NYC Vegan Valentines Guide!

HEY lovers. Whether you’re feeling lusty, lonely, or lazy this Valentine’s Day, we’ve got a cool list of ideas to keep it fresh(and feisty)! From dining to gift goodies to our own Vegan Valentine’s Shop-Up, look no further for your best V-Day in NYC yet…

DINING

Bunna Cafe
Choose either prix fixe brunch or prix fixe dinner with live music at Bushwick’s all vegan Ethiopian cafe! Each multi-course meal for 2 has 3 price levels, depending on your choice of tea/coffee, cocktails, or bottle of wine.  AND bonus indulgence points for eating with your hands. 

Pickle Shack
Cozy and candlelit, you’ll find heart-stopping dishes like wild mushroom pot pie, fried hop pickles with aioli, and chocolate hand pie with caramel and ice cream. Valentine specials include an appetizer of grilled violet artichokes, pine nut & sunchoke, pomegranate, and crispy artichoke; salad of slow roasted beets, mint, rose, wild arugula, pistachio, and coconut yogurt; and every meal finished with gratis chocolates. A stellar beer and wine list will keep you blushing, late night or not.

Little Choc Apothecary
Romance will be in the air with an aphrodisiac-filled V-Day menu from this new all vegan creperie! Breakfast, lunch, or dinner dates can choose from rose hibiscus tea or hibiscus almond lattes with earl grey lavender cookies or hazelnut raspberry brownies. And to really indulge, a savory crepe of herbs de provence roasted potato, homemade seitan, coconut bacon, and balsamic reduction or sweet crepe with strawberry, pecan, homemade clotted cream, chocolate chips, and orange zest. All crepes will be lovingly dyed rouge with beet juice!

Little Mo
Venture over to the new Asian hot spot in Bushwick from the Little Skips clan and feast on hearty veg-filled pho, rice bowl, or grilled eggplant and mushroom bao! Don’t forget the glazed shishitos and vegan kimchi to heat up your night. A hidden gem pho sure!

GIFTS

Matcha Green Tea Set – (PANATEA)
The perfect gift, period. Soothing and sophisticated you’ll definitely be asking to share a cup. Too late for shipping? You can easily pick up in person at their Manhattan headquarters!

Organic Hair & Beard Oil – (Brooklyn Grooming)
Men like to look pretty too. Though you’ll never hear those words. Nourishing yet rugged, this oil will please all in close contact.

Organic Vegan Lipstick – (AXIOLOGY)
Sexy sultry lips don’t go unnoticed. Help them kiss up with bold all natural shades in glam gold cases. Use code: PinkValentines for 20% off all pinks!

Cruelty-Free Nail Polish – (Karma Organic)
Nail the perfect gift and choose from dozens of shades of non-harmful lacquers! Complete the package with an organic lavender or tea tree nail polish remover, all found at our local Whole Foods Markets!

Positive Tails Launch Party Benefit
Start celebrating early with an evening to kick off the Positive Tails non-profit on Thursday 2/12! Show your support for this new group that will help provide aid for vet care and fight animal abuse! Enjoy a silent auction, raffle, hors d’ ouvres, sweets by Vegan Treats, wine by Red Hook Winery, DJ, kissing booth and more. Just watch your paws.

VEGAN SHOP-UP

It’s not only Valentine’s Day, but our 5 year anniversary too! Vegan Shop-Up is NYC’s first all-vegan market, and we’ve got lots for you to look forward to this month. Read on for a sneak peek at some of the love-filled goods you’ll find this Saturday. Full event details are in the post below, and see the VENDOR LIST HERE!

Pine Box Rock Shop
What’s better than an all vegan bar? Special flirty cocktails for the whole month of Feb! Try “Heart of Glass”, gin, St. Germain, lemon juice and agave topped with Champagne, “French Kicks”, Stoli, Chambord, and pineapple juice, or “Love Battery”, Captain Morgan’s, cran and apple, over ice, with candied ginger!

Cinnamon Snail
Heart-shaped donuts! Love never tasted so good. Make sure to grab their special sandwich with ras el hannout cauliflower, arugula and zaatar white bean puree, on grilled baguette. Taste the intrigue!

Lagusta’s Luscious
Chocolates forgive anything. And earn you extra credit. Snatch up boxes of heart with violet caramels, rosewater cream hearts, cinnamon candy caramels, and white wine pear & white chocolate cream hearts. PLUS chocolate covered blood orange hearts and valentine’s bark with candied citrus, rose petals and hibiscus. These are extremely limited, so you’ll want to reserve yours online in advance! (If you do, select “shop pick up” and note to pick up at VSU!)

