Fine & Raw: Organic raw chocolate from Brooklyn! »
Hey raw chocolate lovers and all the other kinds of chocolate lovers! Fine & Raw is a Williamsburg, Brooklyn-based raw chocolate company that makes yummy organic, vegan chocolates! They sent me some free bars to try and now I will tell you all about them!
Their mission “is to save the world through silliness and chocolate!” They use low-heat techniques and you’ll also be glad to know they make every effort to be environmentally friendly. Plus, reading their site is positively delightful! They are funny. And there’s some good info about chocolate on there like this!:
Cacao has been report to have these benefits:
- #1 food source of antioxidants
- #1 food source of magnesium
- Phenylethylamine (PEA) - the compound which scientists believe is released when you’re in love
- Anandamide - the ‘bliss chemical’
- Tryptophan – the precursor to serotonin.
- MAO Inhibitors – allows more serotonin to flow in your body. read: more fun
- Appetite suppresant & aphrodisiac
- None of the above statements have been evaluated by the FDA, although they told us they really love chocolate.
Yay chocolate! Don’t mind if I do!
Above is one of the truffle bars. Creamy and good! I had the peeps at work try all the chocolate of course because I am so nice to them and this was very popular. It’s not sweet but it’s not too bitter. A good balance.
Now, my friends, THIS IS WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT! As I’ve said a million times, I love salty chocolate so this epic dark chocolate sea salt bar was music to my taste buds. And just look at that bar, they are not messing around! It’s a solid bar of chocolate. On the bitter side, so this is a grown-up kind of bar. And you can break it into sticks!
And maybe most importantly, they like dinos too!:
For you non-New Yorkers, you can order Fine & Raw chocolates from their website. Get your raw chocolate on around the globe!
Review: Gristle Tattoo vegan tattoos! »
Hello all! It’s finally here! The perm-corsage! I mentioned I was getting this yesterday on FB and everybody was like, pics pics pics! So here she is! I’m so excited.
So yes, Gristle Tattoo is in Williamsburg, BK. It’s a nice little space and alllll vegan. They even do adoption events and bakesales and all of that! When I was originally looking at local vegan process tattoo artists, I came upon Brittany Bauza’s work on Gristle’s site. I was in love! She has a great classic tattoo style. I knew it, she was the one for me.
I set up an appointment and went in yesterday. Brittany and Felix, their piercing person who was there too, were immediately friendly and made me feel very comfortable (it’s my first tattoo!). I took a lovely pic of Brittany standing behind the counter to show you guys how not intimidating it is but I accidentally deleted it because I’m the super genius.
Brittany showed me a few designs and they were totes perfect and we landed on the design you see above. Because I tell everyone I’m impervious to pain, I thought it wouldn’t hurt at all. It did hurt. I am not impervious to pain. It was totally a tolerable pain though so NBD. But the whole time Brittany was so nice and answered my 100 million questions. I asked her about the various rumors I hear about vegan tattoos, like they don’t last as long or the colors aren’t as bright. She said that’s all crap and the ink brand she uses is actually used by a lot of tattoo artists who don’t even know it’s vegan. And look at that color! Bright.
Now it’s the morning after and I still love my tattoo! And everyone at work is saying “it’s really nice” and they are all like, “maybe I should go to your person!” And I’m like, “do it!”
Suffice it to say, I’m very pleased. Brittany is amazing and Gristle is very nice. So if you are in need of a vegan tattoo in NYC, I highly recommend them!
UPDATE: So as not to mislead anyone, Brittany herself is not vegan but she is a vegan process tattoo artist as is everyone at Gristle. And Gristle is a vegan-owned business.
Guest post: Vaute Couture storefront’s grand opening! »
My bridge-and-tunnel ass hightailed it from Jersey to Brooklyn on Sunday for three things: Blue Bottle coffee; a vegan breakfast at B.A.D Burgers; and to witness the grand opening of the long-awaited Vaute Couture storefront.
