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Product Reviews: Califia Pumpkin Spice Latte Cold Brew and Silk Pumpkin Spice Almond Creamer

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October 23, 2017

“Aprils have never meant that much to me, autumns seem that season of beginning, spring.” – Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s Charlotteans are putting on a brave front this October. The sky is blue, but temperatures have barely dropped. We run our air conditioning every day, dress in shorts after work. The leaves are still… Read More ›

Product Review: Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Rolls with Pumpkin Spice Icing

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Rolls with Pumpkin Spice Icing are a very well executed cross between cinnamon rolls and pumpkin spice pastries. Perfect on a chilly Autumn morning with a cup of strong black coffee! And … thanks to the beta carotene used for food coloring, these breakfast pastries are quite gorgeous as well.

Daiya Cheezecake Halloween Review

“Every heart has its own skeletons.” – Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina  There are two kinds of vegans in the world. Those who like Daiya cheese, and those who – don’t. If you like Daiya cheese you will definitely love their cheezecakes – New York Style (plain), Chocolate, Strawberry, Key Lime, and limited edition Pumpkin Spice…. Read More ›

Product Review: Pine Bros. Softish Throat Drops (Vegan and Gluten Free)

Recently I was contacted by Pine Bros., makers of “Softish Throat Relief” drops for 140 years! Pine Bros. had just released two new flavors (Sugar Free Wild Cherry and Vitamin C Orange) and wanted to know if I was interested in several free bags of these vegan, gluten-free drops in exchange for an honest review…. Read More ›

VeganEgg Omelet with Green Peppers and Onions

Sunday Breakfast: The VeganEgg by Follow Your Heart (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

By far one of the biggest vegan news topics of 2015 was the release of VeganEgg by Follow Your Heart (best known as makers of the utterly amazing Vegenaise).   More than 10 years in the making, VeganEgg was the first “whole-egg” alternative to hit the market – useful not just in baking (a la… Read More ›

Product Review: Trader Joe’s Chicken-less Strips

Trader Joe’s Chicken-Less Strips. They’re cheap, but are they tasty? And can you chew them?

Product Review: Gardein Fishless Filets

Back in the days when I was an omnivore, I had a love-hate relationship with fish. Living in landlocked Charlotte, NC, most of the available fish was … well, not too fresh and definitely very fishy! But at summer vacations at the beach … ah, the fish was completely different there. Fresh and flaky and… Read More ›

Cat and Nakd Bars

Vegans In America Can Finally Get Nakd!

I was intrigued when I was contacted about doing a review in return for a free mixed box of Nakd Bars – a brand of raw fruit and nut bars that are popular in England and are now crossing the Atlantic. Yes, you can now get Nakd in America! This is why I was intrigued:… Read More ›

Amy's Vegan Macaroni and Cheese

Product Review: Amy’s Rice Macaroni with Dairy Free Cheeze (Vegan, Gluten Free)

So … Amy’s Kitchen has a new gluten free and dairy free Macaroni and Cheese!   I admit I approached this frozen meal with some trepidation. One, I’m one of the very fortunate ones who don’t have a problem with gluten.  And since I cook the majority of my food myself, my diet tends to be naturally… Read More ›

Amy's Organic Chili - Spicy

Product Review: Amy’s Kitchen Vegan Chilis (Organic and Gluten Free)

Maybe I’ve been living under a vegan rock, but until recently – when Amy’s Kitchen sent me a box of soup and chilis and a few coupons – I didn’t even realize Amy’s made canned goods!  (With BPA-free liners, yet!)  I must admit Amy’s canned soups and chilis have become big favorites of mine during Charlotte, NC’s unseasonably… Read More ›

Upton’s Naturals Wrap-Up

About a month ago, Upton’s Naturals sent me some free product coupons in exchange for honest reviews and developing a few recipes.  I, of course accepted, enjoying the chance to try a new vegan product.  And recipes – I love to cook! – how hard could coming up with a few recipes be? The experiment… Read More ›

Things I Didn’t Know About Amy’s Kitchen

It was a bitterly cold winter evening in February.  I’d worked late.  My head was aching and my eyes were burning from staring at financial reports all day.  I had no idea what I was going to make for dinner and I didn’t feel like cooking.  I took my dog for a walk and at… Read More ›

Product Review: Tofurky BBQ Chick’N Pockets

Last summer, Tofurky came out with a line of vegan “hot pockets.”  These are finally making their way into Charlotte, NC.  I recently reviewed Tofurky’s Pepperoni Pizza Pockets.  The BBQ Chick’N  Pocket is the second flavor I tried. Once again, a picture is worth a thousand words. Here’s how the pocket sandwich looks on the… Read More ›

Sunday Breakfast: Upton’s Naturals Bacon Seitan

Bacon. It’s one of America’s most popular meats, attaining “sizzling” cult status over the past few years.  You can now find everything from bacon bubble gum to bacon ice cream to bacon-flavored rolling papers. Yet bacon has been one of the hardest meats for the veg industry to replicate. There’s MorningStar Farms Bacon Strips, which… Read More ›

Upton’s Naturals

Look for lots of product reviews coming soon! Upton’s Naturals is a relatively new player in the faux-meat industry (at least in the Charlotte, NC area). Upton’s Naturals is a Chicago-based, vegan owned and operated business specializing in GMO-free, minimally processed seitan (a vegan wheat protein).  Their packaged seitan (Traditional, Ground, Chorizo, Italian, and Bacon… Read More ›

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