The Jewel Of Russia

THE JEWEL OF RUSSIA VODKA This was a surprise gift from Steve. Expensive to be sure, but worth every penny.  

Guy Fieri Barbecue Sauce

This is the first time trying one of Guy Fieri’s barbecue sauces. He’s one of those chefs on the Food Network on T.V. – the one who does reviews of Diners Drive-ins and Dives around the country. Steve brought it home for a new product to try and it didn’t disappoint. On the Fourth of…

CAPTAIN MORGAN LOCO NUT EXPLOSIVE COCONUT SHOT

Yep, you guessed it – contains no animal products. Guess the liquor industry finally got wind of the truth about vegans, they like to drink! Ever see those perfume ads in swanky magazines where you pull back the fold and you can smell the scent of the fragrance being advertised? Well, leave it to Captain…

Baileys Almande Almondmilk Liqueur

GLUTEN FREE  DAIRY FREE  VEGAN Well, it finally got to Cleveland, courtesy of a bartender friend who likes to try vegan stuff and pushed for it. Dairy-based Baileys has cream and egg in it, so of course the original is going to be thicker and richer tasting than the almond milk version of Baileys. Still,…

EARTH FARE vegan cookies

When Steve brought these cookies home I have to say that I was shocked that the maple cremes were in fact vegan. The ginger snaps I assumed were and of course they were. But the maple cremes? Wow, now this is nice I thought. And I was not disappointed. Although the ginger snaps were like…

HIPPEAS

ORGANIC CHICKPEA PUFFS  VEGAN WHITE CHEDDAR I’ve been meaning to try these puffs, when lo and behold they’re staring me right in the face at Starbuck’s coffee shop just after I had a discussion with the barista about when they’d be getting vegan products in. Guess she didn’t know she had these either, or maybe…

emmy’s ORGANIC COCONUT COOKIES

In some locations around the country Starbuck’s coffee is beginning to sell some vegan food items. At one such location in Cleveland, Ohio Steve found these Super Food Bites. COCONUT COOKIES made by emmy’s ORGANICS. Wow, I thought, just when a lady at another Starbuck’s told me vegan items wouldn’t show up in the mid-west…

Bolthouse Farms Busted

There was a time, right up till I inadvertently purchased a bag of carrots with rotted carrots in it, that I trusted Bolthouse Farms products. Why not? Everything I ever bought with their name on it was good, very good. They have the best carrot juice. But I guess you don’t have to use good…

VEGANEGG

It took awhile for me to get to this VEGANEGG by Follow Your Heart. Steve finally found it at the Westside Market, but when unpacking the bags I noticed it was outdated by over one year. I almost gave up on it, since the people who sold it gave us such a hard time over…

BRAMI SNACKING LUPINI BEANS

PRODUCT REVIEW: A relative of the peanut family, the lupini bean tastes and textures like half bean and half nut. My first response was no, I don’t like them. The garlic and herb flavored lupini beans tasted like lemon, then I realized it was lemon flavored – didn’t get the herb or the garlic, since…

CAULIFLOWER CASHEW PAPRIKASH

CAULIFLOWER CASHEW PAPRIKASH Schar’s Gluten-Free Spaghetti topped with sautéed mushroom, sweet red pepper and onion. Followed by paprika and saffron seasoned roasted cauliflower. Top it all off with a Cashew Paprikash Cheese Sauce. Sprinkled with fresh grind black pepper and served with a fresh mint garnish! Serves 4 – Sauce makes 4 cups

ALMOND MOZZARELLA STYLE CHEESE

Whoa. Steve bought this thinking of course that it was vegan. Who wouldn’t at first, second or even third glance think the same? That was the intent. To fool you. When companies try to fool you with labels and advertisement, beware. Companies like Lisanatti Foods are trying to get vegans back to the vegetarian trough….

DELIGHT SOY

PRODUCT REVIEW FOR: Delight Soy Vegan Chicken Nuggets In Mandarin Sauce. Okay, Heinen’s Supermarket in Northeast Ohio buys the vegan nuggets from Delight Soy, then they add their own mandarin sauce to it and sell them in the deli. First time Steve brought these home I was stunned at how good they were. I figured…

UTZ SWEET POTATO CHIPS

If you’re expecting a sweet potato chip to texture like a white potato chip, you’ll be disappointed. The texture is thinner and a lot less crispy. I like them though. Not immediately. The texture is not what I’m accustomed to. They don’t grab the dip like a ruffle chip would, but then the plain white…

GO RAW GINGER SNAP

SPROUTED COOKIES. Steve brought these home for me to try. Junk-free food they advertise, and I’d agree that they certainly didn’t taste like what most people would call junk food – high sugar, fat, salt, processed everything type of food. But although they call it a cookie, it textured more like a snack. The picture…

