There we are listed at the 3:00 demo!
A weekend or two ago I headed down to Bethlehem PA for the Bethlehem VegFest with Dianne from VeggieGirl. We were asked to do a cooking demo which I wrote about HERE. The demo was only a 1/2 hour long so we did some walking around, shopping and eating! I really wanted to eat at the Jenny Kuali’s stand but unfortunately they had a bit of an accident that involved the fire department and sending a few people to the hospital! Good news is that everyone involved is going to be ok. They are very vegan friendly and I might just plan another day trip to Bethlehem to have a meal at their restaurant.
I ended up getting the PA Dutch Brown Bag Lunch from the V-lish stand. The brown bag lunch had a Faux Tuna with Beet Slaw sandwich on homemade bread, Dutch Potato-Onion Soup and a Debbie’s Kitchen Fresh Oatmeal Cookie. The whole meal was great. The faux tuna was a standard mashed chickpea salad. The beet slaw added something special to the common vegan sandwich. The soup was delicious but not what I really needed on what was turning into a warm day. The oatmeal cookie however was outstanding. I wish I bought a few extra to take home. I had other desserts to take home though!
Vegan Treats had their own HUGE stand at the VegFest! I have alway’s wanted to drive to the Vegan Treats bakery and have never done it so I was more then excited to finally be trying their desserts, although I’m sure I’ve had one or two while eating at a restaurant in NYC. You could smell the sugar from at least 10 feet away from the tent and then when you entered the tent you were easily overwhelmed by the sweet sugar smell. I didn’t mind one bit though! We headed over to their table later in the day after our demo and it was quite picked through but they seemed to have everything in stock still.
I was so happy to see cannoli’s on the table! I ordered 2 of them just for myself since my husband doesn’t like them. I also took home the biggest whoopie pie I’ve ever seen and Vegan Treats famous Peanut Butter Bomb.
I’ve been wanting a Peanut Butter Bomb for years now. My husband and I shared it while watching Breaking Bad the next night and it was everything I thought it would be. I’m at the same time sad and happy that I don’t live close to the Vegan Treats Bakery. If I lived close by I would be there all the time! It would not be good! I am looking forward though to next years Bethlehem VegFest with the hopes that the Vegan Treats tent will be back!
A few weeks ago I finally had a chance to eat at Sprig and Vine in New Hope, PA. I’ve been wanting to eat here for years and was so excited to finally being going. What was even more exciting was our dining companions. My blogging BFF Dianne from Veggiegirl and her husband, Lydia and Mauro who blog at From A to Vegan and Jaime K from Save The Kales along with her boyfriend. It was fabulous seeing everyone again over delicious food.
We went on a Sunday morning for Brunch. I started off by ordering a Beet Lemonade. After my first sip I vowed to make this myself at home. The ratio of beet juice to lemonade was perfect. It also wasn’t overly sweet. I drink a lot of lemonade over the warmer months and I always water it down. The color was also stunning.
My husband and I split a side of Roasted Potatoes to go along our respective meals. At first I thought we should each order our own but this plate of potatoes turned out to be just enough and they really hit the spot.
Now to my entree. I checked out the menu before we left our house and knew exactly what I was going to get. Fried Oyster Mushrooms with Biscuits and Cashew-Herb Gravy! I could eat Biscuits and Gravy for almost every meal. Add fried oyster mushrooms to that and that’s my favorite meal for life! It was amazing. Creamy herbed gravy. Fluffy biscuits. Breaded and fried oyster mushrooms. Perfection.
Bloggers on a bridge between 2 states
(Jaime K, Dianne and Myself)
After our meal a few us walked around New Hope, PA and across the bridge into Lamberville, NJ. It was really a wonderful day and I’m looking forward to going back soon and eating off of Sprig and Vines Dinner menu. I’ll definitely being saving room for dessert!
My wrestling match last night with an uncooperative pizza dough was my daughters gain for lunch today. I don’t know what was going on with me and that dough that was meant for dinner last night but it did not want to stretch at all! I was able to rip off small pieces of it and shape it semi properly but that wouldn’t have worked out for us with dinner last night. So I made 4 approx 4 inch pizza’s for Reno’s lunch! Topped them with a nut free pesto and finely grated some Follow Your Heart vegan mozzarella cheese. I have to say that cheese ain’t 1/2 bad. As you know I don’t like Daiya so I bought some of the Follow Your Heart cheese for Reno’s birthday party where I made pizza’s. It was very well received by Daiya dislikers!
I packed 2 of the 4 pizza’s for todays lunch with some grapes, more dried apricots, pretzels and 1 not 2 chocolate chocolate covered pretzels. Not shown is a reusable bottle of water.
Some news on my end. If you happen to be going to the Bethlehem VegFest in PA tomorrow me and Dianne over at VeggieGirl will be doing a cooking demo together. We will be making seitan or tempeh tacos with a chipotle aioli. Samples will be available. Come up and say hi to us!
Back To School Lunch
I actually love packing a lunch for my daughter every day for school. Its something I look forward too. The best part about it is knowing she will eat more at school then she will at home. She’s definitely a healthier kid during the school year!
Today was her first day back at school. She’s a 1st grader now and will be eating in the cafeteria for the first time. It will be a different experience for her. I’m just hoping she doesn’t lose her lunchbox.
I gave her free reign on what to have for lunch on the first day. She went very vegan* and chose a Bagel with Earth Balance and Nooch! She also wanted dried apricots, which was weird since she usually doesn’t eat them, corn chips, pineapple and ONE dark chocolate covered pretzel. She could have had two but was adamant that she only wanted one. The only thing she wanted that she didn’t get was Gatorade. She got water instead. I might give her some watered down Gatorade next week or maybe on gym class days. I’d much rather her bring coconut water with her, which she like a lot. A family member gave her Gatorade once and she’s obsessed now. I’ll break her off of it!