Chocolate That’ll Make The Heart Melt

Lovers of chocolate single and coupled, likely take advantage of Valentine’s Day as an excuse to indulge. Why go for the same old sampler? Variety is the spice of life. Fire up your taste buds with some sweet treats. There’s something for everyone! For the animal lover: Rescue Chocolate: 100% of the net profits go to benefit animal rescue organizations. Last day to order for Valentine’s Delivery: Today! (Feb 5th) For those in NYC, you can purchase at the Vegan Shop Up on Saturday, Feb 9th at Pine Box Rock Shop in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Pick: A gift box lets you … Continue reading Chocolate That’ll Make The Heart Melt

Waving Bye to New Paltz

Following Hurricane Sandy, I got the chance to spend three weeks in New Paltz, New York. It’s a quaint little town. Highlights included runs up Main Street, a stop at the beautiful Mohonk Mountain House, visiting their campus of SUNY, eats at Karma Road, and sweets at Lagusta’s Luscious…of course. Today, my father made the trip up for my last day in town and we couldn’t resist stopping at my favorite place. In addition to warming up with some spicy hot chocolate, we both enjoyed Chai and Chocolate cupcakes by Sweet Maresa’s…I could do shots of the icing. As well, … Continue reading Waving Bye to New Paltz

There’s no shortage of PB cups

Growing up, I looked forward to Halloween. As a child, I loved dressing up and heading out with my pillowcase. Our mom and dad would take my sister and I around our little neighborhood. As we got older, we were allowed to roam with our older brother. We were ambivalent to the filling of our bags. We loved getting the candy but knew the weight of our bounty would eventually put an end to the night…even before the late fall, northeastern chill. When we returned home, we’d plop ourselves down in the family room, and assess the . ‘They were … Continue reading There’s no shortage of PB cups

Get Down with Some Slutty Brownies

Earlier this year, A Tablespoon of Liz tackled Slutty Brownies from The Londoner. I hadn’t seen these previously, so I probably should have heeded Liz’s advice and made them asap. Finally, though, I decided to make these as a pre-Halloween treat for my friends and coworkers. Slutty Brownies consist of three layers: chocolate chip cookies, chocolate creme cookies, and brownies. The Londoner’s original recipe uses prepackaged cookie and cake mixes. Not many pre-made mixes are available for vegans. No matter! The recipes are nearly as easy to make from scratch. Since I was pretty confident that Liz’s recipes would turn … Continue reading Get Down with Some Slutty Brownies

The Sweetest Warmth Money Can Buy

This weekend, the clouds were kept at bay for the Chile Pepper Fiesta at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. The event brought together vendors to showcase the many variances of the Chile pepper. Sarah Gross of Rescue Chocolate once said to me, ‘if you’re gonna splurge on anything, make it chocolate.’ While I’m a cupcake gal, I can’t deny the indulgence of letting a piece of chocolate melt slowly on your tongue. At the Fiesta, chocolatiers married their sweets with heat. Some, like Raaka, even went for broke; crafting a bar with the infamous Ghost Pepper. My favorites:Pink pepper and Citrus … Continue reading The Sweetest Warmth Money Can Buy

Rock Philly

Today I ran the Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon in Philadelphia. It being my first half, I was a little nervous. However, as I got dressed and to the start line, I tried to keep in mind the advice Steve Jones gave the day before: ‘Don’t waste your energy on worry.’ I spent the whole time cranking Jason Aldean and thinking to myself: Smile (If you’ve ever read Born To Run, you’ll get this.) When others start walking, just keep running. When I registered, I estimated it would take me 2:45:00. My chip time was 2:24:15. I don’t know how … Continue reading Rock Philly

Getting Stolen for a Treat

Today, I threw caution to the wind, hopped the F, and headed downtown on my lunch break. My boyfriend and I popped into An Choi on Orchard St and shared a quick vegan sandwich. An Choi is not vegan; they actually have a very limited vegan selection. They do have an amazing Bahn Mi, just be sure to ask for it vegan (without the mayo). Afterwards, we decided to head around the corner to BabyCakes. He’d never been and, while it’s been hit or miss for me, we decided to indulge. These Spelt Skinny Buns definitely go in the pro … Continue reading Getting Stolen for a Treat

Klein’s Ice Cream House

Visited 05/06/2012 Finally, I got to the Klein’s Ice Cream House in Boro Park. They offer dairy-based and non-dairy ice creams, plus sorbet (non-dairy) and soft serve (dairy); everything is kosher. The ice cream cartons are labeled certified by I was really surprised they do have non-dairy cakes. Their dairy-based selection is bigger than their non-dairy options; I looked at some flavors and wished they were vegan. In the non-dairy case, I eyed the Kiwi Sorbet hard. This time up to bat, though, I went for the Cookies and Cream and the Butter Pecan. The Butter Pecan won out. … Continue reading Klein’s Ice Cream House