SUPERSEEDZ

GOURMET PUMPKIN SEEDS. Dry roasted. Flavored. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a pumpkin seed. I generally don’t like seeds in recipes. In the way past, when sunflower seeds were popular, I tried them. Not impressed. Actually not impressed with most nuts, although I’ve learned to like some of them, especially when they’re made into…

TAHINI

For a long time I eyed this Tahini at Gordon Food Store, but didn’t buy it because of the price $14.29 seemed like a lot. Sure it’s 32 ounces, but still… Then when reading the label, I realized that it was all ground sesame seed, nothing added. Or at least I’m assuming it is since…

PRODUCT REVIEW FOR KAMUT GRAIN

This was my first time experimenting with the Ancient Grain called Kamut®Khorasan Wheat, generally defined as ancient, because it has generally not been hybridized or genetically modified over the last several hundred years. “It is prized for its nutrition, ease of digestibility, sweet nutty-buttery taste and firm texture. Compared to most modern wheat it has more protein,…

I HEART KEENWAH SNACKS – PRODUCT REVIEW

I HEART KEENWAH SNACKS – PRODUCT REVIEW “i heart keenwah is a quinoa company. we’re changing the way people think about quinoa: we make it snackable! the concept  looking for a snack that’s better-for-you and tasty? you’ve come to the right place. here at i heart keenwah we’re cooking up quinoa snacks with great flavors…

PRODUCT REVIEW OF MORNINGSTAR NEW PRODUCTS – A BURGER & A NUGGET

PRODUCT REVIEW OF MORNINGSTAR NEW PRODUCTS – A BURGER & A NUGGET I don’t get too excited any more when MorningStar Farms introduces a new product, since their ‘new’ usually contains animal products that they added to their ‘old’ better product that contained none, with a few adjustments here and there – all bad. I…

MITCHELL’S VEGAN ICE-CREAM – PRODUCT REVIEW

MITCHELL’S vegan HOMEMADE ICE CREAM product review Mitchell’s is a few miles down the road from me in Rocky River, Ohio, been by their shop many times, never thought to stop in, because they’re an ice cream shop, a dairy ice cream shop. When I was waiting for my plane at Cleveland Hopkins Airport, my…

MAY WAH VEGAN MEATS – PRODUCT REVIEW

I just found out about them, but they’ve been around for 20 years. NEW YORK CITY’S BEST MEAT ALTERNATIVE MARKET – LARGEST FROZEN VEGAN DISTRIBUTOR Who would think? They’ve got so many vegan meats that your head will spin. And they’re not expensive, and you can buy online. I ordered the shrimp, crab, smoked ham…

MIYOKO COUNTRY STYLE HERBS DE PROVENCE VEGAN CHEESE – PRODUCT REVIEW

PRODUCT REVIEW This is one of the three vegan cheeses (Country Style Herbes De Provence) I took back home to Massachusetts recently. No one in my family is vegetarian/vegan. No one had any idea that people made cheese out of cultured nuts. Needless to say they were all quite surprised.

PRODUCT REVIEW OF RAW REV GLO BARS

RAW REVOLUTION ADDED THREE MORE BARS TO THEIR PRODUCT LINE – RAW REV GLO! High protein, high fiber, low sugar, gluten-free, non GMO. All sounded great.

PRODUCT REVIEW OF FIELD ROAST CHAO CHEESE

CREAMY ORIGINAL – PRODUCT OF GREECE There really aren’t that many companies that make vegan cheese singles. I’ve tried most of them – some I can work with, others I can’t. Not yet anyway – some companies still need to evolve their recipes/formulas. After all, people are fairly new to the concept of dairy-free cheeses,…

CHIEF WAHOO HAMPTON FARMS PEANUTS

Chief Wahoo is the racist symbol of the Cleveland Indians baseball franchise. Steve brought these peanuts home the other day, because he likes Hampton Farms peanuts. He said they were the worst peanuts he ever tasted. He couldn’t figure out why they were different from the peanuts he buys in regular Hampton Farms packaging. I…

PRODUCT REVIEW OF GO MAX GO VEGAN CANDY BARS

PRODUCT REVIEW OF GO MAX GO VEGAN CANDY BARS If you let the word vegan throw you off kilter, you’ll be missing out on a treat of a life-time. How one company could engineer 7 candy bars, reminiscent of the bars we all grew up with as kids – Almond Joy, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Clark…

PRODUCT REVIEW OF FIELD ROAST HAND-FORMED GRAIN BURGERS

 PRODUCT REVIEW OF FIELD ROAST HAND-FORMED GRAIN BURGERS As plant-based burgers go, Field Roast Hand-Formed Burger is the best of all the burgers I’ve tried. The folks at Field Roast aren’t afraid to use a little fat, which makes the burgers juicy. And that’s what everybody likes about a burger – plant-based or not.