Taste Test: Our First Reactions to Coconut Milk at Starbucks

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Remember a few weeks ago, when we told you guys that coconut milk would be coming to Philly Starbucks locations this month? Well, yesterday morning, moments after putting in my Starbucks order, I realized: It was the day to modify my order to include coconut milk! But it was too late. I face-palmed and went on with my life, my usual soy chai in hand. But this morning I was more with it, I ordered a coconut milk chai latte.

Before I’d tasted the coconut milk chai, I ran into a coworker on the elevator on my way up to the office. Turned out, she — being a lover of all things coconut — had also made a pit-stop at Starbucks solely to get her hands on a coconut-milk latte. We decided to reconvene and discuss after we’d both taken a few sips. A couple of minutes later, another coworker told me she was drinking a Starbucks’ coconut-milk latte, too, so of course I asked her what she thought. Below, a collection of all three of our first reactions.  Read more »

What to Eat This Week: 5 Veggie Bowls That Will Blow Your Mind

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I am a big fan of veggie bowls. They are generally pretty simple to throw together, incredibly filling and, often times, you can make a big batch of them at once and chow down on them for dinner for a few days in a row. They’re simple, practical and delicious — what’s not to love?

So for this weeks recipes, we bring you five veggie bowls that will seriously blow your mind. They’re super yummy, seasonal, and probably some of the most colorful meals you’ve ever seen in a while. Bonus: We’ve even thrown a Chipotle copycat recipe in the mix. Happy cooking, friends!

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Beyoncé Launches Vegan Delivery Meal Service

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Photo via Facebook | 22 Days Nutrition

Remember back in 2013, when Beyoncé and Jay Z went on a 22-day vegan stint and Instagrammed the crap out of all the drool-worthy vegan meals they were eating, and basically made the Internet explode? Well, now you can be just like Queen Bey and Instagram the crap out of your vegan meals prepared by the superstar’s new vegan home delivery meal service, 22 Days Nutrition. Yep, you read that correctly: Beyoncé has a vegan home delivery service now.

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7 Awesome Philly Foods I Ate When I Was Vegan for a Month

Cabbage hummus plate at Dizengoff.

Cabbage hummus plate at Dizengoff.

Way back in December, I decided to participate in Veganuary, a vegan-eating challenge that lasts for the month of January. When people asked me why I was doing it, I told them, “Because the animals!” And that was mostly true. But in my heart of hearts, I was also really hoping that ditching dairy completely would turn my unpredictable, highly temperamental skin into that of a crystal-clear, rosy-cheeked newborn baby. Sadly, that didn’t happen.

But it wasn’t a total loss, because the animals! And also because I got to eat some amazing Philly food that I might not have tried otherwise. Below, seven foods from restaurants around Philly that made being vegan for a month easy as pie — vegan pie, obviously.

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New Vegan Bakery Coming to West Philly

Treats from Crust Vegan Bakery; left to right: mixed berry pie with crumb topping, baklava cheesecake, and apple pie cupcakes.

Treats from Crust Vegan Bakery; left to right: mixed berry pie with crumb topping, baklava cheesecake, and apple pie cupcakes.

Shannon Roche and Meagan Benz are basically a match made in vegan heaven, but they didn’t know it until a few months ago. Both spent part of their academic lives studying chemistry, both are lifelong vegetarians-turned-vegans, and both are naturals in the kitchen.

“We had similar interests and business ideas, and we kept hearing about each other through mutual friends, who said we just had to meet,” says Roche, 26. When they finally did meet, it all clicked: Philly needed a vegan bakery, and they were just the gals to do it.

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Buh-Bye, Tofu: 10 Seitan Recipes That Blow Tofu Out Of the Water

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My boyfriend calls seitan, pronounced say-tan, “Satan.” This is both hilarious and misleading, because as I’ve recently discovered, seitan is not the vegan “meat” from hell. The meat substitute, made from wheat gluten (sorry gluten-free folks) and often called “wheat meat,” is actually incredibly delicious, super easy to prepare, and really (really!) tastes like meat.

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Get Free Chipotle If You Try Their Vegan Sofritas Today

Photo courtesy of Chipotle Mexican Grill

Photo courtesy of Chipotle Mexican Grill

Here’s one reason to brave the storm in your snow boots: Today, and today only, you’ll get a free entree at Chipotle if you try their vegan tofu Sofritas. All you have to do is order a Sofritas bowl or burrito today, pay, and then save your receipt. Then, the next time you get a hankering for a newborn-baby-sized burrito, just take the receipt back to Chipotle and they’ll hook you up with any entrée you’d like, for free. Sweet deal, huh?

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