August 15

Join me at the VegFest in Santa Rosa!

Many exciting events happening this weekend near Napa Valley. Come out and join me on Saturday in Santa Rosa for the VegFest. Indulge in delicious vegan food, enjoy national speakers, participate in healthy cooking demonstrations and did I mention the food?! I hope to see you there.

Welcome to the Sonoma County VegFest, Sonoma County’s first full-featured, indoor-outdoor celebration of compassionate, healthy and environmentally responsible living. This exciting day-long event will be held in Santa Rosa’s Finley Community Center from 10 am to 5 pm on August 16. It’s only $5 and kids under 13 are free!

The Sonoma County VegFest features nationally recognized speakers, delicious food, refreshing drink, dozens of local and bay area vendors, professional cooking demonstrations, free samples, and coconut ice cream! Be sure to come hungry, some of our food vendors are: Genuto (vegan gelato), Heidi Ho chia seed nacho cheese, Alive and Healing tempeh, Farm to Ferment sauerkraut and kimchi, two amazing vegan chocolatiers, Sjaak’s Chocolate and Obsessive Confection Disorder and much more. Lunch choices will include local favorites Gaia’s Garden, Lydia’s Lovin’ Foods and Gursha Ethiopian Catering. There will also be fresh sandwiches from Freja’s Seitan and many offerings from Sunny Vibrations vegan food truck.

The Sonoma County VegFest is proudly sponsored by Compassionate Living, a Sonoma County non-profit whose mission is to create a compassionate world where people are healthy, the environment is protected and all animals are free from human imposed suffering

August 14

Finally! Tasty Vegan Fast Food

I just came across this tasty vegan, gluten-free pizza this week at Whole Foods. The meat-free sausage is even gluten-free!

Most of the time, I just adore cooking and baking. It is a form of art and meditation for me. Manipulating whole foods into delicious and beautiful meals is just a thrill. However, once in a while I just need something that comes out of a box and is ready in 12 minutes. Here is my new favorite fast food. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

 

To learn more about this delicious vegan “heavy weight” click the link below:

http://www.tofurky.com/printimage/zip/sellsheets/Gluten%20Free%20Pesto%20Supreme%20Sell%20Sheet.pdf

August 14

Hair Sanctuary!

Tina Hoffman -Owner of Hair Sanctuary & me with my new fiery red 'do!
Tina Hoffman -Owner of Hair Sanctuary & me with my new fiery red ‘do!

 

For all of my fellow vegans out there who have been searching for a hair care system that is not only free of carcinogens and ammonia but is also organic AND vegan, your wait is over! Tina Hoffman, owner of Hair Sanctuary has been a hairstylist for 17 years. She has worked with many different hair color systems. Some of the products  were not safe for our planet, her clients or animals. She began to find that there was a deep conflict between her personal goals and professional life. If Tina wanted to continue creating art with hair, she knew something had to change. Her journey began 8 years ago. After trying products from health food stores that didn’t quite do the trick and extensive research, Tina found Organic Color Systems (OCS) based out of the U.K. Because of the limited distribution in the U.S. (Florida only), Tina started this new phase of her career by contacting OCS Headquarters directly. As Tina transitioned her salon to the OCS System she found that many clients were excited about the change but just as many clients were skeptical that the results would fall short of their expectations. The truth is she did not lose a single client because of the new products! In fact, the only things her clients gave up were harsh chemicals, artificial fragrances, and the toxic odor many of us associate with hair salons. When I became a new client, I had short platinum blond hair. You can just imagine the chemical odors I experienced at other salons. What I remember most about my first experience at Hair Sanctuary was that when she rinsed the product from my hair it smelled like rose petals! Amazing. Now I am a fiery redhead and when the product is rinsed out it smells a bit like licorice. Yum! Many new clientele (me included) seek out her services because of her choice of compassionate, animal-free products. She has also chosen to use styling products that are all organic and many are also vegan. Now with the support of Organic Color System, Tina can be a better artist and feel good about her choices. If you would like to set a consultation and appointment, please call Tina at Hair Sanctuary located in downtown Napa at 1834 First Street, Suite #14 (707) 225-1754. Tina’s clients are all referral based so please be sure to let her know that you read about her and OCS on my blog – Napa Valley Vegan,

There is nothing more beautiful than knowing that our choices are mindful and loving of other living beings!