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Thursday 23 November 2023

Vegan Apple Spiced Muffins Recipe

Looking for a delicious muffin recipe? You’ve come to the right place with Dave’s festive apple spiced muffins. Enjoy these vegan delights for breakfast or for snack time. 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and prepare your muffin tins with paper or silicone muffin liners. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Prepare the milk and vinegar in a separate bowl and let sit for 5 minutes, add the oil to the milk mixture and then add the wet into the dry flour mixture. Mix and then add in your diced apple. Add to your muffin liners and bake for 25 to 35 minutes. 


2 cups flour 

1 cup sugar

1 1/4 cup plant milk of your choice

1 tsp balsamic vinegar 

1 tsp baking powder

1/3 tsp salt

1/3 cup coconut oil or oil of your choice

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp all spice

2 cups of diced apples 🍎 


Saturday 7 October 2023

A Vegan Guide to New Brunswick

 A Vegan Guide to New Brunswick

I already did a guide for Halifax, Rural Nova Scotia and Moncton area, so now it's time for me to create a guide for the rest of New Brunswick. I haven't been to a lot of these areas so this is just me doing my research. If you know of other's that need to added, you can message me here

🌱Fully vegetarian

You can find the Moncton area guide here. I've included many but if you are looking for chain restaurants? You can find that here. I've included a few chain restaurants on the list for places that don't offer many options.


  • Dilli Delight: Indian restaurant with marked vegan options on the menu that include samaosas, tofu sandwich, soups, fritters and more. 
  • Pizza13: Pizza place that has a couple of marked vegan pizzas on the menu with no cheese and cauliflower wings. 
  • Au Bootlegger: Has a veggie burger on the menu which can be made vegan upon request. 
  • Yuzu Sushi: Offers a selection of vegan sushi rolls, springrolls, pokebowl and imperial rolls.
  • Cremerie L'igloo: Seasonal ice cream shop that offers vegan sorbets and slushies. 
  • Kaffeine Espresso Bar: Coffeeshop with plant based milk alternatives and reported to have a vegan blueberry square.  
  • Cast & Crew Gastropub: Pub that has an impossible burger on the menu (ask to veganize).
  • Pita Pit: Canadian chain restaurant that offers customizable pitas. They offer falafel and black bean for proteins and have a selection of veggies and sauces. They also offer smoothies.


  • Surya Cafe: Coffeeshop that offers soy, oat and almond milk for drinks.


  • 🌱Pomona Raw Fusion: Vegan smoothie bar that offers plant based milk for coffee drinks, smoothie bowls, treats and more. 
  • Pita Pit: Canadian chain restaurant that offers customizable pitas. They offer falafel and black bean for proteins and have a selection of veggies and sauces. They also offer smoothies.


  • Cafe Europa: Cafe that offers plant based milk for drinks and smoothies. Reported to also offer veggie chili and burger. 
  • Juice Box Inc: Fresh juice and smoothie bar that offers dairy-free milk options, iced coffee, salads, vegan falafel box and sweet treats. 
  • Yuzu Sushi: Offers a selection of vegan sushi rolls, springrolls, pokebowl and imperial rolls.


  • 🌱Lotus Bleu- Vegetarian cafe and coffeeshop. Has sandwiches, burgers and more. Menu changes regularly. 
  • Scoop Royal- Seasonal ice cream shop that offers soy ice cream, fruit toppings and vegan dark chocolate chips.
  • Sushi World-  Japanese restaurant with a vegan menu with tempura, spring rolls, salad, poke bowl and maki rolls. 
  • Gourmandise Epique- Cupcake shop that has a selection of vegan options. 
  • Lemon Boy- Seasonal juice and lemonade stand. Offers fresh juices and smoothies.


