I don’t hold it against Blossom du Jour that it resides in a small storefront on lower Amsterdam Avenue that might be more suitable for a dry cleaner’s or a tax accountant’s office. Having a vegan cafe in my neighborhood is a dream. And today I got to eat my lunch there, the first of what is sure to be many enjoyable lunches.
With Blossom du Jour in my neighborhood, I can easily see myself embracing once again the vegan lifestyle I foreswore several years back – at least for one day a week (ok, maybe two). It’s better for me and for the planet, after all. The only question is what will be my regular lunch of choice from Blossom. One of their decadent sandwiches? A healthy wrap? Or one of their big salads, also healthy but drawn a bit towards decadence with the addition of some smoked tempeh?
Well, that is a decision for next time. As for my first lunch at Blossom du Jour, I caved. I went for the first thing on the menu that caught my eye, the Midtown Melt. Succulent Cajun-spiced seitan with melted vegan cheese, accompanied by guacamole and chipotle mayonnaise, pressed between crusty crunchy slices of bread. A nice cold Santa Cruz ginger ale went very nicely with the spice from the seitan and the mayo.
The Midtown Melt was very delicious, but it was so large I could only finish about half. Not to worry. Being a big fan of leftovers, I wrapped the rest up and bagged it for later, and added a house double chocolate brownie. There is a Blossom Bakery on 9th Avenue in Chelsea, and if this rich confection is representative of their offerings, I can see that I will be making regular visits there as well.