Monday, March 30, 2009

Pretty Popsicles

Date: Monday, March 30
The Delivery: Raw, sprouted almonds from Sproutalicious, HibisKiss lip-color from Crazy Rumors, and gourmet popsicles
Staff Pick: These Viva Pops are not your ordinary popsicles

The DL: It's warming up in San Francisco, so these popsicles arrived just on time. And these frozen treats are definitely unique with flavors such as Blood Orange, Strawberry Basil, and Lavender Lemonade. Very cool, literally.

As we mentioned before, it's the year of being green. Tell us your favorite green cleaning product or tip, and you could win a Method Green Cleaning Kit. Good luck!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Hair-Free and Loving It

Date: Wednesday, March 25
The Delivery: Bags and bags of chips from Food Should Taste Good, The Accidental Vegan by Devra Gartenstein, and earth-friendly beauty supplies
Staff Pick: The cruelty-free ecoTools by Paris Presents

The DL: The VN staffers fell in love with this bamboo powder brush at Expo West. It's both cruelty-free—using synthetic Taklon bristles instead of animal-hair—and earth-friendly, as it's made of recycled material. Who wouldn't love this product?

Know what goes well with chips? Drinks! Don't forget about SF Vegan Drinks tomorrow night!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Thankful for Thai Tea

Date: Tuesday, March 24
The Delivery: Three books, two bottles of fruit-juice blend from Embodi, a pouch of Allergaroo spaghetti, and some organic tea
Staff Pick: We would gladly add some soymilk to David Rio's Organic tea mixes

The DL: Some VN staffers sadly remember the day they found out their favorite Thai tea actually contained cow's milk instead of coconut milk. Now with the Tessa Thai Tea, you can add whatever you wish—soy, rice, almond, coconut, or even hemp milk. Life is good!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Killer Ketchup!

Date: Monday, March 23
The Delivery: A pile of books, some exotic-flavored ketchups, and cosmetics from Gourmet Body Treats
Staff Pick: We want to dip some french fries in Dulcet Cuisine's new fun, flavored ketchups

The DL: We sure do love our condiments at the VNHQ, which is why we're excited about these creatively flavored ketchups. Just think of what you can do with your vegan meatloaf recipe!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Mooving Onto the Weekend

Date: Friday, March 20
The Delivery: Several frozen entrées (some non-vegan), chocolate bars from Newman's Own, shea nut butter from Vermont Soap, and two NuHemp products
Staff Pick: The Poblano Chick Patties from Moo Moo's Vegetarian Cuisine look mighty delicious

The DL: Some of us here at the VNHQ are happy to see the weekend here at last, and these yummy-looking meals helped to top-off the excitement. Have a good one!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Never Too Young to Learn

Date: Thursday, March 19
The Delivery: A children's book, some Perfect Prescription Tooth Soap, a soup-kit from Amy's Kitchen, and reusable feminine-hygiene products from Strange & Violent Creations
Staff Pick: Ruby Roth's book, That's Why We Don't Eat Animals, is one of the first books for kids about the plight of animals on factory farms

The DL: We like to say that you can never be too young to join the fight against cruelty, and Roth's book looks like a great tool to help teach the younger generation about what's happening on factory farms.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Books a' Billion

Date: Tuesday, March 17
The Delivery: A bounty of books
Staff Pick: Now, the fellas get to experience Rory Freedman's wrath in her new book, Skinny Bastard

The DL: The VegNews November+December '08 Person of the Year doesn't seem to ever quit, with one book coming out after another. We can't wait to check out what she has to say! We also want to hear what you have to say for a chance to win a tub of chocolate for our St. Patrick's Day Giveaway.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Candy Central

Date: Monday, March 16
The Delivery: Some special seasonings from Awaken Savor, a fun-looking book by Jordan Maerin, Fetch'erz dog treats, and some familiar-looking vegan candy bars
Staff Pick: Go Max Go Foods has outdone itself with a new line of vegan candy bars that look—and taste—just like Snickers, Milky Way, 3 Musketeers, and Almond Joy. Hurray!

