So yesterday I saw a tweet...on Twitter...which is where you see tweets...that Gone Pie would have some really delicious (vegan+gluten free) treats at Integral Yoga (it is a yoga studio and wellness spa next door to a natural health foods store + apothecary) . I was especially feeling the mention of blueberry cheesecake, and it was my day off and I had to go into the city anyway to copy zines SO, I headed out.
One of my roommates used to work at Integral and I think I visited him there once a long time ago, but didn't remember much of the place. Occasionally I'll hear of events happening there or see tweets about goodies but I love browsing new health food stores so it's funny that I haven't gone back.
It's situated in the West Village on 13th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues, just south of Chelsea.
A bit of the surrounding area:
Anyway, I wanted to take photos inside for you guys but it's kind of small and it was crowded. The staff seems really knowledgeable and it had a co-op-y vibe in that they were all having long conversations with old ladies asking them about their diets ("I don't eat bread anymore at all.") and dads walking their kids around the aisles ("I think you like the plain one." "No, the chocolate."). There is a juice bar/deli in the back, as well as a surprisingly stocked bulk sections - like, bulk kombu and himalayan pink salts or hot paprika - alongside the usual suspects of granola, etc.
There is fresh produce in the back, a small medicinal and household goods section, and prepared foods. I couldn't find the Gone Pie products (!) but did see raw desserts prepared by Rockin Raw. Like, Raw German Chocolate cake that looked INCREDIBLE but they were pretty expensive (as most raw desserts are - $9.35 for a big slice) and I definitely did not need to eat one of those myself.
Instead, I picked up these items:
Shen, this is what you found, right? This is a Ginger-Goji flavor. It was very good. (Drank it the next day.) I realize now that Reed's also makes a ginger candy that I like a lot. Dudes know Ginger.
And this Kale-Quinoa salad with cranberries from The Squeeze (whose food truck I visited last year.)
The store though, was great. I'll definitely be back and try at a different time to get some interior shots for you. And maybe find the Gone Pie stuff?? Abby, do you know where that sort of stuff goes? I guess I could have asked an employee...
Outside was this sad state:
I copied my zines and walked downtown. Here are a couple more shots from the walk back.
And home again, home again, jiggety jig. From the J train subway platform: