Monday, January 31, 2011

Staying Svelte, with Svelte

Have you heard of the haute new line of vegan protein drinks-Svelte? I first encountered this chic line of tetra-packaged protein drinks at Expo East 2010. Like everything I approach that comes in a box, I grabbed the nearest one and flipped it over to see the ingredients and nutrition facts. I was pleasantly surprised to see a good amount of protein, without any isolated soy protein, low sugar, and 8g of fiber in every bottle.
(ps I LOVE that the serving size on their label is 1 container. no stupid 1 bottle=2.5 servings BS)
All flavors are sweetened with a blend of stevia and organic cane sugar-each bottle has 9 g of sugar. Each 16oz bottle has 260 calories and like icing on a cake it is also vegan, gluten free and has a low glycemic index.
But the impressive nutrition facts for a protein shake wouldn't make a difference if it tasted awful. Luckily that is not the case at all. Every one that I tried I found to be delicious. There are four flavors: Chai, Cappucino, Chocolate and French Vanilla, which really pops out in a market of only Chocolate and Vanilla drinks. Cappucino and Chocolate are definitely my favorites but all flavors are fantastic-not super sweet, with absolutely no chalky aftertaste. They are rich and creamy The line is only a year old but it is expanding like wildfire. It's sold in Boston in every Whole Foods, and I can also find it at Star/Shaws Market.
So svelte
And the best part is we want to spread the Svelte Love with YOU! CalNaturale offered to give products to not 1, not 2 but 3 readers! The First winner will win grand prize of 1 case (12 Sveltes) and 2 runners up receiving 1 “prize pack” of one of each flavor.

So how do you enter this great giveaway?
  1. Leave a comment about whether you have tried Svelte, your thoughts, and what flavor you would like to try.
  2. Tweet "@ElizabethEats is giving away cases of @CalNaturale 's Svelte #vegan protein drink! Check it out http://tinyurl.com/4qe64h9" Don't forget to leave a comment back on this post letting me know you tweeted!
1 entry per option-do one or both! I will be taking entries until Wednesday February 9th, 2011, my Blog Birthday! I will use random.org to select 3 winners and alert everyone that day!

What are you waiting for-get on it!

Thanks Josh for chattin' with me and for the whole Svelte and CalNaturale team for hosting this giveaway!

Disclaimer: I was not paid by Svelte to promote their product. I'm all about giving the companies I love the attention they deserve and don't need to be bribed.

Friday, January 28, 2011

I Left my Heart In San Francisco


While I am learning to love snow days, there are a few things I miss now that I'm back on the East Coast:

-I miss the opportunity to go to Anti-Gravity Yoga at Crunch Gym (an amazing experience-thank you for the Guest Pass Janet!)

-I miss running on the beach with my sister, brother-in-law, and the cutest nieces in the world

-I miss playing bumper cars on the Santa Cruz Boardwalk

-I miss 65 degree, sunny, January

-Local, Fresh foods


Hoda Soy Tea Infused Tofu-creative and delicious!
  • Finding out about awesome places like M which gives $.75/entree to SF foodbank - 20k raised to date!

butttttt I am leaving Saturday for the Oldways Past Traditions Whole Grains Conference in Portland OR with Janel Ovrut, Corinne Dobbas, and Alison Clancy I am so excited to talk about just whole grains for a week, tour Bob's Red Mill, and see my friends Mei Ratz and Aaron Brown

It's time to jump back on that jet plane!

Get excited because I have the biggest giveaway in DWSCI's history coming on Monday-just in time for my blog-iversary! You're not going to want to miss this one! I know, a whole weekend of anticipation-muahahahha!

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Plant Cafe-San Francisco

Where's a herbivore bound to go when visiting a new city? Plant Café in San Francisco definitely called my name.

The menu presented a wide array of vegan and vegetarian options. I got the “Signiture Plant Burger” a blend of beets, lentils, mushrooms, cashews, and bulgur wheat on whole wheat bread

with sauerkraut and wasabi, as well as homemade ketchup and raspberry aioli-splendid.

I also ordered a raw juice since Boston is seriously lacking in that department. The Spicy Red gave the fiery kick of ginger, with the sweet sugars of beets and apple.

The meal was so filling and satisfying, I would love to go back right now!

I was joined for lunch my the mother of my dear friend Oakley Boycott-Diane Corsick. She is an inspiring force and newly re-located to the bay area-somewhere I think she can truly flourish. Our conversation revolved on her recent adventures to Bhutan, where I was heading with my life, and reminisces about growing up in Lander, WY.

