Vegan Treats Review

Vegan Treats: A Vegan Bakery Review

A few months ago, I found out that there’s a vegan bakery not too incredibly far from my parents’ house. In fact, it’s just a few blocks from one of the branches my mom visits fairly regularly as part of her job as a banking executive! Vegan Treats is a small shop, and easy to miss if you’re not looking for it, but it’s definitely worth the effort!

I’ve had the opportunity to try a few different vegan treats from Vegan Treats, but my favourite is definitely the donuts.  I missed eating donuts that I haven’t haphazardly fried up with some accidentally vegan dough.  I’ve got many fond memories of visiting Dunkin’ with my family growing up and I’ve longed for that sort of nostalgic goodie.

The first time we stepped inside, I was blown away.  I’ve been fortunate enough to visit a few all-vegan spots now, but this was the first time that there was this much variety front-and-center, and not just on a menu.  I’ve been to many regular bakeries and for the first time, I didn’t have to examine everything hoping to find the one (typically disappointing) vegan option.

vegan treats - display case

I’d been particularly reminiscing over Boston cream donuts in the weeks prior to that first visit, so naturally I had to try their version.  It wasn’t exactly like the version I remembered, but it was absolutely delicious nevertheless, and satisfied that craving perfectly.

vegan treats - boston creme filling

I got to try a cannoli, too, another treat that I’d been dying to try veganised. Neither the cannoli itself nor the powder sugar it was coated in disappointed!

vegan treats - cannoli sugar

My mom and sister came along on this trip and each got a goodie of their own: a filled pumpkin donut and a personal chocolate cake!

 

vegan treats - pumpkin donuts

vegan treats - chocolate cake

It was right around Halloween, too, so the festive, spooky decorations were a great bonus!

I got to finish off Mom’s donut (she says they’re too rich for her, even on a cheat day–I suspect she might just know they make me happy) and try a few bites of Rachel’s cake.  I’m happy to report that they were both absolutely delicious!

Now, these are rather rich, and very sweet, especially if you don’t indulge in these sorts of goodies very often.  Personally, I don’t find either of these qualities to be a detriment–it just helps me to savour them even more!

As I said, the bakery isn’t far from one of Mom’s branches, so I’ve had the chance to try a few more goodies. Mom brought home an assortment of donuts on another trip!

vegan treats - donuts

She picked out the sprinkled donut especially for me as I’d said a few times that that was the next one I needed to try–I missed the rainbow sprinkles of childhood donuts!  She ate the coconut one herself (I’m not much of a coconut fan myself), but I got to try the chocolate, too (and a few bites of the pumpkin again–she’d liked it so much the first time that she got it again!).  As expected, all three were absolutely delicious.

Most recently, she surprised me with a whole spread of vegan treats.  Not only did she bring another box of donuts, but she brought this adorable Easter-y cake, too! His wing got a bit knocked off in travel, but he was delicious (and adorable) nevertheless.  He was gluten-free, too, which made it even better!

chick cake vegan treats

The donuts included another sprinkled and chocolate, a jelly-filled, and a s’mores. For me, the highlight was hands-down the jelly!  I didn’t realise just how much I’d missed jelly donuts, nor just how long it had been since I’d had one. The jelly was smoother than those I remember, but so good–the raspberry and powdered sugar combination was as wonderful as I remembered!

donuts 2 - vegan treats

I can’t wait to try even more of these delicious Vegan Treats!  They have some gorgeous soft-serve that’s high on my list, plus a “chicken” and waffles concoction that looks absolutely mouth-watering.

vegan treats - chicken and waffles

Of course, I’ll keep you updated as I try more goodies from Vegan Treats!  If you’re ever in the Bethlehem area, be sure to stop by and check it out for yourself.

Vegan Treats Review

My Travel Bucket List

My Travel Bucket List

Despite my love for it, I’ve had remarkably few travel opportunities in my life.  To satisfy that wanderlust, I’ve made the best of things by keeping a pretty lengthy travel bucket list over the years.

For the sake of this post, I’m only sharing some highlights (trust me, the full list would take far too long of a post for anyone to read).  I’m also only sharing those places that I haven’t already visited. There are lots of places that I hope/plan to revisit over time, which I’d consider bucket-list worthy.  Perhaps a reverse bucket list in the future sharing those? Let me know in the comments if you’re interested!

I’ve also included lots of international spots, as well as some places here in the States.

Reykjavik, Iceland

For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to see the Northern Lights.  I suspect this might be tied to reading Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series growing up, but regardless, it’s been a desire of mine for well over a decade.  And, at some point, I came to the conclusion that I’ll someday do just that while visiting Reykjavik.

I nearly got the chance to make this one a reality while I was still living in England, but the plans fell through at the last minute. Nevertheless, I’m determined to make it back someday!

Verona, Italy

Could I really call myself a fan of Romeo & Juliet if this weren’t on the list? Casa di Giulietta is at the absolute top of this list (future husband, take note).

As a bonus, my mom has always dreamt of visiting Italy. I’ve told myself throughout my life that I’ll know I’ve “made it” when I’m able to take her on that very trip.

Key West, Florida

This is probably the most recent addition to the list!  One of my best friends lives in Florida and recently visited the Hemingway House.  He quickly recommended it to me, too.  I’ll admit, it’s long been a spot at the back of my mind, but I’d never given it too much thought.  But, he made three very good points:  cats, books, and history.  As expected, he’s correct–that’s the most compelling combination you could probably put together for me…ever.

