Summer Favorites: Pittsburgh VegFest

It’s officially fall, so it’s a great time to reflect on some of the highlights of my summer. It was a memorable one for sure; big changes, healing deeply, more nature than ever before, and the occasional event thrown in there to pump me up.

I’m going to kick off the summer recaps with VegFest which was held on July 30. Last year was the first Pittsburgh VegFest. I was swept up in the amazingness of that day for a long time afterwards, and so I jumped at the chance to be a part of it this year. I had a booth and also did a food demo (check out the recipe here). The day was really wild but also really amazing, and it made for a truly memorable event. Continue reading

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Winter Favorites

I first wrote a draft of this post 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

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

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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