Vegan Scalloped Potato Bake with Massel

One of my favorite things to eat when I was growing up was my mum's scalloped potatoes. It was such a popular dish in the 80's! But, with gobs of cream, cheese, and butter, the original is not so healthy. My mum and dad have come over to stay for 5 weeks for the holidays, and I'm feeling nostalgic. This vegan version that I've created for Christmas utilizes a blend of raw cashews, onions, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, and broth to create a rich creaminess that is equally as…

Vegan Cream of Broccoli Soup with Massel

Happy holidays! I can't believe it's the week of Thanksgiving already! Where has the year gone? I am not complaining because I absolutely love the holiday season. I really enjoy entertaining, cooking for friends and family, and celebrating all of the wonderful things I am thankful for with loved ones. It is a really special time. This year, Scott's parents and his best friend Richard have flown down from Sacramento to spend the week with us. We have a lot of cooking and eating…

French Lentil and Arugula Salad from Food52 Vegan

I’m so excited about the new Food52 Vegan cookbook written by my friend Gena Hamshaw. Her blog and first book Choosing Raw are both fabulous resources for delicious plant-based recipes and health tips. Gena’s latest cookbook is based on her popular New Veganism column that she has been writing for Food52 since 2012. Gena’s recipes are always accessible and full of flavor, making them appealing to seasoned vegetarians and foodies, as well as omnivores looking for more creative vegetable…

Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Pancakes from The Undiet Cookbook

Meghan Telpner is a Canadian nutritionist and founder of the Academy of Culinary Nutrition. She is the author of UnDiet: Eat You Way to Vibrant Health and The UnDiet Cookbook, and through humor and simple fresh recipes she is changing the way people think about their health. With a passion for vibrant living and good karma business, Meghan also works as a consultant with health-focused independent practitioners and small businesses to find their unique voice, stay ahead of the curve,…

Chicago: College Tour ends at Northwestern

It was really special to end my tour in the great city of Chicago with the students from Northwestern University, as that is where Spoon University was founded, and is still the only spoon chapter in the country that publishes a print food magazine. Pick up a copy. It is a really beautifully produced publication. I teamed up with the Northwestern Spoon chapter to set up my last smoothie blast bar of the tour. Mariel Falk, Lauren Goldstein, Ally Mark, Sam Spector, and Kirby Barth were…

San Francisco: Epic Smoothie Bar at Berkeley

San Francisco is such a magical city. I always look forward to visiting, and I always stay at the legendary Westin St. Francis right in the heart of Union Square. This hotel is so rich in history and is in the most amazing central location to catch all of the sights. The history of the Westin St. Francis Hotel is, in many ways, the history of San Francisco itself. Opening its doors on March 21, 1904, it was barely two years old when it was ravaged by flames during the Great Earthquake…

Phoenix: Westin Downtown Rocks

One of the highlights of my last tour was staying at the Westin Phoenix Downtown with my friend Wendy. You might remember our adventures with Ernie last year! This hotel is so exquisite and chic, the rooms are gorgeous, the view is amazing, the location is awesome, and the staff are so friendly. There is also a ton of healthy food options to enjoy on their gorgeous outdoor patio. I was welcomed with a platter of superfoods off the Westin Eat Well Superfoods RX Menu the menu which is…

Houston: Fresh Juices at Westin Downtown

I had such a wonderful time with Chris Ziadie and Executive Chef Oscar Mejia when I stayed at the Westin Houston Downtown last year on my tour that I couldn't wait to see them again. I was greeted like family with the most amazing bowl of fresh berries when I arrived. Chris and her staff define what brilliant hospitality is. They make every guest feel like family. It was incredible to meet so many guests hanging out in the lobby who were returning for the 6th, 7th, and even 50th time!…

Austin: Smoothie Bar at UT

Austin is my favorite city in Texas, and it was so much fun returning. I teamed up with the lovely students from the Spoon University chapter at UT to set up a smoothie bar on the outside terrace at GreenGos. Megan Prendergast, Hayley Weycer, and the other spoon members were fantastic to work with, and, again, the smoothies and samples were very popular. Just like with the previous schools, my amazing sponsors shipped in a ton of free samples for students to try and take home. Megan…

D.C: Westin Downtown City Center

I had an incredible time in Washington D.C. I was particularly excited to spend the week in D.C because my amazing assistant Hanna lives there and is the editor-in-chief of Spoon University at American. She was kind enough to accept all of the packages from the sponsors. Her and her room-mate and fellow students were incredibly generous converting their dorm-room into a storage facility, and unpacking the loot from the sponsors for both smoothie bars at American University and George…

New York: NYU Smoothie Bar

I just love New York. I always feel energized the minute I step into the city. I was excited to return to the Westin Grand Central after such an incredible visit last year. This is my favorite hotel in NYC. I always stay here. It is in the best location right by Grand Central Station, and the rooms are really big by NYC standards. In fact, they are one of only five hotels in the city that have rooms this big. But, it's the staff that keep me coming back. They are so friendly and always…

Boston: Smoothie Tour Kicks off at Boston University

I was really excited to kick off my college tour in Boston. My flight was delayed, and so I arrived at my hotel at about 1AM. The staff at the Westin Boston Waterfront were so friendly, and boy was I happy to flop into that Westin Heavenly Bed. Westin changed the hotel industry forever when they introduced plush white linens in all of their hotels. The rest of the industry followed, but the Westin beds are still the best. It's like sleeping on a cloud. When you can't sleep at home,…

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