Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Grocery Haul

Hey everyone! Sorry for my lack of posts lately. It's just been one of those weeks. It was a bit rough but I'm working on pulling myself out of it. I haven't been eating much either so I just haven't had much to share. I did manage to take a few picks of hauls so I am here to share those with you today.

I've heard these cornbread crisps are delicious so I had to give them a try. I also saw that their cauliflower pizza crush is vegan and was really excited to pick it up. I have never made a truly successful cauliflower crust so I'm looking forward to trying this. I also got these little pre-portioned bags of raw almonds to snack on.

In this picture we have some scallions, zucchini noodles (lazy), medjool dates, romaine, cabbage, tomatoes, diced onions (lazy), frozen blueberries and honeycrisp apples.

This is a mini Amazon haul. I wanted to get some vegan probiotics and I decided to try the Soom Chocolate Tahini Spread that I first saw in a post by Bianca to make the shipping worth it. I'm probably going to be trying it on toast with banana tomorrow. I think it'll be amazing in oatmeal as well!

Of course I had to have my Bubble Tea this weekend. I went for the medium because it is really filling but it was delicious as always.

Sorry so short and not really exciting. Hopefully things will improve throughout the week and I'll have some more fun posts for you later this week. 

Hope you are all doing well <3

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Grocery Haul

Hey everyone! I hope you are all well! I know I'm a day late but yesterday was crazy so here we are. Today's post will be short and sweet but I did want to show you my Whole Foods haul from Monday. I rarely go to Whole Foods so I made sure to photograph the haul. I also have a few meals to show you.

Dolmas, carrots, broccoli, 2 Kite Hill Greek Yogurts, sesame tofu, blackberries, avocado and Follow Your Heart Slices (I've heard they are great!).

My favorite gluten free pasta, buckwheat ramen, miso paste, low sodium tamari, primal strips and Alter Eco Dark Quinoa Chocolate.

For breakfast yesterday I tried the Kite Hill Greek Yogurt and a green apple. The yogurt was definitely better than the other version because it wasn't as sweet but it definitely had a strange taste to it that I couldn't quite place. Still waiting for my probiotic pills to get here.

I made a bento box for lunch. This one had sesame tofu, carrots, broccoli and a sliced farmers market pickle. Super delicious.

That's all I have for today. I'll hopefully be back Friday for a Fun Friday Post. I hope that you are all having a great week! <3

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Stuff I Ate and Drank

Hey everyone! I hope that you are all doing well. It's a pretty gray and gloomy day here so I'm just lounging around inside. I'm pretty tired, I haven't been sleeping well the past few days so I'm going to hopefully just relax for the day. I managed to take a few pics of meals and drinks from the week since there were a lot of repeats but I thought it would be fun to share what I have.

This was the result of my meal prep from Monday. I had this meal several times and it was delicious each time. The potatoes got a little extra crispy this time but I like crispy taters.

This was the Potato Leek soup from the Israeli Market with a granny smith apple. The soup was so good you guys. I'm going to have the lentil soup for dinner tonight. 

I was just feeling it again this week. Two meals for like $5-6. Seriously you can beat it.

Friday night I decided to give myself a two hour break from the "noise" of my world (social media, messages, etc.) and just enjoy some "quiet" time to myself. This included a trip to get some bubble tea (this one was free thanks to my rewards card!) and a ride to one of my favorite spots on earth with the best view ever. It was a great two hours and I'm glad that I did it.

After writing about the Salted Caramel Mocha from Starbucks in my Fun Friday post, I decided to go for an iced one the following day. It's so good you guys.

I recently decided that I need to introduce probiotics into my life on a regular basis so I ordered a bottle from Amazon. I figured while I was waiting I would enjoy some of my favorite kombucha to get it all going. I drink a half a bottle at a time and hopefully I'll get my capsules soon. I'll show you which ones I get when they show up.

I also grabbed the new flavor of vegan macarons (which I requested, yay) from Macaron 5 Chic at the farmers market yesterday. These are lemon and they are delicious. I got three so I still have 2 left. She started a new thing too where if you save your packaging and re-use it next time you'll save a dollar off your purchase. I really love this so I'm excited to save my containers!

That's all I have for you today. I hope that you are all enjoying your weekend! I'll see you next week with who knows what :)

Friday, October 6, 2017

Fun Friday: Hello, Fall!

Hey everyone! Look, a Fun Friday post! I've had a major mental block up lately and I've just been completely unable to think of ideas for anything but thankfully Ingrid suggested doing a Fall post and I loved the idea! As you know, fall is my absolute favorite time of the year when I actually try to get out of my house and do things and experience the season. I figured I'd share some of my favorite things about fall that I'm looking forward to most!

Pumpkin Spice (AKA Basic Bitch - the common nickname I hear often and find hilarious) season is upon us. Truthfully, I'm kind of over the whole thing but I think it's funny that they have pumpkin spice EVERYTHING now. I don't miss the pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks (I remember it being so cloyingly sweet) because I've found something better anyway. Although with that said, my friend gifted me with Pumpkin Spice coffee grounds and I'm super excited to try that!

