Favorite Finds at The Vegan Grocery Store
Vegan or not, there’s something for everyone at Buffalo’s first all-vegan grocery store.
After saying for months that we need to check it out, Matt and I finally had the chance to head over to The Vegan Grocery Store this week.
Located in North Tonawanda, The Vegan Grocery Store is owned and operated by a local family that Matt and I have actually known for years (throwback to our Old Navy days!). Gabbie Richards, her mother Judith Mittiga, and her husband Jason Richards opened the shop almost a year ago now, and carry popular meat and dairy alternative brands like Unreal, Califia Farms, Silk, Gardein, and many more. Plus, they also stock cruelty-free cosmetics, vegan cleaning products, and even cute gifts for any vegan in your life!
I had heard such great things about the store before checking it out for myself, but even still, I was really impressed with their selection. It was so hard to decide what to come home with, considering I really wanted to buy one of everything. Maybe next time Matt and I will do some serious damage there, but for now, here’s what we got on our mini-haul:
1// Vegan Rob’s Dairy Free Cheddar Puffs: Snacks are very important to me, so of course I had to pick up at least one snack option. I’m the type of person that can finish an entire bag of cheese puffs in one sitting if I’m not careful, and these were no different. I’d definitely buy these again! Love that they’re dairy free. They also had a bunch of other interesting flavors, like cauliflower and beets, so I’d be interested to try those out, too.
2// SO Delicious Salted Caramel Cluster Cashew Milk Ice Cream: Admittedly Matt and I haven’t cracked into this one yet, BUT I’ve had other flavors by SO Delicious, and they were great, so I’m confident that this will be no different. I’m excited to see how different the cashew milk tastes in the ice cream- I’ve really only had almond milk and soy milk based ice cream flavors in the past.
3// Elmhurst Chocolate Peanut Milk: I typically love the Califia brand almond milk, especially to put in my coffee in the morning- BUT, I had heard really great things about this brand, and they’re made in Buffalo, so I wanted to give them a go, and I’m so glad I did. Matt and I sipped on this dairy-free milk just to try it out when we got home, and we both had to hold back from drinking the entire thing, lol. It tastes just like chocolate milk, with a little hint of peanut! I did try it in my coffee the next morning too, but sadly it doesn’t really hold up. I’d recommend just drinking it straight, or maybe try it in a smoothie!
4// UNREAL Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter & Almond Butter Cups: We bought these in the single packs just to try them out to see if we’d like them, and let’s just say we’ll definitely be buying the larger packs next time. Both flavors were delicious, but I personally liked the peanut butter just a tad better. Would it be too extra to buy a bag of these to keep at work? Asking for a friend...
5// Annie Chun’s Thai Style Pad Thai Noodle Bowl: I was probably the most skeptical about this item, but since my schedule is so busy, I’m always looking for quick lunch and dinner options, so I figured I’d give it a go. I ate this for lunch yesterday actually, and it was seriously delicious. Highly recommend this one if you’re into pad thai or peanut-y flavors. It was so easy to make (took like 3 minutes), and reminded me of Ramen noodles, but healthier, tastier, and with toppings for texture. And it’s vegan, of course. I’ll definitely be stocking up on these for quick lunches during the week!
6// Silk Almond Milk Yogurt Alternatives in Vanilla, Mixed Berry & Strawberry: These weren’t really new finds for me- I already eat them all the time for breakfast or in smoothies! What was pretty cool though was the fact that I was able to find the mixed berry flavor here, I had never seen that one anywhere else before! Pays to shop local :)
And BTW, you definitely don’t have to be vegan to shop here! The Vegan Grocery Store would also be ideal for anyone with food allergies (dairy, gluten, etc.), or anyone just looking to step out of their comfort zone to explore some plant-based alternatives.
While it’s true that I’m not 100% vegan, I can say that over the past year, I’ve slowly been opting for vegan alternatives when I can (super proud that I’ve made the switch to only using dairy-free milk, vegan mayo and vegan butter throughout my daily life), and I can definitely tell a difference in how I feel when I do eat a more plant-based diet. Who knows, one day maybe I’ll take the leap into veganism!
Until then, I highly recommend checking out The Vegan Grocery Store, located at 321 Oliver Street. And be sure to show them some love on Instagram at @thevegangrocerystore!