The search for the best pasta sauce

It’s hard to find a tomato sauce which tastes natural and doesn’t cost too much. We spent a long time trying to find the “perfect” one. This proved to be difficult until we found Marinelli pasta sauce. On top of the product being amazing, the price is affordable too, so at least you’re not going to feel guilty for buying it.

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You’re so sweet…

Who would guess that something as simple as sugar might not be vegan? Sugar comes from a plant, how can it possibly not be vegan? The fact that during the refining process some companies use bone char (usually from a cow) to whiten/refine the sugar is where the issue lies. Not all companies use it, so if worried it’s probably best to stick to non refined sugars such as Cane Sugar, turbinado or beet sugars.

It’s mighty difficult to avoid sugar completely but just like anything else, the more you do it the easier it becomes. There are many alternatives and the best way is to avoid as many processed foods as possible.

Is avoiding sugar getting a bit too fanatical? It depends on who you ask of course. The fact of the matter is that most people who turn to veganism are doing it for moral reasons, so it’s a fair reason to avoid something.


Vegan Wine (Really? It’s not vegan?)

I didn’t even know that wine wasn’t vegan until a couple months ago (officially). I remember going through Whole Foods in San Francisco where they had some wine labeled “Vegan” and at the time I thought that it was ridiculous because all wine should be vegan. I didn’t think about it again, until I saw some vegan people I follow on Twitter talking about a site called Barnivore ( which lists vegan wines (and other alcohol). This was a shocking revelation to me as I never thought twice about drinking wine, I mean who would? It’s only grapes right?

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A little more personal

I thought that moving back to the city would automatically mean I’d be more social. So far we’ve kept pretty reserved, which I guess is normal as there is just so much to think about and plan when you first move to a new place.

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Best Health Food Store in Toronto (area)

I would greatly appreciate it if I could get a nice view of where people go for their health food needs.

Away for a bit

I haven’t posted much lately. I just moved back to the city with my wonderful wife and have been so busy unpacking and organizing our condo that it seems everything else took the backburner. The cats are really enjoying the big windows in the apartment and we’re extremely happy to be away from Aurora. Aurora might be nice if you have kids or if you’re retired, but it’s just not that happening of a place.


Quinoa: A vegan superfood

For those who are wondering how to get more protein in their diet, it’s important to look for complete proteins. Examples of a complete protein are: soybeans, amaranth, buckwheat, hempseed and of course quinoa. The main reason I’m focusing on quinoa is that I find it very underrated, but deserves more attention due to it being so healthy and flavourful.

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Vegan Life

“So what can you eat?” The one question every vegetarian/vegan hates the most. As if being vegan meant there were no options out there, that you’d starve to death without any animal products. The most fascinating part of being vegan to me, is how some people answer “Oh I could never do that, I’d die! I need meat to have energy.” Or “The doctor told me that for medical reasons I can’t be vegetarian.” How come so many people seem to have this as an answer? Do doctors really go around preaching this to everyone? And last but not least, “Think of those poor vegetables you’re killing and their feelings.” Last I checked, vegetables didn’t have a nervous system or a brain capable of feeling pain. Anyway, enough with the questions.

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Split Pea Soup

In the past month or two, I’ve finally started to appreciate split pea soup. I know I’m far behind the times, but hey there’s so much great food out there it’s hard to get around to it all! (That’s my excuse anyway).

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What’s happening?/What are you doing?

I haven’t written in a long time. Most of the time I don’t even really know what to say. I guess I’m torn between doing a personal blog or writing about a specific topic and sometimes either one seems like a better idea. Now that the elephant is out I can go on to more interesting topics… Like Twitter!

When I first joined Twitter in 2008 I had no idea how it worked or that it really is much more than just a status update. One can really only go so far with daily mundane updates before getting the urge to try to get more out of the service. Some people choose to use it in a more social manner, whereas others choose to use it as a way to get news. Neither way is better than the other, but rather shows two very distinct personalities.

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