If you are at Starbucks and looking for a delicious vegan treat drink, go for the Salted Caramel Mocha. It's been my favorite for a few years and easy to veganize. Just go for soy or coconut milk, no whipped cream and no caramel drizzle. Honestly, it's so much better than the Pumpkin Spice latte ever was. I haven't had one yet this season but I need to get on it soon!

The one Basic Bitch item that I am going to make a point to make is some Pumpkin Bread. I'm actually hoping to make some on Monday when I have time but we'll see if I get sidetracked as I tend to. Anyway I'm planning on using the recipe that goes along with the gorgeous photo about (linked just below the photo) by Vegan Richa. My favorite add ins are walnuts and chocolate chips. What are yours?

I wasn't able to find the source link for this (it went to Pinterest where I searched and couldn't find it) but if I find it I'll add it in. Anyway, this simple graphic highlights the most wonderful parts of the fall perfectly. The crisp air and sweater weather, heading outside and enjoying the perfect weather and beautiful scenery and fun activities. I've made it a goal to actually go out and have fun this fall and do some fun fall activities with friends and families and by myself if I have to.

One activity I'm hoping to get to is the Haunted House set up at the Sands Point Preserve (the Gold Coast Mansion I wrote about a year or two ago). I am usually too afraid to deal with haunted houses but this one is set up at one of my favorite locations on earth and it is a Dante's Inferno theme so I feel like I need to at least try to get through it. Supposedly it's very scary so hopefully I can get through it. It is only open for a few days at the end of the month so hopefully I won't chicken out by then, ha!

You know I love my bucket lists and this one is pretty awesome and a good comprehensive fall bucket list. I am not interested in everything on the list but I would totally do most of these things. I'm going to hold onto it and see how much of it I can get through. Maybe as I check items off the list I can make future Fun Friday posts out of it :)

Of course the best part of fall is the amazing foliage and scenery. I will never get tired of seeing the leaves change and all of the color. It is amazing. This picture is from West Virginia I think but living in New York almost my entire life I've been treated to some of the most spectacular scenery you can imagine. Maybe I'll try and get some pretty landscape shots to share with you. I have the perfect place in mind ;)

So that's what I have for you today! What are you looking forward to this fall? Have you done anything fun yet or started indulging in delicious fall themed foods and drinks? Let me know in the comments below! Happy Friday and I hope you all enjoy your weekend! I'll be back on Sunday to share some food with you. 


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Grocery Hauls and Meal Prep!

Hey everyone! I hope that you are well and that the rest of your weekend was amazing. I had a nice weekend and was able to enjoy the gorgeous fall weather we have been treated to the last few days. On Sunday I went to Trader Joe's and my mom and I decided to take the trip to the Israeli market and we got some pretty amazing stuff there. I'm excited to share it with you! Yesterday I did some meal prep for the week and I'm looking forward to eating the delicious meals that I have planned. I'm also excited to share them with you later in the week!

I'm so sorry for the terrible picture but here is my Trader Joe's haul! In the back is some new potato snack that they released, sparkling pink lemonade, pumpkin spice (aka basic bitch) almond milk, refried beans, pumpkin puree (basic bitch, hahahaha), vanilla soy ice cream, asparagus, spinach, chocolate chips and granny smith apples.

That afternoon we went the Israeli Market and it's great. The owners are so sweet and attentive and everything looks delicious. They let me know that the soups were vegan and were proud to use all fresh ingredients with no preservatives, thickeners or stabilizers. I really love how much pride they take in their products and I can't wait to go back and try more of their amazing products!

This is my haul from the Israeli market! Yay! Starting at the top left there is some lentil soup (they let us sample it and it's seriously amazing), some potato leek soup, homemade pita chips, some Bissli snacks, these giant ass roasted cashews, and some vegan spinach borekas!!!

This is the close-up of the borekas. These are frozen and clearly labeled vegan. The prepared ones are not vegan because of an egg wash but I love that they have these as an option. I can't wait to try them with some soup! They are a bit pricey but there are a lot in the package and it will last a while.

I also did some meal prep yesterday to get some stuff ready for the rest of the week. I basically made the components of my Sunday dinner during my trip to Orlando to supplement the yumminess from the market.

The yummiest roasted potatoes ever!

Asparagus is quickly rising to the top of my favorite veggies list.

It's a weird color but so delicious. My tofu got a little mangled from being handled and flipped so much but tastes delicious anyway :)

So that's what I've been up to these past few days! What yummy things have you been eating. I'm enjoying the transition into fall weather. As we all know, it is my favorite time of the year. 

I don't want to skip Fun Friday again but I'm kind of coming up empty on ideas. If you have anything in particular you'd like to see please let me know!

Hope your week goes smoothly and I'll see you hopefully Friday (if not then Sunday!)!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Stuff I Ate

Hey everyone! I hope that you are all doing well. I know I missed Fun Friday but I have had kind of a bad week emotionally and I'm still trying to get back into the swing of things. I did manage to take a few pictures of food I've eaten this week to share with you! I'm also excited because I've actually taken the time to meal plan for next week so I have some delicious meals coming up as well.

