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09/08/2011

Guest cookbook review: Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites  »

If you haven’t already, here are three good reasons to check out the new cookbook Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites by the fabulous collaborative team Joni Marie Newman and Celine Steen:

  1. You’re throwing an “it’s still warm out” last-chance summer BBQ for friends.
  2. You have a friend with a very healthy appetite—also known as you.
  3. Everything this duo creates is awesome and delicious and there’s no reason not to have it on your shelf.

I have made the coleslaw a few times and it has yet to disappoint. The portions are perfect for a dinner with friends, and the dressing is a perfect blend of sweet and tart.

Look at this tantalizing picture of creamy goodness and tell me you don’t want some right now.*

Plus, if you are the hardest sell ever, here’s a bonus reason:
4. I shared a table with Joni at the recent Vida Vegan Con, and she is extremely funny and nice, and her being lovely is a perfectly legitimate reason to buy her cookbook.

*I only allow exceptions if you just ate a humongous tofu scramble or something equally filling.

Geanna lives in Portland, Ore. where she can be found hiking, eating, or writing about food (sometimes she goes to work, too). Find her on Twitter @greenvegnliving or check out her blog, Green Vegan Living.

06/15/2011

Guest review: Azna Gluten Free bakery!  »


I was visiting Never Felt Better in Sacramento when the owner, Shawn, gave me a tip: if I had the time, I should visit the gluten-free and vegan bakery called Azna Gluten Free, located in Cameron Park (about 30 miles east from Sacramento). It happened that I did have the time, so I decided to make the trip.

Although Anza normally offers sandwiches, burritos, lasagna, and calzones, in addition to their sweet items, they didn’t have any sandwiches available to eat when I visited; I made do with a baked good instead. Of course, it was still difficult to make a decision. After conferring with a fellow customer and gazing over the display, I picked a mini cinnamon roll and blackberry scone, as well as a spoonful of some roasted yams and sweet potatoes (cooked with olive oil and many seasonings, and the only savory items available).

Really, EVERYTHING on their menu is vegan and gluten-free; I could eat ANYTHING I wanted. I was in special-diet heaven.

The scone was a little crumbly, but the berries added sweetness and made it a little moister. The mini cinnamon roll was chewy and yummy and just the right size. The roasted yams were delicious, I couldn’t believe how well-seasoned they were. I wanted to just keep eating them, but I got too full.

The service was friendly and fast, even though there was just one guy there, and he seemed to be in charge of baking AND serving the customers. Prices were on the moderate end—my entire “meal” cost $10.25 with tax—and I left feeling more than satisfied.

Geanna lives in Portland, Ore. where she can be found hiking, eating, or writing about food (sometimes she goes to work, too). Find her on Twitter @greenvegnliving or check out her blog, Green Vegan Living.

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