Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Almond Dream Lil' Dreamers

Being so impressed with the Rice Dream Bites, I've made it a point not to overlook the "Dream" brand as I have in the past. My next conquest is Almond Dream Lil' Dreamers. I've always had mad love for ice cream sandwiches, so I was hoping they wouldn't disappoint. There is just something special about ice cream sandwiches to me.

They're delicious! My first impression was that they're very rich. The cookie part was nice and soft and the almond ice cream was a pleasant surprise. I wouldn't mind more Almond Dream stuff in the future. Lil' Dreamers are obviously small, which is good if you want a quick dessert. But a word of warning, you're gonna eat the whole box. So if you love ice cream sandwiches like I do, then pick up some Almond Dream Lil' Dreamers!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Trader Joe's Vegan Chips Galore!

The thing I love about Trader Joe's is that you never know what you are going to find. On a recent trip I found three bags of chips that had the magical "V" on the packaging. It seems a lot of Trader Joe's products are seasonal, so get them while you can. Let's see what I found!

Trader Joe's Popped Potato Chips are a nice light potato chip. I'm going to take a huge guess and say they are basically Popchips. I found them to be a decent dipping chip but great out of the bag, too.

Pita Puffs are cute little puffed pita chips. Thin and light, they kind of melt in your mouth. There's not much to them but they sure are tasty! Great for soups and chili.

Whoa! When I picked up these Rice & Bean Chips I really didn't think I would like them. I saw that they were Vegan so I felt obligated to buy them. When I finally had a chance to try them I was blown away. I guess it must be the power of Adzuki because I ate the bag in one sitting. They are a tad salty but I think they are delicious.

So three thumbs up for Trader Joe's Vegan Chips!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Laziest Vegans Top Ten Asks Laura Beck

Laura Beck is the spitfire behind Vegansaurus, the Bay Area based Vegan super blog. When she's not running the streets with the magical pink dinosaur, Laura also writes for VegNews, The Huffington Post and SF Weekly. I was honored to meet Laura last month at Vida Vegan Con where she gave the opening address. It goes without saying that she is super nice in person and I can't wait to visit her the next time I go to see my beloved Oakland A's. So now I bring you the one and only Laura Beck!

What is your favorite store-bought veggie burger?
Boca burgers are pretty much my first, my last, my everything. The new Gardein burger tastes JUST like a bb, it's true.

What is you favorite frozen dinner?
Amy's frozen breakfast burrito topped with guacamole and salsa.

What is your favorite ice cream?
So Delicious Coconut Turtle Trails.

What is your favorite chip or cracker?
Kettle Brand Tias in Salsa Picante. They're vegan Doritos!!

What is your favorite cereal?
Kix and/or Wheatabix. I say and/or because they're really good mixed up with some frozen berries and almond milk. I'm fancy.

What is your favorite candy?
I'm recently into Sjaak's Eli bars. HOLY CRAP, they are magical. They taste like good quality versions of delicious junky candy bars. Also, I love those boom CHOCO boom rice milk bars
because they taste like really cheap waxy milk chocolate, and I used to love that stuff. Screw Godiva, get me a Palmer's Chocolate Easter Bunny and I'm in heaven. If someone makes a vegan version of that, I will buy a million. Or at least ten.

What is your favorite cookie?
I love Liz Lovely everything, because you're eating cookie dough but it's in cookie form! Genius! I also love Eat Pastry cookie dough in all flavors, and the vegan chocolate chip cookies at Trader Joe's. I think they're actually Uncle Eddie's maybe?? Anyway, they taste like chewy Chips Ahoy. So good!

What three pre-packaged food items would you take to a desert island?
It really depends on where the island is and if they have fruit bearing trees and kale sprouting from the sand and shit. Okay, probably not. If I could REALLY choose, I'd take veganized Twinkies, Ho Ho's, and Ding Dong's. I am not going down skinny! Since that's probably cheating, I'll say Follow Your Heart Mozzarella (I really like that stuff, not to melt, but to cut up and eat on crackers, so good!), Uh, I guess crackers then, probably Dr. Krackers, and... Nacheez. It's my current infatuation.

Name a product you would like Veganized?
I'd love to be able to go to Denny's and get pie. Preferably Coconut Cream or Lemon Meringue, but I'd be happy with pretty much any kind... just to have pie availability at 3 a.m. would be the best ever.

What are your favorite local and/or online stores for Vegan products?
Rainbow Grocery, Berkeley Bowl, Whole Foods, Food Fight Grocery, and Vegan Essentials. And Natural Candy Store! CANDY.

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

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Amy's Vegan Margherita Pizza

A couple weeks ago Amy's contacted me to try one of their new pizzas. As you can imagine, I freaked out and did a robot dance. When I started this silly blog over a year ago I never imagined that I would get the chance to try something before it actually came out. And this isn't just some minor modification, this pizza has a brand new crust and is sporting Daiya cheeze. So did Amy's pull it off? Let's take a look!

The first thing I noticed is that the Daiya is sparse. I think that was a wise decision because I feel the Daiya taste can overpower the rest of the toppings. The sweet sauce and basil really popped for me. I feel like I've had this pizza before and I really can't put my finger on it. Almost like Fazoli's pizza, which I miss immensely. The crust is puffy and moist, way different then the Roasted Vegetable Pizza. So the bottom line is that I have a new favorite pizza. It's going to win you over, even you Daiya haters! It's the pizza Vegans have always wanted but didn't think they would get. I hope it comes out soon because I'm already fiendin'.


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