Monday, May 6, 2013

The Peaceful Table Podcast

The peaceful table podcast is an radio program, also known as a podcast, which is hosted by my friend Amanda. She is also located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and her last two episodes are about transitioning to a vegan diet; they are chock full of information so I highly recommend you check it out!

http://peacefultable.net

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Vegan Couponing

So I've been going a bit nuts over vegan coupons and whatnot, and while I WAS just using coupons.com, I spent my evening alone to scour the internet for good sources of vegan friendly coupons.

I've even created a Pinterest notebook for this sort of thing!
http://pinterest.com/RawTransition/vegan-coupons/

If you're new to veganism, you may be intimidated by the cost(it's not as bad as it sounds if you go about it smartly). I went vegan when in high school, where my parents bought most of my staples(fresh produce, beans, rice, noodles, sauces, and soy milk) and I'd walk to the local health food store if I had any cash to buy myself treats.
So once I graduated, got a job, and started buying my own foods, I went to a fairly heavily processed vegan diet(NO idea how much I spent on food, but I remember eating a half a gallon of salsa with tortilla chips in one night). I didn't use coupons then. I shudder to think of all the money I wasted, but that wasn't on the forefront of my mind!
Nowadays I limit my food budget(including dining out of the home) to $200/mo and I've stayed pretty well in it. BUT I'm looking to reduce further! Introduce couponing. It wasn't something I really thought to do until fairly recently. My dad gave me the old family scanner/printer(since I store all my documents digitally pretty much, it saves me a LOT of space!), and I found printer ink for really cheap online, so voila! Coupons seem like a no-brainer!


Here's a list of pages not in the Pinterest notebook where you can print off coupons from:

Nasoya: http://www.facebook.com/Nasoya/app_137656902971961
Everyday Minerals: http://www.facebook.com/EverydayMinerals/app_190322544333196
Gardein: http://www.gardein.com/ecoupon.php

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Juice Delicious

There's a restaurant/juice bar that's been in town for a few months that makes fresh juice on the spot!
I remember when I first noticed the sign, I became ecstatic! But when I started looking online for contact info I couldn't find jack squat!
So I drove up to the door and peered inside. It looked empty and abandoned. Sad, I figured they had been there before but must have went out of business, but turns out, they just hadn't opened YET!
I drove by there later on, and noticed the sign was lit!
So I've been going there on rare occasions to treat myself to a fresh juice. Last Tuesday I went in and communicated my needs to one of the owners and she created an amazing vegan friendly sandwich! Avocados, tomatoes, cactus, and a few other veggies!




Sunday, March 17, 2013

Recycling Old Makeup Containers for Vegan Purposes!

So you may be like me, and fairly new to the whole makeup thing, or you may be a die-hard vegan of many years and trying to switch companies. Either way, this is something cool I've done, and you can use this to store things like micro SD cards, try out samples of makeup brands that use leaky containers or those bags.

A friend of mine hooked me up with some old eyeshadows she no longer uses(she tried and didn't like) and I dare say they are bad. Not only are they not vegan, but they are of a super poor calibur! But instead of just tossing those eyeshadow containers and wasting even more stuff, I just washed out the eyeshadow(well trashed the powder itself but cleaned out the metal part) and used it to put in a base to try of a vegan brand! You can use this for toting around an "emergency" kit size of makeup to aid you throughout the day, or store things like little memory cards or other various things of a tiny calibur! 
1. There's your eyeshadow. There it is. Now scoop out that shadow and trash the powder! It's old, it's grimy, you picked up the container at a yardsale for $0.10 just cuz you adored the container!
2. Now wash it and dry it THOROUGHLY! You don't want your makeup sample to get gross, it's difficult to handle!
3. Tap some of the powder in it(I'm trying the base powder from Everyday Minerals, an all vegan company).
4. Press it down(GENTLY) and add more, this particular container took the whole bag once pressed. 
5. Now peel off(or cut out) the original label stating what product that it is, and affix it(tape?) it to the front of the ex-eyeshadow container. Voila! 

I wonder what else you could use these containers for? Putting a little clock inside? A mini-mirror, a photo or collection of keepsakes? A fancy salt if you're too hoity-toity to use tablesalt? A super neat way to pass along notes to a friend like a secret agent? Who knows, but I've shaken the hell out of the container now that I've pressed it down and it's not really doing much, meaning methinks it's fairly secure! <3 br="">

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Graze

A fellow D&D player whom I never in a million years would have been super cool with my veganism messaged me on Facebook the other week, giving me a pitch for something called Graze.