Caffeinated to bejesus, my hubby and I waited outside in the 30-degree weather, excited to see the inside of the shop and get our grubby hands on some of those sample sale coats. Leanne appeared and told the crowd that she “really wanted everything to be perfect for us,” so it would be another few minutes. Frozen and grumpy, I decided to give it five more minutes before stomping off empty-handed. Luckily, the doors opened and we were invited to immerse ourselves in the vegan goodness that is Vaute Couture.
Not only were there several coat styles to choose from that I had been eyeing on the website for over a year, there were mini-cupcakes to nibble—and Leanne, people, LEANNE! She is beautiful, as kind as they come, and well deserving of a successful Brooklyn business.
The décor is warm and rustic, and the photos of Leanne with her dog and the models with the rescued kitties just made me smile. The employees were helpful and smiley too, and despite all the pressure they must have been feeling, they handled everything with ease and excitement.
The shop is made from a variety of salvaged materials. The fitting room is a starry light box, and the mannequins (and their tan abs) came from Abercrombie. The photo booth is vegan, of course. Don’t miss the animal heads by local artists Becka & Marta.
Now, to make you all jealous, I made the first-ever purchase at the shop: a bunny sweatshirt and the FW10 Vaute in Red jacket (left) at a heavily discounted price. I was not aware that these coats are made of Polartec fabric, which is snow-proof and super-warm. They hold their shape, even through a cycle in the washing machine, which RULES! I only shop thrift stores, so buying this new coat was extra-special for me.
Thank you, Leanne, for bringing vegan fashion to Brooklyn and to the mainstream! Everyone who didn’t go, get yourselves there immediately.
Keri Siry lives in New Jersey with her 2 dogs Sammy and Honey Bee, new cat Hank and her 4 year old daughter Gemma and husband Darryl. Vegan for 8 years, Keri loves to share recipes and meatless know how via her blog at the Politics of Food.
Vaute Couture is opening a storefront! Huzzah! »
You know I love Leanne and Vaute Couture, so how excited am I! Pro tip: SO EXCITED. She’s opening a storefront in Williamsburg on March 4th!:
Vaute Couture Grand Opening
Sunday, March 4, 12 p.m.
234 Grand Street, Williamsburg (L to Bedford, G to Lorimer)
According to SuperVegan, Vaute Couture is also going to add overalls, jumpers, and dresses to their line! Happy day! And the store is outfitted in all sorts of great recycled items:
"Nearly everything in the store is created of salvaged materials, like our photobooth made from decades-old doors from BuildItGreen, a mantle from Lady Gaga’s Barney’s Exhibit that became our cash wrap, a hand-etched Starry Lightbox for a dressing room, and all our mannequins from Abercrombie & Fitch," Leanne said. "Even the paint is leftover, used gallons."
Dang, girl! Sounds awesome!
In other exciting news, it looks like Vaute Couture is looking for interns! YOU could join their team and make vegan fashion history! That’s totally like you.
Vegan doughnuts in Brooklyn: Dun-Well Doughnuts is getting a store front! »
Hello world! I bring you happy news! Williamsburg, Brooklyn is getting its own vegan donut shop (I can’t decide how to spell doughnuts so just bear with me)! Dun-Well Doughnuts has been supplying local coffee shops and stuff but now they will have their own storefront and I couldn’t be more excited!
Dun-Well was started by Christopher Hollowell and Dan Dunbar after watching a donut-laden Simpsons episode. And the vegans of New York have been grateful ever since! We think they’re pretty great.
The storefront is having a soft opening late November and will be at 222 Montrose Ave in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Hopefully Christopher and Dan will be there like every day because I’ve seen them at Vegan Drinks and they are adorbs. They dress so cool. And how much do you want a French Toast Doughnut? Pro tip: so much!
Make sure you visit their Indie GoGo page and throw down for some donuts. If you give $1000, you get to invent a donut!! I just sprung for a few coupons. But one day there will be a Megan Rascal donut. Or a dino-shaped pink Vegansaurus donut! What? We’ve already got a sandwich. That’s right!
