Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Sweetness in New York City + Lula's Sweet Apothecary (with video)!

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As my plane touched down in New York City, I found myself anxious to get out of the airport & on to my planned destination. A group of friends from the PPK were gathering at Lula's Sweet Apothecary & I was running late, due to delays beyond my control. As the rain trickled down, I ran in to the door to find a tiny little shop with warm colored wood, a wall of candy, & ice cream options galore!

Friends gathered along the strip of seating along the wall & at the end of the ice cream bar. I was happy to see Terry's familiar face, as well as a few faces of those I've been wanting to meet, such as Evan from Bjorked Off & Sarchan of Emo Potato! Evan & I connected on all things dessert, while Sarchan was sweet enough to bring me her awesome Chewy Peanut Butter-Banana-Oatmeal-Peanut Chew-Chunk Cookies!

I started with a sundae, topped with all sorts of goodness from Ricemallow & Whipped Cream to Peanut Butter Cookies, Crumblz, & a Cherry! The ice cream flavors rotate, I was able to sample them all that night, the Peanut Butter Fudge flavor being my favorite at the moment. Not holding back, I also had a swirl of soft serve, provided by Tempation, makers of all things Soy Dairy. Once the ice cream was flowing, other treats started to make their way around, like Malt Shots. It's safe to say I left Lula's on a sugar high!
Lula's Sweet Apothecary: 516 E 6th Street between Ave A & B

On another afternoon, per Evan's suggestion, we decided to seek out some Red Mango treats. The rumor was that they have fabulous cheesecake & we were able to track it down at The Bean, a coffee & tea spot with two locations in Manhattan. We sat down to a slice of Peanut Butter Cheesecake & WOW, people are not joking! This confection contained a chocolate cookie crust, a layer of sweet peanut butter, a layer of plain cheesecake, & then thick ganache topped with peanut butter frosting. It was rich, decadent, & we both agreed it may be the best cheesecake we've had.. ever. Do yourself a favor & find this cheesecake!
Red Mango Bakery: Available throughout NYC

Atlas Cafe is known for their expansive menu with many vegan options & their case full of Vegan Treats, but they also have tofu soft serve. It's certainly no Lula's, but if you're in the neighborhood, get it mixed with peanut butter & enjoy a refreshing treat. Of course, there's also donuts & cinnamon rolls delivered in addition to the cakes on Tuesdays, so it shouldn't be too tough to find an excuse to go there.
Atlas Café: 73 2nd Ave at E 4th St.

Wandering in the East Village late one night, we decided to pop in to Vox Pop, knowing they had more of Red Mango's sweet treats. We acquired two Cupcakes, a Chocolate covered Peanut Butter Krispie treat, & a Chocolate covered Twinkie, oh my! Unfortunately, the were refrigerated & so cold, they were almost frostbitten! The Krispie was interesting at the cold temperature, not bad, & the Chocolate Covered Twinkie had serious potential (although it was no No Whey!), I would be curious to try it at room temperature. The cupcakes suffered from the cold, but I can't see myself anxious to have another.
Vox Pop: 308 Bowery at E 1st St.

On a rainy day in Brooklyn, we headed to the Penny Licks for their selection of Vegan Treats & Tempation ice cream. A large case of sweets, as well as old timey decor greeted us, & I was thrilled by the wire backed parlor chairs. I was looking forward to trying more of the Tempation ice cream flavors, as I loved them when I visited Chicago. While the Peanut Butter Brownie & Vanilla Cupcake baked goods didn't quite do it for me, I was thrilled to try a trio of "Penny Licks" in Strawberry, Cookie Dough, & Pumpkin. Creamy ice cream on a crunchy mini cone? Yes, please! Now if only we could get Tempation around here!
Penny Licks: 158 Bedford Ave between 8th St & 9th St, Brooklyn

Of course, I had to end my trip with another visit to Lula's Sweet Apothecary. Blythe & Derek are so kind & generous, we found ourselves chatting with them, finding many things in common as our final afternoon in NYC slipped away. Another round of soft serve & sundaes yielded the discovery of a new favorite ice cream, S'mores! I have a major marshmallow obsession, so the smooth chocolate ice cream flanked with graham crackers, fudge ribbons, & Sweet and Sara marshmallows may have hit the spot so well, I had two servings!

To commemorate some kick ass ice cream, I made a little video of my trips to Lula's. Check it out!

Don't forget, Lula's Sweet Apothecary: 516 E 6th Street between Ave A & B, yum!


DJ said...

OMG - so much sugary goodness I think I need an insulin injection!!!