After lunch I strolled along the Ferry Building, oohing and ahhing over the wide array of fresh citrus and vegetables and wish I could put the entire thing in my pocket and take it back to Boston.
The Ferry Building is a foodie’s Mecca, with organic vegan donuts, homemade empanadas, wild mushrooms, gelatos, cakes, pastries, chocolatiers galore.

Oh SF I miss you
The Plant Cafe
San Francisco
Locations:
The Embarcadero- Pier 3
Marina (3352 Steiner @ Chestnut)
Downtown (101 California (corner of Front & Pine)

Do you have a favorite restaurant in San Francisco?

Thursday, January 20, 2011

San Francisco Bites



Serendipitously right before I had to catch my red-eye back to Boston from San Francisco my dear friend Corinne Dobbas, RD was scheduled to moderate a panel of Foodbuzz food bloggers in an event at the San Francisco Public Library. After meeting Corinne’s mother and Swiss Grandmama in the lobby, we headed into the auditorium to listen to what these bloggers had to say about the SF Food scene. Joining Corinne was Iso Rabins (@forageSF) Sabrina Modelle (@thetomatotart) and Alder Yarrow (@vinography)

Rabins forages for wild foods throughout the Bay Area and also runs an underground kitchen called the Wild Kitchen which specializes in 8-course meals that feature all-foraged dishes. He is also the founder of the Underground Market, something Janet Gardner had mentioned to me over weekend, which sounds fantastic! It’s a place for small-scale producers of food and other goods to sell their wares without worries about licensure, etc. It can be a jumping off point for a small food business. His food philosophy is best summed up as “Experimentation equals discovery” and he strives to experiment in all things food.

Alder Yarrow of www.vinography.com says that “Life is too short to drink bad wine” and “small is beautiful” His wine blog features small producers of wine

Sabrina Modelle is a relatively new food blogger at The Tomato Tart, and as a first generation French-American she has a rich food history. She believes the food is truly social and loves to try new foods, and ask other people (often strangers in restaurants) about what they are eating. She had some amusingly rich stories about the wonderful encounters that have occurred this way.

All four panelists reflected on the fact that the west coast is blessed with people who are willing to try new things. There is lots of available fresh fruit and vegetables year-round. People’s palates are relatively sophisticated and since most know what they are talking about, there are many opportunities for niches to pop up.

Sabrina and Alder talked about how the story behind food is really important. Our brains are wired to remember stories, so it makes food more meaningful. I could not agree more! I could spend my entire life reminiscing over meals if I wanted to. Some of my fondest memories include everything from piling ketchup onto Irish Patsy's in my grandmother’s home in the mining town of Butte, Montana to being surprised on my 17th birthday by my Thai peers in Bangkok with a Korean Hot Pot. But even more than I love food, I love talking with people about food and hearing their stories

Other random tips from the conversation: I am DYING to try Sudachi-a Japanese lime that apparently taste nothing like a lime, instead has hints of white pepper and chili.

Alder said the best places to get inexpensive wine, that are actually decent, are TJ and Cost Plus

Thank you Foodbuzz and the fantastic panel for putting on this event!

The Dobbas Family!

The SF Public Library has a exhibition on display now called San Francisco Eats, and is also hosting several other food-related events in the upcoming events. If you are in the area I highly recommend you check them out!

Monday, January 17, 2011

DonOt miss Pepples Organic Vegan Donuts


What do you do on a Saturday Morning in the East Bay with a hip and cool older sister and her two daughters? Well if your family is like mine, after a Pilates Session and run, you load the kids up in the car, and head to Pepples for some organic vegan brunch, donuts included.
We stumbled in on a little section of hipster-cyclist Portland, Oregon in the East Bay and were greeted by a very enthusiastic owner, and an overwhelming display case of vegan donuts.

Flavors like:
Keffir Lime
Salted Caramel
Blueberry
Raspberry Chai
Orange Cremesicle
Chocolate Cookie
Chocolate Coconut
Vanilla
Cinnamon Sugar
to name just a few, stared at us

It was a very very hard decision to make. No, I did not try all of them, tempting as it was (this woman did though) We shared a Keffir Lime and Candy Cap Mushroom donut while waiting for brunch.

(for the record CandyCap mushrooms taste like maple syrup. In fact the syrup for the pancakes was made from it!!!)

delicious vegan tofu scrambles (with spinach and eggplant) w a side of hashbrowns and fantastic whole wheat toast.
Donuts are best shared. Especially if with adorable company.
the wreckage
Go Get Your Own At
The Donut Factory
6037 San Pablo Ave
Oakland 94608
or
Pepples Donut Kiosk open 7 days a week at the Ferry Building, San Francisco Across from Sur La Table

or on Twitter @Vegan_Donuts

nomnomnom vegan-style

Friday, January 14, 2011

I Think I Love 2011

I am currently sitting in Corinne Dobbas's San Francisco Apartment, thinking about how amazing 2011 is going already. I'm a day late to the West Coast, but a perfect snow day made it worth the wait. Boston you can be so pretty when you try!

