This blog is about living Vegan. It includes Vegan lifestyle, Vegan events, and anything else I find interesting.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


I entered the Sweet and Sara sweepstakes and totally won some delicious treats!

I was notified yesterday and today these came in the mail! I was super-psyched!!

I cut into the original Smore first:

It was as gooey and delicious as anything, my mouth is still watering just thinking about it! I'll post some more pictures as I eat the marshmallows, I have to think of something creative and delectable to do with them!!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Farm Sanctuary Gala #2

This year's Gala was again at the Cipriani Hotel on Wall Street in NYC. It's an amazingly fancy hotel in the center of the financial district (read: on a narrow, winding street with 40 story tall buildings surrounding it).

There was a red carpet set up out front complete with paparazzi and important-looking people in headsets (I got my picture taken on the red carpet as I entered, then again, I think everyone did!):

The ballroom is amazing, I think it was 5 stories high

Crazy duck ice sculpture

Farm Sanctuary Gala #1

The Farm Sanctuary Gala was amazing, as expected. I'm going to post my pictures in a series of posts, somehow blogger tends to freeze when I try to upload more than 4 or 5 pictures at a time...

Anyway, here I am with Danielle from Vegan Treats:

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Matt from No Whip is crazy. Check out his training schedules.

Here's a picture I took on a recent visit, he had his wetsuit in preparation for an Ironman length triathlon he was

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Black Eyed Peas and Spinach

This is a quick and easy dish: Sauté 1 onion until clear, add a 1lb package of frozen spinachand 2 cans of black eyed peas. Top with a 1/2 cup of vegetable broth, add some chopped basil and sea salt and serve.

Friday, May 16, 2008

I *heart* Vegan Treats

Really I love any dessert, but Vegan Treats is so easy and delicious, I almost feel like it's not worth the effort to make my own...
Here's a recent trip:

Gian enjoying some XXX Vitamin Water:

A Chocolate-Encased Strawberry Shortcake (one of ate the chocolate covered strawberry off the top before photographing):

Death by Chocolate (layers of chocolate cake filled with chocolate mousse and chocolate ganache and covered in chocolate):

Strawberry Shortcake (vanilla cake filled with strawberries and cream, topped with a strawberry and white chocolate):

Thursday, May 15, 2008


I love making breakfast, there's something luxurious about having the time to cook and eat a leisurely breakfast, it's probably because during the week I'm scarfing down a quick bowl of oatmeal as I dash out the door to work, regardless, it's a simple pleasure.

Pancakes are the easiest, I just get whatever accidentally veagan brand of pre-mixed pancake mix that is in stock and use Ener-G for the egg, Soymilk for the milk, and omit the oil. Top with some Earth Balance and pure maple syrup and you have a delicious breakfast!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Chocolate White Chocolate Chip Cookies

I'm not even going to post the recipe for these because they did not turn out as tasty as I would have's the short-story: I took some brownie mix, made the recipe for 'cake-like brownies,' added white chocolate chips from Pangea, and scooped them out. They look perfect,but they were very crispy and sugary, not very savory. I'll try again with a modified recipe later.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Snack: Nachos

This is so quick and easy but it's a real crowd-pleaser:

Layer tortilla chips (I used blue and yellow corn chips) with salsa and vegan rella (or Follow Your Heart Nacho Flavor) in an oven-safe dish (I use a glass pie plate). Stick it all under the broiler for about 3 minutes until the cheese is melted, be careful not to let the chips burn!

This is best eaten right away as the salsa can make the chips soggy pretty quickly.

It's a great snack, we had it last night while watching a TiVo'd Dexter!

Monday, May 12, 2008

A Visit

George's friend, Roxy, came over for a visit. He loves visitors and was ecstatic.

He showed her how to beg for table scraps (as if).

Then they chased each other around the house. Roxy loves to squeak squeaky toys, so she grabbed some ofhis squeaky toys, made a ton of noise, and ran around the house with the toys in her mouth as he chased her. After all that running she had to take a break - doesn't she look like a frog?!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Lavender Cake

When I was in 9th grade, we read a book in which the main character eats a lavender cake. I cannot remember the book, though I'm pretty sure it was 18th/19th century English Literature a la Jane Eyre. The teacher brought us all a piece of lavender gum so we could experience what it was like to eat lavender (there were probably 200+ students in all of her sections, I went to a very large high school, so one piece of gum was really all that was reasonable).

Anyway, that piece of gum did not even come close to replicating the taste of fresh lavender gently baked into a light and delicate cake:

This vegan version by Vegan Treats is amazing. It's covered in white chocolate and has the perfect amount of lavender.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Farm Sanctuary Gala

On Saturday, May 17th, Farm Sanctuary will host it's semi-annual fundraiser:

The 2008 Farm Sanctuary Gala

It's a bit pricey, but the cost of admission directly benefits Farm Sanctuary's wonderful work.

The 2006 Gala was amazing, I had the opportunity to meet and speak with, among other celebrities, Dennis Kucinich. Hopefully he will be attending again this year - I'm also hoping for an appearance by William Shatner. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Restaurant Review: Brunch at Balasia

Brunch at Balasia:

It's a Pre-Fixe $15.50 per entree, definitely pricey for the area, but delicious and filling nonetheless.

I forgot what this was called, it was a curry-rice-tofu scramble tower:

Banana-Berry Waffles with soy sausage and curry tofu scramble:

They also have an assortment of organic teas/coffees with Silk creamer and offer a variety of sticky buns, cinnamon buns, etc. for dessert if you're still hungry (unlikely).

Overall Rating: 8/10 (would have been higher if items were ala carte)

Balasia "A Green World Cafe"
500 Chestnut Street
Emmaus, PA 18049
(484) 330-6405

Wednesday, May 07, 2008


This is my friend's new Rottweiler puppy, Bubba. He's cute, fluffy, and super-friendly. He's only about 10 pounds now but will probably get to be closer to 100 in a year!!

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Crazy Cat...

Iz on roof?