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Best Vegan Bakeries in Jersey City

Bakeries to Satisfy Dietary Restrictions 

Finding yummy treats that meet dietary restrictions can prove to be very challenging, especially when so many restaurants and cafes outsource much of their dessert menu to third party bakeries. I have tried, tested and thoroughly researched Jersey City and beyond to come up with this list, a tough prospect I know! This list is by no means comprehensive, as it seems there are so many home businesses (particularly of the cake making variety), that I have yet to discover. However, this should give you a good start. I have come up with a list of Best Vegan Bakeries in Jersey City.

Cocoa Bakery

Best Vegan Bakeries in Jersey CityCocoa bakery tops the list of Best Vegan Bakeries in Jersey City.This bakery has taken Jersey City by storm since its inception. The owner is a classically trained baker with several sweet treat tricks up her sleeve. Whether it’s gluten free, vegan or just eggless, this place offers several options and it will likely never disappoint as the baked treats are amazing. The cake decorating skills and creative team are also impeccable, great for big events where you want to impress on aesthetic and taste.

Egg Free Options Yes
Dairy Free Options Yes
Fully Vegan Options Yes
Refined Sugar Free Options No
Gluten Free Options Yes

Om Sweet Home 

Best Vegan Bakeries in Jersey CityI have added this bakery in my list of Best Vegan Bakeries in Jersey City because its very populer among JC residents.This café and bakery offers up baked snacks and custom cakes that are vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, wheat-free, palm oil-free, non-GMO and organic when possible. They also make their own non-dairy butter alternative available for purchase and use it in their baked goodies. It is based in Cliffside Park, NJ but they also have their treats for sale locally at Bwé Kafe in Jersey City & Hoboken. They are a very talented team and the cakes always look top notch and taste delicious. They less formal sweet treat options are also lip-smacking yummy.

Egg Free Options Yes
Dairy Free Options Yes
Fully Vegan Options Yes
Refined Sugar Free Options No
Gluten Free Options Yes

WHOS Gluten Free 

Best Vegan Bakeries in Jersey CityThis is a local Jersey City establishment where you can place orders online. They started out making wholesome vegan and gluten free granola snacks and now they have branched out into making other sweet treat options like cookies and cakes. You can also find their products in local establishments 9Bar Café and The Big Straw in downtown Jersey City. They have some really fun and quirky cake options like lavender, earl grey tea or mocha.

Egg Free Options Yes
Dairy Free Options Yes
Fully Vegan Options Yes
Refined Sugar Free Options Yes
Gluten Free Options Yes

Busy Bee Organics 

Best Vegan Bakeries in Jersey CityThis local business is from Jersey City, delivers locally and they also have a stand at Grove Street Market. Their buffins will satisfy any sweet tooth but equally offer up protein, fiber and nutrients (check out my previous blog on BUFFINS here ☺). They will keep you full for a while and you don’t have to feel guilty after consuming them. Due to their insane popularly, you can now even purchase the base buffin mix to make your own at home! Busy Bee Organics also delivers meals, caters and other savory goodies.

Egg Free Options Yes
Dairy Free Options Yes
Fully Vegan Options Yes
Refined Sugar Free Options Yes
Gluten Free Options Yes

Vegan Treats

Best Vegan Bakeries in Jersey CityIs a bakery based in Bethlehem, PA. The owner really makes up some amazing TRULY vegan desserts that make you wish you lived closer to her shop in PA. Veggie friendly Jersey City hot spots Tea NJ and Subia’s both source several fresh dessert treats from Vegan Treats on a daily basis and they are consistently delicious. Vegan cannoli or Red Velvet, yes please!

Egg Free Options Yes
Dairy Free Options Yes
Fully Vegan Options Yes
Refined Sugar Free Options No
Gluten Free Options Yes

Squirrel and the Bee

This bakery has a year round shop based out of Short Hills, NJ. They also have a table at our local Grove Street Farmer’s Market offering up 100% grainless (gluten-free), refined-sugar-free AND no or low dairy products. The bakery has some of the most amazing brownies, muffins and cakes and even savory loaves, buns and breads. On the days they are not in Jersey City, it’s worth hopping in the car to make the trip to Short Hills, for this bakery!

Egg Free Options Yes
Dairy Free Options Yes
Fully Vegan Options Yes
Refined Sugar Free Options Yes
Gluten Free Options Yes

About the Author

ErinRose Baldry is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, fitness instructor and food and nutrition specialist. She is passionate about exercise, cooking and sharing her knowledge to help and inspire others. If you have any questions, suggestions or feedback about nutrition, recipes, or getting your fitness on, please reach out!

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2 Bed / 2 Bath apartment in Shore club for rent – July 1st

We are renting our 2BR/2BA corner apartment beginning July 1st in South Shore club, Jersey City. Apartment is south and west facing with plenty of natural light and sun light.