I'm here for the weekend to visit my sister, friends, and tour UCSF. But in the meantime here are some links I am loving in these first few weeks of 2011:

Nourishing Body Image Awards Badge

Check out all the other amazing winners and runners-up! I am so proud to be considered part of this team that is created a body image revolution of self-love!

  • Bars Bars Bars- Two new bars have hit the market (and Boston whole foods) and I'm a bit obsessed with them. First: Chocolate Covered Coconut Lunabar Tastes just like a Girl Scout Samoa. holy yum, but with 9 g of protein, 3 g of fiber and added vitamin and minerals-something the girl scouts are lacking...
Second: Blueberry LaraBar Gina and I stalked Whole Foods until we snagged two precious, new Blueberry Lara Bars, so worth it. Delightful little blueberries hidden in a sweet cashew date bar. 4 ingredients-can't complain!

  • Give Back for every nutrition bar you buy, Two degrees gives a nutrition pack to a child You can feel good about what you are putting in your body (raw, whole, few ingredients, and i'm sure delicious!) and feel good about what you are doing for the world-a true win-win
  • You are flawless.Finally an ad campaign that gets what's really beautiful!
  • It's Vegan Week! At the Kitchn and they are dishing up some delicious recipes and great articles!
  • Let's Talk about Food Museum of Science in Boston is offering a great, free, series of lectures, and movies about food. Check it out!
  • A rose by any other name... Ellie88 has been great to me but now you can find me @ElizabethEats Same Account, just a different name to more reflect what the messages I convey!
Now, Repeat after Me:

Friday, January 7, 2011

Project Repat: aid, hipster style!

My dear friend Priyanka is constantly sending me inspiring links, things i should check out, and "why don't you know about this already!?" emails. I am eternally grateful to her for this. Last week she said I just must see her friend Sean's new T-shirt project. While this is not the usual DWSCI type of interview, I just love Project Repat's concept so much I just couldn't help me publish it!
Can you save the developing world with used hipster teeshirts? Sean Hewens and Ross Lohr think so, and have brought Project Repat to show the world just that!

What was the inspiration for this project?
Project Repat was conceived by Sean Hewens and Ross Lohr, the Executive Directors of two Boston based nonprofit organizations active in the developing world. In July 2010, Sean and volunteers from his organization (www.smallbean.org) were caught in a horrendous traffic jam in the center of Kibera, a neighborhood in Nairobi, Kenya. The ultimate cause of the traffic jam was an upended rickshaw pushed by a man wearing a t-shirt that said: “I danced my rear end off at Josh’s bar mitzvah. Santa Barbara, California. January, 2006.” With still plenty of time to think while stuck in that horrible traffic, Sean became curious about the path that Josh’s bar mitzvah t-shirt had taken from Santa Barbara to Nairobi. And would Josh be curious to know that a t-shirt from his bar mitzvah was now being worn by a small business owner in the heart of Nairobi?

Later that month, Sean met up with Ross (www.newtontanzania.org) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Between meetings at the university and with local business leaders, Sean and Ross ventured to the massive secondhand t-shirt market in Dar to see what they could find. What they learned is that Josh’s bar mitzvah t-shirt is one of millions and millions of t-shirts shipped to developing world markets each year. In fact, 95% of all t-shirts donated to institutions like the Goodwill and the Salvation Army are resold at pennies on the pound to middlemen who ship the shirts to countries like Kenya and Tanzania where they are sold on the open market for around $1 each. These t-shirts are not given away as charity and are instead resold as part of a bustling secondhand economy throughout the developing world.


-How exactly does Project Repat work?
The best explanation is probably the inforgraphic on our website: http://projectrepat.org/mission

But abbreviated explanation:
Project Repat purchases amazing t-shirt castoffs from secondhand markets around the world, brings these spectacular t-shirts home with our team of volunteers, and then rebrands and resells the shirts in the United States in support of nonprofits active in the developing world. At Project Repat, we're harnessing the power of your old t-shirt to support developing world markets far away and local nonprofits around the corner. It's aid, hipster style!

-How does Project Repat benefit all parties involved?
By purchasing just a fraction of the hippest and most ironic t-shirts available at secondhand t-shirt markets in the developing world, Project Repat supports small business owners and the local economy. These shirts are purchased by volunteers already present in the developing world for other reasons and transported back to the US using extra suitcase space they might have. This means that these shirts are being repatriated to the States with no or very minimal additional carbon footprint created.

