Thursday, August 12, 2010

Taste of Groupon

Can you possibly say no to an event when there's free vegetarian and vegan food?

And though one of my faves, Bombay Palace, was only offering tandoori chicken and no veggie dishes (booo!), I found plenty to eat at the Blossom table at last night's Taste Of Groupon event at Chelsea Piers.

Groupon, for the uninitiated, is a play on "coupon", and offers up discounts for restaurants, dessert shops, yoga classes, golf lessons at Chelsea Piers, walking tours, kickboxing, and a variety of other cool things your city has to offer- I myself  have snagged a pole dancing class, a month-long pass to a yoga studio, and 2 sandwiches for the price of 1 at vegan sandwich shop Terri.

I was super excited to find vegan restaurant Blossom at the tasting, serving up tofu "crab cakes", porcini-phyllo "cigars" with cilantro pesto, and perfectly soft, warm chocolate chip cookies. As you can see from the quick shot I took of the table, the Blossom crew could barely keep up with the demand!

Other veggie picks included Shorty's, which in addition to their three varieties of Philly cheese-steak, thankfully also offered a broccoli rabe and melted provolone sub- way to go Shorty's! Poco Restaurant's veggie option were arancini with parmesan and mushrooms, and though Yorkville Creperie did not offer any savory vegetarian or vegan options, they did offer some fabulous sweet crepes, like chocolate & Nutella and banana.

Another night of happy noshing... I better run that treadmill into the ground this week to make up for it!

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