• Art,  San Diego

    14th La Jolla Art & Wine Festival on October 8th and 9th

    14th Annual La Jolla Art & Wine Festival will be coming this weekend on October 8th and 9th. Lulu will be doing live pet portrait on Sunday October 9th. Her booth will be #9. Welcome to stop by with your furry friends and get a cute custom pet portrait done.

    If your furry friend is shy, you can just send Lulu a photo at her booth, it only takes 30 minutes for the pet portrait in watercolor. See you then!

  • food,  San Diego

    Award-Winning Parma! Introduces New Nut-Free Garlic Basil & Jalapeno Bacon Vegan Parmesan Flavors Featuring Deliciously Nutritious Pumpkin Seeds

    Yet again shaking up the burgeoning plant-based cheese category, award-winning Parma! (www.eatparma.com), the brand behind a highly popular array of dairy-free parmesan alternatives, today introduces a new line of entirely nut-free products. The announcement was made by company CEO Shannon Schnibbe, who founded Sister River Foods and its Parma! subsidiary in 2004.

    Available in 3.5 ounce and 7-ounce jars on Amazon and on the www.eatparma.com site (please find links below) and soon in retail stores nationwide, the new nut-free line from Parma! is debuting with two irresistible vegan flavors – Jalapeno Bacon and Garlic Basil.    

    Pumpkin Power!                                                                                     

    Both new Parma! products have replaced walnuts with organic pumpkin seeds. Hailed as a superfood given their many health benefits, pumpkin seeds are a major natural source of L-arginine – the amino acid that plays a significant role in nitric oxide production, a key ingredient in fighting heart disease.

    In addition, pumpkin seeds are important for men’s health as a result of their high zinc content, are good for post-menopausal women, are able to help the body build protein, are rich in essential minerals and are food allergy friendly.

    Nut-Free Parma! is made in dedicated equipment in a facility that processes walnuts.

    Commenting on the new flavors, Ms. Schnibbe said, “Parma! fans have been asking us to create a nut-free line for quite a while and after taking the time necessary to formulate the tastiest and most nutritious products possible, we think our new Jalapeno Bacon and Garlic Basil flavors will soon become consumer favorites. We look forward to a successful launch of our new nut-free products and to adding additional flavors to the line in the near future.”

    Plant-Based Parmesan Takes A Bold Step Forward With

    With just the right condiment, a plain salad becomes a festival of flavors, a plate of vegetables transforms into a delectable stroll through a country garden, and an ordinary bowl of pasta becomes a savory work of art. And perhaps no condiment covers as many different foods and as many different cultures as classic parmesan cheese.

    Created to offer consumers who follow a vegan or allergen-free diet an authentically mouth-watering alternative to traditional parmesan, Parma! is comprised of six deliciously distinct varieties. Beyond the two new nut-free flavors, the Parma! family of products includes Better Than Bacon Parma! (voted Favorite Bacon-Flavored Product in 2017 by VegNews magazine), Original Parma!, Chipotle Cayenne Parma! and Garlicky Green Parma!

    A plant-based umami superfood line of convenient and affordable complete protein products, all Parma! flavors are paleo and keto-friendly, dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, non-GMO and Certified Kosher. Moreover, all six Parma! flavors contain whole raw ingredients, are low in sodium, heart-healthy, packed with essential B vitamins and trace minerals, replete with beneficial animo acids and an excellent source of healthy oils.

    A World Of Flavor

    Available in health stores nationwide as well as on the www.eatparma.com site, Amazon, VitaCost and other online retailers, Parma! is ideal for environmentally conscious consumers, vegans, vegetarians, flexitarians and all health conscious eaters. Unlike some other vegan cheese alternatives, Parma! has also proven highly appealing to mainstream cheese aficionados who are ready to eschew traditional cheese so long as a healthier option boasting authentic flavor, aroma and texture is available.

    Sold in 3.5 and 7-ounce bottles, Parma! can be savored on pasta, lightly steamed vegetables, pizza, salads, potatoes, avocado toast, popcorn and countless other hor d’oeuvres, main dishes and desserts. For suggested recipes, please visit https://eatparma.com/cat egory/recipes/.

    Only The Beginning

    Founded in 2004, Parma! has steadily grown to its current status as a leader in the dairy-free cheese alternative arena and a key player in the multi-billion-dollar global vegan food category.

    According to Tofurky founder Seth Tibbott, an advisor to Parma! since the company’s inception, “Like Tofurky, Parma is an authentic, trailblazing brand with deep roots that took hold when the plant-based world was very young. I love that it is a family owned business run by kind, passionate people producing a wholesome vegan food with exceptional flavor.”

    Adds Ms. Schnibbe, “Parma! gives you that cheesy flavor without all the dairy baggage. It provides an excellent food source of high-quality vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins, omega 3’s and trace minerals, along with the natural goodness of hemp, and it tastes great! We’re truly grateful for the exceptionally warm reception our brand has received from consumers and industry leaders since our very first days on the market and look forward to continuing to shake up the dairy-free industry for many, many years to come.”

  • Art,  Children's Books,  Los Angeles,  San Diego

    ABCs of Beekeeping Spelled Out in Lively New Children’s Book

    Suburban beekeeper Justin Weiss aims to inspire the next generation of bee enthusiasts and environmentalists with his vibrantly illustrated new children’s book, B is for Beekeeping: An Alphabet Book.

