July 1 is Canada Day. It’s sort of like our 4th of July, celebrating Canada’s “birthday” when three colonies came together to form the country we know today. You’d think, living just a few miles from the U.S./Canada border and having several Canadian friends, that I’d keep up on these things and plan accordingly. Holidays can make life miserable at the border crossings and disrupt travel plans in all sorts of other ways, even though they’re generally considered a time of celebration. Go figure. Continue Reading →
Would you pay $10 for a bottle of deep, rich, intense chocolate sauce? I think you should. Let me tell you why. I’m a devoted fan of flavored balsamic vinegars that I get at my local specialty shop Drizzle Olive Oil and Vinegar Tasting Room. I get the most use out of them via beverages by mixing the tart and tangy flavors like cranberry pear or cara cara orange vanilla with carbonated water for a sweet, low calorie sipper. But I’ve discovered a new way to boost flavor with these unique elixirs: as a topping for ice cream. Continue Reading →
Americans like to spread. Whether it’s sweet or savory, no English muffin or sliced baguette is complete without a slathering of chunky strawberry jam or a 2-inch thick schmear of cream cheese. For the most part spreads aren’t nutritional all-stars though. Butter and margarine are both terrible for different reasons, cream cheese and mayonnaise aren’t much better, and most jams and jellies are more sugar than fruit. (My beloved) Nutella’s first two ingredients are sugar and palm oil, unless you make your own.
So what’s a person to do when faced with a naked cracker or piece of dry toast? Nut butters (peanut, cashew, almond) are pretty fantastic with their protein and fiber and mashed avocado gets an “A” for healthy fats. But I’m always on the lookout for something new to add to my spreadable repertoire and I’ve got a unique one for you today: Mediterranean Tahini Spreads from Sesame Kingdom. Continue Reading →
It’s officially June so I think we can officially start talking about ice cream. In the middle of January, when I’m snuggled on the couch covered in afghans and warm-blooded kitties, frozen treats are the farthest thing from my mind. But in the summer, when it stays light until 9:00 pm and I’ve spent half the day sweating, nothing satisfies like a trip to the ice cream shop.
I’m sure I’ve mentioned my favorite Bellingham destination before: Mallard Ice Cream. They use local, seasonal ingredients and reach out beyond the traditional, familiar flavors when crafting new recipes. One of my very favorite concoctions of theirs is the coconut ice. It’s vegan but it’s thick and creamy on my tongue like “regular” ice cream. Well now I’ve found a shop that sells only vegan ice cream. Leave it to Seattle to have the crowds to support an entirely plant-based ice cream shop: Frankie & Jo’s. We recently traveled southward and joined the hoards of fans waiting to get their hands on one of summer’s customary indulgences. Continue Reading →
I first tasted this non-juice from a juicery four years ago. I was in San Francisco and I passed this little shop. It was starkly white, eye-catching, with all the bottles neatly lined up, in a rainbow of colors: Pressed Juicery. I enjoyed the many vegetable and fruit concoctions but one of my favorites was the Vanilla Coffee. Continue Reading →