My Mom, Kit, came to Napa from Traverse City, Michigan to visit last week and meet her newest Grandpuppy, Violet. We had an amazing time visiting with family and catching up on all the little things that only family finds interesting. Because of her visit, I took a little mini-break from posting to my blog. However, because of her visit, I now have lots of wonderful material to share with you. She had a great time helping me eat and drink my way through Napa Valley – vegan style!
During her visit thanks to Tout Suite Social Club, I had an opportunity to be featured on live streaming television.
My husband and several of my friends also came along to offer their support. I was a bit nervous at first (which is pretty obvious!) but had a great time talking about good vegan food and wine!
I prepared my new favorite food – Butler Foods BBQ Soy Curls and paired the meal up with 60 North a delicious vegan Merlot from local Napa winery Mason Cellars.
And last but not least, I want to thank Susan Quinn, Founder & CEO of Tout Suite Social Club for inviting me to host an episode about my passion – being vegan – and the growing population of vegans that want to dine out with friends and enjoy wonderful food and wine!
The video is only about 17 minutes long so please watch it and I would love your feedback and comments. Cheers!
Join my friends – Advocates for the Animals at Six Flags – at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, 1001 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 20th to protest the use and abuse of animals at this park.
Their mission is to cause all of the animals at Six Flags to be sent to organizations that can rehabilitate them for reintroduction into the wild or to bonafide sanctuaries where they can express their natural behaviors.
By joining them, you will be a part of making that mission statement a reality. Please follow the link below to RSVP!
I know I promised to eat, drink and shop my way through Napa Valley but I just could not resist the opportunity to include our neighbor to the east. Less than 20 miles from Napa, you will find Vegan Paradice Gourmet Café in downtown Fairfield. Now that you have a wonderful reason to visit Fairfield often, aren’t you so glad construction on Jameson Canyon Road is almost complete?!
Kim Brown has been a vegan for over 16 years. Her religion and love for God motivates her to love all fellowman making the health and wellbeing of others a big concern. And because so many illnesses can be improved or even prevented by lifestyle changes, she was excited to share this good news with the rest of us! And so by following her passion for a plant based diet and her desire to demonstrate to others that healthy and humane eating is very do-able Kim and her husband Gerald debuted their vegan café in April 2012. And since there is nothing like Vegan Paradice Gourmet Café in North Bay, I can promise you that you will be very glad that she and Gerald decided to fill that void.
When Kim was just 9 years old, her family converted to a vegetarian lifestyle. And a year later, thank goodness for the rest of us, her mother began to teach her how to cook vegetarian dishes. As an adult, Kim then made the decision to become 100% plant based. Using all of the skills she learned as a child, she began baking cakes and catering for small events. Later she and Gerald began selling their vegan soft serve at summer events. The success of the soft serve helped build their momentum and slowly the idea for the Café began to develop. It was just a matter of time that Vegan Paradice Gourmet Café would soon follow.
Kim and Gerald make all of their sauces, salad dressings and condiments from scratch. And the amazing beafy patty is also made in-house. This allows them to conscientiously produce quality, flavor-rich foods that promote a healthy body!
In addition to my favorite – the beafy burger – their menu includes the Ranchy Chik’n Wrap (which can be made gluten-free upon request), the Surprise Me! Chili Dog, the BBQ tofu burger, pizza slices, soups & salads and much more! And though they are not listed on the menu, Vegan Paradice Gourmet Café also offers the vegan soft serve and baked sweet treats that include cookies and cupcakes. My favorite is the coconut cupcakes!
Vegan Paradice Gourmet Café is located in downtown Fairfield at 846 Texas Street at the corner of Texas & Jackson Street. You will know you are there when you see the banana tree! Vegan Paradice is open Sunday – Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and closed on Friday and Saturday. If you would like to place your order for pick-up, Kim and Gerald can be reached at (707) 428-0110. If you call, you may get to speak to their son Philip who helps out with the family business!
The first chance you have, please head over to Fairfield and enjoy an amazing vegan meal. We need to support the Brown family and help their passion for vegan food in North Bay succeed! And be sure to mention that you heard about them through my blog! Enjoy!