  • 🌱Abbey Cafe and Gallery- Vegan cafe that has all day breakfast, paninis, wraps, soups, bowls and desserts.  Beautiful spacious restaurant with an art gallery and study room downstairs. They also have a small grocery section by the food counter with vegan chocolate bars, Dandies marshmallows, Butler Soy Curls (in the cooler) and more. This place has been added to one of my favourite vegan spots I've ever been, special shoutout to the adorable animal artwork and pictures in the bathroom!
  • 🌱Cinnamon Cafe- Vegetarian bistro that serves vegan options and raw foods. Offers schwarma, falafel, tofu dishes, a burger, coffee, desserts and more. Serves wine, coffee and tea.
  • 🌱Cool Cat Pizza-Market stall that is all vegan pizza, garlic fingers, donair pizza and more.
  • 🌱Scottage Cheeze- Vegan artisan cheese company that stocks local markets and restaurants. 
  • 🌱Fuller Confections- Fully vegan bakery that sells at the farmer's market. Cakes, cookies, scones and more. 
  • 🌱Zensation- Vegetarian take-out window at the exhibition grounds that offers dim sum. Makes adorable cartoon buns.
  • 🌱Dee's Quiet Cafe- Vegan food truck that travels to local markets. Check Instagram for locations.
  • Pita Fresco- Build your own pita, salad or sandwich. Offers tofu and falafel.
  • Sequoia- Natural health store that sells supplements, specialty foods and more.
  • Carribean Flavas- Has marked vegan options on the menu which includes samosas, falafel, wraps, burgers and more.
  • Byblos- Lebanese restaurant with marked vegan options that include falafel, hummus, salad and more.
  • Aura Whole Foods- Natural market that sells supplements and specialty foods.
  • Midsea Eatery- Lebanese restaurant that is primarily take-out but does have a couple seats inside. Offers falafel dishes and some other appetizers.
  • Tipsy Muse Cafe- Cafe that offers almond, oat and soy milk for drinks. Reported to have some food fare and vegan desserts as well.
  • Issac's Way- Restaurant and bar that has a vegan menu that includes vegan benedict, chickpea crunch burger, tofu burger and more!
  • Milda's Pizzas & More- Cafe that reports to specialize in vegan dishes such as pizza and desserts.
  • Hana Ethiopian Cafe- Cafe that offers a vegan combo platter with green peas and carrot, kale, lentils, potatoes and carrots.
  • Number One Noodle- Has a separate vegan menu serving dishes like pad Thai, stir-fry, noodle and tofu dishes.
  • Avatar Food Truck- Food truck with 2 vegan options.
  • Pita Pit: Canadian chain restaurant that offers customizable pitas. They offer falafel and black bean for proteins and have a selection of veggies and sauces. They also offer smoothies. 
  • Namaste Bistro: Restaurant that has a vegan menu with a selection of curry and other Indian dishes.  
  • The Squeeze:  Fresh juices and smoothies, a vegan marguerita grilled cheese, breakfast sandwich and burrito also on the menu. 
  • Claudine's Eatery: Eatery that has marked vegan menu options including a vegan breakfast with falafel, toast, avocado, beans or salad, a falafel burger and pesto spaghetti. 


  • Pita Pit: Canadian chain restaurant that offers customizable pitas. They offer falafel and black bean for proteins and have a selection of veggies and sauces. They also offer smoothies. 
  • Namaste Bistro: Restaurant that has a vegan menu with a selection of curry and other Indian dishes.  
  • Chocolat Voyageur: Chocolate boutique and cafe. Offers a selection of vegan chocolates and truffles. 
  • Jungle Jim's: Has a vegan rice bowl on the menu. 
  • Quesada: Mexican fast food joint that has customizable burritos, bowls, tacos, quesadilas and nachos. Offers black bean, chipotle tofu, veggies and paprika mayo which is vegan.

New Maryland: 

  • Simon's Kitchen and Bakery: Bakery, cafe and catering. Has a vegan catering menu and offers vegan chili and a falafel wrap. Also creates fresh cinnamon rolls that you can get at places like Abbey's in Fredericton.


  • You can find the full guide here


  • Pita Pit: Canadian chain restaurant that offers customizable pitas. They offer falafel and black bean for proteins and have a selection of veggies and sauces. They also offer smoothies. 
  • Habaneros: Taco bar that offers customizable tacos and burritos. They offer vegan chicken, steak, pork and a Bombay curry. 
  • Cheese Curds: Burger and poutine joint that offers veggie poutine, a vegan burger and chicken burger.  
  • Jungle Jim's: Has a vegan rice bowl on the menu.