    With concise, easy-to-understand language, such as “C is for comb,” and “H is for honey,” Weiss introduces young audiences to the ABCs of beekeeping and the critical role that honeybees play in the ecosystem.

    “Did you know one-third of the food we eat gets pollinated by honeybees?” asked Weiss, who started beekeeping a few years ago on a whim. “While at first I was afraid of handling honeybees, it turns out having thousands of them buzzing around is quite therapeutic. This hobby has lifted my spirits when I’ve most needed it, and I’ve enjoyed sharing it with my friends and family.”

    In B is for Beekeeping, Weiss uses each letter of the alphabet to teach a beekeeping term and idea, and each fascinating new fact is brought to life by a bright, playful illustration.

    Perfect for parents, grandparents and teachers, B is for Beekeeping intends to encourage children to explore the “un-bee-lievable” world around them and to respect some of the smallest, but mightiest, creatures.

    About the Author

    Justin Weiss is a husband, father and hobby beekeeper. He loves to explore the world with his family and try new foods.

    Born and raised in California, he currently lives outside of Dallas, Texas, on a small suburban homestead. He and his wife have a garden, keep bees, raise quail and chickens, and have an orange cat named Leo. He is fluent in Spanish, having also lived in Chile, Easter Island and Spain.

    Weiss serves his community as the assistant city manager and also as a board member for the local school district’s education foundation.

    It has always been a dream of his to publish a book — a special gift for his children that he hopes they will want to pass down one day, too.

    A portion of all sales of this book will be donated to organizations such as Pollinator Partnership, the Bee Conservancy and Project Apis m. For more information, visit www.bisforbeekeeping.com, or follow the author on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BeekeepingBook.

  • New York

    2022’s Best Cities for Vegetarians & Vegans – WalletHub Study

    With Oct. 1 being World Vegetarian Day and Nov. 1 being World Vegan Day, and with 15.5 million U.S. adults having a vegetarian or vegan diet, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2022’s Best Cities for Vegans & Vegetarians, as well as accompanying videos and expert commentary.

    To determine the best and cheapest places for following a plant-based diet, WalletHub compared the 100 largest cities across 17 key indicators of vegan- and vegetarian-friendliness. The data set ranges from the share of restaurants serving meatless options to the cost of groceries for vegetarians to salad shops per capita.

    Top 20 Cities for Vegans & Vegetarians
    1. Portland, OR 11. Boise, ID
    2. Orlando, FL 12. Miami, FL
    3. Los Angeles, CA 13. Cincinnati, OH
    4. Phoenix, AZ 14. El Paso, TX
    5. Austin, TX 15. Plano, TX
    6. Seattle, WA 16. Las Vegas, NV
    7. San Francisco, CA 17. Bakersfield, CA
    8. Tampa, FL 18. Washington, DC
    9. San Diego, CA 19. Fort Wayne, IN
    10. Lexington-Fayette, KY 20. Chicago, IL

    Best vs. Worst

    • Plano, Texas, has the highest share of restaurants serving vegetarian options, 63.65 percent, which is 21.6 times higher than in Laredo, Texas, the city with the lowest at 2.95 percent.
    • Scottsdale, Arizona, has the highest share of restaurants serving vegan options, 16.26 percent, which is 19.6 times higher than in North Las Vegas, Nevada, the city with the lowest at 0.83 percent.
    • San Francisco has the most community-supported agriculture programs (per square root of population), 0.0182, which is 22.8 times more than in San Antonio, the city with the fewest at 0.0008.
    • Atlanta has the most salad shops (per square root of population), 0.2296, which is 17.8 times more than in San Bernardino, California, the city with the fewest at 0.0129.
  • food,  Las Vegas,  Los Angeles,  San Diego

    Get Free Rubio’s Tacos October 3 & 4 for National Taco Day

    Rubio’s Coastal Grill is giving away free tacos for all, in celebration of National Taco Day. On two days, Monday, October 3 and Tuesday, October 4, Rubio’s is giving a FREE à la carte taco with any purchase. Choose from any taco on the menu.
    In addition, Rubio’s fresh salsa bars are open again in California, Arizona and Nevada; and the popular Langostino Lobster dishes return later this month. Plus, Rubio’s all-day Taco Tuesday specials now include chicken tacos for $1.99 and steak tacos for $2.29.

    Rubio’s guests can earn free drinks, desserts, tacos and entrées by joining Rubio’s Rewards. Members can sign up online or through the Rubio’s App, place an order and start earning points toward free food. Rubio’s offers take-out, curbside or express pick-up and delivery.

    About Rubio’s® Restaurants:

    Rubio’s first opened in 1983 in the San Diego neighborhood of Mission Bay. Today, Rubio’s uses responsibly sourced seafood and continues to expand its menu with innovative recipes ranging from seafood tacos and burritos to California Bowls and crisp, fresh salads. In addition, Rubio’s offers all-natural chicken, raised without antibiotics, and all-natural USDA Choice steak, “no fried” pinto beans, handmade guacamole, a variety of proprietary salsas, and craft beer and hard seltzer beverage options. The award-winning restaurant regularly receives accolades for its famous Original Fish Taco®. It was also recently ranked as one of Fast Casual’s “Top 50 Movers and Shakers” as well as one of the top five most loved fast casual chains ranked by Foodable Labs and Digital CoCo. Rubio’s is headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif., has over 3,000 employees and currently operates over 150 restaurants in California, Arizona and Nevada.