Valentine Treats For Your Vegan Sweetie [WoMag]
Posted by Drew.
Are you a long-time vegetarian, looking for something new to do this Valentineâ€™s Day? Or maybe a die-hard meat-eater with a vegan sweetheart? Somewhere in between? No matter where youâ€™re coming from, these romantic vegan Valentineâ€™s date ideas are sure to impress:
The Bean Counter is the place in Worcester to get vegan desserts for your schnoodle. You can order a vegan cake ahead of time, either a full-sized or a small cake. Not good at planning ahead? Bean Counter is also the spot to hit up if you get a hot date at the last minute or, heaven-forbid, you forget to buy a present for your long-time love. The cafe on Highland Street always has fresh-baked vegan cupcakes, cookies and sometimes even has vegan cakes available for immediate purchase.
This year, Valentineâ€™s Day falls on the Lunar New Year, also called Chinese New Year. Two of Worcesterâ€™s East Asian vegan restaurants are celebrating with special dishes and special hours.
Decadent double dipped vegan chocolate apples from CorpseCakes
This weekend will be busy at Buddha Hut on Chandler Street. On Saturday it hosts its monthly vegan buffet. While not usually open on Sundays, this year the restaurant is opening its doors on Feb. 14 for special Valentineâ€™s Day dinner hours.
Duck Yao is celebrating Valentineâ€™s and Chinese New Year and will be offering a special item this weekend: fried, pounded rice cakes filled with veggie ham and beans. Space is limited at this underground restaurant, so make reservations early by calling 413-296-4797.
Plan to spend the Valentineâ€™s evening at home, snuggled up with your sweetie? Stop by the Artichoke food co-op to pick up some decadent chocolate treats and non-dairy ice cream. The Artichokeâ€™s fresh-food selection may be sparse, but there is no better place in Worcester to find vegan and fairly-traded chocolate bars. Choose from a wide selection that includes blended orange dark-chocolate, espresso bean, and almond chunk. While you are there, consider bringing home a pint of the non-dairy ice-cream. The flavors the co-op stocks vary, but if youâ€™re lucky it will still have some coconut-chocolate available.
One Love is the perfect place to relax with your love this Valentineâ€™s Day. Want to spend an hour or two chatting over dinner? This small Jamaican restaurant features many options for those seeking a meatless meal. Sip some water with watermelon and chat while owner Venice Fouchard prepares your food. The rasta pasta and spinach roti are perfect for sharing. The stewed akee fruit has a texture similar to scrambled eggs but a distinct flavor that sticks out from the curry dish. You wonâ€™t be let down by the creative and flavorful dishes.
Donâ€™t want to go out this Valentineâ€™s? What better way to impress your date than making a home-cooked, gourmet meal? In addition to a wide array of fresh, organic fruits and veggies, the Living Earth has a bulk foods section and many specialty vegan items like soycheese and mock meats. With all the interesting ingredients available at Living Earth, youâ€™ll certainly be able to come up with a creative dish that woos your darling.
And for those of the creepy, kooky and altogether ooky nature … CorpseCakes is your choice for alternative and sub-cultured goodies for the post-mortem extracted sweet tooth. All CorpseCakes cupcakes and cakes are created to your liking, offering a variety of hand-painted/custom sweets tailored to your dietary needs including vegan tasties. For ordering information e-mail CorpseCakes@gmail.com
February 12, 2010 Tags: baked goods, Buddha Hut Monthly Buffet, buffet, cupcakes!, deep fried goodness, east asian, mock meats, Worcester, Worcester Mag Posted in: Artichoke Food Cooperative, Buddha Hut, Corpse Cakes, Duck Yao, One Love Cafe, The Living Earth