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Restaurant Review: The Peacefood Cafe

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(I’ll also get back to the recipe posts tomorrow. I’ve missed posting them, and I know most people don’t visit this site for vacation recap posts, so I’ll try to intersperse them.)

With Friday treating us to rain, it was the perfect time to visit the Museum of Natural History. There’s something magical (and a little spooky) about being in a museum when it’s dark and stormy. Happily, Peacefood Café is located close by, and so we braved the rain for our post-museum dinner.

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In keeping with the spooky mood, I started with this weirdly-green concoction:

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Green Lemonade

The only ingredients: apple, lemon, mixed greens, and fresh ginger. Normally, I’d never buy a $7 lemonade, but I figured, I’m on vacation; it’s not like I do this every day. The very-slightly-sweet drink was oddly delicious after I put it on ice. (I wasn’t big on it when it was delivered at room temp.)

For our meals, we shared two entrees:

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“Choice of Four” plate:

Roasted kabocha, brussels sprouts, and cauliflower, and sautéed kale. Not that the veggies (seasoned with oil and spices) needed a sauce, but when I saw there was mushroom gravy on the menu I had to try it out as well.

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Mushroom Duxelle Pizza: Topped with roasted bell peppers, onions and zucchini

And a trip to Peacefood Café wouldn’t be complete without their famous vegan macaroons:

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Above photo taken from this old post.

The food was warm and comforting, the atmosphere was peaceful, and the servers were kind and attentive. It’s not fancy food at Peacefood Cafe, but on a dreary night it was exactly what we craved.  

Right across the street, there’s a little health food shop called “Organic Avenue,” so we took a quick look around after dinner:

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Raw Cinnamon Roll, vanilla granola bar, Sun Warrior powder, and coconut chapstick.  

I’ve never been the biggest fan of protein powder, but everyone keeps telling me how good Sun Warrior is. I refused to shell out $40 for a giant tub when I didn’t even know if I liked it, so these little packets were perfect. Sadly, the raw cinnamon roll tasted gummy and bland. But I like the coconut chapstick!

Question of the Day:

Do rainy days ever make you just want to stay home and be lazy?

I usually hate going out on rainy days, because it’s no fun to arrive and be all wet (especially if the place is air conditioned). But sitting in a cafe and watching the rain can be quite peaceful. And sitting in a cafe dipping roast veggies in mushroom gravy while watching the rain? Even better!  

Link of the Day:

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Chocolate Crunch Bars

For National Junk Food Day, which was yesterday. Today is National Penuche Fudge Day… but I’m really not sure what that is!

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Published on July 21, 2012

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  1. Karen says

    I’m excited you’re going back to posting recipes. But I also am actually enjoying your NYC recap posts. So please keep them coming as well. I’ve never been to NYC, so I like living through your experiences. It sounds like so much fun!

  2. Lissy says

    that’s funny, I was at the museum of natural history on thursday 😀 Did you see the creatures of light exhibit? I want to be bioluminescent!
    the weather was gorgeous yesterday, hope you took advantage!

  3. [email protected] says

    I love taking my kids to the museum when we have a rainy day. I also like sitting in Starbucks sipping on a coffee when it’s dreary outside. I don’t like when I have to run multiple errands when it’s rainy, though. I wish I could find little protein packets. I’ve been wanting to try sunwarrior too.

  4. Jenny says

    Green drinks always amaze me with their yummy taste and healthy ingredients. I feel the same way with my green smoothies they need to be chilled!

  5. Eating 4 Balance says

    Definitely let us know if you like the Sunwarrior protein powder! I have been experimenting with dairy-free, egg-free and wheat-free variations of protein powders due to my allergies. And I haven’t tried sunwarrior yet!

  6. Lauren @ The Tornadic Kitchen says

    Man I wish there were more veg friendly restaurants in my area like that! NY has it all 🙂

  7. theresa @ aspoonfulofsunshine says

    Agree, sitting in a cafe working and watching some people is a great way to spend a rainy day. Staying cuddled up on your couch is nice but sometimes you have got to get out of the house! Also I am SOSOSO impressed that peacefood serves my two favorite foods {brussels + kabocha}! I think it is so rare to brussels that haven’t been drowned with bacon and to find kabocha in restaurants alone is such an amazing feat!

    • Karen says

      Yes, and roasted kabocha. I have a place near me that sells it but it’s steamed and just not as good :(.

