LoveLula January 2017 Beauty Box

Hello hello, I'm posting again about my wonderful beauty box from LoveLula. I love the time every month that my beauty box arrives in the mail, it's like a surprise present to yourself!

This box brought me some nice little goodies -

Laidbare Pack Your Bags Eye Cream:
 It was my first time using this brand and I was pretty impressed. I really can't call myself an eye cream expert and I am a firm believer that beauty sleep is the best beauty product that won't cost you a penny. However, this doesn't mean I don't believe in eye cream or see its value- I do. I think it's an area of skin that doesn't get as much TLC as it should in my skincare regime and I hope to make eye cream a committed habit for me as a preventative and anti-ageing step that will enhance (not replace) the benefits of a regular good nights sleep.

I use this before bed, I find it a bit too heavy and firming for the daytime as well. You can also use it on your neck. I have no qualms about wearing heavy products to bed or putting oils all over but in the daytime, I like to wear breathable products that feel as though I'm wearing nothing at all.

Balm Balm Face Balm: This was my favourite of the box this week. This face balm is a mix of shea butter, sunflower oil, beeswax, calendula oil and jojoba oil. Its really amazing as a night cream (too oily for me in the day). But I also like this as a cleanser. These days face oils are having a major moment in my beauty routine and I apply them to my face before bed. I have sensitive skin and some cleansers seem to altogether dry my skin out, or I can use them once a day but not twice or they are drying. Except I like to cleanse my skin twice a day, once in the morning and before bed to wipe off "my day"- makeup, the gym, the train, etc. With this gem from Balm Balm I can do this while simultaneously giving my skin the moisture it seems to always need!

Apple and Bears Body Silk: this was another brand I've never tried but it did feel very luxurious and probably correctly named. It does feel silky, and it's actually a nice body moisturiser to wear in the daytime- you know some can just feel too greasy to do that with. But for winter skin this doesn't seem to be "enough" for my thirsty skin. I tried this in the bergamot and green tea scent which smelled gorgeous. Apples and Bears also make really nice looking gift sets.

John Masters Evening Primrose Shampoo: I have a sensitive scalp so I'm going to be honest here and say this just doesn't work for me. I've tried a few other shampoos from John Masters as well as some other natural brands which didn't work well with my hair. For me, finding a good shampoo was a bit of trial and error but I have found one I really like that I can share another time if you are interested. I will say that while these are expensive, from other people I've heard glowing reviews about John Masters so I don't want to put you off, I just wanted to be honest with my own experience.

What are your favourite natural beauty products?

Love,
N

***Disclaimer: I am part of the LoveLula Accredited Blogger Programme, and the LoveLula Affiliate Scheme. I was sent this beauty box to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*** 

 
 

Kale and Avocado Salad Bowl

This kale and avocado salad bowl is a good make-ahead lunch to take when I'm on the go. I like to make my salads interesting with herbs, nuts, fruit, dressing, or a big dollop of hummus. So the same rules apply here- a kale and avocado salad spiced up with almonds, dried cranberries, mint and parsley, and a splash of lime. I added quinoa to make this a meal in itself, but you could take this out if you would prefer this as a side salad. 

Dairy Free and Gluten Free Kale and Avocado Salad Bowl Recipe
Serves 2

Ingredients 
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (I used tricolour quinoa)
  • 2 large handfuls of kale
  • 1 avocado, 
  • 1 large handful of parsley
  • 1 sprig of mint
  • 1 small handful of almonds 
  • 2 tbsp dried cranberries 
  • 2 tbsp olive oil 
  • Lime 

Steps: 

  1. In a bowl, add the quinoa.
  2. Chop the kale, parsley and mint and avocado into small pieces. Add to the bowl and toss in the almonds and dried cranberries. 
  3. In a mug, juice the lime and mix in with the olive oil. Drizzle over the salad 

What are your favorite salad-bowl combos? 

Love
N


 
 

Dairy Free, Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

I couldn't resist posting a little sweet treat for Valentine's Day, so here it is- dairy free and gluten free sugar cookies!

I think all kinds of cookies are good, but sugar cookies are underrated and sometimes simplicity is best. I've made a vegan version before, but I think these taste nicer and are slightly easier to work with. 

In the spirit of Valentines Day, cookies are perhaps one of the ways to my heart. For our first Valentine's Day together a few years ago, my boyfriend bought me a box of cookies from my favourite cookie place. But- I never told him these cookies were my favourite, so it was a very lucky guess and he's been a keeper ever since. 

