Gift cards are *so* in right now! Need we say more? ...and that's why we here at Bucks County Vegan wanted to put together a one-stop shop for a gift-card shopping spree.
Buying gift cards is a way to support local business right now without having to leave home, a fun activity (think inbox candy for future use!:) and a way to get way ahead of holiday or birthday shopping! Think of the amazing, kind gestures you can make by giving gift cards right now and in the near future! Give the gift of delicious plant-based foods.
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Anything else you'd like to add? / Favorite vegan ice cream ever etc? :)
I would like to add that if you are going through any kind of body image issue or eating disorder you can message me anytime. I've been there, I am there. And favorite ice cream? Ooooh. Salted Caramel Cluster by So Delicious and Lotta Mint Chip from NadaMoo.
I just want to keep on posting more and more products- new, and older. I really would like to start posting more recipes as well. A plan for myself is to also travel more and post the food from the different places I try. I would like to also post more vegan alcohol and cocktails. There is so much I want to do. There are so many possibilities for The Vegan Taste Tester.
Imagine knowing exactly what you're looking for when you go out to the grocery store for a new item or treat. Pretty cool, right? The Vegan Taste Tester has taken away plenty of guesswork for us this way! You can follow the work of The Vegan Taste Tester on Instagram! (Well worth it!)
The benefits below are not all unique to vegan businesses only. However, many vegan businesses are uniquely committed to missions that lend themselves to these benefits. Let's take a look!
Reasons to Support Vegan & Very Vegan-Friendly Businesses in your Town
Reason 1 - Vegan businesses often fill hard-to-fill vacant spots.
Vegan businesses, while receiving more and more attention in the mainstream are still at this point 'niche businesses.' What does this mean for the towns and neighborhoods they reside within? It means that suddenly the area becomes a destination to visit for an all new demographic. People will often go out of their way and drive anywhere from 1-2 hours to frequent their favorite vegan or very vegan-friendly restaurant. This makes it possible for these kinds of restaurants to maintain a reasonable flow of traffic and maintain longevity (often in off-the-beaten path brick & mortar spots that would otherwise remain high-turnover or vacant due to lack of traffic and exposure). A great example of such a spot is the world famous Vegan Treats Bakery located on an inconspicuous side street in Bethlehem, PA. Bucks County itself also has several off-the-beaten path vegan-friendly restaurants that have celebrated anniversaries within their space that well outnumber the mainstream businesses that occupied the spot before them. Want to bring visitors into your town and receive a quick infusion into the local economy? Encourage a vegan business to open on your street or in your area.
Reason 2 - These businesses often have small, local business owners.
This one is somewhat obvious! While corporate chains make up a large portion of eatery options in the general sector, vegan businesses are often grass roots local operations. This means that a lot of what they do directly benefits the local community and economy. These are restaurants making your city, town, or county thrive even more! To check out a list of Bucks County's vegan and very vegan-friendly restaurants (most of which are locally and family-owned), check out our go-to favorites directory here.
Reason 3 - Many vegan restaurants utilize and promote local, in-season produce.
Let's talk about local produce and local produce farmers. Many decades ago before mass long-distance transit of goods was widely available, local communities had expertise on how to make the best use out of the vegetables and grains that were grown in their area during the growing seasons. They knew what to buy and make when, what veggies to pair with other veggies, and how to make the most out of everything. In doing so, they also supported their own local economies and produce farmers by buying local. Today, we don't always buy local because we don't quite know what's fresh at the moment, where to get it, or how to use it! Many vegan and vegetarian restaurants (along with other specially focused restaurants), have a great penchant for helping us with that. Examples in Bucks? Sprig & Vine in New Hope often makes amazing use of local and seasonal produce on their menu often. They provide not only an amazing place to eat but also great culinary inspiration. Just outside of Bucks County we have Lady & the Shallot educating an entire area on how to stay full and healthy incorporating local veggies right from the Trenton Farmer's Market!
Reason 4 - Many vegan restaurant chefs are experts at helping and showing the community how to get more veggies in their diet (whether community members are vegan or not).
