Candle Cafe with Foodie Friends

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I tried to be extra productive yesterday afternoon – I had a fun dinner planned and I didn’t want to get stuck in the office! Around 5:30pm I snacked on a few handfuls of dried cranberries (yay, Ocean Spray!).

Ocean Spray cranberries

After I left the office, I walked the 2 miles or so to Candle Cafe on the Upper East Side. When the weather is dry, I’d rather walk outside than deal with the subway!

Candle Cafe

Tonight’s dinner was a mini-nyc food blogger get together. It was so much fun to meet other New Yorkers who read my blog and love to chat about yummy food!

After perusing the menu for a good 10 minutes, I finally decided on the cajun seitan sandwich. My pan fried seitan (a.k.a. texturized wheat gluten) was served on toasted foccacia bread and came topped with steamed greens, avocado slices, and caramelized onions. A spicy aioli sauce and coleslaw were served on the side. The sandwich was delicious! The seitan reminded me a lot of fried chicken. Although since I don’t really eat meat anymore, I’m not sure how accurate my taste buds are 🙂 The coleslaw needed a little salt and pepper, but it was nice and light and overall a good accompaniment to the sandwich.

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The food was good, but the company was even better! It was so nice to meet Chelsea and to reconnect with Courtney.

Chelsea and Courtney

Darien ordered an amazing sandwich stuffed with tofu, sweet potato, and kale and Lindsey’s ginger stirfry looked yummy too. If you like vegeterian food, Candle Cafe is where it’s at.

Darien and Lindsey

Thanks for a fun dinner ladies! If you’re a NYC reader, shoot me an email ( and I’ll let you know the next time we plan a dinner.

NYC Foodies

Feeling inspired to cook up your own veggie dishes? Check out these yummy Autumn recipes!

Beet, Apple, and Goat Cheese Salad with Curly Kale 

Broiled Pears with Maple Vanilla Walnuts and Cranberries

Gingery Apple Crumb Pie

Question: Who’s your favorite person to eat dinner with? I like to cook for Alma because she enjoys everything I make 🙂

  • Wish I could have made it and met everyone! Looks like you all had a great time. I was actually there for my first time very recently with some friends and had the Paradise Casserole dish. AMAZING. I’m convinced this place is about 100x better than Candle 79, and is much less expensive!

  • Ada

    Yum, Candle Cafe totally rocks! I would definitely love to go next time there’s a meet up:)

  • That place looks good! Yay for meet ups – so fun. I’m off to read your Running Short since I’ve been umming and ahhing about joining a running group!

  • I like eating dinner with my parents because that usually means it’s homemade or they paid and that’s the best gift of all
    I’ve been wanting to try seitan for a while now. I don’t know where else I’d get it other than the WF salad bar, though

  • I’d love to come to the next meetup too — I’m only a few blocks away from Candle Cafe, and I’ve been meaning to try it for a while!

    Also, my favorite person to cook for is my husband — he’ll pretty much eat anything! 🙂

  • Grace

    I like eating with my mom because she’s always coming up with healthy yet delicious meals. Plus, she’s good company and I don’t get to see her that often.

  • Ellen

    I went to Candle Cafe once and just had an OK experience. I think it was partly my fault though–I decided to try tofu for the first time there and I really just didn’t like it. Anyway, I like eating out with my boyfriend the most ’cause that’s usually when I have my “cheat” meals!!

  • It was an awesome night, Megan! Thanks again for coordinating everything.

    My favorite person to dine with is probably my friend, Marc. Mainly because he eats like a wolf and it’s hilarious to watch.

  • Fun night! Can’t wait for our monthly get together. I second Chelsea’s thanks for coordinating.

    My favorite person to dine with is my hubby!

  • darien

    What a fun night 🙂 It was great to see you again. Can’t beat yummy food and good conversation!!

  • courtney

    haha why do i look so serious!??

    so much fun! can’t wait for the next get together 🙂