Meow Meow Tweet
Shop $25 or more of their sweet smelling line of personal care products and get a FREE Lovecats essential oil scratch n sniff sticker! Online buys too!

Gone Pie
Gluten-free and sweet as can be! Get salted peanut butter caramel cups, mint hearts, pecan pie, loaded brownie hearts(hint: pre-order!), pecan caramel patties, and mini lemon cakes w/ cherries on top!

Hernan
Serve up some romance with a Mexican hot chocolate gift set, complete with hand carved wooden frother, or chocolate Bolitas in a basket! The perfect sweet for your sweet.

3 Little Birds
Love is in the air! And now packed into pints. Try NEW ice cream flavor Cherry Oh Baby, with cherry ice cream, dark chocolate fudge, cherry swirl and real cherries. Or heart-shaped ice cream sandwiches with strawberry ice cream, strawberry sauce, chocolate cookie, dipped in white chocolate. But you may want to share a Kiss Me ice cream pop, giant lip-shaped strawberry ice cream on a stick, covered with dark chocolate. Your most travel-friendly option though, will be homemade pink white chocolate hearts. 

Cheezehound
Alongside a glorious array of aged nut-based cheeses and pates you’ll find the rare Maple Pecan Chocolate smothered Dashamama(ie chocolate smothered creamy cheese!). It’s limited, and only for V-Day!

Samosa Shack
Doughy pockets filled with love(and vegetables)! The Valentine’s special samosa is potato pea cilantro, wrapped in a pink beet dough! Plus try lentil beet coconut(pink filling!), kale channa masala, and sweet potato spinach. Round out your snack with traditional Bhel Puri with mung bean sprouts and tamarind sauce.

Schoon Soap
NEW vendor Schoon Soap will be on hand selling all natural bars like bay rum & vetiver, almond milk & oatmeal, and grapefruit bergamot. Choose any 4 soaps to make a custom gift box!

Grape Cat
Shop a huge selection of luxe Matt & Nat purses and wallets with colors and styles for everyone! Even a wallet collection for the men!

YOURS TRULY,
VSU

Saturday, February 14th
12- 6pm
Pine Box Rock Shop
12 Grattan St.
Bushwick, Bk
FREE!
21+

 

 

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FIVE OF HEARTS! Vegan Shop-Up! February 14th

LOVE is in the air! And we’re happy to announce the celebration of our 5TH ANNIVERSARY MARKET! This year we’re lucky to have VSU fall right on Valentine’s Day, our original inspiration for the very first market in 2011. Look forward to sweetheart drink specials and love-themed gifts(keep an eye out for our Valentine’s Gift Guide!)! Please save the date and plan to join us on February 14th at Pine Box Rock Shop! Discover the best vegan, locally made foods and wares at New York City’s first vegan market!

Time to drool… Artisan Cheeses + Fudge + Empanadas + Donuts + Waffles + PB Cups + Mexican Hot Chocolate + Cinnamon Rolls + Chai Tea + Ice Cream Sandwiches + Hot Dogs + Pâtés + Gluten-Free Goodies + Juice Tonics + Hot Sauce + Caramels + Samosas  + Handbags  + Organic Skin Care + Soaps +  Tees + somuchmore! Check out BRAND NEW vendors Schoon Soap and House of Juice! And see the full vendor line up HERE.

As part of our 5 year celebration we’ll be exhibiting every market poster ever created for VSU! Each one is designed by local artist friends specifically for each market, and we’ve got quite the collection! They’ll be displayed on the walls of Pine Box for the whole month of February.

Don’t forget it’s Happy Hour during the market(easier to schmooze a new hunny bunny)! But if you’re under 21 you can only enter the inside market with a parent or legal guardian, so plan accordingly! Luckily, the next all ages VSU is coming in early Spring at MooShoes!

Take this opportunity to SAVE THE DATES for the next Vegan Shop-Ups! (More dates can be seen in the sidebar to the right!)

  •   March 7th (PBRS)
  •   March 29th (MOOSHOES)

Secret admirers, love letters, pink icing, heart doilies, chocolate bon bons, flirty winks – tis the season for cherishing those you love! We’re looking forward to walking down lovers lane AND memory lane this February. CAN’T HEART-LY WAIT.

S.W.A.K.,
VSU

Saturday, February 14th
12- 6pm
Pine Box Rock Shop
12 Grattan St.
Bushwick, Bk
FREE!
21+

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Ready, Set, Go Shopping List!

