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Category Archive: Ice Cream

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  1. BlytheBoyd

    The profile pic from @BlytheAnnBoyd‘s Twitter account. Dang that looks tasty.

    At 3pm today, a new ice cream shop will open at the site once occupied by Lula’s Sweet Apothecary,  516 East 6th Street (between Avenues A & B) in the East Village. The owner is Blythe Boyd, who was a founder and owner of Lula’s. She lost the name/brand, but kept the recipes and the lease on the space. And after many months of everyone wondering what the heck was going on, now we can go find out!

    There doesn’t seem to be any official source for the opening information, let alone a website for the new place, but lots of social media announcements from people who would know all make the same announcement. So either it’s true, or somebody stole Boyd’s phone and decided to play a cruel trick on all of her friends (and every ice-cream loving vegan in NYC).

    Lula’s Sweet Apothecary had a long, slow, confusing closing, from the owners’ very public legal dispute in January to the “we are unable to open today” in early May that, it turns out, lasted several months. Reliable information was scarce. The ice cream itself was still being made, and was served without Lula’s branding at Sustainable NYC. But the ice cream parlor experience, and the myriad toppings were a big part of what made Lula’s great.

    We’re pretty confident this new place will be great, too. Can’t wait to go check it out!

  2. vanluicecreamVan Leeuwen, an ice creamery and bakery in NYC, has started serving vegan ice cream! The comapny announced last night that they will be serving coconut-based ice cream in chocolate and vanilla flavors at all of their storefronts and trucks in the city. Made using organic coconut cream, the flyer announcing the new confection boasts that this isn’t just your average chocolate and vanilla, but rather “Michel Cluizel chocolate” and “Cold Ground, Oak Barrel Aged” vanilla. This might explain the cost, at $5.50 for a small serving and $7.50 for a large.


    My ideal Tuesday lunch

    It’s 80 degrees in Brooklyn today and I just happened to be right around the corner from Van Leeuwen’s Boerum Hill location during my lunch break, which meant that I was obligated to taste-test the new ice cream. I brought a friend, because I just had to try both flavors for any curious parties out there (you’re welcome). I know, ice cream for lunch. Us vegans have it rough.

    The chocolate was extremely chocolate-y and not too sweet, with no hint of coconut flavor. The vanilla had a hint of coconut-y taste, but was good. Overall, I’ve had better, but I’ve also had worse. And yes, Van Leeuwen serves vegan ice cream cones, according to the nice lady who served my scoop.

    Walking down the street and grabbing a cone when the craving hits has just become a little bit easier for vegans in New York City, but I wouldn’t necessarily go out of my way to try this ice cream. It’s no Lula’s (which is temporarily closed, unfortunately), and costs about as much of a pint of vegan ice cream from Whole Foods. Still, kudos to Van Leeuwen for taking the leap and reaching out to the vegan community. We can only hope other business will follow suit.

  3. Did you hear about the predicament Lula and her sweet apothecary have gotten into? It is MOST unfortunate. I don’t even live in New York anymore and my heart is dragging on the floor. If I was still in NYC, I’d seriously consider buying out the rest of their stock, renting a walk-in freezer somewhere and rationing it out by the spoonful. But seeing as I live in LA now and visit NY,  here’s a list of things I’d rather have happen to NYC instead of Lula’s closing:

    charity chugger

    Why yes, I WILL stop, thanks.

    • Every time I need a taxi, it started raining five minutes ago.
    • All the ATMs become Gaps again.
    • Every day is trash day.
    • Every street is like Broadway in Soho during the holidays.
    • Every other street is like Canal Street.
    • The 2nd Avenue subway line takes another 100 years to build.
    • For every one cockroach or mouse or rat I see, I see the other hundred I don’t.
    • I have to talk to every single person who approaches me with a branded windbreaker and a clipboard  (the British call them”Chuggers”– charity muggers) asking me if I “have a minute” or “like comedy.”
    • Every time I try to walk through Union Square there’s a farmer’s market AND a holiday mart AND a protest of something AND a drum circle.
    • Sleep below tap dancers and above a food-serving establishment whose smell permeates everything.
    • Every street I try to cross has a giant lake of still water surrounding it that is too big to jump across.
    • Get caught in the middle of a West Side Story like gang war between the hipsters of Williamsburg and the hipsters of Park Slope set to math rock beats.
    • Be forced to shop at Whole Foods during peak hours only. Ditto Trader Joe’s.
    • Every time I reach the subway platform I realize I have JUST missed the train.
    • Your turn! What would you rather have happen than have a Lula-less city? Leave a comment.

