Bunna Café at Mama Joy’s for lunch! Ethiopian in Bushwick! »
The only way to improve this, I thought, would be to eat it sitting down, on a bigger plate, with even more food and more people to share it with.
Which is now possible at Mama Joy’s, where Bunna serves totally vegan Ethiopian lunch Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. You should go! Take your friends! Take a date! Go eat!
Here’s how it looked today:
Mama Joy’s is at 1084 Flushing Ave. in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Bunna Cafe’s Ethiopian lunch is cash-only.
The Vegan Shop-Up returns for July! Every time I go I eat something new and delicious, I buy something awesome, and my heart fills with joy to see what a crowd turns out for a vegan event. Also I just finished the last of my queso on Sunday and it’s time to stock up.
Interested? Check out the list of vendors! I’ll see you on Saturday.
As usual, the Shop-Up is open from noon to 6 p.m. at Pine Box Rock Shop, 12 Grattan Street in Bushwick, off the Morgan L stop. For more information, visit them online.
Product Review: Buddha Cups, raw organic dark chocolate almond butter cups! »
Your Vegansaurus loves (vegan, fair trade, organic) chocolate, and your Vegansaurus loves almond butter, so when the lovely people of Buddha Chocolate offered to send us a sample two-pack of their fancy gourmet cups, you know we took them up on it.
I cut one in half to share with whoever else was in the apartment that day, namely one of my roommates, her boyfriend, and my brother, all omnivores.
The results were … mixed. While the chocolate was rich, the almond butter was dry and crumbly. The omnis all said they could “tell” the chocolate was vegan; I haven’t had dairy chocolate in like seven years, so I wasn’t really sure what they were tasting that I wasn’t (or vice versa?).
I suspected user error, though—they’d gone from a hot package in the mail to the fridge, and then right back out to a hot apartment—and the second one I let sit on the counter a while before eating it. Much better. The almond butter was softer, the chocolate melted into it, and it was really satisfying. Not too sweet, so you could totally eat one for breakfast (seriously, the fat and protein? Awesome to start the day) if you didn’t want to wait till dessert.
Buddha Cups are handmade in Brooklyn by a couple of awesome vegans, and are available at select Manhattan and Brooklyn locations, or you can buy them online. They’re like Justin’s, but almondy and harder to get! I recommend them. In fact, I’d eat one right now if I had it.
[Top photo via Buddha Chocolate; second photo by me]
You hot New York vegans gonna check out the June Vegan Shop-Up? It’s happening on Saturday, June 15 (tomorrow!), from noon to 6 p.m. at Pine Box Rock Shop, just like always, and just like always we can expect it to be terrific. Look at the vendors and start making your shopping list! See you there!
Well-dressed vegans everywhere know Vaute Couture is the place for the chicest, warmest, best-looking, and best-made vegan coats on the market. Leanne is a beautiful genius and we should be thanking her on every cold day that we are looking good and feeling gorgeous.
Now’s our chance to scoop up even more gorgeous Vaute clothes! Per Leanne:
By appointment only, you can come in and preorder a dress in a new print, or a soldout size, one of our new summer pieces, or take home something from the store—all at special Favorite Fan prices only (25 percent off everything that’s full price, plus sample sale prices on winter coats)! (Walk ins won’t get the same discount you will.) So if you’ve had your eye on something, like our Waxed Canvas Motorcycle jackets, or tees or sweatshirts, button downs, etc, now’s the time to stock up!
WHEN: This Saturday through next Saturday, June 8-15, BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
WHAT: Fav Fan 25 percent off pricing on EVERYTHING (and Sample Sale pricing on winter coats), including preorders on new summer pieces, new summer prints, soldout sizes, all special pricing!
HOW: By Appointment Only! (Walk Ins won’t get to preorder or get special pricing or get to preorder.) Make an appointment by emailing Kristina at KristinaVaute@gmail.com with your ideal day and hour, and we’ll email you back with your half hour time slot. You can bring up to 4 friends (to help decide what to get, or shop too!)
PLUS Vaute is having an empty-the-warehouse coat sale! Shop online from 1 p.m EDT Tuesday, June 11 through 1 p.m. EDT Thursday, June 13, and in person on Sunday, June 16 from 1 to 8 p.m. Even more opportunities to buy glorious Vaute coats for way super-cheap.
Inventory is limited, prices are insane, clothes are beautiful. Go Vaute!
For more information, visit Vaute Couture online. RSVP for the Summer Love pop-up and the sample sale at KristaVaute@gmail.com. Miss this and you’ll end up paying full price—what are you rich?—or freezing come winter (and winter is always coming).
This month the Cinnamon Snail has a prior engagement, but that means more room for Bunna Cafe, whose Ethiopian food I have yet to try (because of this I’m kind of obsessed with it). As a one-Shop-Up veteran, I recommend getting there on the early side; I rolled up to the April Shop-Up around 4 and almost everything was sold out. And then the Cinnamon Snail truck’s battery died, and they had to stop taking orders! It was nuts! At least there were scrumptious, not-too-strong bloody marys.
Check out the full list of vendors, and bring your cash. Mother’s Day is Sunday, so if you can bring your mom, too! Moms love bloody marys (and sober moms love virgin marys, because moms love tomato juice).
The Vegan Shop-Up runs from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, at Pine Box Rock Shop, 12 Grattan St., off the Morgan L stop in Bushwick. See you there? Ice cream and Ethiopian food and macarons, oh yes! [And Alchemy Creamery will be there! And they should have their new espresso ice cream! OMG! -Megan]
Got a tip about an awesome vegan-friendly event? Let us know! We love fun!