My real food weakness is cookies, so to weaken my urge to devour them all at once, I leave 2 days of cookies out and freeze the rest for a later date- which is perfect for when you want homemade cookies without the effort, and keeps them fresher.

Dairy Free, Gluten Free Sugar Cookies:
Makes about 24 small sugar cookies

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup rice flour 
  • ⅓ cup ground almonds 
  • ½ cup coconut sugar 
  • 1 tsp. baking powder 
  • ½ cup coconut oil 
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract 

Steps:
  1. In a food processor, combine all of the ingredients. Pulse until a dough forms and all of the ingredients are combined. It will become a dough, but won't form a complete ball of dough in the food processor if this makes sense.
  2. Remove the dough from the food processor, roll it into a ball, and refrigerate for about 30 minutes to an hour.
  3. Preheat the oven to 160°C fan.
  4. Line a baking tray with baking paper 
  5. Sprinkle some rice flour onto a board and a rolling pin, roll the dough about ¼ of an inch thick, and cut shapes using cookie cutters. Transfer to cookie tray. 
  6. For crunchy cookies, cook for about 10 minutes, for softer ones about 7 minutes. 
  7. If you really can't wait to eat cookies, then skip refrigerating the dough and cutting shapes. Just spoon half a tablespoon to a tablespoon sized balls of cookie dough onto a baking tray, and lightly press down. This is good for if you like soft cookies with slightly crispy edges. Then bake for about 7-15 minutes at 160° fan. (I say this as the cookies are likely to be thicker this way then rolling them out, and thus might require a little extra time in the oven) 

Love, 
N

 
 

Lactose Intolerance: Tips for going Dairy Free

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Dairy free chocolate hazelnut smoothie
Hi! I've been lactose intolerant for about 7 years now and have picked up a few tips and tricks along the way that I thought might benefit anyone else who is going dairy free. 

I can honestly say that when I first found out I was lactose intolerant I wasn't so strict with it. My classic move was to get pizza with "half the normal amount of cheese" although this really made no difference as I still felt awful for it. I would say my lactose intolerance has gotten much worse over the years, so now I am very strict about not having it.

Do I miss dairy? Yeah, sometimes I get jealous when I see a great looking pizza or a unique ice cream place. Otherwise no, not really because I've found enough substitutes to satisfy me and also because I feel so much better for not eating dairy products.

So moving on, here are some of my tips, tricks and favourite brands for dairy free living!

Plant based milks are your friends: Seriously experiment with these- almond, cashew, hazelnut, coconut, oat, rice milk, whatever takes your fancy. I like unsweetened almond milk the best for smoothies. I also use it in pancakes, and mashed potatoes. Coconut milk is good to have on hand for curries and desserts. Plenish almond milk is the best for frothy coffees. I also like Rude Health almond drink that's a mix of almond milk and rice milk for those who prefer something that's naturally a little sweeter (rice milk is naturally sweet) it works really well in smoothies.

Research restaurants in advance and always double and triple check! I really can't eat dairy, within the hour I will feel bad if I've eaten it by accident. So when I'm going out to dinner I always check online or call ahead to check there are suitable options for me. Even if a dish doesn't list any dairy ingredients on the menu, or traditionally doesn't contain dairy I always ask just in case. Don't feel embarrassed to send things back either if a mistake has been made and there's dairy in your dish!

How do I live without butter? Trust me I did love this- I mean butter on some really great bread is one of life's pleasures. But now I swap butter for coconut oil in baking, which tastes delicious. Plus coconut oil is such a multi-purpose product- you can use it as a moisturizer, deep conditioner, eye-makeup remover, the list goes on. When substituting butter on bread, I think a little bit of coconut oil with a pinch of salt is nice, as is extra virgin olive oil, or alternatively use nut butters. For cooking, I like to use coconut or sunflower oil. I recommend Lucy Bee coconut oil.

Some advice on chocolate: Just because it says "dark chocolate" doesn't mean there is no milk in it. Always check the labels. I like to make my own chocolate because it's fun, and I use unrefined sugar. For store-bought options I like: Green and Blacks dark chocolate, Seed and Bean Sicilian Hazelnut, and Chocolate and Love Dark Chocolate with peppermint crunch.

