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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!

Sweet & Sara – Fall Treats

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Sweet & Sara are the makers of more than just vegan marshmallows. They also have a variety of treats such as S’Mores, rocky road and…vegan biscotti! Now, let me start by saying that I never really cared for biscotti in the past. I always found it to be too hard to chew without feeling like I’m going to be chipping a tooth (who’s with me on that?). Luckily Sweet & Sara’s biscotti is not like that at all! Continue reading

IMG_4663The first vegan one I ever came across was their Mocha Almond Biscotti. It has a light, cocoa flavor and a great crunch to it. I love it with some iced (or warm) coffee and some fresh fruit to start off the day. Biscotti just screams “breakfast” to me, so I love the fact that I can be eating a cookie even with my morning coffee!

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I was also incredibly pleased with their Cinnamon Hazelnut Biscotti. This one went so perfectly with a glass of Califia Farms Pumpkin Spice Latte coffee drink. It has a great sweet cinnamon taste and a light nutty flavor with just enough crunch. My mom also got the chance to try the biscotti, it being one of her favorite kinds of cookies, and she absolutely loved it!

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Speaking of pumpkin spice lattes, Sweet & Sara actually makes a marshmallow that is pumpkin spice-flavored! I have never tried one of these marshmallows before, vegan or not, and believe me when I say this was like a sweet, pumpkin hug in my warmed up morning coffee!

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And, just when you thought it wasn’t possible, Sweet & Sara makes a vegan pumpkin spice smore. I really enjoyed this as a twist on their original smore and it wasn’t overly chocolatey but it had an excellent pumpkin flavor with all the spices I love enjoying in the fall. Also, the combo of pumpkin and graham cracker reminds me of a cheesecake!

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Just when you thought it couldn’t get any cuter, may I present these adorable Halloween marshmallows. They make a chocolate covered bat and this ghost that makes a perfect topping to your hot cocoa. However, I almost felt bad about eating it because it had a cute face (if you are vegan yourself you might get the joke)!