Caravan of Dreams Mediterranean Brunch

Believe me, I was anticipating my first vegan brunch at Caravan of Dreams but I wasn’t sure if I was going to the raw foods route or not. I wasn’t exactly looking to hit the ground running on yet another one of my first vegan experiences. Joined by some amazing followers, the 10 of us seem pretty prepared for what the afternoon had in store for us. The table included vegetarians, flexitarians, raw foodist, vegans, and newbies to it all. First thing we did was order the Sangria, of course.

Sangria

The sangria probably had apples in it but it looked just like beats, and tasted just like the Sangria it was probably sitting in for hours. We needed two more of these to get a real buzz but it was a pretty cool space filler while we waited for our entrees. Our waiter was against us getting the French toast so I opted for the Mediterranean brunch, which was spanish rice, collard greens, and seitan. If anyone doesn’t know what that is, it’s almost like mock chicken but dark.  The flavor is pungent and hard to cover with any other flavors so I had small pieces with my rice. The rice here was pretty good and it warmed my heart that if I ever made the lifestyle change, I could have amazing rice like this.

Caravan of Dreams Mediterranean Brunch

Lannie, also known as the Vegan Diva here, had the quesadilla and I’m still thinking about how good it was. It was spicy and cheesy. It tasted like a little pizza and it was amazingly delicious. I was actually very surprised at how much I enjoyed my small sliver of her meal and I anticipate reuniting with it again at Caravan of Dreams.

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Matilda tiramisu

Like I said last week, I need to pay the East Village more visits because the gems are tucked away here. Matilda being one of them, and was extremely intrigued by it. The decor alone is adorable, clean and fresh. The details in this space are just too warming to keep away from, with art by Matilda herself on the walls. What I really appreciated were the words on the walls that are made of tiles, someone clearly took their time to create this restaurant and they did it well.

Matilda

They also keep the dessert menu on the table, in a slot carved in to hold it. Very different and impressive.

Matilda setting

Matilda mimosa

Obviously, they also took their time with the Tuscan and Mexican influenced menu as well. I, as usual, was overwhelmed by the enticing menu and couldn’t decide for a while. Luckily, they graced my table with their authentic guacamole paired with nachos and croutons. Just by looking at it, I knew this was made freshly by hand and it was completely amazing. It had a strong basil flavor and the chips were the perfect addition. I had them leave this at my table well after dessert because it was just that delicious.

Matilda Guacamole

Unfortunately, we did have to part because it was time for the French toast, which I was extremely excited to try. My mimosa was already in hand, taste buds already singing and my appetite was waiting. And well, it was worth the wait. French toast served with mascarpone is always a treat for me and strawberries always make everything better so heaven was served on a platter, just for me! I also ordered some of the crispest, fluffiest bacon I have ever tried in my life. It was truly fried to perfection and by now, I want to eat here everyday. Was there even room for dessert?

Matilda French toast

Matilda French Toast

Matilda Bacon

There’s always room so I tried the tiramisu and the churros, which they really pride themselves on. I was sticking to the tiramisu for the most part and it was great. This was all done as I was sipping on their version of a Mimosa, the Matilda.

Matilda tiramisu

Matilda Churros

I actually also got a chance to meet Matilda and I thought that it was the sweetest touch that she’s on the voicemail at the restaurant as well! I really appreciated my brunch here and I can’t wait to go back and create something for Food Before Love.

Matilda Pizza

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