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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Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food November 30, 2011

I love everything about this post!…the food and the pictures from the show! It looks like you had such an amazing time!

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Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans November 30, 2011

What a great trip!! I can’t wait to visit NYC someday :)

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Annika November 30, 2011

Candle79 has long been at the top of my NewYork list but after seeing that molten chocolate cake… I’m going to have to figure out how to move my trip up. Your pics have me seriously salivatingg!!

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Julie November 30, 2011

Looks like you’re having a great trip!! My mom and dad LOVED The Rockettes :)

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Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn November 30, 2011

NYC is BEAUTIFUL at christmastime! Even thought it’s not quite Christmas yet. ;)

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Tracy November 30, 2011

Awww….I’m so glad you posted this!! I’ve ALWAYS wanted to go to New York and definitely when I do it will be during the holidays. I would LOVE to see The Rockettes!! How cool!! I’m so glad you had fun. Always wanted to go to Candle 79 too…Alicia Silverstone talks about it so much. Maybe I should get on Hotwire now…

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Kaila @healthyhelperblog! November 30, 2011

Candle 79 is like my DREAM restaurant! I’ve ALWAYS wanted to go! But I always say next time….this time it WILL be next time! That meal looks fabulous!!!

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lauren@spicedplate November 30, 2011

!!! Candle 79 !!! It looks like it was amazing!

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Amy November 30, 2011

If you are still in New York, you REALLY have to go to Blossom. Its the most amazing vegan food I have ever had. Im not sure if you have checked it out yet, but trust me, it is worth it!! :)

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Amy November 30, 2011

oops haha realized you already went there :P my bad

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Angela (Oh She Glows) November 30, 2011

which one do you like better- the cafe or regular Blossom?

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Jill @ A Cook's Nook November 30, 2011

NYC during the Christmas season is the best! We’re going to the Rockettes soon too and after reading your post, I’m even more excited

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 30, 2011

Haha it sounds like you and I have the same late-night stamina! Everything looks and sounds gorgeous – the restaurant, the food, the Rockettes – amazing!!! Sounds like you’re having a blast!! Sweet dreams! :)

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Lauren Helen November 30, 2011

Ahhh that food looks fantastic. I wish I had a professional cook to make that kind of thing for me all the time ;)

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Dori November 30, 2011

YES Candle79 is the best! I never had the molten cake but I love their brownie sundae and especially their NACHOS. They also make an incredible margarita. Glad you enjoyed your food!

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Lindsay November 30, 2011

Been to Candle 79!! Loved it too! Looks like you had a great time! I miss NYC!

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen November 30, 2011

I can’t believe you find the NYC subway system easy! I’m from NY and think it’s probably the most confusing one I’ve ever been in (on?)! Maybe I need to download that app!
So glad you got to see the Rockettes, it’s like a staple NYC Christmas thing :)

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Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit November 30, 2011

So happy to hear you guys are having a good time! Having been in London last week and seeing the NYC subway since I was instantly thinking ‘wow, THAT looks easy!’ that London setup is challenging to wrap your head around!

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Katie November 30, 2011

Thank you for sharing your trip with us! I have throughly enjoyed each day’s events! Looks like NYC is the place to be if your plant based!

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Allison November 30, 2011

I love your NYC recaps!! It’s neat to see pictures of places I’ve been. Looks like you guys had fun. :)

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bitt of raw November 30, 2011

candle 79 and candle cafe are the best! get the cookbook!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 1, 2011

I can’t believe I forgot to get the cookbook….doh! I hope I can purchase it online :)

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Jacqueline @ digintobooks November 30, 2011

Hi Angela!! My friend Andrea and I read your blog every day and LOVE IT!! Today is my birthday and being the sweet friend that she is, Andrea made me your Pumpkin Gingerbread with Spiced Buttercream Frosting (http://ohsheglows.com/2010/10/02/pumpkin-gingerbread-with-spiced-buttercream/). We all scarfed it down! Thanks for the recipes and posts that bring a glow to our days, and a birthday recipe that made my day extra special!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 1, 2011

aww that’s awesome to hear! Happy Birthday to you!!!!

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Char @ www.charskitchen.ca November 30, 2011

Wow! The pictures from the show are beautiful! And I’ve heard a lot about Candle 79, but this was my first view of the food. That cake, both your appies & entrees…I want to go to New York, right meow! :D

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Christine @ The Brighter Side of Life November 30, 2011

Sounds like such an amazing trip! I want to try it all!!!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table November 30, 2011

I was wondering if you guys would hit Candle! That’s on my list of places to try when I go (yes, I do have a list).