Vegetable eating is making quite the comeback. After decades of popularized processed foods and other non-vegetable rich meal trends, the 2000's brought us a resurgence in interest in healthy bodies and getting back to nature. Vegetables are an age old essential for staying healthy and getting your nutrients. The only trouble is, if you grew up knowing only how to cook corn, meat and potatoes, you may have some chef's block (like writer's block) when it comes to figuring out how to tastefully incorporate a larger variety of vegetables into your daily meals. Vegan restaurants are a shoo-in for helping entire towns out with this! Not only can they help us get more vegetables through their often plant-rich menu items, they can also show us by example and inspire us as to how to do so at home. Many flavor combinations and proper spicing mixes to compliment veggies are observed via visits to vegan restaurants. Many of these restaurants employ plant-based chefs who are experts at these things. Some even offer cooking classes locally, many promoting and educating for healthier, more well-nourished communities. Right here in Bucks County for example, plant-based cooking classes are offered via Saucy's Kitchen and Dinner Service.
Whether you are vegan or simply can appreciate a vegan product or meal occasionally, you can help to infuse your local community with life, energy, and economic benefits when you support or encourage a local vegan or plant-based business. A thriving, healthy, and thoughtful local economy is a positive effect we can all love!
Luhv Bistro, Hatboro
This year Luhv will be offering Vegan 'Turkey' with cranberry pear chutney, carrot ginger puree, and sourdough chorizo stuffing. They are now accepting pre-orders on their website at http://www.luhvfood.com/preorder.
Sprig & Vine, New Hope
Sprig & Vine has been a staple, a favorite and a pure vegetarian Thanksgiving savior to Bucks County over the years. They'll be offering their Thanksgiving menu available for pre-order soon! Watch their social media or call ahead for details.
Saucy's Kitchen and Dinner Service, Yardley
Delicious home-cooked items are available for pick-up each week via Saucy's and this year Bucks County and the surrounding areas is privileged to have Saucy's Thanksgiving options available for pick-up as well. Ordering is available Nov 5th through 21st for pick up Wednesday November 27th from the Yardley Bagel Cafe on Stoney Hill Road in Yardley. The menu features lentil soup, roasted carrot mousse, creamy mash potatoes, chocolate chip cookies and much more. Order at www.saucyskitchen.com or call ahead for more info.
Lady & the Shallot, Mercer County NJ
Wholesome and delicious as always, Lady & the Shallot in nearby Mercer County NJ is taking Thanksgiving pre-orders now. This restaurant has been teaching the community how to use local produce in phenomenal ways! What better time to try their food than Thanksgiving! How about some garlic mashed potatoes - Yum!
Sweetah's Gluten Free Bakeshop, Doylestown
Looking for the perfect pie to bring to family and friends this year? We're so grateful for the delicious dedicated Thanksgiving-perfect vegan options that Sweetah's is offering this year. Visit Sweetah's social media pages or call ahead for more info.
Clean Roots Vegetarian, Quakertown
Clean Roots always has something absolutely delicious and this year for Thanksgiving they will have a Thanksgiving special and great dessert ideas as well! Stay tuned to Clean Roots Vegetarian Quakertown social media for details!
Do you have a notable mention in Bucks that we're missing? Have another Thanksgiving favorite? Let us know in comments below or reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Last week (as of October 2019) the chain announced the new vegan options on their menu as a part of their 'Love All Feed All' initiative. "At Uno's everyone is special" the new menu publicity reads. While the new menu isn't fully vegan (It also features other new dishes for those with allergies as well as for those who eat meat just as before), we are excited to see the new vegan options.
Vegan labels are now right on the menu. Furthermore, the chain even defines vegan on their menu and explains what it means! - "Does not include animal meat or dairy, poultry, fish, shellfish, eggs or honey." The new menu changes are not only available locally but have also been rolled out throughout each of Uno's locations nationwide. Uno locations in Bucks County include Doylestown (Warrington) and Neshaminy (Bensalem). In nearby Philadelphia you can find a location in Conshohocken and Bucks County residents can choose to visit Uno in nearby Hamilton, NJ as well.
