Tag Archives: colorado

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 event 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!