Plant-Based Goodness: Getting Slutty Vegan on a Cold Day in Harlem

So….let’s catch up. How did you spend your President’s Day this year? I opted for a little excitement this year, and I wasn’t alone. True Story. Here’s my confessional:

I got a little Slutty on our National Holiday when I heard that Slutty Vegan came to Harlem NYC.

Slutty Vegan, an Atlanta based fast food company specializing in fast, and yummy plant-based foods, held their first pop-up in New York City ever. Their menu places a shining spotlight 100% Vegan versions of the All-American fast-food favorite, the hamburger. It’s irresistible, insatiable, forever side-piece, french fries. I went with an open mind to try something new and exciting and to have a little fun. And I didn’t leave until I had a One Night Stand. No pork, just vegan bacon.

The outstanding pop-up event, held at the Cove Lounge in heart of Harlem, was a kickoff to the larger Slutty Vegan Tour. It will stop at a number of major cities along the East Coast in celebration of the Grand Opening of their new brick and mortar location in Atlanta – 1542 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd.

Back in New York, with lines wrapping around the block for hours. Over 900 people were served a taste of these delicious and satisfying burgers. We came to get the stuff that’s so good we waited in the cold for it!

3 FAST & SLUTTY OPTIONS CAME NEW YORK:

The Fussy Hussy
Impossible Burger patty loaded with pickle, vegan cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, and slutty sauce on a vegan Hawaiian bun.

The Sloppy Toppy
Impossible Burger patty loaded with jalapeños, vegan cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, and slutty sauce on a vegan Hawaiian bun.

The One Night Stand*
Impossible Burger patty loaded with vegan bacon, vegan cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, and slutty sauce on a vegan Hawaiian bun.
*We had a good time together. Now we are on a Down To Fork basis

If you’ve never had an Impossible Burger – you don’t know what you’re missing! If you are steering your diet to be more plant-based right now, start here! The Impossible Burger Patty is made of a proprietary mixture of wheat, potato proteins, coconut oil, and heme. It tastes so much like meat, that you will open your burger, thoroughly examine how beautiful the patty is, whisper sweet devotion while you put it back in the bun and ravish the whole thing.

Founded in 2018 by Pinky Cole in Atlanta Georgia’s West End community, the Slutty Vegan Dream Team started with the purchase of a restaurant-grade food truck. The goal was to provide fresh, top quality prepared vegan comfort foods to an area underserved by flavorful vegan eats. A reminder and benchmark to everyone across the country that plant-based eating can be absolutely delicious and affordable.

The Slutty Vegan tour went on to Baltimore, DC, and Maryland, Greater Georgia, New Orleans, Houston, and will end in Los Angeles at the end of March 2019.

 

Wünder Creamery Nutrient-rich Superdairy

Wünder Creamery Grass Fed Quark: The Nutrient-Rich SuperDairy

When you hear the word Quark, you typically think of particles and science; but we promise the Quark we’re writing about today is something much more edible. The Quark we’re talking about is a nutrient-rich, super-dairy made from a special blend of cultures, Wünder Creamery Grass Fed Quark. And we can tell you, it’s wünderfully delicious!!

Wünder Creamery Nutrient-rich Superdairy

What makes Wünder Creamery Grass Fed Quark so amazing? Thanks to its unique production process and an exclusively sourced special blend of French cultures, Wünder Creamery Grass Fed Quark delivers an extraordinary rich taste and creamy texture. Gone are the days of overly tangy and sour yogurts, plus this yogurt boasts up to 16g of protein and less sugar than leading yogurt brands. Wünder is also high in protein, has less than 5% lactose, contains no starches or gum and is powered by probiotics. It’s gluten-free, has no rBHG, and it’s ph levels is higher than regular yogurts, giving you a distinctively better taste (4.4/4.5 vs. Greek/Skyr’s 3.8/3.9). Since Wünder is fermented for twice as long as Greek yogurt (13 hours vs. 6 hours), it also boasts creamier texture.

