Friday, February 18, 2011

Anniversaries Are For Eating

It is 60 degrees today here in NYC- so grateful for a winter break and to toast all things spring-y & lovely...I changed my blog to pretty shade of pink! Hope everyone had a lovely Valentine's Day as well- Fcat & I don't celebrate Valentine's Day per se, we celebrate our anniversary which is actually the day before, whew. I dislike having to be out with a million other goggly-eyed couples, red roses in hand, paying for hiked up dinner prices...

I got to pick anniversary spot....


We started the day off with brunch at Pure Food & Wine. I love the space at PFW- it's intimate and warm- perfect for drinks & dining. Was excited to try their brunch- I've had raw food brunch before but was looking forward to PFW for quite awhile. We started with mimosas while we perused the menu.
Fcat went with the quiche which was recommended by the waitress. It was a bit smaller than we had expected. Honestly it was almost laughable how teeny it was. Fcat was incredulous. Luckily, it was really delicious. Fcat just wished that there was more of it- he finished it in four bites. We actually contemplated ordering an appetizer. Had we ordered an app with entree & dessert- it definitely would have been enough food. Raw meals are very filling, but Fcat's entree was definitely almost hors d'oeuvres sized.
My spinach florentine was a bit more substantial than the quiche, but that's not saying much...but then again, it was absolutely delicious. Spinach atop manna bread & marinated mushrooms with "hollandaise" sauce- all raw & all yum. I have made a raw eggplant manicotti meal before, so I can imagine how much work & time is involved in raw food prep, but I have to say- we won't be rushing back anytime some for brunch. Having had dinner here a few times which was great & fab, the brunch portions just seem smaller and still as expensive. If you want a great raw food experience that won't break the bank & still leave you satisfied, check out Quintessence in the East Village.The portions & food itself will make up for lack of ambiance & space.
Now what is definitely worth the money at Pure Food & Wine, is the mint sundae. It's so good that it led me to tweet & shout to the world that it was the gateway drug to raw food! Yep, minty, chocolatey yumminess from and not a drop of dairy or processed crap...wow.
Yes indeed, 6 years just fly by...we had the hostess snap this pic on our way out- Fcat has his snow hat on- that is not spray on helmet head...and me wrapped up in my Vaute Couture coat...
After brunch, we walked over to our favorite store, ABC Home, where we would buy everything if we could. Everything is so gorgeous & displays are done so well- makes me want everything!!
Love all the crystals they have- if it were up to me, our apt would be swimming in crystals & Buddhas, though if you ask Fcat, it already is...

Love white dishes...

We decided to catch a movie after- The Fighter was really great, though I always hate having to pay for movies that I get invited to screenings for...just happened to be out of town for The Fighter...We also missed the screening for Black Swan, The King's Speech, True Grit. I was going through my freaked out by bedbugs in NYC stage- didn't want to go to any movie theaters...we came out of The Fighter a little itchy, but it was all in my mind.

We had planned on heading home after all the popcorn I had during the movie, but then decided to treat ourselves to pizza at Pala, which is so perfect for the omni-vegan couple and gluten-free as well if you want to make it a threesome! Love that the vegan menu gets a whole page alongside the omni page.
I had a yummy ginger apple vodka cocktail.
We split an argula salad with Daiya cheese & apples. It was yummy.
We each got our own pizza, which of course we ended up ordering the same pizza, except one omni & the other vegan. Mine was Daiya cheese, Field Roast sausage & mushrooms....we didn't realize that there was no tomato sauce- so we had a side of marinara to dip into...perfect.
It was a perfect way to spend our anniversary- eating our way thru it. Yum! Have a gorgeous weekend!

11 comments:

kellywhitephillips said...

Looks like you had a lovely anniversary! I've been wanting to check out PFW's brunch menu, I would probably get both the granola and the quiche thanks to your review.

I was wondering if Quintessence was any good - what do you recommend there?

Leinana Two Moons said...

That mint sundae looks like an extra beautiful one! And good call on the extra sauce for the Pala "sausage" pizza - I don't know why they don't put sauce on that one, because it's much better with it!

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Danielle said...

Happy Anniversary! OMG- could spend hours (and/or all my savings) at ABC- such a fun store. I've only been to Pure Food once- need to check it out again because it's been years!

bazu said...

happy anniversary! all your food photos look gorgeous, and I had to laugh at the laughably small quiche. I've never been to PFV but I hated how small their stuff was at One Lucky Duck! xx

Vegyogini said...

Happy anniversary! I feel the same way about paying for a film when I've had the opportunity to see a screening, but sometimes the timing just doesn't work.

VeggieGirl said...

Happy anniversary!!! I miss going to Pure with you!

M for Short said...

If 'Anniversaries are for Eating', I hope you don't have to wait until next February for a killer meal! Congrats on the 6 yr mile marker, and can I come to ABC with you next time?

Melisser said...

Cuties! I have the same Vaute coat. I love that PFW sundae. xo!

Susan G said...

Happy Anniversary! Looks like you had a lovely day.

vko said...

Aww, thanks for the love everyone!

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