ClickList sign

October 11, 2017
by Kristine

ClickList: A Vegetarian’s Review

I love grocery shopping. Or at least I can love it, when the conditions are right. But as I get older I find I’m having less and less patience with navigating clogged aisles and searching endlessly for products I can’t find. I can’t imagine what it’s like for you non-weirdo-food-obsessed people who don’t enjoy grocery stores in the first place.

That’s where ClickList steps in. I started seeing signs at my local Fred Meyer (Kroger) grocery store for ClickList, but I honestly didn’t know what it was. Then I started seeing people shopping alongside me with these strange multilevel carts stacked with what appear to be milk crates. Several months later, I realized my neighborhood grocery store offers a service wherein I select my items online and someone else wanders the store for me. Sounds just about perfect. Continue Reading →

A close up of 9 nutrition bar dough balls

September 13, 2017
by Kristine

Unwrapp’d Nutrition Bar Dough: A Vegetarian’s Review

There is no shortage of nutrition bars on store shelves. According to Business Insider, as of 2015 there were over 1,000 to choose from with predictions of continued growth. What’s the appeal? Why have we as consumers decided to reach for bars on a regular basis to feed ourselves? It’s probably a variety of reasons like convenience, availability, and a hefty dose of marketing. If we can get 300 calories and a decent amount of fiber and protein in bar form, why would we cook a meal and deal with the shopping, prepping, and dirty dishes? Bars can be eaten one-handed so we can multi-task or exercise while we’re noshing, they have a long shelf life so we can stock up and stay nourished for a while, and they require no preparation except opening the wrapper. What could be better? Continue Reading →

A small smoothie bowl photographed from the top down covered in cacao nibs, strawberries and coconut

August 30, 2017
by Kristine
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A Vegetarian in Leavenworth: The Hunter’s Wife

Leavenworth, Washington is a theme town. Quaint Bavarian villages serve as the inspiration in terms of architecture (Tudor Revival), souvenir shop standards (cuckoo clocks and beer steins), museums (the home to 6,000 nutcrackers), and most importantly food. German sausages and sauerkraut take up a lot of real estate on restaurant menus and the annual Oktoberfest draws over 10,000 people. While a great destination to wander, shop, and marvel at the North Cascade range and Wenatchee River, it’s not necessarily a place I’d expect to be a haven for the meat-free crowd. But this little alpine hamlet surprised me. Pleasantly. Continue Reading →

A round black plate with a strawberry rhubarb tart

August 16, 2017
by Kristine

A Vegetarian in Vancouver BC: The Acorn Restaurant

I recently started binge watching The Great British Baking Show. Now in my third season, with each episode I find I’m continually smitten. The shine has not worn off. But this post isn’t about baking, and it isn’t about British things. It’s actually about Canada. If you’re a regular reader of this blog you know I recently traveled to Vancouver BC and treated myself to a sort of 2-day plant-based eating spree. It was as wonderful as I hoped it would be and it spawned at least two restaurant review posts. My first detailed my remarkably good vegan breakfast platter at Bandidas Taqueria, and my second is today’s post about The Acorn Restaurant. Continue Reading →

August 2, 2017
by Kristine

Missionary Chocolates: A Vegetarian’s Review

Everybody likes a treat once in a while. Even dietitians. Even health-conscious eaters. Even vegans. Even everybody. So I’m grateful whenever I find treats for the alternate diet crowd that are super delicious. Today I’m highlighting Missionary Chocolates from Portland, Oregon. They’re vegan (which works great for the dairy-free crowd) and gluten-free. And chocolate! Continue Reading →