Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Ghoulish Gourmet: A Bewitching Collection of Vegan Halloween Recipes

The Ghoulish Gourmet e-book is now available!

Eeeeeek the cookbook that I have been waiting for my whole spooky life is here!

I always have a blast veganizing Halloween recipes from non-vegan cookbooks, but I've always wished there was a Halloween cookbook that was ALL vegan. Well, it finally looks like my wishes have come true, because The Ghoulish Gourmet, a completely vegan Halloween e-book, was released today! It is by vegan cookbook author Kathy Hester, who has written vegan cookbooks like The Vegan Slow Cooker, The Easy Vegan Cookbook, and many more.

The Ghoulish Gourmet features 25 vegan Halloween recipes for all kinds of creepy cookery, including Swamp Monster Slow Cooker Jackfruit Gumbo, Deviled Purple Potatoes, Creepy Bats and Cats Chocolate Graham Crackers, Cackling Caramel Pecan Bourbon Liqueur, and many more!

You can buy this e-book over at!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The 10 Best Vegan Pumpkin Products to Try Now

Pumpkin season is in full swing, and if you're an autumn lover like me you've no doubt been stocking up on pumpkin flavored everything! I've been busy scouring grocery stores and stocking my home with pumpkin products, just so I can report back to you the very best vegan pumpkin products of 2015. Yes, I've been enjoying delicious pumpkin items all for you, dearest readers! Ok, and maybe a bit for me, but all on behalf of science to bring you the very best vegan pumpkin products! I present you the fruits of my labor with my list for the top 10 best vegan pumpkin products you must try now!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Food Review: Nature's Bakery Pumpkin Spice Fig Bars

These delightful limited-edition pumpkin spice snacks by Nature's Bakery are like a healthier version of Fig Newtons! They come individually wrapped in convenient twin packs that are perfect for grabbing on the go. Each pack contains two bars that are slightly bigger than Fig Newton size. These would also make great treats to hand out on Halloween night!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Pumpkin Spice Crispy Treats featuring Dandies Pumpkin Marshmallows

I had the absolute delight of receiving the NEW Dandies Pumpkin Marshmallows from Chicago Vegan Foods, and I was soooooo excited to get them (FYI, they can be purchased online at the moment and will soon be available in stores!). It's like they made a product specifically for my pumpkin-loving heart!

It has been a crazy month, so I hadn't had a chance to try them until recently. I decided to make some Rice Crispy Treat-inspired dessert with them, but add my own twist and and shape them into little pumpkins. I got a recipe for Pumpkin Spice Crispy Treats from Dandies, which calls for just a few ingredients - a bag of their Pumpkin Marshmallows, vegan butter, cereal, maple syrup, and pumpkin spice blend. Instead of using Rice Krispies, I decided to use Nature's Path Envirokidz's Jungle Munch cereal! It is dusted with cinnamon, which I thought would make a great addition to the flavor of the treats!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Autumn 2015 Bucket List

Wow, I can't believe October is already here! Autumn is just flying by, though it STILL doesn't feel like autumn since Southern California is perpetually stuck in summer temperatures. Nevertheless, I've been trying to enjoy the autumn season as much as I can, and one of those ways is participating in the Countdown to Halloween (along with a bunch of other Halloween fiends). And today kicks off my 31 Days of Halloween, where I try to blog as much as possible during the month of October. I don't think I'll attain my goal of a post a day this year, but I'll still be sharing lots of ghoulish goodies with you!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Native Foods' Fall Menu 2015

Native Foods unveiled their new fall menu for 2015 recently, which, as shown above, includes a new Harvest Apple Chicken Wrap, a Kelp Me Noodle Bowl, Sri Lankan Curried Tater Bites, a Ruby Red Raspberry Bar, and Apple Cinnamon Chai'der. To me, these dishes don't scream "autumn" at all, but I decided to give some of them a try anyway.

Monday, September 28, 2015

10 Horror Movies You Need to See this October

October is going to be a busy month as a whole heap of horror movies are being released or are already in theaters/on video on demand! I mentioned a few of these in a post I did at the beginning of the year (read it here), but since then I've learned of even more horror movies I'm looking forward to, and the bulk of them are coming out this autumn season! Check out the 10 horror films that you need to check out this autumn below!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Shock Rock Goths Ghosts in the Graveyard Debut Bloody "Better in Black" Video

A new band that has recently caught my attention is Ghosts in the Graveyard, who mix goth, shock rock and electronic musical styles to come up with a grand, cinematic style all their own! The band was founded by vocalist Byron C. Miller and is rounded out by his wife Shelly Miller on vocals/keyboard and Paul Morgan on guitar. They are inspired by all things spooky, musical acts like Alice Cooper and Depeche Mode, John Carpenter's movie soundtracks, Halloween, and, of course, horror movies (which Byron has directed a few of)!

In an interview with Famous Monsters, Byron explains "I wanted this band to be cinematic, haunting, rocking, and meaningful." While Paul describes their sound as "epic, electronic-tinged rock perfect for driving through Michael Mann’s vision of 1980s LA at night with a trunk full of dead bodies." And then Shelly Miller chimes in, "At the end of the day, this is a fun band that really captures that Halloween feeling we all have inside. We all have that, right?" I couldn't have described them better than that!

Check out their bloody debut video of their dark anthem "Better in Black" below:

Food Review: Gardein Mini Crispy Crabless Cakes

Earlier this year at Expo West, I remember trying Gardein's new Mini Crispy Crabless Cakes and thinking that I couldn't wait for them to be available in stores! Well, I after many months of dreaming about them, I finally found them for sale at Fresh and Easy! I remember their texture and flavor being really great, so I couldn't wait to make them at home to see if they were as good as I remember them tasting.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Restaurant Review: Dory Deli in Newport Beach, CA

Dory Deli in Newport Beach, CA

Dory Deli has been open since January 2015, but I only recently got down to its location near the Newport Beach Pier to try out their vegan options! Their vegan options have come highly recommended, and were curated Nom Yourself's Mary Mattern in collaboration with Chef Chris Rubinstein. They open at 6 AM and serve coffee and breakfast (unfortunately they don't have any vegan options during this time) and then at 11 AM start serving sandwiches, burgers, etc. as well as some wine and beer.
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