In March I made the trek from Modesto to Anaheim for 2024’s Natural Products Expo West. I want to highlight some of the stops we made during our trip to fuel up and stock up on snacks.

Viva la Vida Vegan! Nestled in Bakersfield is Vida– an all-vegan eatery, juicery, bakery, and ice creamery. With daily specials like “Sushi Fridays” and brunch on Sundays, there is something for everyone among their vast menu of options, from fresh salads to fried platters. Vida was born out of local necessity, as the family-founded business […]

Have you visited VeganBurg in San Francisco? VeganBurg is a 100% vegan eatery that hails from Singapore and has won the SF Green Business Awards in both 2017 AND 2022! It is also the FIRST casual vegan burger restaurant opening on 10-10-2010. VeganBurg has a vast menu of burgers and sides- plus shakes made with […]

Vegans deserve a Break! The UK has been serving up beloved chocolate wafer fingers since they were termed “Rowntree’s Chocolate Crisps” in 1935. Later dubbed the “KitKat”, this confection is now produced globally by Nestle, but in the US is licensed under Hershey. In 2021 Nestle launched a vegan version of the iconic milk-chocolate KitKat […]

“One taco a day is the key to joy.” – Rico Rico Taco One of my vegan gal pals recently shared a photo of tacos enveloped in hot pink tortillas, and I immediately made it my mission to try them! Rico Rico Vegano is a new sister restaurant to the famed Rico Rico Taco in […]

The raddest bakery I have ever seen is just over 30 minutes from Anaheim, in Upland, California. Cosmic Bakery is home of the “Astrotarts” and serves out-of-this-world vegan treats with nostalgic flair. I have been fangirling over this bakery since the Instagram algorithm grated me one of their posts featuring their Astrotarts troll mascot. I […]

I received my very own golden ticket, and was invited to receive a personal tour at TCHO! TCHO, pronounced “Cho”, is an award-winning and fully plant-based chocolate company located in Berkley, California. Recognizing environmental impact, TCHO converted to an all plant-based company in 2023. TCHO Chocolate is not only 100% plant-based, but Fair Trade Certified, […]

Pull Up Baby! Within walking distance of the Oakland LGBTQ center is a walk-up restaurant slinging vegan versions of BBQ and soul food, known as Vegan Mob! Vegan Mob founder Toriano’s life-changing journey to plant-based inspired him to create the well-known food truck and restaurant, offering his community healthier alternatives. At Vegan Mob, you will […]

This weekend was Manteca’s Christmas at the Promenade (previously Christmas in the Park). The event was held at the Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley and was filled with vendors of all varieties. I made the rain-laden drive from Modesto so I could finally try Vegan Circus! Vegan Circus is a 100% organic, vegan, and non-GMO […]

Turn That Frown Upside Down Because Mr.Charlie’s Told Me So: An Exhibition of Plants Mr.Charlie’s wants to redefine fast food. With a bold marketing strategy and fun take on plant-based eating, Mr. Charlie’s is doing just that. Mr. Charlie’s is an “exhibition of plants”, bringing plant-based food to communities in a fun and meaningful way. […]