Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Vegas vegan donut face off!

I love vegan sweets and Las Vegas and to get my vegan donut fix, I usually go to Ronlad's Donuts. Recenlty I heard that there's a new Vegas vegan donut shop called O-Face Donuts and as such, I had to go see what the fuss was about.

Upon arriving at O-Face Donuts, I was a little annoyed by the parking meters and my lack of getting them to work correctly. After finding a free parking lot nearby, I went into the Donut Shop to see what vegan donuts they had to offer. Below is a photo of the vegan donuts available that day which were a total of seven. I decided to pick two donuts, one traditional and one original which are shown below.

Donuts at O-Face Donuts

O-Face chocolate glazed donut with sprinkles and mixed berry tart donut

Overall, I wasn't really impressed by O-Face's vegan donuts. The chocolate glazed donut wasn't as  chocolately  as I would have liked, it actually tasted kinds waxy to me. I let my hubby have a bite and he agreed with my assessment.

The mixed berry tart look lovely but again, the intensity of flavor was missing (at least to me). Although I was light and airy, I didn't really taste that much berry flavor.

Ronald's Cream filled donut and apple fritter
When it comes to Ronald's what make it the go to spot for vegan donuts is their large selection of vegan donuts, their free parking and friendly owners. I love that they open early in the morning and always have more than a dozen vegan donuts offered everyday. The only small annoyance is that they take cash only but this is a small price to pay for such yummy vegan goodness.

While it is great to have another place for Vegas vegans to get their donut fix (including Whole Foods),due to the increased selection, I declare Ronald's the winner of the Vegas vegan donut battle.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

The tale of the Tofurkey Pockets aka vegan hot pockets

I recently had the pleasure of getting my hands on all three varieties of the Tofurky Pockets or as I like to call them, vegan hot pockets. In my pregan days (pre-vegan) days, I used to tear up Hot Pockets like it was nobody's business. When I wanted to lose weight, I started eating Lean Pockets instead and I think my biggest draw to both the Hot and Lean Pockets were that they were easy to make (microwave it for a minute or two and done) and they kept me satisfied until my next meal. Fast forward to 2014 and low and behold, Tofurky creates Tofurky Pockets and of course I had to try them to see how the vegan version measured up to my Hot/Lean Pocket memories.

Me and my hubby went to the new Viva La Vegan store in Santa Monica and I was super excited that the store carried all three of the Tofurky Pocket varieties. How excited was I? I was so excited that I had hubby take a pic of me holding my all three boxes (don't judge me ha ha ;-)

 The first Tofurky Pocket I tried was the pepperoni pizza which my favorite out of the three. It most reminded me of the original version because Tofurky really nailed the spiciness of the pepperoni and the consistency of the cheeze. It was spicy, melty and oh so tasty!

The next Tofurkey Pocket I tried was the broccoli cheddar and it was okay but not as good as the pepperoni pizza. I did like the cheesiness of the pocket but felt that the amount of broccoli was lacking.

The last of the Tofurky Pockets I tried was the BBQ Chick'N which was my least favorite and most disappointing. I liked the idea of BBQ Chick'N in a pocket crust but without vegan cheese, it's just blah. The BBQ sauce was really tasty but other than that, the BBQ Chick'N was uneventful.

Overall, I've really happy that Tofurky has provided yet another delicious way to enjoy meat free meal in a convenient way. I'll definitely be picking up some more pepperoni pizza Tofurky Pockets in the future.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Celebrating vegan Halloween in LA & 13 in 2013 is complete!

Den and I celebrated Halloween this year by by going to a meetup given by Vegans of Instagram at Sage Organic Bistro. I went as a vegan vampire and Den went as a T-Pain (a rapper). The party was fun, we met a lot of cool people and will definitely go to Sage again in the future. Below are photos from before and at the party.
Den & Me before another Halloween Party

The Queen of Kale & The vegan vampire

The vegan police with T-Pain

T-Pain with the Queen of Kale 

I just recently completed my last two running events for 2013 which means I completed 13 events in 2013! Below are photos from the last two events I completed for the year, the Sugarland Candy Rush Run and Top Gun Virtual Run. I can't wait for next year to complete 14 in 2014.

