Eating to Live on the Outside: Blossom

Okay, I’ve got a surprise for you. Usually I pick the restaurants for Eating to Live on the Outside—with the occasional reader suggestion of course—but today, we’re getting a special treat. This recommendation comes straight from the top. That’s right, Dr. Fuhrman himself!

He suggested Blossom after having a nice meal there with his friend Peter Max. So, you know what that means. If Dr. Fuhrman’s eating there, it’s got to be good—right? Sorry Joel, there’s really only one way to know for sure—let’s do it, to it!

I love New York City restaurants! Partly because I love New York City, but mainly because I can actually go there and experience the food firsthand, which brings me to an interesting idea I’ve been kicking around. I’m thinking about…to be continued…yes more “to be continued” stuff!

Now back to Blossom. Alright, this is good. According to the website Blossom is a gourmet organic vegan restaurant. That’s a great start! Vegan can be hit or miss, but ORGANIC is always a good thing—enough filibustering—on to the menus!

This is interesting. Looks like Dr. Fuhrman picked a winner here. You could conceivably order anything on the menu. None of the concessions would be that traumatic. The only things that give me pause are some of the soy-foods, oil, and salt, but, these are pretty minor. No worries.

So, since I’ve done this before. I’ll do it again. Here are my favorites—first up, the lunch menu. As far as the appetizers go, I really dig the Black-Eyed Pea Cake; a Yukon gold potato cake, black-eye peas, and chipotle aioli. Potato good, black-eyed peas good, but the chipotle aioli is a concession. I can live it. The rest of appetizers have a lot of faux soy-meat. Not really my thing.

Alright, the salads look good, but I’d nix the croutons that come with the Cesar Salad. I’m not feeling the breakfast options, again, too much soy-meat. Okay, there are a couple sandwiches I’d be cool with. I like the Portobello Ciabatta and the Avocado Sandwich; together they include grilled Portobello mushroom, roasted red peppers, caramelized onions, vegan mozzarella, fresh avocado, sprouts, tomato & chipotle mayonnaise, grain or ciabatta bread, and fries or a salad. This is easy. I’m dropping the vegan cheese and going with the grain bread and a salad. Since the caramelized onions are probably sautéed in oil, that’d be a concession, along with the bread. As for the mayonnaise, vegan mayonnaise sounds worth investigating. I’d just order it on the side.

The entrée I’d order is an easy choice. I really like the Vegetable Stir Fry; stir fried vegetables served with brown rice or cous cous. I could go with either cous cous or brown rice, but either way they’re both a bit of a concession and so is the stir frying. It’s cool. I’m not worried about it.

Now, let’s scope out the dinner menu. The Beet & Tofu Salad looks like a nice starter. I’m cool with tofu just as long as it not overly messed with. This little salad comes with roasted beets, baked sweet & spicy tofu, daikon radish, and a sherry reduction. The sherry reduction is probably the concession. Its alcohol, but, I’m a twenty-something, so I’d be a liar if I said I didn’t imbibe from time to time.

Oh! Blossom has a great dinner salad, and why is it so great? AVOCADO! The Avocado Mango Salad is made with Romaine lettuce, avocado, mango, chick peas, sunflower seeds, and topped with a chili lime dressing. I have a feeling that dressing is oil-less. So let the good times roll!

The dinner entrees are pretty cool. I see two I like. First, the Stuffed Portobello with Cashew-Tahini Sauce; prepared with Portobello caps, herbed tofu-walnut stuffing, apricot cous cous, steamed asparagus, and a cashew-tahini sauce. Looks good to me—what do you think? The Dancing Curry is also pretty neat; tofu and seasonal vegetables, curry sauce, black rice, and papadum. The papadum is a concession and rice is a tiny one too, but otherwise, I dig it!

Now, another option is just go for the side dishes. Blossom has a bunch of really good ones. You could certainly make yourself a nice plate out of them. Here’s what they got: garlic spinach, grilled asparagus, Swiss chard, braised tofu, mashed potatoes, broccoli rabe, grilled Portobello, braised Miso tofu, and fresh cut fries. Let’s see, what would I do with this? I got it! I’m going with the broccoli rabe, grilled Portobello, and the grilled asparagus—I’m on a bit of an asparagus kick lately.

I think Dr. Fuhrman found a good restaurant in Blossom. I’m planning a trip into the city in a couple weeks and if I don’t get sucked in the by the siren song of Sacred Chow, I’ll give Blossom a look-see. But now—you know the drill—it’s your turn! Scope out Blossom's menus and let me know how you handle Eating to Live on the Outside. Make a comment or send an email to diseaseproof@gmail.com. In the meantime, keep eating to live. Peace.
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Louise - December 25, 2007 8:45 PM

Here's a nice review from NYCnosh with 5 pics, just wait for it to load . . .
http://www.nycnosh.com/?p=211

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