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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.

Cali Bound

En route to la la land for Lucky Magazine’s FABB Conference, I took an early morning flight from Pittsburgh. I was delightfully surprised when I stepped off the plane in San Francisco to see the array of great shopping. I ventured into Mango and spotted a pair of distressed skinny jeans in a light wash, that make a great Spring staple, and a pair of embellished denim shorts.

On the search for healthy options, I came across Fraîche, a homemade, organic yogurt spot, offering fresh pressed juice, and gluten free, vegan yogurts, I was definitely in my glory. San Fran is holding the top spot of favorite airports, thus far.

After a short flight to LA, I headed to my favorite LA spot, The Grove, to meet up with my friend I am staying with for a little shopping.

I was so happy to be in the Cali sun, and inspired, found an bright hued ensemble to wear to Day 1 of the conference.

Heading over to the Farmer’s Market, we had dinner at The Veggie Grill, which has a kale salad that was to die for, (definitely my new favorite spot!)

Stylehaus hosted a pre-fabb soiree, equipped with cocktails, beauty and great gifts. I can’t wait to try out the Aloxxi line of product.

Cruising through the Capital

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After returning from Florida on Thursday, I repacked for cold weather and headed to DC with one of my best friends.

Drybar DC

First stop, Drybar blowouts. I was excited to share the experience with my bff who’s never been.Drybar DC

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Mimosas & Mean Girls @ Drybar DC

Mimosas & Mean Girls. What better way to start the day, while getting a blowout?

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This time, I opted for the Mai-Tai (messy & beachy.) Drybar

Jade & I after our blowouts.

Gerogetown Cupcake

We had to stop at Georgetown Cupcake (aka DC Cupcakes on TLC.) Georgetown Cupcake

How amazing is this Swarovski crystal embellished KitchenAid mixer? 

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They have the best vegan carrot cake cupcakes I’ve ever tried. Yes, the Whole30 got pushed back to this week to avoid torturing myself, and not being able to prepare meals while traveling.

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The trip was filled with fun touristy DC  sight-seeing.

Givenchy scarf

Beach days ahead with this fun thrifting find at Current Boutique.

Zaytinya DC

On Sunday we had an incredible brunch at Zaytinya. The mix of Turkish, Greek & Lebanese flavors was tdf! Santorini Fava & Squash Soup, Smoked Olive, Pistachio Santorini Kale Salad and Carrot, Apricot & Pinenut Fritters with Pistachio Sauce.. I definitely plan to recreate these recipes.

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Smoke & Barrel DC

On Saturday we had brunch at Smoke & Barrel. This is one of my faves in DC. A brunch buffet that includes vegan french toast, tofu scramble and sweet potato hash is pretty amazing.

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