Luhv, a family owned and operated vegan, gluten-free and non-gmo business started in 2015 with just a small product line: Black Bean Plantain Roasted Poblano Burger, Sweet Potato Jalapeño Soup and their famous Energy Soup.
The Lucci Family created Luhv with some important core values in mind - how can they help be an advocate for their customers, supporting local, and creating a product with sustainability in mind.
You can now find the Luhv products in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, and D.C.
Check out the site here for additional details.
They expanded their product line to include a Garbanzo Flax Chipotle Burger
AND........they opened a Luhv Vegan Bistro in Hatboro, PA
I met Facundo Lucci back when they were just starting out at the first ever- Great Philly Gluten Free Expo. I immediately fell in love with Luhv. The product not only tasted great, texture held up, environmentally conscious AND family-owned! I was alrea…
For the past 6 years we have started to spoil my dad and take him to a yearly family PSU tailgating event!
A cousin of ours (my dad's oldest brother's son) has season tickets so we meet up with him and together we all have a blast!
This year, the day started early, with a 90-minute drive and an ETA of 8:00am, I was fortunate enough to see the sun rise, one of my favorite things to do that I just never make enough time for.
After arriving, we quickly unload and off to breakfast we go!
I would say, dad has owned his Big John Grill for 4-months now and has definitely gotten his moneys' worth!
I won't lie - it was easier than bringing 3-4 separate grills + my grill. This baby was big enough to cook our gang's food with plenty of room for me to have a clean and clear gluten-free area. Which is where the top shelf also comes in handy!
For breakfast, I rocked a smoothie and some fresh fruit while the rest of the gang had a smorgasbord of: Eggs, Sausage, Bacon, Hasbrowns…
Here it is, after a weekend of self-indulging in some old-time favorites, some new favorites, and some fails, here is my personal and family's reviews.
Some New Products: Mozaics Chips - These are chips are made from veggies, rice, beans, and potatoes. Taste and crispness was there, but the best thing about the Mozaics? They support the Chicago Mosaic school - the first and only not-for-profit mosaic art school in America. I enjoyed the salsa variation but steered clear of the dairy options. However, my brother-in-law let me know the cheddar variety taste just like goldfish.
Green Mustache - Heck yes, gluten and vegan product!!! They brought with them their snack packs: "Cheddarish", "Parmesan" Rosemary, and "Spicyish" crackers. The entire group enjoyed these! The Spicyish and Parmesan delivered the crisp flavor profile that I have been seeking in a gluten and vegan cracker option - best thi…
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.
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.
I recently attended a fundraising event for The Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation at La Columbe, Philadelphia, PA's Fishtown location.
Oddly enough, just a week prior, outside the streets of Manayunk, PA, I had the opportunity to sit in on one of those City Food Tours - and in this particular case, they started to discuss the history of La Columbe and it's founders.
Todd Carmichael, one of the founders, has actually hosted two Travel Channel Series (Dangerous Grounds and Uncommon Goods), visited nearly half of the world's countries and finds fulfillment in taking on some adventurous treks! Todd is even one of the first Americans to solo trek Antarctica in a record breaking speed of 39 days, 7hours and 49 minutes - wow! I wish I could sit down with Todd and just learn from him. Seriously, think about what a day following Todd around would look like?
With a cause so near and dear to Todd and his family's heart, he decided to create an "around the world" c…
Jackfruit is a newer food for me - I have only been experiementing with it for about a year now - but the first time I ever had the opportunity to try it, I was immediately sucked in!
This fruit is beyond versitile! It is great to eat the pods as quick snack, the "skin" can be used to make amazing vegan mock-meat options and the seeds are amazing steamed!
Did I mention it is also nutritious?
-Fights off wrinkles
-Helps with that glowing skin
-High in protein!!!!
-Promotes hair growth
-Boost the immune system
-Maintain blood pressure
-Helps with sluggish digestion
Most people are only familiar with jackfruit in the canned form - me, I think that is gross, but if you need jackfruit and the fresh stuff isn't avaiable, we all have to do what we have to do....
I prefer getting the jackfruit fresh! It can be a bit of work to prepair, but I have found ways to get around 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…
I've been starring down the Jackfruit Cubano for sometime so today was the day I went for it!
The sandwich came out duly noted, gluten-free and ready for me to take a bite! The first bite in and I had a pleasure to taking a trip down memory lane. I was back in my freshman year of college when I hate meat and enjoyed / lived off pastrami sandwiches! The same taste that I recalled was distinct in the Juice Merchant's vegan version.
Half-way through and the high salt content and lack of "meat" juice became relevant but it was still an enjoyable sandwich.
The salad, while fresh, I didn't love the burnt-like chickpeas (I was pretty sure I would chip a tooth) nor the dressing. I wanted something more innovative or maybe Tahini based. I am not entirely sure what I was looking for, but just know I wasn't loving this one...
I had the honor of teaching a cooking class for Mt. Airy Learning Tree and had a blast with my chefs in training! The class was based on being able to use your blender for...well, just about everything! We started the course with a familiar blender recipe, a smoothie. And with it being fall, I couldn't help but make a fall themed apple pie smoothie. I let the students take a lead where they felt comfortable and informed them, that I am not a fan of measurements for cooking - it's all about what you are feeling that day and how the dish looks.
Cinnamon Apple Pie Smoothie 1/2ripe banana 1 apple, peeled, seeded, and quartered Some dairy-free milk Some almond butter (or any butter of choice) Some cinnamon Pinch of ground nutmeg Second dish of the evening was a vegan creamy cashew and tomato dip. I think many of the participants found themselves surprised at how creamy the cashews made the dish and just how much they enjoyed it.