Right now I am in Emmaus, PA with the fam, visiting some friends. Tonite will be authentic Neopolitan pizza (minus the buffalo mozzarella…we are strictly cow cheese over here). But for starters, we headed to Vegan Treats, a bakery in Bethlehem, PA which supplies the pastries for all the veg restaurants in NJ, NYC and Philly area.
And while the place smelled absolutely yummy and the pastries looked too pretty to eat (how pastries should look!), I have to say I am not as convinced on the glories of Vegan Treats as much as my northeastern friends. Generally speaking, I am totally fine with a vegan diet. Just not fine with super processed grody replacement “foods.” Soy cheese, vegetable shortening, etc. pretty much grosses me out.
Although the finished products look first class, the ingredients used at Vegan Treats are a little lowbrow. Nevertheless, I thought the doughnuts, which are cake-like, to be good–better than most vegan doughnuts I have tasted (yet they don’t even come close to doughnuts made by a woman named Mantrini out of her house in Alachua). We bought a few doughnuts and brownies for the kids to enjoy over the next few days. But to be honest, I think we would all prefer some spelt banana bread with flax seed over white flour and Crisco.
My daughter enjoying herself at Vegan Treats, despite my scathing reviews. She ordered the mocha cheesecake (we allowed it since it was early in the day) but really she only wanted to eat the chocolate spoon.
The pastry case. Lots of vegan cheesecakes (no thanks!) and peanut butter custardy things.