Viva Herbal Pizzeria

Magic Mushroom Pizza

Magic Mushroom Pizza (the left half)

Seitan Pizza

Seitan Pizza

After a movie, we were walking home, and I saw Viva Herbal Pizzeria still open. I wanted to try this joint, but I simply didn’t remember where they were although I walked in front of them many times. Their shop is small and so quietly exists. M was like “Really? Do you want to eat now?” It was late, 10:30 p.m. I said “yes.” When we saw the many vegan choices they had, we were excited. When we got our choices heated up, we both said we can’t finish the piece, we have to take the half to go. But after one bite, we became quiet. I was so happy with my Magic Mushroom slice (1/4 of the medium size pie), that I gave M only a bite to taste. He did the same. We both finished our slice with no problem. There were 2 NYU students group eating before us and they were satisfied with their meals as well. They asked if they deliver to the W 4th Street dormitory. Magic Mushroom Pizza was ratatouille on a spelt crust. Their pizzas are all vegetarian, but some of them use mozzarella, some are totally vegan, some are gluten free. Something for everyone. Yum yum.

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Oh, lovely Lan Cafe

Vietnamese Pho

Vietnamese Pho

Vietnamese Pancake

Vietnamese Pancake

I found my favorite vegetarian soup in my hood! I went to Lan Cafe last night with a couple of friends. I wanted to try this restaurant for a while by now, but since their business hours are rather sporadic, I could not manage to do so until last night. Why didn’t I try harder sooner?! Food was fantastic! Their dishes are more like snacks, I mean their portions are smaller and light. Thus you would want to order 2 dishes per person, if you were a hungry pig like me. We ordered a green salad with avocado, a papaya salad, a lemongrass seitan over vermicelli, 2 Vietnamese Pho, and 2 Vietnamese Pancakes for 4 people. And I had a space left for a desert. We all loved everything we ate. They are a truly family run business ans under-staffed, so the service can be slow, but it is worthy it. 🙂

January 4th Menu

Very Berry Shake

Very Berry Shake

Breakfast: Coffee, Very Berry Shake with OJ—with a new vita-mix blender, it was a breeze.

Lunch at Heath Nut: Scrambled Tofu, Seitan and Green Pepper, Greens—a good choice. I’m getting better at this place.

Dinner: Miso Udon Soup with Tofu, Spinach, Enoki Mushrooms, Chinese Cabbage, Sesame Seeds, GF Vegan Brownie with Pumpkin Ice Cream

HealthNut Lunch

HealthNut Lunch

Miso Udon Soup

Miso Udon Soup

Brownie and IceCream

Brownie and IceCream

 

Wednesday’s Menu 12/5

Green Goddess

Green Goddess

Breakfast: Coffee, Green Goddess Shake

Lunch at Health Nut: Seitan with Green Beans, Tofu and Chickpeas in Tomato Sauce, Spinach Quesadilla—pretty good. It just rang up a lot more than what I expected. This weight system of pricing is scary.

Dinner: Penne alla Marinara—simple, but always good.

Health Nut Lunch

Health Nut Lunch

Pasta-Marinara