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From: Texas Vegan ( -
Subject: Just ate my way through Manhattan
Date: December 24, 2010 at 6:57 am PST

Just got back from a very short stay in Manhattan. I had breakfast at Murray's bagels every morning (the original location at 13th and 6th), ate Goldenberg's Peanut Chews (the original dark variety), had lunch at Red Bamboo (Soul "Chicken" sandwhich, a chocolate shake and Oreo cheesecake) and did a lot of Christmas shopping. Very few disappointments. One was the Rockettes.

The show over all was very good. Until they brought in the live animals for the nativity scene. If I'd known that they were going to be in the show, I wouldn't have bought the ticket. They warned people not to use flash photography during the show as it distracts the audience members and "may frighten the animals". Hey, here's a novel idea. Leave the animals out of the show!

The other disappointment was a Vietnamese restaurant called Lan. I'd been looking forward to it for months. Ever since going vegan I've missed Vietnamese food. The veg options in Texas are few and far between. The ones that do exist tend to be rather greasy. I got off the subway and walked for I don't know how many blocks only to discover that they were closed for vacation. They'd closed the day after my plane landed and weren't going to open until the day after I left.

Although I was disappointed, there was nothing to do but to have dinner somwewhere else. So, I decided on Viva Herbal Pizzaria. It had been my favorite pizza place when I was living there four years ago. I'd read that they now offer Daiya cheese, so I was eager to try it.

I ordered two slices of "cheese" pizza. I had to wait while they baked the pie because, as I was told, the Daiya cheese pizza is one of their most popular. Let me tell you, it was well worth the wait. The stuff is melty, stretch and gooey just as it should be. Then when you bite into it, it's smooth and creamy. These slices were huge as is the norm in NYC. I was in Heaven! If you're not able to make any of Jo's delicious uncheeses, Daiya is a good alternantive.

I washed it down with a root beer and I bought a pumkin pie spice whoopie pie for later. Those few, simple minutes were some of the best of the entire trip.

I just started a permanent job with a major, multinational corporation. The U.S. headquarters are in NYC. By this time next year, I'll be eligible to transfer and I'm gonna try to move to NYC. At the very least, I'll spend next year's two weeks of vacation there. If the Hotel Pennsylvania is still there then (there's talk of tearing it down), I'll try to stay there again. If not or it's not in the budget, maybe I'll stay near Wall Street.

I hope you all have a fun, festive and feastive holiday. My family and I are making tamales. I'll be having veggie tamales of course. Probably something simple (and authentic) like black bean and corn. Gotta run. Got lots of holiday stuff to do.

Take care.


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