Thanksgiving Pies

Baked Goodies, Events and Occasions | posted on October 14, 2015

This year, we will be offering two different ice cream pies that you can purchase for your Thanksgiving dessert table.  The first is a Pumpkin Gingersnap Pie in with spiced pumpkin ice cream in a homemade gingersnap crust.  The second is a Salted Caramel and Pecan Pie.  We nestle our ever popular salted caramel ice cream in a delicious pecan crust that is sure to be a hit.  Both pies are $19.99 and available all month.

Salted Caramel Ice Cream Pie

Salted Caramel Ice Cream Pie

Pumpkin Ginger Pice

Pumpkin Ginger Pie

#NameOurVanilla Contest!!

Events and Occasions, Flavors, Hard packed Pints | posted on June 11, 2015

Victory Garden needs a new name for our Vanilla ice cream, and we are asking our customers to help us find it!

Did you know that vanilla is the second most expensive spice after saffron?  That is because it only comes from one type of orchid, which has to be hand pollinated under ideal conditions in order to produce this exotic spice.  What is so plain about that?  Absolutely nothing, we say!

We are using Mexican vanilla beans from the region of Veracruz, Mexico, where vanilla originated.   A flavor as delicate, exotic, and classic as Vanilla deserves a special title. Especially one as delicious as ours.  We take a lot of pride in the origins of this renowned spice and we want to celebrate it with a special name provided by our wonderful community of goat milk ice cream lovers! So please help us #nameourvanilla.

Here is how it works:

Step 1: Think of the best vanilla name in existence.  It should scream “Vanilla is not plain”, “Viva Mexico” (optional), “Vanilla is the best flavor ever”, “You gotta try this vanilla”!

Step 2: E-mail it to us at , submit it in the store with your name and contact info, or post it on our Instagram feed @victorygardennyc, on our Facebook page /victorygardennyc, or on twitter @victorygardenny.  If you go social, be sure to include #nameourvanilla

Step 3: Wait till June 30th

Step 4: Win a whole lot of goat love. If we like your name best we’ll put you, our Vanilla Victor, in our Goat Notes newsletter and send you a free shipment of our ice creams (including a pint of  the newly named Vanilla).  We will even include the newest edition of our Victory Garden T-shirt!

Mastic Mondays

Events and Occasions, Ingredients | posted on May 9, 2015

When I was younger and running my cooking website, I used to work part time at the Mastiha Shop on Orchard Street for some extra cash.  My dear friend, Artemis Kohas, ran the store for 7 years.  I loved that job.  I loved listening to Greek pop music that I didn’t know the words to, but which I eventually memorized.  I loved chewing on mastic, and the slight camphoric scent that filled the room.  She used to sell Greek coffee granules that were scented with the healing resin, which led me to start making my own mastic coffee at home.  Way before any seedling thought of Victory Garden had been planted, I would  infuse goat milk in a sauce pan with a few drops of the oil and a spoonful of sugar.  I would then pour it over freshly brewed espresso made in my Moka for me and anyone who was staying with me.  It wasn’t before long that my mother would wake up and request mastic coffees in the morning.  “Make me a mastic coffee” she would say excitedly as she ambled into the kitchen.  I was so happy to share the mastic love. My mother passed away a month after I opened the shop, but her presence is here with every mastic coffee that I prepare.

Mastic Coffee #MasticMondays

Mastic Coffee #MasticMondays

Every Monday is now Mastic Monday, mainly because it rhymes with Manic Monday, and well, it is always just another Manic Mastic Monday.  Mastic Coffees are $3.00 and other mastic-y things will present themselves too.

New Labels!

Events and Occasions, Hard packed Pints | posted on March 7, 2015

We are really excited to present you with our new labels.  We love our hard packed ice creams, and we hope you do too.  Even though we would love to have custom labeled pints in bright and beautiful designs, this is a step by step process.  We have to see what people think of our products and try an improve them as much as possible before going ahead with larger projects like that.  For now, we have these really awesome labels that allow us to experiment a little bit in the meantime.  We are offering our Vanilla Blackflower, Date Oasis, Salted Caramel, Chocolate Victory, and Honey Lavender every day, and will be featuring seasonal flavors as we find really special things that we want to freeze in a moment of ice cream time.  What you can do to help us (besides popping by for a pint or soft serve) is to request at your local grocer that they carry our product.  And please let us know where you are located and where you like to shop!

Goat MIlk ICe cream

Chocolate Victory Goat Milk Ice Cream


Ice Cream Tasting Monday, January 12th

Events and Occasions | posted on January 7, 2015

We are working towards our goal of launching hard packed ice cream pints to sell retail and we need your help!  On January 12th we invite you to stop by the shop between the hours of 5-8:30 pm to sample all 6 of our ice cream flavors and fill out a (very brief) survey for us.  We are located at 31 Carmine Street between Bleecker and Bedford!

