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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Staycation, pt. 4

I am not working on my own stuff nearly as much as I'd like to/ought to but I am eating well and having fun.
Tuesday, after the burrito, I walked over to the old Champs location, which is now a vegan market, Haymarket.

 Cozy interior. Makes you wonder how all those people ever fit into Champs, oh wait, they didn't.

        Stocked shelves. Most interesting were the Palm Frites (coconut fries) and jerky flavors.

chocolate chips, choc syrup, Dandies, Vegg, egg replacer, even vegan condoms for after smothering yr lover in the vegan chocolate syrup.
They also have a small baked goods counter. I got a vegan pain au chocolat!! I have been to France and enjoyed the pain au chocolats greatly, so I was skeptical but this was definitely flaky and delicious.

                    Had it for tea time with Angela Carter's book on pornography and power.

After I started chowing down. I warmed it in the oven for a few minutes before eating. It was slightly denser than I remember pain au chocolats being, but generous on the chocolate, which was appreciated.
I also picked up some of the hard, sliceable Treeline cashew cheese in the Cracked Pepper flavor. I've only seen the soft, spreadable Treeline at my nearest Whole Foods.

Ate it on some crackers. At first it was a little too acidic for me - almost straight up lemony, though the texture was good, but it grew on me. It could maybe use more pepper, but I'll try it in a salad or something and see if it's better.
Then, yesterday, I went to visit my friend Erica at her job at the Morbid Anatomy Museum, in Gowanus. I don't know how you all feel about that kind of stuff - there are taxidermied animals, formaldehyde-preserved cuties, two-headed cows, and the like, as well as human "curiosities." I won't post any photos so as to not offend anyone, but as I understand it, the museum itself doesn't buy the pieces; they are either donated or found. Erica is vegan and she's ok with the ethics, so I trust her. In any case, I find that sort of stuff pretty interesting. The museum also houses a small occult library and holds talks on various topics: magic, memorial jewelry, life after death, whatever.
We made a stop at the new Gowanus Whole Foods, talked about vegan food and candy, and on her recommendation, I picked up some vegan rice pudding, plus a few other things....

                                                                  goooood stuff.
So that was my staycation. I'm off Saturday also for a Feminist Zine Fair (if anyone is local, come!!) but I think next week is back to my regular schedule for a while. It's been fun.

22 comments:

  1. The staycation looks like it's going wonderfully, the croissant in particular looks pretty perfect. Oh and I can't wait to read about the feminist zine fair!

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    1. So good! I think I need another soon.

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  2. Oooh, I like the look of Haymarket! How are the prices? We have one vegan market that is super pricey, so I can hardly afford to buy anything. All of the treats you picked out look so good! I love stay-cations, as they are so restorative!

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    1. Well, everything is expensive, but it's not like it wouldn't be expensive elsewhere. Although at WF they are more likely to have sales. I probably wouldn't go back here unless really wanted to try a specific product, or for those croissants...;) But it's cool that it exists. I like to browse.

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  3. Staycations are by definition not supposed to be productive! Sounds like a lot of going to and fro to get much actual relaxation happening...
    I'm not understanding a conscious decision to not go to babycakes when it was so close..!
    I've never seen vegan rice pudding at WF. Also can't say i've looked for it though now i will.
    Ttrockwood

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    1. Haha but I have so much to do!!
      my friend who used to work at Babycakes is back, so maybe now I will have a better reason to stop by again.
      If you find the rice pudding, I recommend it!

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  4. That Angela Carter is new to me! I love her! My brother was given a taxidermy wolf, as in, it was on his door step when he got home and still has no idea who put it there. He hid it from me for nearly a month knowing I would be upset. I was. Fur makes me ill but I love bones, go figure? Your stay-cation's awesome. Hope it sets the tone for a fun work week :)

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    1. I love her tooooo! Although she has said things about how women should get out of the kitchen, which I find a bit silly since I enjoy it, but whatever. Her short stories are fantastic.
      Bones are cool! Fur bothers me more when it's not on an animal.

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  5. Looks like a very substantial wad of chocolate in the pain au chocolat. Biting into it must have been wonderful!

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  6. I thought i commented on this already. So have you been off work for two whole weeks? Gorgeous Chocolate Croissant.

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    1. I thought you did too. Something about cheese? I dunno.
      Nah, we get 3 weeks of vacation a year - I am spreading 11 days throughout 2 months. So far I've been at work 5 days for two weeks :) Tolerable.

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  7. I just bought some of the Treeline cheese recently too and felt the same way. But I combined with a sweet 'n' savory caramelized onion jam on some crackers, and it paired quite well. It just needed that extra something!

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    1. Ooh that jam sounds great. Yeah, I don't want to hate on any vegan cheese, but when it's pricey, it better be good.

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  8. I've heard about this market! If I ever can bring my introvert self into the city this is definitely a stop I plan on making. I can never find the earth balance sour cream and onion chips and it shows up in your first pic! :) The pain au chocolate looks incredible, I bet it was so amazing warmed up.

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    1. It's a cool place to visit, but nothing entirely special.
      I barely looked at the shelves bc I knew everything would be expensive and just snacky stuff I didn't really NEED, but of course it's all fun. Good eye!

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  9. Vegan pain au chocolat!! AWESOME.

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  10. The combination of good food and time off make a perfect staycation - and the chocolate looks so tasty.

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  11. There's a company that makes inadvertently vegan pain-au-chocolat over here, and you can get them in most high-street supermarkets. They make me very happy. What other baked goods did they have at the market? Inquiring minds need to know..

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  12. There's a company that makes inadvertently vegan pain-au-chocolat over here, and you can get them in most high-street supermarkets. They make me very happy. What other baked goods did they have at the market? Inquiring minds need to know..

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