I fell hard for Lagusta's Luscious long before I ever tried their chocolates thanks to word of mouth and the power of the internet. That may sound strange but chocolate is one of my favourite things and when you do as much vegan foodie research as I do you know where to find the good stuff. After years of gazing at the Lagusta's Luscious website and following their beautiful Instagram feed I tried their chocolate for the first time in June 2014 after winning a voucher at Vida Vegan Con, waiting patiently for my chosen chocolates to ship, and sitting on the doorstep on my Austin Air B&B on delivery day because I knew that everything would melt in the hot Texas sun.
As soon as I bit into my first caramel I knew was in love, I'd never be satisfied with mediocre vegan chocolates again!
Lagusta's Luscious have two spots in upstate New York, New Paltz to be precise, their original chocolate shop and a new cafe where they offer rad things like palm oil free croissants and sliding scale soup. Lagusta's newest location, and the spot I visited, is called Confectionary. It's located in the East Village and is a joint venture with Maresa of Sweet Maresa's Macarons. What a dreamy duo!
If you follow me on Instagram you'll have seen that I pretty much popped into Confectionary to get something sweet every time I was in the area. I tried apple pie macarons, yuzu creams, peanut butter cups, and multiple chocolate bars laced with caramel and nuts, plums and anise. Everything here is seriously gorgeous and with Lagusta's you know that you're getting a quality chocolate product and supporting an awesome female owned business. Fuck yeah! As well as being a committed vegan Lagusta herself is an environmentalist and a die hard feminist with a commitment to running her business ethically. Everything is totes fair-trade and Food Empowerment Project certified which is super important to me, I don't know about you but I don't want to support child slavery and I wish every vegan business could get their shit together and stop using chocolate sourced from places where child labour and slavery are rife. Click here to learn more about this important issue.
I wish that I could have stuffed every space in my suitcase full of these delicious treats but my travel budget said a big hell no to that idea and I chose a couple of fave's and a couple of new treats to bring back to Europe with me.
Food and ethics aside the other great thing about Confectionary is that it's in an amazing location right in the heart of the East Village. It's only a couple of doors down from Superiority Burger, one of my new fave' NYC spots (get the New Creation, you won't regret it!), and there are a bunch of other cool things within walking distance including the Tenement Museum, radical feminist bookstore Bluestockings, and Vaute Couture's flagship store. I'm sure I'll be back in the US one day and I'll be making Lagusta's Luscious (in real life or online) my very first stop.