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Spoiled . . .

Posted Sep 03 2009 11:26am

I’m definitely spoiled by the proximity of so many fun- (and food-) loving bloggers here in NYC!

On Monday, I met fellow Brooklyn-dwellers Sarah and Diana for a long-anticipated date at a raw-vegan cafe called Rawstar, which ended up being closed (bummer). So we wandered down to Flatbush Avenue, where we found Dao Palate, a newish vegan restaurant I’ve been wanting to try.

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(I am also spoiled by the fact that there is an awesome restaurant on literally every corner.)

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nice starter salad with carrot-ginger dressing and spiralized beets!

The three of us split the avocado tartare, which included mango and “squash” (we think it might have been jicama):

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which Sarah quickly deconstructed:

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This was definitely tasty, but I could’ve gone for some more spiciness! It was quite mellow.

Entree-wise, I was just not in the mood for steamed anything and went for the full-fledged Americanized-veganized-Chinese-pan-asian experience:

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Orange seitan with broccoli, orange rind, and chili peppers!

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plus brown rice

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Four hands, two cameras, Sarah' s noodle dish and Diana' s bibimbop. That bamboo steamer on the left is Sarah' s steamed kabocha, which she shared with the table -- yum!

I ate maybe 2/3 (plus bites from all the dishes) and took home the rest in the most elegant doggie-bag I’ve ever seen:

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Please admire Sarah' s new hair color and Diana' s seasonal shawl

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The requisite group shot

Upon leaving the restaurant, we had one of those “well, should we get dessert? I could do ice cream. I’m full. There’s always room for ice cream. If you want to go, I’ll go” moments, and, thank goodness, it led us here:

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Uncle Louie G ice cream, a Brooklyn fixture

This place is particularly awesome for its selection of non-dairy ices, which are NOTHING like they sound — they’re creamy, flavorful, and totally indulgent. Plus, observe the multitude of flavors:

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Ices on the left, ice cream on the right!

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Best use of $2 in recent memory: peanut butter cookie dough + chocolate "moose" ices. There' s a LOT more in there than you' d think!!

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SO MUCH COOKIE DOUGH

There’s no way the nutrition information on the website is correct . . . it’s too good.

Rawstar, we’ll be back!

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