Web Feast Friday: Sunday Edition

As you may or may not have noticed, our streak of blogging came to an end on Friday, January 25.  I am actually impressed that we made it that long considering the whirlwind of adventures and funtivities we have been engaging in over the last couple of weeks. We spent this past weekend relaxing, skiing, cooking, and imbibing with our dear friends in Sunriver, Oregon.  I’m blaming our streak coming to an end on a fun-friend-filled weekend.  Best.Excuse.Ever.


Mountains, outdoor activities, and wildlife. Sounds like a damn good time to me!


We forgot our camera back at the cabin, so this isn’t actually depicting our day. Add in icy snow and 25 mph winds, and you get the idea.

We had actually been saving up lots of great links to share on Friday, so we figured why not get “caught up” with our blog posts by cranking out some bonus posts on Sunday.  This Webfeast is dedicated to our weekend in Sunriver and will definitely get us back on track and prep us for our next 30 Day Challenge which is our Raw February!

After this past weekend, a detox is definitely in order!

Feeling a little acidic?  We definitely are.

We’re in the process of writing our Super Bowl party menu.  These might make the cut.

A new obsession.

We’re in the market.  Anyone have any recommendations or reviews to share?

This came in handy after a long day on the hill.  Vegan and GF!!

Kickstart my Vegan Heart


Being huge fans of the website Kickstarter, we find ourselves constantly looking for independent businesses, projects, and ideas to support in hopes of expanding the ever-growing world of vegan commerce.  When you add in our passion for cookbooks, new and old, it’s no surprise that we jumped at the opportunity to fund an all-vegan cookbook inspired by the author’s world travels and culinary adventures.  This project was met its funding goal last October, and we have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the finished product.  The authors have done a great job of keeping us posted on the progress, sharing additional recipes and thoughts along the way, and building the excitement up to the release date.

We recently received our copy of The Lotus and Artichoke and couldn’t wait to crack it open and start cookin’!  Along with the author’s story and pictures of adventures, the book features amazing recipes from all over the globe representing multiple cuisines and ethnic fare.  We’ve already “tested” a couple recipes, and have several more on our growing list to try out over the course of the next month or so.  They will definitely make an appearance on the blog, and we are looking forward to sharing these with all you in.  In the meantime, check out the official website for the Lotus and the Artichoke, and head on over to their Facebook page and give them some love.  If you feel inspired enough, pick up a copy or three for yourself and two of your best friends and get cookin’ yourself!

If you need some extra inspiration or a soundtrack for your cooking, we leave you with this gem.

Web Feast Friday

I don’t mean to toot our own horn, but we are on 18 days and counting on our 2013 resolution to blog every day. We’ve even accomplished one of our 2013 resolutions by hitting the 100 post mark on the blog.  This may not seem like a great feat to those seasoned bloggers,  but coming from a couple folks who can justify doing/not doing many things, we continue to amaze ourselves!  We’ve found a routine that is keeping us on track, and we are definitely taking plenty of pictures and cooking delicious foods that will definitely make an appearance on the blog.  This weeks Feast includes links and lists that can help create routines, or provide ideas to incorporate into your current routine.

Kick your morning off with any and all of these AM activities.

Let’s all commit to this list for 2013!

Lot’s of Top 10 lists always get kicked around this time of year.  This top 15 list is 5 better.

So true.  So true.

For those of you joining us for “Raw February,” here’s some helpful tools.

For those of you still looking to detox from the holidays, or adopting a more detoxifying lifestyle, here’s some tips.

This recipe has Sunday dinner written all over it!

Actually, I’m making this on Sunday.  This too.

This song just popped up while we were watching Girls, and I totally forgot how great of a jam it is!

Both sides to Prop 37: Labeling GMO’s


While it’s not normally in the nature of EPL to provide commentary or even call attention to political issues in food, the conversation over California Proposition 37 over the Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food has us passionately squirming in our skins – and with only 12 more days until the issue hits the ballet for the first time in California, the two sides are heating up. Our opinion shouldn’t be too difficult to discern as we believe everyone should be as informed as possible about the life or death choice about how they fuel their body, yet it’s also important that you understand the choice, the impacts, and both sides of the coin. I encourage you to do your own research on Prop 37 as it will likely be making it’s way to your state in the coming years (Iowa friends – you may be waiting a while…)

What is Proposition 37?

If prop 37 is approved by voters, it would mean the following:

  • Required labeling of all food sold to consumers that is made with plants or animals that have been genetically modified (Learn here more about what constitutes “Genetically Modified Organisms” or GMO)
  • If food includes GMO’s it cannot be labeled with the word “Natural”

The short form on the ballot will read: “Requires labeling of food sold to consumers made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways. Prohibits marketing such food, or other processed food, as ‘natural.’ Provides exemptions.”

What are the financial impacts?

  • Potential increase in costs between a few thousand to $1 million to the state for regulation of labeling

Those is favor…

(LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RB1xHFwSYIg)

  • Consumers have a right to know what is in their food and to make a conscious choice
  • Over 40 countries are already labeling GMO products
  • More information can ensure consumer with allergies are properly educated

Those in opposition…

(LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0prG2KdP6uY)

  • It could increase costs to taxpayers without providing additional safety or health benefits
  • It may lean towards benefiting special interests
  • It authorizes shakedown lawsuits

Companies ‘for’ and ‘against’ in dollars (there is quite the pattern here…)

How can I learn more? Articles for both sides