* Apartment features floor to ceiling windows.
* Huge Master Bedroom with attached bathroom and his and her walk-in closet.
* Kitchen – Comes with Granite countertop, stainless steel appliances, huge island with lots of storage.
* Full Bathrooms come with granite countertop vanity.
* New Washing machine and dryer inside the apartment
* Balcony – 80 sq ft. with view of Manhattan
* The building is at a 2 min walking distance from the PATH train station from where you can get trains to WTC (7-8 mins) and to 33rd street (15 mins).
* The following amenities are included in your rent – Gym, Steam, Sauna, Jacuzzi, business center, cards room, huge lounge and a sundeck overlooking Hudson river and the Manhattan skyline.
* Grocery store and ice-skating ring just below the building.
* 24/7 doorman with laundry service.
* Right next to Target, Duane Reade, Starbucks, and Newport mall.
Minimum 1 yr. lease.
Please contact shoresouth20@gmail.com

Mother’s Day Coloring Page

Mothers Day Coloring Page by Lady Lucas
This past weekend I offered summer themed coloring pages to the children at the Jersey City Summer Camp Festival, and realized the moms were just as eager to enjoy some coloring. So moms – this is for you! Simply download this adorable coloring page and relax.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Materials you will need:
– Printer
– Paper
– Colored pencils or thin tipped markers
Mothers Day Coloring Page by Lady Lucas
Step 1 Download this Mothers Day Coloring Page from my ‘Tea Time Coloring Book‘. Print it as many times as you wish for personal use.
Mothers Day Coloring Page by Lady Lucas
Step 2 Use colored pencils or thin tipped markers to color all the details. If you’d like a wide array of colors to choose from, OOLY and Crayola both offer great coloring pencil sets, as well as the generic packs of pencils available at Michael’s craft store.
Mothers Day Coloring Page by Lady Lucas
Step 3 Think about having a little ‘coloring party’ with your kids this month. Print a few copies of this page and enjoy a cup of tea together. It’s a great way to get children to unwind after a long day at school or on the weekends. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day – you deserve a little treat! 😉
Mothers Day Coloring Page by Lady Lucas
Ashley Lucas (aka Lady Lucas) is an artist, illustrator, author and crafts designer. Her adorable characters can be found online via her website and Etsy shop. She offers private art lessons to children in Jersey City and Hoboken ages 4 – 12 years.

Best Swimming Classes/Lessons in Jersey City for kids & Adults

 

Best Swimming Classes/Lessons in Jersey City for kids & Adults

Sky Club Fitness and Spa : Learn to Swim at Sky Club

Our Aquatic Kids programs are designed for all ages and abilities. We have small group classes with experienced instructors who are passionate about teaching kids to be comfortable and confident in the water. To register for classes, click on the Registration Form button at the bottom of the page.

125 Marshall Street,7th Floor, Hoboken, NJ 07030 Tel: 201-222-2582

Swim Stars Jersey City

At Swim Stars our mission is to provide quality swim lessons to all of our Swim Star clients. Our vision is to create a learning environment where all of our customers feel safe and comfortable in the water. Providing both learn-to-swim and competitive swim lessons to all ages, we believe that swimming is a lifelong skill that should be enjoyed by everyone. At Swim Stars each student will receive personalized attention and be serviced by our experiences and skills as we look forward to helping them reach their aquatic goals.”

Swim Stars www.swimstars.biz
njswimstars Lovre lovre89@gmail.com2017444667
99 Highland Avenue Jersey City NJ 7306

Swim Stars Swim School : Pool Address: Saint Peter’s University,870 Montgomery Street, Jersey City, NJ 07306:     Email: info@swimstars.biz

Hamilton Health and Fitness

This convenient Hamilton Park location is a big hit with local families! They offer Children’s and Adult Swim programs. Classes are for ages 6 months and up and they have. The classes run. Classes are $170 (members) or $220 (non-members) for 8-weeks and are 30 minute long. Pre-registration is required.

Newport Swim and Fitness

Located at 33 River Drive South offers a large indoor pool and swimming lessons to both members and non-members of the facility.

Classes are either 8-weeks with one class per week or 4-weeks with two classes per week. Registration is rolling, as there are new classes beginning every few weeks.

Pershing Field Pool 

Located at 201 Central Avenue in Jersey City Heights.

The pool is open year round, currently opens Monday – Friday from 7am – 8:30 pm and on weekends from 12noon – 6pm. Entry fees for this pool are: residents $3 for adults and $2 for children on weekdays and $4 for adults and $3 for children on weekends. For non-residents, the fees are $6 for adults and $4 for children on weekdays and $8 for adults and $6 for kids on weekends.

