I am officially Detroit’s Wine Diva!

I am so excited to announce that I’ve officially signed up with Wine Shop At Home as an Independent Wine Consultant!

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I’ve been dragging my feet on signing up and have decided that this is the month in which I stop procrastinating and make it happen. I joined on Wednesday and I’m ready to Rock and Roll!  I don’t know if I’m more excited about meeting new people and sharing the companies Artisan Wine Collection through Tastings, or if I’m more excited about my personal wine membership and all of the fabulous pairing ideas and recipes that will be birthed from my monthly wine selections.

Anywhoo.. I won’t go on and on about this however, if you’re a Wine Lover like myself and would like to learn more about the Wines, Shop Artisan Wines, Join the Wine Club, or would like to learn more about the Business Opportunity then feel free to visit my website.

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New Experience (Food Truck): NoshPit Detroit

It’s Food Truck Season here in Downtown Detroit!

During the summer months we like to take our lunch breaks outside in and around Campus Martius and Cadillac Square where there’s always great food, live music, and tons of interesting things to do and see. One of my personal favorite activities is visiting the food trucks for a different lunch experience every day. Last week, I saw on Instagram that a Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurant that I’ve been dying to try was going to be in Cadillac Square all week so, I had to pay them a visit.

Because, I’ve been planning to visit their Hamtramck Restaurant since their Grand-Opening earlier this year, I already knew that I couldn’t wait to try “The Larry” which is a Vegan Reuben made with Corned Beets, Sauerkraut, Vegan Cheeze or Sharp Cheddar , House-made 1000 Island Dressing, on fresh-grilled NY Kosher Rye.

I might have failed to mention that one of the main ingredients… ❤ “love” made this sandwich incredible. This Vegan spin on a traditional/classic sandwich was very delicious and over exceeded my expectations. I have never had Beets on anything outside of a Salad and was very pleasantly surprised on how flavorful this Sandwich truly was. Overall, I really enjoyed the experience.. good food and super friendly staff. I can’t wait to visit the restaurant to try more of their signature dishes!

If you’re ever in Detroit (Hamtramck) and want a good Vegetarian/Vegan meal, I highly encourage you to stop into Nosh Pit located at 2995 Yemans, Hamtramck, MI 48212

http://www.noshpitdetroit.com

Check them out on IG: @noshpitdetroit

Deep Fried Vegan Buffalo Strips

It’s officially been 5 months since I’ve last eaten meat. I not only feel fantastic but, I’ve lost a little weight.

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I’ve been having so much fun trying new things.. I’ve made homemade Seitan, tried Tempeh, Mastered Tofu, and have a new found appreciation for Kroger’s pre-made Veggie Burgers, Hot Dogs, Breakfast Sausages, and Italian Sausages. (Who knew that Meat-less Meat could be soooo delicious?)

This week I have been craving something deep fried and Buffalo Flavored.. Got in the kitchen and BAM.. this happened!

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Deep Fried Vegan Buffalo Strips

Ingredients

1 16-ounce block tofu, well-pressed

1/4 cup corn starch

1/2 tsp. garlic salt

1/2 tsp. onion powder

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-To-1 Baking Flour

1/4 cup of Soy Milk

1 to 2 tbsp. oil for pan-frying

1/3 cup hot wing sauce, or any kind of hot sauce you like

Directions

After well-pressing your Tofu cut into your desired shape.

In a plastic zip lock bag combine your Seasonings and Cornstarch. Put your Tofu into the mixture and coat.

Heat your oil in a non-stick frying pan.

While your oil is heating.. Dip your Tofu into the Soy Milk and Coat with your Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Flour.

Add Tofu to the oil and pan-fry.. cooking each side until golden brown (about 2-3 minutes on each side).

Once they’re nice and golden.. Remove and Enjoy with your Favorite Hot Sauce and Ranch!

