One of my favorite and most memorable moments of 2017 was when I had the opportunity to visit Rooterville Animal Sanctuary in Melrose, Florida. Since I live in south Florida, near Miami, it made for a small road trip through most of the state. Melrose is in the northern/central area of Florida (near Gainsville) so you can imagine the rural vibe, green pastures, and ranches. Unfortunately, of course, farm life also comes with a bunch of “Fresh BBQ” spots and butchers scattered around town. So it was nice and kind of cool to see an all vegan farm animal sanctuary amidst the craziness, doing their best to educate people and challenge the status quo.
On March 19, 2017, I met my best friend. She was quietly laying in the back corner of the puppy playpen at the Humane Society animal rescue center while her siblings and other puppies whimpered, barked and got all the love from potential adopters. I had originally seen her sister online but when I got there, she was already being adopted. It didn’t matter though because I already had my eye on my girl and she had hers on me too. Her sad eyes did not change, but wherever I moved her eyes followed and brows twitched.
As we bring in the new year many of us like to celebrate with family and friends. Figuring out what food to have for guests is always a challenge because sometimes (always lol) finger foods is just not enough to balance out the number of celebratory drinks being consumed on New Year’s Eve. If this sounds familiar, arroz con pollo vegano can be your solution.
First of all, I’d like to say happy holidays to everyone! At this point, you’ve either gotten all your gifts weeks ago (like a responsible, smart adult lol) or you’re scrambling to get some last minute shopping done (like me). As a result, traffic becomes more of a hassle, people can become more unbearable, and you become Ebenezer Scrooge! Before you become this negatively-spirited Christmas icon, remember all the wonderful and magical things about the holidays…primarily all the yummy food and sweets!
I first encountered this bite of deliciousness a couple of years ago at a Spanish tapas restaurant and immediately fell in love. I found myself reaching for more and more little breads as the night progressed and I remember thinking I can eat these all day and every day because they were that good!
For Thanksgiving, I posted some bomb side dishes made vegan, but now it’s time to start thinking about the end-of-the-year holidays, gatherings and what you can possibly bring to the table…literally. I wouldn’t say quiche is necessarily a traditional holiday food item but it definitely is a great option to keep in mind. It’s easy to make, conveniently packaged (no dish needed), and quite tasty in a savory and creamy kind of way. My favorite quiche, even before I gave up meat was always a simple spinach quiche. Nowadays my version is not only vegetarian but also vegan!