The DL: Raw week is now over, and what do the VN staffers do? Gorge on chocolate bars! These bars will soon be launched for everyone to enjoy, so keep an eye out.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Expo West Week Extravaganza: Day Five

Date: Friday, March 13
The Delivery: My Family Farm baked crackers, ground cinnamon tortilla chips from Food Should Taste Good, granola bars from New England Natural Bakers, gourmet dog treats, Teeccino herbal coffee, Crofter's Superfruit Spread, and ShiKai body products
Staff Pick: Even our animal friends were not ignored at Expo West, as shown with these peanut butter-flavored all-natural dog treats from Doggie de Lites

The DL: We can't wait to have our VegNews mascot, Fanny, try these fun treats! From dog treats to herbal coffee, there was nothing one couldn't find at Expo West. Or was there? Time's slowly running out for you to go tell us what product you would like to see launched at Expo West 2010.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Expo West Week Extravaganza: Day Four

Date: Thursday, March 12
The Delivery: A 4RPlanetBag, some Blûm Naturals body products, two Biokleen house-cleaning products, Biodynamic Tea from Zhena's Gypsy Tea, and Boom Choco Boom chocolate bars from Enjoy Life
Staff Pick: These Organic Tea Tree Oil Daily Cleansing Towelettes are both environmentally-friendly and convenient

The DL: We are quite busy here at the VNHQ, so these towelettes look to be great time-savers. Do you have any time-saving tips under your sleeve? Tell us! And don't forget to tell us your dream new product over at

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Expo West Week Extravaganza: Day Three

Date: Wednesday, March 11
The Delivery: Tandoori Naan from Gourmet India, tons of agave nectar, granola bars from ALPSNACK, and some beauty products from Giovanni
Staff Pick: Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Blue Agave is Fair Trade Certified and will keep your pantry stocked for a good several months

The DL: So many of the new products at Expo West were agave-sweetened, we just couldn't help but feature this huge jug of the sweet nectar. Do you have any dream products that you would love to see launched next year at Expo West 2010? Tell us for your chance to win a goodie bag of our favorite finds.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Expo West Week Extravaganza: Day Two

Date: Tuesday, March 10
The Delivery: Mini cookies and baking mix from Cherrybrook Kitchen, Sprouted trail mix from Living Intentions, some GreenStripe eco-products, lip balm from J.R. Watkins, soap and hand cream from Pharmacopia, and a bamboo utensil set from To-Go Ware
Staff Pick: We're too exhausted today; it's your turn to pick!

The DL: With so many wonderful new products that Expo West had to offer, it's really too bad that we have to pick only twelve for the VegNews Best of Show Awards. Here are a handful of items scheduled to hit store shelves in 2009. The trail mix in particular has been especially satisfying during our Raw Week at the VNHQ.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Expo West Week Extravaganza: Day One

Date: Monday, March 9
The Delivery: Some Jammy Sammys and other fun snacks from Revolution Foods, a Hickory Smoked Primal Strip, a Pacifica gift set, and lip gloss from MyChelle
Staff Pick: All the goodies from Expo West

The DL
: The VN staffers had one busy weekend at Expo West, quite possibly the world's largest natural products pow wow. From vegan dog biscuits to the finest in faux meat, we sampled from dawn 'til dusk, and have the samples to prove it. All this week, we'll be featuring some of the amazing new products we previewed in person. Here are a few to start with; the rest are slowly making their way up to the VNHQ in a rented minivan. Can you guess which product above won one of the coveted Best of Show 2009 awards?

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

It's A Wrap!

Date: Wednesday, March 4
The Delivery: Three books, a jar of chocolate syrup from Organic Nectars, and a new packaged-food offering from Amy's Kitchen
Staff Pick: The new Teriyaki Wrap from Amy's. Yum!

The DL
: We'll be honest with you, the VN staff has already sunk its teeth into these delicious wraps. They are both yummy and fast, which is good for us since we're heading south to Anaheim, CA, for Expo West. See you next week!