Hey New Yorkers! The Veggie Prom is May 13! »
Holy cannoli, I love a school dance! So I am more than excited about the Veggie Prom. But I need a date, and I have a month to get one. OK, Megan, you can do this!
From the press release (so pro!):
Veggie Prom Party Kicks off NYC Veggie Pride Weekend on May 13 at Public Assembly (Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
Veggie Prom returns for a second year of drinking and dancing in honor of NYC’s veggie community. People of all dietary persuasions are invited to attend the party, slated for Friday, May 13 at Williamsburg’s Public Assembly. As party organizer Jessica Mahady of Veggie Conquest says: “This is a chance for a compassionate community to come together to celebrate!”
In addition to drinks and dancing, the party promises to serve up free vegan snacks, desserts, and door prizes for a lucky few. NYC’s vegan DJ Lil Ray will keep the dancefloor moving with prom classics and favorites from across the generations. Partygoers are encouraged to dress up in creative prom-wear and vote for their favorite activist to be prom king and queen. For the most up-to-date list of sponsors and giveaways and to submit a prom court nomination, visit veggieconquest.com/veggieprom.
Tickets are on sale now through the Veggie Prom website, and if there are remaining tickets, they will be available at the door ($10 advance/$15 at the door). Public Assembly is located at 70 North 6th St. (L to Bedford). No date necessary to attend!
I guess I can go stag! Regardless, I’m terribly excited. YOU KNOW your friend Megan Rascal likes to light up the dance floor. But don’t worry if your skills aren’t as great as mine; it’s like Miriam Makeba always said:
If you can walk you can dance. If you can talk you can sing.
See you there!
Vegansaurus NYC: the Ice Cream House in Brooklyn! »
Guys, I’ve been to heaven and come back to tell you all about it! Spoiler: HEAVEN RULES. And comes in the shape of a kosher ice cream shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn: the Ice Cream House! They sell Klein’s ice cream and have like 20-plus vegan flavors of hard ice cream, chocolate and vanilla soft-serve with more flavors to come, several sorbets, and a sort of soft-serve sorbet. My gracious vegan host Jake gave me a full tour with a ton of samples. He explained that the whole vegan ice cream thing comes from the kosher diet; as he tells me, if you’re kosher and you have meat, you have to wait six hours before eating dairy. So if you have meat for dinner and you want ice cream for dessert, it’s got to be dairy-free. Blammo! Vegan ice cream!
The Ice Cream House is not like super-fancy with crazy exotic flavors like prickly pear and vinegar plaid; it’s just like a regular old place you went to after the movies as a kid. Above you can see all the yummy flavors—ALL of those are certified vegan. On the other side of the shop they have dairy ice cream, but everything is kept totally separate for the kosher rules, scoops and all! Here’s a view from the top:
I tried so many flavors! The mint chocolate chip was good; the pistachio, which I never get, was really good; I had one that tasted like walnuts or something, very good as well—everything was good! It very well may have been the best vegan ice cream I’ve had. It was super-legit. Like birthday party ice cream, know what I mean? Coffee is my favorite ice cream and they had TWO coffee flavors: coffee and coffee royal, with a fudge swirl. They were off the hook! Definitely better than Lula’s cappuccino flavor, because the coffee flavor was stronger. Here’s the two coffees:
Looking good, right? The chocolate soft serve was REALLY good too. And I normally wouldn’t recommend sorbet because we can always get that but they had this lime/raspberry swirl soft-serve sorbet that was delicious, so it might be worth it. OR get the sorbet AND ice cream! You are an adult, you can do whatever you want!
Besides the ice cream, they have a ton of toppings, including all this fresh fruit:
Very pretty, but don’t fill up on fruit, fill up on ice cream!