Once these shirts are back in the States, they are rebranded and resold by Project Repat, creating a truly authentic t-shirt experience for American consumers and providing a second chance at fame for the t-shirts that got away. Best of all, all profits from Project Repat support Newton-Tanzania Collaborative, Smallbean, and other fabulous nonprofit organizations active in the developing world.
-How can I get involved in Project Repat (I being the world!)
The easiest way to get involved is to check out the projectrepat.org website and purchase an amazing t-shirt. Each t-shirt comes with an amazing story and looks damn nice as well. The store: http://projectrepat.org/store. We'd also love folks to help us raise awareness about what Project Repat is up to. While the website is meant to be humerous and we are having a lot of fun with things, we're also damn serious about what we're doing and we see a ton of potential with this business model to both support developing world markets and Boston-area nonprofits doing great development work. Finally, if any of your readers happen to be traveling to a country in the developing world or know anyone who is, we'd love to have them get involved as a Repat Agent. Getting involved as a Repatriation Agent with Project Repat is fun, supports the local economy in the developing world country where you're living or traveling and is a great chance to support nonprofit organizations doing fabulous work around the world. Plus, you'll get a chance to compete with other Repatriation Agents on pPojectrepat.org to see who can bring home the most hipster-wonderful shirts of them all! There are a bunch more details on how to get involved here: http://projectrepat.org/agent

-I love this! So if we want to find out more-where can we find you ?

Thanks for taking the time to answer all of my questions Sean-I highly recommend you all go check out Project Repat- Hipster Fashion for a Cause!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

2010-You've been far too good to me. I ran the Chicago Marathon with two amazing friends, got muddied up at Warrior Dash, did half marathons in rural VT and Wyoming. I went SkyDiving, surfing, Zorbing and tried circus arts. I threw some fantastic food parties including DIY sushi, Grown-Up Grilled Cheese, Miracle Berries, Haute Oatmeal, and Pumpkin Love. I ate some amazing meals (to mention just a few: Toro, Coppa, Craigie on Main, Momofuku, Pure food, Life Alive, Taste of the Nation and Dinners @ 76). I launched Guiltless with Stephanie, and got involved with Rebecca Scritchfield's Me Movement. I co-hosted a Super Breakfast Bowl, and had a fun time doing informational interviews with dietitians. I broke the 1.3 K point on twitter, and was an official blogger for the Food For Your Whole Life Symposium, Natural Products Expo & Boston Local Food Festival. I moved 3 blocks, and traveled to Iceland, Maine, Cape Cod, Nantucket, Chicago and New York (several times). I also graduated from BU and attended TedX Cambridge & FNCE. I saw MGMT, Janelle Monae, Girl Talk, Tracey Chapman LIVE. I met so many amazing people, and spent every day in a state of constant inspiration, appreciating the beauty of little things. A huge thank you to everyone who has been there to support and inspire me is in order.

Looking to the Future with Joy and Anticipation

Ever since I graduated Highschool (007. bond. james bond) the year 2011 has been etched in my brain. The year I would graduate college and become a "real person." Well, turns out I got a little ahead of myself, and completed my courses a semester early, but technically my diploma will still say January 2011. And I feel pretty real, a little scared, and very excited for the next steps in my life. I've been spending the holidays with my family in Wyoming, catching up on sleep, reconnecting with very good friends, and breathing in fresh mountain air under big blue skies.

So let's start this year off with a few of the many things I am loving right now:
  • Wanderlust with me and follow the adventures of Nomadic Matt and Adventurous Kate
  • My faith in Boston is completely renewed with this fabulous list of Boston Bloggers. Hours spent checking them all out-I highly recommend you do the same!
  • Why you should be guiltless. A great read, not that I'm biased or anything
  • Best Blogs? I like Time's List of Best Blogs of 2010. But I don't think mashable, Perez or Fail Blog are overrated. And there are a lot I would like to add to the list (check out my blogfeed for some of my favorites!!)
  • She blinded me with graphics: I'm obsessed with infographics, and love this one depicting what the average American Eats
  • Reading is Sexy: I love this list from the Friedman School of Nutrition in Boston of what its Nutrition Savy student are reading right now: Check it out!
  • Let's start this new year with a bang! I hope you are all having safe sex. and if you want to save the world while preventing pregnancy and STDs Check out Endangered Species Condoms (Wrap with Care-save a Polar Bear) and Sir Richards (1 for you and 1 for someone in a developing nation Make Love & Make Change)
What Great things will 2011 hold for you??

Happy 1.1.11 !!!!!