Happy 1st VSU of 2015! We’re getting a solid start on the new year with an all star league of local vendors and 100% vegan goods. Check out a few special things you’ll find at Saturday’s event!

 

  • Freakin’ Vegan – In addition to their usual savory Empanadas, you can grab a Pulled “Pork” Sandwich topped with Slaw!

 

  • Gone Pie – Gluten-Free and good til the last crumb! Pick up Choc Covered Blondie Bites, Carrot Cake w/ Caramashew Frosting, Pecan Caramel Patties, Peppermint Patty Brownies, Salted PB Caramel Cups, Lemon Tahini Cookies, Triple Nut Brownie Bites, and more!

 

  • Three Little Birds – It’s never too Wintery to avoid Ice Cream! Nab a Snowflake-Shaped Snickerdoodle Ice Cream Sandwich w/ Vanilla Glaze!  Plus, you’ll need to taste this new Harry Potter inspired ice cream flavor, Butterbeer(a buttercream base with bourbon butterscotch swirl!)!

 

  • Monks Meats – Back, from menus past, comes the much sought after Mushroom Lasagna Roll! (HINT: You can order these by the tray on their website too.) They’ll have a few new items too like Cashew Okara Ricotta and Seitan Ragu, selling alongside their packs of handmade Seitan!

 

  • Samosa Shack – NEW VENDOR! These freshly handmade Samosas are a must eat! Discover each flavor: Sweet Potato Spinach, Kala Channa Masala, Potato Pea Cilantro, and Weekly Special- Beet Lentil Coconut. Plus try a side of Bhel Puri, a super delish Gluten-Free Indian street snack!

 

  • Brooklyn Fork & Spoon – NEW VENDOR! You’ll need this Vegan Slider Plate at some point in your day! The Slider is topped with Caramelized Mushrooms and Onions, Truffled Cashew Cream and Arugula, and served with sides of Potato Chips and tangy Slaw. Yee-haw!

Don’t forget, you’ll find other vendor favorites like Chickpea Magazine, Cinnamon Snail, Tamerlaine Farm, Black Sheep Heap, Cheezehound, Yeah Dawg, and Chai Mookie! Find the full event details plus other market dates in the post below, and the FULL VENDOR LIST HERE!

Vegan Shop-Up is NYC’s first all-vegan market, so what better place to embark on a healthy new lifestyle! (Or celebrate your old one!) It’s Happy Hour too!

Vegans, Non-Vegans, Prospective Vegans, Family of Vegans, Friends of Vegans, Fans of Vegans, WE’RE HERE FOR YOU!

All Geared-Up,
VSU

Saturday, January 17th
12- 6pm
Pine Box Rock Shop
12 Grattan St.
Bushwick, Bk
FREE!
21+

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READY, SET, GO! Vegan Shop-Up! January 17th

On your marks… Get set… GO! Vegan Shop-Up kicks off its 5th year(!) of markets with something new… a January VSU! It’s never happened before, but it’s never too late to start! So we bring you a mega HELLO to the new year with a market on January 17th at Pine Box Rock Shop, chock full of new vendors and products you’re sure to love. Discover the best vegan, locally made foods and wares at the only all vegan market in New York City!

A few fun things to get excited for… Cheeses + Burgers + Empanadas + Donuts + Pickles + PB Cups + Cinnamon Rolls + Chai Tea + Ice Cream Sandwiches +  Granola Bars + Hot Dogs + Pâtés + Gluten-Free Goodies + Sliders + Hot Sauce + Samosas + Coconut Bacon + Seitan + Mac ‘n’ Cheese  + Handbags  + Organic Skin Care + Soaps + Tees + Totes + Jewelry + Magazines  and  waywaymore! Check out BRAND NEW vendors At Wilderness, Samosa Shack, Karma Organic Spa, Brooklyn Fork & Spoon, Bija Bhar, NU BurgerCheeky Monkey Foods, and Kings County Apothecary! And see the full vendor line up HERE.

Don’t forget it’s Happy Hour during the market(tip your bartenders!)! But if you’re under 21 you can only enter the inside market with a parent or legal guardian, so plan accordingly! Luckily, the next all ages VSU is coming in early Spring at MooShoes!

Take this opportunity to SAVE THE DATES for the next Vegan Shop-Ups…

  •   February 14th
  •   March 14th

Go ahead and add “Spend more time with Vegan Shop-Up!” to your Resolutions List! We’re looking forward to a bigger and grander year of markets with new fans and old – CAN’T HARDLY WAIT.

