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NYC Fave Vegan & Gluten Free Spots

One major benefit of traveling to NYC and LA is the abundance of veg and gluten free options and restaurants. I always take advantage of my fave spots and this time added some new ones to the list!

I stopped into Peacefood Cafe one morning for a Pumpkin Spice Latte and delicious GF Pumpkin Loaf. The tofu scramble is yummy, also!

Dinner at Cafe Blossom in the West Village was amazing. We shared a variety of dishes to try a little bit of everything, and it was all delicious! We tasted the Chickpea Fritters, Caesar Salad, Sunflower Burger, Berry BBQ Tempeh, Quinoa Spaghetti (which was tdf!).

I ventured to Pure Food & Wine for a prix fixe brunch, where I ordered the Caesar Salad, Tortilla Wraps and Raw Lemon Bar. The salad was great, and the lemon bar had the perfect subtle taste.

Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit Co is the ultimate guilt-free treat. The Banana soft serve is so delicious! Topped with fresh fruit, coconut, carob chips and a gluten free waffle, it was perfection. 😉

Fresh & Co was conveniently located across from my hotel. Hot quinoa bowls and create your own salads, make for the perfect quick dinner! I tried the warm Kimchee Quinoa Stir-fry Bowl, it was yummy.

Le Pain Quotidien is one of my favorites! I adore their Quinoa Taboule Salad, but this time I opted for the Turmeric Chai Latte and Kale Caesar Salad. It was a nice change for the new season.

When craving a quick slice, Cafe Viva, offers both vegan and gluten free pizza, although Pala takes the spot as my fave.

For quick lunch takeout that’s totally green and healthy, Green Symphony has an abundance of options. I opted for the kale salad.

While in the West Village, we had dinner at S’Nice. I ordered the quinoa salad, it was full of flavor.

If you crave froyo, Tutti Frutti offers a variety of soy frozen yogurt and fresh fruit and carob toppings and it’s delicious!

A few others that I usually visit while in the city…

Babycakes NYC is the ultimate vegan, gluten free bakery. Everything is scrumptious from their doughnuts, to cupcakes, to cinnamon toasties. My birthday cake is even shipped from there every year.

Terri NYC is great for wraps, salads, fresh juices or a quick snack. Their smoothies are really yummy too, and are open early for breakfast.

Burrito Box is the ultimate Mexican fix. Their vegan options go above and beyond, and never disappoint. Great for delivery or takeout.

Blossom Du Jour is great for a quick lunch and fresh pressed juices on hand.

Two Boots is perfect when craving a big NY slice of pizza, and is conveniently located around the city.

Empire State of Mind

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My 7am arrival, left me with an entire day to get lost in the city. There’s an energy in New York City like no other, and I love getting wrapped up in it. The glitter drenched sneaks I bought at Kate Spade this week not only came through with receiving endless compliments, but after about 5 miles of exploring on day 1, my feet were in tip top shape, sans blisters! That is unheard of for roaming the New York streets. I highly recommend them if you’re looking for a fabulous statement shoe, that exudes comfort! I ventured over to Le Pain Quotidien for a tumeric chai latte, followed by a stroll through Central Park, because there’s nothing quite like it during the Fall months.

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After coming across the Jin Soon Spa in numerous glossy reads as being a top nail salon, known for their nail art, I’ve been itching to go (their instagram feed serves for amazing nail inspiration) Upon arrival, I asked for a gold leaf design, tucked in between layers of CND gel manicure. Bimala intricately placed each piece one by one, and I left with the most fabulous manicure I ever did see.

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While in the West Village, I spotted David’s Tea, another spot I’ve been dying to try, because tea obsessed would be an understatement. Overwhelmed upon arrival, (and being the incredibly indecisive person that I am) I didn’t know where to begin, as I smelled and learned about the most popular bunch, my eyes came across the name “Glitter and Gold.” As the employee opened up the canister, I set eyes on the chicest tea I had ever seen, as gold glitter and pearls shimmer throughout the loose tea.  If I could invent a tea, this would surely be my signature. I left with a supply to go, along with the All About Nuts tea, because it literally smelled like a walk in Central Park.

After my glittery tea, a fabulous gold leaf manicure and my sparkly sneaks winning the award for an orthopedic equivalent of comfort, I pretty ecstatic. The little things in life.

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I went back to the hotel, got ready and headed out to fabulous pre-fabb events. At the trendy Refinery Hotel, I caught up with Taylor, Shelby, Jackie and Katie over cocktails and the latest crimson lip hues Jane Iredale has to offer. Afterwards we headed over to the Reiki Salon for a Paul Mitchell styling of loose curls.

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