If you really miss cheese you have options: you can add some "cheese flavour" with nutritional yeast flakes. I like to sprinkle this on pasta. You can also make your own cashew cheese. It takes a little time but I have made a spreadable cashew cheese a couple times for lasagna. You can also buy vegan cheese. The only one I have tried is VioLife original sliced cheese- I was dying for a grilled cheese sandwich. I personally don't miss cheese that much anymore so this isn't a staple of mine. Alternatively, research restaurants that offer plant based cheeses. Vegan restaurants are often great at this- for example the best vegan pizza I ever had was in New York at Blossom where they made plant based "goats cheese" and "mozzarella". In London at Wild Food Cafe I have also had amazing "mozzarella" made from coconut- sounds super bizarre but tasted as good as the real thing.

You can still eat "ice cream"! Yes it's true. You can make super speedy "nice cream" with a frozen banana, a teeny bit of almond milk whizzed up in a blender and add some fun toppings. Or, make your own ice cream- I make chocolate ice cream with coconut milk in an ice cream maker, some models aren't too expensive. Alternatively for store bought options I like Frill the Frozen Smoothie Intense Chocolate, and the Coconut Collaborative chocolate dipped snowconut sticks are delicious. For ice cream shops, in London I like Yorica- they do entirely free-from ice cream and toppings. In America I liked Freeze at Pressed Juicery for a healthier ice cream option- the "ice cream" is only made using fruit, veg and nuts- the vanilla or chocolate flavors are my favorite.

Yogurt alternatives: yogurt was never my thing. But now and then I like to have a Rebel Kitchen vanilla coconut yogurt- this is my favorite, or coconut collaborative. It's also excellent to use in parfaits.

Travel smart: Once I discovered I was lactose intolerant, I realized how much dairy products are served in planes. I've never eaten airplane food, I've always been one to bring something from home or buy something at the airport. Either request a dairy free meal from the airline or just be sure to bring something on board yourself. When flying from London airports I always stop at a Pret (they are good at labeling allergens) for a salad, and I bring plenty of snacks from home. My rule of thumb is it's always better to have too much food with you when flying than too little, as you never know if there will be delays! Even if you aren't travelling and are just on the go, I'm always prepared with-free from snacks like nuts, rice or oat cakes, or whatever takes my fancy.

Have fun with it:
Yes, lactose intolerance can be a pain when you have major food envy. But if you like to cook, it can also be fun to recreate dishes dairy free, or experiment with entirely new things. Being dairy free does not mean taste free!

Here's some of my favorite dairy free recipes on the blog (these are all gluten free too)

Breakfasts: 
Chocolate, peanut butter, and banana smoothie 
Strawberry Raspberry smoothie
Buckwheat pancakes
Apricot parfait 

Mains/sides: 
"Cheesy vegan eggplant pasta" 
Lentil shepherds pie 
Spinach and basil pesto 
Spinach and sun dried tomato pesto pasta
Mustard mashed potatoes 

Desserts: 
Blackberry and apple crumble 
Chocolate loaf cake 
Caramel chocolate squares 
Oatmeal raisin cookies

Hope this helps you all! 

Love,

N

***Disclaimer: I am not a qualified medical practitioner. Please seek the advice of a doctor before embarking on any health, diet, fitness, or lifestyle changes.***

 
 

My Makeup Look

Hi hi. So as I've been writing about beauty a lot more, I've shared with you my daily skincare routine, and my eye makeup look. Today I'm sharing all the makeup that I currently use.

If you are new to natural beauty, my advice is to make it a gradual process. You don't have to throw out everything you own, you could just replace things with natural products each time you run out- for example I started with body wash and lip balm before I moved onto moisturiser and eventually shampoo and makeup. The only product that I use that's conventional is deodorant because I have yet to find one that holds up. Please say if you have any suggestions on this!

Foundation: I  personally favour a more natural makeup look. For foundation, I'm wearing PHB Ethical Beauty in medium. I currently prefer powder foundation to liquid, and I like that this one has SPF 30. I apply it with the PHB Ethical Beauty retractable kabuki brush. To keep it easy, I bought a cream concealer stick to match from PHB, also in medium. For bronzer I love TanOrganic duo bronzer. What's super cool about this is that the packaging is made from eco-friendly bamboo! Cute right? I like how it has a more matte bronzer and a shimmery one too. A good stroke of bronzer really helps me look and feel little brighter and more beautiful, especially in the winter months.

Eye makeup: PHB Ethical Beauty mascara is seriously the best. It's waterproof, and really does add length and volume, and it lasts the day without fading. For eye shadow, I wear RMS Beauty Swift Shadow in tempting touch and sunset beach. I really like these for daytime but I'm looking to add another darker shade for a more night-time look. For eyeliner I also wear PHB Ethical Beauty eyeliner in black. You can read more about my eye makeup here.

