Days 22 and 33: Saturday and Sunday
Breakfasts/lunches: Tostada with black beans, avocado, pickled red onions, and arugula, salad and a veggie burger from Coppelia
Dinners: Potato and caper empanadas, chickpa, potato, and spinach jalfrezi with cilantro chutney, braised eggplant with tofu.
It's been over three weeks now, and I've got to say once again that this whole experience has been remarkably good for me. I'm consistently surprised at how easy it's been, how much more interesting my meals have become, and how much healthier I am.
There have, of course, been some exceptions. Brunch is still a nearly impossible meal to even consider going out for. Sunday I was meeting up with some friends who at first wanted to go to a typical American brunch restaurant—steak and eggs, eggs benedict, omelettes, pancakes, and the like. Obviously nothing I can eat there save for some fresh fruit. I managed to convince them to hit up Coppelia instead, the fantastically inexpensive and tasty 24-hour Cuban diner near Union Square, thinking that at the very least I could get one of their salads and perhaps an arepa or two stuffed with beans. No such luck; The beans are cooked with pork fat. I ended up with a salad and a veggie burger on regular toast (the standard bun has butter in the dough). An unfortunate state of affairs that was made slightly better by the relatively inexpensive Mexican Cokes and the very polite waitress. (Note to vegans: cuban food is not vegan friendly!).