New York City: Part 3

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After resting our weary legs, the promise of another good meal and fun lured us out of our comfy bed!

We made reservations at the highly-praised Candle 79 for a pre-show meal before heading off to Radio City Hall.

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Opened in 2003, Candle 79 is the upscale, elegant sister restaurant of the famous Candle Cafe. The restaurant features gourmet vegan, local, seasonal, and organic cuisine with an organic wine and sake bar. It has been rated twice as Zagat’s #1 vegetarian restaurant!

The atmosphere is elegant and cozy featuring two intimate floors for dining. I started with a glass of organic Cabernet Sauvignon from The Heller Estate in California- a bit fruity (blackberry and dark plum), vanilla oaky, and peppery according to the description. Eric tried the Chardonnay from Sherwood House Vineyard in New York, described as, “bursts of starfruit softened by ripe gala apple with undertones of fresh bread”. Delish.

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Compliments of the chef, a beet salad while we waited for our appetizer.

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For our appetizer, we shared the seasonal grilled artichoke, onion rings, white beans, and grilled vegetables in a red pepper sauce. This was outstanding and the flavours were spot on.

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It was Eric’s first time trying grilled artichokes and he really liked them…score! He tried to tell me it was his first time ever eating them period, but I had to remind him of the Vegan Artichoke Dip I made last year (that he devoured!). HIs reply, “Those were artichokes?” lol

For my main course, I ordered the Moroccan Spiced Chickpea Cake with seasonal vegetables, red coconut curry, date-apricot-ginger chutney, and toasted almonds.

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Oh my, this my friends, was absolute perfection! I was blown away by the combination of flavours. I had my doubts, but it really went together really well. Each bite had a bit of the lightly sweet and spicy date-apricot-ginger chutney, crispy fried chickpea cake, grilled vegetables and coconut curry sauce. A party in my mouth for sure. I would definitely like to try to re-create this at home sometime. Adding it to my list (I actually made a list).

Eric ordered the Spaghetti and Wheat Balls made with truffled tomato sauce, roasted garlic, spinach and cashew parmesan. He loved it and shared a bite with me. It was amazing. I would love to make cashew parmesan as I’ve only made sesame seed and nutritional yeast parmesan.

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And for the grand finale, we shared the mouth-watering Molten Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Sauce and Mole Ice Cream. This picture makes me drool thinking about it!

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I think the chocolate cake was covered in a coconut oil-based chocolate and vanilla glaze. It was just so silky, while not being too rich. We finished it with chocolate in the corner of our mouths like any respectable couple.

After lingering over another glass of wine, we hit up the subway to head to our show!

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The subway system has been really easy to navigate, but maybe that’s because we’ve had lots of practice in Toronto. The most difficult part is knowing where we’re going, which was made easier by the NYC Subway App on Eric’s phone! Otherwise, I’m sure we’d still be lost…

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We bought tickets for the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes Christmas show.

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We were pumped to get in the Christmas spirit!

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It was beautiful and sparkly inside. :)

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The show was really cute and The Rockettes were flawless!

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Thanks to the wine I had with dinner (and early morning travel and walking all day), I started to get really sleepy by the end of the performance! I could barely keep my eyes open like the 80 year old grannie that I am. The show ended at 11pm, but it felt like it was about 3am. I kept joking to Eric that it was the time change (there was no time change). What can I say, I can party like the best of ‘em!

ZzzzzZZzzzzzzzZzzzzzzzzzz…………..dreaming of superplums, molten chocolate cake, and Nutcrackers.

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Katie rogers December 7, 2011

What a great trip! Thanks for sharing. Is it tough sticking to a vegan diet while traveling? Do you find it tempting to experience non-vegan foods? I know my husband would go nuts if we went to vegan/veg restaurants nearly every meal especially in NYC. Does Eric really not mind?
Glad you had a safe and fun trip!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 7, 2011

Hey Katie, Eric is actually a big fan of vegan cuisine….he always says how vegan food is just as good as non-vegan food so he doesnt mind it. We also went to quite a few non-vegan restaurants during our trip as well.

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Allison December 4, 2011

What great pictures! My sister is a waitress at Candle 79 where you went- ha funny! I just got back from NYC myself. It’s the perfect time to visit!

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lilly December 3, 2011

I wish I could make a trip this month, I love NYC in December! Hopefully next year!
It’s funny how people find different cities easier to navigate. I haven’t used the subway system in that many cities, but I find the ones in Washington DC and the London tube very easy to navigate, and I get so lost in NY.

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Kyle Bullen December 2, 2011

Hi Angela!

I am Kyle and I am the beverage director of Candle 79. A friend of mine follows your blog and sent it to me last night. Thanks for the great post on our restaurant. We appreciate the love :)

I forwarded it to the owners, and I will also send it to the owners of Heller Estate and Sherwood House vineyards. They will like to see it as well.

Just a heads up, we do now have a full bar complete with organic spirits and fresh seasonal cocktails. We still have a sake-based cocktail on the menu, but as of October of last year, we have a full sustainable bar. We even have cocktails that help plant trees in Brazil! Check out the list… http://candle79.com/images/uploads/candle-79-cocktails.pdf

Join us again for more delicious food and perhaps an Eco-Cocktail.

Cheers!

Kyle

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Jessica December 2, 2011

Sounds like a great trip! I hope to make the trip myself in the spring. Now…I NEED to know Angela,…where did you get that gorgeous white coat from???

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Jacquelynn December 2, 2011

Love your white coat!!! Where did you get it?

NYC is so awesome!

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missx December 2, 2011

Lovely pictures, I see you had great time! +)

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Rebecca December 2, 2011

I am loving your New York posts!! I will be there for the Holidays and since I am SO vegan restaurant dining deprived here in Paris, I can’t wait to check out all of these spots. I will do the Ohsheglows officially NYC tour, following in your footsteps! Merci beaucoup!

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