Uno's new vegan options include 2 salads, 3 entrees and 14 veggie pizza toppings (all in this case coincidentally healthy veggies.. no plant based pepperoni just yet...) The entrees available are vegan veggie pizza (also called vegan garden pizza), vegan cheese pizza (with Daiya cheese), and the Beyond Burger. Given that the new vegan veggie pizza includes more healthy veggies (and less fat) we think many non-vegans will spring for this dine-out option too in an effort to stay healthier and get in more nutrients. Hey, maybe the new menu labels will even inspire visitors to Google more about why people choose vegan.
[Note that the vegan veggie (garden) pizza is not deep dish and we do hear that if you want deep dish you'll have to call your local restaurant ahead and request using your own discretion. Also, missing from the vegan options notably is dessert, which we really hope is soon to follow. A vegan brownie or chocolate cake if you're listening UNO.. all so easily made vegan! Let's do this! Many of us do not mind paying a slight additional cost while we wait for supply to heighten with demand and decrease cost.]
Even those not following a vegan diet seem excited by the new vegan inclusive menu changes. The changes make the restaurant more viable for families who have vegan family members they'd like to be able to dine with at the restaurant. The new vegan items are also viable for those participating in meatless Mondays and as we know, the Beyond Burger is well loved by vegans and non-vegans alike.
Local Bucks County vegan organizations like Vegans of Yardley are now planning special outings to try the new pizza! We can certainly see why. Some local pizzerias in Bucks will add vegan cheese if you bring it in or you can bring your own to use cold to top your sauce-only pizza (In keeping it vegan just be sure the restaurant's pizza crust and sauce do not have dairy or butter added). Still, vegan options when it comes to pizza in Bucks are still scant. While many vegans prefer cheeses other than Daiya, the new updates to vegan menu are a welcome are a very welcome surprise and we support it! Who will be next? Pizza Hut has added vegan cheese options in UK and Australia but not the US.
A spokesperson for Uno reached out to us and said "We are excited about this new menu we hope you'll try it!" Last week, animal rights group PETA messaged all of their national text subscribers regarding the new menu additions as well asking that animal lovers support these positive changes.
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Not satisfied with the options at Uno or want to make your own Chicago style pizza economically at home? ...perhaps a Deep dish pizza with homemade cashew cheese, Yum! We can see it now. Guess what.. you may have to travel a little while or make a special trip but you can actually take cooking classes from Uno on how to make your own Uno-style deep dish pizza. Unfortunately these classes are not available vegan as of yet, but you could theoretically call ahead to request special class accommodations or apply the style to your very own ingredients at home. The closest class location to Bucks County is Washington DC.
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Shopping Vegan in Bucks: Bucks County Vegan checks out the Specialty Foods Section of Peddler's Village in Lahaska, PA
Built in 1962, the village was inspired by historic and colonial villages. Today the 42 acre village still features many shops and restaurants all situated about a beautifully landscaped walking path. The village even includes a replica of a historic watermill.
Peddler’s Village is anchored by the famous Cock n' Bull restaurant (traditional menu) which has operated within the village since it's opening, and is now home to more than 60 shops in distinct categories. These include 'gallery and artisans,' 'beer, wine and spirits,' 'collectibles and gifts,' 'fashion and accessories,' 'international, lifestyle and home,' 'lodging,' 'services,' 'specialty foods' and 'gifts and toys, books, sports and hobbies.'
Recently we decided to see if we could find any vegan and plant-based options within the specialty food section of the village where shoppers can find specialty prepackaged foods and gifts. We were pretty pleased with what we found and we believe the options will even grow in the future. We present our findings by shop below. To learn more about what makes and item vegan and / or plant-based click here.
- This shop sells specialty pastas and high quality oils and dressings. Not all pastas or oils are marked as vegan or are vegan but many contain simple and clean ingredients that many shoppers might find suitable. Just check the packaging. Staff is helpful, knowledgeable and friendly.
