Tuesday, September 29, 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
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
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:
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
Dory Deli in Newport Beach, CA
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
It's the first day of the best season, autumn! Happy Autumn Equinox, everyone (though I guess I'm a bit early, the autumnal equinox will arrive precisely at 4:21 AM EDT)!
I really wish I lived in a place with a proper autumn instead of infernal Southern California where the palm trees are boring and stay the same all year round. At least my street has a few big trees that drop their leaves, though I can't really tell whether it's because of the season or because of the drought. One day I will be able to celebrate autumn properly amidst forests of orange, red and yellow leaves! Until then, I'll just immerse myself in these gorgeous fall photos:
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Written by Sarah E. Jahier
I found Laughing Giraffe Organics' Pumpkin Spice Snakaroons in my local Sprouts' grocery store (check out my other pumpkin finds HERE!), along with the rest of their pumpkin products. This was a new item for me, and I was super excited to try it! The Snakaroons are macraoons, and they are delightful mounds of coconut and pumpkin spicy goodness! They are also vegan, raw, gluten-free, non-GMO, and certified organic.
The Snakaroons are made with simple, natural ingredients, with no preservatives added. Their nutrient-rich and power-packed ingredients include coconut, pumpkin puree and seeds, vanilla extract, coconut oil, lemon juice, and spices.
Monday, September 21, 2015
Ok, how does this sound for an awesome horror movie premise:
Everybody Dies at ScaryCon is the story of Ed Stryker, a horror director who made a huge splash in the independent film renaissance of the early 90's with his grungy, black and white, zero budget movie, Machete Betty. Now, Ed is a shell of the man who dreamed of entertaining the world through his films. The passion is gone and the flame's died down. Even though the quality of his films deteriorate with each release, he still finds loyal fans eager to meet him at the annual horror convention, ScaryCon. But this year will definitely be his last. After a long night in the hotel bar, Ed discovers that the patrons sitting next to him are no longer the typical convention fanboys and cosplayers. They're the blood-thirsty monsters from his movies. They're alive. They have their customary machetes and chainsaws. And they're pissed.
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Friday, September 18, 2015
Halloween 2015 at Target has begun!
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Jamba Juice announced three new smoothies - Pumpkin (squeeeeeee!!), Matcha Green Tea (yum!) and Peanut Butter and Berries (ooooooh!). Of course, the one I am most excited about is their Pumpkin Smoothie!
Husband and wife team Daniel Weisberg and Jessica Parker of Clean South need your help to fund their vegan Southern comfort food truck.
Creative, convenient Southern comfort food like Grandma makes, minus the meat. Every meal feels like coming home again. Clean South specializes in vegan high-protein meals that replicate the texture and sensory experience of eating meat-based Southern comfort food. With vegan versions of nostalgic dishes such as fried chicken, buffalo wings, and pulled pork, Clean South is committed to creating comfort food with a conscience. Taking inspiration from authentic Southern recipes and chefs such as Sean Brock, Clean South has created a menu with a commitment to the history and heritage of Southern food, adapting traditional meat prepping and cooking techniques to their seitan and soy-based proteins.
When I saw a friend post about Cellar Door Bath Supply Co., I knew I had to check them out! They make cruelty-free and vegan bath supplies like bath salts and soaks, candles, and soaps, complete with a full line of Halloween-inspired soaps!
I had a tough time deciding what to order, because I wanted it ALL! They have spooktacular scents like Halloween Hootenanny ("tart poison apples. overripe pears. hard luck candy. bags upon bags upon candy spilled across the dance floor at your neighbor’s Halloween garage party."), Pumpkin Chai ("warm pumpkin puree. spicy chai. freshly roasted coffee. the perfect marriage of two of fall’s most warm, cozy, and downright delicious seasonal drinks"), All Hallow's Eve ("pagan spices. preserved orange. ceremonial woods. the things that happen late at night that fill your heart with fear and fright."), and many more, all of which sounded so terrifically tantalizing! However, after much debate I ended up ordering the five scents below:
Saturday, September 12, 2015
TPT Home is a home furnishings store located in the SOCO district of Costa Mesa, CA that stocks Halloween décor, tableware, artwork and more this time of year. They always have unique Halloween products, so I love visiting their store once they have all their seasonal items out.
I stopped by today and was delighted with this year's Halloween goodies! Check out some pics of TPT Home's Halloween selection below:
Friday, September 11, 2015
You can buy them online at Vegan Essentials and they will be on physical store shelves on October 1st!
Dandies are vegan air puffed marshmallows, completely free of animal-based gelatin and any other animal products, and they are also gluten-free and kosher.
Go get yours now, as I'm sure these will fly off the (virtual) shelves!
You can find them HERE!
World Market always has rad stuff for Halloween and gets it out relatively early, so when I visited a store over Labor Day weekend I was disappointed to find that there were no Halloween items yet on shelves! However, I visited again just yesterday and am happy to report that they are finally stocking Halloween products.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
I've been looking forward to Krampus for quite some time, and I'm pleased to say that the official trailer released today looks fantastic!! The film is directed and co-written by Michael Dougherty (who was behind fan-favorite Trick 'r Treat), and stars Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Emjay Anthony, Stefania Lavie Owen and Krista Stadler. It looks like a fun, festive, and dark horror comedy that actually makes me look forward to the holiday season!
Check out the official Krampus trailer below:
My Labor Day weekend tradition is to visit Roger's Gardens in Corona del Mar/Newport Beach for the opening of their annual Halloween display. Each year, they create gorgeous sets built around a specific theme. This year the theme was "Something Wicked This Way Comes" and the sets featured a circus/carnival look loosely based on the iconic Ray Bradbury novel. Each section was transformed into a distinct "tent" - there was a magician's tent, the side show tent, a medicine man tent, and a fortune teller tent.
As usual, this weekend I visited and was swooning over all their beautifully themed rooms, artwork, and Halloween items. They have some stunning stuff and so much to look at and take in! It took me a good solid hour (and then some) to take everything in. I took many, many photos, and selected a few to share with you:
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Cute lawn signs and wooden signs that were around $3 in the Dollar Spot section.
Um, how perfect is that spooky bat sign?! I would have bought it if it wasn't so
Um, how perfect is that spooky bat sign?! I would have bought it if it wasn't so
Here are a few photos of the Halloween 2015 products I spotted so far at Target, which I consider a sneak peek of things to come!