Lazy Vegan Friday – Vegan Eggnog Research

On a recent visit to the USA we picked up a whole bunch of soy/coconut/almond based nogs. Here in Ontario we have two varieties to choose from, and both are made by the Earth’s Own group of soy and almond milk companies – So Nice and Almond Fresh. Once upon a time there was a pretty nice third nog option called Vitasoy Holly Nog, but as I learned recently on their facebook page (“I’m afraid that all VitaSoy products in Canada have been discontinued.”) so I wont be seeing that product here anymore. In the USA, things are a little bit different. There are several varieties. You want coconut nog, or almond nog, or soy nog? You got it. There is also the choice of different brands and different flavours of “holiday beverages”. When I walked into the Whole Foods Market in Cleveland Heights this is what I saw right after entering: Welcome to Vegan Nog Town, population me. On To The Tasting. Califia Farms Holiday Nog Silk Soy Milk Seasonal Nog So Delicious Nog Coconut Milk So Nice Noel Nog Bonus Holiday Beverages: So Delicious Pumpkin Spice So Delicious Mint Chocolate “Research” Method* for Part One. (*please note: not actually scientific) I used four identical 300 ml glasses. Each carton or bottle was shaken vigorously before being measured. I measured out about 250ml of test nog and poured it in its own glass I took one sip from each glass. I rinsed my mouth with fresh water, and drank some…

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The Toronto Coffee Conspiracy – Manic Coffee, Crema Coffee and Mercury Espresso Bar

So I was going to start out by saying, I’ve never been much of a coffee drinker, but I have and will likely always be a coffee drinker on one level or another. I’m just in denial about it. Lately, I’ve been actively going to the independent coffee places in Toronto. I loved going to Transcend, Remedy and Credo Coffee (especially on Farmer’s Market Day!) in Edmonton, because they had that nice relaxed indie atmosphere, one that Starbucks isn’t ever going to have (where they train you the appropriate way to order a cup of whatever) and the friendliness that Second Cup always seems to lack (at least in my experience.) So I’ve been missing it, and while I can’t help but love those damnable veganized Frappachino’s from Starbucks on a hot hot day (even though I’m trying not to), it was time to start supporting some of great local places. Especially since Toronto has quite a selection to choose from. I started out at Manic Coffee (426 College Street, You have to options for getting here, but they’re going to involve a street car) on Wednesday afternoon, because someone suggested we meet there for a coffee. It’s right across the street from Sneaky Dee’s and I’ve seen it all the time, but never stopped in. Well, I’m glad I did. I felt very technologically advanced getting a cup of coffee brewed with the Clover brewing system (which I’ve only seen at Transcend previously) with the El Salvador: Los Inmortales…

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