February 23, 2010

What I’ve Been Up To

It’s completely past my bedtime and I have no business blogging right now, and indeed, I’ve been skipping it on Tuesday and Thursday nights for several weeks now, in case you haven’t noticed. Last week, I alluded to the fact that there was “something else” keeping me busy a couple nights a week, but considering how relevant it is to my blog’s content, I realize there’s no reason not to share it!

Sun In Bloom is Brooklyn’s newest vegan, living foods cafe. It opened January 2nd, and I got in touch with Aimee, the owner, shortly thereafter. I wanted to play in her restaurant, and I had a feeling she might be just the type of open soul that would let me crash her party just a bit.

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Lucky for me, I was right, and I’ve been lending a hand in varying capacities for a few weeks now. I’m learning a ton about how a restaurant is run and sampling some amazing eats in the meantime.

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I had the Western Burrito for dinner tonight, and it’s totally obvious why this is the best selling dish. The “meat” is a raw sunflower seed-based nut pate that is spiced to taste eerily similar to the real thing (omnivores take note!). It’s rolled alongside avocado, sprouts, cabbage and a fresh salsa that’s to-die-for. My burrito was wrapped in collards, but an Ezekiel wrap is also an option, as is a straight-up salad containing all of the above.

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In return for allowing me to frolic in the restaurant, I’m helping Aimee launch the social media aspect of her marketing. Being a food blogger, I feel like it’s the least I can do! We are working on getting a number of things up and running right now, so follow Sun In Bloom on Twitter (@suninbloom) to keep up on all the latest news (and occasional food porn)!

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In the meantime, I’ll have fun helping Aimee develop some raw dessert recipes for the ever-growing menu, and I look forward to sharing that with you as well. This really is the stuff that “floats my proverbial boat,” as mentioned in my bio over there on the right!

Speaking of desserts…

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Did I mention that Sun In Bloom is also a vegan bakery? It’s kind of a big deal.

So that’s my life update for February 23rd! As for February 24th, that’s National Tortilla Chip Day, don’t forget! Have you made your Nacho Pie yet? If not, you might want to just keep reading down below…

For now, get ready to watch Sun In Bloom blossom!

20 comments:

moretolifethanlettuce said...

oooh i'm eyeing that dessert case! that new cafe sounds a lot like cafe gratitude in berkeley and SF, which is an awesome raw vegan eatery! love it :)

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

Congrats!!!!!!!! I love that the cat's outta the bag :)
Love the collard wraps.
Love it even more that you're channeling your inner raw vegan Julia Childs :)

Lisa is Raw on $10 a Day (or less!) said...

frolicking, lucky you! ... sounds like a great restaurant, too ...

katherine said...

so glad you can finally discuss all of this on your blog - and how lucky for SIB that they've got such a talented kitchen wiz AND writer on their side. congrats!

Olga @ Healthing It said...

YAY, I'm so glad that you shared it and we get to see more of the restaurant on the blog :)

I might venture over there very soon, that burrito looks TOO good. And those desserts?! MMmmmmmm

Erica said...

WOW! How exciting!! The perfect venture for you! I cannot wait to hear what you create!! The burrito looks incredible. I wish we had more restaurants like this in Charleston

Shannon said...

how very exciting!!! that is awesome :)

Gabriela said...

SO exciting- you're amazing at making your own creations, so it's awesome that you're getting to experiment further! I'd love to come visit Sun in Bloom sometime!

Sophie @ yumventures said...

How exciting! Way to go taking initiative and doing something you're passionate about!! Next time I am in NYC I hope I can visit :) Congrats!!!!

Gena said...

You know how proud I am of you!! Can't wait to experience it all up close and personal :)

Katie said...

Ooh, this is so exciting, Diana! Congrats! I can't wait to get over there and try it out.

Fayinagirl (means Free One) said...

Very cool!!!

What a fun (and yummy) way to spend your evenings. =)

Caronae said...

Yay! I'm so happy for your new endeavor. Sounds like the perfect thing for you. I'll definitely have to check out sun in bloom at some point now :)

iga@thedelishdishblog said...

that's soo awesome!! so fun you get to develop new dishes too. the burrito looks great and ill have to check this place out (and your creations!) next time im back in brooklyn :)

Missy said...

Congrats! Very exciting! Can't wait to see more of your recipes!

The Healthy Apple said...

Ooooo I've gotta try that new restaurant...great post and I love collard wraps...yumm...Have a great day!

Mama Pea said...

This is SO cool! I'm so excited to see what you learn and to copy all of your fantastic new recipes you are going to post (hint, hint).

Marina said...

If I'm ever in Brooklyn I'll have to check that place out! I love vegan bakeries! :)

Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) said...

mmm, that collards burrito looks divine! You know you love healthy foods when you can say something like that :-)

Congrats!!

Jess - The Domestic Vegan said...

Wow, what a cool opportunity!!! Congratulations!

All the food looks delicious! (Is there a word more serious than delicious? If there is, that's what that food looks like.) It's seriously mouth-watering, especially since it's lunchtime & I'm in need of a meal!