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Bloody H*ll! What’s In My Bloody Mary?

A Bloody Mary seems like such a safe drink for vegans. It’s basically just tomato juice and potato juice (vodka), right? Wrong. Your Bloody Mary (or Virgin Mary) could have clam juice, anchovies, beef broth, or eggs! Let me walk you through a basic “template” for creating a Bloody (or Virgin) Mary. I say “template”… Read More ›

OWN YOUR POWER! (Dry January Series)

Take Can’t Out Of Your Vocabulary Family legend has it that even as a baby, I hated the word “no.” Every time someone even whispered it to me, I’d scream and have a temper tantrum. As an adult, I still hate the word “can’t.” When I mentor new vegans, one of the first things I… Read More ›

REPLACE, NOT REMOVE! (Dry Jan Series)

We’re always being chided about “don’t drink your calories” and reminded the quickest way to save money is to cut the wine, cola, juices, etc. and just drink water. But you know what? Water is f*cking boring. Let’s say you have a choice of your favorite IPA (mine is Noda’s Hop Drop, I swear it’s… Read More ›

Dry January Challenge For Vegans

This is my third year doing Dry January! By the looks of things, my cat needs to join me this year! Dry January is the brainchild of the UK charity Alcohol Change UK. It’s for everyone, whether your goal is to cut down, give the booze a break for a while, or go alcohol-free. Some… Read More ›

Breakfast At Gnome Cafe – Charleston, SC

We were fleeing Florida, driving through Charleston on our way back to Charlotte. Why were we feeling Florida? Because there’s lots of stuff for us “hoomans” to do in Florida. Disney World. Universal. A moonlight gambling cruise. (My traveling companion cleaned up at the craps table, and I made a $4.00 profit on the slots!… Read More ›

Daiya Pumpkin Spice Cheezecake Review

It just gets easier and easier to be vegan! Looking for an easy Thanksgiving dessert? Try the Daiya Pumpkin Spice Cheezecake. It’s a seasonal item available in the last quarter of each year. Not only is it vegan, but it’s also soy-free and gluten-free (in case you are hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for family or… Read More ›

Charlie Was A Sinner – Philadelphia, PA

OK, kids, if you go to Philly … You HAVE to check out Charlie Was A Sinner. To be honest, it was the name that drew us in. How could we NOT go there? Especially after standing in line for hours in cold, drizzly October rain waiting to see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall,… Read More ›

Nawab Indian Cuisine – Williamsburg, VA

Nawab Indian Cuisine joins a growing trend of restaurants – those that value their vegan customers as seriously as they do their omni ones! Located in a strip mall shopping center in Willaimsburg, VA, Nawab is pretty much what you’d expect from a nicer North Indian restaurant. White cloth tablecloths. Glass goblets for water that… Read More ›

Hotel Room Avocado Toast – And Other COVID19 Travel Tips

In these times of COVID, you have to be creative when traveling. Hotels Don’t Offer Breakfast Buffets Anymore. If you’re lucky, they might offer a “grab and go” breakfast consisting of a bottle of water, an apple, and a (probably non-vegan) cereal bar. So bring your own breakfast. A box of cereal and an aseptic… Read More ›

Restaurant Review – Jasmine Grill

South Boulevard is an interesting area of Charlotte. It’s not bright, shiny, and new like Ballantyne. It’s not posh like SouthPark. It’s not cool and hip like Plaza Midwood. South Boulevard is one of the older parts of Charlotte, with aging strip malls and shopping plazas that have seen better days. It’s got a strong… Read More ›

Suicide Smoothie

No, this smoothie does not contain cyanide! The name comes from those drinks children make at the soda fountain, combining ALL the soda flavors into one big cup. Which is sorta what I do with this smoothie. I usually make it on Sunday – or whatever day I do my weekly grocery shopping or place… Read More ›

How To Prep For Eating Your Pantry In The Time Of Corona

So, how do you prep for Eating Your Pantry (Originally, the Eat The Pantry Challenge?) This started out as a money-saving challenge, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, eating from our pantry is something most of us are going to be doing. The CDC has recommended those over 60 and those with health conditions (such… Read More ›

VBL: Eat The Pantry Challenge!

I love doing a food challenge every now and then! Here is one I particularly love doing – and a challenge especially suited for frugal vegans! The “Eat The Pantry” or “Pantry Challenge!” It’s a challenge where, for a certain length of time, you commit to eating what’s already in your pantry! The best time… Read More ›

A Vegan’s Adventures in Uptown Charlotte – Winter Menu at Queen City Grounds

Queen City Grounds – 644 North Church Street Queen City Grounds is the coolest place I’ve found (yet) in Uptown Charlotte. I know, that sounds like damning with faint praise. Because Uptown Charlotte is not known for being “cool.” Its “coolness” is largely nonexistent. Manufactured and fabricated by middle aged white men in business suits…. Read More ›

A Vegan’s Adventures in Uptown Charlotte – Fajitas at Duckworth’s

My office often goes to Duckworth’s for big group gatherings. Several reasons: It’s within walking distance of our office. It’s one of the few places on “that side” of Uptown that can accommodate larger groups – farewell parties, team luncheons. There are several large tables and roomy booths, plus two very long tables in the… Read More ›

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