My latest article on Chic Vegan

I’ve been known to spend entire days in the kitchen, tinkering with recipes and creating temporary masterpieces. While I love doing that more than most things, there are still times when I’m all about convenience foods. I like to have things that are quick to make, easy to grab as I run out to an appointment, and budget-friendly so that I can save a little splurge money for pricier groceries like artisanal vegan cheeses and specialty produce like passion fruits and fiddlehead ferns.fast food 1 Continue reading

Winter Favorites

It’s almost embarrassing how long it took me to get this post out; I first wrote a draft of it when I thought spring had arrived. You know: hot sun, flowers blooming, champagne mangoes piled high at the grocery store. Little did I know we still had plenty of below zero temperatures ahead and even snow in our future. Yikes.

Then I again sat down to finish this post smack in the middle some big changes; 2 cities have to share me this summer, but more on that another time. It was solidly in the 60s with a few scorchers in the 80s (for April, 80s definitely qualifies as just that!), and life was all about flowy sundresses, massive green smoothies, smelling and admiring all the flowers that made it through the confused winter, and taking meditative walks by the river with the pup.

Now here we are, and despite a lot of chillier weather recently, yes, spring has returned — for good this time –, and so has my favorites list. Woohoo!

Note: This is not a sponsored post, but simply a sharing of my very favorite things of this month the winter. If I ever feature a sponsored product, it will be clearly stated. Enjoy! Continue reading

Where I Am Now + My Feature in Edible Allegheny

Hi, all!

It’s been pleasantly productive over here with an abundance of fulfilling work being done, but oh how I’ve missed spending time on this blog. I haven’t even written about my word of the year/yearly focus as I did with last years “soften,” which was only the first of three words that fostered my personal evolution in 2015.

While 2015 was centered inward, 2016 has been all about branching out beyond myself. Continue reading

Ethical Chocolate + Writing for Chic Vegan

Hello, friends. I’m here today with a really fun announcement; I am now contributing articles to the website Chic Vegan! I’ve been reading the site for a long time — I even used to receive their (now-defunct) Sunday Spectacular newsletter in my inbox every week. Because of my history as a reader, it’s pretty cool to now be contributing content to the site.

My first article is all about ethical chocolate: what it is, why we should care, and how to make the smartest consumer choices going forward. you can find the article here. Happy reading!

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Yummy Plants turns 5

This past weekend, I attended the birthday celebration for my friend Rebecca Gilbert’s vegan lifestyle website, Yummy Plants, which turned 5.

It was held in a new bar/cafe/music gallery called Mixtape, which in addition to hosting the event provided some of the hors d’oeuvres and created specialty vegan cocktails. And if that doesn’t already sound like the makings of an amazing party, just wait because we’re not done yet; the proceeds benefited some of my favorite animal advocates like Hope Haven Farm Sanctuary, Justice for Animals, and Vegan Pittsburgh. Woohoo!

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Mixtape is a long and narrow space with areas to lounge and standing tables to mingle. I got there after the party had kicked off, and there was a great turnout. Most people were chatting in the front seating area or squeezed in the back near the bar. Continue reading