Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday Staff Profiles: The People of Perelandra

One of the things that makes Perelandra so special is our wonderful staff! We are fortunate to have employees are from all over the world with very diverse skill sets and backgrounds, and they are instrumental in creating the "great energy" that our store is famous for. Our customers rely on our staff to answer their questions, help them find what they're looking for, suggest products and to be a friendly face in this big city. Get to know Derrick who has been ordering Perelandra's grocery products for more than a decade! If you shop at Perelandra, chances are you are familiar with his great smile. Get to know him in this week's staff profile.
 
 


Name: Derrick

Hometown: Chantimelle, Grenada

How long have you lived in New York City?
Almost 30 years

Length of time working at Perelandra:
14 years


What are your favorite products at Perelandra?

Nature's Path Heritage Flakes: "My favorite cereal. It has lots of whole grains and is very healthy. It tastes great!"

Beanitos Chips, Nacho Flavor: "These taste great and has the best nacho flavor, especially when compared to other Nacho chips."

Newman's Own Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil: "I love the flavor of this olive oil."

What is your favorite thing about working at Perelandra?

"I love the environment and the staff. It's a very low stress environment and everyone gets along well."

What's the most important thing you've learned since you started working here?

"I've learned a lot about how to run a business and how to give great customer service."

Some things we love about Derrick:

"Derrick is always happy and joking- I have never seen him in a bad mood." -Dan

"He always knows the answers to my questions, and he's always very positive." -Ramon

"He is the happiest man on earth." -Keith

"He's got a good attitude and is really reliable. He always follows through on things." -Chris

"He's always upbeat and can turn any situation into a positive experience." -Carrie

Monday, April 14, 2014

New Menu Items for Spring!


White-bean raddichio salad

French couscous salad with asparagus and cherry tomatoes

Strawberry-vanilla cupcakes

New spring additions to our menu! As always, it's all vegan and made in-house daily with organic ingredients!

  • Creamy celery root soup with leeks, thyme, garlic and lemon

  • French couscous salad with asparagus and cherry tomatoes in a lemon-tarragon vinaigrette

  • Spring quinoa pilaf with toasted sunflower seeds, radish and fresh basil in a champagne vinaigrette

  • White bean-raddichio salad with charred scallions in a roasted garlic vinaigrette


Monday, March 31, 2014

April's Vegan Dessert Menu

 

All items are vegan and made in-house by our talented baker with organic ingredients! 

Menu is effective April 1- April 30!

Monday:

Toasted Almond Cupcakes (gluten-free/soy-free)
Chai Mookie - Chocolate Truffle (gf) - made with locally made Chai Mookie Chai spices!
Oatmeal-Apricot Cookies
Seasonal Fruit "Pop Tarts" (varying flavors)
Chocolate Chip Bar


Tuesday:

Double Chocolate Cupcake (gf/sf)
Chai Mookie - Chocolate Truffle (gf) - made with locally made Chai Mookie Chai spices!
Oatmeal Apricot Cookies
Seasonal Fruit Tart
Brownies (gf)
Chocolate Chip Bar


Wednesday:

Strawberry-Vanilla Cupcakes (gf/sf)
Chai Mookie - Chocolate Truffle (gf) - made with locally made Chai Mookie Chai spices! (gf)
Double Chocolate Cookies
Seasonal Quick Bread
Chocolate Chip Bar

Thursday:

Orange-Raspberry Cupcakes (gf/sf)
Lavender Chocolate Truffle (gf)
Double Chocolate Cookies
Seasonal Sandwich Cookies with Creme Filling
Seasonal Foccacia Bread
Chocolate Chip Bar


Friday:

Chocolate Chip Cupcakes (gf/sf)
Lavender Chocolate Truffles
Peanut Butter Shortbread Cookies
Seaonal Fruit "Cheese"cake (gf)
Brownies (gf)
Chocolate Chip Bar

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sunday Staff Profiles: The People of Perelandra

One of the things that makes Perelandra so special is our wonderful staff! We are fortunate to have employees are from all over the world with very diverse skill sets and backgrounds, and they are instrumental in creating the "great energy" that our store is famous for. Our customers rely on our staff to answer their questions, help them find what they're looking for, suggest products and to be a friendly face in this big city. Get to know Dan, Perelandra's Sales and Inventory Manager, in this week's staff profile. He's the person responsible for all our great sales, so be sure to tell him what your favorite products are the next time you see him!



Name: Dan

Hometown: Loveland, CO

How long have you lived in New York City?
Almost 2 years

Length of time working at Perelandra:
Almost 2 years


What are your favorite products at Perelandra?

Brooklyn Bell Ice Cream- Salted Caramel: "All of their flavors are delicious, but the salted caramel is the best salted caramel ice cream I've ever had. It strikes just the right balance of salty and sweet."
Hope Hummus- Spicy Avocado: "I love guacamole. I love hummus. This combines both to create a spread like nothing I've ever had."
J.K.'s Scrumpy Hard Cider: "Not too sweet and easy to drink!"

What is your favorite thing about working at Perelandra?

"I love finding fun things to put on sale. I talk to brand brokers and work out deals, for example if we buy ten cases of something, I can negotiate a lower price per case and pass on the savings to our customers."

What's the most important thing you've learned since you started working here?

