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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!

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

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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.

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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.