Veganista Goes Farming

Adventures WWOOFing in BC (World Wide Opportunities in Organic Farming)

Eat Nākd – Raw Fruit and Nut Bars July 14, 2014

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Walking into Whole Foods recently these new Nākd bars caught my eye, first with their delicious sounding flavours, and then with their ingredients and price. Needing a quick snack, I picked up both Cashew Cookie and Chocolate Orange. At only 140 calories, these vegan gluten-free bars were sounding better and better. Ingredients? Mainly nuts and dates, but blended smooth into a chewy bar. At $1.60 CAD each the price was great too.

Once paid for, I had to try both (in the car!) Delicious – chewy, with a pure flavour. The Chocolate Orange, edged out the very good Cashew Cookie for me by a small margin. I’ve purchased the bars since then, and am keeping my eye out for them at closer stores.

To check out Nākd fruit and nut bars, please visit:

*Disclaimer. For highlighting their product I’m being sent a mixed box of their bars. Since I’d already seen, tried, and thoroughly enjoyed them, it was an easy yes for me.


Cross-Country Bus Trip: Part 1 February 13, 2013

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English: Sudbury Transit bus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I finally made it to my first destination, Lasqueti Island, BC, but it was more of an adventure than I ever thought.

I arrived by bus, on a trip spanning three days and 5 provinces.  It started off quite well with a dear friend dropping me off at the station, and great seatmate that traveled with me to Sudbury.  I chose to sit beside her when I saw she was eating chocolate (there is a sensible woman!).

However in Sudbury things began to go down-hill.  An hour bus cleaning turned into an 2 1/2 hr stop to change a flat tire.  But I was philosophical about it, and took the time to stretch my legs, chat a little, and journal.

When we got back under way, all was well until past Thunder Bay, in Upsala ON.  There the police were called!  One passenger had threatened another, a mild-mannered man with a handlebar mustache. It worked out in the end, with the man who started it being kicked off to join the next bus, in 8 hrs.

After that drama, I breathed a sigh of relief temporarily in Winnipeg.  We had a 3 hour layover, so I grabbed a quick dinner with a fellow passenger I’d chatted a bit with.  It went very well, but I drank tea and he did tequila shots!  After, another passenger invited us to the pub for a drink, and I was happy to go anywhere as long as I could wi-fi.

Back at the bus station though, Security was not impressed.  My temporary companions didn’t make it through, especially because one of them, the one I ate dinner with, joked about having a gun.  (Two more for the next bus in 8 hrs.)

On top of all of this, in Saskatoon, someone with mental health issues and a strong smell was kicked off.  However in the process I did learn that “he” was a “she” (I really, really, couldn’t tell).

But, that was all easy compared to what happened in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan…


New Year’s Resolution January 27, 2013

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January 2013

Veganista is trading her heels for work boots, and traveling to organic farms!  First stop is Lasqueti Island BC. It’s completely off-grid (which in this case means outhouses but high-speed internet).  Will post more soon…


Cheeky Monkey Jewelry – 40% off January 23, 2010

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Monkeys, Penguins, and Squirrels.  Oh my!

Nimli just announced their 40% off sale on all Cheeky Monkey jewelry with the coupon CHEEKY40.  They have a huge selection of animals ranging from $24 – $222 (with coupon),  all of which are in recycled gold or silver.  In addition, a portion of Cheeky Monkey’s proceeds supports The Humane Society of the United States.  Now you can help animals and be environmentally friendly all at once!

If I had to choose a favorite pendant of theirs, I think I’d pick the sea-horse.  The creatures are so elegant, and they are in need of saving.  The majority of the roughly thirty-five classified species of sea-horse worldwide are threatened with extinction because they are killed “unintentionally” in seafood production.  At least with this pendant, if someone compliments me on it, I can say “Why thank you, I love how beautiful they are, but they’re in terrible danger you know.”  “Oh?”  And then I’ll explain, how they’re common by-catch of the tuna and shrimp industries.

Maybe I’ll save a sea-horse 🙂


Asparagus & Pine Nut Tart by VeganEasy January 22, 2010

Filed under: Food — Jan @ 9:55 am

This gorgeous tart from Vegan Easy, is pretty simple to make.

Asparagus and Pine Nut Tart

by Jo

Serves 2

10 stalks asparagus, remove woody ends
1 slice puff pastry (most are vegan)
2 tsp whole grain mustard
1 tbsp Tofutti cream ‘cheese’
1 tbsp non-dairy milk
Vegan ‘hard cheese’
1 tbsp pine nuts

Heat oven to 180°C.

Cut the pastry sheet in half so you have two rectangles.  Gently score a line (not cutting all the way through the pastry) all the way around the rectangle, about ½cm from the edge.

Place the pastry on a baking sheet.  Spread both pastry rectangles with a little mustard and arrange 5 asparagus stalks on each (inside the scored line).  Bake in the oven for about 5 minutes, until the pastry begins to rise.

Mix together the cream ‘cheese’ and milk then pour over the two tarts and sprinkle with a little vegan ‘cheese’.  Put the tarts back in the oven and bake until they are golden brown (about 10 minutes).

In the meantime toast the pine nuts in a dry pan over a low heat (watch carefully as the burn quickly).

Sprinkle the pine nuts over the cooked tarts.


Animal Activism Helps People

Filed under: Activism — Jan @ 2:35 am

As vegans, sometimes people say we should care more about people and less about animals.  However, vegans definitely do care about people, but in the past I haven’t been sure of the best way to answer.  I recently found a great reply to this statement on Mark Hawthorne’s blog “Striking at the Roots” that I’ve posted below:

Q. How can so many people band together to help animals, but not care about HUMAN suffering around the world?

A. I’m pleased to say your position is simply not true. Who says a person can’t care about animals AND humans? I mean, humans are animals, too. Animal activism is not only about compassion toward non-human animals. It’s about concern for human health (eating animal-based foods leads to a host of diseases); it’s about concern for human safety (people who abuse animals are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against humans); it’s about concern for the environment (animal agribusiness is the biggest contributor to global warming, not to mention what it does to the rain forests, our water and air); it’s about concern for human rights (factory farms are notorious for abusing their workers); and much more. The claim that “animal activists don’t care about humans” always seems to be made by meat-eaters as a way to make themselves feel less guilty about contributing to animal abuse.

Image courtesy of PETA

Mark Hawthorne is a veteran animal rights activist and author of the excellent book “Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism”.


Jewelry & Gifts at Ten Thousand Villages January 21, 2010

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Ten Thousand Villages is a wonderful store.  All their items are fair trade, helping thousands of talented artisans around the globe earn a living and provide for their families.

These items are just a few of the number I saw on their website.  They have a large choice of everything you can think of!  Visit Ten Thousand Villages here (or click on any of the pictures above), and know that your purchase is helping someone in need.