Blue Olive Oil Tasting on 4/30

Events and Occasions, From Our Barn, Ingredients | posted on April 29, 2014

Join us for an olive oil tasting from 4:00-7:00 pm on Wednesday, April 30th with Mary Panagoulas from Blue Olive Oil.  We will be sampling her olive oil on yogurt, bread, and in a prepared salad.  Blue Olive Oil is made with Koroneiki olives from the island of Crete, which are a protected product of origin in Europe.  They have the highest concentration of polyphenols than any other olive, and are highly praised for their health benefits.  Blue Olive Oil has a very low acidity (a good thing), and is made with the olives from a family that Mary knows.  We also love the fact that Blue has already donated a well to people in need of clean drinking water in Pakistan.  Come by and learn more about this great new company.

Blue Olive Oil

Beyonce Nights!

Events and Occasions | posted on February 7, 2014

We are really excited about Tuesday Nights at Victory Garden!  In January (and the first week in February), we featured Gayle Stacher, for Tarot Nights.  In February, we are going to be hosting Beyonce Nights!  Every Tuesday, between 6 – 9pm, if you dance along to the Beyonce (and Destiny’s Child) we will be playing, you will earn a free topping on your soft serve.  The dances have to be legitimate (10 seconds or more), and we really want to see you move.  If you would like to enter our competition, we can film you doing your dance for us, which we will post on our Twitter/Instagram/Vine feeds.  We will also be accepting videos posted on our feeds that were filmed outside of the shop, but for the purpose of the competition.  At the end, the video with the most votes will win a MAJOR gift bag from us with all of our most popular products.  We are so excited to do this!!  We love Beyonce, and hope that everyone has fun with this when they come in. So, in summary, if you come in on a Tuesday night in February between 6-9pm and dance your little heart out for 10 seconds or more, you get a free topping on your soft serve.  At the same time, we will be filming videos of Beyonce dancing in the shop, and accepting dances tagged on our Instagram/Vine/Twitter feeds with #BeyonceNights.  The winner will be announced in early March and will win a Major gift basket!!!

Follow us on Twitter @VictoryGardenNY, Instagram @VictoryGardenNYC, and Vine @VictoryGardenNYC!

Barn Sale!

Baked Goodies, Events and Occasions, From Our Barn | posted on February 6, 2014

Hi Folks,

We are having a HUGE sale right now to clear out some of our Winter products, and bring in new items for Spring.

Turkish Pestemals (Hammam Towels) are marked down to $25.

Greek Saffron Tea is $10, from $12.50.

Fine and Raw Chipotle Bars are $6.00.

Goat Milk Soaps (unfelted) are $6.00.

Also, from now on, if you buy any baked good, you get a regular coffee for $1.00.  Stop in for an afternoon treat.

Tuesday Nights in January

Events and Occasions, News | posted on December 29, 2013

Every January I try to do something at the shop that will make me, and hopefully the customers, happy and free of Seasonal Affective Disorder.  This is universally known as the slowest month for businesses, and to keep us from going stir crazy, I like to have a project or theme that makes me look forward to coming into the shop.  This year, I have invited Gayle Stacher, who is a wonderful Tarot card reader, to come and do weekly readings at the shop.  She will be offering two different reading lengths, which will come along with a soft serve.  The short reading is $10 for 10 minutes and includes a mini soft serve in the price.  The longer reading is $25 for 20 minutes, and includes a large soft serve (with its topping) or seasonal sundae, tea, and a 10% discount towards a future reading with Gayle.
I have been getting my cards read ever since I was a young teenager, and have always enjoyed the process.  Many people are skeptical about getting their cards read, because they fear or deny the fact that their irreversible future will be laid out before their eyes.  This is not how the Tarot works.  Tarot cards reveal different factors at play in one’s environment, and help to give different perspective on how to deal with any problems or issues at hand.  We will always have our free will; the Tarot are just a tool for understanding our choices.  One can learn a lot about oneself in a reading.  I have known Gayle for about 2 1/2 years now, and I have always walked away from a reading feeling relieved and fresh.  She has allowed me to see my problems in a new light, and thus helped me solve many of them.  I hope that many of you take advantage of these great prices and come and indulge in a little soft serve, and a healing Tarot reading.
Details: Readings are every Tuesday from 6-9pm on a first-come, first-served basis.  The dates are 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28.  You can always feel free to call and ask how long the wait is.

Holiday Cakes!

Baked Goodies, Events and Occasions | posted on December 11, 2013

Thelma's Bourbon Cake

Though first and foremost we are an ice cream shop, every December we bring out our two cakes for the season.  The first is Thelma’s Bourbon Cake, named after my grandmother.  She baked this cake every year for us during the holidays, making Bourbon Cake synonymous with Christmas in the Brittan household.  We sell the large Bourbon Cakes for $25 at the shop, and they come dusted with confectioners sugar in a lovely brown cake box.  The second cake is a Triple Ginger Cake, which is made with fresh, candied, and powdered ginger.  I have never been a huge cake person (besides Birthday Cake, of course), but the first time I tried this cake I finished gobbling it up with abandon.  There is something sneakily addictive of the mixture of maple, molasses, and ginger in this delicious cake.  Since the holidays are usually associated with various spiced cakes, this one is perfect for the holiday season.  I suggest serving it for brunch, as a hostess gift, or enjoying after dinner with a dollop of ice cream.  The Triple Ginger Cakes are $11.65 each.  We serve both cakes in the individual form at the shop, so you can always stop by and try them for yourself before ordering a whole one.

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