Body & Soul seasonal vegan bakery

I wander. That’s one of my many talents.

I met up with someone near Union Square this morning. This evening I’m meeting up with another person there. Pretty inconvenient. So, I was like, “Fuck it. I’ll meander. That’s one of my many talents”.

I did that for a while, but got bored… tired. I headed back to the train. Nap time. Nope. Cookie time. That park thing- Union Square had the hippie version of food trucks- food stands. Fruit stands. Apples. Cider. Okay guys, I get it. Apples are in season.

Not feelin’ that. Then I saw it- a cookie stand. Didn’t think much of it. They never have vegan treats; gluten-free, but no vegan. They need to check statistics. There’s more vegans than people with celiac disease.

All that rant was for nought. It was exclusively vegan baked goods! I scanned through their selection. A little too eclectic. Ya know, the shit that non-vegans make for vegans. Then I saw the staples- chocolate chip & oatmeal raisin cookies.

I asked the man at the stand which one was better. He didn’t know. He’d never eaten anything that he was vending. Assumption- confirmed. We exchanged cash & cookies. Then I walked.

Oatmeal raisin- chewy, moist, firm… more sweet than average. Huge. Lunch sized. Good timing.

Would I go back? Yeah… I’ve gotta be at that stop again in several hours.

Ohhhhh… cookie yumminess?

Turned me into a monster!

Vegetarian Ginger (Brooklyn Heights)

I’ve been spending a lot of time in Brooklyn Heights lately. Whenever I’m hungry, I stroll down to Montague Avenue. There are plenty of places to eat & shop there. This particular time I ended up at Vegetarian Ginger. Their signage isn’t too visible from the street. Luckily, I’m still in gawking tourist mode, so I was looking up (2nd floor restaurant).

When I walked up, I almost didn’t open the door. The place was empty. Mind you, it was around 9 pm on a Tuesday evening. My waitress seated me. Their menu was a little confusing & redundant. Meh.

I’m one of those people who orders thai basil rolls- no basil. So, It wasn’t unusual (for me) that I ordered a pepper steak- no peppers. I’m not a picky eater; just discerning. hahaha

It came with a choice of soup or salad. I went for the wonton soup (cold day). It was comprised of a light broth, cabbage, tvp & of course wontons. Flavor- strong overtone of celery, with hints of onion & carrot. It was fairly mild- perfect as a starter.

My waitress replaced my soup with the (non)pepper steak & a side of brown rice. The presentation was unexpectidly impressive ($10 meal). The chef had smothered my steak strips in grilled onions to compensate for the absence of peppers. Once again, I was impressed. They were grilled long enough to bring out their flavor. Most restaurants turn onions into some sort of slimy stringy mush.

Everything else was cooked to perfection, as well. Righteous. Alright, let’s get down to the nitty gritty- the steak. The steak was seiten based. It was marinated in a mysteriously fabulous brown sauce.

Have you ever eaten something that’s so similar to the real thing that you feel uncomfortable consuming it? You know, the “did I just cheat?!” freakout. I had one of those moments. The sauce was exactly like au jus! Freaky. Vegetarian Ginger is completely vegan, so I didn’t worry about it too much.

Because the servings are so large (easily enough for two), I was unable to order desert. FYI- They regulary offer soy milkshakes, fried & regular icecream & cheesecake. Orange slices were served with my check. Way better than fortune cookies. :]

Before I wrap it up, I have to mention their atmosphere. The frames of their windows were lined with garland & holiday lights. This was in early January. The glass had flower & heart window clings on it. I’m guessing that they change holiday decorations quarterly.

My pepper steak soundtrack was comprised of top 40 music from the past decade. Maroon 5 was in misery because Justin had brought sexy back. Brittnay couldn’t take it anymore! Neither could I. I threw down some cash & dipped out.

Return visits? For sure. My sweet tooth wants to know if their cheesecake is legit. To be continued.