I made the same tofu scramble that I made in Orlando to have throughout the week and it is so good you guys. I really like the spinach and tomato combo and I add a lot of garlic to it also and it's delicious. I had it with some toast with Earth Balance.

I was really craving pizza so I decided to make a flatbread pizza using Trader Joe's Lavash and it was really yummy. Next time I'll add some spinach and broccoli since those are my favorite pizza toppings.

Speaking of broccoli! This was a work lunch I had and I was not feeling super hungry so I just had some rice and broccoli and it was perfect.

I had a bit of a chocolate craving and decided to have a treat yo self moment so I went to Sweet To Lick to see what they had. The didn't have much left but they did have one more of these amazing looking Rocky Road bars so I made sure to grab it! 

Here it is in the box. It is good you guys. And huge. So luckily I have some left over for another dessert... probably tonight :)

Of course I had to have my Sunday bubble tea!! The same as always - Peach Tea with Boba and 50% sweetness.

I mentioned in my Orlando post that I bought myself a little birthday gift from the Farmers Market in Orlando. Here it is. I am in love with it. You know I love my mermaids and kind of wish I could be one so I saw this one with the magical glitter and decided that she needed to come home with me. They actually have an Etsy shop called Clockwork Alley (I'm not affiliated with them at all, I just LOVE their stuff) and they make amazing Steampunk inspired jewelry. 

So that's what I have for you today! I'm excited for Tuesday's post where I'll be back with some hauls and some meal prep I am going to be working on tomorrow. I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend and I'll see you on Tuesday <3

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Orlando Trip Recap!

Hey everyone! As promised, I'm back with a recap of my trip to Orlando! This one will probably be a bit longer because I have A LOT of pictures but I figured that there is nothing wrong with that :) I have a combination of meals I cooked, meals we had in restaurants and some pictures from our activities. Hope you like them!

My friend had to work from home on Thursday so we just hung out for the day in the house. This was before we had gotten groceries so for lunch I made a bagel with peanut butter and banana and it was delicious.

After we went shopping I made my Vegan Chick'n Ranch Pasta Salad for dinner. This one was a twist on my Chick'n Caesar Pasta Salad since we could only find Just Ranch. I added some cherry tomatoes and it was so good. We also found this amazing fresh roasted garlic bread that had super soft and delicious chunks of roasted garlic dotting it. Seriously delicious.

The following day was my birthday and we went to Magic Kingdom! The very first thing I did was get my birthday button and my Minnie Ears :)

Here is Walt and Mickey hanging out in front of the castle.

And of course the castle.

I had an amazing time! It was crowded and VERY hot (90 degrees and blazing sun) but we still had a really fun time, rode a few rides and checked out the shops. If I could make any changes I would have made sure to be more hydrated and I didn't eat anything all day which was stupid and terrible. Still a wonderful time!

That night we were STARVING so we had my birthday dinner at Loving Hut! We started with this amazing wonton soup. The broth is really light and delicious and the wontons are yummy too.

For my main I had the combo number 1, my tried and true favorite. The soup was filling so I didn't get through the whole thing but it was amazing.

The vegan bakery that we had gone to in previous years closed down so the options were limited for vegan birthday dessert. I found this Rice Dream Mocha Ice Cream Pie and it was really yummy!

The following morning we went to Ethos Vegan Kitchen for brunch and I got my absolute favorite breakfast burrito. This beauty is stuffed with faux sausage, potatoes and tofu scramble and smothered in delicious gravy. Seriously one of my favorite meals ever.

Here it is from the inside. Seriously, how good does this look?!

The next morning we went to the farmers market at Lake Eola. Their market is amazing and huge and I love going there when I can. I picked up a beautiful necklace which I'll show you in another post. After the market we walked around the lake and I grabbed some scenic shots for you.

They painted the amphitheater as a rainbow after the Pulse Nightclub Shooting and I think it looks amazing and is a beautiful tribute.

After the market I made us some brunch. I made a very sad loaf of banana bread (the texture was off and the bottom was soggy because he did not have a cooling rack) but redeemed myself with one of the best tofu scrambles I've ever made. It had tofu, spinach and grape tomatoes and was seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic. So simple but so delicious.

That night I made a "Sunday Dinner" with one of my favorite foods ever. My mom makes these roasted potatoes in French Dressing and I know it probably sounds weird but it is so damn good you guys (just make sure the french dressing doesn't have honey in it). I made some baked tofu with the same dressing (I also added salt, pepper and garlic to the potatoes and tofu) and we had some delicious roasted asparagus. It was a really amazing meal.

So that's pretty much everything! I hope you enjoyed it and maybe got some meal ideas out of it. I cooked a lot more this trip and I think we had some really great vegan meals. I had an amazing time and a wonderful birthday weekend and I'm so grateful to my friend for making it special!

I hope you all had a great weekend as well <3