Wünder Creamery Grass Fed Quark is available in six varieties: Plain, Coffee, Raspberry, Blueberry, Vanilla & Coconut, and Matcha. After sampling all six flavors, we found ourselves captivated by two, the Vanilla & Coconut, and Matcha. While all six were delicious, these two definitely had us reaching for more. There are so many delicious recipes you can make using the Wünder Creamery Grass Fed Quark flavors. One of our favorites is the Matcha Cheesecake, see the recipe below:

Wünder Creamery Matcha Cheesecake

Cheesecake Filling
3 24-ounce containers Wünder Creamery Plain quark, room temperature
¾ cup granulated sugar
2 Tbsp. matcha powder
2-4 Tbsp. hot water (for creating matcha paste)
2 large eggs, room temperature
Mix matcha powder with hot water to create a paste-like consistency. In a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the quark on medium speed for about 2 minutes, until smooth and fluffy. Add vanilla extract and continue beating on medium speed until smooth. Reduce the speed to very low and drop in 1 egg at a time, making sure each egg is fully incorporated into the batter. Do not overmix.

The Crust
¾ cup graham cracker crumbs
1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
⅛ Tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350˚. Bring a large pot of water (about 6 cups) to a boil. Lightly spray or butter the bottom and sides of a 6-inch springform pan and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, salt, and melted butter. Pour the crust mixture into the springform pan and use the bottom of a measuring cup to press the mixture down into the base, making sure to create an even, smooth layer. Place on the middle rack of oven and bake for 8 minutes or until golden-brown in color. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool slightly.

Wrap the bottom of the springform pan with aluminum foil, allowing for the foil to reach the top of the sides. Press the foil firmly around the pan to make sure it is fitted well (this protects the pan from absorbing the water). Transfer the pan to a 9 x 13-inch baking pan, and pour the boiling water into the large pan, creating a bain-marie. The water should reach about halfway up the sides of the cheesecake.

Carefully transfer the cheesecake to the oven and bake on the middle rack for 1 hour and 15 minutes, until the sides are set and the middle jiggles very slightly. After baking, remove the cheesecake from the water and set on a wire rack to cool for 2 hours. Cover the cheesecake with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 6-12 hours. Release and remove the side of the springform. Slice with a sharp knife, rinsing the knife with warm water before each slice.

Popbar Passion fruit popSorbetto with Vegan Chocolate

You Can Handcraft and Customize Vegan Pops at Popbar NYC

When many people hear the word vegan, the words tasty and delicious don’t usually come to mind. However, we’re here to tell you why you’ll absolutely be using those words and some others to describe these frozen vegan treats. You may remember our delicious WafflePop experience at Popbar NYC, so we had to go back to try the Vegan Pops at Popbar NYC.

All of Popbar’s popSorbettos are vegan and come in wonderfully delicious flavors such as Strawberry, Passion Fruit, Blood Orange, Mixed Berry, Pineapple, and more. Their dark chocolate, caramel chocolate, and mint chocolate dippings are vegan as well. They also boast vegan toppings like sprinkles, crushed hazelnuts, almonds, pistachios, and coconut, so you can customize your vegan pop any way you want. We had the opportunity to do just that, trying three flavors of the vegan pops at Popbar NYC; and as we expected, every bite was divine.

1ST VEGAN POP – Passion Fruit popSorbetto with vegan Dark Chocolate and Chili Powder

Popbar Passion fruit popSorbetto with Vegan Chocolate

First, the Passion Fruit popSorbetto is incredible on its own, the perfect combination of tart and sweet. We decided to get it half dipped in and drizzled with dark chocolate (which is also gluten-free), then topped with some chili powder for a nice kick. I loved this flavor combination, it was an incredibly delicious way to begin this vegan snack.

2ND VEGAN POP – Mixed Berries popSorbetto with vegan Dark Chocolate and Coconut

For the 2nd of our three vegan pops at Popbar, we were inspired by chocolate covered cherries; hence, the Mixed Berries popSorbetto fully dipped in dark chocolate and covered in shredded coconut. It’s hard to believe, especially as this looks so delicious, but this is still an all vegan treat. Needless to say, it went down quickly.