  • Garden Grove Cafe:  Restaurant and cafe that has marked vegan options which include a garden vegetable sandwich, quinoa power bowl and blueberry smoothie.
  • Habaneros: Taco bar that offers customizable tacos and burritos. They offer vegan chicken, steak, pork and a Bombay curry. 
  • Cheese Curds: Burger and poutine joint that offers veggie poutine, a vegan burger and chicken burger. 


  • 🌱The Cackling Goose Market: All vegetarian and gluten free cafe and market. They have a gluten-free pantry and sell natural products. Their cafe has vegan food fare, coffee, sweet treats and a lot more. 
  • Cranewood on Main:  Reported to offer vegan soups, hummus sandwich, cinnamon buns and fresh bread and baked goods. 

Saint Antoine: 

  • Anthony's Pizza: Pizza place that offers vegan cheese and a selection of veggies for toppings.

Saint John: 

  • 🌱Vegolution: Fully vegetarian restaurant and almost entire menu can be made vegan. I have been here and it was absolutely delicious! They offer appetizers, salads, donair, burger, desserts and more! 

  • Lemongrass: Thai restaurant that are willing to prepare items vegan upon request (no egg or fish sauce). Offers pad Thai, cashew tofu and curry dishes. 
  • Gahan House: Pub and restaurant that has a vegan menu with a sweet potato tostada, veggie burger, burrito bowl and more. 
  • Thandi: Indian restaurant with 3 vegan choices marked on the menu. Offers a vegan curry, chana masala and oriental stir-fry. 
  • Let's Hummus: Lebanese cuisine that offers falafel, salad and hummus. 
  • Pomodori Pizzeria: Pizzeria that can make cheeseless vegan pizza and they also offer coconut milk gelato. 
  • Bella's Traditional Ice Cream: Ice cream shop that usually has a vegan option such as, chocolate, mango strawberry and toasted coconut. 
  • Marci's Salads: Salad focused restaurant that has marked vegan options, such as bowls, salads and smoothies. 
  • Big Tide Brewing Co.: English pub that has 2 vegan options, the bean chili and the thai curry. 
  • Corn Crib Natural Foods: Natural market that sells supplements, specialty foods and more. 
  • LebanOn The Go: Lebanese take-out that has clearly labelled vegan options. 
  • Naan-Ya Business: Restaurant with marked vegan options including pizza, vegan butter chicken, daal platter, samosa chaat and more. 
  • Taste of Egypt: Has a menu with vegan labels that include falafel, salad, pad thai and more. 
  • Marci's Salads:  Restaurant with a main focus on salads, has marked vegan options. Also offers bowls and smoothies.


  • Hally's Scoops and Brews: Coffee and ice cream shop that offers oat based vegan soft serve ice cream. They have sugar cones that are vegan as well but only for small size. 

  • Culinanny Bakery: Located in the mall downtown Shediac. Culinanny Bakery has marked vegan items (with a green dot sticker) offering squares, cookies, breads and more. Thursdays are a completely vegan day. 

  • Rosie's Ice Cream: Small freestanding ice cream stall near the campground in Shediac. Carries Cashew Bros. vegan ice cream. I suggest calling or Facebook messaging before going, as I got the last scoop of the vegan options when I visited, best to make sure it's stocked.

  • Seaside Grazing: Restaurant and bar located in Hotel Du Vieux Port that has a vegan charcuterie board featuring local artisan cheeses from Scottage Cheeze.
  • Adorable Chocolat: Chocolate shop that offers vegan chocolate options.

  • Kuro Sushi: Japanese restaurant that offers veggie sushi rolls and burritos, miso soup, garden salad and edamame.
  • Bistro Le Moque Tortue: Restaurant with marked vegan options which include salads, balsamic pasta, burrito, soup, bruschetta and stir-fry. 
  • La Coast: Menu includes a portobello mushroom burger (ask for no cheese) and a vegan chocolate brownie. 