    So please go support Lula’s for me, while you still can!

  4. Adorable children eating vegan softserve at Lula’s. Photo by edenpictures on flickr.

    Do you remember your first visit to Lula’s? We do.

    According to this New York Post he-said-she-said, the beloved spot is on shaky ground. Lula’s was founded by a married couple, Blythe Boyd and Derek Hackett. They both still own it, but they’re not married anymore. And they’re not at all agreeing about how to run the business, with Hackett filing court in Manhattan Supreme Court demanding the business be dissolved. Eek!

    He says:

    Boyd controls the operations and has looted, wasted or diverted for non-corporate purposes all assets. Boyd has substantially cut the hours of the retail location during the busiest season, the late spring and summer months, and as such continues to operate to the detriment of the shareholders.

    She says:

    This was my idea. Lula is the name of my niece. The whole vision was mine. Having been a vegan for 15 years I wanted to do something related to that cause. He expenses things through the company — sometimes his rent. He’s taking profits and not working here. If you’re not putting in any hours you’re not justified in taking 5 dollars. I shortened the winter hours this winter for the first time because I have to handle all the production at this point because he’s not around and I did the math it makes more sense to keep this hours for winter.

    This comes not long after the demise of the nearby Stogo’s, also a victim squabbling owners.

    Divorce can suck. But we really, really hope that parents and the court can ensure the best possible outcome for the kids, that being all of us who love love love love Lula’s awesome ice cream, and the wonderful shop they serve it in!

  5. Possibly the dumbest vegan recipe ever, this one. (Apologies to OP Chocolate Covered Katie, who certainly has better recipes, though they might use more ingredients.)

    Possibly the dumbest vegan recipe ever, this one. (Apologies to OP Chocolate Covered Katie, who certainly has better recipes, though they might use more ingredients.)

    Peggy Wang over at Buzzfeed has posted the most ridiculous recipe round-up I’ve ever seen, 34 Insanely Simple Two-Ingredient Recipes. Now, some of these would still require real work, appliance-use, and/or kitchen mess. But still: two ingredients. My first snobby thought was that these had to be awful but then I came around to thinking they could actually be pretty darn tasty.

    Amongst the already vegan or trivial-to-veganize, I spotted:

    • Pitted Dates + Coconut Butter = No Bake Coconut Cookie Dough Balls
    • Chocolate Chips + Coconut Oil = Magic Shell
    • Peanut Butter + Ripe Bananas = Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream
    • Soy Yogurt + Sweetener = Vegan Pinkberry (pictured)
    • Yellow Cake Mix + Lemon Lime Soda = Soda Can Cupcakes
    • Self-Rising Flour + Eggnog = Eggnog Muffins
    • Granulated Sugar + Frozen Puff Pastry Sheets = Palmiers
    • Ripe Banana + Flax Seeds = Banana Flax Seed Crackers
    • Broccoli Florets + Garlic Hummus = Creamy Garlic Broccoli
    • Melting Chocolate + Cream Cheese = Chocolate Truffles
    • Nutella + Milk = Hot Chocolate
    • Ripe Bananas + Rolled Oats = Oatmeal Cookies
    • Spice Cake Mix + Can of Pumpkin = Pumpkin Muffins (Or Cookies)
    • Onion Soup Mix + Raw Almonds = Onion Dip
    • Medjool Dates + Oats = No Bake Energy Bars
    • Sliced American Cheese + Package of Crescent Rolls = Grilled Cheese Bites
    • Pineapple Chunks + Fresh Mint = Pineapple Ice

    (Don’t complain you don’t know where to find vegan white chocolate chips or vegan nutellalikes. This is the internet; it has everything.)

    I’m also totally game to try the marinades (whisky and balsamic vinegar, ginger ale and mustard), but those seem like cheats; you still need at least one more ingredient to marinate. Either of those would go real nice on some May-Wah meats, I bet.