Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Food Review: Parmela Creamery's Creamy Treenut Cheeses


Written by Sarah E. Jahier

There are tons of new artisinal vegan cheeses popping up, much to my delight (and to the delight of other vegans)! These vary from Daiya’s delicious and economical cheese spreads to the pricier Kite Hill, Treeline or Punk Rawk Lab cheeses. I hadn't really had the opportunity to try many of the artisinal cheeses, either due to high price or not being able to find them, but recently I discovered Parmela Creamery’s cashew-based cheeses! I found them at Whole Foods, and since they were only around $6 a tub, decided to splurge a little and have my own cheese and crackers party!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Vegan Options at Berkeley Dog in Irvine


Written by Sarah E. Jahier

Attention UCI and Orange County vegans! Berkeley Dog, located on the UCI campus near Trader Joe's and Veggie Grill, has two vegan sausage options! I'm not sure how long these have been available, but after visiting the location with some non-vegans a few weeks ago, I was ecstatic to see "veggie dogs" on the menu.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Bring Cowspiracy Documentary to Orange County


Written by Sarah E. Jahier

I heard the best news last night! The documentary Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, is scheduled to screen in Huntington Beach, CA on Thursday, September 4th, 2014! However, there is a minimum amount of pre-sale tickets that must be sold before the screening of this fine documentary can happen, so please buy your tickets now!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Beginnings of Halloween 2014 at HomeGoods

Written by Sarah E. Jahier

I have been stalking my TJ Maxx/HomeGoods store for the last couple of weeks, just waiting for them to start putting out their Halloween decor (I was told by a few stores that their Halloween stock was delayed this year, which explains why I haven't seen any yet)! I called them yesterday, and lo and behold the sales person told me they had just started stocking the shelves with Halloween stuff!

I headed to the store (for those interested, this is the TJ Maxx/HomeGoods store in Irvine) ASAP, filled with eager anticipation at what I might find. When I finally found their Halloween aisle (just one aisle for now, though I'm sure more will come!), I found they weren't foolin' when they told me they had JUST started stocking their shelves. Everything looked like it had just been thrown (as in literally tossed) haphazardly on the shelves. There was broken glass, and some of the merchandise was wet (hmmmm...maybe a snow globe had broken or something else was spilled?). I really had to dig to find worthwhile stuff, and it seemed like most of the decor was Halloween art painted on wooden signs (which I love, by the way, but there was a lot of it!).

I snapped a few pics so you get an idea of what they had:

Trick or Treat plus a danse macabre snow globe with two skeletons
dancing over a grave

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Costco's Pose-N-Stay Skeleton

Bringing Frankie home!

Written by Sarah E. Jahier

I was lurking around Costco the other day and they had a few Halloween items out - woo hoo! It wasn't much, but they had a pretty orange lantern, some autumn wreaths AND their much-coveted Pose-n-Stay Skeleton! Squuuuuueeeeeee...I had heard rave reviews about this guy and that he tends to sell quite fast, so I just had to have him. I snatched him up right quick and placed him in my cart, and spend the entire shopping trip getting odd stares from strangers and jaws dropping from little kids...but I'm used to that anywho, so nothing new there!

Friday, August 8, 2014

ScareLA Halloween Convention Spooks Up Some Fun this Weekend


Written by Sarah E. Jahier

ScareLA, a Halloween/horror convention, returns for its second year this weekend on August 9th and 10th, 2014! It has the hallowed honor to be the first Los Angeles convention dedicated to celebrating Halloween.

The event attracts tons of haunt industry professionals, haunt enthusiasts as well as Halloween and horror fans! The event boasts top attraction designers and operators, manufacturers, artists, filmmakers, musicians and much, much more.

According to the ScareLA site, you can look forward to the following if you go this weekend:

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Vegan Oktoberfest Tickets Now On Sale!


Written by Sarah E. Jahier

The coolest news was announced a few weeks ago - a Vegan Oktoberfest is coming to SoCal on Saturday, October 4th, 2014! All the beer, all the German food, ALL VEGAN!

Over the last few weeks, Vegan Oktoberfest's Instagram, Facebook, and website have announced lots of exciting news, like participating breweries (so far they have Drake’s, Angel City, Golden Road, Anderson Valley, Saint Archer, Bravery, Karl Strauss, Lagunitas, Oskar Blues, Bison Organic Beer, Modern Times, Epic Brewing and more to come) and food vendors (so far it's Sage Bistro, Southern Fried Vegan [who is hosting the event], plus Urban Pie [German pizzas!], Dogtown Dogs, Kind Creme, Divine Dips Ice Cream, Pop ‘n Mamas Kettle Corn and Funnel Cake, Life Is Sweet Bakeshop and more to be announced)!

Halloween 2014 Collection from Crate and Barrel

Written by Sarah E. Jahier

I've already posted about the Halloween 2014 collections from Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn, but I just discovered that Crate and Barrel has their Halloween items posted, and I think they are my favorite out of these higher end stores! I wish I could buy everything in this collection, but for now I shall have to resign myself to drooling over their online store and trying to hold myself back from pressing the "add to cart" button. Le sigh.

Here is a taste of some of my favorites:

Black Branch Wreath ($49.95) -  Love this gorgeous wreath, but
I could probably make it on my own for much less.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Heritage Square's Annual Victorian Mourning Tours Return this October to Los Angeles


Written by Sarah E. Jahier

I have always wanted to attend Heritage Square's Victorian-inspired event, and I'm hoping I'll actually be able to attend this year!

During a weekend in October, Heritage Square, located in Los Angeles, offers Halloween and Mourning Tours, where guests can learn about Victorian death and mourning rituals and etiquette, plus the movement of Spiritualism and how other cultures and time periods celebrate the deceased. They have actors in period costume recreate Victorian scenes involving death, mourning, funerary customs and spiritualism rituals. Heritage Square itself houses authentic Victorian Era buildings, so it is the perfect setting for the event.

Monday, August 4, 2014

DIY: Apple Cider Vinegar Conditioning Hair Rinse

Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar 

Written by Sarah E. Jahier

I know that using apple cider vinegar on your hair might seem odd, but trust me, this stuff is incredibly effective at conditioning your hair and balancing the pH levels of your scalp, resulting in shiny, smooth, well-conditioned hair and a healthy scalp!

I have been using this treatment about once or twice a week for over a year now, and have gotten multiple requests to share this easy, cost-effective method, so here goes!
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