Califia Farms Denver Brunch

IMG_2993Before I get into the details about this incredible brunch that I was invited to by Califia Farms, I have a few things to go over. Once upon a time I used to actively blog on here…posting product reviews, recipes, interviews and more. Since graduating school and working full-time, I’ve realized just how challenging that can be and I give a lot of credit to people who can balance life and blogging. I can’t make any promises here, but I can see myself sharing at least a few things from here on out to let you know what I’ve been up to. Which leads me to the brunch from this past weekend! Continue reading

IMG_2999Not only was I super psyched about getting to try Califia Farm’s new products at brunch…but this was also a great opportunity for me to meet some other Califia ambassadors, local Denver influencers and try some great food (spoiler alert: it was better than great)! I was first greeted by a giant tub of assorted almond milks and juices. This was the first time I got to try the Matcha, Ginger with Turmeric, and Cali Coco and they made the wait fully worth it. My top favorites are definitely the Matcha and the Ginger with Turmeric — both of which aren’t overly sweet but they are packed with full flavor in each bottle!

IMG_3035The table settings were beautiful and after reading the menu I couldn’t wait to start eating! This brunch was also co-hosted by The Dinner Party Association, which I recently discovered on Instagram! The dishes were all completely plant-based and prepared by Chef Kyle Morgan and Ashlae Warner of Oh, Ladycakes.

IMG_3020The first items our group was greeted with included coffee and other Califia Farms beverages, cocktails and a beautiful toast bar with jams, a nutella-like spread and even Kite Hill cheese. If you haven’t tried it already, the Black & White Cold Brew is my newest obsession, and it comes unsweetened for all those people who don’t like sugary coffee drinks! The Full Shot, another new item is basically a veganized bulletproof coffee. I could see either of these working really nicely with my morning routine. Ok…now, on to the courses!

IMG_3057The first course was a Tropical Ginger Turmeric Smoothie made by Ashlae (aka Oh, Ladycakes). It featured the Ginger almond milk with turmeric and some tropical fruit. I was so impressed with how sweet and smooth this was, it was difficult to savor such a delicious treat! 

Course 2 (made by Chef Kyle) included these Veggie Breakfast Tacos with smoked eggplant, mushrooms, bell pepper, and mango papaya puree. I can say without a doubt that I haven’t had tacos this good in a LONG time. 

Course 3 was very intriguing to me, as a Colorado Grain Mixto with Califia Curry Consomme. It was served as a mason jar with the almond/coconut milk to be mixed in. The grain mixture included sweet ingredients like pecans, cacao nibs and some kind of dried fruit, but with the curry it was just the right balance of sweet and savory!

Course 4 (and by this time I was definitely getting full) was Ashlae’s Vanilla Bean & Matcha Chia Pudding. This dish was the perfect end to this meal, since a lot of us were raving about Califia Farms’s new Matcha almondmilk. She said she’ll be posting the recipe to her blog soon, so I guess we’ll just have to wait patiently for that!

IMG_2980Is there such a thing as table setting envy? Because I definitely have it! A big thank you to Califia Farms, Oh, Ladycakes, Chef Kyle Morgan, photographer Nora Logue, mixologist Lawrence MackDJ Casey Sidwell, Logan House Coffee and all the wonderful people who made this even spectacular! I’m looking forward to seeing what kinds of things Califia Farms has in store for the future, and I can’t wait to get experimenting with their products as a new brand ambassador!

Where in the World Have I Been?

IMG_3072Wow, has it been a while…I’ve almost forgotten how to blog! I noticed that I’ve been getting new followers lately, so I felt that I needed to first say THANK YOU and secondly that I need to be honest with you all. As part of a very long overdue update, I wanted to catch all of you up with what’s been going on with me lately, along with pictures from my latest trip to NYC. Yes, that’s me in the photo above in front of Rockefeller Center (and yes the jacket and other items are 100% vegan “leather). Anyway, here’s what’s happened in the last few months: Continue reading

  1. I graduated college
  2. I moved out of my parents’ house
  3. I started a job at a vegan startup
  4. I stepped my game up with Instagram/Facebook posts and a YouTube channel
  5. I had a change of heart when it came to this blog

IMG_4155Specifically…number 5 is something I want to address, and it honestly relates to everything else that I’ve been going through lately. First of all, everything is GREAT…in fact better than it has ever been! Lately though, I’ve been finding that blogging here was just something that I did to pass time. I didn’t really enjoy it as much as the other projects that I’ve been working on lately. There are so many great vegan bloggers out there who are doing it full time, and I really appreciate all the effort that they’re putting into it. I haven’t had the time nor the motivation to do a full review, interview or other post on here in quite some time. However, I do feel really good about pursuing other outlets such as cooking classes, vegan meetups, and just joining local friends for dinner and visiting new places around Colorado.

IMG_3089The truth is, my strengths do not lie in blogging. But they do lie in being creative and helping other people with the knowledge that I have (in design, for instance). As someone who was blogging completely for free with whatever spare time I had out of school and working, it has come to a point where I just can’t do it anymore. I think you have to do what you love, and if you don’t love it…it shows in your work. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t follow along my daily posts on places like Instagram, Facebook and even Snapchat (anotherhungryv). Hopefully YouTube will get some more attention from me as well, but I can’t promise anything just yet.

IMG_3965As for my job…I am excited to announce VeganTravel to you all. I’ve been part of this project since the beginning of June, and I’ve worked hard to be able to help bring this site to you and many others. If you want to keep up with my other (more frequent blogs), feel free to check them out here. Just a warning that they’re less about food and products, and more about places I’ve been recently like Scotland and New York. I’m also freelancing as a designer on the side, and you can check out my work here. This post isn’t intended to be an advertisement for myself, but if you are in need of some work feel free to contact me. I’d love to help out!

IMG_4261Anyway, this post is mostly to say THANK YOU for being an avid follower of my blog…or for reading this post alone. You all totally deserve an update and I apologize for taking so long to catch you up on things. This isn’t so much a farewell, but rather a “things are looking up, and I’m excited to share new adventures with you”. I hope you will continue to keep up with my updates on VeganTravel, facebook and instagram for now. I wish the best of luck to all of you, wherever you may be in your lives right now. Keep spreading the messages of kindness, compassion and joy wherever you are.