Saint Peter’s Swimming Pool

Located at Saint Peters University campus. They have two available programs: kids group lessons (Ages 4 -16) and adult lessons. Lessons are 40 minutes long and they offer siblings discount. For more information, call (718) 795 -5298 or e-mail them

Lunch Ideas for Kids: Guilt Free Chocoholic Brownies

Lunch Ideas for Kids: Guilt Free Chocoholic Brownies 

These brownies not only deliver a truly delicious dark chocolate punch, they are also sugar, guilt and virtually FAT free! I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical about baking brownies with avocado, but it really works well. Avocados have a smooth texture with a very bland neutral flavor that lend themselves ideally to dark chocolate. You cannot taste avocado, all you taste is dark chocolate. Also, as there is no sugar, gluten or dairy so as a result, they are lighter than air, making it very easy to eat A LOT without guilt.

Lunch Ideas for Kids Guilt Free Chocoholic Brownies Ingredients

  • 2 large avocados
  • 1/2 cup apple nectar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp coconut extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup good quality unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup melted unsweetened bitter dark chocolate melted with 1/3 cup avocado oil
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes

Instructions: Lunch Ideas for Kids: Guilt Free Chocoholic Brownies 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a blender or food processor combine avocado, apple nectar, eggs, and extracts
  3. Add above ingredients into bowl with melted chocolate. Stir to combine.
  4. Add in coconut flour, cocoa powder, sea salt and baking soda and stir until well-combined.
  5. Grease an 8 x 8 inch baking dish with coconut oil and add batter and sprinkle coconut flakes on top.
  6. Place in oven to bake for approximately 30 minutes (slightly less for fudgier brownies or slightly longer for more cake-like brownies).
  7. Allow to cool for 20 minutes before cutting into approximately 16 brownies.

These will keep in an airtight container at room-temperature for up to 2 days or for a longer shelf-life store in the fridge or freezer.

Lunch Ideas for Kids: Guilt Free Chocoholic Brownies 

Lunch Ideas for Kids Guilt Free Chocoholic Brownies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full-Time Nanny Available Late June 2017

Hello:  We are moving out of the area and unfortunately this means that our INCREDIBLE nanny needs to find a new employer.  She has been indispensable to us since she began looking after our daughter over 3 years ago. She now takes care of both our daughter and 9-month-old son.

There aren’t enough adjectives in the English language to describe how incredible she is, and we feel indebted to her tremendously.  Other than vacation, our many hasn’t had more than one or two sick days in 3+ years, and the love and adoration that our kids have for her is telling.

We are moving out of the area on June 19th, and would love to help her find a new loving family to be a part of.  Please email me directly if you would like more information (tlwettermanjr@gmail.com).

Looking For Food Vendors

Calling all food vendors for JCFamilies upcoming events!

If interested in participating in any of our following events, please email “admin@jcfamilies.com

 Please check the events details below:
JC Fitness Fair 2017
May 20 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm at City Hall Plaza

Join us for our 2nd annual #jcfitnessfair with Chicpeajc, on May 20th at City Hall Plaza in #jerseycity!

Mother’s Day Celebration at Hamilton Park, Jersey City
May 12 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Details:  http://bit.ly/2pQcr2F
JC Kids Run 2017 at Exchange Place, JC
June 3 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

We are so glad to announce JCFamilies’ Third year of Kids race: “JC Kids Run’17”.

Feministival 2017 at Hamilton Park, JC

On the following dates: July 14th, Aug 11, and Sept 8

From 3 to 8pm At Hamilton Park, JC

 

 

Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Jersey City

Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Jersey City

You may find yourself hard pressed to find truly VEGAN restaurants in Jersey City as there are only some limited options available. This is a go-to guide laying it out plain and simple, where to go, what to get and whether to bring the kids.

http://www.subiasorganiccafe.comSubia’s 

506 Jersey Ave, Jersey City

This Van Vorst neighborhood staple has been around for over ten years with great success. It is the only TRUE vegan restaurant and pure vegan kitchen in Jersey City. The sister duo team that own the place are extremely knowledgeable and helpful and they will navigate you through any vegan question you have. The menu is comprehensive and there is something for everybody. Even my carnivore meat eating husband was impressed by the vegan rib sandwich. Subia’s also has an amazing dessert selection as well as a thorough juice list for those seeking something on the lighter side – the beet & spirulina combo is a real winner. I would recommend this café style restaurant for anybody seeking a delicious, filling, nutritious comfort food style meal. The home style, casual atmosphere and food make you feel truly welcome the second you sit down to read the menu, ideal for the entire family.