It’s spring in New York, and time for the April Vegan Shop-Up at Pine Box Rock Shop! ETHIOPIAN BRUNCH, you guys! Are you going? It’s so close to my new place, I have no excuse not to go. So, see you there? Check out the vendors list if you need more encouragement.
The April Vegan Shop-Up goes from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, at Pine Box Rock Shop, 12 Grattan St. (like a block from the Morgan L). Vegan shopping + eating + booze, what could be finer?
NYC: Protest the evil Ringling Brothers and their elephant-beating ways tonight! »
Lovely protest sign made for tonight by the lovely Jess Davis. Used entirely without her permission.
It’s billed as New York’s biggest circus protest in history and it’s tonight! I’m going to be there along with a few gagillion of my favorite animal lovers to tell Ringling that they are big d-bags! I hate them so much! How could you not? Eles are only the greatest animals and Ringling is so so evil to them.
The protest starts tonight at 6pm and goes until April 1st, at the Barclays Center (620 Atlantic Ave.). Please make it out to protest at least one show! Down with Ringling! Down with bullhooks! Up with eles!
Clementine Bakery brings fresh-baked vegan yums to Brooklyn »
This weekend I finally made it to Brooklyn’s Clementine Bakery! I went with my pals James (a.k.a. DJ Grand Format) and Jess (a.k.a. Cutie McSweetums). J&J have been telling me about this organic vegan bakery in “Clinton Hill-Stuy” for weeks now so I finally had to check it out for some brunch. Above is one of their cinnamon rolls. It was delicious! Not super-cinnamon-y but it had this great sticky honey flavor. Must be agave? I don’t know, but it was good. And just about the size of my face!
Their tagline is “your neighborhood cake dealer,” which is hilarious, and as you can see, the place is thoroughly adorbs. On top of that, the people were so very nice.
You can see there is an abundance of sweets but they also have a variety of “savory biscuits.” If you don’t know, now you know: I LOVE BISCUITS. They come in wacky flavors and on Sundays, you can get them with gravy! If you don’t know, now you know: I LOVE BISCUITS AND GRAVY. So I got the artichoke-kale biscuit with gravy (pictured below). It came with a lot of gravy. I didn’t need that much but it was tasty. I liked the biscuit but I think I would have preferred a plain biscuit. The flavors are fun if you are just eating the biscuit on its own but with the gravy, the flavors get a bit convoluted. Still super yummy though!
Behind the B+G is my almond milk latte. I absolutely love when you have a choice of non-dairy milks. Soy is just not my favorite but you know that’s usually your only option. Here they have soy, rice, and almond (I think they also had cow milk as an option but maybe I’m imagining things?? But it’s not like I don’t frequent a million other establishments that serve cow milk). Oh, and some of you will be pleased to know that they have a good selection of gluten-free stuff and soy-free stuff. Yay for you guys!
Clementine also has a nice sandwich menu. I didn’t get one (what do you want from me, I had biscuits and gravy AND the giant cinnamon roll, I’m just one rascal!) but James and Jess both got the Schmancy as it is their fave. The Schmancy is composed of seasoned and baked tofu, spinach, tomato, avocado, pesto, and Hollandaise sauce, served on a rosemary roll. Schmancy indeed! James also got this cute heart-shaped cake-sandwich thing to take home.
I should have gotten one too! I was so stuffed, I wasn’t thinking straight. Next time I will be more on my game. I also want to get a danish! They totally had some sort of sweet potato danish that clearly needs to find a home—in my tummy!
So this is definitely a lovely place I can highly recommend. Plus, you never know who you might see! It is apparently where the who’s who of the NYC vegan community meet. We saw none other than Deborah Diamant of SuperVegan and Vegan Drinks fame! And then if Instagram is to be trusted, it looks like Joshua Katcher made it there shortly after I left. And then of course I was there, so that’s obvi a big deal.
In summation: cinnamon rolls as big as my face!
Alchemy Creamery: Brooklyn-based vegan ice cream with wacky flavors! »
Look what I found in the Carroll Gardens Union Market last night! A new (to me) vegan ice cream, Alchemy Creamery. It’s all vegan and also gluten-free, though I don’t know if gluten is a concern with vegan ice cream.
There was some sort of pumpkin spice flavor, an apple cinnamon flavor, and then the chocolate chai-flavored “Fixation,” which I bought and you see above. It’s nice and creamy. In a word: delicious. The flavor is more chai than chocolate I think. The chocolate is bitter enough to balance out the chai though, which I usually find too sweet. Right? Chai is always so sweet. So yeah, this flavor isn’t that chocolatey but it is bittersweet enough to balance out the chai sweetness.
I want to try the apple cinnamon one next! Actually, if you look on their site, there’s hella crazy flavors I need to try. I will let you know what progress I make. Of course being Megan Rascal, I had to suggest a flavor I want to the makers, that flavor being coffee. Not mocha—strait-up coffee! A nice person named Giuseppe (right?!) answered my email saying he’s working on an espresso and donut flavor that will be out in the summer. I say hells yeah to that.
Apparently you can now buy the ice cream at all the Union Markets in city! And they will also deliver to the NYC area. How will we get it to our west coast friends?! I will work on this. But you will have to trade me those vegan cinnamon rolls they have at the SOMA Whole Foods.