Birthday Dinner at Dirt Candy

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Dirt Candy” may not sound like the most appetizing name for a restaurant but once you realize what the moniker refers to – veggies, of course! – it makes a lot of sense. My kickass family treated me to a sweet and savory seasonal meal at this truly innovative eatery for my birthday and color me impressed. If you haven’t checked it out yet, I highly recommend it (don’t miss the jalapeno hush puppies!). As many of you know, I’ve faced the omnivore’s dilemma for many years now and have succumbed to the succubus that is succulent steak, sausages, saveloys – you name it – every time they crossed my plate. Maybe it’s because I never liked veggies enough or had them prepared in a truly delicious manner, maybe it’s because I’m just weak. But all of that changed recently when I checked out the killer spread of vegetarian truffles, empanadas, pizzas and even sushi at the Healthy Food in Fashion event a few weeks ago. It really opened my eyes to all of the different ways to indulge without an animal having to be slaughtered. I guess I could keep rambling on about this but since this is technically an outfit idea post, let me get to it!

I’m not exactly sure what kind of theme is going on with this en-som – maybe Upper West Side lady meets stewardess?

Navy blazer: My mom’s, from her days at Northwest Airlines
Camel dress: Mango circa 2009
Chainlink purse: Thrifted – it was only $9.99!
Grey Genesis booties: On loan from Naya Shoes for the Renew Your Soles 5-Day Style Challenge (more on this soon!)
White pashmina scarf: Purchased on the street back when I worked at Rockefeller
Scissor necklace: From the Clossette “Use Your Own Chain” collection

Food descriptions after the jump!



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My sister had the chard gnocchi, which was actually not bitter at all and was as soft as a pillow. It comes with grilled chard, garlic granola & drunken fig jam. Divine!

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I’m a corn kinda chick so I went with the stone ground grits with corn cream, pickled shiitakes, huitlacoche (fungus that grows on corn!), and a tempura poached egg. You can probably guess what the best part of this dish was. Hint: it was the egg.

The only thing I didn’t enjoy? The daikon sorbet. Yes, daikon sorbet. I’m all for being adventurous but sorbet should never be smelly. I think even Jeffrey Steingarten would agree with me there.

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