Kid Friendly 5/5

Stroller Friendly 5/5

Kid Friendly Foods 5/5

Pet Shop 

193 Newark Avenue, Jersey City

This relative newbie is a kitschy, fun, trendy local watering hole offering strictly vegetarian food. There are vegan options on the menu as well. Sundays they offer half off glasses on open wine bottles, get there early to avoid disappointment and to score a great bargain on some really delicious wines. The bar staff are extremely knowledgeable on pairing wine and drinks with the food menu. The kitchen offers up fun, modern and diverse fare. The Buffalo Cauliflower starter is a must and the Chili is sure to fill even the hardiest of bellies.

Kid Friendly 3/5   (during brunch hours you will have best luck with strollers and young kids)

Stroller Friendly 3/5

Kid Friendly Foods 5/5   (grilled cheese, soups and chili will all please the younger crowd)

Tea NJ

262 Newark Ave, Jersey City

This café is not strictly vegetarian. However, the menu is helpfully divided into vegan/vegetarian and carnivore sections. Largely a brunch/lunch establishment and café, so plan to wait a bit if you come on the weekend. Tea and coffee connoisseurs will love this place, the tea options are extensive – there are over 30 varieties of tea including traditional and more modern chai and bubble tea. My personal favorite has to be the dirty chai – this is ideal for caffeine lovers of all types – a tea and espresso concoction that will give you a caffeine buzz for hours. The menu offers fresh classic salads, wraps, sandwiches and all day breakfasts.

Kid Friendly 5/5   

Stroller Friendly 3/5 (small and limited space available)

Kid Friendly Foods 5/5   

Tidal Poke 

34 Exchange Pl, Jersey City

Also a relative newbie and always super busy during lunch, a testament to the popularity and success of the only true Poke “POH-keh” and Acai place in town. The menu offers both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. For Poke and Acai bowl virgins, here’s a quick low down – Poke is an old Hawaiian dish that’s a relatively new phenomenon to non-Hawaiian cities. It is a combination of fresh cubed raw fish, seasoned and served on a bed of vegetables and a base of typically rice or noodles, served cold, think of like a sushi salad of sorts. Poke is delicious and very healthy. Tidal Poke offers vegan and vegetarian Poke bowls. Acai Bowls are equally healthy, light and refreshing and are comprised of fruit and added crunchy goodies – basically thick smoothies topped with granola and fruit, then wolfed down with a spoon.

Kid Friendly 5/5   

Stroller Friendly 5/5

Kid Friendly Foods 3/5   (kids will love fruity, cold Acai Bowls, Poke Bowls may not appeal to all kids)

*Other top notch Jersey City restaurants with vegan dishes on the menu:

Third and Vine

Porta

Kitchen Step

Orale

Koro Koro

Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Jersey City

Email ErinRose on ZellyBFitness@gmail.com

Free Public Library in Jersey City

Free Public Library in Jersey City

Regional Branches

Regional Branch Hours

Monday: 9:00am – 8:00pm

Tuesday: 10:00am – 6:00pm

Wednesday: 10:00am – 6:00pm

Thursday: 10:00am – 6:00pm

Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Free Public Library in Jersey City

 

 

Main Branch (* This branch & the Children’s Room are currently closed due to renovations)

472 Jersey Ave.

Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 547 – 4501

Free Public Library in Jersey City

 

 

 

Glenn D. Cunningham Branch 

275 Martin Luther King Dr.

Jersey City, NJ 07305

(201) 547 – 4555

Free Public Library in Jersey City

 

 

 

Five Corners Branch

678 Newark Ave.

Jersey City, NJ 07306

(201) 547 -4543

Free Public Library in Jersey City

 

 

 

Greenville Branch

1841 Kennedy Boulevard

Jersey City, NJ 07305

(201) 547 – 4553

Free Public Library in Jersey City

 

 

 

Heights Branch

14 Zabriskie St.

Jersey City, NJ 07307

(201) 547-455

Free Public Library in Jersey City

 

 

 

Miller Branch

489 Bergen Ave.

Jersey City, NJ 07304

(201) 547 – 4551

Free Public Library in Jersey City

 

 

 

 

Pavonia Branch

326 Eighth St.

Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 547 – 4808

Neighborhood Branches

 

Neighborhood Branch Hours

Monday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Tuesday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Wednesday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Thursday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

 

Free Public Library in Jersey City

 

 

 

Lafayette Branch

307 Pacific Ave.

Jersey City, NJ 07304

(201) 547 – 5017

Free Public Library in Jersey City

 

 

 

Marion Branch

1017 West Side Ave.

Jersey City, NJ 07306

(201) 547 – 4552

West Bergen Branch

476 West Side Ave.

Jersey City, NJ 07304

(201) 547 – 4554

Programs can be found on the JCPL website calendar http://www.jclibrary.org/ under ‘Programs & Exhibits’