Lips: you can start to see a trend here that my current favourite cosmetic brands are PHB Ethical Beauty and RMS Beauty. For lips I'm alternating these days between two shades. I'll start by saying that when I phased out all my conventional beauty products for natural ones, I didn't buy any lipsticks or lip gloss. All I used was a tinted lip balm from Hurraw! So it's fun starting to experiment with different colours again. I think RMS Lips2Cheek in smile is a universally flattering coral color, with quite a good pigment to it when you apply it. It's an added plus that you can use this on both lips and cheeks, I love a good multipurpose product!

I also use PHB Ethical Beauty Lip Glaze in mulberry. The tube seems super purple, which freaked me out a little when I got it as that's not a color I would normally wear, but once you apply it it's more of a pinky purple which looks really gorgeous. I also really like this because it has peppermint oil in it, which is both refreshing and also helps plump the lips a little. This is a lip gloss which has more of a shine so if you prefer a more matte look go for the RMS. As a warning- when this comes of the tube it almost seems a little clumpy, it's not as liquidy as the conventional lip glosses I used to use, but it goes on very smooth!

At the end of the day, I wipe off all my makeup with Madara Micellar Water. I especially love this when I get home and want to take off all my makeup- the train makes my face feel icky- I use this and then wash my face properly later on. You could use just this but I like to use ermana cleanse balm when I shower because the combination of cacao, shea, and coconut butters are super moisturising!

That's it from me, hope you liked this one.

Love,
N

***Disclaimer: I am part of the LoveLula Accredited Blogger Programme, and the LoveLula Affiliate Scheme. I selected these products to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.***



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Gluten Free & Dairy Free Ginger Spiced Apple Crumble

 I have definitely said this before, but apple crumble is without a doubt one of my favourite desserts. You can have it a gazillion different ways- hot or cold leftovers for breakfast, classic apple, experiment with the toppings, or mix and match different fruits- I like blackberry and apple crumble, or even add gooseberries. 

I jazzed up this apple crumble by adding ginger. Just a little ground ginger in the topping, with some cinnamon on the apples just to spice things up a little. It's delicious.

Gluten Free and Dairy Free Blackberry and Apple Crumble Recipe: 
Serves 4-6

Ingredients: 
For the fruit base: 
  • 6 braeburn or pink lady apples, peeled, cored, and diced
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon  

For the crumble topping: 
  • ¼ cup rice flour
  • ¾ cup ground almonds
  • ⅔ cup oats
  • ½ cup coconut oil 
  • ⅓ cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tbsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Steps: 
  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C fan
  2. In a 12”x9” inch glass dish (30cm x 23cm) mix together the apples and cinnamon. 
  3. In a food processor, add all of the crumble topping ingredients together. Blend the mixture to form a crumble topping, and evenly sprinkle it over the top of the fruit. 
  4. Bake in the oven for 1 hour, remove and leave to cool

Love,
N
 
 

NYC Travel Guide 

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The Chrysler Building
Hi, as promised I'm sharing my New York City Travel Guide. I already shared my restaurant guide, but here's some of the sights I saw.

I actually grew up in New Jersey, so I have been to New York many times and seen lots of these before, but it's a great city and I haven't been back in a few years. It was nice to experience some of the new and old all over again. 


Empire State Building: I had never been up the Empire State Building, but I have previously been up to the observation deck at Rockefeller Center. So this was a definite box to check for me on this holiday, and I'm so glad I did it because the views were surreal. Go as soon as it opens on a clear day to beat the lines. 

Chelsea Market: This is the place to go for any foodies! There were loads of delicious looking spots in this spacious covered market. It's in my restaurant guide too, but I liked Seed + Mill for the best halva I've ever tasted.

The high line: After Chelsea Market, take a walk down the high line, a beautiful pedestrian only walkway built on an old railway line. The views are great, as are plants and bushes that line the way.

Central Park: This is really just a beautiful space to walk through in the city, and something worth seeing whatever the season. 

Rockefeller Center: If you are in New York for Christmas, you have to make a stop here because this is the tree to see.

Grand Central Terminal: Walk into Grand Central Terminal to see that iconic starry ceiling. It's also nice to look in the New York Public Library. 


9/11 Memorial: This is a moving and fitting tribute to those that lost their lives. 
 
