On my last day in New York I persuaded myself to ignore my sore feet, got up early, packed, checked-out and stored my luggage. I wanted to make the most of the hours I had before my bus departed.
I enjoyed a banana, orange and some cinnamon buckwheat snacks from Pure Food and Wine while I mapped out my plan for the day.
May’d me smile on May 8– Discovering something new just by walking down a familiar street in a new direction. After a couple of days staying in SoHo I had already developed a routine for navigating the area. On my last morning, I took a different route and this new perspective brought forth amazing finds. Including a beautiful paper shop, full of fine stationary, unique gifts and breathtaking creations.
I even found the chocolate transfer sheets I had learned about in the vegan chocolate truffle class I took at the Natural Gourmet Institute. If I didn’t have a long journey ahead of me I would of stocked up. But since the package warned against the effects of humidity I wasn’t sure this delicate decoration would survive the raucous 11 hour bus ride to Toronto.
Next, I discovered the perfect refuge from some morning drizzle – a tiny little coffee shop full of interesting characters. Terry had recommended this option when we wandered past the night before. The coffee is top quality and the conversations even better. Patrons were recommending books, books stores and pastries as they sipped their morning java.
But on a day focused on new experiences, I needed to order a beautiful sushi roll that went way beyond the avocado or cucumber versions I’ve tried in the past.
Fresh banana, avocado, Korean pear topped with a layer of mango and served with mango sauce. The pear was crispy and banana and avocado were both incredibly creamy. I am very happy that my mouth got to discover this special treat. I was only able to eat two sections before I had to give in and pack up the rest for later.
Energized by my lovely lunch I headed Uptown with my sights set on new heights.
Along the way I passed this food cart serving up vegan ice cream. I was way too full to even consider ordering some but I was so impressed by the availability of vegan fare that I had to at least take a photo.
Come on Toronto, the gauntlet is down…we really need to respond with something that can compete with Blackwells, Stogo and Lula’s.
Then I found the Highline. My jaunt through this new park was one of the highlights of my trip. Discovering a new part of New York where you can be surrounded by the diversity of amazing architecture and the simple beauty of nature was a great way to spend my final day.
It is built along an old rail line and provides lots of spots for sitting and resting your weary feet while admiring some incredible city views.
I looked through the options at Babycakes and Teany. The cookie kits and tea blends were enticing but not tempting enough for me to repack around them. I also perused the titles at Bluestockings – a great alternative bookstore and cafe on Allen st.
Then I found a free table and free wireless in EarthMatters. The cafe menu offers a great roster of fresh vegan meals (both cooked and raw), smoothies and fresh juices. I picked up some fresh fruit and caught up on emails.
I also discovered this new beverage. I have used apple cider vinegar as a digestive aid in the past and really like the addition of fresh ginger in this tonic. I will be recreating this at home.
It was finally time for me to pick up my bag and head to Penn Station to catch my bus. At the hotel I met a woman from South Africa exploring New York for the first time. I passed on my barely used Metro Pass and gave her a long list of itinerary options.
At Penn Station, I discovered a huge Borders (where I could get a little shelter from the strong wind gusts). This location had an amazing array of vegan titles, including:
I have been excitedly anticipating the arrival of Ani’s newest book, its delivery at my door is imminent so I left these copies on the shelves for someone else to discover.
The trip home was full of rest-stops (that stopped me from resting) every 1 1/2 hours, a long wait at customs but I did discover the delight of having a whole row to yourself!
Now I’m back in Toronto, back at work and already dreaming of my next adventure. My trip to New York provided some much needed perspective on what brings me joy. I love how being away can help you to discover what makes you feel at home.
Have you ever stumbled upon a restaurant and had a surprisingly delicious meal?
What item have discovered is accidently vegan?