Sunday, April 29, 2012

Trader Joe's Chile Mango Fruit Floes

Just another average shopping trip to Trader Joe's revealed a hidden gem I knew nothing about, the Chile Mango Fruit Floes. My first reaction was, "What the hell are those?" and then, of course,  I bought them. Fruit floe doesn't really register with me, but I figured they were some kind of frozen concoction. Well basically it's a popsicle, with a kick!
I open the box and see that it's popsicle-shaped, so that's a good sign. I take my first bite and get the sweet hint of mango and then BOOM, the kick of chile! I'm not accustomed to spicy sweets so this is a whole new world to me. Terry Hope Romero just happens to be in town and she loved them. Apparently, these are similar to Mexican paletas. I had to give it a minute or two for my farmer's palate, but now I'm totally on team spicy. A spicy mango vacation in your mouth!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Laziest Vegans Top Ten Asks Elizabeth Castoria

This month, I'm going to the streets of San Francisco (not really, I wish!) to ask VegNews Managing Editor Elizabeth Castoria what her favorite Vegan convenience foods are. You probably recognize Elizabeth from the front pages of your VegNews, where she writes the Editor's Note every issue. When she isn't busy editing the magazine, Elizabeth is blogging from Cafe VegNews where she reports and takes pics of  her lunch (along with the rest of the VegNews staff). So her love of  food is well publicized, but do you know what her favorite ice cream is?

What is your favorite store-bought veggie burger?
I'm not a big burger eater, but the Gardein Ultimate Beefless Burger is pretty danged great.

What is your favorite frozen dinner?
Amy's Indian Spinach Tofu Wrap is ridiculous.

What is your favorite ice cream?
A) It's really awesome that there are enough phenomenal vegan ice creams for this to be a hard question—we no longer have to resort to Mocha Mix!
B) Shoot, it's a really hard question! Coconut Bliss Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge. Bam.

What is your favorite chip or cracker?
It's a tie between Beanfields Nacho Bean and Rice Chips and Kettle Tias! in Salsa Picante. But also, Wheat Thins.

What is your favorite cereal?
Cap'n Crunch. Or, if I'm trying to pretend like sugar doesn't exist, Quaker Oatmeal Squares.

What is your favorite candy?
Right now, it's Chocolate Decadence's Chocolate Pretzel Bar.

What is your favorite cookie?
I could eat Liz Lovely cookies until I died of cookie.

What three pre-packaged food items would you take to a desert island?
Gardein's Chick'n Tenders, Peanut Butter & Co.'s Cinnamon Raisin Swirl, and CalNaturale's Svelte drinks (especially the Cappuccino flavor, but really, I'll take whatever's on hand. On the island.)

Name a product you would like Veganized?
Brie. By the truckload.

What are your favorite local and/or online stores for Vegan products?
In SF, we are super-spoiled to have Rainbow Grocery. It's a freaking wonderland of delight.

And that concludes The Laziest Vegans Top Ten. Thanks Elizabeth!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Obsessive Confection Disorder Easter 'Veggs'

Today is Easter and, yes, I've done Easter candy posts for the past two years (2012 and 2011), but I have just one more left in me. Obsessive Confection Disorder has come up with an adorable candy assortment inside an unused egg carton. Inside the 'Veggs' carton you'll find six caramels (two vanilla, two lavender and two agave lime), six pieces of WTFudge and two salted caramel lollis.

What a cute assortment of candy! WTFudge is buttery, chocolaty and delicious, studded with fun crispy stuff like potato chips and rice krispies. It also has pecans and toasted coconut. Somehow all of the flavors really manage to shine through. It's addictive! I've had the caramels a few times now and as always they're rich, creamy, chewy and tasty.

An up close look inside an egg reveals some delicious WTFudge with some caramel on the side.
Thank you to OCD for coming up with innovative and delicious Vegan treats!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Laziest Vegans in the World Cookbook!

For the last three years or so, I have been compiling my favorite Laziest Vegans modifications, tricks and secrets, in the hopes of someday sharing them with the world. It's been my dream to create a new genre of Vegan cooking for us lazies. Well that day is finally here. Ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to present to you, The Laziest Vegans in the World Cookbook!

Over 150 of the laziest recipes that use your favorite Vegan convenience foods in creative new ways! Recipes include Amy's Roasted Vegetable Pizza w/ Frank's Red Hot, Vega One Chocolate Ice Cream, Sweet & Sara Peanut Butter S'more Cereal, Tings Burger, Double Fried Twilight Bar, Upton's Carrot Seitan Sandwich and much, much more!!! Veganism doesn't need to be time-consuming or healthy. Press a button on the microwave and you're minutes away from cooking the easiest, laziest Vegan meals in the world. Fun for the whole family!

Inside you'll find 50 amazing photos by Kelly Peloza that will have you warming up that microwave oven right away. Isa Chandra Moskowitz, gives the foreword of her life, sure to move and inspire the entire laziest vegan population. This amazing book will be available on August 19, which is also my birthday! Pre-order now and you will receive the Kelly Peloza arm wrestling DVD free of charge!

Become part of the Laziest Vegans movement today!

Here's what people are saying about The Laziest Vegans in the World Cookbook:

"Who knew you could microwave a burrito? This book will change your life!" -Isa Chandra Moskowitz, author of Vegan With A Vengeance

"John seamlessly transforms vegan convenience foods into pseudo-gourmet fare that will fool even the most staunch advocate of healthy, whole foods cooking. I had the pleasure of sampling the Amy's Roasted Vegetable Pizza with Frank's Red Hot made artfully by the man himself and can wholeheartedly recommend John's take on the lazy culinary lifestyle. Every vegan and their microwave needs this companion book of genius. Swoon." -Kelly Peloza, author of The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur

"What is this shit?" -Bobby Flay, world famous chef and television personality


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