Paris, France

Cliché, yes, but having studied French in high school, there was always an expectation in mind that I would one day make it to Paris. Throw in the infinite list of pop culture references I could make and I’m sold.

If absolutely nothing else, my love for the Lost Generation writers is motivation aplenty!

Salem, MA

Ever since I first heard of the witch trials, there’s always been a part of me that’s wanted to visit for myself. I couldn’t tell you if that was more the appeal of history or spookiness, but it’s there all the same.

Galway, Ireland

Confession: this one was sparked entirely by the song “Galway Girl” (the non-Ed Sheeran version, though his has increased it a bit since).  Dublin’s also on my list, of course, but Galway’s always edged it out just a bit.

Fall River, MA

Entirely my desire to tour the Lizzie Borden house? Yes.

Barcelona, Spain

Another Ed Sheeran song!  But, more importantly, I’ve wanted to visit both Madrid and Barcelona since I was a kid.  I have family near Madrid and have always wanted to meet them in person.

This is another one that didn’t quite work out while I was living in England, so I’m especially determined to make it happen someday!

Warren’s Occult Museum, CT

One last stateside spooky spot! From even before my time as a paranormal investigator myself, I’ve been intrigued by the Warrens and their legacy.  The museum is currently closed while looking for a new location, but I’m determined to make it there once they do!

Are any of these spots on your own travel bucket list? What others are you dying to see? Let us know in the comments!

My Travel Bucket List

Holiday Travel Bucket List

My Holiday Travel Bucket List (Blogmas 2018, Day Ten)

Though I haven’t done much of it lately, I love to travel!  My travel bucket list is coming in the new year, but, in the meantime, I’m sharing holiday events around the world that I would love to be a part of someday.

I might not ever to get to any of these, much less all of them.  But, a girl can dream!

Winter Light Festival; Portland, Oregon

The Winter Light Festival is “a city-wide event showcasing illuminated art installations, vibrant performances, and stunning kinetic fire sculptures throughout our city.” If the pictures do it any justice, it’s absolutely stunning!

Last year, I visited a local home that puts together a gorgeous light display and I loved it–I can only imagine the beauty at this scale!

World Ice Art Festival; Fairbanks, Alaska

With my minimal talent in the visual arts, the fact that people can make elaborate sculptures out of pieces of ice is absolutely mind-blowing to me! The artists are incredibly talented and I’d be thrilled to see it in person.

Winter Wonderland; Hyde Park, London

I already know that I adore London, so this one’s near the top of my list.  There are so many ways to spend your time in Winter Wonderland that I’m not sure I’d be able to decide on where to start! An excuse to see London again and celebrate the holidays at such a wonderful (pun intended) spot? Yes, please!

Polar Express; Durango, Colorado

I’ve seen a few different iterations of Polar Express rides, but this one from the Colorado Railroad Museum seems to be the most “official” of them! I really enjoy train rides and Polar Express has undoubtedly become a modern Christmas classic.  That sounds like a winning combination to me!

Papal Mass; Vatican City

I’m a huge fan of the present Pope and would absolutely love to see him in person someday.  A  Christmas Eve mass would make for an even better version of this dream!

Tree Lighting Ceremony; Rockefeller Center, New York

I’ve been lucky enough to visit New York City near Christmastime a few times, but I’ve never experienced the full glory of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.  I would love to experience the tree lighting itself!  Plus, it would be an excuse to see Tiffany’s window display, which is always a plus.

Christmas Market; Valkenburg, The Netherlands

“Christmas Market Velvet Cave” sounds pretty darn good to me!  Like the others on this list, this Christmas market looks wonderful.  Plus, the proceeds go toward the Valkenburg Castle Foundation:  I don’t know about you, but I am always in support of supporting castles!

Rose Parade; Pasadena, California

Roses are my favourite flower, so this New Year’s celebration is right up my alley!

Charles Dickens Festival; Deventer, The Netherlands

Literary celebrations of anything are kind of my favourite, so this is perfect!  Bleak House is my favourite Dickens piece (I know, I know, I’m a pretentious English major ugh.), but I don’t doubt that I can get into the holiday spirit with some of his other works.

Hogwarts in the Snow; Warner Bros. Studio, London

Harry Potter and the holidays? Yes, please!  While I’m not totally sold on Harry Potter’s place in Christmas movie lineups, I still won’t turn down an excuse to watch the films or read the books . . . or otherwise celebrate the fandom.  It’s just a bonus that this happens to take place in one of my favourite cities, too!

Ice Skating at Ingólfstorg Square; Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik is another city near the top of my bucket list (I was almost able to visit while I was still in the UK, but unfortunately my plans fell through!).

Bath Christmas Market; Bath, UK

I missed the Bath Christmas Market by just a few weeks while living in the city and I’m still bummed that I missed out.  The city of Bath is absolutely amazing all alone, but I can only imagine how great it is over the holidays!  A bonus?  From their website: “This year, Bath Christmas Market is going green! Watch out for cheerful decorations made using recycled plastic bags and bottles, designed by Christine Leech, Creative Director of Marie Claire Runway Magazine.”

Check out our Traveller’s Guide to Bath for more about my favourite city!

Holiday Travel Bucket List

Have you been to any of these holiday events from around the world, or would you go given the chance? Let us know in the comments!

Happy Blogmas