We are so excited to feature Rainbow Grocery as this month’s Independent of the Month! They are located in San Francisco, CA and are open 9am-9pm every day. Rainbow Grocery was opened in 1975 by Rich Israel, Janet Crolius, Bill Crolius, and John David Williams. These determined individuals had a goal to make vegetarian food more accessible to their surrounding community. To implement this they began with a bulk food-buying program. Since then they have changed locations (twice!), expanded their number of departments, and continued to inspire sustainable living in the neighboring communities.
Tracy Childs of Veg-Appeal shares about flavorful ingredients, cooking classes, and how to make a “Tracy Special”.
Tracy Childs is a certified nutritional consultant, long time vegan, and founder of the plant-based cooking class and health coaching company Veg-Appeal. She has taken steps to help her community become more plant-based by co-founding the group PlantDiego. Tracy has co-written three e-books titled “Food Camp Weekly Meal-Plans and Guides” which give advice on meal planning, batch cooking, and food prep that can help you eat healthy home-cooked meals even during your busiest weeks. In addition she also helped write Handbook to Higher Health Consciousness which is available in paperback on Amazon.
In this interview we got to ask her all of our questions regarding plant-based cooking, the most important ingredients, and how to deal with failure in the kitchen.
Our Independent of the month for March is: Chuck’s Produce! They are a specialty food store located in Washington, but they are so much more than your average grocery store. They have 2 locations: Mill Plain (13215 SE Mill Plain Blvd. Vancouver, WA 98684) and Salmon Creek Store (2302 NE 117th Street Vancouver, WA. 98686). Even though they are not wide-spread, they are able to provide a lot for the local communities. Both locations are open Monday-Friday and Sundays.
Herbie’s Natural Foods advocates organic food, health, and “happy living”.
This week we would like to feature Herbie’s Natural Foods as our independent of the month! Named after one of the first few products they sold back in 1993 (herbs), they now have a huge selection of products. These include delicious vegan and vegetarian options, non-GMO products, fragrant essential oils, organic foods, and our very own StarLite Cuisine products just to name a few. In addition to regular groceries, they also have kombucha on tap to quench your thirst!
Dynise Balcavage talks about her inspiration, experiences, and favorite foods.
At Starlite Cuisine we love our customers. We had the opportunity to interview one our of favorite vegan athletes and a StarLite Cuisine fan, Dynise Balcavage, know as @vanillaandzag on Instagram and Twitter. Dynise inspires us by combining her loves of the vegan lifestyle, food, and running! Besides being a USATF-certified track and running coach, she is also the author of Pies and Tarts with Heart, Celebrate Vegan, and The Urban Vegan.
Dynise has done cooking demos from New York to Paris and has been interviewed for the New York Times. She is an avid runner who has run All-American racing standards in the marathon, half-mara-thon, 10 mile, 15K, 10K, 5K, 4 mile and mile. She has qualified for the Boston Marathon and New York City Marathon in each marathon she’s run. Dynise currently races with the Philadelphia Runner Track Club. Explore her blog here!
Mission Square Market, located at 6171 Mission Gorge Road #111-112, San Diego, CA, is the place to go for all your local vegan and plant based needs and is our Independent of the Month. One of the many reasons we love this market is the impressive variety of plant based products they carry including gluten free and non-GMO items, and if you are hungry they have a Grab N Go vegan deli with a large selection of vegan meats and cheeses, where you can order up all different types of vegan yumminess. They even have a soft serve coconut based frozen dessert machine where you can swirl away and cover with toppings!
Click here for a must read article about meal planning for busy plant based families! Share your advice with us about how you plan your meals on the go whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or flexitarian. We want to hear from you!
Happy National Superhero Day! We had a couple superheroes in the office today who were kind enough to take a photo with our vegan Taquitos. Who is your favorite superhero? More importantly, are you Team Cap or Team Iron Man?
Celebrating National Cheese Lover’s Day with the Story of our “Cheese”
by Charles Quinto
Did you know that today is National Cheese Lover’s Day?! So pick up some cheese and enjoy it by itself, with some grapes, on a cracker, or the way we eat cheese here at StarLite Cuisine – with our vegan enchiladas!