In NY, for the non-vegan doughnut lover, it's all about the Doughnut Plant, in terms of quality and variety of flavors. I even have a friend who paid, I swear, $100 in shipping costs alone to have a dozen from the Doughnut Plant overnight mailed to him in San Francisco (*cough* Antoinne *cough*). And all you vegan Portlanders (Portlandese?) out there have your Voodoo Doughnut shop, which has inspired a great deal of jealousy in me. Well now vegan NY'ers have their own specialty doughnuts that are fully worth bragging about, and that will be the cause of envy among vegans far and wide.
There are many vegan events held at Moo Shoes, but I have personally never been to one with such an impressive turnout. There was actually a line to get to the doughnuts that ran all the way around the store, then doubled back to snake nearly out the front door. If there is one thing that will get NY'ers out on a slushy winter night, it's free vegan doughnuts apparently. Well, and also ice cream from Lula's and cocktails from the new all-vegan bar Pinebox Rock Shop. That's right, we had vegan doughnuts AND ice cream AND cocktails, 'cause that's how we roll.
But the doughnuts... oh those doughnuts! I got to sample a Peanut Butter & Jelly one and a Root Beer-flavored one. The PB&J, which was jelly-filled with a peanut butter glaze on top, tasted exactly like a PB&J on Wonder bread. I mean that in a good way. It was a very nostalgic kind of flavor, like the PB&J's of my childhood, not like the PB&J's on sprouted whole grain bread of my adulthood, if that makes any sense. It was so good. And the Root Beer doughnut! It tasted so... so root beer-y! I happen to love root beer, it's the one and only type of soda that I will drink on occasion, so I really enjoyed that doughnut too.
Please excuse the terribly blurry pics, I wouldn't usually post such bad ones but my camera was being difficult and they all came out looking kind of crazy.
|Peanut Butter & Jelly Doughnut. Brilliant!|
|Me & Leanne with doughnuts in hand.|
|With Dan from Dun-Well Doughnuts|