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Delicious Vegan Eats at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Last week Kevin and I visited family in Long Island, and as always, we racked up some yummy adventures.

While there are lots of awesome places and dishes to talk about from the trip, I’m gonna go ahead and dive into our day trip at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens; a day of exploring plants of all kinds at an indoor exhibit, and eating some amazing vegan appetizers on sight at Yellow Magnolia Cafe.

the indoor exhibits at bbg

My favorite part about this visit is that we only saw a portion of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, since most of the outdoor gardens are just beginning to wake up from winter, and are not open yet; for me that’s just another reason to come back, so I’m ok with that.

The main attractions when we went were the indoor exhibits.


What’s really cool about the indoor exhibits is that there are different rooms categorized by different climates (like dessert, tropical and cool), AND, there’s even an entire room dedicated to bonsai trees (being a juniper bonsai owner, I was stoked about that).

After browsing on bbg’s website, I found out that they also have a good amount of suggested tours and events, so totally check those out if you’re trying to plan a fun trip to Brooklyn.

I’m not sure if it’s like this all the time, but since we got in before noon, we didn’t have to pay an admission fee, so that was really cool.

what’s for lunch?

On site at the bbg is a restaurant called Yellow Magnolia Cafe that looks like a greenhouse, and it was the perfect little spot for a drink and a couple apps.

plants everywhere, so cool <3

While I did eat with a less disciplined mindset on this NY trip, it wasn’t hard deciding on these two vegan appetizers from the cafe; Heirloom Red Dent Corn Polenta Fries with tomato chutney, and Fire-Roasted Broccoli with a house-made aquafaba aioli and ground aleppo pepper.

The polenta fries were SUPER crispy, and the tomato chutney helped cool the bite while adding some sweetness to the savory polenta. 

I followed Kevin’s lead for eating the fire roasted broccoli:

  1. dip broccoli into the aquafaba aioli
  2. dip broccoli into the aleppo pepper
  3. squeeze some lemon juice on top


You can taste the smoke in the broccoli, so that’s a sure sign that the menu wasn’t lying.

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Thanks for reading, have a great day 🙂








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