Friday, December 17, 2010

Tip: Occupy a Puppy for a While

This is Nate.  He's our newest member of the family.  Being just over one year old, he's still full of energy, which is cute but sometimes I need a break.  I've discovered something (well, my wife did) that distracts him for a while and gives me that break.

Here's what to do: buy a Kong toy and fill it with treats or frozen mango.  Nate loves frozen mango.  He'll stay focused on the toy until he gets every piece of mango out of it.  Anyway, I highly recommend it if your puppy/dog is driving you a little nutty.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Amazing Vegetarian Restaurant in Moncton, NB

Sometimes life surprises you and you find an amazing vegetarian restaurant in an unlikely place.  When I moved to Prince Edward Island (PEI) 2.5 years ago, I was excited to try Calactus Cafe.  I saw it listed on HappyCow and the reviews looked promising.  Since living on PEI I've been to Calactus Cafe a number of times.  I found myself there again today on a quick trip to Moncton and back and thought I'd share this restaurant with the world.

The outside of the building is attractive and inviting.  I love the logo and the colors.  The atmosphere inside is wonderful and a very warm place to sit down and enjoy a vegan meal.  Every single staff member I've interacted with has been very friendly.  Like everywhere else in Moncton, they will speak to you in French first but immediately switch to English if/when they realize you do not know French.

Calactus Cafe isn't all vegan but it is all vegetarian.  Most of the items are vegan or can be made vegan.  (All of the desserts are vegan.)  Today I ordered my favorite entree (lasagna made vegan with their tofu cream) and a slice of pumpkin pie.  It was amazing!

I wish I could point you to a menu but, as of now, they do not have a website and I cannot locate a menu anywhere online.  You can, however, read the reviews on HappyCow.

If your travels every bring you to New Brunswick, Canada, I highly suggest you stop at Calactus Cafe.  You will not be disappointed!

(Image courtesy of Oh She Glows.)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Alternative Map to Charlottetown, PEI

I've created an alternative map to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.  It's a simple Google map but displays vegan-friendly and interesting businesses in town.

Take a look here: Alternative Charlottetown Map

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Vegan Fast Food!

On my recent trip to St. Petersburg, FL I was happy to discover Evos.  They offer a vegan burger (called the Delite) that's actually really good.  Evos is marketed as being healthier fast food.  The fries are air-baked instead of fried and tasted good.  I got a combo meal and had the vegan Delite burger, air fries, and a mango guava smoothie.

It's really nice to be able to go into a restaurant and grab a quick vegan meal.  They have a handful of locations in the Tampa Bay area, as well as some in other states too.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Best Vegan Dish Detergent

I've found what I consider to be the best vegan dish detergent out there!  I had been using a liquid product but decide to give these Method tablets a try, as I love Method's other products.  They work really well!  I wouldn't have guessed the tablets would work better than liquids I've used in the past, but they do.

I find it more convenient than liquid as well because you simply drop one tablet in the main tray and you're done.  I had to run the dishwasher many times after the Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck my wife and I hosted and I was impressed as each load came out.

The packaging is eco-friendly as well: the tablets are not individually wrapped, which drives me nuts about some other products out there, and the bag is recyclable (depending on where you live).  Also, none of Method's products are tested on animals, which is another reason I support the company.

I'm able to buy these at the pharmacy here in Canada (Shoppers Drug Mart).  I assume Whole Foods and other health food stores sell it as well.

(Image courtesy of Method.)