April 1, 2014

Final thoughts on Vegan Shop Up

A few more highlights from Vegan Shop Up...

If you get a chance to visit Pine Box Rock Shop, where it's held every month, the empanadas are amazing. I believe they're from V Spot


How beautiful is this veggie sushi from Beyond Sushi?


I didn't get to try the hot dogs from Yeah Dawg, but they looked incredible. 


And of course Cinnamon Snail was there. Mmmm...Creme Brûlée Doughnuts. 


March 30, 2014

Chickpea Vegan Quarterly

I came across Chickpea at my recent trip to Vegan Shop Up. It's filled with recipes, gorgeous photography, and loads of inspiration. 



Recipes for Lavender Shortbread, Pickled Ramps, Vegan Meringue, Vanilla Bean Marshmallows, and Gluten-free Cakes, to name a few. 

They've also got some amazing recipes for homemade body scrubs. 






I am so thrilled that a vegan magazine of this caliber exists. 

March 25, 2014

Cake Thieves

I also had a really great Mac + Cheese from Cake Thieves at Vegan Shop Up.

Creamy and cheesy, it was delicious. 

Their baked goods looked insanely good, but having already purchased macarons and chocolates, I was trying to refrain from more sweets. 


March 24, 2014

Heirloom Eatery

The Big Mac Slider from Heirloom Eatery was definitely a highlight from the Vegan Shop Up

The burger was very burger-y, not of the black bean variety. The lettuce, tomato and red onion were so fresh and crunchy. The bun was so soft and lovely. And the cheese and special sauce both just added so much flavor and ooey gooeyness. 

A slider is the perfect size for this. With all the toppings, it was somewhere between a slider size and a full size. 

It was so tasty and delicious. 



March 17, 2014

Sweet Maresa Follow Up

More from the Vegan Shop Up.

Ok, so I've posted about Sweet Maresa macarons before, but...

I had them mailed to me, froze them, unfroze them, and waited a day or two until I tried them. (I ordered them early for Thanksgiving and waited for my vegan family to arrive to try them). 

This time I tried them fresh, and oh my god, what a difference. 

These were so incredible. The texture is amazing, I had never had a macaron before, so it was a pretty new texture to me. And who wouldn't be drawn to this color combination? 



Mmmm...I should have ordered at least a dozen more. 



Lagusta's Luscious

I have several posts coming this week from the Vegan Shop Up on Saturday. Big Mac sliders, mac and cheese, English cream eggs + macarons...

It was my first time trying Lagusta's Luscious chocolates and I was blown away by the creamy, salty goodness. 

First, a Smoky Corn on the Cob bar with sage, sea salt, pepper, and paprika. This is really such a flavorful bar, the sea salt really pops. 



And second, the English Cream Egg. The filling is great, but the chocolate is so so good. It's what really stood out to me. And the portion size is much more appropriate (when compare to the Cadbury egg). 



I loved these treats so much, I will definitely be ordering more chocolates soon. I'm dying to try the caramels. 

March 10, 2014

Candle Cafe West Follow Up

Candle Cafe West recently had a special that was pretty extraordinary.

Chipotle Encrusted Tofu with quinoa, black beans, sautéed greens, and guacamole. 


I also followed this up with a Pumpkin Chai Smoothie for dessert. Great combination, and perfect to take to go for the walk home. 

February 25, 2014

Sun in Bloom

Sun in Bloom just opened a location in Tribeca and luckily it's fairly close to my office. 

My good friend Kate has done some amazing photos/styling for them so I was very eager to finally try all of the amazing treats I've seen. 







I had their BLT with oven roasted tomatoes, almond mayo, greens, and shitake bacon on spelt bread. Very tasty. 


And I couldn't leave without a cupcake...peanut butter chocolate was calling my name. It was divine. 


February 16, 2014

Red Farm . UWS

I finally tried Red Farm a few weeks ago, and I cannot get enough of it. 



They have two locations in the city, luckily one is not far from my neighborhood. 

The Crunchy Vegetable + Peanut Dumplings are probably the best dumplings I've had. I crave them almost daily.


They are delicious, and since crunchy is my favorite texture, they're right up my alley. 


The Vegetable Fried Rice can be veganized without the egg - and ask for hot sauce on the side. Their hot sauce is incredible. 


They also have some awesome specials, and there's almost always a vegetarian/vegan option. Recently, I had brussel sprouts, string beans, peppers and onions in a black bean sauce. It rocked. 


They really do have some great dishes, and everything is so flavorful and complex. 

February 5, 2014

Clinton Hall

This past weekend, we met some friends at Clinton Hall in the Financial District. 

I was very pleasantly surprised to find a potato salad on their menu that does not involve mayo. It's vinegar based with lots of green onions. They also have a great cucumber salad with dill and sauerkraut. Truth be told, I thought all soft pretzels were vegan. I now realize some people do add butter and/or eggs. Eek. Next time I'm there, I will definitely confirm either way. (Yes, I know better than to assume, but I've had so many vegan soft pretzels, that it just didn't occur to me at the time).

Pretty solid veggie options for a beer hall.