Monthly Archives: September 2011

Gang Fight! Gang Fight!

I have watched this video a few time more than I care to admit. I thought I’d share and hope you enjoy this on your Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday.

You have to admit, it’s pretty funny, and clearly lip reading doesn’t always work to get the right words.

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Vegan Yarn!

Winter is almost upon us and I can’t help but think of wonderful scarves, mittens and hats. I recently discovered there are vegan yarns! Yes, I am very late in the game on this, but better late than never.

I found a great article that explains a lot of what I didn’t know.

Courtesy of: folktalefibers.blogspot.com

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Savoury Gluten Free Vegan Biscuits

I have to warn you, once you make this recipe, you are going to wish you made it in a bigger pan and that you made double. I have a hard time with gluten free baking, but this time I hit the nail on the head and I guarantee you will be pleased.

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Juicing – Have you Tried it?

I guess I’m late to the party on this one, but I am curious about juicing and have some questions I’m hoping my more knowledgable friends can answer.

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Calcium – are you getting enough?

The other day I was looking at how much calcium is required in a healthy diet and realized I was not getting enough. Okay – this is not good. Especially since as you get older osteoporosis becomes very real. I’m not about to let that happen any time soon.

Image courtesy of: vegparadise.com

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Vegan MoFo 2011 & Air Eater goes Japanese for October!

Such exciting times ahead. I’ve been busying myself with my new project Vegan Bloggers Unite!

 Snazzy logo huh? There are all my skills with Paintbrush! I think it’s simple and I like the font, that’s all I need for now, so I’m not going to be picky.

I also signed up for Vegan MoFo and I’m excited/terrified that I will suck at this, as I’ve decided upon Bento Boxes as my theme. I’ve never made one before, but I figure, “How hard can it be, right?”, that seems to be my motto in life.

 

Guess Air Eater goes Japanese for the month of October. I have already received help on Twitter from pretty awesome Bento ladies and I hope that I’m going to be 1/4 as good. I went to J-Town, a series of shops at 404/Steeles in Toronto.

I bought a bento box, two rice scoop shapers (heart/star) and vegetable shape cutters! Soooo exciting for me. I already have a thing for the Japanese culture and hot dang I am excited.

There were a few things for cutting sausages into cute octopi, but I won’t be using soy sausages, I don’t really like them all that much.

Let’s see what happens!

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Green Beaver Hand Pump Soap

We recently noticed the Kiss My Face bar soap we were using, for every day hand washing, was deteriorating and we had to find a solution. Off to the health store we went and while surveying the hand pump soap section, yes, there was a section; we found Green Beaver’s soap.

 

From previous blog posts, I’ve ranted about how much I like Green Beaver products. Not only are they Canadian, but vegan and gluten free. Perfect.

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Songify: Cat Lover

Oh man, I had to watch this video just to laugh. I can’t get enough of this dumb video. I’m sure you’ve all seen this, but holy cow, I had to share.

I love how fake this is, but it still gets me.

Yes, I am a crazy cat lady.

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What’s going on Air Eater?

Well, things are going on!

1. Concept Branding

 

As my background is (consumer packgaed goods) marketing/event planning and social media, it became apparent that while offering solicited advice to friend’s businesses, that Mat and I ought to go into business for ourselves. We’re offering social media/PR/Event planning marketing for: ethical/vegan/eco friendly/allergen minded companies. There are quite a few out there and we’ve already gained a few clients.

Living as gluten free vegans we actually walk the talk and the market makes sense to us. Thus, Concept Branding was conceived and we hope to grow it enough to be able to help like minded people around the world.

Concept Branding Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/ConceptBranding
Concept Branding Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/ConceptBrandTO

The TO stands for Toronto, someone had already taken the full name, so that’s Twitter for you. Like us and let us know if you or someone you know wants help!

2. Vegan Bloggers Unite!
It occurred to me the Sunday night of the Vegetarian Food Festival that I don’t know of a central place to find vegan bloggers. Sure there are lists, but I want interaction. I decided to start a Twitter account called VeganBlogsUnite https://twitter.com/#!/VeganBlogsUnite

I wanted the name Vegan Bloggers Unite, but again, Twitter doesn’t take that many characters. I have secured a WordPress blog with the name, but I haven’t started anything with it just yet. I’d like to gain a bit of a community first and then run with it. The goal is to have a social place where vegan bloggers can talk freely and find out about each other as well as share recipes etc. Eventually, I’d like to do Tweetups and hopefully others in their respective cities can do the same.

That’s what’s going on social media wise.

OTHER than that, I have a vegan gluten free savoury herbed biscuit recipe going up on Bob’s Red Mill’s site on Sept. 15! That’s pretty exciting for me. I love, love, love this recipe. I hope everyone can make it. The secret is vegan gelatin. Yes! It does exist.

I also will be making an appearance recipe wise on Happy Herbivore’s website as well. I am too excited about that. Lindsay is such a great inspiration to the community and totally a sweet person. I appreciate her being kind enough to let me take on her beer bread recipe and making it a gluten free beer bread. Yes, again, you have to try it to believe it.

Let me know what’s going on with you Air Eaters! I’m a click away. Email me or follow me on Twitter.

Happy eating!

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27th Annual Vegetarian Food Festival – Day 2 #VegTO

As soon as we arrived I headed straight to Bunner’s, I had to get a few more of those pizza pockets. It’s a good thing I did, as they ended up selling out towards the end of the day.

As cheesy as it sounds, I really liked the fake grass, it really helped while walking around and it gave the place a natural feel.

We paid a visit to LPK Culinary Groove and gobbled down their sweet potato soy free, gluten free, vegan donuts rolled in cinnamon sugar.  Too tasty!

It feels like we were just eating our way through the Festival, but it IS a food fair, so I shouldn’t feel so bad.

Right next door, was our lovely friend Seema, she was busy and as she should be! I hope by now everyone knows about her Tiffin delivery service.

For a decent price you don’t have to worry about packing a lunch or cleaning dishes. Click HERE to place an order. If you’re in the downtown Toronto area, I highly suggest trying this service, let me know what you think!

We walked around the booths and talked to the nice person at Nice Shoes, an online vegan shoe store with more from Vancouver.

They had some really cute shoes and boots. I am a fan of Mary Jane style with cute clasps, they had those, plus some Chinese Laundry and other shoe brands. Very chic and decently priced. I love buying from a Canadian vendor. I believe there was no shipping on orders over $100. That’s not hard to do.

Just for signing up for their newsletter they gave me a Hurraw! Lip Gloss stick. Whee! I picked Black Cherry.

Hurraw! products are: raw, gluten free, certified vegan and are kosher. It went on smooth and easy and coloured my lips as well. Very nice. We ordered a few ‘flavours’ online, I’ll probably review them later.

We also visited the coconut man and had a fresh coconut. Last year Mat had one and I finally decided I was going to have one too. This is the same picture I took last year, he really hadn’t changed one bit.

I don’t know why I was hesitant to try it last year. I also ate the inside jelly part, which tasted like a sweet soft pear. Didn’t really expect that flavour. Regardless, it was tasty.

Word to the wise, stand back while the coconut man is hacking away, it gets messy and stuff stars flying.

Afterwards we went inside to visit with Earth Balance.

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We found out the Soy Free Earth Balance is sold in a large format than the small tubs. We tend to go through it quite fast and I don’t know if we can justify an almost foodservice size, but good to know. I’m sure this size format would help vegan bakeries who are trying to avoid soy.

It’s too bad we can’t find the Soy Free Earth Balance in all our grocery stores, it seems the product is only at Whole Foods and smaller health stores. I dream of one day being able to go to a main stream grocery store and picking up EVERYTHING I need. One day this will happen.

So much good food, so many wonderful people and it made me happy to see this type of festival right here in Toronto. I would have driven at least 3 hours for this type of get together, I hope that people within Ontario at least do get a chance to come and visit and see the great vendors that the city attracts.

As the Fair is at the Harbourfront, I did take a picture on the bridge where the boats dock just to break up all the food over load.

It really shows the beauty of the day and who doesn’t love a calm sky.

Hope everyone had a great time at the Festival!

 

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