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Pure Food & Wine, Union Square

Taking a short break from the Vegas series, here’s our recent date night at Pure Food & Wine to celebrate my birthday! My birthday (12/5) fell on a weekday this year, and with the mess that our apartment was in (pretty bad water damage while we were out of town), we waited until the weekend to celebrate. And we had a Groupon!

The last time we visited Pure Food & Wine was in July, the perfect time for enjoying their garden. This time, we had a good spot in the dining room. Woody textures and a lovely warm glow. A cozy, intimate setting for date night.Pure Food & WineWe ordered the organic Pinkus Pilsner again. Tasty with all the fall/winter flavors, which were not as tart as our previous meal here during the summer. Pure Food & Wine - Pinkus PilsnerAppetizer: Tuscan Kale with Shaved Fennel and Orange ($16) with orange blossom scented honey, fennel pollen, candied almond crumbs. Lately, I’ve been craving some good leafy greens. This impressive mound of kale did the trick. I noticed other people nearby marveling at the kale too. The candied almond crumbs were delish. Pure Food & Wine - Tuscan Kale with Shaved Fennel & OrangeEntree: Cauliflower and Sweet Corn Polenta with Bourbon Maple Persimmons and Radicchio ($25) with cherry tomatoes, mache, candied pistachios, cashew cheese, avocado pistachio vinaigrette. After a bit of ooh-ing and ahh-ing over the colors of this dish, I finally settled in to enjoy the different flavors. Ooh, and more candied nuts! I need to try recreating this yummy polenta sometime. The cashew cheese was great, too.  Pure Food & Wine - Cauliflower & Sweet Corn PolentaWe didn’t get to try their desserts on our last visit. This time, I had a game plan… we shared the appetizer and entree so we wouldn’t miss out on sweets again.Pure Food & WineDessert: Chocolate and Jungle Peanut Butter Cheesecake ($16) with a peanut butter cup, salted peanut butter ice cream. Isn’t it a beauty? Let me remind you that everything here is organic, vegan, and raw, which I find quite impressive. It tasted as good as it looks! Pure Food & Wine - Chocolate and Jungle Peanut Butter Cheesecake I’m glad we were sharing the dessert as the cheesecake was very rich. The peanut butter cup was essentially an upscale version of Reese’s pieces. And that ice cream! I wish our vegan ice cream came out like that. What’s their secret?!

As you can see, this meal, especially the dessert, made me a very happy girl. A lovely birthday dinner with the hubby. I felt like one lucky duck indeed! Pure Food & Wine - Chocolate and Jungle Peanut Butter Cheesecake

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    Delicious Peace of Mind
    December 12, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Happy birthday, hon! (with one week delay) :) Seeing these meals and reading your: “Let me remind you that everything here is organic, vegan, and raw…” I thought of it as a work of science fiction. Incredible! :)

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      wazwu
      December 13, 2013 at 9:20 am

      Aww, thanks so much! :) This restaurant is amazing. I always forget that it’s vegan and raw while I’m eating. Beautiful, delicious food!

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