Caravan of Dreams and 16 Handles

by Ada on June 24, 2010

I apologize for my brief hiatus, but I’ve been busy with work and catching up on errands after last weekend’s quick getaway to DC. I hope everyone is having a great week so far, though!
Yesterday morning I arose at 5:30am and consumed a lovely breakfast consisting of a Chobani yogurt (love this 2% flavor)

And fresh fruit. Oh summer produce, how I love thee.
Work was both fun and productive and I returned home afterwards to some new ice cream I picked up.
This was a tad too sweet for me, but overall I enjoyed it.

I then headed down to the East Village to meet my amiga for our traditional Monday night vegetarian feast. I’ve been eager to try Caravan of Dreams for quite some time now, so I was uber excited when we decided to head there.
We began with the hummus pesto zatar, which consisted of the two aforementioned spreads stuffed in a thin tortilla.
My friend’s entree came with a salad, which I ate because she did not want it.
I ordered the Mediterranean Salad which, according to the menu, consisted of mixed greens with sea vegetables, roasted carrots, and grilled tofu. Unfortunately, I was greeted by this:
The roasted carrots? Those were merely raw shredded carrots. The grilled tofu? More like pan fried tasteless tofu.
My friend’s entree was equally boring and consisted of over-salted tofu, flavorless black beans, and sauteed veggies. The tahini dipping sauce was decent, but nothing to write home about. My friend only consumed half and then called it quits.
I hate giving poor reviews, but Caravan of Dreams was simply subpar. The food was bland and overpriced, majorly disappointing my taste buds. To top it all off, the restaurant does not accept credit cards, forcing my friend and I to end our meal with a sprint to an ATM machine.
To make up for our, cough, lackluster meal we headed to 16 Handles, the mecca of frozen yogurt. I allowed my id to run rampant and selected four different types of fro-yo (coffee, cookies n’cream, vanilla, and mango) along with a plethora of toppings including fruit, yogurt covered pretzel, chocolate sauce, and Heath Bar.
Oh baby.
En route to the casa I picked up a Crack Cookie from Momofuku Milk Bar to bring to the madre. This bad boy contained potato chips, pretzels, and toffee all combined within the cookie. It wasn’t nearly as good, however, as those from Levain Bakery on the Upper West Side.
This morning I arose bright and early again and consumed a lovely yogurt mess for breakfast. The dried apples on top made it an extra special morning treat.
I also grabbed a hunk of this Whole Foods granola bar, which I used to frequently consume before swim practice during high school.
I was feeling pretty tired after work today and ended up grabbing some prepared items from Whole Foods. They had my favorite kale salad, so I loaded up on it.
Mango and strawberries para la postre.
After dinner I met up with a friend to grab some icy confections. We hit up the new Rita’s on the Upper West Side which specializes in Italian ices and frozen custard. My friend ordered the chocolate blendie which contained chocolate frozen custard mixed with chocolate Italian ice.
I selected the pink lemonade Italian ice, which was mighty refreshing on the mile walk home.
And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the answers to Monday’s trivia question!
The Task: Name all countries that only contain four letters.
The Answer:
1. Chad
2. Laos
3. Peru
4. Oman
5. Mali
6. Togo
7. Fiji
8. Iran
9. Iraq
10. Cuba
Food for Thought:
Mitral Valve Prolapse- “a disorder in which the valve cusps bulge into the left atrium when the left ventricle contracts, sometimes allowing leakage (regurgitation) of small amounts of blood into the atrium.”

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Jess June 24, 2010 at 2:17 am

Yogurt covered pretzel on Froyo? AHH. Delicious!
<3 jess


marathonmaiden June 24, 2010 at 3:03 am

your fro-yo concoctions always look so good! and i'm pretty sure i got 5 of those countries correct. go me ;)


jaclyn June 24, 2010 at 9:03 am

Ughh what a bummer about caravab of dreams!! I feel like sometimes nyc restaurants, vegan or otherwise don't try as hard because they have this "i'm a nyc restaurant, i don't have to try as hard and I can charge $$$$" mentality…at least you got fro yo?!

Glad things are going well, have a great week! <3


Gabriela June 24, 2010 at 12:17 pm

I've been dying to try Caravan of Dreams, so I'm kind of sad to hear that it's not good :( 16 Handles never disappoints though, so at least you had a good end to your meal! Rita's is also delicious, I've loved it since I was a kid. Have you ever had the mint chocolate chip flavor? It's to die for! Hope you're having a great week!


Katie July 2, 2010 at 2:33 am

I've been wanting to go back to Caravan of Dreams ever since I went last year… but I'm sorry you didn't have a good experience :-(

WF granola bars are SO GOOD. Seriously. Coconutty goodness.


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