My addiction to hot sauce never seems to end and when I stumbled across Frankie V’s gluten-free, vegan, organic, and locally sourced (Texas area) hot sauces, my inner child started jumping for joy. Probably in comparison to how “normal” inner-children feel while in candy stores.
For me, I take excitement in searching for “healthy” (no added preservatives, sugar, oils, and garbage) hot sauce or even marinades.
And what are the odds that I would find a gluten-free and vegan option?
Frankie V’s is located in the Texas area - offering soups, dressings/condiments, salsas, spreads, hot sauces and gift baskets.
I had the honor of trying the mentioned hot sauces below. At this point, I’m ready to further investigate their other product lines because OH MY YUMMINESS!
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.
It is now close to a year ago when I first met Michael from Grateful Plate Philly.
It was actually by chance that we did get the opportunity to meet. I was going through my six-months of rediscovering myself and essentially "shutting-in" for some self-reflection and for some reason, that day, I forced myself to go out and socialize and found myself at a local cross-fit gym's open house. Michael was one of the few local vendors that attended and to be honest, I can't recall if he had even brought samples or just some marketing materials. Either way, Michael and I started talking about local, sustainable, and allergy-free food options.
He had gone into great detail about Grateful Plate Philly's work-ethic and philosophy, making nourishing-meals available to all regardless of food allergies or preferences.
While I quickly felt a strong connection with Grateful Plate Philly and wanted to help promote their mission! Michael and I worked together on a couple project id…
It's happening, retreat time!
Head over to Gina's blog for additional details, but do so quickly before the holiday sale is up!
What better time of year to think about yourself and self-care than now - the crazy hectic holiday season where it never fails that people just keep asking and asking for more - more time, more money, more giving. Where does the "you-time" come in?
It comes with the gift you can give yourself!
Feed your body, mind, and soul with affordable luxury in Europe this Spring.
HIGHLIGHTS: - 2 nights in Lisbon - 5 nights at the Living Lodge in Aljezur - airport transfers from/to Lisbon - ground transportation between Lisbon and The Living Lodge - 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners - daily yoga & meditation - wine pairing - guided hike to Rota Vicentina - day trip to the beach town of Lagos - SUP tour OR 4x4 off-road tour - free time to relax on the beach, at the pool, or exploring the Algarve Coast
I found myself at a work related lunch with ZERO control of where we would be eating.
We walking into The Federal Taphouse and the lunch menu largely consisted of pizza and sandwhich options, instead of either freaking out, refusing to eat, or hiding my eating needs / preferences, I waited for the waitress to come around. Once she asked if our table had any questions, I jumped in, "Could you help me navigate your menu, as I am both gluten-free and vegan?". To my surprise, she had a quick reply. They would be happy to modify some of the salads (remove crutons and cheese) or create a gluten-free vegan pizza, sanscheese.
Lesson of the day, never be ashamed of who you are. Embrace your imperfections, your beauty. Allow others to know the genuine you.
Not really sure what I was feeling, I asked the waitress to surprise me, bring out anything that is both gluten-free and vegan please. A couple minutes later, I was served a beautiful kale and beet salad that they are currently testi…
Winter brings with it, shorter days, colder nights, and the need to adjust our eating habits.
For example, it is very difficult for our bodies to digest cold salads during the winter months. Instead, try making hearty grain salads with warming spices (turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger...).
While the Ayurvedic winter guide provides a number of suggestions and “rules” for winter eating, it really breaks down into this, eat seasonally. Eat mindfully. Eat a variety of colors and textures.
And what better way to reset your body than to order from Grateful Plate Philly Meal Delivery.
I know, it’s odd for me to promote a company to make your meals for you, BUT I truly love and believe in what Grateful Plate is doing. 1) Our lives are jammed packed and it’s hard enough to find “you” time, let alone always prepare fresh with-love meals. 2) Grateful Plate provides seasonal dishes. 3) They cater to allergies as best as they can. 4) It delivers right to your door in preportioned microwave-fr…
I was fortunate this year that I was given an abundance of wonderful and very thoughtful gifts.
I really didn't ask for much, actually, I asked for one nice black cardigan to wear to my new job, but I found myself gifted a number of life-long cherishing pieces.
Talk to Animals made a powerful blue lace agate necklace that was gifted to me.
As the crow flies is another terrific necklace that I treasure. I have one other of their works (also gifted to me by my sister) and I have always gone back and admired their pieces, just never seemed to have the extra money for myself - so this particular gift was very near and dear to my heart! If you are not yet familiar with As the crow flies, check them out. They repurpose old ceramics into stunning pieces of jewlery.
Lastly, I received an inspirational bracelet that will forever remind me to "have faith", made by If only pretty shop.
“Trust the wait. Embrace the uncertainty. Enjoy the beauty of becoming. When nothing is certain, ev…
Javentri Spice. The
one and only spice that while in Sri Lanka, our Ayurvedic cooking instructor
was unable to translate into its English meaning.He tried different pronunciations and I tried
to Google Search as best as I could and still no luck.
I had no idea what
was going into my freshly ground tea but I had been educated on its renowned
A recent trip to my
local Indian Market, I found myself in a discussion (about Sri Lanka cuisine)
with one of the owners and long story short, showed him a quick photo of the
spice I had been in search of and it just so happens that he knew exactly what it
was and had it in stock. Which, apparently is a rarity as it is considered a
I, of course,
purchased it without reservations. I got home and started researching some
more. Javentri or "javitri" or Mace (the whole form) has a number of
health benefits for us.
What I found is that
Javentri is the outer covering of a nutmeg. Benefits range from:
2017 brought us, Turmeric Turmeric, oh and... Turmeric! They told us to put it in and on everything from your food to skin care products. It was said to be a miracle worker!
The benefits of turmeric range from an improved cognitive function, support for your muscles and joints, detoxification, inflammation-fighter, and promotes youthful-radiant skin.
With the vast benefits, who wouldn't want to incorporate turmeric into their daily routine?
Just about anyone who was anyone started sharing turmeric recipes for all to join in on! 2017 brought with it some of the ever so popular turmeric rice, turmeric golden milk, turmeric in your coffee and so much more!
I found that I started incorporating turmeric powder into my diet first and then realized (once I found it at the local Indian Store) that I enjoyed freshly grated turmeric much more. I jumped on the band-wagon for the golden milk and quickly found that my body was not loving the nut milk and I was certainly not ready to start d…