St. Andrews: 

  • Braxton's Restaurant: Located in the historical Algonquin hotel. Has a cauliflower steak on the menu. 
  • Kingsbrae Garden Restaurant: Offers a marked vegan option, the caramelized onion & leek tart.  
  • Tall Tom's: Seasonal ice cream stand that offers vegan flavours. 
  • Spice Box Comestibles: Organic market and natural foods store. Sells specialty vegan items and some prepared foods, such as sandwiches, sushi and sweets. 
  • McGuire Chocolate Company: Chocolate shop and cafe. Has a large selection of marked vegan chocolate options and offers vegan sandwiches at the cafe and coffee drinks. 
  • Seasons by the Sea: Restaurant with a patio overlooking the water, offers some labelled vegan options, such as a burger, gnocchi and salads. 
  • Red Herring Pub: Pub that offers the Beyond burger. 
  • Shiretown Pub: Pub that offers a veggie burger and stir-fry that can be made vegan upon request. 
  • King Street Pizza:  Pizzeria that offers vegan cheese. 
  • The Red Herring: Has the Beyond burger on the menu.
  • Honeybeans Coffee, Teas & Treats: Cafe that offers soy and coconut milk for drinks, also has vegan soups and baked goods.

St. Stephen:

  • Pita Pit: Canadian chain restaurant that offers customizable pitas. They offer falafel and black bean for proteins and have a selection of veggies and sauces. They also offer smoothies.



  • Pita Pit: Canadian chain restaurant that offers customizable pitas. They offer falafel and black bean for proteins and have a selection of veggies and sauces. They also offer smoothies. 
  •  Yuzu Sushi: Offers a selection of vegan sushi rolls, springrolls, pokebowl and imperial rolls.


  • Thai Hut: Thai restaurant with marked vegan options that include curries, tofu, pad thai, spring rolls and more. 

Saturday 23 September 2023

Sustainability Summit 2023

So this might be a bit of a long post but it totally deserves one! 

Dave and I attended the South Shore Sustainability Summit at the NSCC Lunenburg campus and it was an absolutely amazing day! It was incredible to meet so many passionate and knowledgeable humans who really care about our forests, oceans, social justice, animals and our future! It was very refreshing to connect with people who are doing so much to help our communities and the planet and It gave me such a sense of hope and gratitude which I honestly needed right now in my life. 

Living with a disability and depression, I often feel hopeless, not just about my own situation but seeing the state of our world. It sometimes feels like the problems are too huge and I often ask “what can I as one tiny person do”? Being vegan, you could say I have a larger awareness on environmental issues involving our animal industries and I am very aware of the devastation that humans have caused this planet but I feel paralyzed sometimes, I become overwhelmed very easily with life, so it’s easy to sink into a depression that tells me there is no point to anything. 

That being said, today’s summit has invigorated me. One person can’t (or can they?) change the world but together, real things can be accomplished. We are a collective and there are so many people doing everything they can to make a difference and to me that is very inspiring! We all have a personal responsibility and, in my opinion, duty to do better.

In this post I want to highlight some of the great people and organizations at this event. 

NSCC Lunenburg Campus

Chicory Blue catered the event. The coffee was delicious and they had Silk creamer too. Our public library was there with a selection of great books.

Helping Nature Heal had this beautiful photo booth

Protecting Nova Scotia's coast was talked about by Steve Howe and Angela Jorgenson.

Development is threatening many of our beaches in Nova Scotia, including many on the South Shore. I am going to provide some links where you can help. Please sign the petitions and join Facebook groups.

John MacDonald discussed open pen aquaculture, particularly the Cooke Seafood company that runs off the shore of Bayswater beach that is polluting the beach. Say no to open pen fish farms!

Vegan lunch provided by Chicory Blue The focaccia was particularly amazing! Also delicious salads and falafel wrap
The youth panel was inspiring!

Bob Bancroft from Nature NS talking about protecting our forests and saving the mainland moose.    

It was absolute honour to hear from Louise Delisle founder of SEED and I highly recommend the documentary "There's Something in the Water". Also was highly impressed with Joanna Bull of Ecology Action Centre and Alexandra Vance of The Whale Sanctuary Project

Alexandra Vance of The Whale Sanctuary Project told us about the amazing project that Nova Scotia is doing in creating a sanctuary for whales that are currently in captivity. The short film we watched was extremely emotional for me and I appreciated Alexandra's passion and compassion that was so visible in both the panel discussion and this presentation pictured. 

