Blossom du Jour, Chelsea: Vegan Dessert Crawl, part one

Blossom du Jour, Chelsea

Blossom du Jour, Chelsea

For the beginning of my exploration of the great vegan desserts available in New York City, I decided to visit Blossom du Jour in the Chelsea neighborhood.  This is a cafe that is part of the chain of Blossoms which includes a restaurant and a bakery and a couple other cafes around the city as well.  Readers may recall that when I lived on the Upper Westside, I visited a Blossom du Jour up there.  However, that one carried only 2 or 3 desserts at any given time.

By contrast, the BdJ in Chelsea, on 23rd Street just east of 8th Avenue, carries the full line of desserts created in Blossom Bakery.  You see, at one time the bakery was a storefront, but now it is used only, well, for baking, and so Blossom du Jour on 23rd Street is where you go if you want their desserts.

With it being my first visit, I decided to go for a variety of what the bakery offers: an apple crumb tart, a package of 3 small amaretto cheesecakes, and a coconut-filled chocolate cookie sandwich.

Amaretto cheesecakes, apple crumb tart, coconut cookie sandwich

Amaretto cheesecakes, apple crumb tart, coconut cookie sandwich

I am very happy to report that I have eaten one of the cheesecakes and the coconut cookie sandwich, and they are both amazing.  It is a testament to my love for my wife that I am saving at least one of the cheesecakes for her – she loves Italian amaretto cookies, and I bet she will be ecstatic to take a bit of one of these little cheesecakes.

In addition to the goodies I purchased, the Chelsea Blossom du Jour also carries a variety of cookies, cupcakes and slices of cakes, and some of the cookies and cupcakes are gluten free.  Everything is vegan, and thus dairy free.  And in addition to the baked goods that are sold in the cafe, the bakery also has an on-line holiday menu.  If you place your Christmas order by December 19th, it will be ready for pick-up by the 23rd or 24th.

I realize that calling my exploration of NYC’s vegan baked good purveyors a “crawl” is stretching it a bit.  However, I assure you that those who follow along will be thrilled to hear about the amazing yumminess that is out there for us dairy free folks.  Stay tuned, my friends: next week I am planning to visit two bakeries, to make up for the fact that I didn’t get to any last week.

About Karl Peterson

Karl Peterson is an avid traveler, passionate about food and food-related entertainment, completely allergic to dairy. He is founder, owner and principle contributor to “The Dairy Free Traveler” blog. The Dairy Free Traveler perfectly dovetails two of his greatest areas of interest: traveling near and far, and searching for great cuisine (especially dairy free!)

The Dairy Free Traveler publishes original material about the dairy free lifestyle, eating the best food in the most interesting destinations around the world. Karl’s tours take him from thriving New York City, to exotic Marrakesh, to elegant Paris bistros — (yes! even Parisians have gotten on the dairy free bandwagon.)

The Dairy Free Traveler himself also engages with independent dairy free food producers, highlighting new dairy free product launches and events that support dairy free entrepreneurs.

Peterson is among the top 7 most widely read TripAdvisor reviewers in New York City and is repeatedly cited as a Top Contributor at TripAdvisor.com. His reviews have garnered more than 542,000 readers — half in the U.S., and half among the many countries he has visited around the world.

Beyond writing this blog, Peterson is a published author, with contributions to “Savoring Gotham” edited by Andrew F. Smith (published 2015 by Oxford University) and the forthcoming Oxford Companion to Cheese (a bit ironic, yes, but a professional is often asked to stretch beyond their comfort zone!).

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