Saturday, March 8, 2014
I know what you are thinking. Another vegan lip balm post? I know, my apologies. But I have a thing for a good vegan lip balm, and yesterday I was at the Co op and realized they now carry the HURRAW! line of vegan lip balms, something that makes me very happy!
In case you did not know this, HURRAW! sources all organic, fairtrade, raw, and vegan ingredients for their lip balms, which are just the right amount of glossy, smooth, moisturizing, and long-lasting. They come in a variety of "flavors," (or rather scents, I guess), and my favorite so far is the coconut. And, last but not least, one other cool thing about HURRAW! (that isn't always the case with vegan lip balms), you can feel free to leave it in your pocket without fear of it melting. I say HURRAW for that!
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Last night in the midst of the falling snow, hunger, and a desire to eat somewhere I could write about, I was looking through my blog archives and I realized my post about the Pepper Sisters was written in 2008. I figured it was time for an update, but the funny thing is, which I didn't realize at first, I ended up ordering the exact same thing I ordered when I wrote that first review in 2008: the eggplant tostada. However, in my original review I stated that the eggplant was not cooked quite to my liking, and I have to say last night's eggplant was cooked PERFECTLY.
The Pepper Sisters is one of those places that you can't help but associate with Bellingham. They are very much a part of this city. The atmosphere of the restaurant itself is simultaneously intimate yet family-friendly, and the people who work there are always helpful, nice, and gracious. They are quick to make everyone feel at ease and welcome, and I always have great service experiences at the Pepper Sisters.
|Here's a close-up of some eggplant topped with pico. YUM!|
Served on a crispy flour tortilla layered with black beans, slightly smoky and very tasty eggplant, fresh cabbage, greens, tomato, black olives, a light dressing and pico de gallo, this entree has a lot of flavor and left me very satisfied. I can think of nothing cozier than to be inside somewhere warm and inviting eating delicious flavorful food as the snow falls quietly outside. It was a very pleasant way to spend the evening. And it's nice to see that after all these years, I like the Pepper Sisters even more than I did before, which is saying something if you consider how much I liked them originally!
Monday, February 24, 2014
So sorry for not posting yesterday. Time got away from me and the lovely snow was also of course quite distracting! Three cheers for being lucky enough to have someone who brought me home dinner from the Co op, so I not only don't have to go anywhere in the snow, I also don't have to cook anything!
The balsamic beets and the wild rice and kale are two of my favorite dishes the co op deli makes. I always consider it to be a good omen when I am fortunate enough to have both choices on the same day.
Hope you are all surviving this cold weather with good food and safe driving! Next weekend I will resume my usual Sunday blog updates... I think it's about time for a new restaurant review. Any suggestions?
Sunday, February 16, 2014
I first wrote about Old Town Cafe back in 2008. Since that time, I would be hard pressed to guess how many (hundreds?) of breakfasts I have consumed there! It is still one of my All-Time Favorite Places in Bellingham. In fact, I would go so far as to say I can think of no more perfect way to start a Sunday than with breakfast at Old Town followed by a wonderful hike somewhere in this gorgeous place where I get to live.
Old Town has options for every person with every dietary need, be it omnivorous, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, you name it! My latest favorite thing to get is a build-your-own tofu scramble with carrots, cabbage, kale and onion. And although I LOVE their home fries and black beans, I have as of late been subbing those sides in for a salad with their exceptionally tasty tofu-dill dressing. I can't get enough of that!
A few more things to note: their coffee is ALWAYS good. I drink it black and like it strong but smooth. And if you decide to go for straight espresso, as I sometimes do, it also never disappoints. In terms of additional examples of consistency, the wait staff there, actually everyone there, is ALWAYS so very very nice. Friendly, funny, gracious and attentive, you get the feeling that everyone is happy to be there and that they all work well together. In addition to having delicious food, the place just makes you feel good because the energy is so great.
So there you have it. My updated review of Old Town Cafe, still awesome after all these years!
Sunday, February 9, 2014
One of the things that sucks about food allergies to foods that you used to love is trying to find replacements for them. Having to give up corn has been hard for me in the sense that there are many corn-related foods that I miss, not the least of is the beloved tortilla chip! What can I eat with my salsa? How will I make vegan nachos? Oh and what about one of my most favorite indulgences, pico de gallo chips?
Well, Beanfields to the rescue! They have come out with an amazing non-GMO corn-free, gluten-free, completely vegan chip that has definitely rocked my world in the best possible way. It's almost a little crazy how happy I am that these chips exist.
There are several different flavors, and they are all fantastic. The sea salt chips are great for dipping in salsa, and the nacho flavor will remind you of Doritos, only they are a million times better and not filled with scary ingredients. And, of course, there is my other favorite flavor, pico de gallo.
|Vegan Nachos made with Beanfields sea salt Bean & Rice chips|
Thanks Beanfields for making something so fantastic for those of us who can't eat corn! (And also for making it vegan!)