Museums: I really like the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Museum of Natural History, although I didn't get a chance to go this trip.


If you have a decent amount of time, walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. I did this once pre-lactose intolerance days and ate pizza once we got over the bridge.

What are your favorite places in New York? 


Love,
N

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Time Warner Center
 
 

Sautéed Rosemary Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes

You may be feeling a little sprouted out from Christmas, but if you aren't, here's a little quick Sautéed Rosemary Brussels Sprouts and Potato recipe.

I'll give some credit to my boyfriend on this one as he inspired this. He is a good cook, and one of the things he likes making is ‘quick roasted potatoes’- basically he boils the potatoes in smallish pieces, and then sautés them until they become a little crispy- tastes just as good as roast potatoes in half the time! I like potatoes this way too so I make them for myself sometimes. 
I love it when my boyfriend and I cook together, and it’s fun to try new recipes or cook our favorite dishes. 

I also like this dish because it's really fast and easy to cook for 1 (or two). The rosemary makes this a bit more flavorful and special, and you could also add garlic or onions if you desire. I like this served with poached or fried eggs, chicken or salmon.

Gluten Free and Dairy Free Sautéed Rosemary Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes Recipe:
Serves 1

Ingredients:
  • 1-1 ½ tbsp. sunflower oil 
  • 175g (6oz) Maris Piper or King Edward Potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1 inch cubes. 
  • Handful of Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved. 
  • ¼ sprig of rosemary, chopped. 

Steps:
  1. To make it faster you may want to boil the water in a kettle, and then carefully add it to a small/medium pot with the potatoes. Boil the potatoes on medium heat until tender, about 5-10 minutes. 
  2. Boil more water in the kettle now for the Brussels sprouts. 
  3. In a frying pan on medium/low heat add the sunflower oil and let it get hot. 
  4. Add the potatoes and stir and flip them every minute or so. 
  5. Immediately after the potatoes are in the frying pan, boil the Brussels sprouts for about 5 minutes- use the same pot as the potatoes to save you some washing up. 
  6. After five minutes, remove the Brussels sprouts from the heat and drain. Add the Brussels sprouts and rosemary to the pan with the potatoes. Continue to sauté for another couple minutes, or until the potatoes and Brussels sprouts are "roasted" to your liking, then remove from the heat. Season with salt and pepper. 

Love,
N

 
 

Winter City Skincare 

As the temperatures continue to drop, I'm sharing my winter city skin secrets. There's a lot more products you can use than this, but this is what I brought to NYC with me and I was trying to travel light! I also brought my trusted Kimberly Sayer moisturizer, and some makeup (more to come soon on what I use).

FOM Anti-Pollution Skin Supplement Essence: I love this product. In London when I get the tube, my skin just feels kind of icky afterwards and I always wash my face as soon as I get home. Even if that means I have to do my makeup all over again if I'm going out later on, I will. I used this anti-pollution product when I was on the plane to NYC, because I find the air in airplanes always wreaks havoc on my face.

In New York, in the morning I used this after cleansing, followed by my moisturizer and makeup. Alternatively, you could follow this with another serum too. It's very refreshing, floral scented and gentle. Some nice ingredients include rose water, juniper, sage, witch hazel and raspberry leaf extract. What I especially like about this is that it goes far beyond being an anti-pollution product. FOM also says this helps hydrate skin (it's true!), protect you from free radicals, collagen support, and improve skin brightness.

This is a great product. I used this anti-pollution product when I was on the plane to NYC, because I find the air in airplanes usually make my skin break out a little or feel kind of lacklustre. Also in New York I was trying to do as much as possible so I walked as much as I could. Despite spending the majority of my day in freezing temperatures, it tried snowing at one point, my skin didn't look dry or moisture sapped by the end of the day, so I give some credit to FOM on that one.

BON Liquid Gold Pure Tissue Oil: I used this face oil in the evenings. I’m having a major oils moment these days, and I prefer them to night cream. I tried a sample size of this this in the October LoveLula beauty box, but I really liked it and wanted to try the full size to see the full benefits of regularly using this. I love this oil because it's seriously good value for a face oil (£9.99 for 100ml) and it also really works. It's very moisturizing. I am very big on sleep, it's the best beauty product, but in the city that never sleeps I can't say I slept as much as I would have liked to. Despite this, this face oil had me looking fresh as a daisy when I woke up.

