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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!

Vibrant Veggies

Vibrant Veggies Sauerkraut Review @anotherhungryvegan.comEven the healthiest of diets need an extra boost every now and then. Whether you’re making an effort to eat a little healthier this month as a resolution, or looking to ease any tummy issues, fermented foods are a great solution. I am so happy to have been given the chance to try out some products from Vibrant Veggies, which is a local company to Colorado that I first discovered at Neat Market (an all-vegan pop-up shop in Denver). They make sauerkraut in four different, fun flavors that happen to be super versatile. I read the other day that fermented foods like kraut are considered a superfood trend of 2015. Normally I don’t follow “diet” trends, but I can attest to the power of sauerkraut in terms of not just flavor, but overall digestive health and beyond. Continue reading

Vibrant Veggies Sauerkraut Review @anotherhungryvegan.comFermentation is good for our bodies because it allows for good bacteria in our digestive system. I know you might’ve shuddered at the thought of bacteria in our bodies, but it’s true that after we have been so exposed to antibiodics and generally processed foods, it’s important to start introducing live foods back into what we’re eating. Think for a second about all the fermented foods you eat already; in fact you could probably make a list of things. Bread, alcohol, yogurts, kombucha, pickled foods and of course, sauerkraut are just a few of them. What I love most about Vibrant Veggies is that the flavors make it easy to incorporate them into your meals. Each flavor is so tasty that you might just be tempted to eat some out of the jar with a spoon. Your tummy will thank you regardless of how you enjoy this spectacular kraut!

Vibrant Veggies Sauerkraut Review @anotherhungryvegan.comVibrant Veggies comes in the Moroccan Fusion flavor, which was the first of theirs that I ever tried. I went with a simple dish of Beyond Meat Chik’n with sautéed garlic, onion and bell pepper over jasmine rice. Just be sure to add the sauerkraut at the very end so you still get all the fermented food benefits. This kraut really helped season the rice and vegan chik’n with a light citrus flavor and some Moroccan spices. On the Vibrant Veggies website they recommend pairing this one with soup, burgers, quinoa, tofu, potatoes and more! I’ve even had it on top of pizza which was surprisingly a fantastic combo!

Vibrant Veggies Sauerkraut Review @anotherhungryvegan.comThe Roasted Green Chile is one of their top-sellers, and I can see why! It has a definite kick to it due to the jalapeño and chile peppers, but the carrots and cabbage mixed in the jar really help cool it down. I created a vegan bacon avocado cheeseburger on top of a bed of greens. The other toppings on here were mustard, spicy ketchup and of course Roasted Green Chile kraut. The flavors in this all really complimented each other, it wasn’t too spicy, and the different textures really added to the dish. Looking for some other ideas to have this kraut with? It’s also phenomenal with hummus and crackers, tacos, and rice and beans.

Vibrant Veggies Sauerkraut Review @anotherhungryvegan.comLemon Ginger Kraut immediately got me excited. I ended up trying this on its own first, and it has an excellent balance of salty, sweet, and tangy. If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw my recent post where I made a Reuben using this kraut, some Tofurky slices and a garlic vegan mayo. Now, you don’t have to get that crazy to enjoy this flavor of Vibrant Veggies. I used it to top a macro bowl of brown rice, edamame and other veggies along with some soy sauce and lemon pepper. What a vibrant, healthy and incredibly flavorful bowl!

Vibrant Veggies Sauerkraut Review @anotherhungryvegan.comOne of my favorite ways to enjoy Vibrant Veggies is with some hummus, crackers and veggies. The Vindaloo Curry flavor is phenomenal with some of this Thai Coconut Curry hummus made by Hope Foods. I find this to be an extremely easy way to incorporate some of those fermented foods if you aren’t a big fan of cooking. This is also a great party appetizer idea and it has a fancy, super colorful presentation. You don’t even have to tell your guests it’s a healthy option! Enjoy this on top of curries, with rice and beans, on salads, or whatever else you can dream up!

