Thursday, April 21, 2016

Recipe: Vegan BBQ Chick'n Pizza

Pizza is my fave food group and I'll pretty much demolish any vegan pizza put in front of me. Recently I was craving a BBQ chick'n pizza, and realized I hadn't enjoyed one in quite some time! I drool over a zesty BBQ chick'n pizza, and once I whipped up this quick and easy recipe it made me question why I don't make this type of pizza more often!

This pizza is super simple, and with the help of of few pre-prepared ingredients it comes together in less than 20 minutes - that's prep and cooking time combined! This pizza doesn't require too many ingredients and is very tasty! It's so easy to throw together that I kinda feel silly sharing it here, but I thought, what the heck, everyone needs more vegan BBQ chick'n pizza in their life!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Celebrate Halloween in July with Midsummer Scream's Halloween and Horror Convention

SoCal Halloween and horror enthusiasts take note - this year Halloween will be arriving in July with the Midsummer Scream festival! It will be celebrating the spirit of Halloween, local haunts, and all things horror! This new Halloween and horror convention will be premiering July 30th and 31st, 2016 at the Long Beach Convention Center.

I personally can't wait for another Halloween fest - there is ScareLA in August, but this Midsummer Scream is closer to me and sooner, too! It's right around the time that some stores start putting out their Halloween items and I start getting really excited for the upcoming autumn season. This spooky convention will be at the perfect time!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Food Review: I Heart Keenwah Quinoa Puffs

I had my first taste of I Heart Keenwah's Quinoa Puffs at last month's Expo West, where they were one of the best things I sampled (you can read about my top 10 picks from Expo HERE!). I have been craving these delightfully crunchy snacks, in both sweet and savory varieties, ever since then! Their vegan flavors of savory quinoa puffs include Sea Salt Truffle, Sweet Chili, and Herbes de Provence. These are like cheesy puffs all grown up, with refined flavors and crunchy texture! Their chocolate puffs come in two flavors (both vegan!), Dark Chocolate Himalayan Pink Salt and Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter, and taste like vegan malt balls! Are you drooling yet? 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Food Review: Love Grown Foods' New Kids Cereal

I absolutely LOVE cereal. It seems silly to say, but eating a big bowl of cereal makes me feel like a kid again and I usually choose cereals that are geared more towards kids that usually have a cute, cuddly animal on the box. So when Love Grown Foods offered me a chance to check out their three new kids cereals, I was pretty stoked!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Watch Now on Netflix: The Hallow (2015)

A family who moves into a remote house in Ireland must battle malicious spirits living in the ancient Irish wood that surrounds the new home. 

The Hallow was at the top of my list when I wrote about the 10 Irish Horror Films to Watch on St. Patrick's Day last month, but it is an excellent horror film that can be relished any time of year! And now, it is streaming on Netflix for your enjoyment.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The Fourth Annual Spook Show Halloween Festival

Last month I attended the Halloween Club's 4th Annual Spook Show in La Mirada, California. It was my second year attending the event (you can check out pics and my report from last year here!), which is a fantastic outdoor market selling all kinds of Halloween and horror-inspired wares! The event brings together a wide array of vendors who sell anything from Halloween props and decor, to makeup, to taxidermy, to clothing and costumes, and much, much more! Pretty much anything you can think of, including art, jewelry, hair accessories, purses, knick-knacks, furniture, masks - all with a spooky twist of course! Plus there were also local haunts representing there, too, along with various Halloween entertainment vendors. The event is like a slice of Halloween heaven in springtime!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Wish List: Vegan Tees I Want NOW!

I discovered two rad vegan tees in the past couple of weeks that are worth sharing here. I have a TON of tees, so I have some strict requisites for buying new ones. First and foremost, I like my tees like I like my coffee - black and bold. And secondly, while I like them bold, I like the lines of any designs to be clean and simple. Finally, I look for designs that are slightly weird and/or dark-themed, which I suppose you could call goth or metal.

The two t-shirts below (both from small companies based in the UK) fit my requirements perfectly! I may just have to splurge on them and have them shipped across the ocean to me. Check them both out below:

The obscure cult of the Esoteric Order Of Vegans. Worship Elder Gods whose maddening influence will not only scramble your brains, it'll scramble your tofu.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Celebrate Easter with Witches and Trick-or-Treating

Did you know that witches and trick or treating are part of Scandinavian Easter traditions, which are still celebrated in parts of Sweden and other Scandinavian countries? On the Saturday or Thursday before Easter, young children dress up as witches or påskkärringar (the kindly, apple-cheeked, headscarf wearing kind, similar to Italy's la befana, the Christmas witch!) and go door-to-door asking for candy or other treats. How neat is it to have Halloween-like traditions in springtime?! 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Food Review: Sweet Magic Bakery Cookies

Sweet Magic Bakery's Orange Zest Sugar Cookies

In my never-ending quest to eat all the vegan things, I was thrilled to be approached by My Cottage Foods to try Sweet Magic Bakery's gluten-free and vegan cookies. My Cottage Foods delivers local craft food straight to your door and helps smaller companies gain exposure by offering up their organic and allergen-friendly products through their online store. My Cottage Foods is like having your own local farmer's market online, and it's so cool! Not everything on their site is vegan, but many products are, including a few varieties of Sweet Magic Bakery's cookies.

Sweet Magic Bakery has a mouth-watering selection of cookies (though not all are vegan, so always check the ingredients!), and I was lucky enough to receive their Gluten-Free Vegan Cinnamon Spice Molasses and Orange Zest Sugar cookies to try. Owner and head baker Vivian Van Natta has been baking her whole life (her fondest memories are of helping her mother bake in the kitchen) and she was inspired to offer up allergen-friendly baked goods since she has a dairy- and gluten-intolerant friend as well as many customers who want to avoid dairy and/or gluten. Her goal is to make vegan and gluten-free baked goods that are delectable! Keep reading to see if she succeeded...

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Los Angeles Vegan Street Fair 2016 Report

The second Vegan Street Fair was held this past Sunday in North Hollywood, California! This year promised to be bigger than last year (read about last year's event HERE!), with more space, more ticket options, and (most importantly) MORE FOOD!

It was held just a few streets over from last year's event, but on a wider street with much more space, and it grew from about 40 vendors to over 90! The vendors were mostly restaurants and food vendors, but there were also clothing companies, vegan lifestyle magazines, animal rescue and sanctuary booths, and many more! Some of the food vendors this year included Blue Window, SunCafe, Casa Coqui, Vegan Pizza, The Ridiculous Baking Co., and soooooo many more!
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