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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Whiskers Vegan Bakery and other stuff

There was a Champs outpost on Bushwick Avenue until last fall or so; the space has been revamped into a vegan bakery, so never fear.
I made sure to eat a salad before eating baked goods.

                                                raw kale salad, tofu, beet hummus
I biked over to the bakery to balance out any overload on baked goods I felt like taking on. A 7 minute bike ride = 3 goodies, right?

              pecan cinnamon roll, gluten-free lemon raspberry muffin, chocolate croissant

Very good, though not much icing. The insides were pretty plain, but texturally soft and flaky and cinnamony. The pecans were really nice, a sweet + salty combo. A really sizeable serving, too, this would be plenty for two to share with something else breakfasty on the side - a smoothie or scramble or salad.

 This was awesome. This was the first thing I ate. The chocolate was well distributed throughout and gooey (maybe due to biking around in the sun.) The pastry was flaky and light.

I can't really judge this GF muffin too well, as I froze it when I got it and when I finally ate it, I was overexcited to eat it and didn't entirely let it thaw all that well. The flavor seemed good, but it was a little gummy and the paper wrapper stuck to the muffin. That is generally my experience with GF goods, but who knows? It probably would have been good toasted a bit, or with jam or butter on it. I maybe would buy it again if I go back, and eat it fresh.
Anyway, Whiskers was good. They offer breakfast sandwiches and bagels and coffee stuffs as well. I'm glad it's close and I'm glad it exists. I believe their goods are carried elsewhere - the listing is on their website. There is a small bit of seating on an outside patio overlooking not-all-that-beautiful Bushwick ave, and 1 table inside to eat at as well. my one complaint is that they are open only until 4. They do open at 7 on weekdays, making me wonder whether I'll get up & out early and pick something up on the way, biking to work over the summer. Probably not, but it's a nice stop on a day off.
On the healthier turn,

A quick smoothie for dinner the other night. Spinach, vanilla Vega protein powder, almond milk, peanut butter, 1 frozen banana.
 
oatmeal breakfast. Oats, chia seeds, goji berries, strawberries, raspberry jam, peanut butter, almond milk. Bought a big jar of pb a few weeks ago and am enjoying it as well as its price tag, but I think I'll go back to almond butter when it's finished, as the pb is not completely agreeing with my stomach.

J and I made a nice dinner the other night: brown rice, kale, chickpeas, okra, and the sample of Korean BBQ flavored seitan that came in the athlete's box I got him. It was a good size for a sample box but I wasn't all that interested in the flavor. Apparently Korean BBQ is not at all spicy - it just tasted like it was flavored with soy sauce. I threw some red pepper flakes into the dish.

That's all for now. I'm afraid I haven't been eating anything really interesting lately, but I'll try to work on that.

10 comments:

  1. I've never tried Korean BBQ, so I'll trust your assessment of the flavor! A shame about the pb. Does it also affect you when in Justin's Cups? I love almond butter, but can't swallow the price.

    Looks at those bakery treats! I wish Beet Box had more variety, but these certainly satisfy the mind!

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    1. Haha! Nope, I can fortunately eat allll the Justin's Cups I want. Not that I should. And you're right about the almond butter price - i just bought the same big tub of PB this time grocery shopping. A better bet is probably just raw almonds, since I mostly use the nut butter in oat breakfasts rather than a sandwich.

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  2. Quite the in depth review of a Muffin, a Croissant and a Bun. Based on the pics alone, I can see the Muffin is the loser. Cool tats on J's fingers.

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    1. I have feelings about baked goods.
      J's coolness level rose about 10 points after getting his knuckles tattooed.

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  3. Oooh, that cinnamon roll!!! I'm such a sucker for a cinnamon roll. Also, yummy kale salad with beet hummus!!

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    1. me too. The pecans on top were especially nice. Good to have the salad as balance, though.

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  4. I hate that with gluten free baking, if it doesn't completely stick to the wrapper it's cause there is so much oil in it! There's a deli here doing gluten free baking that I swear just soaks the wrapper and dough in oil so it won't stick. This post has given me a strong hankering for kale.

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    1. Are you gluten-free? I don't think I knew that but I just read yr SF post. Yeah, there are a few GF treats that I like but now reading yr comment, they are usually pretty oily. Shame.

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    2. Last fall after MoFo I made seitan and started getting a rash all around my mouth, among a few other things. I eliminated soy and gluten, then reintroduced each and gluten proved to be the culprit so I've carried on without it.

      Haha I see I totally spam'd you replying to the previous post. My comment kept disappearing so I thought it was just glitchy and kept hitting send. Sorry about that. Feel free to delete the extras.

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  5. I have never tried Brooklyn Whiskers at shop-ups, so I'm especially glad for your review! I love that SV could see the muffin was a loser right off the bat.

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