Talula’s has a collection of wooden benches, vintage inspired canisters filled with straws, a bar with blueberry beer and queen B cocktails, and not to mention handcrafted sandwiches on sourdough bread and focaccia bread (house baked). Of course, my favorite item was the margie pie with vegan cashew cheese and you would have never guessed it was dairy-free cheese. The thick consistency and creaminess pairs perfectly with the fresh basil.
You can decide whether to sit inside or outside this retro charm, but I sat on a cozy bench where I could see my pie baking to perfection. The laid back vibe and quick service makes it
the top pick for foodie lovers.
- Margie pie with vegan cashew cheese
- Pesto and pickle on sourdough bread hold the cheese & mayo; made with basil pumpkin seed pesto, bread and butter pickles, lettuce
I cannot stop dreaming about how soft the bread was, the flavor combinations, and the incredible drinks which had just enough sweetness. I totally got to feel like Beyonce for a second with my Queen B cocktail with rooibos lemon rose vodka, honey syrup, and a spot of lemon juice.
I give Talula’s 4/4 stars!
Who knew that edamame can be made into pasta and actually taste good? Seapoint Farms makes Variety Bundle: Seapoint Farms Edamame, Spaghetti and Fettuccine, 15 oz total, which is loaded with 24 grams of plant based protein per serving. It’s perfect for vegans and vegetarians that want to still feel sufficed by their carb intake. All you have to do is boil 6-8 cups of water, add some salt, and mix until tender.
I’m such a foodie as you can tell. The spaghetti kept me full for hours, pleasantly surprising for me, and it had the same texture as a whole wheat pasta. You can tell you’re eating healthier immediately with a grainy thicker texture. I kept it simple and added marina sauce for flavor. High in protein and low in carbs, plus you can jazz it up by adding diced tomatoes, broccoli rabe, spinach, seasonings, or any other veggies. Go green, stay lean, and eat edamame. Yes PLZ!
Caffeine addicts go coconuts with Coconut Cloud’s dairy-free, carrageenan and titanium dioxide free coffee creamer. But, wait what is carrageenan? It’s a chemical and a gelatin replacer for most vegan and vegetarian foods. Shockingly, carrageenan is found in most organic and non-dairy food products. Yikes, it hinders digestion and can even contribute to diabetes. Make sure to check your labels. Christa Alexis top pick of the week is…
Coconut Cloud is a powder based coffee creamer made from coconuts with simple ingredients including coconut cream, tapioca syrup, rice starch, and di potassium phospate. Each serving only has 2 grams of sugar. Get your coffee brewing and mix in Coconut Cloud’s creamer for coconut goodness!
Let’s be honest, we all need that caffeine pick me up and what could be better than a non-dairy, non-GMO coconut based coffee creamer. Available for purchase on Amazon!
Dandies marshmallows are naturally sweetened and Non-GMO vegan certified treats that pairs perfectly with graham crackers and dairy-free chocolate. They’re sweet and soft without all that extra bad stuff like high fructose corn syrup and gelatin.
Dandies has only a few ingredients including cane sugar, tapicoa starch, and vanilla flavor. 8 years ago, Ryan Howard decided to create a non-animal marshmallow for his son. Now look how far they’ve come!
Try an easy smores recipe below. Grab some 365 Whole Foods Graham Crackers, Alter Eco Chocolate, and Dandies Marshmallows and get smorin’!
Break cinnamon graham crackers in half; place Alter Eco’s Dark Almond Chocolate on one side and Dandie’s Marshmallows on the other. Microwave for about 20 seconds and then put it together like a sandwich. Great for roasting by the bon fire on a summer night. Enjoy!
As a vegetarian, I often find myself looking for new healthy dishes. I made lentil soup and butternut squash mashed. You’ll need a few items before you get started.
What you need:
- 2 butternut squashes
- almond, cashew, coconut, or regular milk
- salt, brown sugar
- lentils (14 0z bag)
- spinach, corn, celery, carrots, onion
- small macaroni
Boil a pot of water (about 6 cups) and add lentils until it’s tender. Let it cook for about 20 minutes on medium heat. I start chopping fresh spinach, corn, celery, carrots, and onions into small pieces.
I saute my veggies before adding them to the soup. First, I oil my pan with extra virgin olive oil and heat it. Once it’s heated, I add garlic and onions, carrots, celery, spinach (about a handful of each veggie) letting it cook for about 3 minutes. Add salt, pepper, and seasonings for flavor.
Add vegetable broth to the pot, sauteed veggies, and lentils. Let cook for about 30-40 minutes depending on how you like it. ADD macaroni for the last 10 minutes.
Let cool a bit and serve with fresh grated cheese!
Butternut Squash Mashed
Cut the squash into two halves, scoop out the seeds, and let boil until fork tender.
Once it’s cooked scoop out the inside and place in bowl. Add milk, salt, butter, and a touch of brown sugar for flavor.
Happy New Year! I still can’t believe its 2014. It’s the first time in 19 years where there was a new moon in the new year which means a lot of significant changes in careers, relationships, etc. For the past 13 years, I’ve been a vegetarian but after researching more about the additives, treatment of animals, animal fat, and “extra” stuff they add into the foods I decided to go completely vegan.
Bring on the vegan challenge. I’ll update you along my journey.
Breakfast: Kind Cereal with unsweetened almond milk & hemp seeds.. (I also add organic sunbutter for more protein)
Snacks: Cashews, almonds, raisins, etc. for extra protein