Quinoa and Kale at a Concert

by Jillian on August 27, 2011 · 5 comments

Yesterday, my friend Kristina, her sister Jenna, and I headed over to Governor’s Island around 3:00 for the DMB Caravan. Since Irene is on her way, it was cancelled for Saturday and Sunday (it was a 3 day festival) and will be rescheduled. They decided to still go on with the Friday show!

We took the ferry over and passed the financial district of NYC. It was a beautiful day!

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Since I left work at 1:00 and hadn’t eaten a substantial lunch, food was the first thing on my mind. Of course there were many pizza, cheese steak, and french fry options. As good as they smelled, I ended up finding something so much better! I came across a stand called the V Spot, which is actually New York’s only vegan restaurant specializing in Latin cuisine. They also have gluten free options and products made especially to sell in retail locations (smaller health food grocery stores). Right now, they are only in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, but I took their info and am going to try to work my magic in getting them in New Jersey!

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There were a few options including empanadas and chips and salsa, but I went with the quinoa w/ curry kale. This was probably the most nutritious thing available at the concert. I was so surprised to find a tent that had these options.

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I also was surprised by the price. I felt like I was getting a gourmet plate for only $5 when they were selling gyro’s for $10 across the way!

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This was the best decision I made all day. It was so tasty! Not only will I be checking out the restaurant soon, but I am going to try to make my own version of the delicious dish!

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Thank you V-Spot for coming out to DMB Caravan. You made my day!

We continued to walk around the festival, checking out the other food options and booths. I came across my dream come true. A tub full of rainbow sprinkles. I had to walk away because I  probably would have ordered ‘a cup of sprinkles, hold the ice cream please’.

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Next up was the farmer’s market booths. I love how DMB concerts are always so earthy. They even had free water, which I’ll highlight below.

We stopped at Hawthorne Valley Farm’s tent and tried some free samples of their krunch bars.

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Of course, I ended up buying one because it was phenomenal. They were $2 per bar and I made sure find the largest cut.

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Right across the way, we spotted a Ben and Jerry’s truck. No big deal, but then we saw FREE SAMPLES. Obviously, we were all over that.

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This was more like a kids size ice cream than a free sample. It was just enough. One big scoop of cookies and cream and I’m good to go. Thanks Ben & Jerry’s!

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We filled up our water bottles at the free H2O stations provided by Brita. This is an amazing idea and it saves lots of plastic water bottles from being wasted.

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We continued to walk around and found some shops. They had the usual tapestries, pipes, and bandanas. You know, the merchandise that you’d expect to find at a concert like this. However, I found something a little out of the ordinary and couldn’t resist a picture.

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We then began heading over to the first band that we were interested in seeing, Citizen Cope. We stopped for a quick picture by the DMB Caravan sign.

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We also saw O.A.R. and then Dave Matthews Band and were there until around midnight.

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After waiting in herds of people, we finally got the ferry back to New Jersey and called it a night.

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Now, I’m going to figure out what we’re going to do about this hurricane business. I have been hearing more and more bad news by the hour. If I am M.I.A. for a while, it’s likely because our power has gone out! Stay safe NYC!

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1 Lauren August 27, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Ahh! I was at this in AC back in June. I wanted to go to the NYC shows so bad but its a good thing I didn’t I guess since they are postponed. So glad you had a blast! :) <3 DMB

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2 CJ @ http://healthy-happy-whole.com/ August 28, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Oh my gosh I saw Dave and OAR two years ago and it was AMAZINGGGG! Your day looks like it was so much fun! Hopefully ill get to see you next month when Im in the city!

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3 Jillian August 28, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Yay! What are the dates again? There is a blogger meetup in the city on the 25th!

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4 Jamie aka "Sometimes Healthy" Girl August 29, 2011 at 10:00 am

Hope you made it through the hurricane okay! I’ve always wanted to go to Governor’s Island – looks like such a good time. And the quinoa kale looks so yummy!

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