74% less water and creates 87% less greenhouse gas emissions than burgers made from cows. And when it comes to our health, we know that beef is so hard on our bodies, especially our hearts. But since the Impossible Burger is made from plants it is so much easier on our bodies. It’s also 100% free of hormones, antibiotics and artificial ingredients, unlike most ground beef used in burgers.

    The Impossible Burger and its creators are no doubt going to change the face of food. So take note, and run, don’t walk, to try it out!

    Here’s where you can currently find the Impossible Burger as of April 2017.

    • Momofuku Nishi – New York, NY
    • Bareburger (La Guardia Place) – New York, NY
    • Public – New York, NY
    • The Daily – New York, NY
    • Saxon + Parole – New York, NY
    • Cockscomb – San Francisco, CA
    • Jardinière – San Francisco, CA
    • Crossroads Kitchen – Los Angeles, CA
    • Kornnerburger – Oakland, CA
    • Public House – San Francisco, CA
    • Vina Entoeca – Palo Alto, CA

    For an up to date list of where you can find the Impossible Burger, check out the Impossible Foods website, here. Each restaurant has their own way of doctoring up the burger, and some use cheese, so if you’re like me and want to keep it healthiest and cruelty-free, be sure to ask for the vegan version!

    xo,

    Tedi

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  • By Chloe

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    If you’ve been following my blog for a while you know I’m a fan of By Chloe. By Chloe opened last summer and has had lines out the door ever since. With its new location in LA, and more expansion on the horizon here in NYC, By Chloe is certainly making a name for itself. One of my favorite things about By Chloe is that this 100% vegan restaurant attracts everyone, whether you’re vegan or not. The food just tastes great and that’s what draws people in. At By Chloe the menu features salads, sandwiches, sides and a delicious weekend brunch menu.

    By Chloe offers counter service therefore, because of its popularity, it can be hard to get a table at the restaurant. So it’s not great for large groups. However, By Chloe is just a few blocks down from Washington Square Park, making it the perfect place to grab your food before heading up to the park to enjoy it.

    Here are some of my favorite items on the menu at By Chloe:

    • Pesto Meatball Sub: Italian meatballs (portobello + veggie), marinara, sweet peppers, basil pesto, cashew mozz, almond parm, potato sub roll
    • Quinoa Taco Salad: spicy seitan chorizo, black beans, sweet corn, avocado, tomato, tortilla strips, vegan crèma, agave-lime vinaigrette
    • Whiskey BBQ Sandwich: smoky portobello mushrooms & seitan, sautéed kale, onion marmalade, grilled pineapple, bourbon bbq sauce, potato bun
    • The Early Bird: scrambled organic tofu, spinach, maple sausage, market greens, 7-grain toast, avocado, hot sauce
    • Smashed Avocado Toast: seasonal veggie, almond parm, 7-grain toast
    • Kale Artichoke Dip: comes with almond parm and tortilla chips
    • Mac n’ Cheese: sweet potato-cashew cheese sauce, shiitake bacon, almond parm
    • Air Baked Fries: great with the beet ketchup and chipotle aioli

    By Chloe is located at 185 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012.

    xo,

    Tedi

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  • Le Botaniste


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    Le Pain Quotidien’s got a new sister in town and she’s vegan! This past February the people behind Le Pain Quotidien opened Le Botaniste, a 100% botanical (aka plant-based) restaurant located on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. Just like its LPQ counterpart, Le Botaniste was born in Belgium before going international and coming to the States. And in addition to being completely plant-based, the food at Le Botaniste is also gluten-free and organic. The whole concept behind Le Botaniste is healthy, delicious, plant-based, organic food that is good for our health and for the planet.

    Le Botaniste truly takes the Hippocrates quote, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” to heart. The restaurant is fashioned to look like an old-time apothecary, where in past times people would come in search of cures for their ailments. But here at this modern-day apothecary the walls house glass jars filled with healthy food instead of medicine, and the staff wearing white lab coats dispense that healthy food instead of pills. Above the menu on the wall you’ll even see it says “Prescriptions”, with all the nourishing food items written out below. Le Botaniste gives us a place where we can do just what Hippocrates recommended…fuel our bodies with healthy, clean, life-sustaining foods that not only prevent disease, but can treat it as well. Think of Le Botaniste as a place you can go to get a genuinely healthy dose of food-as-medicine.

    And if you’re wondering what to get, here are some of my favorite dishes at Le Botaniste.

    What to order:

    • Mezze Platter for Two: green pea hummus, red beet tartare, seaweed tartare, coconut ceviche
    • Seaweed Tartare: whether in the mezze platter or on its own – so good!
    • Spicy Chili Sin Carne: quinoa, chili sauce, mixed beans, vegan sour cream, turmeric onions
    • Tibetan Mama Rice Bowl: brown rice, peanut curry, steamed greens, kimchi
    • Build Your Own Botanical Bowl: choose from an assortment of items
    • Detox Juice: ginger, beetroot, apple

    Le Botaniste is located at 833 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10065.

    xo,

    Tedi

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  • What to Order at: Le Pain Quotidien

    Did you know Le Pain Quotidien restaurants have a ton of plant-based (aka vegan) options on their menus? There are Le Pains all over the world so chances are you may have seen one of their restaurants before. And if not, with their continued expansion, they may pop up in your city soon. Fresh, simple and pure ingredients are at the core of Le Pain’s menus, and it shows in their food. I have been a fan of LPQ for years, and love that there are so many locations in NYC. It’s got a casual, relaxed vibe with an emphasis on healthy, high quality, delicious food….and that is a combination I’m all about!


      
      
      

    You’ll always know an item is 100% plant-based/vegan at LPQ when you see a little carrot symbol next to the item on the menu. Their menu changes seasonally and also varies slightly from location to location. Here are some of the tasty vegan items on their current menu for you to check out:

    • avocado toast with citrus cumin salt, organic chia seeds and extra virgin olive oil (always a favorite!)
    • six vegetable tart with artichoke, vegetables and tofu on gluten-free buckwheat crust and a seasonal green salad
    • hummus tartine with shaved vegetables, walnuts, golden raisins and harissa
    • lentil and avocado salad with organic lentils, carrot, radish, fennel, wild arugula, sunflower seeds and lemon dijon vinaigrette
    • kale caesar with a cashew-miso dressing (love this salad – hold the parmesan)
    • spiced sweet potato & coconut soup
    • the botanist platter with quinoa taboulé, hummus and avocado mash
    • organic coconut and chia seed pudding (I always grab this to go for a snack)
    • fresh fruit salad
    • organic blueberry muffins
    • organic banana crunola with raw granola, raspberries and coconut cashew butter
    • organic steel-cut oatmeal with organic bananas, walnuts and fresh berries
    • organic brown rice pudding
    • organic baker’s basket
    • organic mini carrot cake (love!)
    • apple cherry cake
    • hazelnut flûte

    xo,

    Tedi