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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Vegan Food Swap – July 2012

I stole most of JC’s vegan food swap last month. I’m just going to admit it. I hadn’t intended to, but it happened. That and due to travelling to Edmonton July-August, I wasn’t even going to participate in the swap this month. But, last minute partner switches needed to happen, so voila, JC and I are the immediate fall back to any swap problems. JC & I sent a swap to Katie over at Not Your Parent’s Granola (again), and JC (and I – unofficially) received an awesome swap from Amanda at Vegan Sweet Tart. How did I steal it? Well… for one, I got the mail first. But it all started with the Salty Pepper Somersaults Amanda sent us. I ate just one… it was the gateway cracker, and I wanted to keep them all for myself. They are pretty darn delicious. I took a picture, because I knew where it was going.

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Vegan Food Swap Reveal – June 2012

This month my partner in vegan food swappery was Jodi from Simply Fresh. She sent me several delightful local Ottawa products and I really enjoyed getting introduced to them. So what was in the box: Michael’s Dolce Jam Orange & Ginger Jam Major Craig’s Chutney Classic Caribbean Chutney Kawalsa Salsa Smokey Spicy Salsa (not shown) Siren Bakery Granola Maple Pecan Granola I thought it was pretty cool that these were all companies/individuals that Jodi had spoken to on her website before. It’s nice to sort of “meet” the companies behind the products in both eating them, and learning a bit more about them beyond the usual corporate/web presence. JC finished the Kawalsa Salsa before I  could really get a decent picture of it. It had such interesting flavours, and totally demonstrated truth in labelling since this “Smokey Spicy Salsa” was so smokey, and so deliciously spicy. Thanks Jodi! You can read about what she received from the Vegan Cookbook Afiacianado on the Simply Fresh blog here. Join us for the next one, sign up for the Vegan Food Swap. Now for the test case of a link share. Vegan food swappers – please share your links! I’m going to experiment with different services, and this month it’s InLinkz. Please let me know what you think.  

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