A Final TILT for Vegan MoFo – Things I Loved – Soup, Salads, and Pumpkins.

I’ve enjoyed looking through all the posts and thoughts and recipes throughout Vegan MoFo, having all the blogs collected together on Feedly has been pretty great, and while I’m still (STILL) lamenting the loss of Google Reader, feedly does a decent job of aggregating RSS feeds, and I like that it’s integrated with a bunch of other services I like to use. I woke up feeling terrible this morning, I had to scrape myself out of the bed cocoon I had created with pillows, and try to get in motion, because I tend to follow one of Newton’s law’s of motion, this one especially:¬†An object that is at rest will stay at rest unless an external force acts upon it. Even sitting up makes a huge difference in how I’m feeling, and I feel better when I’m moving around, than when I’m laying in one place being miserable. But it was tough. JC was kind enough to pick up some ginger, and then chopped it up, and boiled it in a pot of water, with some slippery elm bark blended beefree honee, and a splash of cayenne in an attempt at shortening the duration of these crummy feelings. Also, I realize it’s not Thursday right now, but it was when I started! ūüôā Any other hot tips? What do you do to feel better?¬†(other than make samosa soup?) On with the Vegan MoFo TILT I’ve done three other VeganMoFo TILTS, and you can see them here: first week, second week,‚Ķ

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Things I Love Thursday: Vegan Mofo Edition 3

Three weeks of Vegan Mofo already? Kind of, at the very least it’s the third Thursday of the month and my third time trying to do a round up of all my favourite posts from the week. A bit of a complication with veganmofo this month (cue my excuses) is that¬†we¬†are in the USA for ExpoEast this weekend, &¬†spent yesterday in Washington, DC walking around to every museum we could find (beware: there are a lot of museums in DC). Lately, I feel extra terrible at blogging when I’m not at home. And I`ve only recently figured out the reason. It’s the keyboard. I really love my desk top keyboard. It’s a relatively heavy,¬†clicky, Razer¬†mechanical keyboard made for gaming, so for me, every keystroke is really satisfying. It feels good to type. And I’m not alone in this love for mechanical keyboards, there is even a whole subreddit dedicated to it, and this life hacker article is a great intro to why someone might prefer such a keyboard. The more I’m away from home, the more I realize just how much I miss my green keyboard monster. Soon though, soon we will be reunited, and that’s good. Because I have a lot more travel posts to write, and a whole bunch of work to do. I also just want to say – I love Washington DC. I love the Smithsonian Institution museums and galleries. I love them even more, because I can go to any or all of them for‚Ķ

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Things I Love Thursday – Vegan MoFo Edition 2

Back again with the random things that caught my eye since last Thursday. Though I still really like checking in with all the blogs I posted on last week’s list, there is so much more, and there is so much more than is on this list, but while I read pretty fast, I’m sure I’ve missed a whole bunch of gems out there. We’ve made a slightly modified (more peaches!) version of this peach pie smoothie from Connoisserurus Veg about three or four times since¬†I¬†spotted it. Recipes This Vegan Mock Chopped Liver spread¬†from Triumph Wellness. I can imagine this would be perfect on bagels, or anything really, and I’ve been dreaming of baking bagels the moment it started getting cooler outside. Soon the bagelling will begin, probably for post-Yom Kippur break fast next month. Muggle Pumpkin Juice Smoothies from Dumbledore’s Vegan Army. Last year, for my birthday we travelled a bit in the southern USA, as part of that trip we went to the Universal Studios park and visited Hogwarts… and they had this pumpkin juice…. If you’ve had the pumpkin juice you would understand. It’s so delicious. So delicious. So I want to try this, because I’m a muggle, and I like pumpkin juice. Also, it’s pumpkin time. JC’s youngest sisters¬†loves the Nightmare Before Christmas.¬†So I had to share this perfect for fall¬†Jack Skellington’s Spicy Pumpkin-Soup (in german) – translate to English. (I’m also getting really excited for fall.) Spicy Vegan Chex Mex¬†from House Vegan. Because snacks. if you‚Ķ

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Things I Love Thursday – Vegan MoFo Edition 1

