MARYLAND STYLE CRAB CAKES with semolina roll, tangy remoulade, and bibb lettuce.

restaurant reviews: Charlie was a sinner. Philadelphia

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Charlie was a sinner. is the new vegan bar by Nicole Marquis, owner of HipCityVeg. Michael Santoro, the chef, uses seasonal ingredients to make his bar friendly dishes. The menu is made up of small dish styles, including Soup & Salad, On Toast, Salty, Chargrilled, and Pan Roasted. #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 25%; } #gallery-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1 .gallery-caption... 

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Better Bean Review

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Mauro and I love all types of beans and we cook them from scratch for the most part. We always keep some prepared beans (canned, frozen, etc.) on hand, though, for those days when we’re tight on time and need to prep a quick dinner. Better Bean is now one of our favorites to keep on hand. They have 5 types of prepared and well seasoned beans that are ready to heat and eat. Of course all of their flavor are vegan. Each flavor can be used in a variety of ways and recipes (check out their website for ideas). They... 

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McDonald's Sign

McDonald’s will be completely vegan by 2015

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

DOYLESTOWN, PA:  McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) today announced that their entire menu would be vegan by 2015. “We think that by making the entire menu vegan will be good for the environment and also good for our bottom line.” Said McDonald’s Pete Bensen, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. This will lower McDonald’s carbon emission and Amazon deforestation by 10%. PETA’s co-founder, Ingrid Newkirk, commented “This is really good news for the animals. This will save the lives of billions... 

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Julie's Original mixes

Julie’s Original Gluten-Free Cake Mix

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Brownie mix with Raspberries and chocolate chipsWhite cake mis as a cofffee cafeJulie’s Original mixes Julie Hasson is one of my favorite vegan celebrities. Her cooking videos captivated me back when I was still a vegetarian. Her adorable, bubbly personality, effortlessly making vegan pancakes and Italian sausages won me over. I was fascinated that I could make my own vegan sausages at home and they were better than store-bought. I once made a batch of them for a vegan summer picnic which our local paper was covering... 

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Ellovi Body Butter Review

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

This winter was brutal here in PA. It was cold, it was dry, it got colder and it got drier. My skin was drier than it’s ever been, for a little while at least. The lovelies at Ellovi were kind enough to send me a sample of their amazing body butter to try out. This gem of a butter saved my skin from chapping, cracking and flaking this winter. Ellovi body butter is made with 6 ingredients—macadamia nut, coconut, marula nut, hemp seed, shea and non GMO cornstarch—, has no fragrance (just the natural smell of... 

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Nurture My Body Giveaway

Sunday, March 16, 2014

I’m always on the lookout for a good facial moisturizer for different times of the year, even though I already have a few favorites. My skin is slightly on the dry side so I need a heavy duty one in the colder months and a medium weight one from spring to the beginning of fall. Spring is finally around the corner (it just can’t get here quick enough in PA) and I’m already set. Nurture My Body’s organic Energizing Moisture Cream* “A revitalizing formula with seaweed avocado for normal to... 

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Vegan Cheese Steaks at Horns – Bethlehem, PA

Thursday, February 20, 2014

If you live in southeastern PA you know that Bethlehem is home to our beloved Vegan Treats, and it’s slowly gaining vegan momentum. One of the newer eateries in town to add vegan offering on their menu is Horns. Horns specializes in local and organic comfort foods and now has an ever growing list of vegan offerings, thanks to chef Amber. I had heard about Horns’ becoming vegan-friendly last year, but was a bit reluctant to enjoy a meal there because of the taxidermy animal heads hanging on the walls. I... 

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Petit Vour Box Review & Giveaway

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Vegan snack and cosmetic gift/subscription boxes abound nowadays and I’m glad for it. They’re all different in their own way, catering to different needs and niches, but most important of all, catering to anyone looking for animal-free and cruelty-free products. I’ve reviewed other vegan boxes here on the blog and I’m so glad I got the chance to review Petit Vour, as well. Petit Vour is a monthly delivery of cruelty-free beauty products, hand-picked from businesses that align quality with progressive... 

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Better Than Vegan Cookbook Giveaway

atovegan_better-than-vegan_breakfast-burritos What could be Better Than Vegan* you may ask. Chef Del Sroufe’s answer would be, being a healthy vegan. When Chef Del became vegan, he didn’t concern himself with what types of food he was eating, as long as they were 100% plant-based. But as the years went by and he started getting heavier and […] Read more...

Vegan Holiday Gifts for Him, 2013 edition

gifts-for-him-2013 Lists of gift ideas for the holidays are a popular feature everywhere on the internet this time of the year, so we couldn’t be left out Here are some suggestions that I like, taken from various sources, including some items previously reviewed here on From A to Vegan. Hopefully this will offer some gift ideas […] Read more...

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Better Bean Review


Mauro and I love all types of beans and we cook them from scratch for the most part. We always keep some prepared beans (canned, frozen, etc.) on hand, though, for those days when we’re tight on time and need to prep a quick dinner. Better Bean is now one of our favorites to keep […]


Vegan Gastronomy Trips

Vegan Gastronomy: Toronto & Vegetarian Food Festival

Castle near Casa Loma

We’ve been blogging about our camping trip to Ithaca and Toronto, with the Vegetarian Food Festival being final destination, for the past week. Here’s the penultimate post about our trip. Yes, there’s one more post coming. We had never been to Toronto before, so we were really looking forward to it. We’d heard so many […]



What You Eat Can Heal or Kill You – Part 1


I’ve been thinking about writing a long post on the benefits of a plant-based/vegan diet as a means for disease (plural) prevention. I’ve decided to break it up into several parts so it’s not too long, there’s way too much to cover, and because I wanted to share Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s CNN documentary on “The […]



Vegan Cuts Beauty Box Review


You may have seen my previous review for the Vegan Cuts Snack Box. Well, ladies and gents, this here is a review on the Vegan Cuts Beauty Box*. When I received the December sample box and opened it, I squealed with joy. The sparkly Medusa body shimmer with a fluffy pink applicator, the glittery Persephone […]

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