In the wake of our infancy here at Red Hot Vegans we perked enough ears to receive some free food from two different vendors: Soyummi Foods and Galaxy Nutritional Foods. Our loving blog czar Marie kindly offered me the opportunity to eat the free food and blog about it. I promptly ate the food, but I neglected to blog about it. Now, with Vegan MoFo fully upon us and the push for content ever looming, I decided to dust off my pics and give that free food its due.
The good people of Galaxy Nutritional Foods sent us samples of their newish vegan cheese shreds, available in two flavors: Mozzarella and Mexican. I gave both flavors a test run with a pizza and a quesadilla. Like Daiya and Follow Your Heart, this cheese is billed as a vegan cheese that actually melts. And melt it does! In fact, it liquefies. When we ate the Mozarella on pizza we had to do some quick thinking and fold our slices up like pizza tacos to prevent burning cheese spillage. Since this cheese melts so very well, you can get away with using a little less of it than you would with other brands. Additionally, I think these cheese shreds offer a sharper and more pungent flavor. Considering the sharper flavor and the extreme meltability, I think the best use of Galaxy cheese may be in a sauce. A creamy fettucinni alfredo sauce or a spicy southwestern mac and cheese sauce would really hit the spot right now. Whole Foods sells the Galaxy cheese at a lower price than some of the other brands, and that saves you money for dessert; which brings me to the Soyummi pudding.
These individually packaged puddings are low in calories, gluten free, additive free, and refined sugar free. Rest assured: they are not flavor free. I enjoyed these puddings, finding that they taste unexpectedly fresh for something that comes from a package. Though they are light and fresh, one package of pudding will not satisfy you like a Cliff bar or a handful of nuts. If you are like me, then you could easily eat the whole four pack in one sitting. However, if all you want is a virtuous little dessert then these puddings will serve you well. I tried the dark chocolate flavor (reminds me of chocolate mousse) and the tapioca flavor (such satisfying little balls).
So there you have it! Soyummi Foods and Galaxy Nutritional Foods validated our blogger existence with some free samples. We ARE a real blog! We are!
Do you ever find yourself perusing the online offerings of one of your favorite online vegan retailers and wishing for your own local vegan grocery store, where you could walk the aisles and shop at your leisure? With their online vegan store that provides free delivery to local pickup spots, Rabbit Food Grocery is well on the way to turning that dream into a reality. (Especially with their record day of sales at Texas Veg Fest!) We are lucky to have so many vegan-friendly grocery stores in town. But a 100% vegan, brick-and-mortar grocery store, owned and operated by vegans, would provide our community with the opportunity to sample the many diverse products that we currently only drool over in the back pages of Veg News Magazine. Such a store would allow us to keep our dollars in the vegan community, supporting cruelty free living at every step. And just imagine the benefits to the animals of providing a tactile browsing environment to the vegan-curious.
Jessica Morris and Gabriel Figueroa officially opened Rabbit Food Grocery for business on January 16. Currently, the majority of their sales come from the local pickup orders. They partner with vegan-friendly eateries who host their pickups and benefit from the increased traffic. Rabbit Food customers can look forward to grabbing a meal at Conscious Cravings, or the soon to be reopened Counter Culture. If you pick up your order, only to realize that you forgot to order a chocolate-covered dillo, never fear: the genius Pop-Up Shop comes to the rescue. You can look forward to browsing the Pop-Up Shop when you pick up your order; it’s a unique opportunity to get a closeup look at new or unfamiliar products. A word to the wise: they can only bring a small sample to the Pop-Up Shops, so be proactive and place your order online beforehand. You don’t want to miss out on Sheese or Match Meat!
Every once in a while a product comes along that just blows me away. A friend pointed out Chocolate Zico in the grocery store the other day, and compared it to Yoo-hoo. I never liked Yoo-hoo, so I was skeptical at first, but Chocolate Zico proved to be amazing. It’s chocolatey, coconuty, salty, sweet – even my husband who doesn’t eat chocolate went back for extra sips. It’s magic in a bottle!
I’d been hearing about a couple of vegan honey alternatives for a while now, but hadn’t found any in Austin. That was until last week, when I found honey flavored agave from Sohgave at Wheatsville. It seems like this product has been out for a while, but maybe other people have missed its release like I did – or maybe it’s new at Wheatsville. Whatever the case may be, I’m glad I found it, and I’m sure you will be too. It’s perfect for adding to tea, making baklava, or drizzling over anything! Update: Rabbit Food Grocery now carries Bee Free Honee. I went from having no vegan honey, to having two vegan honeys – this must be my week!
The Vegg – the world’s first vegan egg yolk – has finally been released. It’s available through Vegan Essentials, Pangea, Food Fight Grocery, and a host of other online groceries. It’s great for french toast, hollandaise sauce, frittata, custard, the list goes on. And 10% of the proceeds go towards our friends over at Compassion Over Killing!
Magic melting vegan cheese maker Daiya introduced a new line of cheese wedges at Expo West, including a jack, cheddar and jalepeño garlic havarti style wedge. The line will launch April 1st – but at least one online grocery already has it in stock. I checked with Rabbit Food Grocery, Wheatsville and the downtown Whole Foods to see if they had any early shipments, but none of them currently stock it. Be sure to let me know if you see them around town – I can’t wait to get my hands on these babies and make vegan fried cheese sticks! Update: Wheatsville and the downtown Whole Foods have both started carrying the new Daiya wedges – yay!!