The Lucky Cupcake Company
- This bakery in the village sells cupcakes, cookies and other traditional baked goods. Clearly marked vegan options are available each day. Some at room temperature are ready-to-eat and some refrigerated are ready to take home or to your small party. Larger orders can be made ahead of time. We'd love to see a vegan cookie but can report that the cupcakes are delicious. Some items can be made vegan if ordered in advance. Staff was helpful and informative about which items were vegan and pointed us in the right direction immediately.
Savory Spice Shop
- This shop sells spices and marinades. A few dressings are noted as vegan as well. Many spices are available for cooking. Check labels. Packaging that includes dairy is clearly marked with warning labels - very helpful.
Clusters Handcrafted Popcorn
- This shop sells specialty seasoned popcorn ready to go. Has dairy-free options, not marked as vegan. These may or may not be vegan but we are thrilled to see that many of the popcorns are dairy-free.
Skip's Candy Corner
- This staple of the village sells traditional fudge and candy. The shop has a few but not many vegan options including prepackaged Taza brand toffee flavor and other chocolates. We'd love to see a vegan fudge option in the future! (meaning dairy butter, milk, and egg free) We're going to keep posted.
- Honey is an animal product and since vegan is a label for 'no animal products or byproducts' honey is not vegan.. but what you will find here is a wealth of knowledge and information about honey bees thanks to the knowledgeable expert staff. If you're interested in that, this shop can be very helpful.
Bucks County House of Jerky
- This shop has vegan jerkies in addition to their other selection but carries other products that some shoppers may want to avoid.
BEAT THE HEAT & GET BONUS NUTRIENTS WITH THIS SMOOTHIE THAT TASTES LIKE A BANANA SPLIT! (NON-DAIRY AND VEGAN OF COURSE!)
Bananas and cocoa powder make the nutrient-rich non-dairy base for what will make a delicious banana split flavor. This shake can be more or less chocolatey depending on how much cocoa powder your add! Drink it as a snack on it's own or use it as the base for a breakfast, lunch or dessert bowl adding in whole fruits, walnuts, banana slices or other toppings - even plant-based whipped cream or sprinkles. We think you'll love it either way. We think this is the Ultimate banana split smoothie shake recipe! Here's the easy recipe:
Add these ingredients to the blender:
- 2 Dates (just take out the pits)
- 2 heaping teaspoons of peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice)
- 1/2 cup Oatly oat milk (or non-dairy milk of your choice)
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- 1/2 cup shaved ice (unless your banana was frozen)
- 1.5 teaspoons cocoa powder
- 1 scoop of vanilla plant-based protein like Nutiva brand (optional)
Then, simply blend and enjoy!
When a new meal-prep service launches in Bucks, it stands out. When that service also offers an extensive vegan menu, Hello! We get excited. That's just the case with Saucy's Kitchen. Saucy's Kitchen is a new meal prep and pick-up service located in Yardley, Bucks County PA. Saucy's Kitchen does offer a menu with meal types for all diets, however, in addition Saucy's Kitchen also debuted exciting extensive vegan offerings upon opening for business.
Saucy's new meal-prep service is a 'for pick-up' service which means customers order ahead for pick-up of prepped and ready meals for the upcoming week. Picking up directly from Saucy's means skipping the wait for shipments and the extra packaging often associated with delivery services. Saucy's Kitchen may be the economical and environmentally conscious local option you've been waiting for. Saucy's Kitchen's vegan menu covers everything from soups and sides to filling entrees and desserts.
Saucy's pick-up location is convenient to get to from many parts of lower and central Bucks as well as parts of Mercer County as well. Instead of putting in the time to grocery shop, meal plan, clean / prep veggies and cook, Saucy's Kitchen does the work for you. You just have to order and pick-up.
You can learn more about or order from Saucy's Kitchen at www.saucyskitchen.com.
"I am soooooo happy I finally had the guts to do this… I am very happy to be cooking and that people are finding my service helpful and the food delicious," owner / chef Lynne Coulter of Saucy's Kitchen in Yardley explained to us.
