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

Our Best Vegan Thanksgiving Yet

Usually we have 2 family Thanksgivings, one with my partner’s family and one with mine. This year though, we only had one dinner (with my family) that was sandwiched between visiting his family and then some of my extended family. It was a full day to say the least.

We did most of our food prep on Wednesday, while dancing and singing to some 90’s alternative (nostalgia) and tunes from our regular rotation. Since we weren’t cooking for 2 dinners and we simplified our menu in general, it was nice to take our time and enjoy cooking together.

As with last year, about 1/2 of us at the table partook in the vegan Thanksgiving food and the other half had the turkey and nonvegan stuffing plus some of the vegan food.

The rundown:amuse buche

We started with an amuse bouche which was my ginger kuri pudding with granola and pomegranate seeds. Think of it as pumpkin pie but better. Continue reading

Pittsburgh VegFeast

At this time of year when 45 million turkeys are murdered in the name of “giving thanks” (when you figure out a logical explanation for that one, let me know!), my calendar always has room for another vegan Thanksgiving. That’s why I snagged two tickets for Pittsburgh VegFeast, a benefit for Justice for Animals and the Western PA Humane Society that was held on November 21.

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Pittsburgh VegFest Epic Recap 2/2: The Food

If you missed my part one of my VegFest recap all about community, click through here!

Being vegan for so long and living in a city that until semi-recently had limited options for vegans, I’m not used to having choices when dining out. Even now, depending on where I’m at, I might have to settle for a side salad and baked potato, or there will be one or two vegan possible dishes to choose from. So, when I was beckoned by booth after booth of the most amazing vegan food, I didn’t know how to choose!

Some of our spoils

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