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04/16/2014

Help the Cinnamon Snail get a new shell!  »

The Cinnamon Snail, the best food truck on the East Coast, needs a new truck! Want to help them get it? Of course you do! They are the greatest and living with the Snail is a trial and punishment that none of us, vegans and omnis alike, deserve.

So get a piece of that sweet Kickstarter action! The rewards look pretty sweet, too; if I had $250 to spare, I’d sign up for the cooking course (for heaven’s sake, someone teach me what to do with tempeh, I canNOT) for sure.

The streets of this great city are bereft without the glorious food of our beloved Cinnamon Snail. For their sake, for our own sakes, we must get them back in business. To Kickstarter, food lovers!

09/25/2012

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Check it out, Cinnamon Snail won a 2012 Vendy for People’s Taste Award! Here’s a video all about the winners and not only is there a commercial in the beginning, but the first 45 seconds are about steak. Bleh. But then there’s a beautiful shot of a chocolatey delicious vegan donut!

I am very proud of Cinnamon Snail and I can tell you from experience that their donuts are the B to the O to the M to the silent B. No joke. Congrats, dudes! Got to love when vegans beat out omnis. 

09/05/2012

Guest post: My top 10 vegan reasons to be in love with New York City, part one!  »


For those of you who haven’t heard—and honestly, I don’t know how you couldn’t have, I have been tweeting about it like crazy—I have moved to California!

It happened very suddenly and I’ve been a whirlwind of a hot mess the last month. As I’ve gotten more settled I feel I have grown a true appreciation for how easy and wonderful it is to be a vegan in New York City. I miss it, and I wanted to tell you all how much I love it. However, in an effort to spare you all from the longest post in the free world, I have managed to narrow it down to a top 10 list. Please enjoy Nos. 10-6 today!

Cue the Letterman drumroll!

No. 10:  Westerly Market
I doubt I’ve ever left this place having spent less than $200 and I have never regretted it. Westerly Market is a magical place filled with all the hard to find vegan goodies as well as an incredible selection of organic produce, bulk dry goods, and frozen meatless wonders—what we all secretly wish Whole Foods actually were. Even while living in Brooklyn I would pack a backpack with Westerly groceries and haul it all the way home. The staff is also incredibly nice and they will order almost any product you are interested in them carrying. I love you, Westerly Market.


No. 9: The Cinnamon Snail
This food truck tops the list of awesome things NYC has stolen from New Jersey. Incredibly yummy food, addicting baked goods, and the nicest crew ever, I found myself hunting down the Snail every chance I could and I downright stalked them in my final week as a New Yorker. Cinnamon Snail, I could not love you more. If you don’t follow these dudes on Twitter already, you best get to it. Life is empty without you, Cinnamon Snail!


No. 8: May Wah
Thank dog May Wah ships nationwide (I would be inconsolable without access to its vegan pork buns), but there’s nothing quite as fun as shopping in this Chinatown gem and stocking up your freezer with the best of the best meatless meats. It’s cheap, the food is great, and on request the employees will quickly steer you away from any non-vegan products (although there are only a few). I love you, May Wah! I wish I could go buy some dried noodles and frozen faux shrimps right now! [Ed. note: 99 Ranch, Laura!]

No. 7: Vegan Shop-Up
The Vegan Shop-Up rules. It’s an awesome pop-up market with only 100 percent vegan goods, from soap to brownies. This bi-monthly event is beyond fun, and a great way to stock up on hard-to-finds. It’s also how I discovered some of my favorite vendors, like Rescue Chocolate, Gone Pie, the Vegan Bodega, and Cake Bites. If you’re in NYC and you haven’t been to this yet, you are MISSING OUT! Get your butt there ASAP. 

No. 6: The Vegan Guide to New York City 
This book does exactly what its title promises, and awesomely, its authors release an updated version every year. There is an iPhone app as well, but it’s from 2011 and they’ve yet to update it, so I’m on the fence about recommending the download. Might be better toget this year’s book. It’s still the flipping handiest thing in the world. Meeting someone in Midtown and you’re pretty sure there are no vegan restaurants in the area? Consult the guide! PROBLEM SOLVED.

Come back tomorrow for Laura’s top five vegan reasons to be in love with New York City!

Laura Yasinitsky is a writer, comic, waitress, and animal-lover based in California. She has appeared on Comedy Central’s Open-Mic Fight, and writes for US Weekly's Fashion Police. You can follow her silliness on Twitter @LaraYaz.