3RD VEGAN POP – Blood Orange popSorbetto with Caramel Chocolate and Chocolate Sprinkles

Popbar Blood Orange popSorbetto with Vegan Chocolate

We definitely had to make room for the third vegan popsicle but it was worth it. We decided to try something a bit different; flavors you wouldn’t think about at first. You will love the sweet citrusy blood orange flavor half dipped in vegan caramel chocolate. The chocolate sprinkles are an added bonus. The flavors don’t overpower each other, they play quite nicely together on your palate.

The best thing about these vegan pops is the fact that they don’t taste vegan at all!! So if your circle is filled with vegans, carnivores, and gluten-free friends, you can all enjoy a delicious Popbar Popsicle handcrafted to your tastes and needs. Happy snacking!

Kumana Avocado Sauce: A Twist From the Ordinary Superfood

The growth rate of avocado’s popularity has been mindblowing. We can’t get enough of it and we’ve seen so many ways we’re enjoying it. We’re happy to introduce you to yet another way to add this delicious and healthy fruit (yes it is a fruit) to your meals. Say hello to Kumana Avocado Sauce, a range of fresh and vibrant avocado sauces that are amazing on just about anything you love eating. These delicious sauces are crafted from veggies and fruits such as avocados, fresh onions, bell peppers, cilantro, garlic and just a splash of white vinegar. Kumana Avocado Sauce adds a punch of flavor to anything you put it on.

The range of Kumana Avocado Sauce is inspired by a beloved Venezuelan staple, traditionally drizzled on grilled meats, sautéed vegetables, and regional sandwiches. Kumana Avocado Sauces are available in three palate awakening flavors:

  1. Be Original: The truest recipe to the Venezuelan avocado sauce that inspired the Kumana line.
  2. Be Mango:  Blended with mango puree which adds a hint of sweetness, much like mango salsa.
  3. Be Hot: Takes a splash of mango and finishes it off with just the right amount of habanero heat.

All three avocado sauces are plant-based, gluten-free, non-GMO verified, has no added sugars, and is the first shelf-stable avocado sauce. Since our love of avocado begun in our childhood, we couldn’t wait to try these sauces. We cooked a wonderful piece of Mahi-Mahi over brown rice and topped it off with the Be Original Avocado Sauce.

The Be Original gave our fish dish a wonderful, slight kick and enhanced the freshness. Next, we tried it with a bit of the Be Sweet and loved the combination of the fruity sweetness of the mango with the savory fish. This was actually our favorite flavor combination. Last but not least, was the Be Hot Avocado Sauce, and although it was really enjoyable, we felt the flavor intensity overpowered our Mahi-Mahi. We think the Be Hot would work amazingly with a more flavorful fish. Next, we did try the Be Hot with chicken the next week with absolutely fantastic results. Whether it’s fried or baked chicken, you’ll love the flavor.

Kumana Avocado Sauce is a great addition to your pantry. Whether you’re a meat eater, vegan, or on a keto diet, this will wow your taste buds. Get all three flavors the Safeway, Acme Supermarkets, Albertsons, and United Supermarkets.

Zatik Naturals Organic Extracts: Here’s to Health and Wellness in 2019

It takes a lot to commit to a healthier lifestyle. Most people don’t get past the three-month marker on their New Year resolutions. Reasons may be time, financial, or just life getting in the way as it tends to. But you can take small steps to a better health and wellness lifestyle in the new year. If you don’t have the time or the budget to go to the gym or buy organic foods, there are steps to a healthier lifestyle. Essential oils and extracts have taken over the wellness and beauty industries in 2018 and there’s no stopping in it in 2019. When we were younger, it was mandatory to take health aids such as castor oil, turmeric, etc, every morning. We thought we’d revisit that old ritual with these organic extracts from Zatik Naturals. We’ve been trying out Zatik Naturals Black Seed Supercritical Liquid and Turmeric Supercritical Liquid; keep reading to get acquainted with both of these wellness wonders below:

Black Seed Supercritical Liquid, 1.0 oz – $24.00 and 6.76 oz – $39.00

A golden-hued, premium quality, cold-pressed Organic Egyptian Black Cumin Seed oil that is highly anti-inflammatory, certified organic, and is created with supercritical CO2 extraction method. (Note: Zatik Naturals uses CO2 extraction to efficiently produce high quality, ultra-concentrated extracts.) We started using this 2 1/2 weeks ago. It’s still a bit early to ascertain benefits (they usually say give anything you try a minimum of 4 weeks to see results), but we do notice a reduction of how many migraines we’ve had. We also find we’re waking up feeling more refreshed and energized (and we’re not morning people).