At first I thought he was joking; to my fellow vegan out there, how often have your friends, family, coworkers, and even sometimes your partner, said something along the lines or "You should go outside and graze, or eat grass"?

Well turns out, he wasn't joking, and he shot me a link to this awesome site: https://www.graze.com/us/products

I went to really look into it last night, the mass code he sent me had expired(he got it off a show he listened to) but he was able to send me one of his personal invite codes so I signed up now.

I was able to remove all non-vegan options from my queue, and I'm to expect my first box in 2 weeks. Excited!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

College CousCous

I'm trying to burn my way through this container of couscous and I found a wonderfully yummy way to enjoy it!

Here's a recipe, I did this up on my Galaxy Note 2, isn't it kawaii?!


Now isn't THIS awesome?! This is for half this recipe!
And on the sriracha sauce, yes I'm trying to "burn" through this cous cous :P

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Future Posts

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Viva Espresso

Yesterday morning before a couple of hours of portal hunting and hacking(I play Ingress; Viva La Resistance!) I stopped in Viva Espresso for some tea and a fruit bowl. The whole meal(pictured) was under 5$ and the fruit was really fresh(they must have been imported)! Strawberries, blueberries, mango, pineapple. It was soooo yummy! That said, if you go there for any other meal, it will be a 7$-10$ meal you'll be looking at, but fruit cups are availible all day.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Lombardi's

In my neck of the woods there's two pizza parlours that go by the name Lombardis.
One has 0 even vegetarian options, the other one is super vegan friendly. I'm talking about the latter option of course.

Lombardi's is super close by to the new comic book shop Phoenix Rising Games and Comics, a place my friends and I frequent. As a result, I get hungry but potato chips and sodas won't cut it.

So last night one of my BFFs and I met up at the comic shop, and walked over to the pizza place for dinner.
We got a small 9" pizza, and since we opted to not have cheese, they let us sub in another ingredient(No other pizza place I've been to in the area has let me do that, they charge extra if I want another topping INSTEAD of cheese)!
Of course it was so very very yummy! We shared a small, but it was enough for both of us. I had just come from Jiu-Jitsu, where I ate a Larabar before class and she had a head-cold(hence no cheese for her) so it was plenty to top off both of us.

My Pizza Notes:
The staff there is always friendly, I've been a total of 3 times now and each time they are as lovely as the last.

Their contact info:
http://www.lombardipizza.com/zgrid/proc/site/sitep.jsp
P: (410) 749-0522

Address:
315 Civic Ave (Twilley Centre) Civic Ave. Mt. Hermon Rd. Salisbury, MD 21804

Hours:
Mon - Thurs 11am - 9:30pm
Fri & Sat 11am - 10:30pm
Sunday Noon - 9:00pm


Delivery:
There is a $12 order minimum exclusive of taxes or fees for delivery orders.
Fuel Surcharge: $1.00
Monday - Thursday:
11AM to 2PM
Friday:
11AM to 2PM & 5PM to 10:15PM
Saturday:
5PM to 10:15PM
Sunday: 3:30PM to 9PM

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Vegan on the Western Shore

So today grandma and I drove up to Annapolis to go up to Whole Foods Market. We first went to scarf down some food from the food bar before we went and took care of our grocery shopping.
OMNOMNOM.
I spent soooo much money but got a TON of vegan goodies, along with soaps shampoos toothpaste, etc. , as well as some other things too!
Some awesome foodstuff holding contraptions
I had a blast with my grandma and got some awesome goodies.

While you don't need expensive things or anything from Whole Foods in order to be vegan, it's nice to treat yourself every now and then to goodies. But a trip like this is NOT cheap. I spent about $145 on all the things I bought for myself.

Also, pro-tip from a seasoned Whole Foods travelling veteran: go for boxed goods as opposed to more fresh stuff unless you're buying vegan yogurt or kombucha(not available anywhere near me).
If you can buy it locally, don't buy it up in Annapolis(unless it's small and cheaper, like my toothpaste or a to-go deodorant crystal) transporting cold foods are more difficult and can go bad much faster than things you can buy in a box. Also you can stock up on boxed goods whereas fridge/freezer space is MUCH more finite.