Bluff City Vegan Eats: Lulu's Bakery & Cafe
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by Bianca
2h ago
I've posted about Lulu's, my friend Don and Stephanie's vegan bakery, about a million times. But until recently, they were just selling stuff at the Cooper-Young Farmers Market. But now they have their very own brick-and-mortar, and it's officially open! They did briefly have a stall inside Puck Food Hall in downtown Memphis, but Puck closed during the pandemic, and they lost their space. But now Lulu's is in a stand-alone space at 3119 Poplar Avenue, across from East High School.  They've been softly open for a few weeks, but their official grand opening was this past Saturday. I've been ..read more
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Product Review: WunderEggs
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by Bianca
4d ago
Y'all, vegan hard-boiled eggs are here!!! When I went vegan in 2004, eggs were the hardest thing for me to give up; not cheese, like most people. I just really loved eggs, and there weren't any good vegan alternatives back then. We've had vegan scrambled eggs in the form of Just Egg and Follow Your Heart Eggs for a while, but we finally have a vegan hard-boiled egg with WunderEggs! As soon as I heard Whole Foods stores carried these, I went out to my Whole Foods. And sure enough, there they were, right next to the chicken eggs.  Inside the package are six hard-boiled WunderEgg halves, w ..read more
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Valentine's Day Snack Box!
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by Bianca
5d ago
Last week, I got a very special delivery! My dad told me to be on the lookout for an Amazon package from him and my mom. They ordered me a surprise snack box from The Good Grocer for Valentine's Day. Few things make me happier than an unboxing! Here's what I saw when I opened the box. Snacks! The box had several bags of popcorn, chips, corn nuts, and Paleo Puffs. I've already dug into the Lesser Evil popcorn, the Boulder Canyon jalapeno chips (a perfect post-long run treat!), and the sea salt Pop Chips. And under all that goodness was even more snacks — pistachios, peanuts, tiny chocolate co ..read more
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Blue Zones Challenge: Soups, Stews, and More
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by Bianca
1w ago
I'm nearing the end of my 30-day Blue Zones Challenge, and honestly, it hasn't been challenging at all. Well, it has. But that wasn't the challenge's fault. The hard part was getting sick about a week ago — the flu, I think — and having to cancel all of the fun social plans as I'd made as part of the challenge. The Blue Zones program is about more than food. It requires you to spend time with people in real life, but you can't do that when you're sick. So I canceled a wine night, a drop-in plan at a friend's open studio, and a 5K trail race last week. Bummer. But I'm hoping to make up some of ..read more
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Blue Zones Challenge: Adventist Meals
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by Bianca
1w ago
As I'm working my through the 30-day Blue Zones Challenge, I've been trying recipes from all five Blue Zones (Okinawa, Japan; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Sardinia, Italy; Ikaria, Greece; and Loma Linda, California). And I've loved everything I've tried. But the recipes that are closest to my heart are those from the Seventh Day Adventists in Loma Linda. That's because they're more familiar, I guess. And it's 100% old-school hippie vegan food, which isn't far off from how I eat typically.  Here are a few of the Adventist meals I've made from the Blue Zones Kitchen. One was Adventist Haystacks, whi ..read more
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Blue Zones Challenge: Okinawa
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by Bianca
1w ago
I'm almost done with my 30-day Blue Zones Challenge, though I plan to continue practicing Blue Zones principles going forward. And I'll probably continue trying a lot of recipes from Dan Buettner's books. They're just so good! And simple!  There are five Blue Zones in the world, where people live the longest, and one of those is Okinawa. The Blue Zones Kitchen book is divided by region, and here are a few meals I've made from the Okinawan chapter. One of my favorites was this Tofu Steak with Miso Mushrooms and Mashed Purple Sweet Potatoes. So you may notice that those potatoes are not pu ..read more
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Blue Zones Challenge: Eating Out
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by Bianca
2w ago
I started the Blue Zones Challenge on January 1, using Dan Buettner's book of the same name. The challenge extends beyond the plate to include social interactions, movement, and stress reduction. But I'm focusing on the food in my posts. Most of my meals have been from the challenge book or from The Blue Zones Kitchen cookbook, and they're very heavy on whole foods. But of course, I have to eat out sometimes. So here are a few meals I've eaten from restaurants during the challenge. I love to stop by Raw Girls on my way to the office when I actually go in (I work from home several days a week ..read more
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Blue Zones Challenge: Breakfasts and Soup
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by Bianca
2w ago
Checking in again on my 19th day of the Blue Zones Challenge. You can read all about my January reset goals here. And here are a few yummy recipes I've made from the Blue Zones books. For breakfast last week, I made a batch of Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies. These were a 7th Day Adventist recipe, and they're super quick and great on the go. Basically, it's just oats, mashed banana, applesauce, chocolate chips, nuts, and vegan honey. Some of the recipes call for honey, so I've been subbing Single Origin Vegan Un-Honey. I also made the Pumpkin Pancakes from the Blue Zones Challenge. These were just ..read more
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Belated Christmas at Native Brew Works
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by Bianca
3w ago
Last Christmas post, I swear. All of my Christmas plans were canceled due to a crazy winter storm that swept through the Mid-South and left our streets too icy for travel. So I had a makeup Christmas with my parents on New Years Day. And last weekend, I finally got to meet up with Sheridan and Drew. They live in Little Rock, and I'm in Memphis. So we met in the middle in our hometown of Jonesboro at Native Brew Works. We love this brewery! The beer is fantastic, and they have vegan options. So we try to meet there whenever we can. We all ordered the Roasted Sweet Potato Tacos with avocado cre ..read more
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Lulu's Sneak Peek, Surprise Salad, and Breakfast!
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by Bianca
3w ago
My friends who run the Memphis vegan bakery Lulu's are opening a brick-and-mortar! Previously, they sold at the Cooper-Young Farmers Market, but later this month, they'll have their very own place again. I say again because they briefly had a stall inside Puck Food Hall. But Puck closed, so they had to close. But this new place will be all their own. They had a super-soft test run a couple weeks back, so I stopped in for a Breakfast Sando on a sourdough bagel (tofu egg, cashew cheese, and smoked carrot bacon). I can't wait to be able to order these whenever I want! Over the New Year's weekend ..read more
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