They also make some bangin’ truffles.
Lagusta’s Luscious is a vegan food home delivery service run by namesake Lagusta out of New Paltz, New York. LL emphasizes organic, healthy, whole foods with a gourmet angle, e.g. Meyer lemons cured in olive oil and sea salt for thirty days, brown rice soaked at high temps in a fancy cooker to increase levels of fancy amino acids. The food itself is solid and good (despite an overabundance of pumpkin oil). The tofu and greens, lavender roasted vegetables and brownie bites were particularly tasty, even great. But I became less and less excited by the meals the more I revisited them. Their tastes were too similar (rice, veggies, sauce, repeat), and I have a short attention span with food. The cost of the service, $125 per week for four meals that serve two people ($7+ delivery charge), doesn’t make sense for my lifestyle. I’ve got time to steam greens and roast veggies myself–sans GABA brown rice and cured lemons. And living in Brooklyn, I can get good, oily vegan food delivered from a number of establishments within a half hour (suck it, Portland).
But if the service were better, I might consider signing up for a particularly busy week now and then. Lagusta gives you a two-hour window during which your food is supposed to arrive and another a week later, for the reusable dishes to be picked up. The delivery was an hour and a half late, and the pick up was two and a half hours late, making the whole thing completely unusable for anyone with a steady job and no doorman building. Lagusta prides herself on the eco-friendliness of her company, but is the carbon-usage of the car that drives down from upstate each Tuesday offset by the savings of her bike-powered washing machine? Methinks not. (That being said, I totally want one–the washing machine, rather, not the car.)
Update: Oops, that’d be pumpkinseed oil and pesto-roasted veggies.