"Customer service. I've learned to recommend products, track down items if a customer can't find something, and most of all to be an attentive communicator. It's not just about helping people. It's making people feel like they've been helped." 

Some things we love about Dan:

"Dan goes above and beyond with tremendous frequency, and it makes him one of the most dependable and on point people around" -James

"Dan is helpful and humorous. He's like a big brother...with fabulous hair." -Hannia

"He's a very understanding guy. Great listener." -Derrick

"The Danager? He has a great giggle." -Lucy

"Dan is super committed to doing a really good job. He's really smart and very quick-witted. He's one of the best people I've ever worked with. He does whatever needs to get done." -Allison

Local Vendor Day at Perelandra!


We are so pleased to host 15 of the best vendors in NYC this Saturday during our local vendor event! Join us to sample their amazing goods! We'll also have special dishes in our kitchen made with locally produced ingredients and two gift bags full of local products to raffle to two lucky winners. 

We are proud to support more than 60 local vendors at Perelandra! We are committed to sourcing the best, high-quality natural and organic foods available, and in many cases these foods are made by small local businesses run by individuals who are truly committed to higher food standards- just like us! 
On Saturday we'll be featuring:


Please join us, and spread the word!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Tanya's Top Ten List!

 Tanya (a.k.a Tawni)  is the Supplement Department Manager at Perelandra. She fuels her busy New York City lifestyle with delicious plant based meals, nutritional supplements and vegan cupcakes. She finds balance teaching and practicing power yoga, meditating, laughing with friends and studying yoga texts. We asked Tanya to compile a list of her top ten must haves at Perelandra - here they are!





courtesy of oliviasorganics.com
1. Leafy Green:  Olivia’s Organics Baby Arugula. One of my favorite ways to prepare this bitter green is in pesto. ½ C olive oil. ½ C walnuts. 2-3 cloves of garlic 1 container Baby Arugula. Salt to taste. Put ingredients in a food processor or blender in that order. Voila! Great over pasta, on bread or as a dip for veggies!








courtesy of sunchlorella.com

2. Green Superfood: SunChlorella Powder. Chlorophyll. Vitamins. Minerals. Enzymes. Protein. This green algae has it all + does it all. I like the energy boost it gives me and it has a gentle cleansing effect. Mix it in with water, juice or a smoothie. It will change the color of your drink + change your day.







3. Juice Bar item: Bri’s Morning Scramble. 3 letters: OMG. As a brunch-loving vegan I’ve had many tofu scrambles over the years. Ours is one is the best I’ve eaten, seasoned to perfection. Top with some OrganicVille Sriacha for a spicy twist.






courtesy of kaiafoods.com
4. Savory snack: Alive & Radiant Foods Kale Chips. If you’re not already on the kale bandwagon these tasty snacks will get you there. Raw, vegan + guilt free they are the perfect substitution for more calorie-laden fried potato chips! My favorite flavor is Quite Cheezy, made "cheezy" with nutritional yeast and cashews.








courtesy of luluaschocolate.com

5. Sweet snack: Lulu’s Raw Maca Butter Cups. The delicious combination of raw chocolate, almond butter paired with maca root... yum!







 6. Tea: Daily Detox tea keeps my blood, liver, kidneys, skin and lymphatic system clean + clear. It has a pleasant taste and can be enjoyed hot or iced.









7. Beverage: Taste Nirvana Coconut Water. Made from sweet Thai coconuts, this is the by far the sweetest and most  flavorful coconut water on the market. It is also packaged in glass rather than plastic.











8.  Supplement: Natural Factors PharmaGABA keeps me calm and focused without causing drowsiness. These chewable wafers begin to work in just 15 minutes and the effects are long lasting.







 9.  Face + Body: John Masters Argan Oil. If you want your body to feel silky + smooth Argan Oil, also known as Moroccan oil, is the answer.












10. Hair Care: Giovanni 50/50 Balanced Conditioner. Here’s my secret to great curls: I leave in regular conditioner. Traditionally leave-in conditioner is just watered down conditioner. For super curly hair I need a super moisturizing super natural full strength conditioner.








Thanks for the wonderful tips, Tanya!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Vegan Dessert Menu for March

All items are vegan and made in-house by our talented baker with organic ingredients! Menu is effective March 3- March 29!

Monday:

Coffee Cupcakes (gluten-free/soy-free)
Puffed Millet - Chocolate Truffle (gf)
Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Creme-filled Sandwich Cookies (varying flavors)
Chocolate Chip Bar

Tuesday:

Lemon-Pistachio Cupcake (gf/sf)
Puffed Millet - Chocolate Truffle (gf)
Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Seasonal Fruit Pie
Brownies (gf)
Chocolate Chip Bar

Wednesday:

Vanilla Chocolate Cupcakes (gf/sf)
Puffed Millet - Chocolate Truffle (gf)
Macadamia Shortbread Cookies
Seasonal Dessert Bars
Chocolate Chip Bar

Thursday:

Coconut Cupcakes (gf/sf)
Raspberry Chocolate Truffle (gf)
Macadamia Shortbread Cookies
Seasonal Layer Cake
Seasonal Foccacia Bread
Chocolate Chip Bar

Friday:

Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes (gf/sf)
Raspberry Chocolate Truffles
Oatmeal Ginger Cookies
Seaonal "Cheese"cake (gf)
Brownies (gf)
Chocolate Chip Bar