Vegan dessert delicacies aren’t really a thing in Las Vegas, but that’s starting to shift. The latest vegan sweets bakery to open its proverbial doors (they don’t have a storefront … yet) is Bleu Moon Bakery. Los Angeles native and vegan pastry chef Shayanne Nelson recently arrived in Las Vegas and launched her bakery in the most vegan of ways, by creating a custom unicorn birthday cake. While she’s not in shops yet, you can find her goodies at pop-up events across town at spots such as Sister House Collective, First Friday South, Forget Me Not Animal Sanctuary of Las Vegas events as well as farmers markets. All of Nelson’s custom cakes and baked goods, including cookies and pastries, are made with local, organic, plant-based ingredients. Get yours today via social media (facebook/bleumoonbakery or @bleumoonbakery on Instagram).
Speaking of pastries, Rishi Stocks, who brought the first vegan menu items to Jolly Beans Cafe last summer, is back at the recently opened Joe Maxx Coffee Company (500 E. Windmill Lane, Suite 175, joemaxxcoffee.com), and she’s created quite the menu. Curl up on the couch and nosh on a rotating selection of baked goods such as blueberry turnovers with lavender lemon glaze or chickn fajita pockets with peppers, onions, sundried tomatoes, cheese and house-made sour cream, all wrapped in a flaky crust. Other items include the Garden Veggie Sandwich, a Gardein burger with cheese, mayo, spinach and avocado on a toasted bagel. Since it’s a coffee shop (with open-mic nights, readings and more), it has dairy-free creamers and vegan beverages to sip, too.
You wouldn’t think there would be a need for vegan options at a soda pop shop, but Pop Drinks (4975 S. Fort Apache Rd., popdrinkslv.com), a new create-your-own soda/popcorn/cookie drive-up, left no stone unturned. After all, creamy sodas are a thing. Order the JoJo, the most popular soda on the menu, made with Dr. Pepper, raspberry puree and coconut milk, or try the tropical Oasis with Sprite, peach, pineapple puree and coconut milk. Grab a $2.50 popcorn (made with coconut oil), and you have the perfect snack to sneak into a movie theater.
Diana Edelman aims to make living a vegan lifestyle in Las Vegas accessible to everyone. Check out the latest vegan news (and find out where to eat) on her website, VegansBaby.com.