Friday, July 25, 2014

The Hollows Market Spooks Up Some Fun in SoCal Tomorrow

The Hollows Market is happening TOMORROW, Saturday, July 26th from 11 AM - 8 PM in Glendale, California and will feature vendors that specialize in darker aesthetics. Horror-themed products, fearsome fashions, Halloween-themed creations, gothic baubles, dark art and much more will be available from independent, local artisans.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Food Review: Gardein Golden Fishless Filets

Gardein's Fishless Filets

Written by Sarah E. Jahier

Do you remember how I (and so many others) raved about Gardein’s new Golden Fishless Filets when they debuted at Expo West (if not, here is a refresher!)? Well, I have been anxiously awaiting these golden nuggets of goodness to turn up in stores, and at the beginning of July Fresh and Easy started carrying them! I had already stocked up on Follow Your Heart’s Vegan Tartar Sauce (it was already anxiously awaiting the arrival of the filets at home), so I was all ready to have these little pieces of heaven back in my mouth again…I just hoped that they tasted as good as I remember them tasting.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Healthy Junk Hosts Vegan Faire in Orange County this Weekend

Healthy Junk, an all-vegan restaurant located on the Center Street Promenade in Anaheim, California, is hosting their first ever Vegan Faire, this Saturday, July 26th from noon to 6 PM!

Vegan Faire will feature a variety of booths, workshops, live music, demos and vegan food for attendees. Healthy Junk has announced some of the companies who will be showcasing their products/services/food, including The Yoga Mat, lululemon, The Donuttery, Hubert's Lemonade, Sambazon, Sea Shepard, plus workshops on henna body art, yoga, and more!

Check out the flyer after the jump for more info:

Beauty Review: Desert Essence Coconut Hair Defrizzer and Heat Protector

My hair takes a lot of abuse - I dye it every month, not to mention I blow dry it several times a week and then use a straightening iron on it pretty much every day. My hair is thick, coarse and frizzy, so it takes a lot to tame it. And all that taming damages my hair.

I normally don’t use a heat protector on my hair prior to blow-drying or straightening, but after reading an article stressing the importance of using one, I figured I better start, especially since my hair was becoming really damaged and unmanageable.

I happened upon Desert Essence’s Coconut Hair Defrizzer and Heat Protector while browsing the aisles at Sprouts Market. It was on sale, so that got my attention first, and I already love Desert Essence’s products, so that made me pick it up to check the ingredients. It was labeled vegan and a quick scan of the ingredients verified that (or, I could have just used the handy “Is it Vegan?” app on my phone). Also, I love coconut, so into my basket it went!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Food Review: Earth Balance Vegan Mac n Cheese

The vegan holy grail! Mac n cheese!

Written by Sarah E. Jahier

By now, most of you know that the wonderful Earth Balance has begun making vegan mac n cheese, sold in boxes just like the Kraft stuff most of us were familiar with in our pre-vegan days! I don’t know about you, but those boxes of mac n cheese hold so many nostalgic memories for me, so in my opinion I think it is fantastic that this comfort food has finally been veganized!

Earth Balance has made two flavors – the classic orange-colored cheddar flavor, plus a white cheddar flavor. Both flavors should be on store shelves this month (some are already hitting the shelves of local health food stores and Whole Foods), but I got impatient and just ordered mine online from the fine folks at Rabbit Food Grocery.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Celebrate Vegan Pizza Day with a Pizza Cake!

The infamous pizza cake (non-vegan version in this photo, obvs), which was actually
 just an ad for some pizza chain (source)

Vegan Pizza Day is this Saturday, June 28th and I found the perfect way to celebrate the deliciousness of vegan pizza - by building an epic vegan pizza CAKE!! Yup, that's right, that is a savory "cake" that is built out of multiple layers of pizza and wrapped up in a crispy crust.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

My Day at the Los Angeles Vegan Beer and Food Festival 2014

Written by Sarah E. Jahier

I attended my very first LA Vegan Beer and Food Festival this past weekend! I was so happy I was finally able to go and so excited to eat and drink my way through a Saturday afternoon. This was the event's 5th year, and it just keeps growing! This year the fest sold out in record time and hosted about 2,500+ people. The event attracts vegans and the veg-curious from near and far, and with good reason - vegan beer and food, all day long! I had a really great time, as did all who attended, but I wanted to walk you through my day there, let you know some of few annoyances I encountered, and offer tips and tricks to maximize your time at the fest should you attend next year (which I hope you do!).

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Help "Change the World One Bite at a Time" with Bikini Bites' Fundraiser

Written by Sarah E. Jahier

Bikini Bites embodies the DIY punk spirit, as its creator Betty Mankiller is a one-woman vegan catering rock star specializing in tantalizing on-the-go food! She regularly serves up her all-vegan noms at various concerts, record release parties, and other special events around Orange County and LA. Besides running her own catering business, she recently created the all-vegan menu for the Black Rose Tavern in Los Angeles, regularly hosts fundraisers for animal rescues, and donates a portion of her profits to animal welfare causes.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Pre-Sale Tickets Available for Veggie Prom West 2014

Written by Sarah E. Jahier

Dust off your dancing shoes, brush off your tuxedo suit and get gussied up in a gorgeous gown because Veggie Prom is coming to SoCal and you are cordially invited!

This is SoCal’s first Veggie Prom event and it will be held at the Animal Advocacy Museum in Los Angeles on Saturday, June 28th.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Pre-order Phoney Baloney's Four NEW Coconut Bacon Flavors (Hurry, Limited Time Offer!)

Written by Sarah E. Jahier

A few months ago I attended the Natural Products Expo West, and one of the very first booths I visited was Phoney Baloney's! I was so stoked to try their four NEW coconut bacon flavors, which they unveiled at Expo and certainly didn't disappoint! They even made my list of top 10 products at the Expo!

The new Phoney Baloney's coconut bacon flavors include Apple Fennel, Chipotle BBQ, Candied, and a soy-free, reduced sodium product! I tried them all at Expo and can attest to their supreme tastiness!

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