We wanted to hear even more about the inspiration behind Saucy's and owner / chef Lynne Coulter was so gracious to answer our questions and tell us more! Read more about Saucy's Kitchen below.
Bucks County Vegan: When did you start your business? What was the inspiration?
Saucy's Kitchen: The business as it exists right now was started a few weeks ago. I think the food officially went into the Yardley Bagel café on like the 12th or 13th of February and then we launched the prepared meal service two weeks later with the first pick up on February 25th What was the inspiration? Ha, ha there are many inspirations, not the least of which is I love to cook for people, always have. Since I was young I cooked with my mother and grandmother and as a young married woman (I got married at 24 to my college sweetheart) I would cook for all of our friends and have huge parties with lots of food, I also host family holidays at my house where we usually have between 22-30 people… that said as a working woman I had no time to cook, so on Sundays I would cook for 5 or 6 hours to have food in the fridge for the week so we could have healthy, home cooked meals—I know other women don’t have time for this or enjoy it so that is where the business idea came from… having vegan food came from necessity as my husband became vegan 1 ½ years ago. (I am not full-on vegan but lean vegan.)
Bucks County Vegan: What gave you the idea to start adding vegan entrees / options to the menu?
Saucy's Kitchen: When we (mostly my husband) turned vegan we had a really, really hard time finding good tasting, affordable vegan options – so I wanted to make sure other people could find what I couldn’t. Also I try to make my vegan food, simply versions of the traditional food I grew up with and loved.. I am not a huge bean or chick pea fan which is in a lot of vegan options, I try to work with good tasting ingredients that just happen to be vegan and make food that soothes the soul and excites the palate but again just happens to be vegan.
Bucks County Vegan: What makes you passionate about offering vegan / plant based dish options?
Saucy's Kitchen: I am a huge animal and planet lover and I worry about both in today’s society… even if I can get someone to have one or two vegan meals a week it will slow the demand for other food that drives all the corporate farming which is not kind to animals or the environment… so putting great tasting vegan food in the world is my way of doing my part for our world… also the health benefits are important to me, my dad had serious diabetes issues earlier this year and he is getting things in line by changing his eating patterns, bringing in more plant based food etc and it is making a difference…. If it can taste great and be better for you, the world and those around you, why wouldn’t you eat it????
Bucks County Vegan: What has the feedback been like that you have received so far (on the vegan items)?
Saucy's Kitchen: I have gotten very, very positive feedback. My favorite of course is “no way” that’s vegan??? I offer people meatless chili and eggless quiche as opposed to “vegan” food and once they taste it then I tell them what is and isn’t in it.. (unless of course there are allergies or specific health issues then of course I tell them up front).
Bucks County Vegan: Who is your weekly vegan meal pick-up ideal for?
Saucy's Kitchen: Anyone really but I get an interesting mix of working families with no time to cook, to families with mixed eating preferences (one person in the house is vegan and others aren’t), people who have guests or visitors who are vegan and they don’t know what to cook for them … people who are looking for healthy homemade options that are portion controlled. In addition, is ordering done a-la-carte by item or is there a weekly package? I want to be flexible to meet peoples various needs so you can order as little or as much as you want. There are some standing items like the eggless quiche and the meatless chili and eggplant ratatouille and then there are rotating entrees, soups and salads and desserts too.
Bucks County Vegan: What are some customer favorites?
Saucy's Kitchen: People rave about the chili. They can’t believe there is no meat, or the ratatouille saying how can this only be vegetables and the fluffiness of the eggless quiche, also a recent favorite was cashew cheese zucchini ravioli. One of my favorites is the crack broccoli taco or the vegan bolognaise over homemade vegan tortellini. (Interview continues below photo.)
Saucy's Kitchen: A soup, the chili and maybe quiche and one of the entrees.
Bucks County Vegan: One common misconception I hear is that vegan food / dishes aren't as filling. Would you say that this is true with your vegan dishes?
Saucy's Kitchen: No, (given a usual portion size I would say) the food is very filling, especially the chili or the hearty soups like the Roasted Carrot/ Sweet Potato soup or the creamy, rich quiche.
