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Got Mushrooms?

Marx Foods does! Can’t find those exotic varieties of mushrooms at your local market? Well Marx Foods has what you need - whether fresh, dried, wild, or cultivated, you will find whatever fungi your little culinary heart desires. Prices might be a bit steep for some cooks, but overnight shipping is included. 

Liquid Smoke

What is it? True liquid smoke is produced by the method of destructive distillation. The process consists of the burning wood chips (generally Hickory), capturing the smoke, condensing the smoke into solids or liquids, and then dissolving the smoke solids in water. In 1895, Ernest H. Wright introduced the first liquid smoke for sale on the American market. According to the Wright’s Company, now owned by B&G Foods, to this day their liquid smoke is the only brand with no added preservatives, sugars, or sodium …and yes, it is Vegan! If you want to experiment with liquid smoke, and you’re a Veg, you will have to ignore the picture on the label of the bottle of a cow’s rear end being fried on the grill.

Will The Real Nut Please Stand Up?

As you are probably well aware, macadamia nuts are a prevailing crop here in Hawaii. In the islands they are available everywhere, and are commonly seen in markets and on restaurant menus gracing salads, sauces, pestos, and such. I don’t think I ever ate a mac nut on the mainland – although I am sure somewhere you can find the macs that are processed by the big corporate brands. But have you ever tastes a freshly-picked, crisp, raw, organic macadamia? There’s nothing like it.

So where do you get them then?

Buy direct from small farms that are committed to sustainable practices. One of my favorite places to get macadamias is from Kuaiwi Farm in Captain Cook (Big Island). Their macs are hand picked, then washed and dried at 105 degrees for 4 to 5 days – a process that renders a protein-rich nut with all of its omega-3 oils intact. You can buy whole nuts or butter – and don’t even get me started on the butter.

Ain’t Nothin’ Like The Real Thing Baby

This coconut extract is Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO) as well as USDA Certified Organic, and is also kosher. Some other flavor extracts that we won’t mention by name contain propylene glycol, polysorbate-80, triacetin or other solvents, and are manufactured with low quality GMO cottonseed oil and artificial flavors.

The only ingredients in this one:

Water, Organic Alcohol, Organic Agave Syrup, Organic Coconut

Now that’s the real deal!

Mahalo and a Big Buss on the Lips…

to Crazy Rumors for their Aloha Collection package of HibisKiss lip colors!

Certified organic ingredients (mostly)

Zero parabens

Gluten-free & nut-free

Vegan & cruelty-free

With six sultry shades like Tropical, Coral, Breeze, Pearl, Sunrise, and Sunset  -as well as that lip-smacking hibiscus flavor- how can you help but feel all warm and fuzzy inside? …like you are about to embark on a morning surf session in Haleiwa - or maybe just kick back and relax on the beach Big Island style.

$28.99 for da hui. Sa-weet!

Vegan Product: SprouTofu

Most seasoned Vegans and organic eaters know about this product, so this is a heads-up for vegetarian newbies or those of you who are expanding your kitchen horizons.


Certified Organic : free of harmful pesticides and carcinogenic poisons

Non-GMO : no strange genetic material unnaturally inserted into your food 

Sprouted: the soaking and sprouting process helps to neutralize dangerous anti-nutrients (lectins) and increases the digestibility and absorption of beneficial nutrients

heads up when it comes to soy: small doses only!

The Sweeter Little Sister

If, like me, you can’t keep your hands out of the (packaged) cookie jar, then maybe this is a better alternative to Oreos. “All Late July Snacks are produced without synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilizers, genetic engineering, antibiotics or added growth hormones. Our organic Sandwich Cookies contain no trans fat, no hydrogenated oils, no corn syrup, no artificial flavors, no artificial colors, no preservatives, and are Vegan.”

The East Coast Evil Twin

Now, Vegan donuts are not new to NYC. We all know Babycakes and the Vegan Divas serve up some fine vegan doughnuts…but an entire shop -completely Vegan no doubt- dedicated to this hollow-centered pastry? Drool, drool, drool… well done Dun-Well Donut Shop – but secretly plotting to take over the world from a little storefront in Brooklyn? I was home in July and missed my chance to join the dark side. Aaaaarrrrgh! Time for a visit to see my family…


photo: Dun-Well Donuts

The Superhero of Donuts  

Ahem, I ate my way straight through the holidays and obviously I have not stopped. My husband’s mention of our upcoming annual 28-day cleanse sent me into lucid dreaming about food, food and more food…thus, doughnuts. Truly I only eat donuts about once a year (ok, maybe twice), but when I do they better be great donuts - none of that hydrogenated-artificially-god-who-knows-what’s-in-it-flavored crap. I want a real donut – and a Vegan one at that. We-hellll…look what I found. Mighty-O Donuts. I am now considering moving to Seattle …ok maybe just a trip.



Have Your Kelp & Eat It Too

I admit that this may be one of those crunchy-granola type of Vegan snacks…but hey! That’s a good thing! Packed with protein, calcium (180 mg per bar), and a variety of minerals, these krispy-krunchy sesame bars are truly a nutritional winner. The balance of mildly sweet (maple syrup & brown rice syrup) with ever-so-slightly salty (Maine coast Atlantic kelp with no salt added), create a toothsome combination. For those who like their snacks with a bit of a zingy bite, Kelp Krunch sesame-seaweed bars are also available with a touch of ginger, cayenne and vanilla. These bars are free of gluten, nuts, dairy, soy, trans-fats and any genetically modified ingredients…woohoo!!

And a P.S. to any moms out there: my 17 month old LOVES these!! I buy them by the case…

To purchase Kelp Krunch Bars and other nutrient-packed seaweed products, check out the Maine Coast Sea Vegetables website:


For cruelty-free cheese …check out Dr. Cow

(for more info go to my page & click on pic)

photo courtesy VegNews

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