Sunday, December 16, 2012

My Favorite Things 2012

It's almost Christmas time, so this is when I try to put together a favorites things list. (Unlike Oprah, though, I am not giving away any of these things. Sorry!)

Vegan Treats - I missed the DC Veg Fest this year and thus missed the BEST vegan desserts around. This bakery is based out of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Incredible cannolis, among other yummy goodies...

Speaking of cannoli. Candle 79 restaurant in NYC is a new favorite restaurant of mine and their cannolis were soooooo delicious (and you get TWO!!! I could barely finish it.)  Need to get back up there soon for another meal--be sure to make reservations if you ever go! It is always crowded, I am happy to report.

Vegan parmasean cheese (from Galaxy International Foods) - by far, the BEST vegan parmasean cheese ever. Tastes like the real deal. I was introduced to it at John's of Twelfth Street Italian Restaurant in the East Village of NYC. I ordered some recently and now can happily sprinkle my pasta with cheesy flavor and get the same joy as if it were the real thing.

Hpnotiq liqueur--it looks like Romulan ale (see Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan  if you don't get the ref) but it has a lush citrusy soothing taste. As described on the bottle, it is a "refreshing blend  of premium French vodka, exotic fruit juices, and a touch of cognac."

Match brand stuffed vegan pork chops - Yes, they have the same texture of pork chops and they taste especially delicious since no pigs had to die to make my dining experience so pleasurable. 

Zevia sodas - all natural, made from stevia extract verses aspartame and all those other chemicals you find in regular diet sodas. And there are so many flavors. The Ginger Root Beer and the Dr. Zevia (tastes EXACTLY like diet Dr. Pepper) are the best, in this soda lover's opinion.

Have Yourself A Jazzy Little Christmas - This year I am really getting into jazz and this CD, recently purchased, is a gem. There is a song, "The Secret of Christmas" sung by Ella Fitzgerald, which is so lovely--I had never heard this song before. HIGHLY recommend.

Water aerobics - okay this is not a thing, but an activity, but it is one of those things that is becoming one of my favorite things to do AND it makes me feel better when I get down or sad.

My new Washington Nationals Christmas ornament, a round ball with the famous W logo surrounded by candy canes. LOVE IT! How could I not have this for my tree? Can't wait for Opening Day!

Gardein Holiday Roast - Looks like I will never try Tofurkey vegetarian roasts now. Why, when Gardein is now there, with a scrumptious roast perfect for holiday gatherings? My only quibble is its claim to feed 8 people. Try 4.

Pet Rabbit - My bunnies are going to go crazy when they see the special big toy I got them for Christmas this year.  This on-line store offers some very unique toys ideal for keeping your rabbit interested and playful.  Check them out at

Hope you and yours get all that you wish this Christmas season!

The Hoppy Vegan

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