Trip to Williamsburg Brooklyn

Recently, Mr. EastHIllVegan and I visited our old home town in Long Island for a wedding. We left Ithaca on a Friday night for a weekend in Brooklyn before the big event. After finally checking into our hotel in Brooklyn, we got on the L Train to visit the East Village in Manhattan. We had dinner at the vegan restaurant Caravan of Dreams. We have eaten here before, but I was a little disappointed.  The food was OK, but I think the restaurant could use some updates. Afterward we visited a nearby bar, and discovered that DunWell doughnuts has a new location in Manhattan.

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We spent Saturday exploring Williamsburg Brooklyn. First we had breakfast at the Little Choc Apothocary. The atmosphere was lovely, and our food was excellent. My crepe was filled with Choc butter (Newtella) and jam. I would love to visit this place again!

We then decided to walk toward the East River State Park, and stop in a few shops along the way.

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To our surprise we stumbled upon the Smorgasburg Williamsburg. This open air food market takes place every Saturday from May to October. It was pretty amazing, and they have several vegan food vendors. We purchased a watermelon juice in a watermelon container, and some sliders from Monks Vegan Smokehouse. So delicious!

For dinner we visited Modern Love. This place did not disappoint, everything was amazing! We had the breaded green fried tomatoes, Hen of the Woods Piccata, and Seitan Brisket. As usual we shared both plates, and I thought they where both delicious. For desert we had Peach Basil Pie and a Brownie with Mint Chip Ice Cream. The flavors where perfect!  I only wish this restaurant was in Ithaca.

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Sunday was spent attending a wedding on Long Island. It was a lovely water front event. The caterer had vegan spinach raviolis and a lemon sorbet.

On Monday before driving back to Ithaca we stopped in Brooklyn again for lunch at Champs Diner and a box of Dunwell Doughnuts.

Trip to Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard

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It is now early August, the perfect time for a quick road trip to Cape Cod, and Martha’s vineyard before summer ends. After a long drive through Western Massachusetts, Mr. EastHill Vegan, and I found our way to Hyannis, just in time to meet up with family for dinner.jfk

While wandering around main street, visiting some of the shops, we chose to eat at a Mexican style restaurant called Beech Tree Cantina, with outdoor seating.  I had the vegetable burrito with sweet potato fries, and shared freshly made guacamole.burrito

Given more time I would love to explore this part of Cape Cod more.  If you are ever here check out the vegetarian/vegan restaurant called the Green Lotus Cafe.  Unfortunately, they where not open while we where there, but it looks like a good place for breakfast, or lunch.

We spent the night in a classic New England house, turned B&B. If you are visiting Cape Cod as a vegan I recommend checking out the Shady Hollow Inn. The inn has a quiet relaxing feel, but the best part was probably the delicious vegan breakfast!  They are very accommodating when creating delicious dishes for any dietary needs.

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After breakfast we boarded a ferry headed for Martha’s vineyard.  The weather was perfect for viewing the cliffs in Aquinnah, owned by the Wampanoag Indians.  The site had a places to eat as well as some huts showing the history of the native people that live there.  You may recognize the lighthouse from the movie Jaws, which you can climb to the top of.

lighthouseFor lunch we stopped at Bee Dee’s in Oak Bluffs. All vegan items had a green v next to them.  The cafe has some seating available, but we took advantage of the hot summer day to eat by the water.  My wrap consisted of, black beans, corn, zucchini, and guacamole.  It also came with a bag of Cape Cod potato chips.  You can take a self-guided tour at the factory located in Hyannis.

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Before boarding the boat for our return trip we visited the famous ginger bread homes.  These adorable cottages where part of the camp – meeting movement during the 19th century.  At first people set up canvas tents on the site, bringing with them everything they would need.  Over time it become more permanent, and people stayed longer.  The Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association maintains one of the cottages as a museum.  The houses are passed down through generations, however some of them can be rented, or occasionally purchased.

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 Once back in Hyannis we found a South American restaurant called Vista De Mare.  The menu had a small vegetarian section, including a vegan option of Quinoa, and vegetables.  The next day we packed up, and returned to Ithaca, but not without one more stop at the Buzzards Bay canal walk.

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