THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO KALE!

I came upon this article on a fellow foodie’s website that outlines the benefits of kale, in all it’s glory. Read on to learn about the history of kale, its nutritional properties, how to prepare it, and how much to eat. Enjoy!

https://thrivecuisine.com/lifestyle/what-are-the-all-of-the-benefits-of-kale/

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5 MINUTES WITH THE VIET VEGAN

I started to follow Lisa (aka The Viet Vegan) on Instagram when she was named as one of the top 15 vegan accounts to follow on Blog TO. She’s amazing!

Lisa is funny, personable, downright friendly, and highly skilled in the kitchen. Vietnamese food is amongst my favourite, and Lisa proves that going going vegan does not mean giving up this delicious style of cooking.  She recreates childhood comfort favourites with ease, and is able to vegan-ize anything she gets her hands on! Her YouTube channel has taught me everything from how the hell to use lemongrass, to making the best vegan nachos. She even talked me out of getting granite counter tops!  Continue reading “5 MINUTES WITH THE VIET VEGAN”

5 MINUTES WITH DOUG MCNISH 

I met Doug McNish at the 2015 Vegfest in Toronto where I tasted his life affirming vegan polenta poutine (pictured above). I was new to veganism and at the point where I was admittedly weary of anything that looked savory and cheesy (rookie mistake). I asked him if the dish was vegan, to which he smiled and replied, “I am a vegan chef!!!” (and then asked about the movie I’d just seen…my ticket stubs were on the counter). He was friendly and personable and the kind of guy you want to sit down with and talk about all things vegan. Continue reading “5 MINUTES WITH DOUG MCNISH “

COMING TOGETHER IN THE KITCHEN

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Many of us have non-vegan partners, and this experience allowed my husband and I to enjoy a cooking class together that was customized to suit each of our preferences.

The company  – The Chef and the Dish – allows you to connect with international chefs and learn how to make a variety of different dishes, from the comfort of your own kitchen! I think it’s a great excuse for a date night with your partner or a friend, and would make an amazing gift (you can order gift certificates).

I wrote about the company in my first published article in a national newspaper and I’m beyond excited!! Continue reading “COMING TOGETHER IN THE KITCHEN”

5 MINUTES WITH LAUREN TOYOTA OF hot for food

hot for food is hands down one of my favourite vegan sites! Lauren is impossibly cool, making anyone more inclined to want in on the vegan lifestyle. The first time I stumbled across one of her recipes (it was their Ridiculously Easy Vegan Peanut Butter Cups), I knew we were gonna get along just fine.

What I love about their food is that it’s accessible to everyone. It’s not all about kale and quinoa…think Cinnamon rolls, breakfast tacos, and pierogies. Comfort food with a vegan twist. Personally, I didn’t become vegan in order to eat “healthy” food all the time. Of course I try and eat a balanced diet,  but I want the food to taste good and I want to enjoy cooking it. I also want recipes that my non-vegan family and friends can enjoy too. So stop what you’re doing, visit their site and sign up for the hot for food YouTube channel. You’re welcome!

I was lucky enough to connect with Lauren Toyota for a few minutes and have her answer a few burning questions for me. Read on:

  1. What’s the last thing you ate?
    Mary’s Crackers with hummus
  2. Which vegan chef do you most admire and why?
    Probably Chloe Coscarelli because of the empire she has built. She now has 2 restaurants, one on the east coast and one on the west coast. Baller!
  3. What’s the one dish you’ve created that’s scored you the most high fives?
    Nacho cheese sauce and cauliflower buffalo wings
  4. What do you want to be when you grow up?
    Mentally stable
  5. What’s the one ingredient can’t you live without?
    Nutritional Yeast
  6. Do vegans have more fun?
    Duh!
  7. What kitchen item do you most often buy for wedding gifts?
    I have never bought a kitchen item as a wedding gift! Haha I usually give money because it’s so easy.
  8. Where’s the last place you went to on a date? (and what did you order?)
    Tori’s Bake Shop. But 3 nights out of the week they do a late night dinner menu and it’s the best. We had a cheese platter, gnocchi, and some kind of salad with apple and spring peas.
  9. Did becoming vegan bring out any unexpected character traits in you? i.e. are you funnier now than ever before?
    I think the most impactful part of becoming vegan is just how it’s affected my well being physically, emotionally, and mentally in so many positive ways. It sort of connected a lot of dots for me.
  10. What’s the one thing you wish more people knew about vegan food?
    That it isn’t always raw, gluten-free, sugar-free, oil-free, taste-free or fun-free and that there is more than one way to be vegan and eat vegan.

 

REVIEW: THE BUTCHER AND THE VEGAN – A NEW CONCEPT IN DINING OUT

When my husband and I go out for dinner, there’s usually a bit of a tug of war between “vegan” and “mainstream”. With the former, I’m fully at ease with all the menu choices. With the latter, I’ve got a tonne of questions, some doubts, and a bit of poking around in my food to be sure I got what I ordered.

Enter The Lawless and the Vegan, a new-ish restaurant in Hamilton, Ontario that I had an opportunity to review recently. With my lovely mother in tow, we enjoyed a special lunch together and were both truly satisfied with our meals.

This type of restaurant represents a shift in thinking that’s becoming more and more common – local, sustainable, ethical, farm-to-table. It takes it one step further by offering at least half of the menu items that are fully vegan. This is a great opportunity for meat-eaters to try vegan dishes they may not otherwise have tried.

Food preferences / lifestyles typically vary amongst couples, within families, and amongst friends. It’s refreshing to have dining options that cater to this reality.

Check out my restaurant review here: http://www.eatdrinktravel.com/can-just-get-along-eat-harmony-butcher-and-the-vegan-hamilton/