As a certified health educator and culinary graduate with a specialization in raw chocolates and pastries, you can imagine the importance I place on healthy eating for both body and mind. But as a business owner living in New York City, I can appreciate the convenience of grabbing a meal on the go. It can be hard to maintain a healthy diet when you can’t find the time to grocery shop, let alone cook at home. So when I recently came across an all vegan food truck I knew I had to share my experience.
On my way to work one day, I noticed a colorful truck in the distance with a long line of people. When I reached the corner of 55th and Broadway, I recognized the name written across the side, the Cinnamon Snail. I knew I had heard of this food truck before so I decided to join the masses waiting for a fresh pastry and a delicious wrap sandwiches. While in line, I quickly remembered where I had heard about this food truck once I overheard a woman tell her friend they were listed on Yelp as the number one place to eat in NYC. With my memory refreshed, I had to chime in and the ladies proceeded to tell me about their favorite dishes.
Grabbing a quick bite to eat on your way to work or in between meetings doesn’t have to be a high calorie, high fat, greasy breakfast sandwich. The Cinnamon Snail is an all vegan food truck that offers delicious and healthy breakfast and lunch options, and the occasional dinner, along with a decadent list of pastries and desserts. From gluten free nut blondie bars to raspberry blackout or jalapeno brownies, be prepared for your mouth to water with desire, just as mine did.
The menu changes with the seasons including weekly specials and soups and everything is baked fresh daily, beginning as early as 3am. By the time it was my turn to order, some of the pastries had already sold out and it wasn’t even 10AM yet. I couldn’t believe it! But even with some items already gone, it was hard to choose because everything looked so delicious. I decided to go with their vegan chocolate cheesecake doughnut and was more than satisfied. It was so good, in fact, that I took another trip to CS again that same week!
What I love about the Cinnamon Snail is that they offer much more than a healthy, delicious meal. They offer an original experience. In an effort to keep their fans intrigued (and because it can be difficult to find the same parking spot twice) you must follow them on Twitter or Facebook to find their location for the day. Then when you get there, you’ll most likely find yourself joining a long line of people excited to try the many different options available. But don’t stress about the wait, the crowd is always friendly and willing to share with you their favorite dishes! And if you love to cook like I do, you might even find yourself in a cooking class with some of these other foodies. You have to watch the Facebook page closely though because the popular Cinnamon Snail cooking classes usually sell out within one hour but I hear they are absolutely amazing.
After learning all about the Cinnamon Snail, I was quite impressed to find out they have only been around since February of 2010. Already they have won the number one place to eat in NYC on Yelp twice. According to the Huffington Post, they are also one of the ten best food trucks in America. And they pride themselves on being true humanitarians. If you don’t have the money, no need to worry. They are happy to put some yummy food into the bellies of the needy and are willing to barter with creative types too. Why not put your food photography skills to use and enjoy some free healthy, delicious vegan food? I can assure you, you won’t be disappointed.
And if you really love the Cinnamon Snail, consider supporting them by ordering some fun, fashionable items from their Etsy shop. Their “We Test on Animals” tee really had me laughing. And I love their rainbow unicorn shirt, reminiscent of Lisa Frank products. But even without their fancy truck, popular cooking classes and fun swag, the Cinnamon Snail gets my vote for the best vegan food truck in NYC because of their unique creations that are always healthy and delicious.
Check out their Facebook or Twitter page to find out where they are today:
P.S. As always I would like to hear from you if you even happen to try those delicious doughnuts please share your experience, and with the rest of us.