I’m almost embarrassed that I haven’t been to Candle 79 or Candle Cafe yet, considering I used to live in NYC and travel there all the time. It’s on the Upper East Side though and I don’t really ever find myself up there. After trying these frozen entrees though, I will definitely make a special trip.
You know when people hype something up, so much so that you expect whatever it is to be life changing, and then you try it, only to think, ‘What’s the BFD?’ Considering what I’ve heard about Candle 79, and considering these are essentially TV dinners, I was fully expecting a BFD moment.
It never came though! I was actually shocked that I was eating a frozen dinner – to say these are good is an understatement. There are currently four different dinners in the line, but considering my attempt to restrict wheat and gluten, I only tried the two rice based dishes. They also offer mac n cheese and ravioli.
This was delicious! Lots of vegetables, very flavorful sauce and the rice was the right texture. Am I the only one who feels like rice is a lost cause once refrigerated or frozen? It never tastes the same to me the second time around, but this rice was perfect. Overall, it just tastes really good.
So I know seitan is made with wheat, but there is nowhere near as much in the dish as is pictured on the box and I just really wanted to try the sauce. There were just a few pieces of seitan - it was mainly a rice and spinach dish, with a healthy serving of the lemon caper sauce. Verdict? Totally worth it. The sauce was amazing – this one is probably one of the best frozen dinners I’ve ever eaten. Rice was perfect in this one too and I’m totally going to stalk the internet in an attempt to find the lemon caper sauce recipe.
I think these are being sold exclusively at Whole Foods right now but I’m not entirely sure. It has been the only place I’ve found them though, so if you’re interested, start there first.