Came home with a lot of awesome info, stickers, pens and more. Dave also won a gift certificate to Zen Electric Bikes

We finished the day by watching a documentary called "In the Quiet and the Dark" about saving the Eastern Hemlocks and the invasive species "Hemlock Woolly Adelgid" and how they are destroying our hemlock forests. We had an awesome discussion after the screening with Sally Steele and Donna Crossland, amazing woman who are trying to save the hemlocks. The documentary is coming to CBC gem next month.

Big thank you to the organizers and everyone who came out to this event. I had an amazing time and really hope it will happen again next year! 🍑

Tuesday 29 November 2022

Vegan Lip Balm Reviews

I am a self-professed lip balm junky. 

Strangely enough, I have found a lot of people who complain about the lack of vegan lip balms on the market. Truth be told, there's actually a lot on the market, the problem is finding them near you. Ordering online tends to be essential for something like this unless you live in a town that happens to have a vegan store, health food store with good selection or a Whole Foods near you (but even WF's isn't a guarantee since my friend that's in Vegas couldn't find any there until just recently).

I wanted to do a review of all the different ones I have used to give you my honest opinion and maybe give you an idea of where you can buy some for yourself. No beeswax, testing on animals or animal ingredients whatsoever in this blog post. 

Disclaimer: I can't guarantee all of these are still on the market. :) 

Alright, let's get started:

Hurraw!: Hurraw tends to be one of the most well known vegan balms on the market and for good reason. They have a huge selection flavours, scents and protections, including SPF. Their balms smell delicious and feel great on the lips-- non-oily and long-lasting. They also happen to be raw and organic. If you grew up on lip smackers, you won't be disappointed as a vegan with great companies like this around. They also can be ordered right from their website and they ship worldwide too!

Concord Soap Company: This is actually an indie company that I found through Etsy. It was my very first vegan lip balm I used after I first transitioned to veganism and still one of my favourites. They come in a variety of scents and flavours. With great fruity and unique scents. The consistency is smooth and non-oily which is super moisturizing. You can buy their products right from their website or their Etsy shop. They also offer vegan soaps, creams and more.

Merry Hempsters: Merry Hempsters has an extensive organic balm line, including a full vegan lip balm and healing salves. They have 7 vegan lip balm varieties in wonderful scents. They work great, are not oily and go on smooth. You can order right from their website for an affordable price but they are also sold on places like Vitacost.

Ladybug Jane:  Another organic lip balm that leaves smooth lips but what sets Ladybug Jane apart is the AMAZING flavours. Not only do they smell incredible, they TASTE good too! She has a huge selection of flavours that can be ordered from the website.

Out of Africa: Of all the vegan lip balms I have used, I have to say this one is my least favourite. They smell pretty good and the flavours sound appealing but I have never had a lip balm so grainy in my life. It leaves grainy pieces all over my lips. So unfortunately, I give this one thumbs down. If for some reason you still feel like trying them after my poor recommendation, they are available on their website as well as

Epic Blend: Epic Blend is a Canadian company that offers 2 flavours of vegan lip balm. They smell and work fantastic! It is actually another one of my most favourite lip balms I have used. Soft, smooth and moisturizing for the lips. You can order directly from their website.

Hugo Naturals: Hugo offers 3 varieties in lovely fruit scents. They are mild smelling and go on smooth. I did find them a little oilier than other lip balms I have used but I still enjoyed them and used the product until finished. Hugo Naturals also makes lots of vegan body products, perfumes and more. Everything can be ordered from their website.

All Natural Face:  I am a huge fan of the All Natural Face and have used many of her products, so it was natural for me to try the lip balm. All her products are vegan and very natural. The lip balm felt great on the lips, I just wasn't overly fond of the flavour, chocolate mint, in which I chose. Other than that, it was smooth on the lips and felt great. You can order her extremely affordable products on her website.

The Fanciful Fox: I received a single lip balm from the Fanciful Fox from a Vegan Cuts box months back. I got it in peanut butter flavour which sounded awesome at the time but I didn't actually care for it. It was extremely mild. The balm itself was okay but not my most favourite I have ever used. She has 9 varieties on her website and offers them for sale there, as well as the Vegan Cuts website.