Nicole ( said...

I'm going to Lula's today! Wooo!

Laura said...

Wow! I wish there was somewhere like Lula's in England, it sounds amazing

Anonymous said...

You are killing me with all those amazing desserts!!!

Vegan_Noodle said...

I am seriously taking notes of places to visit next time I'm there! You must have a vegan sweet radar in you, cause you find them all!
Lula's looks like it will be my first stop for sure....

Anonymous said...

I was going to say something like 'oh my dog why can't I get amazing stuff like that here!', but really it's probably a good thing, I'd have to buy some new pants to accomidate the second set of butt-cheeks that would be blamed on all that freaking amazingness! Ricemallow why aren't you available in France???

Marni said...
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Marni said...

Wow, I've got a sugar buzz just from having read about all that deliciousness. What fun! :)

VeggieGirl said...

Vegan decadence at its finest.

Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

You are living the life! Thanks for sharing it vicariously.

Anonymous said...

I wish I could go to Lula's!!!

allularpunk said...

awesome! i love your video :)

Anonymous said...

I am so bummed that we didn't get to go here while we were in NYC i guess i will have to go next trip!

Cakespy said...

Don't know what is sweeter, the stuff you ate or all of your cute smiling faces! Awesome, so many new spots to try!

Adriana said...

My teeth are rotting just reading this post... Mental notes have been taken... Thanks for such kick a*s info. I love it all !

River said...

You always make me so jealous of your eats! Plus everything is sweet, perfect for this raging sweet tooth of mine! :)

My computer won't play the video! Grrr! :(

Wenchie said...

I will have to hit up one of those places on my next visit to the NYC in August! Thanks for posting this.

River said...

The video decided to play! I love it and you're the cutest!!

Anonymous said...

Do you still have your teeth after all those tasty sugary sweets?!!! Goodness, I want a sugar vacation to NYC too! Thanks for sharing all the photos, reviews, and video.

Bianca said...

Oh man, I want that sundae...ricemallow cream and whipped cream! That is such an orgasm waiting to happen.

kittee said...

is that sarchan in the picture of you with terry? if so, SARCHAN YOU ARE A CUTIE PATOOTIE!!!! no afront, to you or terry, you both are rockin'. so fun to read and watch your adventure, and so glad that you didn't really walk into the door at Lula's as I first imagined. That would be quite an amazing entrance. I was pretty happy with my gluten free cookie dough Soy Delicious until now.

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herbstsonne said...

SOOOO jealous! Can you stuff me into your suitcase next time and drop me off at Lula's? :)

TravelingVeg said...

LOVE the video. I'm drooling. YUM.

Mandee said...

Wow, I feel like I'm on a sugar after just reading about your trip! It all looks amazingly good! And I love the sign outside Lula's!

Anonymous said...

Awesome, talk about your great destinations...and LOVE the video :) I used to live a few blocks from Lula's, albeit 8 years ago - love that neighborhood to bits...can't wait to try it out on my Spring trip!!

Mihl said...

Aw, what a cute video!

Hannah said...

I can't believe I haven't gone to Lula's yet- It's on my "must visit" list!

Stephanie said...

wow that looks like so much fun! :)

shan ♥ said...

mmhmm, i miss vegan treats so much! i worked at the actual bakery in PA all through college. stuffed myself full of everything! now im back in NYC for grad school, and i dont get nearly enough vegan treats!
i want to try lulus though! sounds amazing.

erica said...

I went to Lula's yesterday and ordered myself a banana split. My life hasn't been the same ever since.

JennShaggy said...

Oh, please, woman. I've seen you bust out before. I think you could take on the craziest of my recipes ;)

Jeni Treehugger said...

Awesome vegan traveling adventures. I have to say - your description of the Peanut butter cheese Cake was perfect, I could almost taste it. Almost......


chow vegan said...

OMG, it's like dessert heaven! :-)

julie hasson said...

How fun Melisser! That ice cream looks so amazing.

So when are you coming back up to visit?

Lauren said...

omg you had me at the sundae..and with each scroll i was like AHH!
i need delicious :)

celine said...

my sweet tooth went into overdrive. and it liked it.

Nadia said...

Wow. Looking at all those vegan goodies I thought I died and went to heaven. Soft serve ice cream? I had never heard of Lula's until today...

quarrygirl said...

wow, i just watched your awesome video for the first time. i loved it. lou reed would be fuckn proud!

ha, i am gonna watch it a few more times now. :)

Penny said...

I may live in NYC, but I like to read about it from a traveler's perspective! Now you've got to come back for Stogo :)

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