Vegan Holiday Gift Guide!

Vegan Holiday Gift Guide!

This guide is for the procrastinator like myself. It’s now the 23rd of December and you may be running short on time and out of ideas. Here are some of our favorite gift ideas!

  • T-shirts with a vegan message are always a win! Check out the great t-shirts from local designers at Goods and Evil.

“There are two brains behind Goods and Evil. They strive for balance.  Occasionally they are both good…or both evil. That’s when things get really exciting!”

  • Kitchen gadgets. Most vegans love to cook, but like everyone else they are often short on time. Here are some nifty items that will help to save some time preparing amazing vegan cuisine right at home!

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Ben & Jerry Go Dairy Free!!!

Ben & Jerry Go Dairy Free!!!

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield are sugar superheroes, courageous candymen, bringers of caloric joy. Thank the gooey gods neither had success within the world of higher-education. As you do when institutional life kicks you in the pants, these childhood friends decided to take an ice-cream making correspondence course through Penn State University and opened their first ice-cream parlor in Burlington, Vermont on May 5, 1978. And thus, to this day, they’ve spread sprinkles and chunks of joy throughout the land for  *everyone!

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Loving Hut Pittsburgh!

Loving Hut Pittsburgh!

Update: Loving Hut sadly is no more. As of Summer 2017 Loving Hut closed their doors. Buffet, no more. (sigh)

“Loving Hut is created with a vision that all beings can live in peace, love and harmony with each other and the planet. Loving Hut chain restaurants are newly opening around the world. It is an invitation to gourmet cuisine made with wholesome, vegan ingredients, and it offers an accessible starting point for those making the noble transition to a plant-based diet.”

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The Great Aroma® Rice Cooker #CakeHack (with Recipe)

The Great Aroma® Rice Cooker #CakeHack (with Recipe)

Being plant-based in a carnivorous world is heavy. Have you ever looked at a rental property, opened the oven and wished you hadn’t? Who knows what was cooked in there to cause such a blackened lavarock mess at the bottom? No thanks! One instance in particular was our last rental, a studio in the Yorkville neighborhood of Manhattan directly south of Spanish Harlem, the kitchen was not much bigger than a broom closet with no counter space. The biggest concern was the set up: the oven was butted-up directly against the outside wall, that seemed like a huge safety issue (fire hazard!!!). And the studio by stovetop alone got ridiculously hot in the summer. For people who like to cook and eat (especially cake) that was a real bummer, so we had to make-do and improvise.

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Onion Maiden, Aces High!

Onion Maiden, Aces High!

(During this article’s genesis, Onion Maiden had yet to open their first brick-and-mortar and had primarily shared their amazing wares via pop-ups and the like. However, now they have their very own shop located at 635 E Warrington Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15210!!! More reviews to follow…)

It’s not often ecoRDN dines out, we are thrifty and enjoy cooking so much that most of our food consumption happens within the comforts of our hobbity domicile. We practice mindful eating so are in-the-zone for most meals in regards to the balance of protein to carb and vegetable ratio. Thus when ecoRDN does decide to check out a new eatery we don’t feel bad about eating comfort foods with a little extra in the way of heavy and/or unbalanced offerings. Sometimes it’s perfectly acceptable, and on the occasion in mention, our intro to the amazing world of Onion Maiden, we downed dawgs and tots with carnivalesque gusto to a backdrop of blazing metal and classic punk.

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