It’s Shop Up season in Brooklyn!
So excited to be at Pine Box Rock Shop every month again. This shop up I made some new friends and tried some very interesting new snacks. One vendor and awesome person that stood out was Evan O’Brien, owner of Vegan O’Brien Baking Company, who fed me delicious Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies out front, and talked to us about a bunch of things ranging the prospect of vegan culture in ireland to attaining dual citizenship. Overall he was pretty funny extremely genuine, which I find a bit rare. His realness was really appreciated. Another real deal feeding us meals was Mr. Brett Casper of Pure Luck, who served us pure Kombucha. He educated us on Kombucha, tea, and the delicacy of making Coffee Kombucha, which I bought and thoroughly enjoyed over ice. This packed a lovely caffeinated punch with the effervescence and bite of Kombucha. I was wondering if this was a thing for a little while, and I was so happy to stumble upon his section of the bar this weekend. Also, Heat Sweets had amazing spicy fruit leather and jam. They hide the good stuff though, so ask for their habanero fruit leather and prepare to smile. Super Foxy Sweets had amazing Smoores Fudge too. Get that goodness.
Out front was the Cinnamon Snail vegan food truck and a fresh Juice truck. The lines were out of control for these vendors, which is a great sign. Cinnamon Snail usually attracts a line like that.
As always, this all Vegan Bar (whaaat!) was serving their signature empanadas from V-Spot, which I can’t help but get every time. I got the Philly Cheese Steak, and it was delectable. The other flavors were Black Bean and Jamaican Jerk, which are equally tasty. The best part of these might be the salsa they serve with it. Even after the empanadas are gone, the salsa is all of a sudden gazpacho and I spoon it into my mouth. It’s so good that I am melting while writing this.
Can’t wait to go back next month!
Pine Box Rock Shop, 12 Grattan Street (Bogart Street), (718) 366-6311; pineboxrockshop.com.