Saturday, November 6, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
I decided to make these Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins from One Frugal Foodie. I didn't have the gluten-free baking mix on hand and there were a few other modifications I made to the recipe. They turned out really well! The only problem I had was that the muffin liners didn't stick at all to the muffin & they were falling off. I'm not sure if that was because of the coconut oil or just the liners I used, but next time I won't bother using them at all!
-I used 1 1/12 cups cornmeal & 1/2 cup WW pastry flour
-I used coconut oil for the oil
-I added 1/2 tsp each of baking powder & baking soda
-Omitted the xanthan gum
-Subbed almost 1/3 cup agave and finished it off with maple syrup for the sugar
I felt MUCH better after baking something, I truly felt whole again :)
Well, I just tried to upload a photo of my muffins and they have literally disappeared from my computer. How come they show up in iPhoto but are no where to be found when I try to choose the file from iPhoto to upload?!? Bummer, but instead I will leave you with a picture of one of the most beautiful places I have been so far in Seattle, Lake Serene.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
We decided to place an order for some cupcakes for my going away & my sister's birthday party which was Friday night. They were a hit! Everyone loved them and said they looked and tasted amazing. I was so excited to tell people they were vegan!! Jess and I went together to pick up the cupcakes because I really wanted her to get to see the bakery. We each got a treat- I got the bomb again, and she got a "ho-ho" which was chocolate cake with whipped cream inside.
Some of the cupcake flavors- peanut butter cup, peanut butter mousse, chocolate mousse, red velvet, cookies & cream, and vanilla. We also got lemon cream but they were in another box. I got to try the peanut butter cup (my favorite) and red velvet. Again, both were fabulous!
Thursday, July 29, 2010
1424 South Street (between Broad and 15th)
Philadelphia, PA 1914
Hours of Operation
Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 7pm
Sunday: 10am - 4pm
Monday, July 26, 2010
On Friday, I had to make a trip to North Jersey to pick something up at my friend's old apartment. About a 15 minute drive from there is Hoboken, NJ- home of not only the Cake Boss' Carlos' Bake Shop but more importantly, the best vegan organic lunch truck ever- The Cinnamon Snail. I conviced my sister to come along so she could experience the truck that I have told her about numerous times, and she was not dissapointed. I have to credit this amazing discovery to my friend Laura. I was going to visit her a few months ago and she is always up for trying out new vegan food with me even though she is not vegan. She googled vegan food in her area, and The Cinnamon Snail popped up. We decided to give it a try, not sure what to expect, and were blown away. We have been back many times since.
The Cinnamon Snail offers organic, vegan cuisine that is cooked to order right inside the truck. The owner, Adam, is super nice, down-to-earth, funny, and you can tell he truely enjoys what he does. I wanted to ask him about his culinary background, but he had other customers waiting and I didn't want to take up his time. (I also wanted to try to convice him to move his truck to Seattle). The Snail does not serve your typical "lunch truck" fare. The food is nothing less than what you would get in a gourmet restaurant. Actually, it's better. Adam also strives to use local ingredients and products with as little environmental impact as possible. The containers and plates are made out of recycled cardboard and the utensils are vegetable based. Really, it can't get much better. Definitely check out the website to read about the transformation of the truck, see the menu, and some pictures of the amazing food. There are often changes or a few additions to the menu each week depending on what's in season.
We decided to get two items for breakfast and share them. This is the breakfast burrito with scrambled tofu, refried beans, pico de gallo, and avocado ($7). It was very tasty and a bit spicy- the cool & creamy avocado definitely made the burrito. Our only minor issue with this was that the onion in the pico de gallo was a little overpowering. I wish I had gotten a photo of the inside, but I was too busy eating!
And here is the whole reason for the trip, the blue corn pancakes with pignoli butter and Vermont maple syrup. ($8) Seriously, these are the best pancakes I have ever eaten, period. We were dreaming about these the whole ride home.
The window of the truck displays a large selection of various vegan pastries. There is everything from donuts to "pop hearts" (a play on Pop-Tarts) to spinach pie. I have tried the spinach pie previously and it was delicious. My sister and I decided to each get a treat and save them for later. I sadly forgot to take photos, but we got a delicious mini peanut butter chocolate cheesecake and a mocha chocolate donut. Both were fantastic, and tasted better than the non-vegan versions that I remember.
The Snail is parked in Hoboken, NJ on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and is at a farmer's market in Red Bank on Sundays. You can follow the snail on Twitter and Facebook to find out its exact location, because it sometimes changes depending on where he can find a parking spot. You can also call ahead so your food is ready to pick up when you get there.
If I haven't already made it clear, I HIGHLY recommend The Cinnamon Snail if you are ever in the Hoboken area. Even if you're not, a trip to Hoboken for the pancakes alone would be totally worth it!
We had some samples of vegan chocolate cupcakes and chocolate chip cookies out which peaked some customer's interest as they were walking by. This was to be expected, because customers flock to free food/samples like bees on honey. However, as soon as we invited them to join our little session, they turned up their nose as soon as they heard it was about veganism. That is one thing that truely irks me. As soon as a person hears something is vegan, a look of disgust immediately emerges on their face and they assume that it's going to taste bad. I cannot tell you how many times this has happened! NEWFLASH: "vegan" does not equal gross! One of my goals is to prove skeptics and naysayers wrong..one tasty vegan bite at a time!
Sprig & Vine
450 Union Square Drive, New Hope PA 18938
Dinner Tues-Thurs 5pm-9pm | Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm
Lunch Wed-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm