vegan & vegetarian (mis)adventures in food

Let me be clear, the Conscious Box might be perfect for some. If you’re an avid coffee drinker, have kids, live in a commune, and/or doubt the scientific method, it might be exactly what you’re looking for, because unlike the Vegan Cuts snack box it doesn’t exclusively focus on food, and also comes in a non vegetarian variety (which did include a supplement with fish oils, hence why I switched to the vegan one).
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Poo-free Day 2

Ok…so I read some more blogs and found out that you’re supposed to baking soda more the roots, and apple cider the tips…my hair is now fluffy at the bottom and kind of greasy on top. I think I am going to apple cider the top next time.

Day 1 of ‘No Poo’

After reading a bunch of stuff talking about how shampoo is actually worse for thick, curly hair (it’s a detergent, etc etc see link), I’ve finally decided to give it a try.

Even if I weren’t eco-obsessed and cheap as hell, I’ve become gradually convinced that shampoo isn’t that good for me. For one, when I dropped from using Head & Shoulders every other day to something like once a week, my dandruff got way better. And for the past few months, I’ve been cutting back conditioner use—went from daily to maybe twice a week. Yes, it was gross and my head got kind of greasy in between, but I’m anticipating way fewer problems with this.

So, anyway, Day 1. Dropped into the pool for a bit. Added ~1tbsp baking soda to a spray bottle of water (I’m not sure why none of the links I found recommend using spray bottles, I found it hella convenient), and then ~1tbsp of apple cider vinegar to a second spray bottle. If you’re wondering about the approximations…look at the recipes on this blog. I have a problem.

I sprayed my hair a shit-ton with the baking soda and slightly less with the vinegar (not a fan of the smell) and, right now, it feels awesome. We’ll see how things go.


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After seeing a picture of these red velvet brownies I had to try making them. I mean, first I spent the inevitable week thinking about them, but that’s a side effect of full time work. And, okay, nunchaku. Read the rest of this entry »

Avanti Natural Inc

I couldn’t find the website listed o the spice packets for them, so I’m thinking maybe they don’t exist anymore… but better late than never, right? Anyway, there is definitely still the cafe in Costa Mesa, if you’re out there. Read the rest of this entry »

Hail Seitan

I love seitan.

I have no idea whether or not it accurately represents some sort of meat, and that’s fine. It’s great as a food by itself, and that’s what I care about. The first time I had it was “Mongolian BBQ Seitan” at some small restaurant in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, and it was perfect for what it was supposed to be. Read the rest of this entry »