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TCBY in Longmont, CO now stocks vegan flavors.

TCBY in Longmont, CO now stocks vegan flavors.

I was first exposed to the “fro yo” craze in college; normally reasonable students would queue in insane lines for the self-serve machines at our dining halls. I was already vegan by this time, so I didn’t partake, and I’ll admit, I was pretty taken aback by its popularity. After all, there were other ice cream vendors available at the dining centers, so what was the big deal about this stuff that streamed out of a machine? I’d picked up on the many pop culture references to Pinkberry (isn’t a celebrity spotted there every ten minutes or something?) and seen that fro yo is far more than some collegiate fling; for some, it’s a downright obsession.

Now that I’ve experienced a veganized fro yo (also known as “soft serve”), I must say I get it: this stuff is special. There’s something irresistible about the smooth, almost silky texture and the aesthetic of fro yo tumbling out of a self-serve machine. I love that TCBY, one of the nation’s largest frozen treat confection chains, now offers several all-vegan fro yo flavors! TCBY’s PR department kindly sent me a coupon to try it at a local chain. The chain I went to in Longmont, CO carried a Silk Chocolate Almond Milk fro yo flavor. TCBY also makes a vanilla Silk flavor, and are in the process of rolling out a Silk coconut milk dairy-free fro yo line across the nation.

I loved the new Silk chocolate TCBY fro yo.

I loved the new Silk chocolate TCBY fro yo.

TCBY coconut milk vegan frozen yoghurt

TCBY coconut milk vegan frozen yoghurt is available now at some chain locations.

Now we vegans can be in on the fro yo craze!  I highly recommend finding a chain near you, if fro yo is your thing!

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I thought I’d do a little round-up of my favorite vegan dishes in Philly! As you can see, some of them are raw, some aren’t, but they’re all vegan, mostly gluten-free (I think!) and are completely delicious. They are in no particular order.

10. “Clean” Green Juice

Where to get it: Jar Bar in Center City

My favorite juice in the city, hands down. “Clean” contains: cucumber, celery, romaine, spinach, kale. $5.50 for 16oz is very fair and makes this my go-to juice when on the go in Philly.

9. Chickpea Salad with Falafel

Where to get it: SweetGreen in University City.

This salad is delicious. SweetGreen is amazing, and so close to where I live it’s almost criminal. (Image.)

8. Banana Whip, aka “Frobana”

Where to get it: HipCityVeg in Rittenhouse Square

A long time ago, Gena Hamshaw figured out how to make frozen bananas into truly magical soft-serve ice cream using only a food processor or green star juicer, empowering legions of vegans to make the treat for themselves. HipCityVeg, which opened a little while ago, serves this healthful vegan twist on soft serve from 10a-10p each day of the week! I love that I can get this whenever I’m remotely near Rittenhouse Square. Everything is remotely near Rittenhouse Square, and for that I am very, very grateful. (Image)

7. Brussels Sprouts shaved and grilled with smoked mustard

Where to get it: Vedge Restaurant, when it’s featured on the “Dirt List”

This dish is unreal. Shaved, grilled and smoked, these Brussels Sprouts are unlike any I have ever tried before. Crisp, savory, and slightly crunchy bits grace each sauce-coated shaved Brussels sprouts mound. I ordered this dish both times I have had the privilege of dining at Vedge and was consistently thrilled. Pure vegetable bliss. (Image)

6. Brown Rice Inari

Where To Get it: Mizu (in various locations throughout the city)

Inari is so amazing. It’s traditionally made with sushi rice wrapped in fried bean curd, but Mizu makes a version with brown rice that’s a tad more healthful and really delicious. You have to specially request it with brown rice but it’s totally worth it! (Image.)

5. Sea Vegetable Salad

Where to get it: Vegan Tree on South St.

Generous chunks of wakame, fresh greens and other veggies, plus sesame seeds and well-prepared tofu. A truly delicious option for pre-made seaweed salad–the best I’ve found in Philly so far. (Image)

4. Vegan Bubble Tea

Where to get it: Vegan Tree on South St.

While some controversy abounds as to whether bubble tea is safe, for now I’m a huge fan of the bubble tea options at Vegan Tree. Completely vegan bubble tea is semi hard to come by in Philly, so these are a real find. I love the green tea, coconut, and Jasmine green tea flavors best, but have a (tapioca) ball and enjoy what you will! (Image)

3. Chocolate Coconut-Based Vegan Soft-Serve

Where To Get it: Pure Fare, Center City

This soft serve is out of this world good. Coconut-based soft serve has arrived to Philly and it’s unbelievable. (Image.)

2. Gluten-Free Vegan Cake Balls

Where to get it: Sweet Freedom on South St.

Sweetened with low glycemic coconut sugar, these gluten-free, soy-free, corn-free confections from Sweet Freedom are made with high-quality ingredients and taste like a chocolate Universe just collided in on itself to form black (brown?) holes of deliciousness. These are gone in just a few bites. Perfect. Image.

1. “Green Delight (w/ Spirulina)” Popcorn

Where to get it: Atiya Ola’s Spirit First Foods in West Philly.

This spirulina-coated popcorn is like crack for those of us who love algae snacks. And who doesn’t love algae snacks?

Thanks for reading! I’d love to hear in the comments which dishes you love to enjoy in Philly that I haven’t listed here 😉

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