Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Veg Fest in Toronto, Knitting Updates, and Reading On

Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well.  On Friday night I went to Veg Fest which is organized by the Toronto Vegetarian Association. I had a great time going with my friend, trying samples, and learning more about a vegetarian and vegan lifestyle. We first spoke with a woman from Mercy for Animals about their organization and how they work to make lives better for animals on factory farms. I have since added them on Facebook, Instagram, and visited their website and love what they are all about. Then we went to the area of the festival where they had lots of food and products which were all vegan. I tried the Chick Chicken burger at a food truck which was made from chickpeas and my friend got the imitation beef burger. It tasted so good, I would not miss chicken eating that burger. Then we went around and ate samples and I also bought a vegan ice cream made from oatmeal. It was so good and my friend bought a donut from Bloomer's to share. I was pleasantly surprised how delicious it was.

Photo of me about to eat the vegan ice cream

Veg Fest tents set up 

My chick'n burger which was really made from chickpeas. It was really good!

My friend's burger, she got their famous burger which looks like beef patty but it is also made from chickpeas
I have been thinking lately of cutting back on eating meat and I want to live a more vegetarian lifestyle. Right now I am not limiting myself and saying I won't eat meat, but I want to gradually reduce eating it for my health and compassion for animals. I am excited about this change which I have been contemplating for quite awhile. I can share some vegetarian and vegan recipes I like on the blog too. I have gone a few days without meat now and eating more nuts, beans, other foods which contain protein but I am still learning about supplementing my diet with other foods to get the protein and nutrients I need.
Tonight while I was at Loblaws, I saw these snacks in the natural food aisle that I sampled at the festival and had to buy them because they were so delicious. The Hungry Buddha coconut chips are so good and they a crunchy and so flavorful. The SimplyProtein chips I have not tried yet but did try the granola bar and liked it, so I am looking forward to giving them a try too. They were a decent price, under three dollars each. I am not affiliated with these brands in any way, I just wanted to share which snacks I liked from the festival with you.

Vegan snacks
In knitting, I have not been knitting too much this weekend. I was busy seeing family this weekend and getting organized before school starts. I will share some progress made on my stocking and sweater seaming in a couple days to catch up! I will also be starting to knit some other projects soon and looking forward to sharing those projects with you.
I am still reading Love the Wine You're With: A Novel and enjoying it so far! I have also started reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing and I am loving it! I will be posting an entry soon on my experience with the book and how it helped me to get organized and start tidying up properly!

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8 comments:

  1. The vegan snacks look tasty. I'd love to go to a festival like that. Sounds like there was a lot to see.

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    1. They are so tasty. I have been eating the coconut chips after lunch as a treat and had the SimplyProtein chips today as a snack they were good too. Yeah it was a great festival and so interesting to try some foods imitating meat and cheese that tasted different but had a similar texture as the real deal. It was fun!

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  2. I await to see how you do. I am a vegetarian off and on. I do not eat mammals ever. I do eat fish, seafood and chicken when I am off the veg thing. My son recently became a vegetarian so I've been more attracted to various recipes and such.

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    1. I haven't had meat for five days now and I don't really miss it honestly. I have been watching a lot of documentries like What the Health and Forks over Knives and getting more informed about a vegetarian diet. It is so interesting to learn more. That is great you are vegetarian most of the time and your son is vegetarian. I am heading in the direction of being mostly if not totally vegetarian I think it would be better for my health and for animals too. I will try to share some recipes I try out along the way! thank you for commenting Karen! :)

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  3. Sounds so much fun! And it's nice to see a pic of you!

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    1. It was a lot of fun! I love festivals and this one was so eye opening for me to see how much vegan foods are out there now and how many people are embracing this lifestyle.

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  4. Glad you left inspired after the festival and I'm excited for your journey :) Those chocolate coconut chips are so delicious and it's the perfect treat!

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    1. Thanks Leeanna! I am excited too :) yes they are so good, I bought some more today. It is fun to eat different vegan snacks too. Looking forward to the next festival we go to!

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