Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Not Your Ordinary Lunch Box

Date: Tuesday, June 30
The Delivery: Two books and some gluten-free tortillas from French Meadow Bakery
Staff Pick: Vegan Lunch Box Around the World by Jennifer McCann

The DL: This new cookbook takes Vegan Lunch Box a step further with lunch recipes from 13 different countries. From Baked Falafel to Vietnamese Salad Rolls, this book looks to satisfy any craving you might have. You just might want to buy a lock for your lunch box!

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Not Just For Kids

Date: Monday, June 29
The Delivery: A good amount of reading material, Kombucha and Rejuvelac from the Rejuvenation Company, an Anti-Lick Strip from Nurtured Pets, and some new LäraBars
Staff Pick: The Peanut Butter Blisscrisp Jam Frakas

The DL: This bar may say it's for kids, but we're going to eat it anyway. Who says that peanut butter and chocolate-flavored snack bars are only for little ones? Definitely not the VN Staffers!

Update! These bars contain honey and are not vegan. So sorry for the mistake!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Book Worm Weekend

Date: Friday, June 26
The Delivery: Two books to browse
Staff Pick: The Snoring Gourmet: Recipes to Help You Stop Snoring

The DL: With the impending weekend, it's a perfect time to test out snooze-proof recipes on loved ones! The cookbook offers a a natural way to mute the nighttime noise, but we wish it were vegan. Here's to a restful weekend!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Thirsty Thursday

Date: Thursday, June 25
The Delivery: You guessed it—more kombucha
Staff Pick: The Wild Root flavor of High Country kombucha

The DL: We've heard from the grapevine that this flavor tastes similar to root beer. Kombucha floats, anyone?

Get ready! Voting for the 2009 Veggie Awards, the world's largest survey of vegetarian products, people, and places, starts July 1. Vote for your favorites in nearly 50 categories, and have a chance to win incredible prizes.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Dog Day Afternoon

Date: Wednesday, June 24
The Delivery: A crazy amount of G.T.'s Kombucha, a box full of yarns (non-vegan), and a nifty bag by Lazy Dog Designs
Staff Pick: This Farmers Market Bag (modeled here by VN Editorial Assistant Kailey Harless) is not your ordinary reusable-bag

The DL: Designer Barb Frances has farmers market-shopping down to a tee—as shown by this awesome bag. It has separate pockets for fruit, vegetables, and money, and even has an outside pocket for re-used plastic bags. Now that's what we call thrifty shopping!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Jonesing for Java

Date: Tuesday, June 23
The Delivery: The new Moby CD, a book by Janet Chadwick, and an extra-special appliance
Staff Pick: There's definitely no more snoozing at the VNHQ with this Cuisinart coffee-maker

The DL: The number of coffee drinkers on staff has grown recently, and our little four-cup coffee pot was not getting the job done. The more sophisticated one you see below has come to our rescue, and we can't wait to brew a fresh pot!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Sweet Starter

Date: Friday, June 19
The Delivery: Some sweets and supplies from Nasoya
Staff Pick: Preparing strawberry shortcake is super easy with the strawberry Silken Creations dessert starter

The DL: Sometimes you need a little help to make a delicious dessert, and this new product claims to do just that. We can't wait to give this product a go in the kitchen; we can make our pie and eat it too!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Sweet Ladybug

Date: Thursday, June 18
The Delivery: More baked goods from Pure Sweets, a new vegan bakery in Philadelphia
Staff Pick: Every product from this bakery looks incredible, but the Ladybug bars just look too good to pass up

The DL: Vegan bakeries are on the rise, as you can see by the vast amount of baked goods being delivered to the VNHQ. We are seriously going into sugar-induced comas right now, but that is not a complaint!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Never Too Late for Sweets

Date: Wednesday, June 17
The Delivery: Cookies from Emily's Desserts, a body-care product from The Body Deli, and some treats from a new vegan bakery
Staff Pick: The Twinkie-like Vanilla Canoe Boats from X's to O's Vegan Bakery

The DL: We were feeling a little put-out today at the VNHQ, with literally no product arrivals almost the entire afternoon. That is, until the postman drove up at exactly 4 pm with two boxes full of vegan baked goods! We're currently pleased as punch.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Kombucha That!

Date: Tuesday, June 16
The Delivery: Several bottles of kombucha
Staff Pick: G.T.'s Kombucha's Botanic No. 7

The DL: You either love it or hate it—there's really no in-between when it comes to your feelings on kombucha. So if you love it, check out these new botanical-infused flavors. They give you a little more bang for your buck.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Naturally Clean

Date: Monday, June 15
The Delivery: A botanical line of laundry detergent
Staff Pick: Vaska laundry products

The DL: We only had one delivery today, which means these laundry soaps automatically made our staff pick. This chemical-free, laundry line features more than detergent; it also includes bleach, softener, and spot-remover. Bring on the laundry!

