Sunday, June 6, 2010

In Good Spirits

We made sure to keep hydrated while in NYC, first taking in some drinks on the Surrey Roof Garden:

Vanilla Old Fashioned

Brown Derby


I wandered to Babycakes one day to pick up a slice of Toastie and some cupcakes, then stopped by Organic Avenue for a beverage. It was my first time there and it is absolutely the kind of place I would open up. The clean, airy space has a long communal table and lots of beauty products and raw snacks (Two Moms in the Raw crackers!). 


The beverage case was full of amazing things and plenty of to-go salads and raw entrees. If Philly had something like this available, I would worship it. The closest place I can think of is Essene.



I was obsessed with the bottle that my lemonade came in. The salty, gingery drink was exactly what my parched throat called for. It had alkaline water, lemon, lime, ginger, agave, and Himalayan salt.

That night we headed to Caravan of Dreams for some tapas and sangria. Half of the menu is raw, so we settled on Live Spanish Tapas, Live Hummus with Flax Chips, Pate of the Day - Walnut & Spinach, Mango Chutney, and a couple of entrees: Seitan Taquitos for Josh and his sister, and Pati Picositos for me. It was a salad of seed and nut meatballs, very similar to raw falafel (my obsession of the month), with tomatillo sauce and greens.

Afterwards we walked down the street to Death and Company. It's a speakeasy with some of the best East Coast bartends, including one bartender that helped develop the menu at the Franklin in Philadelphia. The drink menu is assertive and flavors do not sit back here. Each sip is another floor of intensity.

Of course, I was all over the gin and coconut water drink: The Queen Palm. I'm going to play on it at home and see if I can make something respectable.

Until then, drink finely.

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