August 28

Napa Farmers Market – Vegan style!

Napa Humane Mobile Adoption Unit
Napa Humane Mobile Adoption Unit

Napa Humane is a local non-profit that offers humane education, low cost spay/neutering, a weekly vaccination clinic and the Mobile Adoption Unit for our Napa Valley dogs, cats and bunnies. The Mobile Adoption Unit debuted in May 2005 and has been partnering with local animal welfare groups including the Napa County Animal Shelter ever since! I have been volunteering for Napa Humane since their first annual Walk for Animals in 2012. if you have been to any of their exciting fundraisers, you have probably seen me there too. I do always love a good party. And you can always find me on Fridays at the vaccination clinic holding puppies and kissing dogs. I got to spend my morning Tuesday in the Mobile Adoption Unit with Wendi Piscia, Program Administrator of Napa Humane, Emily the Chihuahua mix and four adorable bunny rabbits at the Napa Farmers Market. You can find the Mobile Adoption Unit on the first and last Tuesdays and second Saturday each month through October from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. When it was time for a snack, I wandered around the Market and chatted with some really friendly and helpful people. I was really excited by the many vegan options available!

You can't miss this fresh and delicious granola!
You can’t miss this fresh and delicious granola!

 

My first stop was The Handmade Pantry. Jane Bell creates the freshest, most delicious granola I have every tasted. Almost all of the granola is vegan ( a couple flavors contain honey), and there are gluten and wheat-free options as well as nut-free options. There is a granola flavor that will satisfy everyone! Jane offers generous samples of each of her granola masterpieces. I brought home a bag of the gingerbread granola and I sprinkle it on everything!

 

FM Granola

 

 

Stop by Duck Duck Goose Farms!
Stop by Duck Duck Goose Farms!

My next stop was Duck Duck Goose Farms a pesticide-free, biodynamic farm with crops in Napa. They offer premade salads so you can keep your energy up while shopping the Market. They always offer a vegan option on their menu!

 

Duck Duck Goose Farms' menu board!
Duck Duck Goose Farms’ menu board!

 

Love the Field Blend vegan salad!
Love the Field Blend vegan salad!

 

There are also several farms that offer pesticide free and organic fruits and vegetables including Rodriguez Farms, The Patch, J&M Ibarra Farm and Long Meadow Ranch. Be sure to stop by and thank them for choosing to go organic!

 

Long Meadow Ranch organic produce
Long Meadow Ranch organic produce

 

Rodriguez Farms organic strawberries!
Rodriguez Farms organic strawberries!

 

More organic produce!
More organic produce!

 

And finally after finding all of this amazing produce and vegan food… I found the chocolate!

Desmond with Wine Country Chocolates
Desmond with Wine Country Chocolates

 

Many of these delicious chocolates are dairy-free! Desmond offered me many samples and they were all so good I couldn’t decide on my favorite. I guess I will just have to keep visiting Wine Country Chocolates and tasting the chocolate to make up my mind!

 

 

 

Dark Chocolate! Yum...
Dark Chocolate! Yum…

 

 

Wine Country Chocolates' non-dairy artisan sweet
Wine Country Chocolates’ non-dairy artisan sweets

 

I would have to say for such a meat and cheese centric city I had incredible success finding delicious and varied vegan options at the Napa Farmers Market. Be sure to come by every Tuesday and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through October and support the vendors that provide vegan options! I hope to see you there soon!

 

Links:

http://www.napafarmersmarket.com/

http://www.napahumane.org

http://ddgfarms.com

http://www.winecountrychocolates.com

http://www.longmeadowranch.com

http://www.rodriguezfarms.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 26

Small World Cafe & Restaurant in Downtown Napa

Thanks to everyone for being patient. I have been busy eating, drinking and being merry gathering material to share with you. It is an amazing job and I’m happy to do it! I also wanted to thank Small World for being open for dining just 24 hours after the earthquake that damaged much of downtown Napa!

928 Coombs Street, Downtown Napa
928 Coombs Street, Downtown Napa

Small World offers delicious Middle Eastern food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They offer six Vegetarian Pitas – Original Falafel, Hummus, Baba Gunnooch, Grilled Mushroom, Grilled Zucchini and Grilled Eggplant – all of which are vegan! They also offer two vegan platters – Falafel and Hummus. The platter meals are very large and can easily feed 2 or leave you with enough leftovers for another meal. They also offer 6 tasty fruit smoothies that can be made vegan if you ask!

I enjoyed the Falafel Platter today and it was absolutely delicious. It is even gluten-free if you skip the pita bread! Check out the photo below. That is a lot of food for $11 and includes mixed salad, falafel balls, hummus, tahini dressing and pita bread. I’ve eaten here several times and this platter is definitely my favorite!

Falafel Platter
Falafel Platter

Small World is located at 928 Coombs Street, Downtown Napa. They are open Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. They serve breakfast until 11:30 but the only option for us vegans are the smoothies. They also offer juice, tea, lemonade, chai tea, beer on tap and wine by the glass. It is a very casual atmosphere with indoor and outdoor seating and the staff is really friendly. You can place your order online and have it delivered! Head to downtown Napa and thank Small World for offering so many delicious vegan options.

Sidewalk seating available!
Sidewalk seating available!

Visit their website at – http://worldcafenapa.com/

August 21

Get excited about breakfast again!

For all of you out there who are needing a break from your morning oatmeal or tofu scramble, here is a breakfast recipe you can get excited about! The vegan frittata is hearty and delicious and will last through your morning workout! Enjoy.

Frittata ingredients

4 or 5 medium size red potatoes

2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil

1 medium to large zucchini

1 medium onion

6 to 12 ounces of soy chorizo

Egg(less) Batter

12.3 oz organic firm silken tofu

1/4 cup non-dairy milk (water works too if you are out of milk)

3 heaping TBSP of nutritional yeast

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon potato starch

1 teaspoon tahini or nut butter

1 clove garlic

1/4 teaspoon turmeric

1 teaspoon salt

a sprinkle or 2 of black pepper (to taste)

1/2 cup of fresh basil

pinch of black salt (optional) – this will give it a more eggy flavor and consistency

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Peel the potatoes, chop into bite size pieces and toss in a 9×13- 3 quart baking dish with 2 TBSP of olive oil. Bake for 25 minutes at 375 degrees. While potatoes are baking, mix the “egg” batter and chop the remaining vegetables.

Drain extra water from tofu before adding to the food processor or blender. Add all of the remaining batter ingredients and process for about a minute until blended. Stop once or twice while blending to scrape down the sides. 
 

Remove the potatoes from the oven after 25 minutes, add vegetables and soy chorizo. Then pour batter on top and spread to cover the frittata. The batter is quite thick so you will need a spatula to spread it out evenly.  Check frittata after 25 minutes. Once batter is firm to the touch, switch oven to broil for 5 to 10 more minutes. 

 

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egg(less) batter

I sometimes add red peppers so have fun with it and add your favorite vegetables!

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