Friday, June 12, 2009

A Bit of Magic

Date: Friday, June 12
The Delivery: A book by Scott W. Webb and some Dr. Bronner's Magic
Staff Pick: The three-step hair-care products by Dr. Bronner

The DL: This much-loved, all-in-one soap company has expanded its line to appease a broader range of hair types. We can't wait to lather up with the new Conditioning Rinse and Crème. Oh, and of course all the new hair products are vegan. We can't complain about that!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Hot Buns!

Date: Wednesday, June 10
The Delivery: A very special box of sweets from one of our favorite bakeries
Staff Pick: The Sticky Cinnamon Buns from Sticky Fingers Bakery

The DL: Ms. Elizabeth of VegNews has recently been promoted to Managing Editor, and she has literally been showered with gifts—this box of goodies being one of them. Consider these some of the best cinnamon buns known to man! If you haven't tried them, get over to their website and order them—now.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

For the People

Date: Tuesday, June 9
The Delivery: A not-so-friendly gardening product, another diet book to leaf through, and a special delivery of doughnuts
Staff Pick: People's Donuts can make any morning a little better

The DL: Laura of vegansaurus.com has been a guest at the VNHQ for the past couple of days, and she blew everyone away when she arrived this morning with several of these delicious doughnuts! As you can see, we've already devoured most of them. Yes, they're that good!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Get Your Read On

Date: Monday, June 8
The Delivery: Three books—some veg, some not
Staff Pick: Building Bone Vitality by Amy Joy Lanou, Ph.D. and Michael Castleman

The DL: With a forward by Dean Ornish, M.D., this book debunks the myth that drinking more milk prevents osteoporosis. It's great to see new and improved literature when it comes to this sensitive subject.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Everybody Annie Chun Tonight

Date: Friday, June 5
The Delivery: Some vegan and non-vegan Doctor Krackers and new vegan soup and noodle bowls
Staff Pick: At the end of a long week, give the kitchen a rest with these two-minute microwavable bowls

The DL: With Annie Chun's new vegan bowls, there's no need to wait in a restaurant or slave over the stove for a healthy, delicious dinner. Just pop the bowl in the micro, grab some chopsticks, and get comfy. Kick back with the Korean Sweet Chili Noodle Bowl or the Garlic Scallion!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Sweet 'n' Sticky

Date: Thursday, June 4
The Delivery: Three bottles of Vigoa's 100-percent infused olive oil, packages of Perfected Foods soy jerky, and a box full of baked goodies
Staff Pick: Baked yumminess aplenty with Sticky Fingers Bakery's box-o-fun

The DL: The rich, chocolate scent that wafts from the box every time we walk by is simply intoxicating. With a sweet note inside welcoming our newest staffers, Kailey and Charlotte, this box of baked decadence is almost too sweet. Almost.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Sweet Afternoon

Date: Wednesday, June 3
The Delivery: Some sweetness from Sweet & Sara in the form of marshmallows and rocky- road bark as well as some inspirational cookies
Staff Pick: The hand-delivered Inspired Cookies

The DL: With flavors as varied as Coconut Key Lime Cayenne and Double Chocolate Ginger Chunk, we can't wait to dig into this box. Touted as "cookies with intention," each flavor is labeled with its own emotion, such as "excitement," "warmth," and "tranquility." We feel inspired already!

Speaking of sweets, head over to VegNews.com for your chance to win some new Go Max Go Foods Candy Bars.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Pure Energy

Date: Tuesday, June 2
The Delivery: A thought-provoking book by Melanie Joy, Ph.D., some non-vegan cereal and granola bars, and several energy-inducing beverages
Staff Pick: Chuck the synthetic Red Bull and pick up a 100-percent natural GURU energy drink

The DL: Yes, an energy drink may not be the best thing to ingest, but if you just have to have one, go au naturel. This one comes in a variety of flavors such as Superfruit and Tangerine! Please drink responsibly.

Monday, June 1, 2009

A Real Pro

Date: Monday, June 1
The Delivery: A Reisenthel resusable bag and a couple of books
Staff Pick: Tony Gonzalez's new book, The All-Pro Diet

The DL: 2008 Veggie-Award winner Tony Gonzalez shows that you don't have to be a meat eater to be a world-class athlete. His new book looks like a must-have for any vegans out there who want to get strong the cruelty-free way.