June 26, 2009

My Excuse to Try Candle 79

I have just had the best Friday of life! This was assisted by the fact that I was off the hook from work at 2pm (huzzah!), so I took the opportunity to meet up with Gena for juice (Jus, to be precise) and a chat in Union Square Park. All I can say is I am beginning to suspect she and I were separated at birth because we might actually share a brain. We must have sat there yammering for nearly two hours! Crikey! Lucky for me, she works just footsteps away from my office, so hopefully it will be a repeat event. :D

Speaking of events, tonight I got to dine at Candle 79 with no less than 15 other NY-area bloggers (!), including VeggieGirl, who has been in NYC for a visit this week. Words do not describe how excited I was to have an excuse to try this restaurant, since it has been on my to-do list fo-eva (and yes, I have a separate to-do list for restaurants...it's long).

I'll let the photos do most of the talking (not that they're very good). We had what I guess was a complimentary appetizer of French lentil pate (?) on a tortilla chip (??) with yellow peppers on top (for sure).

Pretty tasty.

My entree was the Live Zucchini Enchiladas, which were raw and delicious.

"Live Zucchini Enchiladas: cashew cheese, spinach, guacamole, chipotle tomato sauce, cashew sour cream, pumpkin seeds, baby romaine, cucumber-tomato salsa"

A girl could get used to this, though my wallet says I won't. ;) Worth every penny for a special treat, though!

Here's an ugly flash shot just so you can appreciate every detail of this dish's glory:

And now I shall embarrass myself by a) getting at least one attendee's name/blog URL wrong and b) not having taken pictures of everyone at the table.

The view directly across the table: Dierdre, Caroline and Liz. (I'm missing the two seated to the right of them: Katie and Ari)

To my left (though missing the two to my immediate left: Marina and Amie): Heather, Sarah and Olga.

And to my right: Danielle, Amelia and Katherine.

As you can probably tell, there were far too many ladies there for me to talk to in one mealtime! Nonetheless, it's always a great opportunity when I can meet the faces behind the pages because I feel much more connected to their blogs afterward, like I have a new understanding of the personalities behind the writing and photos. It's like blogs in 3D, no joke!

Dessert is a necessity, as always, so once the group broke up, Katherine and I knew that free Pinkberry (from 5pm-9pm today!) was destiny, so we walked a few blocks over to tap that.

Food blogger in action!

Turns out Sarah and Olga had the same idea (and managed to teleport to Pinkberry somehow) but had to skedaddle to a concert (hope you guys made it!). Katherine and I hung out to jibba-jabba for another hour or so.

Need to take lessons on how to be as awesome as her. (Notice the massive line forming in the background!)

And for the record, Pinkberry's new coconut flavored yogurt is just lovely, especially when it has blackberries and chocolate shavings on top (and costs no money).

Good times had by all, as they say. A big thank you to Heather for organizing tonight's dinner! Time to dream of fancy vegan food dancing in my head...


VeggieGirl said...

I look like I'm about to pass out in that photo, hahaha :-D

LOVED MEETING YOU!! Sorry we couldn't chat longer though!! Next time :-)

Oh and love the Pinkberry you got!! Caroline and I went to One Lucky Duck after and split a pint of raw ice cream. I think EVERYONE got ice cream after the dinner outing, hahahaha.

Anonymous said...

Oh my god that looks SO FUN!
NY is where I need to be livin'!

Olga said...

Good to see you! :)

We did make it to the concert, JUST in time for it to start because it was delayed by the rain!

And also, we JETTED to Pinkberry! haha I'm glad we all took advantage of it!

HangryPants said...

I am sorry all I can think about is how you posted a picture of me on the internet with my eyes closed. :D

Sarah (LovIN My Tummy) said...

I am SOOOOOOO jealous. And it has nothing to do with the food.

I want to be your friend, and Gena, Liz, Heather, Caroline, Sarah, Olga and everyone else's too. I love those ladies!!!

Gena (Choosing Raw) said...

Hi beautiful!!

Um, we def share a brain. It be crazy. I suspect that jus dates and pure ice cream are going to be a habit.


Marina said...

Thanks for the comment on my blog! I'm sorry we didn't get a chance to chat more too! But there were a lot of people there and not a lot of time... Don't feel bad-- I only had pics of Peanut, but other than that I didn't have anything prepared either! It seems everyone had to eat ice cream after that "meal" (if you can call it that because the portions were TINY). Take care & I'll be following your blog!


Jenny said...

i am beyond jealous of this hugh jasssssss bloggie meet up! i gotta get my butt to NYC stat to see all of your beautiful faces :)

Anonymous said...

GREAT pics, looks like such a FUn and FAB time!!!!!! :)

katherine said...

So much fun and loved the chance to hang out and enjoy some FREE pinkberry with you! We'll definitely get together next time I'm in Brooklyn!

Fitnessista said...

so much fun!
you know i'm in love with those enchiladas!
i want to move to ny soooooo badly... why can't they have an air force base there?!
and MMMMMM for pinkberry! yum
enjoy your night <3

candle pictures said...

aw! what fun! i whined to my mom that i was missig this dinner, and she was like “elise, youre in hawaii!” and i was like, yeah, ok, it’s pretty lame to complain about being in tropical paradise…hopefully we can meet up soon. i cant make it to the summit either :(

Jocelyn Steiber said...

Hey guys! I live in NYC also and I just started blogging. I've always wanted to start my own blog and you guys helped inspire me! I think it's great how you all met up and I would love to become apart of it : ) Check out my blog and let me know what you think! -Jocelyn