Vegan Mofo #24: Weekend Review: From NYC to Northampton
The East Village’s Organic Grill serves a mean tofu omelet. In my previous visits, spanning a few years now, they’ve always used a proprietary blend of vegan cheddar cheese. I was a bit disappointed to learn they have now converted over to Follow Your Heart‘s cheese. The omelet is still the best of its kind but I miss the smooth texture and heat-retaining capabilities of their old cheese. Wah.
The real draw was the baked items. So many wonderful items to chose from! Knowing that I’d soon be leaving town, the pressure was on. I chose the lemon cupcake and Wok Man had the peanut butter chocolate chip cookie.Came, saw and cupcake-conquered! My country-wide tour of America’s vegan bakeries continues…Next (actually after a long, all-day hike on the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail) was dinner at Bela Vegetarian Restaurant. This place blew my heavily dampened mountaineering socks off. The corn chowder, which I ordered only because I was ferociously hungry and knew I wouldn’t be able to think straight waiting for my meal, was, hands down, the best soup I ever had! So creamy and hearty. The Boylan King Cola also kicked butt.