I’m generally not an optimistic person. It takes a conscious effort for me to see the bright side of things, but I always look for it. Last week was particularly hard.
Thanks to a little natural disaster (hi, Sandy) that hit us on monday night, all of downtown Manhattan was without power for days. It was surreal. I’ve never seen the area so dead in my life. I wish I took pictures, but I was so caught up in it that the thought didn’t even cross my mind – it was like a scene right out of a post-apocalyptic film.
Not a single building lit up. Stores empty and abandoned. Payphones are the only way to make a call. People lined up for buses to take them uptown or out of the city.
Now, I know I was much luckier than most – I didn’t lose anything, save power and heat and a few days worth of work. But it was still tough mentally.
I’ve mentioned this before, and I know it’s not the best way to deal with things, but in times like these, food is my comfort. I look to food to make me happy, and in a time like this, good food really helped me look on the bright side. So, for this What I Ate Wednesday, I’m highlighting a few things I ate through the storm (and the dark week that followed).
Morning of staying inside all day – pumpkin peanut flour VEGAN pancakes! They came out perfectly fluffy, but unfortunately I didn’t write down my measurements. boo.
Finished cooking right as the power went out – reason why I used flash for this picture. Roasted squash, kale chips, lentils. Not the kind of candlelight dinner I would have liked 😛
Appetite gone. The first powerless day I had cereal for breakfast and lunch. I just wasn’t feeling it. Then, by the time dinner rolled around, all I wanted was some fresh crunchy veggies (the hummus ended up being bad, I tossed it).
Day 2 – went uptown to escape the dead zone. And get cell service and wifi. Went to Le Pain Quotidien for lunch – I can always count on that place for delicious eats. Started with an amazing sweet potato soup.
vegan 6-veggie quiche! more like a lasagna, but still delicious. I like my plants.
Ended up staying in LPQ for most of the day, and when it got chilly out, ordered a soy hot cocoa. Warm from the inside.
Since we were already uptown, the roommate and I decided to hit up Peacefood Cafe (side note – I can’t wait for them to open their downtown locations in a month!) for dinner – we were close by, and both seriously craving some delicious vegan restaurant food. Yes, this is my kind of comfort food.
Dumplings. People say they are like crack. People are not wrong.
Chickpea fries. Indian spiced. I want the recipe (and that sauce!)
Then we just got a big plate of veggies to share. I’m really not kidding when I say giant plates of vegetables make me really happy. Especially when it includes roasted kabocha squash.
And, being at a vegan restaurant, I couldn’t pass up a dairy free dessert. Especially carrot cake! Omigod. This was beyond amazing. But huge – and I was really proud of myself for stopping when I had enough. No need to eat the whole thing!
After a couple of days of oatmeal in a freezing apartment, and taking crowded buses uptown just to get working phone service, we headed out to Brooklyn for a few nights. I can’t remember the last time I was that excited for a hot shower.
Egyptian food at a little falafel place in Park Slope.
While there, we also went out for Indian food (still can’t get enough!) and then the roommate and I cooked an amazing arctic char for our host. But, it didn’t feel right to take photos at the time.
So now I’ve been back in my place since saturday. We had to dump the entire contents of the fridge. The heater in my room doesn’t work, but at least we have lights, hot water, and all of our things. And I’ve never been happier to get up early and go to class, run, and have a working kitchen. Priorities, guys. I like food, and I’ll never be ashamed of it.
Do you look to food for comfort?