Eating out has taken on a whole new meaning since deciding to lead a healthier lifestyle. I had planned a day of adventure for myself and my cousin in the beautiful city of NYC and needed to find a whole foods plant based friendly place to eat. Through some digging I came across the vegan restaurant aptly named Café Blossom.
I was initially wary of the self proclaimed “vegan” restaurant. Because a vegan diet consists of fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, and whole grains, many things can fall into those categories and be considered vegan, but they will not necessarily be considered a whole food. I mean to say that many vegans, while not consuming meat or dairy, still consume an alarming amount of processed foods with high sodium content and high oil content.
That is the background that I went into the restaurant with. There were a variety of options on the menu and looking back I could have made a better choice. There are 5 items listed that are followed by the word “Raw” and I probably would have been better off choosing one of those.
But I chose to order a “Soy Bacon Cheeseburger”. I should have known better but I was tempted by my old habits. The thought of vegan friendly bacon was too overwhelming. The sandwich itself, however …..
Not so much.
It was greasy and oily, and the bacon did little to the burger except add a few extra calories, some unnecessary sodium. and other chemicals. It’s saving grace was that given that it was soy based it did add some protein. The bun was your typical white bread made with bleached white flours and sugars and not a whole grain in sight. And as you can see in the photo below, I should have opted for something like the steamed kale rather than the sweet potato fries as they were soaked in oil as well.
Were I to go back I would have most likely try for a salad with dressing on the side and maybe some added tofu or avocado on top or perhaps the Zucchini linguini.
Have you been to Cafe Blossom? I would love to hear about your experiences down below in the comment section. Please feel free to tell me about other eating establishments that you would recommend.