Sunday, July 27, 2014

Summer Garden

I thought I'd share some pictures of my garden so far this summer. I've been growing chard, lettuce, kale, mizuna, tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers, hot peppers, alpine strawberries, tomatillos, radishes, carrots, beets, peas, garlic, onions, oregano, and basil. (along with a couple of mystery squash type plants that grew from semi-composted seeds)


















We had a few pest problems along the way:

 (we named him bugsy)





We've gotten some great produce thus far!







What are YOU growing in your garden??

Eat smart,
T.


Monday, April 7, 2014

Massachusetts Vegfests

(me at the Worcester Vegfest yesterday!)


The first ever Valley Vegfest was held last weekend in Northampton, MA. It was small, but nice. I'm used to much bigger events, but I'm sure in time this will become much bigger.

Admission was free but there was a donation box. It was held in what looked like the cafeteria of a middle school. Not a huge place. We got there on the later side so we missed most of the speakers. 

The few free samples they had were excellent.  A company I didn't know about, Nuttin Ordinary, had delicious raw, vegan nut cheeses. They were from New Hampshire! There were kale chips to sample and some cool stuff from a local pickling company: Real Pickles.

Some of my favorite restaurants were there: Cafe Evolution and Christine's Bean Sprout. Purchased my favorite cupcakes but didn't see any "real food". I think Cafe Evolution may have had some earlier in the day but we got there too late.

It was a nice first ever vegfest out here and I look forward to a bigger one next year!

 (the cool tote bag I bought at Valley Vegfest)

 (Valley Vegfest stash)

(the school where Valley Vegfest was held)


Yesterday was the Worcester Vegfest!



It was huge. I mean, almost too crowded. We got there just after 11 am, when it started, and there was a huge line out the door all the way down the block. That's a bit much. Lots and lots of vendors, activists, animal sanctuaries, etc. We were starving when we got there, so we got some lunch at one of the vendors right in the front: Loving Hut. Tasty stuff. We continued on down each aisle....by the time we were ready to leave, it was pretty tough walking....squeezing between all the people. It was so crowded, I couldn't even see what some of the tables were selling/advertising! 






We got to taste some pretty good stuff: Treeline nut cheeses, Late July and Way Better chips, Eat Well Embrace Life hummus, Upton's Naturals, some kettle corn, vegan Shakeology, and Posha Green post workout smoothies. 

 (Eat Well Embrace Life hummus stand)

(awesome Treeline nut cheese vendor)

Some amazing vegan baked goods we came across:




....and yes, I purchased one from each (a chocolate donut, brownie, and raspberry filled cake)!

And guess who I saw??? Robert Cheeke!! I was too chik'n to ask for a photo with him :(


Some cool T's:



Vegfest Stash:







My baked good and cheese stash that I purchased at Vegfest:

 (Treeline Nut cheese: scallion and garlic soft cheese)


We had a good time at both Vegfests! Hopefully we'll go again next year! 

Have you been to any vegetarian food festivals recently?

Eat smart,
T.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Restaurant Review: Superfresh Organic Cafe

There's a new vegan restaurant in town.....well, not in my town, but close enough.....called Superfresh Organic Cafe. To be honest, they're not exactly new, but they were much smaller and in a different location before. So I'm going to pretend it's completely new! It is 100% vegan, though they do use some honey.


It has very nice decor inside.....albeit not a huge place. Tall ceilings, wood floors, nice calming colors. They didn't have a sign outside, so it's not obvious that it's there. I did see a hanger for a sign, so perhaps the sign is coming shortly! It's in a great location, right in downtown Brattleboro, VT, near the river, and next to the Food Co-Op.  There's a wonderful view of the big brook out the back windows. It's not a huge place and it only has 2 tables that seat more than 2 people, so plan accordingly.

We walked in and ordered at the counter. They had a limited menu for opening day, but online they've got a pretty extensive menu! To me, it looks like this place is about 80% raw. But they do have some cooked grains, beans, soups, etc. It looks like a super small kitchen there, but I think they've prepared some of the foods (nut cheeses, sauces, etc.) ahead of time, so there's not much to "cook".

I ordered a Green Goddess juice and it was awesome! Cucumber, celery, apple, kale, lemon, and ginger:



Then I got the raw pesto pizza made with a dehydrated crust, pesto, cashew cheeze, greens, tomato, fresh herbs, and brazil-nut parm:


SO GOOD!!!

S ordered a basic wrap in a brown rice tortilla, with a chipotle dipping sauce that was excellent:


My dad ordered the Butternut Squash Bisque, along with a bowl of brown rice, black beans, and veggies, also quite tasty:





My mom ordered a quesadilla, made with Daiya cheese. I think I'll get that next time!


So as you can see, it was all delicious. It's not cheap, but most raw places are not cheap. There were a few desserts on the counter, but I opted out this time. I'm waiting for some vegan and gluten free cupcakes!!

If you live anywhere near Brattleboro, VT, this is definitely worth the trip! I'll be going back, even though I live an hour from there (a great place to meet up with my parents!)

(entry/order area, overlooking the brook)


They also have a facebook page!

Eat smart,
T.