Dave and I celebrated 13 years of marriage last Saturday.
Here’s why it’s still working after thirteen years. Dave, the omnivore, says to me “Let’s go to Candle 79!” To which I replied, “One, thank you for suggesting a vegan restaurant and two, let’s try a new place.” I then say to him “Let’s go out for lunch instead of dinner to celebrate.” He asks why and I say “Because you have a triathlon tomorrow and you will want to go to bed early.” We get each other.
So last Saturday, on a gorgeous, warm, sunny October afternoon in Manhattan, we ate at Blossom for the first time.
Sparkling drinks and a happy couple — bring on the feast!
We split a starter and a salad.
We were both equally wowed by each. I think I favored the black-eyed pea cake. Dave loves a (traditional) caesar salad so he was very impressed.
Dave opted for breakfast.
He loved the french toast (and asked the server “is there crack in that bread?”) but was luke-warm on the “bacon”.
I can’t refuse a new way to enjoy seitan.
I loved the seitan dish! The potatoes were so creamy, the wine sauce was flavorful and, hello? Kale and seitan? Win!
While we were offered a dessert menu we declined, because we wanted to take the afternoon anniversary party across the street to Cocoa V, a vegan chocolate and wine bar (yes, you read that right!)
We walked in and were in heaven. Chocolates, truffles, cupcakes, wine, coffee, milkshakes. Pinch me! We settled down — well, actually, Dave first headed out to hunt down an ATM as Cocoa V is a cash-only establishment — and made some big decisions.
He opted for the “butter finger” bar.
Holy vegan chocolate bar, that was GOOD!
Me? I opted for the edamame clusters and a salty caramel truffle
and simply basked in a choco-wine-caramel euphoria.
The Cocoa V manager treated us like a king and queen for our anniversary (which is why our plates were decorated so beautifully). She saw our eyes bulge out of our heads when someone ordered a butter finger milkshake so she brought us a sample (as well as a sample of a citrus crunch truffle).
I could tell you that it ended there. But it’s not true. We took two cupcakes to go (a red velvet and a vanilla) and some hot cocoa mix. We had the cupcakes for dinner.
It was one of the sweetest, most delicious anniversary celebrations yet. But we’re just at thirteen years. We have many more to enjoy!
Side note: The next day Dave competed in a sprint triathlon. He came in eighth place overall and first place in his age group. Impressive, right? Even more impressive is that eight months ago he broke his leg in two places. It was his first triathlon post-injury. My husband is a rock star!
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