Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Salem MA Restaurant Review



Last week we were able to spend the day on Boston's Northshore. This area runs along the coastline and includes Salem, Gloucester, Rockport, etc. I think we tried to cram too much into one day. Nonetheless, it was beautiful and we'd love to go back (maybe for an entire weekend next time)!

So we started in Salem....





Beautiful place and not overly crowded on a Sunday morning. Before we went I did my research on vegan restaurants. I found one that is not entirely vegan, but it was some of the best food I've ever had!

LIFE ALIVE!





The inside was so colorful! We went on the early side, so there weren't too many people in there yet. I ordered the Goddess demi-bowl (after I ate it, I wished I'd gotten the larger bowl):

I got the sprouted legumes instead of tofu. Awesome ginger sauce covering carrots, beets, broccoli, kale, and brown rice. It was the most amazing food ever!! I could eat that dish everyday. Now I must try to replicate it. Hmmm.....

S ordered the Warrior Salad, also delicious:

...topped with hummus and tofu!

I also ordered the Jive Alive juice, which was very ginger-heavy. Good, but it was burning my throat a bit.

The place is maybe 95% vegan. They have a few items that are not....not sure why. Doesn't matter to me....I WILL BE BACK!

If you're interested, they also have beer on tap and kombucha.


After Salem, we continued on to Halibut Point:


Then to Rockport (which was outrageously packed with tourists):


And lastly, Gloucester!


I had the urge to see the ocean......and so we did!

Have you been to the Northshore? What's your favorite part?

Eat smart,
T.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Matcha Green Tea Latte

In yesterday's post, I said I wanted to try a green tea latte. So.....here it is!


I used the Kiss Me Organics matcha powder for this.

Matcha Green Tea Latte:

Boil about 1/4 cup water. 
Add 1 tsp matcha powder to cup.
Add the boiling water to the cup and whisk until green tea is dissolved.
Add about 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup frothed non-dairy milk.
Sweetener to taste (optional)

Here, you can see the tea powder with the water before I added the soymilk:


I think, technically, you're supposed to use a bamboo whisk, but I didn't have one.

When I first tasted it, it was a bit grainy. You should wait a minute for things to settle at the bottom of the cup before drinking. After the 1st minute, no more graininess! I didn't add sweetener, but I might try it next time for a dessert-like drink.

See yesterday's post if you want to enter to win this matcha powder!


Eat smart,
T.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder Giveaway

I haven't had a giveaway in a while.....I also haven't been posting as much since we've moved to the North East. I DO update my facebook page though, if you'd like to keep up with me there. I will try to do more posting on the blog. You can help by reminding me on my facebook page!!

(photo from KissMeOrganics)


Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder

Why is it good for you?

It is very high in antioxidants (EGCG).
It contains L-Theanine which induces relaxation without drowsiness.
It increases energy levels, lasting up to 6 hours, but without the nervousness or jitters of other kinds of caffeine.
And it tastes great!

I recently got a bag of matcha powder, so I decided to try it in a few recipes. 


(photo from KissMeOrganics)

I was a bit freaked out at first when I saw this on the bag:



.....so I smelled.....slowly.....but it smelled great! Very grassy and refreshing. Phew. 


A nice color.....not ultra bright, but not nearly as dull as it looks in this picture either. (ok, I need to start taking pictures with my real camera again)


(don't you love the green color??)


They were absolutely delicious....a really nice, strong green tea flavor. Unfortunately, they were pretty gooey and had to be refrigerated for quite a while before I could get squares out of them. If you love green tea, I highly recommend making these with the matcha powder!

I wanted to make a green tea latte, but I'd already had enough coffee today. So I will maybe make some tomorrow and let you know how it turns out!

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Today I made this Matcha Morning Loaf:




You can see the "mashed banana" in it. That's ok, it tastes delicious. The green tea flavor isn't as strong in these, but still there. And it's quite tasty. Nice with a cup of coffee. (you can get double the caffeine!) It took a while to bake (about 35 minutes), but very worth it. I'll make this again, perhaps with a little extra matcha powder added and pureeing the banana first. 



I love this matcha powder! It is CULINARY grade, which is how it is labeled right on the package, so it's great in baking. I will test it out with a latte and let you know how that tastes! 

I've never had or used matcha powder before, so this was a first for me. I've always liked green tea. It's great to know that it (matcha) won't give you the caffeine jitters, like coffee!

Now for the GIVEAWAY!!

Enter to win a 4 oz bag of Kiss Me Organics Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder:

This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only.
The winner will receive a coupon code to cover the purchase on Amazon, and will be refunded the shipping cost (if there is any). 

GOOD LUCK!

Share this giveaway on Facebook via this link (links to the product on Amazon).

PS-this is my first time trying Rafflecopter for the giveaway...I apologize in advance if something goes wrong. 

Feel free to follow my blog! The more followers I have, the more chances I'll have to do giveaways and reviews! (I lost several followers when I switched URL's, unfortunately)

Eat smart,
T.

(disclosure: I was given a 4 oz bag of this matcha powder by Kiss Me Organics for a review. However, I asked them to do a giveaway as well, so one of my readers could try it too)

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.