Can’t wait to see your re-creation. :)

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes November 30, 2011

Looks fantastic! Great pictures :)

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Jeanine (The Blue Sash) November 30, 2011

I just received the Candle 79 cookbook today and in it is the recipe for the Moroccan Spiced Chickpea Cakes. Perhaps you can add that cookbook to your Christmas wish list? Then again, you may just want to create your own recipe but having the original recipe would be a good starting point, no?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 1, 2011

Oh that’s awesome! I meant to buy the cookbook but forgot. I will have to see if I can get it one of these days… :) Going on my xmas list!

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Jeanine (The Blue Sash) December 1, 2011

Just paged through the cookbook again and the artichoke appetizer you had as well as the spaghetti with wheat balls are also in there. When you get home, be sure to pull up the cookbook on amazon.com as a “hint” for Santa Eric. :-). These 3 recipes are in the brand new Candle 79 cookbook (as opposed to the Candle Cafe cookbook that was released a few years ago).

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Amber K November 30, 2011

What a fun time! The food looks absolutely amazing.

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katie@ KatieDid November 30, 2011

ahh I have dreams of seeing the Rockettes perform, I bet it was fabulous! I’m actually a synchronized skater and I always describe the sport like rockettes on ice because everyone knows the rockettes!

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 30, 2011

thanks for sharing the pictures of your trip and your Candle experience.

“It was Eric’s first time trying grilled artichokes and he really liked them” – and then his reply, THOSE were artichokes…in the dip. That is something my hubs would say. 100%

And the date-ginger-apricot chutney…right there, that’s worth the trip for me!

That chocolate dessert…I have heard from other bloggers who have eaten there that THAT is THE dessert to order and that it’s amazing!

Happy you guys are having a fabulous time :)

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Kit-Kat November 30, 2011

Lucky to see that show!
And the way how those dishes were presented? So creative!!!

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Mary@QuarterLifePickMeUp November 30, 2011

The food looks delicious. A necessary stop on my next(first) trip to New York City! Thank you for sharing!

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Andrea S November 30, 2011

Hey Angela I’ve heard a lot about Candle 79 in NY it looks amazing! I read your blog everyday and am always so inspired by your recipes! Can’t wait to see whats next!

Hope you’re having fun in NY!

Andrea S

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 1, 2011

Thank you Andrea :)

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Kathy November 30, 2011

What I would give to lick the dessert plate clean….

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Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco November 30, 2011

I am so glad the world has way more amazing vegan food than it did just a bit ago… and I think you played a big part in that. You are a powerful force for vegan good!

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Cassidy November 30, 2011

Ill be in NYC in 1 month! So excited! I will definitely be hitting Blossom and candle 79. :) btw, that ice cream on the molten cake, was it coconut based?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 1, 2011

Hey Cassidy, have fun on your trip! I think it was coconut based, although I’m not positive.

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Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl November 30, 2011

What a BEAUTIFUL show! I’ve always wanted to see the Rockettes (and go to NYC). Very cool!
And dinner looks divine! The beet salad and the chocolate… mmmm!

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ariana November 30, 2011

what a fantastic adventure! thanks for sharing!

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Kris | iheartwellness.com December 1, 2011

FUNN!!! I just saw these rockettes on tv!! I watched the Rockerfeller Center lighting on tv ;) Thats as close to NYC as I’ve gotten today!

You’re having a blast!! In-Joy!
xxoo

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Justine December 1, 2011

you were right in my hood- that’s the subway stop I get off at for work!

candle 79 is seriously YUM. Not sure how much longer you’re in town, but Gobo on 842nd (I think 82nd) and 3rd is less fancy thatn Candle 79 but has amazinggg vegan food.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 1, 2011

Thanks for the suggestion! WIll have to hit it up next time for sure.

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Tiffany@FindingK December 1, 2011

Very cool. Just had to share that my cousin is in the Rockefeller xmas show. She’s a little person and plays an elf. She’s been doing it for 10 yrs now. It’s a beautiful show!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 1, 2011

ah that’s so cute! The kids were amazing in the show :)

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lilly December 3, 2011

she didn’t say her cousin is a kid!

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Annie December 1, 2011

wow, everything looks amazing! Especially your main and dessert yum!

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