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March of 2014 was the last I sought out any of the Philadelphian vegan fancy schmancy establishments.
After having spent a fortune only to leave disappointed, the highly recommended Vedge restaurant was just not doing it for me. I found myself ordering dish after dish, in hopes one would wow me. I couldn't figure out what all the hype was - perhaps its that all the gluten-filled meals are the real show-stoppers?
I've definitely expressed my opinion to others and I have come to the conclusion that one of the below theories is the cause of my lack of interest in Vedge.
1. I eat veggies every damn day of my life and therefore I have high standards for something creative and for only the freshest ingredients
2. I have a unique pallet. Because I do eat a diet that is heavy on fruits and vegetables with a sprinkle of grains and very minimal oils and sweets,
3. It's like a true Italian going into Olive Garden - "it just isn't authentic"
I do praise…
Tia Lupita Hot Sauce was kind enough to send me a sample for review. I must start by saying, I am still holding Formosa Hot Sauce as my comparison for the quality, taste, and visual appeal of all hot sauces.
I started by educating myself on Tia Lupita and found that the sauce heritage, like Formosa, also originated in Mexico, from what I picture to be, an adorable Mexican women- whoot whoot, high hopes here that the same authentic flavors that I fell madly in love with from Formosa could possibly also be in Tia Lupita.
I kept ready and found, even more, similarities to Formosa, so we have, recipe originated from a woman in Mexico and then the company founders both migrated to California. Hector, the owner of Tia Lupita, named the hot sauce in honor of his mother and even designed the logo with her mind. I love the curl on top of her head - it actually reminds me of my nana! Family love, family traditions, family recipes - a few of my favorite things - so before even having taste-test…
I have been wanting to try the hyped-up Han Dynasty for some time now and I found the perfect opportunity, New Year's Eve.
I had my twin and younger sister coming in with their significant others and we already determined that we would be enjoying the 2015 countdown to some salsa dancing at Cuba Libre I didn't feel like forking out a $100+ just to enjoy a New Year's dinner and I didn't want to be too far from Cuba Libre - so I went with good-old reliable Han Dynasty. I made my reservation for 6 rather easily and we found front row parking as well!
Even though the restaurant was busy (which is expected for New Year's Eve), we were seated on time and waited on with attention and care. There was not one moment where we felt rushed.
Now, because I was eating with a group and we decided we wanted to try a little bit of everything, I had to go non-vegan this night... but honestly, it was worth it and some of my favorite dishes were the fish and meat ones.
For the past 10+ years, I have dealt with my illness on my own - and for the most part, I think I have done so very well. I was always optimistic, read a lot of research, tried a number of doctors, tried new foods, and so much more. I kept juggin' along with a smile on my face and optimism on my side.
Then, I allowed myself to get to run down - I suppose I was trying to keep up with others expectations and of course, more deadly - my own expectations. I lost myself and I was too exhausted to realize it and too stubborn to ask for help.
When I did realize it and knew a lot of changes had to come from a road to recovery - I tried a bit of every recovery phase: isolation, depression, neediness, positive can-do attitude, changes, and so on... and I always need to take a moment to commend myself for the journey that I have gone through and take pride in that no matter what stage I am currently in and where I "think" I should be at that point.
Regardless, I have been going t…
It has been close to a year where I have been back and forth on if a dog in my life was something I wanted or if it just more used energy than I currently had to provide.
I did my research, I had a long list of requirements and to be honest, it would have been easier if I could have made a magic potion to create "the perfect" dog. I wanted one that listened well, took well to apartment life, did not leave balls of fur on my clothes, did not drool, behaved well, trained easily... the list went on and on.
I did find in my research some dog breeds that matched most of my criteria, but they appeared to be either very expensive to obtain OR nearly extinct!
I was on a path of "okay, the world is saying not right now" and I went with it.
Then I left for one of the most rewarding vacations thus far, a camping trip through the Smoky Mountains, TN. While in one of the many cell service dead-zones, I started getting bits and pieces of messages from my mom noting that my dad m…
Thanks for contacting MOM's - we can absolutely accommodate gluten free and vegan diets at Naked Lunch! Some more information on this is below: All Naked Lunch dressings are vegan and gluten free (they're also soy and dairy free). Our Cauliflower Stew and Butternut Squash Soup are vegan and gluten free. Our Black Bean Burger can be made vegan and gluten free by request.These bowls are vegan and gluten free: Crowder Bowl, Lin Bowl and Sushi BowlAny of our bowls can be made vegan and gluten free by request by choosing substitutes. Feel free to speak with our Naked Lunch staff, who are are very experienced with dietary restrictions and are always happy to provide suggestions/alternatives.One quick note is we are not a 100% gluten, dairy and soy free kitchen - we let anyone with very serious allergies know that.
While traveling through Asheville, NC I found King Daddy's Chicken and Waffles and was a bit intrigued that they had so much social media write ups on gluten-free and vegetarian options. I mean, was I reading this accurately, a waffle and fried chicken joint was successfully offering not only gluten-free options but also vegetarian options? This is a joke, right? Maybe someone was making note that they are NOT able to accommodate these options - let me read into this some more.
Well, by pure amazement, King Daddy's does, in fact, offer both gluten-free and vegetarian accommodations and seems to be doing so very well.
I couldn't help but plan a meal here while traveling through. My sister and I arrived around 6:00 pm on a Friday evening and had the opportunity to sit outside on the hip patio! The entire joint is open, brightly colored, and a welcoming ground for us all to come and mingle. It reminded me of a place where you come to meet and greet family you never knew was y…
Ladies and gentleman check it out: This year will mark the 2nd annual Philly S.E.E.D Festival, a vegan craft food, and beer festival at the Sugar House Casino. Come join us on Sunday, August 13th at 3:00 - 6:00 pm!
S - Sustainable E - Everyday E - Edibles D - Drinkables
Philadelphia is well known for their craft food and beer scene, so why not also highlight the amazing Vegan offerings the city has to offer! Why You Should Attend:
A portion of the proceeds (20%) will benefit the Humane League of Philadelphia, working toward reducing animal s…
With summer weather slowly starting to fade into fall leaves, crisp morning air, and cool evenings - my stomach has been not loving summer fruits, morning smoothies, or evening banana whips - today I took the time to care for me!
I rested until I awake naturally. I started the day with a very long walk with Lutana. I took the time to make a breakfast and enjoy it. I spent the day at the park and then I put a movie on and started to make some home cooked healing carrot soup.
- Fresh Ginger
- Star Anise
- Spring Onion
- Fresh Water
- Lime Juice
- Seaweed of choice
I started dry roasting my spices on low heat. Once slightly toasted, I added about 4 cups of water and remaining ingredients. I let the entire pan simmer on low to medium heat for about 2 hours.
Then came my favorite part! I took the carrots out scooped them into the Vitamix. I added a tab bit of the vegetable broth slowly to ensure I did not over water it. I …