Me after Candyland Sugar Rush 5K Virtual Run

Me after Top Gun 10K Virtual Run

Monday, August 19, 2013

13 in 2013 update

It's been so long since I've blogged, I'm feeling a little rusty (ha ha); but like most things once you learn to do something, you'll always remember how to do things. In my attempt to do 13 running events in 2013, I'm happy to report that I've accomplished six more events since I last wrote in May (which brings my total to 11) and here's pics of the medals below:

Medal #6-Peace Love Run
Medal #7-Cinco de Mayo Virtual 5K

Medal #8-Wahoo's OC 5K

Medal #9-Spring Bling Virtual 5K

Medal #10-Costume Party Run

        Medal#11-Hangover Run Virtual 10k

I have two more virtual races for the end of the year so I'm really excited about completing this goal and my main goal for next year is doing enough races to be able to join the half-marathon fanatics as well as running some races in the Roll and Rock running series.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

More medals for and job news

In my quest for completing 13 running events in 2013, I have so far finished four events with nine more to go! In April, I plan on doing two events, the Hollywood Half Marathon and the 1st ever Peace Love Run in San Diego. May will be two virtual runs, one for Cinco De Mayo and one for Spring Bling. I am so grateful that I have the chance to be active and what can I say, I love getting medals too :-) Below are photos from my last four running events.
BGR Friends and me at (medal 2)

Medal 3 for Coronado VDay 10K

Photo Den took of me during Coronado VDay 10K

Den after Knott's Berry Farm Roller Coaster 5K (his first medal!)

Me wirh Knott's Berry Farm 5K medal (medal 4)

In other news, I was recently hired by the Kern County Library District as their digital librarian! I am super excited to be able to start my career as a librarian but I am sad to be leaving El Camino after two years. Here's photos from my going away party and photos with some of my employees.

Staff going away party for me

I'm really excited about all of the changes that are taking place in my life and will do what I can to make everyone proud of me while staying true to myself.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Goals for 2013 and the first annual Vegan Health & Fitness Expo (day 1)

Happy 2013! For the new year, I've decided to make my main goal for the year to complete 13 running events in 2013. So far I've already completed my first running event on New Year's Day and already have 12 more races lined up of various lengths (5K, 6K,10K and 13.1 races).
Me with my first medal of 2013

This weekend,  me and Dennis went to the first annual Vegan Health & Fitness Expo hosted by Vegan Health & Fitness Magazine at the Radisson at LAX. It was really fun and informative and the food was awesome.
Entering the Vegan Health and Fitness Expo
Program from the Vegan Health and Fitness Expo

Me and vegan stuntwoman Spice Williams-Crosby
Spice's presentation was very informative and fun. Spice talked about her life as well as her journey to veganism and food combining.

John Lewis aka The BadAssVegan and me
Celebrity vegan bodybuilder Robert Cheeke and me

Philly steak wrap with mac and cheeze and jambalya
Inside the vegan philly steak wrap from Southern Fried Vegan

A balanced vegan diet of veggies and vegan junk food

The Happycow from Happycow.net and me

Koya Webb and me at the Expo
Koya Webb and I have become friends after having run into each other at some many different vegan events. At her presentation, she talked about her upbringing as well as having a healthy vegan life and end the presentation with a exercise demonstration that was so easy, anyone can do it. Koya is a real sweetheart and is very down to earth.

We had a great time at the vegan health and fitness expo and Dennis was surprised by how friendly and non-judgmental everyone was. When Dennis has gone to vegan events with me in the past, he's felt like some people have tried to forced veganism on him. At the expo, Dennis felt welcomed and at ease which made me very happy. Although we were initially only planning to only go on Saturday, we heard that John Salley is going to be there tonight so we're going to head back on Sunday.

After a full day at the Vegan Health and Fitness Expo, we stopped by Viva La Vegan and grabbed some dinner from Vegan by Joy. This BBQ Sandwich she made was fabulous and she has buffets at the store at least once or twice a month.
Vegan BBQ Sandwich by Vegan with Joy