  8. Eco-Vegan Gal says

    I’ve been wanting to go to Peacefood for so long! And that Hurraw balm is my absolutely favorite! : )

  9. Anonymous says

    I have been looking for packets of protein powder everywhere. Like you I am very unsure about it, however, do not eat much meat and have been trying to add in more protein to my diet but can only eat so many beans, lentils, and peanut butter before I need a break! Let me know what you think of it, I just cannot do that chalky taste at all!!!

  10. amy says

    I have been looking for packets of protein powder everywhere. Like you I am very unsure about it, however, do not eat much meat and have been trying to add in more protein to my diet but can only eat so many beans, lentils, and peanut butter before I need a break! Let me know what you think of it, I just cannot do that chalky taste at all!!!

  11. Social Eater says

    I have a hard time finding a good protein powder that can stand on its own, too. I find that blending a quality one with a spoonful of peanut butter helps a lot!

  12. Sarah says

    I enjoy reading your restaurant reviews, vacation adventures, etc, as well as recipes! 🙂 It is fun to see what cool vegan restaurants and shops there are out there, and put them away for possibly visiting someday!

  13. Samantha says

    I have been hearing good things about sun warrior too but have yet to try it. I would like to hear how you like it.

    Love the oatmeal page update! Very nice.

    The problem is we have SO many rain days. Sometimes they make me more cranky than lazy. 🙂

  14. Rachel says

    I’m not a vegan, but I really enjoy seeing these meals of yours lol it kind of gives me an idea of what vegans eat because quite honestly, none of my friends or family are living the vegan lifestyle! Anywho, everything looks pretty dang good…..especially the pizza! But let’s be honest, you can’t go wrong with pizza 😉

    I think you should try and come up with a raw cinnamon roll of your own! It sounds like such a yummy treat!

  15. Melissa (Better Fit) says

    Rainy days do make me want to stay in and be lazy. We’ve had about 2 months of straight rain here though, so I’ve had to embrace it! I do think a good storm can be quite exciting and get the adrenalin pumping as well!

  16. Jim Richards says

    Please, do not balk at penuche; it’s my favorite and as much as I crave chocolate in any form, I routinely choose or make penuche over any other candy. It’s a New England confection of maple sugar, butter and cream with with minced nutmeats.

  17. Kit-Kat says

    Since I’m from Washington State, I’m not fazed by rainy weather! I like to go out and about if it’s rainy or sunny! If you’re a Washingtonian, you have waterproof skin and webbed feet, lol! 😀

  18. Mallory says

    There is a recipe for cupcakes with apples and penuche fudge/caramel sauce in Veganomicon… 🙂 If you feel like checking it out! I haven’t made it though…

  19. Sarah L says

    Every once in a while a rainy day can be quite peaceful and nice, but I usually just sit at home and do stuff around the house. I get sad when it rains a lot though. This summer has been almost washed away by the rain. :'(

    And don’t feel bad about the vacation posts, it’s fun with a little variation anyway even if the recipe posts are the best. 🙂

  20. LizAshlee says

    I am always on the go and I definitely love to take advantage of staying home and being cozy on a rainy day!!

  21. BELLA says

    I would love to try this restaurant out! I wonder who is bigger in Vegan restaurants..NYC or northern california?

  22. Patricia @ thecastironvegan says

    Penuche is WONDERFUL! I think you’d like it. It is a type of fudge found commonly in New England, particularly northern New England. It is made with brown sugar, butter (Earth Balance works just fine), vanilla, milk/soy milk, and confectioners’ sugar. The dominant flavor is a rich brown sugar-vanilla-butter -y flavor. It almost tastes like maple, but there’s no maple in it. Sometimes people put nuts in their penuche, but I prefer it without. I’ve made a vegan penuche before, but not recently.

  23. Patricia @ thecastironvegan says

    Whoops, sorry – I need to correct my comment. I checked my penuche recipe and there is no confectioners’ sugar in it. it’s just brown sugar, vanilla, butter, and milk. It is made just like traditional fudge is – boiled, stirred vigorously, etc. Using vegan margarine and soy milk works fine.

  24. Natalie says

    KATIE – i’m gonna be in NYC too!!! i want to see you just to get your autograph so when you become (even more) famous, i can show all my friends how i met you first. and also it would just be super cool to meet you in person. i’m going to be there tomorrow, but chances are you’re already gone. hope you had fun anyway! –Nat

  25. Hannah says

    Next time you go to Peacefood definitely check out the tofu coconut curry dinner special. Absolutely amazing. Also recommend their raw lasagna.

  26. Tanner says

    Yes! When it is raining outside all I want to do is curl up on the sofa, eat cinnamon popcorn, and watch TV. I’ve heard lots about Sun Warrior, too. Did you like it?

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