Turmeric Supercritical Liquid, 1.0 oz, $26.00

Turmeric Supercritical liquid

Turmeric is highly prized for its high nutrient content and its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. The market is currently inundated with Turmeric based products. What makes Zatik Naturals’ Turmeric Supercritical liquid stand out from the rest? Its supercritical form and the fact that is blended with black seed oil. We’re 2 weeks into using this and we have seen a decrease in our migraines. We know with longer use, the benefits to our bodies will increase and we can’t wait to see the other positive ways our bodies react.

All Zatik Naturals ingredients are vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free, soy free, alcohol-free, ph balanced, biodegradable, and certified organic. Every product is made in small, limited batches and also rated clean on the EWG Skin DEEP database.

If you’re looking to jumpstart your wellness journey or just kick it into overdrive, you should definitely get to know these wonderful Zatik Naturals organic extracts.

Perfect Pumpkin Recipes

Perfect Pumpkin Recipes To Use Well After the Fall Season

Pumpkin is a harvest classic and shows up in many iconic fall dishes. But just because pumpkin is frequently used in autumn dishes doesn’t mean you can’t use it later in the year as well. Here are a few ways to make use of this healthy vegetable in baked goods throughout the year, even in some dishes that might not be quite as healthy, but just as delicious. Keep reading for three Pumpkin recipes to enjoy well past the fall season.

Pumpkin Rolls

Pumpkin Roll Photo from Food Network

This take on a dessert classic is perfect for a rich treat the whole family will love. Pumpkin rolls incorporate pumpkin puree into a layer of pumpkin cake, spread with a layer of ice cream, and then rolled to create a swirl in the center of the dessert. It’s great for the holidays, but there’s no reason you can’t indulge in this sweet year-round.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Photo from POPSUGAR

Chocolate chip cookies are a classic dessert that is sure to please every palette. Adding pumpkin and a bit of pumpkin pie spice takes this common cookie jar staple and adds a bit of a harvest flavor to it. Experiment with the spices if you’re not a fan of pumpkin pie to find a combination that’s perfect for your personal tastes.

Pumpkin-Parmesan Biscuits

Pumpkin-Parmesan Biscuits Photo From Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen

Not all pumpkin foods have to be sweet to be utterly delicious. Parmesan can add the perfect savory taste to accompany the pumpkin in this hearty side. The flavor pairing is complex but goes perfectly with the many hearty main dishes of winter.

Before doing any baking with pumpkin, make sure to account for the high water content of this ingredient. Pumpkins are 90 percent water, so be sure to properly prepare your pumpkin ingredients before incorporating into any baked good, or it might throw off the moisture content of your final product.

Even if pumpkin is typically used for fall classics, it can be an excellent ingredient to make use of year-round that adds excellent depth of flavor to many baked goods. What are your thoughts on these Pumpkin recipes? How will you make use of this unique vegetable in your future baking?

Brooklyn Bites Cookie Brittle

Brooklyn Bites Cookie Brittle: Healthy & Delicious Snacks You Will Enjoy

Now that Christmas Eve is over and Santa has gotten his cookies, we hope you saved some for yourself. If you haven’t, we have a great range of cookies for you and your family to indulge this holiday season. As you head out to take advantage of the after Christmas sales, make sure you pick up a bag or two of Brooklyn Bites Cookie Brittle. Available in a nice variety of six delicious flavors, Brooklyn Bites Cookie Brittle, is a healthier yet delicious specialty treat. The only cookie brittle available in the market that is gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free. They are also made without white sugar, eggs, or preservatives. What more can you ask for in a delicious snack?

