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 →
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 →
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 →