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DC Vegfest 2014

This past Saturday was the DC Vegfest sponsored by Compassion Over Killing. I only realized it the Monday before, so it was a wonderful surprise and a totally spur of the moment trip. DC VegFest

The day was a total blast and even though it was a bit hot, the weather was beautiful. It’s been announced that there was about 15,000 people there throughout the day…15 THOUSAND people! That’s crazy…and awesome!

The first thing I wanted to do when we got there was obviously eat! Only having gone to the Bethlehem VegFest, I was NOT expecting such crazy lines. I didn’t mind it for the most part, but we actually skipped Vegan Treats all together because the line was ridiculous from the second it opened. We took a quick stroll around to check out what food vendors were there, and I saw someone with a plate of nachos from DC Bread and Brew and very enthusiastically exclaimed, “I NEED NACHOS!” And boy were they worth it. They were huge and delicious, and were served in a frisbee. We sat in the music tent and listened to  a very talented two person music group, Buntopia.

DC Bread and Brew Nachos
DC Bread and Brew Nachos

I ate most of the nachos, so my husband wanted to grab some sushi. I only had a piece of two, and it was good, but I think the nachos were a better deal (both being $7 each).

Vegan Sushi from Vegetable Garden
Vegan Sushi from Vegetable Garden

I was super torn because I really wanted to buy a bunch of crap I don’t need stuff, but the sensible side got the best of me. I really wanted a t-shirt from Herbivore Clothing, but my husband politely reminded me I don’t need anymore t-shirts, and he’s completely right. I love supporting ethical companies, but not just for the sake of acquiring more stuff.  Although, I did see someone later tweet about this tank top they got and I had a small twinge of buyers remorse.

Herbivore Clothing
Herbivore Clothing

There were a lot of free samples to be had, especially from the bigger companies. So Delicious (have you read about their latest news?) had a little stand with a bunch of free samples and coupons. There was always a line but it moved quickly. They had a coconut cappuccino drink (Cococcino), which was sooo good, I wish I could drink/eat coconut products without breaking out. They also had chocolate milk samples, and ice cream bars in strawberry and mocha almond fudge.

So Delicious Mocha Almond Fudge
So Delicious Mocha Almond Fudge

We ate our ice cream and listened to Bryant Terry speak a bit. I learned that the Black Panthers started the free breakfast for school children program. There was ALWAYS a crowd in the speaker tent. A little later in the day we listened to Robin Quivers talk about going from working in the medical field to being a patient. I was very impressed with their speaker line up.

Crowd for Guest Speaker Bryant Terry
Crowd for Guest Speaker Bryant Terry

I do have a few regrets of the day, and it’s always the same thing when I go to a food festival…I get so full and can’t try everything I’d like to. I saw someone sit down with a Gyro from Randy Radish and for the rest of the day I kept saying “I’d really like one of those gyros…maybe next year we should bring a Tupperwear.”

Randy Radish Menu
Randy Radish Menu

The lady from Ape Man Foods mentioned to me that their food was all raw because I had my Eat Raw Live Long shirt on. I declined politely, but what I really wanted to tell her was how much I wanted to try her BLT (with eggplant “bacon”) but that I was so stuffed nothing I was afraid to shove anything else in my face.

Ape Man Foods
Ape Man Foods – I really wanted to try everything they had, but I was so stuffed at that point. Very reasonably priced too!

I also kept saying we’d get some Sticky Fingers on the way out so we wouldn’t have to carry it around with us, but by the time we were leaving it was so hot, I was still full, and there was a decent crowd around their tent. Plus we still had cake at home.

Sticky Fingers
Sticky Fingers

Even though DC is a good 2 hours away, I think it’s important to support these events to let companies/organizations know the demand is there. 15,000 people were there this past weekend, and whether they were vegan, vegetarian, or neither, the attention being brought to animal activism and a plant based diet is amazing.

We Made A Tiny Purchase…

We bought something this weekend…

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Okay, not just the gazebo…but the house that it comes with!

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And since it’s an older house and needs some remodeling, my first thought was “let’s go to IKEA!”

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Since we were already in the Baltimore area, I persuaded the dude to take a detour to Trader Joe’s since neither of us had ever been there before. I loved it! Unfortunately, we couldn’t get any perishables because we had over an hour drive home, but we picked up some goodies. I had to crack open the kale chips and the chocolate bar on the way home. I really wanted to try their almond butter because it was recommended, plus it’s way cheaper than any of the stuff in our grocery store, but alas, the shelf was completely empty. =( Another thing we noticed was how friendly everyone was. The older lady in front of us let us go ahead of her because we only had a few things, and then clerk asked me how I was doing, and he seemed so genuine. We probably just happened to encounter nice people, but it was a very pleasant trip.

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The spinach and garlic chips are so good, I want to die and go to garlic heaven. =)

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Pow! Perfect snack for designing our kitchen!

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So good! I can’t believe how delicious they are!

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I’ve had a coupon for this for a while but hadn’t seen it anywhere. Of course, I found it at Weis and didn’t have the coupon with me, but it was on sale so I tried it. I’m not a big coffee drinker, but every once in a while I like an iced latte. Overall, it’s pretty good. There’s no high fructose corn syrup, but it still has too much sugar for me (20g per 8oz). It’s also a little thinner than I was expecting, but the coffee/mocha flavor is spot on. Plus, it’s a lot cheaper than getting an iced soy latte from Sheetz.

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We finished off the weekend with some delicious vegetable curry and my favorite inari (tofu skin) rolls.

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Monday morning body fat% =19.1. I can handle that.

Our inspections are this week and then we still have a while until closing. Any words of wisdom for a first time home owner?

Recipe: Grapefruit and Kale Green Smoothie

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The ginger in this smoothie makes it spicy. If you aren’t a ginger fan, omit it or use less.

 

Ingredients:

2 cups of water

1 grapefruit

juice from 1/2 a lemon

about an inch of peeled ginger

2 large handfuls of kale (or more)

1 cup of frozen mango

sweetener (agave, stevia, etc) if needed (I skip it)

 

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Blend the water and kale first to help break it down.

Then add the rest of the ingredients.

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Makes about 2 mason jars full of green goodness. Drink one now, and refrigerate one for later!

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