Do you guys read the VegNews blogs? My favorite is This Just In, highlighting the newest vegan products on the market. While I rarely run out to pick the products up, it's nice to know what's out there. I'm in no way one of those lucky bloggers who get sent products to review, but I picked up two seasonal beverages and a snack lately AND got a package in the mail from one of my superawesome friends today, so I thought I'd do my own version of This Just In.
First up, two seasonal drinks which aren't new but only make it to stores around this time of the year and I hadn't tried either before. Tecnhically, it feels a little early for either but I couldn't help but grab one of each when I saw them at Whole Foods:
My favorite of the two is Westsoy's chocolate peppermint milk because the flavor is a little bit deeper. The Rice Dream nog is good too, though, and I'm glad it's not a soy milk flavor because soy nogs are a little too thick for my liking. I've been drinking the rice nog in tea and the chocolate peppermint milk, um, right out of the container. I had the best of intentions of baking with both flavors and I may still but I think I'll wait until the holidays are closer because neither of these drinks are exactly health food. I don't want them around unless they serve an actual purpose (last year my friend and I made vegan nog cupcakes with rum raisins in them!)
On a different trip to Whole Foods I found a bunch of flavors of these little Pulsin' bars:
Sarah had posted about these a while back and, like the obsessive collector I am, I had to try any new bar brand. There were four other flavors, three of which were vegan, and I picked those all up. They're good and I like that they are thick and dense. Sometimes LARAbars can seem too insubstantial. However, these are pricey (about 2.50 each - they're made in the UK) and I probably won't pick them up again. They are also high in sugar and saturated fat (if you care about that kind of thing.) Oh - also, if you are inclined to try one, you really only need to get one flavor. They all tasted pretty much the same to me.
Okay, and for the real delivery, some non-edibles from my friend Pat, who recently moved to Texas, and I miss that crazy kid like hell. I mailed him a copy of my latest zine, and lookit what I got back!
A tote bag...with a unicat he designed on it!! Vegans loooove unicats, right??
And a transparency of ...a CobraKitten! Almost as cool as a Unicat.
Since vegans love cats (fact) this is pertinent but don't judge the cat-on-cobrakitten violence too harshly:
My cat hates cobrakittens almost as much as I love gin martinis. Oh! And! Pat also sent me a recipe to put in my next zine:
Because when Pat isn't selling hybrid fantastical animals on Etsy, he's making amazing food. So, yay, thanks Pattypan. I'm working on a package for him too. I might post something about that before I mail it out.
Staff Pick: UNICAT BAG!!