If you are having a party or just roll like that, they have gallon tubs of most of the vegan flavors in this nice case:
Gallon tubs! Also in this amazing case, there are tons of ice cream novelties and ice cream cakes! Here are some of the dairy-and-egg-free ice cream cakes:
Car cakes! Imagine that for your birthday, eh? Those are like minivans, though, aren’t they? The green one totally is. You could get it for a baby shower. Babies love minivans.
Then they have all these fun ice cream novelties like I mentioned. Little ice cream cups!
You should get those for your kickball team! You’d be so popular. FINALLY. And check out these “razzle ‘n dazzle” peanut butter and ice cream bon bon things they gave me to take home:
They are the chocolate-dipped dopeness. You know I love the peanut butter. And guess what: they gave me this ice cream cake, too!
I know, it’s so hard being me. I haven’t tried the cake yet; I’m going to take it to my brother’s for dinner this weekend because I am so nice to him. I’ll let you know how it goes.
The people there were hella nice! Sometimes I’m scared of religious people but they weren’t scary at all. And it was pretty popping. But mostly: VEGAN ICE CREAM OMG WTF! It’s on Bedford Avenue, a few blocks from the Bedford-Nostrand G stop, so it’s not hard to get to and a definite must-try. If you are having a party, dude, everyone will think you are the man if you roll in with an ice cream cake. So old school. I wonder if they would make an ice cream cake of my face. OMG I just realized how much I need and ice cream cake of my face! I don’t know how I’ve survived this long without one. It’s basically masochism.
They have a shop in Flatbush and one in Boro Hill too, and I haven’t been to those but I will try them out and let you know. The Williamsburg shop is brand new and I think it has the most vegan flavors. Oh and they said you can also follow them on twitter—@kleinsicecream—for coupons and specials. I follow them!
Thanks, Ice Cream House! I love you like I love puppies and butterflies!
Vegan Hello Kitty ice cream cake from The Ice Cream House in Williamsburg! I went there today and tried A TON of vegan ice cream and it was AWESOME with a capital HOT DAMN. Check back tomorrow for a full review and photo bomb! But for now, Hello Kitty cake!
Vegansaurus NYC: Rockin’ Raw! »
Once again, I ventured out of Park Slope to Williamsburg in search of vegan food. This time I went to Rockin’ Raw, a raw vegan spot. I’m not the biggest raw food fan because, well, I like hot food! And the day I went it was HELLA FRIGID so hot food was on my mind even more but I told my friend we’d go to Rockin’ Raw so that’s what we were doing. To appease my cold bones, I got red wine. That did the trick! For the appetizer, we got yam chips with this tart, cream-cheesy dip. It was pretty good. Some of the chips were a little break-your-teeth, but otherwise, a sound choice. For the entrees, I got the pesto, or “live pesto,” as it were. My companion Amy got their meatloaf special thing with cauliflower mashed “potatoes.”
I think my dish was definitely the better of the two; I love pesto and the spinach on top was really good. Again, it was cold, so I was a little sad but it was really good anyway. Amy’s dish was all right. The mashed cauliflower was kind of too tangy and the nutloaf thing was a bit bland. The wine was great though! Did I mention the wine?
We didn’t get dessert because we were full! But the desserts looked good. The waiter was really nice, I might add. I would definitely go again; it was nice, and raw food makes me feel like I’m being healthy—before I hit the bars! I recommend the pasta dishes. AND THE WINE.
Vegansaurus NYC: Vinnie’s Pizzeria! »
I went to Vinnie’s Pizeria in Greenpoint (there’s one in Williamsburg too) yesterday, and YUM! I got a small vegan pizza with Teese and broccoli and it was delicious. You can get it with Daiya too but for some reason it’s $2 extra on a small pizza and $3 on a large; is Daiya really that much more expensive than Teese? Yowza. I was happy with the Teese and the broccoli was the perfect texture. My friend said the pizza needed salt but I said he’s crazy—burn!
And they don’t just have vegan pizza, they have a whole vegan menu!:
Pretty sweet, right? And I guess I have to go there on Tuesdays for vegan doughnuts. That makes all kinds of sense.