A gigantic thank you to Vibrant Veggies for providing the kraut, and for all you Colorado, Utah and Nebraska residents check out their store locator to see where you can pick some up for yourself! Hopefully they will spread to the rest of the country, because their products are so wonderful that they really ought to be enjoyed by more people. Did this post inspire you to incorporate more sauerkraut and other fermented foods into your diet? If so, comment below what kinds of foods or dishes you’re thinking of having soon!

ByTmee Cold Brew Coffee

IMG_3058ByTmee is a local CO company that makes different flavors of cold brew coffee, all vegan. I preordered these and got them at Neat Market, a monthly pop-up shop filled with vegan vendors from Colorado. If you live anywhere near Denver, I highly recommend checking this out. Anyway I chose one of each flavor to review and here are my thoughts on them! Continue reading

The first flavor I went for was the Penny Black-cold brew coffee flavored with vanilla and almond milk. I really liked this one and found it to be plenty flavorful, but not too sweet. The coffee itself is really smooth and not bitter at all like some other coffee brands can be. I also tried it another time blended along with some ice, a tiny bit of almond milk, and some vanilla powder. This was a nice morning treat!

IMG_4819The Ready Jack is definitely one that’s worth trying when it’s available! What I love about this is that it happens to be fair trade, which is one component that I definitely look for in coffee nowadays. You can really tell this is high-quality just from the taste, and I love to enjoy it with a little almond milk and stevia (or other sweetener). However for the serious coffee people out there, you could probably just enjoy it straight out of the bottle or poured over ice.

Another cold brew and creamer, mid-swirl. I’m not sure what about it I love so much, but this Pumpkin Indulgence has to be my new all-time favorite flavor. A rich pumpkin flavor that is way better than any pumpkin spice latte I’ve ever had. If only it weren’t seasonal!

IMG_3292The Spring Rider-cold brew with lavender and almond milk. The lavender flavor wasn’t overpowering, which I was really happy about. I don’t generally associate this flavor with coffee, but I was definitely pleased with it. I gave the rest of the bottle to my mom and she enjoyed it as well. You can even drink these out of the bottle, but I like them over some ice.

IMG_3600Monarch Gully-cold brew with rich spicy cocoa and cool coconut. This actually had a richness that I didn’t get from the first two flavors. I definitely got a kick from the spice, but it was more of an aftertaste so it didn’t take away from the overall flavor. Be sure to shake the bottles!

IMG_3693The Peppermint Pot de Creme was the last flavor I tried. Now, this is a seasonal flavor-a refreshing blend of winter flavors, sweet peppermint, and smooth chocolate. I really love almost anything chocolate and peppermint related so this was a winner for sure! I’m hoping ByTmee keeps this flavor going because it was one of my favorites. If you’re interested about ordering some of these, or about this company in general check out ByTmee’s website.

BLovely Vegan Baked Goods – Treats from VegFest 2014

IMG_4283This Summer’s VegFest was a blast! I had a great time walking around and seeing all the vendors, trying samples and meeting new people. One vendor that was there again was BLovely Vegan Baked Goods, and naturally I had to buy a few items to have later at home (and some to share). I’ve reviewed the treats on this blog in the past, but I always love to try something new. The first that I tried was this Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake. The cake was nice and chocolately yet not dry or overly sweet, and the peanut butter frosting and chocolate drizzle made this cake just perfectly decadent. This was a winner for sure! Continue reading

IMG_4353I picked this up because it’s been way too long since I’ve had any vegan caramel corn. This variety from BLovely was absolutely delightful! Perfectly sweet and crunchy, just like any good-quality caramel corn should be. I even gave some of this to family and they would’ve never guessed that it was vegan!

BLovely Baked Goods

 1531926_200839223448216_1875102789_o 1669800_200839226781549_2057524465_oB-Lovely is a local, Colorado company that makes wonderful vegan baked goods. From cookies to brownies, and cake bites they have it all! If you are located in Colorado you can find these at places like Nooch Vegan Market, Neat Market, and VegFest. Definitely worth the trip! Here are some items of theirs that I have tried so far:
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tumblr_ms2ovjYyl01s3uefeo1_1280 tumblr_ms2ovjYyl01s3uefeo2_1280B Lovely lemony sugar cookie that I got at Nooch Vegan Market downtown. I tried a sample of this cookie at VegFest this year but I didn’t end up buying one. Needless to say I’m happy I was able to find these again!

