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.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Happy First Day of Autumn!

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

Food Review: Laughing Giraffe Organics' Pumpkin Spice Snakaroons

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

Everybody Dies at ScaryCon - A Horror Convention Movie for Horror Fans by Horror Fans

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

Sprouts' Seasonal Pumpkin Items

My local Sprouts grocery store has gone pumpkin-crazy and I couldn't be happier! They had some awesome stuff last year, but they've added even more autumn-inspired flavors this year. The front of the store had a huge table set up with all things pumpkin - there was pumpkin spice cider, pumpkin salsa, pumpkin butter, pumpkin chips, pumpkin peanut butter, pumpkin chocolate, pumpkin tea, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin oatmeal, and so much more! They also had many end caps bursting with pumpkin-y goodness. Of course, not all their fall-flavored items are vegan, so make sure you check the labels if you pay a visit to this grocery store. However, all the products that are pictured below are vegan! And I only captured a small portion of the pumpkin products, so there are many more seasonal items for you to discover at Sprouts.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Halloween 2015 at Target

Halloween 2015 at Target has begun!

I have been so annoyed with my local Targets since they've been rather slow at putting out Halloween stuff, but when I visited again last night, I was ecstatic to find more Halloween decor gracing the aisles! Check it out for yourself in the photos I took below:

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Pumpkin Smoothies from Jamba Juice

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!

Help Fund Vegan Southern Comfort Food Truck 'Clean South'

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.

Product Review: Cellar Door Bath Supply Co.'s Halloween Soaps

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

Halloween 2015 at TPT Home

TPT Home is a home furnishings store located in the SOCO district of Costa Mesa, CA that stocks Halloween d├ęcor, 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

Dandies Pumpkin Marshmallows Now Available!

Those Dandies Pumpkin Marshmallows everyone has been salivating over and dreaming about (I've been looking forward to them ever since I first drooled over them way back in May!) are FINALLY HERE and available for purchase online!! You can now get your pumpkin-picking hands on these delightfully festive marshmallows to use them in fall-inspired recipes. I plan on using these mini marshmallows in hot cocoa (once it gets cool enough) and to make an extra-special batch of crispy cereal treats with them! They are also pretty awesome straight out of the bag (I can attest to this since they were nice enough to send me a few bags last month...full review of them coming soon!)!

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!

Halloween 2015 at World Market

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

Official Trailer Released for Krampus

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: 

Halloween 2015 at Roger's Gardens - "Something Wicked This Way Comes"

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

Sneak Peek: Halloween 2015 at Target

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

I stopped into Target over the weekend, and was pleasantly surprised to see a few Halloween items in a few sections! Not much yet at the particular store I visited, but we all know how long Target takes to put the full glory of their Halloween goodies out (we are looking at mid- to late-September), so I was stoked to see just a few orange and black items popping up!

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!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Beauty Review: SoapyLayne Vegan Perfumes

I discovered the coolest vegan and cruelty-free company at Vegan Faire this past July called SoapyLayne. Their witchy signage first caught my eye, and when I investigated I found that they had some lovely perfumes and other body, bath, and makeup products. By the time I checked out their booth at Vegan Faire I had spent the majority of my cash on food, but I still had enough money to pick up two scents that I was swooning over, a solid perfume called Moonlight Butterfly and a roll-on perfume oil by the name of The Woods.
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