In October, after years of cross-Tasman Sea mutual admiration and giddy delight over All We Have In Common, the stars aligned so that the fabulous Laura of Hungry and Frozen and I could finally meet, hug, drink coffee, and swoon over each other in person.
Despite having lived a mere three hours of Australia-to-New Zealand flight-time from each other ‘most all our lives, Laura and I met for the first time in New York, which is about thirty hours of flight-time from our homes. However, considering our shared love of Broadway, inventive food, and travel, nothing could make more sense.
Laura and I began our day of New York adventuring in Williamsburg with two coffees (and her fiancé Tim) in two different cafés, the first being the Brooklyn outpost of Australia’s (represent!) Toby’s Estate. My Americano was delicious, but my main Toby’s Estate memory is of trying to convey my joy and exuberance over Laura and Tim’s recent engagement without bumping our tiny squeezy table and spilling coffee all over us.
You see, sometimes I gesticulate and hug rather wildly.
Once caffeinated, Laura and I graciously allowed Tim to depart for his own gallivanting rather than forcing him to follow us to SoHo for culinary delights. With a wealth of New York treats within our reach, Laura and I ended up opting for novelty, sweetness, and stronger bones. Calcium yay!
Earlier this year, Chobani sent me a great deal of yoghurt to try (and experiment with), but Laura had not yet experienced any Chobani fun. Subsequently, we were both intrigued by the concept of Chobani SoHo, a “Mediterranean yogurt bar … [featuring] yogurt creations made from hand-selected, artisanal ingredients”.
Laura’s interest pipped mine at the post, and so she stepped up place her order at the Chobani counter.
Within minutes, Laura was handed her Pistachio + Chocolate Yogurt Creation, described on the menu as “Decadent Dark Chocolate, Clover Honey, Turkish Pistachios, Fresh Orange, and hint of Fresh Mint”.
I love Laura greatly and deeply. However, I fear she doesn’t love me quite as much, for how else could I explain her decision to order the one Chobani SoHo creation I couldn’t bear to try? DEVIL FRUIT. THERE BE DEVIL FRUIT IN THAT THAR RAMEKIN.
It was pretty, though. Just like Laura.
Though tempted by Chobani SoHo, I ended up following my heart to the raw, organic, and vegan Organic Avenue. I’d have loved to buy everything at Organic Avenue but, unfortunately, I’m not King Midas, and so I opted for the raw vegan Coconut Yogurt with Blueberry Puree.
Made from coconut meat, coconut water, coconut sugar, vanilla powder, probiotics, blueberries, dates, lemon juice, alkaline water, nutmeg, cinnamon, mint, and salt, Organic Avenue’s raw coconut yoghurt truly tasted like yoghurt, but with a softer, lighter, hint-of-coconut edge.
I doubt I’ll ever forget sitting with Laura on a bench in a traffic island in the middle of a busy New York street, laughing, talking, and confirming that we reallytruly are soulsisters.
Laura, you are Nothing But Good yourself, and I can’t wait to swoon over your upcoming cookbook.