Vegan Food Swap from Jill at Vegan Cuts

Earlier last month I received my vegan food swap for November from Jill over at Vegan Cuts It was FULL of great stuff and samples from other products. The thing I like about when I see people getting swaps from Jill is that I think it would probably be really easy for her to just throw in a bunch of samples and call it a day, but she does a full regular swap AND still throws in a bunch of samples. Boom. Delicious. So what was in the box for me? Just to name a few: Irish Moss from Upaya Naturals. I’ve been curious about trying this stuff for a while so it was really neat to actually have it in my possession.  Irish Moss can be used for a variety of different purposes, but especially as a thickening/gelling agent. Viana Jumbo Veggie Snack Sausage Viana is an organic product company that we met at the Vegetarian Food Festival this year. We had already tried these snack sausages before, and bought a few dips/spreads. Would eat again! Bixby Bar – Whippersnapper Bar So yummy. Organic dark chocolate, wild Maine blueberries, walnuts, tellicherry pepper. Delicious. I also reached out to them to find out if they would fit on the Food Empowerment Projects Chocolate list. They seem to be holding themselves to a high standard where ethics comes into play, but I’ll be interested to find out more from them! Organic Fiber Bar™ Fiber Bars This was actually really good! I don’t really…

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July Vegan Food Swap – Thanks Jamie!

I’m at a conference where using the internet seems like a terrible idea (for security reasons), and after having some website trouble, now it’s August 3rd and I’m just posting my awesome vegan food swap from Jamie. (Also check out her site for some seriously awesome photos.) Please pardon any typos, I’m posting from my phone and will fix them (if any) when I get back to Toronto. We picked up the glorious little box from the post office shortly before leaving to go to Las Vegas, and I ripped it open immediately. Good things do come in small packages. Jamie sent me a few great things from Edmonton, Alberta, some of which I was familiar with before (since… you know, I’m also from Edmonton…) So as part of my parcel she sent me a huge pack of coconut flakes, which will be used up for smoky coconut once I get back home (She was also kind enough to include a recipe,) She sent a long a container of the Chocolate Doctors Chocolate Ambrosia – which I’ve bought before from the Edmonton City Centre Farmers Market. I haven’t cracked open this jar yet, but I know I’m going to take my time. I’ve eaten it before and loved it… by the spoonful. There were several teas – and some I haven’t tried yet which I like a lot ANNNND Jamie also included a bunch of vials of perfume type stuff mostly from One Hand Washes the Other (OHWTO)- I’m not…

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May Vegan Food Swap from the Antique Appetite

Another month, another lovely swap, this time from the Antique Appetite, aka Jessica. So, funny story, I had matched Ms. Antique Appetite up to receive a package from Devon, and I had matched myself to send to Devon, and since we live in the tiny city of Toronto, we all ended up meeting up to exchange our swaps. Fine, this story isn’t funny at all, you just had to be there. I met Devon at Sadie’s Diner and Juice Bar to do the exchange. Sadie`s delicious grapefruit juice also happens to be totally perfect on a hot day, so win, win. Jessica is a few buildings over, we wandered over, and exchange treats again. Devon brought a cute pink box, with a bow, the swap I gave her was in a brown bloom cookie co paper bag. Devon wins. Jessica also wins, because the bag she gave me was covered in polka dots (anyone that’s seen me in the last few weeks has probably noticed a dot trend.) I went home to gleefully look at the contents of my present. Inside I found:

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April Vegan Food Swap – Happy 1st Swapaversary from Jackie at the Short Stack Foodie

It’s been 1 year since the little food swap that could started up. I’ve been introduced to so many awesome and lovely people, bloggers, vegans, and foodies all over Canada. I know that people have started up blogs because of the swap, they’ve made friends, and real life connections because of the swap, and I love it. It runs on participation, and keeps going because of lovely vegans and veg-curious folks taking time every month to find vegan treats for someone that might be a complete stranger. I love the connections that keep happening, and I hope they just keep growing. One thing that I’d like to really push for for this year in Vegan Food Swap is more participation from areas that might not be major centers. We’ve got people from a few small towns, but I know there are vegans in almost every community, and I’d love to see them participate too. The thing I learned when living in Saskatoon (admittedly, not a truly small community, but still – at the time it was less vegan friendly than it is now) is that you can find completely plant-based awesomeness everywhere. it might not have “vegan” stamped on it, but there it is – at farmers markets, and corner stores, and in your own kitchen. If you live in a small town, or feel isolated as a vegan in your community, please reach out, and/or join in. Honestly, it can be tough being “the only one” and I can…

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Vegan Food Swap – December – Thank you to Ms One Small Vegan.

Last month I received and sent a vegan food swap to Sasha of One Small Vegan. I enjoy her blog a lot because she’s always cooking something up, and it’s inspiring. I haven’t been cooking or baking as much as I’d like to, so it’s nice to see some encouraging and delicious treats on a regular basis. After been whisked away to (not-so)far away lands for my birthday, I had to wait until I got back to Toronto to finally open up my swap pack from Sasha, and then upon coming back from our trip, I immediately caught the flu and wasn’t in much of a position to write anything about anything. So now I’m catching up.

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Vegan Food Swap – November – Thank you for the LPK Treats and please support local businesses

This month I was matched up with Carrie from 30×30, like me, she lives in Toronto. And like me, when I get someone local to my city, I wonder… what the heck should I sent them. She opted to send me stuff from her side of town, which I appreciated, because I never really get out there as often as I might like to. Even more appreciated is that she sent me treats from the soon-to-be-closing LPK’s Culinary Groove. Lesia and the people at LPK founded the business on certified organic, fairly/horizontally traded ingredients, and certified local/sustainable ingredients whenever possible, and were conscious of their choices, environmental impact, and causes they supported. I loved seeing them at events and farmers markets, because it usually meant that I had something to eat (like when they were one of the few vegan/vegetarian food options at the Green Living Show…) And I want to take this opportunity to share part of Lesia’s post on her blog (please read the rest of it) that I found especially essential to read, and take to heart. Please consider taking some extra time when it comes to making food choices, by really becoming aware of who and where your food comes from. Just because something is made from “natural” ingredients, what does that actually mean? Is it really better to have something that travelled halfway across the world rather than choosing something which was grown or produced right here in our own back yard? Shop at local, organic farmers’ markets,…

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August 2012 – Vegan Food Swap! From Sarina at Earthgiven

The Lovely Sarina at Earthgiven sent me my swap last month and it was full of lovely awesomeness. Oddly enough I haven’t had absolutely everything (since the keto thing has made that difficult, but the stuff I did have, I ate within two days of receipt. In that small world Ontario vegan kind of way, I almost had the opportunity to meet her on a recently trip to Kitchener-Waterloo, but unfortunately our availabilities just didn’t mesh well! Maybe next time! I have found her blog really interesting to read ever since she started it just a few months ago. It’s such a great balance food related information, recipes, and food reviews, and just generally has a super nice writing style. I love the idea of “Vegan City Homesteading” and her exploration of vegan self sufficiency and self/community reliance. Check it out! Also, please look at this card. See those initials SJW? Sarina seems to have painted this, and made a print out of it (maybe?) And she totally didn’t even mention it. So pretty right? So what was in her package to me?

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