April 22, 2014

Four Seasons Vail

A couple of weeks ago, Heath and I visited Vail, CO with some good friends. It was my first time there, and I loved it. The air was so refreshing and crisp. 




We had a bite at the Four Seasons and their White Bean Hummus with crudités and lavosh was so lovely. The crudités were so simple, but when stacked, they looked amazing. It was also super tasty - seasoned perfectly. It's made me want to start making my own hummus.


April 20, 2014

TCBY

During a layover a couple of weeks ago at the Denver Airport, I finally got to try Silk's vegan frozen yogurt at TCBY. It's vanilla almond flavored, and there are lots of great topping options, including fresh strawberries, which I chose. 

Now, if only Pinkberry would also offer a vegan option.



Van Leeuwen Vegan Flavors

Van Leeuwen has started making vegan ice cream, in incredible flavors. 

The Mint Chocolate Chip is pretty awesome, and I cannot wait to try all of the other flavors. Sicilian Pistachio, Coffee Crunch, Dark Chocolate, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk, Salted Caramel + Banana Nut. 



Candle Cafe West Follow Up

This weekend at Candle Cafe West, I tried a couple of new-to-me dishes.

The Tempeh and Vegetable Empanadas are a new Spring menu addition and they're seriously delicious. They're served with a tomatillo sauce, pico de gallo and fresh radish.


The Cajun Tempeh Sandwich with avocado, red onion, kale and chipotle aioli has been on the menu for some time, but it was my first time partaking. It is definitely one of my favorites. The tempeh is so crispy and melts into the avocado. 


April 1, 2014

Final thoughts on Vegan Shop Up

A few more highlights from Vegan Shop Up...

If you get a chance to visit Pine Box Rock Shop, where it's held every month, the empanadas are amazing. I believe they're from V Spot


How beautiful is this veggie sushi from Beyond Sushi?


I didn't get to try the hot dogs from Yeah Dawg, but they looked incredible. 


And of course Cinnamon Snail was there. Mmmm...Creme Brûlée Doughnuts. 


March 30, 2014

Chickpea Vegan Quarterly

I came across Chickpea at my recent trip to Vegan Shop Up. It's filled with recipes, gorgeous photography, and loads of inspiration. 



Recipes for Lavender Shortbread, Pickled Ramps, Vegan Meringue, Vanilla Bean Marshmallows, and Gluten-free Cakes, to name a few. 

They've also got some amazing recipes for homemade body scrubs. 






I am so thrilled that a vegan magazine of this caliber exists. 

March 25, 2014

Cake Thieves

I also had a really great Mac + Cheese from Cake Thieves at Vegan Shop Up.

Creamy and cheesy, it was delicious. 

Their baked goods looked insanely good, but having already purchased macarons and chocolates, I was trying to refrain from more sweets. 


March 24, 2014

Heirloom Eatery

The Big Mac Slider from Heirloom Eatery was definitely a highlight from the Vegan Shop Up

The burger was very burger-y, not of the black bean variety. The lettuce, tomato and red onion were so fresh and crunchy. The bun was so soft and lovely. And the cheese and special sauce both just added so much flavor and ooey gooeyness. 

A slider is the perfect size for this. With all the toppings, it was somewhere between a slider size and a full size. 

It was so tasty and delicious. 



March 17, 2014

Sweet Maresa Follow Up

More from the Vegan Shop Up.

Ok, so I've posted about Sweet Maresa macarons before, but...

I had them mailed to me, froze them, unfroze them, and waited a day or two until I tried them. (I ordered them early for Thanksgiving and waited for my vegan family to arrive to try them). 

This time I tried them fresh, and oh my god, what a difference. 

These were so incredible. The texture is amazing, I had never had a macaron before, so it was a pretty new texture to me. And who wouldn't be drawn to this color combination? 



Mmmm...I should have ordered at least a dozen more. 



Lagusta's Luscious

I have several posts coming this week from the Vegan Shop Up on Saturday. Big Mac sliders, mac and cheese, English cream eggs + macarons...

It was my first time trying Lagusta's Luscious chocolates and I was blown away by the creamy, salty goodness. 

First, a Smoky Corn on the Cob bar with sage, sea salt, pepper, and paprika. This is really such a flavorful bar, the sea salt really pops. 



And second, the English Cream Egg. The filling is great, but the chocolate is so so good. It's what really stood out to me. And the portion size is much more appropriate (when compare to the Cadbury egg). 



I loved these treats so much, I will definitely be ordering more chocolates soon. I'm dying to try the caramels.