I must be livin' the life! Dinner out two nights in a row! The boyf met me for an early bite after work, kinda spontaneous-like, since he had time to kill before a rehearsal uptown. I may have 100 lbs of produce going bad in my fridge as a result, but I'm not one to turn down a dining opportunity! Especially with my other-borough-dwelling boyf.
The dear heart was kind enough to indulge my (desperate) desire to try Souen, a Japanese macrobiotic restaurant I'd read about in Clean Plates NYC. They serve only organic vegetables and seafood (no meat), use no added salt or refined sugar, and have a pretty bad-ass menu.
Might sound like a formula for bland, but my meal was anything but. The vegetable Kuzu Stew jumped off the menu at me pretty quickly, so I went with my gut and it was pretty happy with the result.
I love how this dish was described as "cozy" on the menu. Just what I wanted, as the weather has turned a bit cooler all of a sudden. The broth was fairly thick--not watery at all-and I enjoyed its flavor with every bite of veggies and brown rice. Can't go too far wrong with a bowl full of broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, kale, cabbage and onions!
As for the boyf, he sampled some smaller dishes of shrimp & veggie tempura, plus two rounds of spicy tuna roll.
According to Clean Plates NYC, macrobiotic is defined as follows:
Refers to a holistic philosophy of living that originated in Japan and focuses on balance. The diet associated with the lifestyle is a strict whole foods pesco-vegetarian (includes fish but no meat or poultry or dairy) approach, with an emphasis on grains and Japanese foods.
Still not sure why that needs a fancy name like macrobiotic, but whatever. This I can work with:
Know what else is sexy?
Crumbs Bake Shop just so happened to be between us and our respective subway stops, so the boyf enjoyed himself a mondo "Hostess" cupcake (chocolate cake with cream filling and chocolate frosting) before scurrying off to rehearsal. I may or may not have taste-tested for poison control.
Even though dinner was over and done with by 6:30pm, the fact remained that the leftovers I'd planned on taking to the office for two days' worth of lunches were yet unmade, as the associated dinner from which the lunches were to be left over never happened. So I came home and made it anyway. The result was nummy, so tomorrow I will post a new raw recipe!
To the usual two bananas I just added a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa and processed til creamy, dropping in a couple small squares of dark chocolate towards the end, while the motor was still running.