This week, The Weekly Beet reports from the Blizzard of '05. Last week, we traveled to New York City to give a nutritional lecture at the Junior League. That was Thursday and we still haven't left!! The lecture went fantastic and the room was packed. The topic of conversation was the Top Five Things You Can Do To Change Your Diet Today. Curious? Eat good carbs, good fats, greens, the right snacks, and drink plenty of water!!!!
Luckily, the snow didn't put a damper on our dining plans. We went to our favorite chi chi restaurant, Daniel. We must admit Daniel Boulud knows how to make the healthiest bread in all of New York City. The walnut raisin bread is out of this world. No need for butter or olive oil. Eating it straight up is the best way! We also had his fruit plate for dessert. It was filled with the most exotic fruits that are normally extremely difficult to get at this time of year. Passion fruit, star fruit, mango, and papaya were among the few. Simply divine!! We chatted with Daniel Boulud and he seems to be just as health conscious as we are. Now, that's what we call an UnBEETable chef.
The following day, we hit Candle Cafe. Located at 1307 Third Avenue between 74th and 75th Streets, Candle Cafe is one of our favorite vegetarian restaurants. Click here to view their amazing menu. We had the whole wheat quesadilla and a blue corn quinoa muffin. Pretty tasty!! You can choose from the Farmacy part of the menu which includes elixirs and juices such as the Flu and Cold Fighter Ginger, containing orange, carrot, lemon, and grapefruit. A complete immune booster!!! It's the best during the winter. Candle Cafe's mission is to provide all organic ingredients, grown without the use of pesticides and other chemicals. They use no dairy or meat in their preparations. Pretty cool huh?
We were so excited to eat at Candle Cafe's newly opened, sister restaurant called Candle 79. Located a few blocks north on 79th Street, this restaurant is absolutely incredible! From the service to the menu, we could not find a flaw! It truly was an incredibly healthy dining experience. We recommend the Green Goddess (a mix of green juices, apple, and lemon), and the seitan, which they sell to customers by the pound. Seitan is a whole wheat flour, water-rinsed to extract the gluten. It is extremely high in protein and low in fat, which makes for a perfect vegetarian meat. Candle 79 is a notch above Candle Cafe, as the atmosphere is quite fancy, all the while maintaining an air of healthiness. Click here to see the menu. We were so kindly given a copy of Candle Cafe's Cookbook. It contains all of their healthy recipes to replicate at home. It's totally unBEETable. One of the best cookbooks out there!!
If you are in the Northern area, stay warm! Don't miss a Beet. Stay tuned for next week.
PS. Check out Tanya Edwards, M.D., M.Ed. Medical Director of The Center for Integrative Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic on Ladies Who