Sure sure, it’s been only a few days of Vegan MoFo. How do I have things I love already? Easy. Vegan Mofo is pretty incredible, with so many wonderful vegan bloggers coming together to share all their different stories and recipes and reviews and hot tips and whatever. Like I said in my intro, I wanted to use my usual Things I Love Thursday post to share some of my favourite posts and themes of the week. I love travelling, and we went to New Orleans in December, so I’m loving the posts from Laughfrodesiac, especially focusing on New Orleans (this week) and a new theme and location every week. Mary’s Test Kitchen – An entire month of Vegan Cultured Cheese WITH video.¬†¬†Yes, an entire month of vegan cultured cheese videos. Amazing. A 10 year old lifelong vegan’s blog – Peace, Love, Be Vegan – her theme is “How This Kid Gets Protein” but frankly, I’m just really jazzed to see a young vegan blogger, and what she’s eating. Dumbledore’s Vegan Army is back this year for VeganMoFo!!! Vegan twists on classic foods from the World of Harry Potter (and some tips on vegan stuff at The Wizardly¬†World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios!!!) (how many more exclamation points can I add to this?) Tofu Mom is doing a month of Gravy. GRAVY people. Vegan, obviously. And then I saw this amazing looking biscuit recipe on Vegan Heritage Press from Zsu Dever’s¬†Everyday Vegan Eats¬†which looks like it would be amazing‚Ķ

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Things I Love Thursday. Oh The Places You’ll Go

JC and I have just come back from driving around North America for around 7 weeks, and I’m full of feelings of gratitude and awe at having such a wonderful opportunity this summer, and trying to take stock of all the incredible things and places and people we’ve had the privilege to¬†visit. When we started planning our trip, I titled our shared Google doc – “Oh the Places You’ll Go, ” and¬†19,000 km later,¬†we sure did.¬†I feel a little more aware of the diverse and unique beauty and history that’s all over our continent and the parts of it we’ve been able to see so far. I’m looking forward to seeing¬†more in the future, but what we’ve seen so far, has been pretty wonderful. So we’ve travelled from Toronto, to Chicago, then north through Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota, across through the¬†colourful Canadian prairies, including a stop at Riding Mountain National Park, east west across Canada to Alberta, through the yellow, green, and tan fields stretching through¬†Manitoba and Saskatchewan. We went south through an International Peace Park (a collaboration of Glacier National Park in USA and Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada), and kept going through Montana and Wyoming (Yellowstone National Park), barely a stop in Idaho (I didn’t even buy any potatoes), delicious food and huge temples in Utah, a hacker convention in Nevada, blending together our love of natural beauty, history, delicious vegan food, and ridiculous/awesome random delightful nerdery along the way. We explored several beautiful mountain ranges‚Ķ

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Things I Love Thursday – On the Road

JC and I have embarked on a grand road trip. So far we’ve been through Michigan, Indiana, & Illinois. Eventually today we’ll be hitting Wisconsin and Minnesota. Travelling is always exciting,¬†but travelling by land has always offered more of an experience for me. With flying there are huge sections that you never ever see, when you drive or take the bus you get to see things whether you care to see them or not. I’m hoping to share stories about camping in Michigan and exploring¬†Chicago very soon, but for now, please keep in touch on facebook¬†or instagram. We’re having a great time!

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The Toronto Vegan 100 – My Grand Total: 80(so far)

Toronto‚Äôs Vegan 100 is a curated list of some of the unbelievable vegan dishes suggested by discerning local vegans who shared their favourite dishes, memorable meals and unforgettable finds put together by Lisa from Vegan Culinary Crusade While I might not agree with absolutely all of these items as the best that Toronto has to offer, I think it’s a great list and a great way to start your vegan explorations in the city. I remember doing the Portland Vegan 100 a few years ago, and I really liked it, so I asked Lisa if she’d be cool with the same kind of repost. Here’s how the PDX Vegan 100 worked: 1) Copy this list into your own blog, facebook or website, including these instructions. 2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten. (Like this) 3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating (or wouldn’t eat again). (Like This) 4) Link your post back to the original. 5) Pass it on! Here it goes. Toronto’s Vegan 100 1.¬†Apiecalypse Now‚Äôs Chili Mac n‚Äô Cheese 2.¬†Apiecalypse Now‚Äôs Dunkeroos 3.¬†Apiecalypse Now‚Äôs Pulled Not Pork 4.¬†The Atlantic¬†Vegan Tasting Menu 5.¬†Bahn Mi Boys‚Äô Tofu Tacos 6.¬†Bello Bio‚Äôs Tiramisu 7.¬†Belmonte Raw‚Äôs Peanut Butter Chocolate Thimble 8.¬†Belmonte Raw‚Äôs Strength Juice 9.¬†The Beet‚Äôs Grilled Cheese with Apple Butter (with Daiya) 10.¬†The Beet‚Äės Vegan Mac n‚Äô Cheese 11.¬†The Bickford Flexitarian‚Äôs Fried Vegg Sandwich 12.¬†Boreal Gelato‚Äės Strawberry Sorbetto (as an aside, do try the vegan salted caramel gelato from these folks) 13.¬†Buddha‚Äôs Vegetarian‚Äės General Tao‚Äôs Chicken 14.¬†Bunner‚Äôs¬†Cinnamon Buns‚Ķ

