I enjoy all forms of vegan ice cream. Soy based, coconut based, cashew based, they all hold a special place in my tummy. Buying a tub of ice cream from the grocery store is fun, but it’s not the same as being able to walk into a fancy ice cream shop and pick from a display case full of interesting flavours. Nope, not even close! And there’s no such thing as soft serve ice cream at the supermarket. For the good stuff, you’ll have to find a way to make it to a vegan dessert shop like Lula’s Sweet Apothecary.
Maybe it’s just me, but I always get so excited when I go somewhere and have the pleasure of being able to order ANYTHING off the menu. For most vegans, it’s a special day. Lula’s Sweet Apothecary is one of those rare places where I can order freely, knowing everything is vegan.
At first, we were a bit overwhelmed with all of the options. After trying a sample of almost every flavour of ice cream they had in stock, we were starting to get a better idea. John and I knew we wanted something different, not a scoop, shake or float. It didn’t take long for the obvious choice to rise to the top. We agreed on a sundae. Not just any sundae, a two scoop brownie sundae with soy whip cream, hot caramel sauce, crushed gram crackers, and a cherry on top. Choosing the ice cream flavours was the toughest part. We both picked one and ended up with maple walnut (John’s pick), and cookies and cream (mine). Yes, you read that right. You saw the picture. Amazing, I know. It did cost $8.55 USD but was oh so worth it.
Our indulging didn’t end there. After the sundae, we had just enough room left to try, for the first time ever, vegan soft serve ice cream. It may sound gluttonous, but we couldn’t pass up the chance. The flavours were cake batter and chocolate. We could pick either one or go for the twist. Why on earth would we want to limit ourselves?! We went for the twist, in a waffle cone. All that bliss and only $3.95 USD.
After enjoying a few licks of the soft serve and remembering what it feels like to be a kid licking an ice cream cone in the backseat of a car on the way home from the beach, we plopped the cone into our empty sundae dish. Not just in the dish, but on top of broken pieces of a peanut butter and chocolate chip cookie. Not a regular peanut butter and chocolate chip cookie. One made with vegan white chocolate chips and Peanut Butter & Co‘s White Chocolate Wonderful Peanut Butter. The cookie was made by Evan from the bjorkedoff blog, who was kind enough to meet us at Lula’s and help us choose from their awesome array of sweets.
Evan also brought us a slice of mango banana bread and four danishes with chocolate, peanut butter and fruit fillings. If you’re visiting or living in New York and are interested in ordering some homemade, freshly baked, sweet and flaky danishes, be sure to get in touch with Evan.
Lula’s is an amazing place. It’s hard to believe it even exists, but it is New York and they do have everything. If I had a chance to go back, I’d definitely pick up some of the Sweet & Sara treats they carry, like the Rocky Road Bark, Macaroons and Rice Crispy Treats.
If you’re in New York, don’t miss Lula’s. Just don’t. Go with a big appetite for something sweet and delicious. Bring friends to share with and try as many of their ice cream desserts as you can handle.
Lula’s Sweet Apothecary
516 East 6th Street
New York, NY 10009