Bucks County Vegan: Have you or any family members seen or felt any positive results from adding more vegan or plant based dishes to your own life?
Saucy's Kitchen: Yes per the comments above, my dad has. My husband is super healthy. I have actually gained a bit since I am cooking so much and making sure the recipes taste good as I create new menu options—ha, ha
Bucks County Vegan: What is your best advice for someone who isn't vegan but who might like to try your vegan items?
Saucy's Kitchen: I think if they are going to ‘Just try it” best items would be chili or the mushroom soup or maybe the vegan bolognaise as they are all delicious and “happen to be vegan”- I don’t think they need to try it for a week, check out the menu each week and see what sounds interesting and give it a try, the costs are very reasonable so if you don’t like it you really didn’t risk much…
Bucks County Vegan: Where else can people find dishes from Saucy's Kitchen? What is the best way for someone to experience your dishes for the first time?
Saucy's Kitchen: There are cooking classes available as well at Yardley bagel Café and at people’s homes if they want How can we purchase? You can order food online at saucykitchen.com anytime Thursday- Saturday at noon and pick up on Monday at Yardley Bagel Café from 4:30-7 or you can try a few of the items at lunch or breakfast in the café though the menu is limited to chili, quiche, lemon poppy bread and sometimes a vegan soup- they also have vegan bagels.
Readers can learn more about Saucy's Kitchen meal pick-up service based in Yardley, PA by visiting www.saucyskitchen.com.
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The Lehigh Valley is our Neighbor to the North. Here are a Few Great Resources You Might Like if You Spend Time just North of Bucks!
If you're in Bucks, you're likely familiar with our neighbor to the North the Lehigh Valley! If you're taking a day or weekend trip to the Lehigh Valley, there are some great resources to find Vegan tips for your trip. Here are are few:
Save the Kales! - Save the Kales is an active group on Facebook that has a presence on other social media platforms such as Instagram.
Lehigh Valley Vegan - Lehigh Valley Vegan is a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to increase plant-based options for restaurants and promote veganism in the LV, PA.
Vegan in the Valley - Vlogger Dylan Sweeney has stepped up to help you find vegan hotspots in the Lehigh Valley as well. You can find his new clips from the series Vegan in the Valley on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9wPNjCtL-M&t=22s
What are some of your other vegan resources for the area? If you have one we've missed, please let us know in the comments.
Bucks County based Sweet Megan Bakery is a top-8 allergen free bakery based in Southampton, Pennsylvania. The bakery was founded in 2014 by owner Patti Lerner to offer healthy treats and desserts that more people could safely enjoy. Sweet Megan products are now made free of gluten, dairy, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, shellfish, fish, preservatives, gums, and dyes.
The bakery distributor offers several tasty prepacked snacks like cookies, cakes and cookie sandwiches. Aside from traditional dessert offerings, Sweet Megan Pizza Dough and Sweet Megan Cookie Dough have also become favorite staples especially in households that want to steer clear of the top-8 food allergens.
Currently Sweet Megan Bakery's desserts and cookie doughs (which come in edible chocolate chip, chocolate brownie and sugar cookie) can be found all around Bucks County at locations like Organnon's Newtown and you can purchase on the company's website and Amazon. Additionally, Sweet Megan Bakery has now partnered with Wawa stores to offer their Cookie Dough throughout all 800 Wawa locations starting February 11th, 2019.
As of the week of the February 11th, 2019, Wawa customers can expect to see the cookie dough in many Bucks County Pennsylvania and nearby New Jersey locations, while more distant Wawa locations such as those in Florida should be receiving the cookie dough sometime in mid-late February.
Sweet Megan delivers their treats as a wholesale distributor and does not currently have a brick-and-mortar location open to the public.
Top-8 allergen free products do not necessarily imply that all animal products are excluded, but many top-8 allergen free products are animal free and safe for those who want to eat a vegan diet as well. Always check the label. Good news! Sweet Megan's Cookie Dough is labeled Vegan!
To learn more about Sweet Megan Bakery you can visit www.sweetmeganbakery.com.
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