|Gone Pie chai nut brownie|
When we turned onto Grattan, the entire area in and around the front of Pine Box was positively swarming with vegans. There was a consistently equivalent line of customers awaiting the Cinnamon Snail's offerings.
Having just eaten, I opted for just a donut. Just a donut? Actually, yet another of their seemingly endless concoctions of amazingness: a chocolate cherry brownie donut to be exact.
This reminded me of the black forest cakes of my youth and I scarfed it down without offering any of my friends a bite. Well, I did offer one bite to one friend, but I didn't really mean it!
My face sufficiently stuffed, I moved on...to the Gone Pie table, which was conveniently located outside the entrance to Pine Box. Yep, outside. Some genius realized that it was a good idea to spread out onto the ample sidewalk in front of the bar and the set-up was excellent. Take a walk through the indoor Shop-up, come outside to unwind in the outdoor Shop-up, repeat.
Inside, I did try a new (to me) item, Pelzer's Pretzels: everything flavor with a spicy beer mustard. It was okay, but not authentically pretzely enough for my taste; perhaps because it's outta Philly and not NYC? Give 'em a try and see what you think.
I also picked up some Food for Lovers queso from the Vegan Bodega table, and bent his ear about some other terrific products I hope he'll consider carrying (Secret Aardvark hot sauce and Sweet Earth Chocolates mini-confections).
Because it was warm and I wasn't heading home anytime soon, I kept my purchases to a minimum. I picked up a couple of items for a fellow blogger, and smuggled only the long-awaited, new, Gone Pie, chai nut brownie home for a nosh.
Check out the new packaging:
As it happened, I managed to restrain myself from eating it all day, and then shared it with the esteemed tasting panel the next.
I know I say it every time I try something new, but I do think that this is my favorite Gone Pie creation. The light chai spice, the brownie texture, and the crunch of the nuts...VM loved it so much that she wanted to comment on this blogpost before it was even written!
I have it on good authority that these goodies will be available on the Gone Pie website very soon. Take a look around in case you'd like anything else in the meantime, and I'll let you know when the chai nut brownies are officially available. There might even be something in it for you (wink wink)!
So there you have it: my time spent at the Vegan Shop-Up. There was plenty more to see and do and eat; make sure to check out the next one so you don't miss anything. See you there.