Thursday, July 3, 2014

July's Vegan Dessert Menu

All of our baked goods are vegan, house-made and made with organic ingredients! Menu effective July 1-31.


Monday:

Chocolate-Ginger Cupcakes (gf.sf)
Mint-Chocolate Truffle (gf)
Grapefruit Shortbread Cookies
Raw fruit and nut bars
Chocolate Chip Bar

Tuesday:

Brownies (gf)
Mint - