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Vegan Chocolate Review and Giveaway!

Now, you may have seen Vegan Chocolate, hmm…  just about everywhere in the last couple of months! Chocolate Queen Fran Costigan and amazing photographer Kate Lewis have created this magical bundle of incredible chocolate recipes; all of which are vegan. If you don’t like chocolate, I suggest you click away, like pronto. ‘Cause it is about to get rich, sweet and cocoa-y up in here.

I was lucky enough to have assisted on the set of Fran’s cookbook trailer, so I got a taste of what was to come before the book was out. I helped make the Sachertorte about three times and never got sick of having a slice after we were done with each one. Seriously, that thing was insane, and I had nearly memorized the recipe by the time it was over because it is very easy to make.

After I got my copy of what I would like to call “the Vegan Chocolate Bible”, I flipped through the pages carefully, deciding on what I wanted to make and what would be fun for the holidays. When I saw the recipe for Chocolate Vodka, I knew that I would FOR SURE make it. Hopefully my pseudo-mother-in-law and my own mother aren’t reading this, because they are each getting a bottle as part of their Christmas gifts.

Next, I found the recipe for Graham Crackers and saw just how easy they were to make. Bingo! That was my second recipe and honestly, it was really hard to save them up for a couple of days so that  I could coat them with the Chocolate Olive Oil Glaze. You want to talk about easy? How about two ingredients (with an optional third) to make an awesome chocolate glaze that you can dip anything in? Yes, freakin’ please.

I feel as though I may dunk my way into insanity, trying to find awesome things to coat in chocolate and serve to people. At least I’m a giver, right? ;) Speaking of giving, ’tis the season and I’m hosting a giveaway for one copy of Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts! Oh, you lucky readers, you.

Happy Holidays, and good luck! <3

 
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Disclaimer: This book was sent to me for reviewing, I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are honest and my own. There are affiliate links in this post, buying through these helps me to keep this blog going! Thank you, for everything. :)

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Vegan Cuts Snack Box Review + Gift Ideas!

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Obviously, there are a lot of holidays happening this month. So, I thought that now would be a great time to review Vegan Cuts Snack Box! I’ve done this once before, many moons ago; but the season of giving is upon us and this subscription makes for a fantastic gift. I’m going to cover some things that I’ve gotten in the last few months, as opposed to one box, and I hope that it gives you an idea of how awesome these are.

stash tea cup cat

Plus, I’ve eaten many items that I didn’t have a chance to photograph before devouring. Oopsies! Before I get down to specifics, let me tell you some general info about these Snack Boxes. Vegan Cuts offers these as a monthly subscription box, meaning you get one delicious box of snacks every month. You can cancel your subscription at any time, although I’m not sure why you’d want to!

hummus snack box

Some of my favorite items from the last couple of boxes have been the Black Pepper Snap Pea Crisps (which had a label misprint, by the company), the huge container of Go Veggie! Vegan Parmesan, and seriously, I fell in love with Michy’s Pumpkin Eater Cookie. After eating some of those Snap Pea crisps on my drive to Lake Havasu, I bought another bag of them THE SAME DAY. My dad was even a fan of them (that says a lot). The Stash Tea has been perfect for the cooler weather, here.

raw rev coconut bar

The variety of snacks in these bags is pretty fantastic, and I certainly think that it’s worth the price. There is almost always a bag of chippy-goodness, different brands, etc.; while the rest of the items range from sweet treats to raw bars to cool condiments and samples of pancake mixes. I definitely can’t forget to mention the coupons that come with it; one month there was a coupon for a free, full-sized bottle of Califia Non-dairy milk! That’s an extra 4-5 dollar value, and it keeps shipping costs down for us.

Over all, I’m super happy with this monthly snack delivery, and it’s something that I look forward to each month. Vegan Cuts also has a pretty incredible Beauty Box that showcases cruelty-free, vegan beauty products. Finding vegan snacks is one thing, but finding high quality, vegan beauty products is a feat in itself. I find that box super helpful!Vegan Cuts Beauty Box Review

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Here are some other great gift ideas for the Holidays!

Keep someone you love warm, with this adorable pullover from Herbivore Clothing:

Photo: Herbivore Clothing

This Bare Bones Body Care Kit would be great for pampering after the holidays (Plus, it’s on sale at Vegan Cuts!):

Image: Bare Bones/Vegan Cuts

Maybe make something from Joni Newman’s book Vegan Food Gifts!

Image: Amazon

Or a jar for Nutritional Yeast? I mean, COME ON!

Image: Etsy

Lastly, check out this cool list of stocking stuffers from Vegangela!

Image: Vegangela

Full Disclosure: I received these snack boxes for free, because I am the photographer for Vegan Cuts. There are affiliate links in this post. This means that if you order through my link, I get a small percentage. This helps me to keep this blog going! All opinions are honest and my own. :)

 

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Pretzel Dogs of the Dead & A Giveaway!

One book that I am really excited to have received is Bake and Destroy: Good Food for Bad Vegans by Natalie Slater. This book is totally badass! Not only are there enticing pictures taken by Celine Steen, there are awesome doodles by Betty Turbo and super clever recipe titles. Oh and the foreword is by CM Punk. Uh, WHAT?! So many levels of awesome here.

Bake & Destroy

I felt like this book got me, as a person. My mom on the other hand, did not share in my excitement about the fun drawings and radical recipe titles. Party pooper! Or I’m just a nerd, either way, I don’t really care; I’m just stoked to have this book in my possession! My only regret, at this point, is that I didn’t have more time to make recipes from it before heading out-of-town last week. As some of you may have seen on my Instagram I am in Michigan for two weeks, visiting family and what-have-you. :)

But, the recipe that I did try was definitely a winner. I can’t even remember the last time I had a pretzel dog, and I have to say, I was a little apprehensive about making these. After looking at the ingredients and directions, though, they seemed easy enough; and they totally were. One weird thing was that I halved the dough recipe because I didn’t have enough flour on hand for the full version of 6-8 pretzel dogs, but I still ended up with 6 pretzel dogs. Maybe I just didn’t use enough dough on each one? I’ll probably never know.

What I do know is that I will be making these again, and that I get to share the recipe with you! You can also check out other recipes from the book by looking at her blog tour list. OH, and to top it all off, you can enter to win a copy of your own in the widget at the end of this post!

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An Ode to Summer Comfort Food

Today, I have something a little different to share with you. No, not a delectable recipe, but something just as drool-worthy. I was fortunate enough to be invited to a special Pop-up dinner this past weekend, hosted by Lane Gold, author of Vegan Junk Food. Thankfully, I stayed off of Instagram long enough to be surprised by the food that was served to us; otherwise, I would have seen all of the spoilers that Lane was posting!

I brought the always fun Eva, of Dirty Rotten Vegan, as my date; plus, I knew a few other of the dinner-goers, such as Brian Patton and his wife, Jennifer Chen, and Laura Hooper Beck. As a whole we enjoyed meaningful talks, lots of cheers-ing and even more laughs; more importantly, the food was amazing.

Lane’s mission with this pop-up, this first one being named “An Ode to Summer Comfort Food”, is to hold intimate vegan meals throughout the LA area. Now, the series is named the Vegan Dining Club, or #vegandiningclub on any and all social media. She has shared with us that the next installment will be brunch-based (!!!) and at a cool venue in Echo Park (if I’m remembering that correctly). I can’t wait to go to the next one!

This dinner was held in a very eclectic building, functioning as a community art gallery when not being used to serve food. It’s a small building with spray paint all over it, a kitchen as one half of it, the dining room/gallery as the other half. The location was pretty random, but I absolutely loved it.

I’m glad that I brought my “nice” camera out to shoot some photos, although the lighting was a tad unforgiving, which my excuse for not having the best pictures. ;) Without getting too wordy about the food, I’ll briefly describe the dishes. Just know that all of it was tremendous and you could tell that there was a lot of love and effort put in to each dish.

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