For starters, I love Pine Box. I'm not a bar person, but this vegan bar transcends bar-i-ness in my mind.
They make awesome Bloody Mary's (10 spice, please; thankyouverymuch) and adorn them with a veritable pickled jungle.
It's especially grand that my good friend, another fan of the Marys, does not like the garnish. You might think this means that I double my pleasure, but in the past it has meant simply that I've not had to cry after inevitably dropping my own garnish on the floor amidst the excitement.
And besides the booze there is this fine furball: Spyder.
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Ah yes, the Shop-up. They do these from time to time to showcase local, vegan, business owners and their wares; this one was Valentine's-themed, which meant there was lots of chocolate and candy and sweets...amongst savory goodies (lest anyone feel left out).
The place was packed, so I didn't get a chance to investigate every offering. But I did manage to get some new and old favorites.
Of course I went sweet, spending most of my loot with Gone Pie.
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the caramashew cups.
Cashew, coconut caramel? Ladies and gentlemen, I have a new favorite.
Another great find at the Shop-up were the Black & Blanco sandcastle cookies. The endearing folks were sampling three flavors of their twist on a traditional Morrocan cookie, but once I registered the word Marzipan, the other two ceased to exist.
Soft and almondy, this is the perfect tea cookie. Ok, I'd also suggest crumbling them on ice cream, but that's just me. I learned later that besides being delicious, they consist of high-quality, healthy ingredients; they're so good that I never would have suspected. You can buy them online, or at choice markets in NYC.
Lest you think I didn't imbibe, behold my awesome beverage. Since a salty Mary would not have mixed well with all of the sweet sampling, I instead chose the significantly more appropriate Red Moco Cooler.
|Thanks for holding my beverage, JD Gut!|