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Vegan Pop Up, Lunch, Health, & other Things I Love Thursday

There are a few things I’m grateful for this week. Supportive friends, sunshine, a really good batch of cold brew coffee, that all three of my cats are getting along (sort of), the house is covered in lush green ivy, and the garden JC and I have worked on has turned our first growing season in our new home into a really nice verdant and cozy space. The most incredible thing for me is that I took a picture of the house before I left for Edmonton a couple of weeks ago, and when I arrived back in Toronto I was surprised by the beautiful wall of green outside. 100 in 1 Day Toronto Tomorrow is 100 in 1 Toronto, which is an incredible event where people gather together, decide to make something happen, and take up space doing it. Click the above image to find out more about 100 in 1 Day Toronto Vegan Pop Up There is a Vegan Pop Up coming up on June 15th, and I’m happy to be involved in it. There is this incredible amount of excitement at having everything come together, and it’s only just under ten days away. We’ve got a really fabulous combination of little vegan businesses and some more well known folks – there will be¬†a couple of vegan and/or¬†animal focused local organizations attending, and proceeds from admission tickets are going to support a farm sanctuary (Cedar Row). We’ll have an¬†animal care item¬†donation box for All Creatures Rescue and a‚Ķ

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Lazy Vegan Fish Friday – Gardein’s Fishless Filets

Gardein Fishless Filets

After last the lazy vegan Friday post about Gardein’s Breakfast Sandwiches, one of you wonderful readers were kind enough to tell me where I could find Gardein’s Fishless Filets (thanks Dan!) After my attempts to find it at Essence of Life were fauxfishless. So this weekend we took a little trip up to Fiesta Farms, a great independent grocery store at Christie & Essex Street, with lots of plant-based options, and checked out the freezer section. They had the Fishless Filets, and I filled up my basket. As a courtesy to other people – I did not take all of them, but I was tempted. After trying them at this year’s ExpoWest, I had some idea of what to expect from this product, but everything tastes a little different when you make it at home, so I was interested in seeing how it would translate when a non-gardein rep (me) was making them. Upon opening the package, there are six pieces of fishless filets, and, although they’re frozen, they look golden and brown already (but a little too hard to eat). I followed the baking instructions the three times I’ve made them so far, with positive results. I find for ultimate laziness, it’s best to only do one step, rather than the microwave + pan frying step. It only takes around a half an hour which is fast enough for me, though it’s nice to have options. So what did I think? I’ve loved this product at first bite, so‚Ķ

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Things I Love Thursday – Cats, Having the Right Name on Envelopes, Zevia, etc.

I’ve been having a very good week this week. And probably last week too. It’s one of those weeks where things are going so great, and I felt so positive and optimistic, that I simultaneously felt myself bracing for something bad to happen. So, yesterday, something sort of bad did happen. Our newest rescue cat, Marmie, escaped from our front door.¬†We’ve had Marmie in our house since sometime in October, before JC and I got married. Initially she was feral, initially we were just fostering her briefly¬†for a friend, initially we weren’t sure if she would be sticking around. But at some point along the way, she warmed up to us, and we warmed up to her, so the arrangement became more permanent. So now, yesterday she escaped for the second time. And this time all blame was firmly planted on me, which might be worse than feeling mad at someone else. I hadn’t locked the door & the wind blew the door open, Marmie took her chance, and left before I could do anything. I spent at least an hour afterwards beating myself up over it. It was one of those terrible cycles of should haves and would haves that aren’t constructive at all, and it wasn’t going to bring Marmie back home to me. Once I realized it wasn’t a very constructive cycle and wasn’t going to solve anything, I shut it down and tried to spend the rest my day as normally as possible. On the bright‚Ķ

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