[photos: Empire State Pigeon by ZeroOne via Flickr; Cinnamon Snail by Megan Rascal for Vegansaurus; May Wah vegan meats by Shira Golding via Flickr]

05/22/2012

Hey NYC: Cinnamon Snail is a delicious vegan food truck!  »


This is my art director Landen at the moment he realized he brought no cash. Silly Landen!

Yay! I finally got to go to Cinnamon Snail! This New Jersey-based food truck has been making the rounds in NYC and I finally got to check it out when they were in Flatiron last week. Bonus: they were being filmed by the Food Network, so I may be even more famous than I already am! Other bonus: It was raining like cray and kind of hell, but it was like a lil’ adventure!

Let’s get down to business: the food = delicious! I got the special of the day, the roasted tofu pesto sandwich. It was hella good. I forget what my partner Landen got but he was into it. He also got the Mexican chocolate donut. I didn’t get a picture but I got to try it and it was DAMN GOOD! Like, approaching Ronald’s-good. I love all vegan donuts but so often they are cakey instead of soft, tangy, old-school donuts. This donut was old-school and yum. And because I am the nicest ever, I got my other coworker the lemongrass five-spice seitan sandwich and he said it was awesome. 


This is a terrible pic of my sandwich; I didn’t have my real camera and the lighting in my office is plain silly. But trust: it was good!

In conclusion: Cinnamon Snail rules! If you want to keep up on when and where Cinnamon snail will be in NYC, follow their twitter!

04/12/2012

Vegan Spring Shop-Up!  »


The Vegan Shop-Up is back in BK! And it sounds more exciting than ever:

SPRING HAS SPRUNG! Join us for the Vegan Spring Shop-Up on Sunday, April 15, from noon to 6 p.m. at Pine Box Rock Shop! Vegan Shop-Up is NYC’s only all vegan pop-up market featuring the best small businesses around.

We’ve got you covered for your springtime needs: Juices for detoxing! Chocolates for wooing! Soaps for cleaning! Plus it’s happy hour, and the whole world’s fresher a few drinks in. Don’t forget, NY’s only vegan food truck, The Cinnamon Snail, will be parked right outside just for us.

Visit our site for the full list of vendors. And join our Facebook and Twitter for even more updates!

OMG so excited for Cinnamon Snail! They’ve been making the rounds in NYC but I keep missing them. Everyone has been raving about them though! So make sure you are there for all the excitement. That was my hard sell. That’s how serious I am.

03/26/2012

Vegansaurus NYC: The Cinnamon Snail is going to be in the Flatiron district today! Hurrah!  »

New Jersey’s vegan food truck is coming to Manhattan today! I so don’t feel like going to Flatiron today but I might have to. Everybody says Cinnamon Snail is so good!

Here’s some details from their fb, pals:

Monday: Flat Iron District
Tuesday: Varick or Hudson St 
Wednesday: Midtown East 
Thursday: Financial District
Friday: Midtown West 50s
Saturday: Union Square Area
Sunday: Brooklyn

Most days are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
All exact locations will be posted when we are parked. We are always open to suggestions for parking spots though.

According to the article, people are saying Flatiron doesn’t have good veg options but I used to work in that hood and Terri was my spot. I got all the boys eating there. Always good to have another option though! So, there you go, boys! You got a special Meatless Monday lined up! Enjoy!

11/11/2011

Top 10 links of the week: A slinky catwalk through the sexy hallways of veganism!  »

Murmuration from Sophie Windsor Clive on Vimeo.

[Now THAT is a bird video. It made my sister cry]

First up: Why Eating Animals is a Social Justice Issue by Malenie Joy.

FOX NEWS ON VEGANISM!

A vending machine that dispenses meat. What. The fuck. 

Um…sex with animals linked to penis cancer. You heard me. 

Britain Some British conservationists want to make an island for orangutans! HOW MUCH DO I WANT TO GO THERE?

The Gothamist has the best news! For me! Cinnamon Snail will soon be making rounds in New York! Huzzah! Exclamation point!

Another from The Gothamist, NYC’s pet shops are filled with puppymill dogs. Adoy!

From Refinery 29, uggo sweaters for the 1%! Lots of wool, lots of fur, lots of fug. 

Turns out, elephants in the Eastern Congo are dying due to human conflict more than anything else. Shit is effed.

Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero are getting love in The New York Times for their book, Vegan Pie in the Sky: 75 Out-of-this-World Recipes for Pies, Tarts, Cobblers and More  Go ‘head, ladies!

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