IMG_5037 This was a more recent version of the Lemony Sugar Cookie, one that she tweaked the recipe for. I found that this cookie was a lot different from what I remember the first one from being. It was a lot chewier and seemed more lemony and a little less sweet. I’m not sure which one I liked better to be completely honest.

IMG_0733These cake bites were adorable and really tasty! They are a lot like cake pops but without the nonsense of the stick. Each of the cake bites I got in this pack featured a different inside flavor for each one, so there was a different combo with either a chocolate or vanilla cake and a chocolate/vanilla coating. I highly recommend these if you get the chance to find them!

IMG_3118This was one of the best brownies I have had, I’m not even kidding. The fudge on top was so rich and incredibly tasty. The brownie itself wasn’t over-the-top chocolately, which I found to be a good thing, and I honestly forgot that this was even gluten free!

IMG_3206This lemon mini bundt cake was adorable and tasty too! I thought it would be too small on its own, but it was just perfect. The lemon flavor was perfectly balanced with the sweetness of the cake. I’m glad I got the chance to try this one!

IMG_5081The Old Fashion Oatmeal Cookie tasted exactly how it sounds! Nice and hearty oatmeal cookie with some raisins and walnuts inside. This was the type of cookie that I would reach for when I’m not wanting something with chocolate or something super sweet.

IMG_5124These Mexican Wedding Cookies were a new one for me, but I absolutely loved them! They were nice and light, but they had a crunch to them. I loved the powdered sugar and icing that was on these, it reminded me of the coating on those yogurt covered pretzels or raisins I had long before going vegetarian. I totally wish I had the recipe for these treats!

The Chocolate Therapist – Dark Chocolate Bars

I finally got the chance to try all of my chocolates I purchased from the Chocolate Therapist! This is technically from a local Colorado company, however they are expanding into a franchise and you can find a lot of these on their website HERE. Just make sure that you get either these items I have mentioned, because most of their dark chocolate items are in fact vegan, or perhaps contact the company if you are interested in something that you aren’t sure about. Luckily I got to speak from someone who worked in the shop to pick out suitable options. Continue reading

IMG_9595First off, let me say that all of these dark chocolates were delicious! In the ones pictured here, the top is a peanut butter filled, the right has a lemon filling, and the left is a dark chocolate mint patty. I was hesitant to try the lemon but it was one of my favorites!

IMG_3275This Berried in Chocolate Bar was really tasty! It had blueberries and cranberries, which are things I don’t usually associate with chocolate. The cherries were a nice addition as well.

IMG_3326The Orange Twilight bar was delicious. The orange bits inside added a chewy texture, and I liked that this didn’t have just orange oil for flavoring in it like some other chocolate orange bars out there.

IMG_3416The Super Hero flavor was a lot like the Berried in Chocolate, except with almonds and less berries obviously.

IMG_3462The Blue Suede ‘Shews bar had such a clever name! It was a nice variation on chocolate also, because blueberries and cashews don’t generally seem to be paired together.

IMG_3527Something that’s also really good together-chocolate and espresso! I loved how the espresso was actually ground, it reminded me of a chocolate covered espresso bean.

IMG_3741This flavor was just a plain chocolate bar, but I did like the sweetness of the chocolate. I typically go for a higher percentage because I’m a big fan of rich chocolate.

IMG_3586Just as expected, this bar tasted great. Funny that I used to hate almonds with chocolate but now I love the combo and the crunchiness that it adds.

IMG_3632The Purist was one of my favorite bars! I love really rich dark chocolate and this definitely raised the bar (no pun intended).

IMG_3684Just like the almond bar, this one was good as well! I enjoyed the hint of salt with the sweet chocolate flavor.

IMG_3712The last flavor I tried was great! Cacao nibs can be a little bitter compared to cocoa and they added a crispy/crunchy feeling to the bar.