All Shopped-Up,
VSU

Saturday, January 17th
12- 6pm
Pine Box Rock Shop
12 Grattan St.
Bushwick, Bk
FREE!
21+

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Say It Ain’t Snow Shopping List! (Dec 20th)

Not only is it the last of our Holiday markets, but it’s the last VSU of 2014!! Read on to get an idea of some special things you’ll want to grab at tomorrow’s Vegan Shop-Up!

  • Gone Pie – Gluten-Free and seasonally splendid! Score Pecan Pie, Chocolate Gelt, Fruit Cake Bites, Orange Ginger Cookies, Rocky Road Brownies, Mint Patty Brownies, Choc PB Caramel Cups, and more!

 

  • Three Little Birds – Hold on to your scarves and glasses, you’ll need to taste this new Harry Potter inspired ice cream flavor, Butterbeer(a buttercream base with bourbon butterscotch swirl!)! There’s also a whole menu of Ice Cream Sandwiches including Chocolate Candy Cane, PB & Jelly(with toast shaped cookies!), and O Christmas Tree which is dipped in White Chocolate and covered in sprinkles!

 

  • Palm Frites – NEW VENDOR! Snack lovers, discover the latest in Raw and Gluten-Free, the Palm Frites! Perfect individual bags of crunchy coconut meat, spiced to perfection. Try Garlic, Churro, and BBQ, or just grab a 3 pack for everyone you know.

 

  • Brown Rice Magazine – Get a copy of the Winter 2014/2015 Issue, filled with healthy lifestyle tips, fashion, DIY projects, recipes, and more! Plus get Holiday Special gift jars of traditionally fermented Sauerkrauts and Pickles!

 

  • Monks Meats – Get a taste of the Holidays with this Winter sandwich special: Burnt Brown Sugar Glazed Seitan, Cranberry Sauce, and Horseradish Cashew Spread on Ciabatta! Plus Biscuits & Chanterelle Gravy Plates, individual Cashew Chevre Cheese Rounds, Shiitake Bacon To-Go, and all 4 Handmade Seitan Flavors! And there’s still time to order their Winter Holiday Specials Menu for Christmas or New Year’s delivery!

 

  • Hernan – Bring home a little taste of Mexico for the Season! Jars of Mole Poblano and Mexican Hot Chocolate Bolitas will enrich any dinner party or gift basket. Or get a complete Mexican Hot Chocolate Gift Set, including a hand carved wooden Molinillo for frothing!

 

  • Bushwick Food Co-op – NEW VENDOR! Super local, the Co-op is coming to you! Snack on Quinoa Arepas while shopping for Barry’s Tempeh(Soy or White Bean), Omilk(Almond or Coffee), Mint Chip Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, Fresh Tofu Inc(from Lancaster!), Anita’s Coconut Yogurt, and more!!

 

  • Mighty Edible – Cozy up with a cup of HOT Hot Chocolate or Warm Sorrel Cider! Then pick up a “Some Like It Hot” or “Sugar and Spice” Jamaican Foods Gift Set, complete with Jerk Spice Rub, Hibiscus Pepper Jelly, Hot Carrot Tamarind Sauce, and Coffee Beer Caramel!

 

  • Cheesehound – NEW VENDOR! Make room on your vegan cheese plate for the latest artisanal, plant-based cheese, made in the Catskills! Rich, beautiful, and carefully handmade, you’ll get to try Sichuan Peppercorn(sichuan berries, anise & ginger in a macadamia, hemp & cashew base), Blue Mountain(spirulina & smoked alder salt), Qasbah(9 freshly ground spices), Ostego(cashew raw cultured), and Cashew Cultured Wild Mushroom and Tarragon Pate! Get ready.

Don’t forget, you’ll find other vendor favorites like Cake Thieves, Cinnamon Snail, Tamerlaine Farm, Lagusta’s Luscious, Meow Meow Tweet, Yeah Dawg, and Chai Mookie! Find the full event details plus other market dates in the post below, and the FULL VENDOR LIST HERE!

Vegan Shop-Up is NYC’s first and only all-vegan market, so what better place to get your Holiday shopping(& feasting)! The wait is over, grab a cup of cheer(Bloody Mary’s are cheerful) since it’s happy hour, and snack your way through the last Vegan Holiday Market!

Vegans, Non-Vegans, Prospective Vegans, Family of Vegans, Friends of Vegans, Fans of Vegans, WE SNOW YULE LOVE IT.

All Bundled-Up,
VSU

Saturday, December 20th
12- 6pm
Pine Box Rock Shop
12 Grattan St.
Bushwick, Bk
FREE!
21+

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Merry Manhattan Shopping List!

