A close up of 9 nutrition bar dough balls

September 13, 2017
by Kristine
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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
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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
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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 →

Bandidas Taqueria Vegan Breakfast

July 19, 2017
by Kristine
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A Vegetarian in Vancouver BC: Bandidas Taqueria

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 →