Friday, November 19, 2010

Lets talk tea....

Those of you that follow this blog know that we are doing what I may have described as a "few" renos to our house right now. Those of you that know me personally know that I grossly underestimated the magnitude of this renovation and that my house (and my life!) is in shambles right now and that is why you aren't seeing a lot of food pics right now. Not that we haven't haven't been eating...despite, at times, having a lack of oven, prep area, water (plumbers were this week and as a result I had the water shut off for most of the day everyday this week) we have been managing fairly well. Not gourmet meals mind you but healthy and filling and sometimes thats all you need. And speaking of things you need....

A month ago I was out with my sister doing some Christmas shopping and I happen to walk into a lovely little tea store called David's Tea aka - Heaven! Black teas, green teas, oolong teas, white teas, herbals, red and green rooiboos, mate, - you name it they probably got it! They also sell tea pots and cups and it just so happens that I have been looking for a little tea pot for myself and I found an adorable little red one with some matching cups! And of course I had to buy a few teas for my new tea pot.

I'm generally a green tea drinker but with so many great variety of teas to choose from I had to branch out a little! On my first trip there I bought some pumpkin chai (a black tea), green seduction (an organic pomegranate green tea), strawberry white (an organic silverneedle white tea), and read my lips (a black tea with chocolate and pink peppercorns). They were all fantastic and so I just had to go back a few days later for a few more varieties! I've also tried the long life oolong (a peach oolong), green and fruity (a green rooiboos), love tea #7 (a black tea with chocolate and strawberries), toasted walnut (a green tea with walnuts), organic sencha (a really lovely green tea), lime bang (a green tea with pineapple and lime peel - more of a summer tea imo), and for the traditionalist a cream of earl grey (earl grey with vanilla). They all been lovely and everyday I look forward to stopping the reno madness for tea time!

I really can't say enough about the staff at David's Tea. Everytime I've gone in (I also did a little Christmas shopping for my Mom there as she is a big herbal tea drinker and they have some wonderful varieties of caffeine free teas) the staff always has some great recommendations and they always have a couple of different "teas of the day" that they give samples of. If your a tea lover check them out!

Whats your favourite kind of tea?

Friday, November 12, 2010

Vega Shake and Go Smoothie review

I am a big fan of Brendan Brazier and the Thrive Diet.I don;t follow his adive to the "t" but I think the nutritional advice and products he makes are top quality - nutritional speaking. Unfortunately every product I've tried has gotten 2 thumbs down in the taste department from me. A great product is only good if you can actually ingest it and I could not choke down more than a sip of the Whole Food Health Optimizers nor the Whole Food Smoothie Infusion (funny but the kids seemed to like the smoothie infusion I just couldn't drink more than a sip of it). I thought as much as I like the idea behind his products I'd never be able to use them.

Until I tried this....

Tropical Tango Shake and Go Smoothie. This stuff is seriously good! Now full disclosure - I haven't just mixed it with water and drank it - I've been adding it to our morning smoothie but I feel confidant that I could just mix it with water and it would be good too. Just not a real breakfast smoothie if you know what I mean:) I've been making a pineapple/orange/strawberry smoothie the last couple of days and been adding 2 tbsp's of the mix to the smoothie and its been fantastic. It has a very nice peach/nectarine taste to it that really compliments the mix of fruits I've been using. The kids love it and I feel like it fortifies our breakfast a little bit. I think it would be great to use in green smoothies and would help mask the greens (not that I've ever had that problem). The only problem I have with it is that its pricey - I got this pouch for $19.99 on sale but its normally $24.99 and that would only last use 2 weeks i we used it everyday. So I'm not sure if we'll be able to use it everyday as I'm trying to cut down the grocery budget a bit but I'll have to see if we can fit it in because everyone really enjoys it.

So if your like me and have wanted to like the Vega products but just could get over the taste of them give this one a try! I plan on trying the berry one and the vanilla almond one.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Happy World Vegan Day (and the start of Vegan MoFo)!

What a crazy, crazy week last week! I am still recovering from the school Halloween parties/events, the cupcake making (both at home to send for the older one and at the preschool for the littlest. New rule - all food for parties must be bought at the store or made at the schools "certified" kitchen. Needless to say 20 vegan cupcakes would have been waaay to expensive so I packed up all my baking ingredients/supplies and make 24 golden vanilla cupcakes a la VCTOTW at the preschool for the party. Everyone loved them and the preschool teacher wants to borrow my book. See - much better than buying cupcakes!) costume prepping, house decorating, etc. We had great weather for trick-o-treating and the kids were totally thrilled with the barbies the Halloween fairy left for them (they traded their candy to the fairy for a surprise toy and some vegan treats. I actually think they were more excited for the halloween fairy than for trick-o-treating). I love Halloween but I seriously feel like I need a vacation after this last week.

I'm very excited about the start of Vegan MoFo. Although I am not officially participating I'm going to try and post every day this month too but with the renos still on going its a little crazy here but I'll do my best!

And last but not least Happy World Vegan Day to all the vegans out there. I'm off to enjoy my yummy vegan supper (grilled portobella mushrooms, bbq potatoes, steamed broc and a tossed salad...yum!)