Just a split second away from our mini Vegan Holiday Shop-Up in MANHATTAN at MooShoes! Here’s a handful of some of the best vegan gifty goods around that you’ll simply need to have!

  • Meow Meow Tweet – Stuff all your stockings with travel size Body Oil, Face Mist, Deodorant and more! Plus you’ll need to stock pile these lovely Soy Candles while they’re discounted, and before they’re discontinued!
  • Gone Pie – Gluten-Free seasonal goodies galore! Egg Nog Macaroons, Cranberry Sauced Cheesecake, Pecan Pie, Chocolate Thin Mint Bars, Salted PB Caramel Bars, Mint Patty Brownies, Rice Crispy Treats, Triple Nut Brownie Bites, & more!
  • Sweet Maresa  – MMMacaron! Get your gift boxes of these delicate treats for every party, friend, Secret Santa, or grandma on your list! Ornament Boxes of Bay Leaf Shortbread Cookies, Ultimate Decadence Boxes of Chocolate Covered Hot Chocolate Macarons filled w/ Homemade Cinnamon Marshmallow, and Extra Large Rainbow Cookie Bars(party size!)!

NOT TO MENTION… Hot Sauce Gift Sets from Homesweet Homegrown, Chai Tea Gift Sets from Chai MookieWinter 2014 edition of Chickpea Magazine, Hand Screened Onesies and Tees from Black Sheep Heap, Individual Party Pot Pies from Freakin Vegan, and more, more, more!

See the full vendor list and details in the post below! Make sure to stop by for a day of cruelty-free jolly! We’ll be waiting. (Gingerbread Men and Sugarplum Fairies welcome)

All Cheered-Up,
VSU

Sunday, December 14th
12- 6pm
MooShoes
78 Orchard St, NYC
FREE!
MooShoes!

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Say It Ain’t Snow Shopping List! (Dec 6th)

O holy basil! The Holiday markets have finally arrived! We’ve made our list and checked it twice, so keep reading to see some of the hit items you’ll want at tomorrow’s Vegan Shop-Up!

  • Gone Pie – Stock up on Gluten-Free holiday spirit with Pecan Pie, Mint Patty Brownies, Egg Nog Macaroons, PB Caramel Cups, Harvest Pie, Orange Cherry Bundt Cake, Triple Ginger Cookies, and more!
  • Cocoburg – Discover the perfect stocking stuffer from this BRAND NEW vendor! You’ll want each flavor of Raw, Soy-Free, Gluten-Free Coconut Jerky… Try Original, Ginger Teriyaki, or Chili Lime!
  • Freakin’ Vegan – The ultimate vegan Pot Pie returns! A flaky crust tops each mini Pot Pie filled with rich gravy, potatoes, peas, carrots, corn and vegan chicken. These sell faster than hot cakes, so be sure to grab a few for the road!
  • Mister Sister – More stocking stuffers! Buy these individually wrapped squares of fudgey perfection in NEW Holiday flavors! Get excited for Sparkling Ginger, Orange Crush, and Candy Cane Fudge, along with your favorite classics!
  • NYC Sea Shepherd – Great for gifts for every ocean-loving friend! They’ve got you covered with men’s, women’s, and youth sizes in Jolly Roger T-Shirts, Long Sleeved Tees, New Ocean Blue Hoodies, PLUS Beanies, Caps, Books, Totes, DVDs, and Water Bottles!
  • Three Little Birds – You’ve never had a vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte Ice Cream Sandwich before, so plan to scarf one now! The perfect Holiday shopping treat. But don’t forget to taste new Holiday flavor, Bourbon Butterscotch Ice Cream! mmm

AND, you’ll find other vendor favorites like Cake Thieves, Cinnamon Snail, Monks Meats, Lagusta’s Luscious, Fanciful Fox, Yeah Dawg, and Chai Mookie! Find the full event details plus other market dates in the post below, and the FULL VENDOR LIST HERE!

Vegan Shop-Up is NYC’s first and only all-vegan market, so what better place to start your Holiday shopping(& feasting)! The wait is over, grab a cup of cheer(Bloody Mary’s are cheerful) since it’s happy hour, and snack your way through the first of three cozy all vegan holiday markets!

Vegans, Non-Vegans, Prospective Vegans, Family of Vegans, Friends of Vegans, Fans of Vegans, WE SNOW YULE LOVE IT.

All Bundled-Up,
VSU

Saturday, December 6th
12- 6pm
Pine Box Rock Shop
12 Grattan St.
Bushwick, Bk
FREE!
21+

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