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New Experience (Restaurant) : Detroit Vegan Soul ❤

I recently decided to treat myself to a fancy lunch which led me to the cutest little Vegetarian Soul Food Restaurant here in Detroit, Detroit Vegan Soul. They have two locations one near my work and another near my home which is absolutely amazing.

I chose to visit the location near my home and was pleasantly surprised. The restaurant had a really nice vibe, it was cute and cozy, and the staff was friendly which is always a bonus.

I had visited their website menu prior to going to the restaurant to get a feel for what they offer and instantly fell in love with Everything on the menu. I ultimately decided to try the Fried Tofu “Catfish” Dinner.

The dinner came with 4 pieces of Fried Tofu “Catfish”, Vegan Tarter Sauce, 2 Hush puppies, Red Skin Potatoes & Onions, and a Broccoli/Corn Medley. Everything was absolutely incredible. I must give a big kudos to them.. That Fried Tofu was Bomb! I’ve learned a neat little trick on how to make delicious Tofu (recipes coming soon) however, after trying this I apparently still have a lot to learn.

Overall, I loved everything about the experience and I now have a new fave place to visit that’s close to home. ❤

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New Food Experience: Veggie Bibimbap

Making the decision and commitment to live a healthy Vegetarian life has been so exciting! Everyday is a new experience. A little over 3 weeks in and I feel absolutely incredible.

Today, I tried Bibimbap a Korean Veggie Bowl with Rice, Roasted & Sauteed Veggies, topped with a fried Egg and Spicy Kochujang Sauce.

When I tell you this dish gave me life… I mean it gave me my whole entire life!

This dish was rich and flavorful and contained an explosion of flavors from sweet to spicy, with the perfect hint of salty from the seaweed. The Vegetables were made to perfection… There was Spinach, Broccoli, Zucchini, Squash, Lima Beans, Cabbage, and strips of Seaweed Wrap. This was different from pretty much anything that I’ve ever eaten. I did really enjoy the dish overall and am super inspired to try my hand at recreating this at home. I can’t wait to try it and share the recipe. Stay posted to see how it turns out.

New Year.. New Food Goals!

With the New Year… as always comes the New Year Resolutions. This year I’ve decided to re-visit an old Resolution.. Becoming Ovo-Lacto Vegetarian! I tried being Vegetarian a few years ago and it was great however, as a younger woman I wasn’t very committed. I did enjoy playing around with Tofu and trying “new” veggies and recipes however, I wasn’t much of a cook and the Lifestyle got pretty expensive.. eating out all of the time.

Now that I’m older and wiser 🙂

I’ve decided to re-visit the Veg Life! I’m doing this more so, for health reasons. I’ve suffered from Hypertension for over 20 years now and I’ve packed on the pounds over the years and now I’m ready to re-claim my life and make healthier decisions.

With that being said I’ve decided to show my lil Blog Baby some love as I have been MIA for a few months while I made awful food choices 😦 Now, I’m  back.. Focused.. and Eager as Ever to start my Journey anew as a real life Vegetarian.

It’s only been officially 2 days but, I feel great and am staying committed.

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Day 1: Roasted Veggies with Balsamic Vinegar 🙂

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Day 2: Roasted Veggies and Tomato Bisque soup 🙂

Stay posted to see what’s coming up next!

 

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Quick Lunch: Antipasto Salad

There was nothing fabulous or fancy about this lunch it was simply delicious and super healthy! Well… Healthier than what I typically eat 🙂

This salad was delivered to my desk via the Press Room Detroit Cafe-Market. Which is a convenient, and brilliant idea to earn extra money for the restaurant and super convenient for those of us who are too lazy (just kidding) Too busy… to run downstairs. Anywhoo.. Just a quick check in and hopefully inspiration to someone who wants to eat healthier but, lacks ideas, and motivation.

Ingredients:

  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Roasted Red Peppers
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Artichoke Hearts
  • Garbanzo Beans
  • Genoa Salami
  • Provolone Cheese
  • Kalamata Olives
  • Pepperoni
  • Pepperocini

Light Italian Dressing!

Enjoy