Friday, July 25, 2014

Handmade Vegan Ice Cream Pops! Some Dreams Do Come True...

It shouldn't be news that the vegan ice cream shop on E Sixth Street between Avenues A & B- what I refer to as The Best Ice Cream Shop in the Universe (#TBICSITU), is someplace I visit on the regularAnd now I have a new reason to do so.

But, before I get to the glorious confection above, here's a quick recap in case you're new here.  What better place to start than with one of my favorites: a sundae.  This one was toasted coconut and peanut butter fudge ice creams with hot fudge, graham crackers, whipped cream, sprinkles, and a cherry.  It's kind of my thing.  And, of course: all vegan, all the time. 


At TBICSITU you can have cups, cones, sundaes, brownie sundaes, shakes, flurries, floats- the possibilities are seemingly endless.   And then, one day, this popped up.  A novelty freezer!  A freezer just for novelties!  A WHOLE NEW WORLD OF ICE CREAM POSSIBILITIES WERE PENDING!  It was empty on this day, but I knew it wouldn't be for long.

I stalked it and stalked it and stalked it and then one day it was finally on, full, and glowing like a vegan beacon: drawing me towards it.

You'll notice that it is mostly filled with hand-packed pints, which is great news since- in the case of an ice cream emergency (been there), you can just run in and grab one or twenty without waiting for them to be packed while you wait.

But, if you look closer, you'll see the glorious pops referenced above: all adorably packaged and waiting for their forever home (in your belly).

YOU GUYS, I had just eaten a pretty enormous lunch including dessert, but I still couldn't resist. 

Peanut butter ice cream pop in a dark chocolate shell adorned with peanuts.



As much as I'd been anticipating the TBICSITU novelties, this pop exceeded all of my expectations by eons and miles and knots.  I thought about it the rest of the day and then returned that evening for more so my friends could have some too.  Because I may or may not have eaten all of the peanut butter pops, one friend chose mint ice cream in a chocolate shell, while the other chose pistachioWith nuts.  Are you picking up what I'm putting down?  NO CHOCOLATE.  I mean, it looked great with all of those pistachios packed on and she really enjoyed it, but a chocolate-less pop is kind of... worthless, no?  I suppose there are people who eschew chocolate, but who are they?  And why?  More importantly, where can I thank them for leaving more for me?
foreground: mint, background: pistachio (being overshadowed in so many ways)

You may have noticed a freezer bag in the last picture.  This may or may not be because I was sent home with a stash to share with the Esteemed Tasting Panel (for real: I was under explicit orders not to eat them all myself).

Just look at all of that extraordinary chocolate (ahem).

safety first:

The chocolate-encased vanilla and chocolate pops were terrific (I only had a bite!), but the peanut butter is still the bomb.

Just look at those salty peanuts nestled into the rich chocolate; who can resist?

Yep, no one.

just a taste of the ice cream, no chocolate for dogs!

For the record, the ETP has made some specific requests for future variations.  To start, VM has asked for signature flavors to be poppified, such as chicken leg (drumstick) and chocolate chocolate chip.  I was also advised that there will be extra credit for adorning the chocolate with assorted shop toppings (sundae on a stick anyone? the apple doesn't fall far).  As for me, I think they're just perfect, but would be willing to taste test any and all possibilities.

AND, as if all of this isn't enough, now there are rumors of a Gone Pie collaboration!  Are you thinking what I'm thinking?  Hint: it would involve some kind of ice cream...nestled between two cookies...sort of like: a sandwich.

Moreover, I've suggested my own novelty that will hopefully be developed soon and may or may not (it won't) be named the Abby Beaner! Feel free to start a petition on my behalf.

Stay tuned; I'M ON THIS.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Our 2nd 89iversary: Vegan Dog Cupcakes

If you keep up with 89 or the blog on Facebook, you probably already know that this week we celebrated our 2nd 89iversary.

We'd begun the celebration when I filled her food jar earlier in the month.

In the week preceding, she found one of her presents and disemboweled it before I could reclaim it.

Then, over the weekend prior to the anniversary, we visited with some old rescue friends.

On the day of, there was the (unrealized) threat of torrential rain so we started the day as anyone stuck inside might: by baking celebratory cupcakes from Vegan Miss.  As always, my sous chef:

They came out great, but something was missing.

Yep, FLAIR!  Picked up these adorable and working pinwheels just for the occasion.  Those are quartered Three Dog Bakery sandwich cookies atop.

An extra box was part of her present:

The pinwheels (and 89) in action:

She followed me around as I made every effort to get a great shot of the cupcakes.

Ultimately, she had to be distracted with a cupcake (all part of her plan, I'm sure).

The rest of the day was spent with the things 89 loves.  Arugula, of course.

House demolition:

Neighborhood watch:

Costume changes:


Aaaand, more cupcake consumption:

A happy anniversary indeed.

Read more about when we first met, our getting to know each other, what 89 eats as a vegan, other things I've cooked for her, and places she goes.

Think you're ready to commit to a companion animal and have all kinds of love and fun in your life?  Remember: rescues rule, so adopt; never shop.