Made with gluten-free oats instead of white flour, these thin, vegan-friendly cookies are a delicious way to snack. This is especially important if you’ve overindulged this Christmas. Other high-quality ingredients include coconut oil, low-glycemic coconut sugar, and almond milk. Treat yourself to decadent, guilt-free bites of deliciousness like Cinnamon Coffee Cake, Crunchy Creamy Pretzel, Chocolate Nutty Sea Salt, Coco Crispy Rice, Chocolate Lovers Delight, and White Chocolate Brownie (not pictured). Each flavor is 110 calories or less per serving.

Brooklyn Bites Cookie Brittle

The Brooklyn Bites Cookie Brittle was created by mother-and-daughter-duo, Sara Bibi and Barbara Dayan. With one bite, we know you will love this latest launch from this woman-owned, healthy artisan snack and treat company. Trust us when we say you certainly won’t miss the bad ingredients.

The Brooklyn Bites cookie brittle flavors are currently available at several retail locations. These include Wegmans, Fairway Market, Best Market, Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace, Westside Market NYC, 7-Eleven NYC, and more than 150 gourmet and specialty retailers. The cookie brittle will also soon be available at Kings Marketplace, Balducci’s, Shoprite, Giant Eagle, Market District and many more. They are also available on the company’s website for $7.99 for a 6-ounce package.

Bokksu Tasting: An Evening with the Ambassador of Japanese Snacks

During the summer we introduced you to Bokksu, the ultimate foodie’s guide to Japanese snacks and a great gift idea for snack food lovers. Well, we’re back to remind you why it makes such a great gift during the holiday season; and to highlight meeting Bokksu Founder Danny Taing, the Ambassador of Japanese Snacks.

We enjoyed an evening of sushi, sake, and of course Bokksu snacks. We had the delicious opportunity to try some of Bokksu’s exclusive snacks, all of which are not available outside of Japan. It was wonderful to speak with fellow Bokksu fans, some of whom hold unboxing get-togethers, enjoy the variety of wonderful snacks; and meet the man behind the exclusive subscription snack box.

Some of the Japanese snacks we enjoyed include Green Tea Cream Sandwich, an assortment of Foliage Rice Crackers, Edamame Rice Crackers, Matcha Chocolate Covered Azuki Beans, Kinako Mochi, and Olive oil Salt Senbei.

Along with the above-pictured snacks, we also enjoyed exclusive snack reveals from their November and December holiday boxes. These artisan snacks included the White Chocolate Strawberry, the world’s first chocolate-infused strawberry. It is a delectable organic strawberry which has been carefully preserved with and infused with White Chocolate for a delicately tart and sweet confection, unlike anything you have tasted; handmade Apple Hard Candy, and Sweet Potato Langue De Chat.

Last but certainly not least was the Holiday Bokksu “Snow Festival” snack box, a Limited Edition Bokksu x Bento&Co. box featuring Hokkaido delicacies. The Holiday Bokksu is the first to feature a pristine white and gold box, with limited edition gourmet Bento boxes available. Hokkaido, due to its unique climate and agricultural focus, is renowned for its wide variety of gourmet cuisines and artisanal delicacies.

The December Bokksu features innovative new snacks including the Mimosa of Snow White Chocolate and Cheddar Cheese bars, alongside all-star favorite Bokksu classics such as the White Strawberry (pictured above). Delicate melt in your mouth savory snacks includes the Milk Mochi and the Potato Butter Rice Crackers. The Holiday Bokksu also includes their brand new private label Mikon Orange Candy and a warming Hojicha Green Tea Latte pairing from gourmet maker Hoshino. You can purchase the holiday Bokksu as a subscription or by itself.

The Limited Edition Bokksu x Bento&Co. with a collectible Bento box – $79.00
The Classic Bokksu – $39.00 (less with subscription)
Tasting Bokksu – $25.00 (less with subscription)

What do you think of these delicious snack offerings from the Ambassador of Japanese Snacks? Will Bokksu be added to your holiday gift list for the foodies in your life?