Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Until Next Time, Cinnamon Snail

The Cinnamon Snail recently announced the shocking news that their trucks would cease to operate as of the end of this month. Chef Adam Sobel spoke to GrubStreet about the decision and it's incredibly worthwhile reading- if for no other reason than to assuage your disappointment, as it offers some harsh insight into the reality of running a food truck in NYC.

In light of this blow to your compassionate, mealtime rituals- an ode:
I'd already been eating Chef Adam's food for years when The Cinnamon Snail opened in New Jersey on Valentine's Day in 2010: Jersey City.

 

VM and I (and 89 when she appeared) became instant regulars at their Red Bank, NJ farmar location.


Then we were there when they made their New York debut only months later, where I began my love affair with the peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough donut and continued to stalk them regularly in a second state.


When they began vending at the Bethlehem, PA Vegfest, I succeeded in eating their incomparable fare in a third state- most notably in a downpour.


I celebrated when their kitchen moved to Brooklyn and have tirelessly championed their generous endeavors. I've held silly contests inspired by their wackiness. I've mo-foed them repeatedly. I've shamelessly obsessed over the noberweiberweiberweiberhydrafab, and essentially ate all of their donuts all of the time. I even relegated a piece of my snapware collection solely to the collection and transportation of their donuts, dubbing it "The Snail Pail."


I participated in the recipe testing for their highly anticipated cookbook, Street Vegan, which will be available in May.

 

 Twice.

 

I've visited the Snail at events galore: from NYC Vegetarian Food Festivals to the phenomenal Vegan Shop-Ups. Essentially, I ate and blogged about them so much that I even had to resort to trying my hand at being witty- which is not necessarily my forté.


I've eaten breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert at the Snail more times than I can count (yes, even more than I've blogged), but it somehow seems as though it wasn't enough.


I visited for the last time this past Sunday for a slew of Snaily "lasts." Plenty of other fans had the same idea; we waited on line for 1 hour and 37 minutes and it was worth every second.
 

VM's favorite portabello carpaccio, which was also the very first Snail sammie she ever devoured.


My gochujang burger deluxe.


Oh, and my Thai BBQ tempeh (don't judge; you'd have eaten two sammies also)


89's arugula party.


And, of course, some donuts for the road.


I know there are great things on the horizon for Chef Adam...


as well as the entire award-winning Snail crew.


So, I won't say "goodbye".

 

Not "so long", "ta ta", or even "farewell". It's only until next time...and I can't wait to see what the future will bring.

 

Thanks to each and every one of you for every amazing thing.


Rock on!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Valentine's Day Bean Swag

Just checking in with a quick re-cap of my V-day:

Socks, of course.


Flowers for me (and the admission that baby's breath fills me with the rage of a thousand suns):


Flowers for 89 (I have an unhealthy attitude towards ferns too):


Candy! Handmade, gourmet chocolates from Vegan Treats:


I can only guess at the flavors because I ate them very quickly (note for next year: I'll need more):
maple cream? peanut butter cup, strawberry-filled white chocolate, almond...?, chocolate peppermint, and caramel (my FAVE!) 


Also this nerd.


Hope yours was filled with candy and love.