LUSH: I received LUSH's None of your Beeswax lip balm as a gift. I was extremely excited to try it but was let down severely. The balm is extremely sticky and not hydrating whatsoever. I declare a fail on LUSH's part.

Meow Meow Tweet: Another indie company that came through my Vegan Cuts box. She has 5 varieties of lip balm available, I received the cocoa. I wasn't fond of the extremely natural smell and also found the lip balm chunky and not moisturizing. You can order directly from her website or the Vegan Cuts website.

EcoLips: My dear friend Shannon sent me the lemon-lime vegan lipbalm from EcoLips and guess what? It rocks my world! Moisturizing and smooth and it smells lovely too. They have 3 different flavours of vegan balm you can try and ones with SPF as well.

Crazy Rumours: I will have a full review of the products I have tried soon but until then, I love them! Super moisturizing, they smell amazing and they have so much to choose from.

Surya Basil: I have tried all the flavours and love all but the cinnamon (I have cinnamon sensitivity). They smell great and work really well on dry, chapped lips.

Alaffia: My friend sent me 2 varieties of Alaffia's lip balms, right now I am using the Coconut Pineapple at work and it smells and works amazing, which says a lot because this dry weather kills my skin. It's super moisturizing and feels fantastic on the lips! 

Bare Bones Skincare: No nasty ingredients in this brand. Made by a girl in her kitchen, all vegan and cruelty free. Bare Bones offers a few varieties of lip balms that will get your lips kissable. I have personally tried the Spiced balm and it's lovely, smooth and smells great!    

David's Tea: I was thrilled to see David's Tea carrying vegan lip balm in lots of variety of tea infused scents. Their balm is smooth and leaves your lips feeling lovely. 

Vesper Beauty: I was given this lip balm from my friend from Iowa. I love the lemon scent and it feels great on my lips. I do find like I have to apply quite a bit but it works great otherwise.

Bare English & Co.: Received as a gift. The peach scent I recieved is so nice and the lip balm is smooth and moisturizing. Definitely recommend! 

Booda Butter: A gift from a friend. It has a nice smooth consistency but I do find I have to reapply often as it is more of an oily balm. It does moisturizer decently though and totally does the trick!
The Body Shop: I recently was visiting my mother in Moncton and I really needed some vegan lipbalm. I hadn't been in The Body Shop for many years, so I went in to see if they carried any. It turns out that everything in The Body Shop is now vegan (except old stock they haven't sold yet). I picked up this lovely tinted lip balm but they also have non-tinted options as well. I love the colour and it feels so nice on the lips! I also love the Shea lip butter! 

  Get moisturizing peaches!🍑

Monday 7 November 2022

The Vegan Peach's Holiday Food Guide

 🎅Vegan Holiday Guide🎄

I think a lot of our holiday memories involve food. When first going vegan, it may feel like you are giving up a whole lot but I'm here to tell you that certainly doesn't have to be the case. From candy canes to cookies and holiday roasts, here's my personal food guide for the holidays:

EggNog/Holiday (non-alcoholic) Drinks: 

Or make your own Holiday nog


Or make your own holiday roast

Advent Calandar:


Other Treats:

  • Wholesome Sweeteners candy canes
  • Trader Joe's Candy Cane Joe Joe's
  • Gingerbread and Candy Cane Oreo's
  • Mi-Del gingerbread men and candy cane sandwich creams 
  • The Natural Candy Shop sells a large selection of vegan candies and chocolates.
  • Clif Bar seasonal pumpkin pie, gingerbread and hot chocolate
  • Dandies peppermint marshmallows
  • Castle Kitchen hot chocolate 
  • Squish make vegan gummies for the holidays, also in advent calendar form.
  • Larabar brings out seasonal flavours
  • Ananda's vegan festive marshamallow treats 
  • Pandora Bell handmade candy canes
  • Starbuck's hot cocoa mix is vegan-friendly
  • Hammond's Candies offers candy canes and other vegan hard candies
  • Coco hot chocolate
  • Skinny Pop gingerbread cookies and white chocolate peppermint kettle corn. 
  • Ikea gummy candies and marzipan
  • Sno Vegan Gingerbread frozen gingerbread with aquafaba mouse in the centre. 
  • Maddy and Maize popcorn with delicious festive flavours