Andrew informed me a few days before our week off that he had planned a surprise road trip for me. How excited do you think I was about that?!
The thing with my brain is that it never stops working. Never stops trying to figure things out. So when the only clue he gave me was that the destination was a four hour drive, I started working out a four hour radius around Glens Falls (something that takes minimal effort due to my years of endless road trips while following Hanson on tour. Yes, that Hanson.)
So I’m thinking NYC, Boston… Philly is five hours, Montreal and Burlington are both less than four hours. And then I’ve got it: Watkins Glen is almost exactly four hours away. Andrew is taking me to Farm Sanctuary!
Well, that ended up being wrong. But I’m not at all disappointed because the actual destination was equally as awesome.
I was in charge of navigating and while the ultimate destination wasn’t printed on the page I could see that we were headed to Pennsylvania. We were supposed to get off the Stroudsburg exit and I start talking to myself, “Is Vegan Treats in Stroudsburg? No, Vegan Treats is in Bethlehem.” We get off the exit and are driving through town and then the signs start saying Bethlehem. “Are we going to Vegan Treats?!?”
We were going to Vegan Treats!!!
It was beautiful inside. So many delicious and fancy looking goodies. We ended up getting a Cream Cheese Danish (my first since going vegan almost five years ago, and a favorite from my pre-vegan days), a Peanut Butter Bomb, a mini Canoli cake, a Whoopie Pie, a Peanut Butter Tandy Cake and a doughnut with rainbow sprinkles. Amazing.
I was SO EXCITED to try the Danish and it was everything I remembered and more! Yum yum yum yum YUM! (I also ate the whole whoopie pie last night before bed. I couldn’t help myself!)
For dinner we went to Horns. Great veg options according to their website, and I also found this story about the owner of Vegan Treats asking the owner of Horns to remove the taxidermy from the restaurant. I loved the replacements, vegan taxidermy at its finest. I was upset that the vegan burger was out of stock. It sounded awesome with lentils, edamame, mushrooms, couscous… So instead I got the seitan cheesesteak and the veggie bean chili with tofu and quinoa. Both were really good.
Then came breakfast. I don’t think I’ve had a real breakfast option (not including my very first brunch at X’s to O’s a couple of weekends ago!) It’s always a bagel or toast with hummus, or a fruit cup. This was the real deal! I had the tofu scramble, potatoes and toast with house made peach and blueberry jam. Delightful!
After breakfast, we obviously had to go back to Vegan Treats. Obviously.
I had the vegan soft serve ice cream this time (chocolate-malt swirl) and we bought a piece of Chocolate Chip Cheesecake on a popsicle stick, covered with chocolate cookie crumbs, chocolate chips and chocolate shavings. Wow. Wow. Wowowowowowowowowowow!
Seriously, if you’re ever anywhere near Bethlehem, PA, whether you’re vegan or not, check out Vegan Treats. If you like sweets, you absolutely will not be disappointed.
And how fluffing lucky did I get with Andrew?!? Driving me four hours away and surprising me with one of my favorite things in the world: Food!