First things first, happy summer solstice! Today is officially the first day of summer and the longest day of the year. It's a time for celebrating life and embracing not only the sun that gives us warmth but the one that lights our souls. We often forget what fuels us and gives us inspiration. It is often easy to stray from your dreams and become lazy and sedentary in the day to day. I've been trying to hold on to that fire lately and rediscover what my passions in life are. What better day to do this than today?
Everything I've had, from the avocado toast topped with sprouts, radishes, and pepitas to the daily doughnuts have been amazing. I've never had anything I didn't thoroughly enjoy. In fact, their vegan cuisine is some of my favorite in the city! It's really great to have a place with a menu I can easily order from and be thoroughly satisfied with every time. I grow weary of "vegan friendly" restaurants with limited, sub-par options.
I really appreciate the dedication to fresh, seasonal produce in the dishes as well as the flavor pairings that Stephanie creates. Ripe offers a couple of beverage options, too. I love the seasonal fruit and herb infused waters and their lavender lemonade is amazing. I've heard rumors there will be vegan ice cream from Ripe this summer so I'm totally looking forward to that! Check out their weekly schedule/menu here to see where you can find them throughout the week. If you give them a try, let me know what you think!
|lavender lemonade, maple coconut bacon doughnut, chocolate mint doughnut, market frittata, and huevos rancheros pictured (all vegan of course!)|
I had forgotten about sherbet until I read Renee's post for Lilac Lemon Grapefruit Sherbet nearly a month ago. If you haven't checked her blog out yet you totally need to. I pretty much want to live in her kitchen and sample all of the healthy fare that she cooks up. Anywho, back to sherbet. Several years ago I thought about making a watermelon one with coconut milk and lime but for some reason or another I abandoned the idea. Cue Renee's beautiful post. She combined citrus, floral St. Germain, and fresh lilacs to make a killer and anything but ordinary sherbet.