Madara SOS Hydra Moisture and Radiance Mask: I have previously blogged about this, but I brought it to New York and used it for an extra boost the night I arrived and another night later on in the trip. You can use it as a 20-minute moisture mask, or just leave it on. I applied it before bed, let it soak in for 30 minutes or an hour, and then put on the BON face oil.

Fairfield Gardens Raspberry Rose Lip Balm: This is super basic, but a girl can't go anywhere without a good lip balm. This one smells nice and moisturizes well.

When I got back from New York I used my Kimberly Sayer French clay mask for a deep cleanse after the airplane.

What are your winter skincare secrets?

Love,
N



***Disclaimer: I am part of the LoveLula Accredited Blogger Programme, and the LoveLula Affiliate Scheme. I was sent this beauty box to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*** 

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Views from Central Park
 
 

NYC Dairy Free and Gluten Free Healthy Restaurant Guide

Hi everyone. I've posted a little on Instagram about my New York City trip, but I wanted to share a healthy dairy free and gluten free NYC restaurant guide on here too.

I'm not vegetarian, but most of these picks are because it's feel-good food that I really like to eat!

Hu Kitchen: I went here for breakfast a few times, and it was seriously the most perfect nourishing way to start the day. They make good, honest, grain free, and meatless food. It's sort of cafeteria style where you can pick out what you want and sample a few things. At breakfast I really liked the cashew yogurt bowls, where you choose your own toppings- I liked some fruit, flaxseeds and almond butter granola. The banana muffins are also excellent- we bought some to have as our mid morning snack later on. And I can't even recommend the ranch kale chips enough- they were amazingly crunchy and so flavourful! I love places like this because I could eat everything they served, which is a nice change to being restricted to only a few options at regular restaurants.

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Cashew Yogurt Bowl topped with fruit, granola and flaxseeds at Hu Kitchen
Blossom on Columbus: For everyone reading this that's both gluten-free and dairy-free, I promise this is the place for you. This plant-based restaurant makes the best gluten free and diary free pizza I've ever had. Sometimes I have found restaurants serving gluten free pizza, and I've just had vegetable toppings with no cheese. Or I once went to a place that did vegan cheese but it was so gross I had to scrape it all off. This was the winning combination of an amazing gluten free dough- crispy without tasting like cardboard, but also soft too, with seriously delicious vegan cheese. This is the kind of free-from pizza that makes you not miss normal pizza. I tried both the margarita pizza and a little bit of the vegan "goats cheese" and mushroom pizza and they were both amazing. They had other great looking stuff on the menu too, but sometimes you just can't beat a pizza. 

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Wild Mushroom Pizza at Blossom on Columbus
Nix: This and Blossom are my tied favorite. This is a vegetarian Michelin star restaurant- that’s not super expensive. I picked this because I love it when vegetables the star of the show, whether it's a vegetarian dish or not. The space itself was very white, airy and fresh. The food is tapas style and perfect for sharing. My favorite was the tofu skin pockets, sweet potato and tomatillo pepita salsa. I highly recommend getting a reservation for this, it was packed when I went. 

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Artichoke and broccoli rabe sauté with tomatoes at Nix
Beyond Sushi: One day I needed a quick lunch and this was just the place. It's all plant based sushi- no fish- which is what appealed to me. I wanted to know how people make plant based sushi interesting when usually the only vegan sushi I see is avocado or cucumber rolls! This seriously went beyond that. I got the spicy mango- black rice with avocado, mango, cucumber and a spicy veg topping. There are a few of these in the city, but I liked the one at Chelsea market. Follow it up with a trip to Seed + Mill in Chelsea market for seriously delicious artisanal halva. 

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Spicy Mango Sushi at Beyond Sushi
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Halva at Seed + Mill
The Little Beet Table: This was not a vegetarian only pick, although there were plenty of options at this local-centric restaurant. It has a food atmosphere with a rustic but cool feel. What else was cool? That this restaurant was 100% gluten free, and dairy free substitutions were fairly easy for them to make! There were so many good looking options on the menu that in the end I just went with my servers recommendation for the chipotle pork carnitas tacos, which were amazing! 

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Pork Carnitas Tacos at the Little Beet Table
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The Little Beet Table
Freeze at Pressed Juicery: If you have any sweet-treat cravings, I like this plant based soft serve that's made from just fruit, nuts, vegetables and seeds. I first had this in Los Angeles and couldn't resist getting it again in New York.

Hope you like these recommendations!

Love,
N


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Freeze at Pressed Juicery. So delish