7A, From Memory

I used to live across Tompkins Square Park from 7A Cafe, an awesome restaurant, bar and brunch spot in the East Village. It was the site of many a meal, caraffe of wine, or late-night snack [it’s 24 hours! love] throughout my years at NYU. Before I became vegetarian, one of my go-to sandwiches was the Tuna Avocado Melt: deli-style tuna salad, fresh avocado, tomato and a slice of cheddar cheese, all melted together on whole-grain bread. I adore this sandwich, and thought I’d try to recreate a vegetarian version at home.

Let me tell you what brought this on. When we weren’t eating our feelings last week, we were working on wedding plans [post forthcoming]. At J. Crew while Shaun was ordering groomsmen’s gear, we overheard a [quite unhappy] girl screeching into her cell phone at some poor soul to pick her up a tuna salad on a whole wheat everything bagel. Eating-her-feelings-Courtney was like, “Crap, I want Bodos, now.” Nostalgic Courtney immediately thought of the Tuna Avocado Melt at 7A. I knew then I’d have to work it into this week somehow.

To begin: a small smear of avocado and a tiny bit of veganaise on two slices of Whole Foods’ whole grain spelt bread. I for some reason thought spelt was a gluten-free grain; but it’s actually an ancient varietal of wheat considered to be a “superfood.” This bread is pretty cake-like and hearty. It’s a perfect sandwich bread.

Then, thin slices of tomato and fresh basil [thanks, C’Ville Market!]

Top that with a lightly pre-grilled slice [makes for better meltage] of Twin Oaks tofu and a slice of cheese. Toss it on the panini press/AKA George Foreman grill…

And voila.

SPRING VEGGIES ARE HERE! Zucchini, yellow summer squash and asparagus, roasted in Bragg’s and chili flakes for 25 minutes at 375. This was the perfect dinner to ring in spring – or, summer rather. Its 79 degrees here! I’m not really ready for that…




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Courtney grew up in Reading, PA, and has lived in New York City (where she earned a bachelor's degree at NYU), Prague, Philadelphia, and Charlottesville (where she received a J.D. from UVa Law). Courtney and her new husband will settle in Philadelphia following a six-week Euro-trip extravaganza in September of 2012. Courtney's interests include music, writing, criticism, fitness, travel, cooking, and sports. Please enjoy the blog. LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/courtney-marello/1a/375/b30 Tumblr: http://abarrelofoddsandends.tumblr.com/


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2 Comments on “7A, From Memory”

  1. March 14, 2012 at 9:54 am #

    now can you please figure out how to replicate yaffa/dojo’s carrot dressing? i have tried and failed. no ginger, please. thanks!

    • March 14, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

      Impossible! It’s a carrot ginger dressing! It won’t be the same without the ginger. My best guess is carrot and tahini or carrot and miso with more liquid in a food processor, but sans ginger I don’t imagine it will taste the same at all. MISS DOJO, btw.

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