BabycakesNYC Cupcake Dreams!

January is here once again. It is the start of the new year; the time of the year when most people are thinking back to all those amazing treats and desserts that usually take over between October and December. It is non-stop back-to-back holiday celebrations and activities filled with candy, cakes, pies, cookies, and more! Did I say – PIE!

Yes, January is cold and dreary some days, even here in Florida. So you want all the rich soups and some hearty chili to the point that you eat more than you should. You still want to snuggle up in a warm blanket with a large cup of hot chocolate.

However, I, along with millions of others take a journey at the beginning of the year to purge ourselves of all the junk we inhaled over the holiday season. Here we are sort of in the middle of January and I am having sweet treats withdrawals. All I want are some BabycakesNYC cupcakes at Downtown Disney.

I have been doing very well with not having any sweets or treats up to this point. Still, I have been wanting the wonderful slight sweet taste of BabycakesNYC at Downtown Disney.

Is it wrong? Is it wrong to dream of strawberries with cake and lovely frosting. I really want to try this cupcake! YUM!

Maybe next month I will be able to have my BABYCAKES!

Vegan Mofo # 31 Halloween


Halloween. That wonderful day and night were you get to become someone else and get free candy. It is such a happy occasion for millions of children and adults. For vegans though, this can be an incredibly depressing occasion. Because most candy have ingredients that vegans do not eat.

Candy that has white sugar processed using bone char, honey, milk chocolate, butter, and eggs. I used to eat hard (Alicante) Turron until I became vegan. Turron is a beautiful confection of egg whites, honey, sugar, and almonds. Of course there are different varieties from different countries. However, we are not speaking of that kind of candy.

I am speaking of all those sticky, chewy, chocolatey kind. Unfortunately, there is dairy and white sugar involved. One of my favorites that I can no longer have – Snickers. Yet, that problem has been solved.



A great company named  Go Max Go Foods has created a line of vegan candy bars similar to some major bars on the market. Jokerz is the one that has replaced my peanut, caramel, nougat, and milk chocolate covered bar. There is a Buccaneer bar. Can you guess which bar this one emulates? There’s Twilight which has a chocolate nougat, caramel, and a rice milk chocolate covering. I am sure that you can guess which one that one is giving good vegan delights.

There are some pretty tasty vegan candies to be had for Halloween, yet I love caramel, nutty, chocolatey goodness.

I hope every vegan had the most thrilling Halloween.



Vegan Mofo #30 Farewell Vegan Mofo


This has been the best month of my blogging life!

I really must thank Vegan Mofo for helping to jumpstart my blogging life. I had such fear in putting myself out there as well as putting recipes on the web for all to see.

There is more food in me, it is just a matter of sitting down and planning each dish. Yes, I do intend to continue to keep this site going. Each day, I have been teaching myself how to do the blogging thing. However now with a little more time I should be able to really make it look its best.

Thank you so much for all those who have visited and possibly tried some of my recipes. I hope to bring you more flavorful and interesting content in the future. As well as do everything I can to make the Vegan Mofo Team proud in their part to help get me started.

I have loved every minute even though it takes energy and time to create one post, I have been humbled by this process and will continue to grow.

Thank you Vegan Month of Food 2011 for changing my life!



Vegan Mofo #29 Yum-Mi Sandwiches


I was in the mood for a sandwich, however not just any kind of sandwich. I wanted something that I had not tried before. My mind and mouth wanted something light and delicious. This restaurant fit on both accounts. I could not decided what I wanted exactly, so I chose  two different items to try.

The first was a sandwich called “The Veganism”. It had fried tofu, bean curd, jicama, carrots, yam, and vermicelli. Loved it!



The other thing that caught my attention was a Yum-Mi Noodle Salad Bowl. In that category, I chose the Steamed Tofu and Vegetables. It was super light. If you are hungry, I would not get just one. Or better yet get one of those and another item as well. Like spring rolls. Still, it had a fresh, light, clean flavor. Simple, yet tasty.



If you ever find yourself in Orlando, Florida, make sure you stop by this simple, yet clearly defined place. They are located at:

1227 North Mills Avenue

Orlando, FL 32803

(407) 894-1808




Vegan Mofo #23 A Vegan at Epcot


I love going to Walt Disney World, it  gives me the opportunity to be transported to another place and live in the land of make-believe. Of course, when you have been there all day with family and friends, you want to share in the enjoyment of the moment by sharing a meal and /or a treat with them.

Right now the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is happening. Each country around the world at the theme park has little dishes that represent different regions of the world.

Now imagine a lovely day at Epcot. You’re with your friends and everybody decide to eat around the world. With each passing food kiosk, it become evident that there isn’t any vegan for you. Your only options are vegetarian – filled with eggs, butter, milk and topped with cheese.

You can not believe your eyes. your once lovely day has now turned into a full blown rain storm with the possibility of tornadoes.  Finally, you get to South Africa and there is a vegetarian dish that looks promising. Bunny Chow! According to the description in the weekly guide, it  is a vegetable curry that is served with bread. Finally, right? Wrong!  The chef tells you that it has butter in it.

To make matters worse, the symbol that is being used to display that there are vegetarian options, looks pretty close to the symbol that is recognized as vegan. The only difference one has a leaf and the other has pixie dust. Yet when you are standing at a distance from it, you see the “V” and immediately think that you can eat, only to find out that that is not the case.

I am quite upset by this because it pushes away a great deal of people who are vegetarians that lean more towards veganism. I know, I am visiting an omnivores dream, however this is supposed to be Disney where all of our dreams come true as often as possible. Do vegans not have dreams? I would love to know.

Vegan Mofo #22 Central Florida Veg Fest


It’s that time again! The Central Florida Veg Fest started out beautifully October 22, 2011. Every year in October, Vegans and Vegetarians in Central Florida look forward to gathering together to eat great food, meet old and new friends, listen to amazing musicians, get delicious food ideas, and learn something new from brilliant speakers.

This year, we were graced with a visit from the amazing Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. Author, activist, passionate speaker, and all-round amazing person. Colleen addressed the audience with humor, honesty, and pure passion.

It was that passion that touched me more than I realized. I sat in awe watching her speak about veganism in a way that was not scary to anyone. There seemed to be quite a few people in the audience curious about living the vegan lifestyle. Of course, newbies think of veganism as a trend, fad, and a diet when really it is much more than that.

Ms. Goudreau is truly an inspiration to anyone that comes in contact with her. She has this infectious personality that radiates passion and compassion from the inside out. When she speaks, she makes veganism sound like the it thing to do. However it is the smart thing to do. I really enjoyed meeting her and experiencing what people all over the country has had the honor of being present.

Boy was I present!


Vegan Mofo #15 Babycakes!

I love going to Downtown Disney to see what fun and exciting activities are happening. Then there are the shops, the smells of popcorn and waffle cones baking, along with fried chicken from Pollo Campero. The smell coming off that place can be a nightmare for a vegan. However, their black beans and rice really hit the spot. Yet the biggest reason to go there is BabycakesNYC .

I love the variety of flavors and colors of all the baked goodies. The staff is pretty cool as well. The only thing is I wish that they had a larger variety of items that the other bakeries in New York and California. Like a cookies and creme cupcake, salted caramel, or Death by Chocolate. I guess what this branch is trying to do is make the basics because they are on Disney’s property with all those new to gluten-free and vegan cuisine. Or maybe they are still trying to figure out what will work best in the South.

All I know is that I wanted my cupcake NOW and I did get it. You just have to love the brownie cupcakes, awesome! If you are in the Metro-Orlando area, make your way there – FAST! Happy Eating!