Ah, you think the life of a pilot is all glamor and fun, laying on the beaches of exotic locations and of course, let's not forget the frolic! So. Much. Frolic.
My schedule as a charter pilot is a bit more mundane. If I'm not scheduled to fly and I'm not "OFF" I'm on standby. I have to be ready to respond to a call from dispatch for an "ASAP" flight and report to the airport in 2 hours. Most days I sit trembling in my living room with phone in hand. Some days I venture a block or two. On rare days I actually will venture forth to another neighborhood, (which in Manhattan means more than 5 blocks in any one direction).
This beautiful Sunday found me slinking underground on a subway ride to Moo Shoes, (Vegan Shoes and accessories), at 78 Orchard Street. I wanted to partake in the Vegan Bake Sale to benefit for the Animals Sanctuary. Surprisingly, this was only one of the three I had heard of, there being two on Saturday in Brooklyn and Morristown, NJ. Not a very good showing for the progressive New York area I must say. The Midwest put us to shame! But here I am just happy to be a part of a vegan activity.
|You can't find Moo Shoes if you're looking at the sidewalk. Unless you see the car with NJ license plates and the For The Animals Sanctuary decal!|
Now I have two "vegan" pieces hanging around my neck. Thanks for the polish, Debbie.
|A sample of Deb's work.|
(OK fellow internet gurus. Why is it when I save a picture to iPhoto and then modify it I can see the modified picture on iPhoto but when I go to add a picture on blogger it loads the unmodified picture. I tried shutting down the blogger webpage on safari and restarted iPhoto. Only a whole reboot seems to work. Help.)
The people who organize vegan bake sales should rent space out a table to Diabetics Anonymous and Weight Watchers. I swear I could have gone through 2000 calories of sugar in 10 minutes or less ... but I didn't. I'm working on my resolve. I did have a 5 Spice Cookie. I love the thought of using a spice I used to use in my Shrimp Toast in a sweet vegan cookie. I loved the mix of flavors and of course I found out later that Hanna, (see below), was the one who made it. I also packed a box of stuff to take home and share with the family. (See way below).
|I never saw crowds or wall to wall people in the hour or so I wandered around but there was |
always a constant flow of comers and go-ers.
It was great to meet someone who I follow and Hanna is delightful. I spend a good amount of time with her and her mom talking about baking, inspiration, life in general and they are 2 incredibly easy to talk to people. I couldn't resist buying one of her books and although I try try try and stay away from sweets I have a feeling I'll be telling you about more than a few of her recipes. Her website is mysweetvegan.com.
|Hanna and proud Mom. Nachas is very different than nachos.|
|From left to right, top row: Asparagus and 2 pear|
middle row: half a chocolate, half asparagus and chocolate
bottom row: 2 brownies
Babycakes had a constant stream of folks flowing onto the end of the line. When you have a good product I guess the phrase is "... they will come." And they do.
The doughnut was sweet and rich and the consistency was what I remember from the more dense "Old Fashioned." I savored 2 bites and then the dopamine rush kicked in and I shoved the rest in my mouth with reckless abandon, enjoying a mouthful of memories. A cupcake we can seem to find in many more places but a vegan doughnut, that is my new fav at Babycakes.
|Sunday sun shining in oh my window seat.|
Aww, you got such a great photo of us- Not an easy thing to do! It was really nice talking with you too. Hopefully we can work out a meet up with other vegan bloggers some time soon. :)
I wish I had been in town! I'm a big Moo Shoes fan and I'm always up for a bake sale (and of course I love animal sanctuary's -- I sponsor a goat named Clover at the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary).
Isn't Babycakes divine? I've had their cookies and donuts and loved them both. YUM.
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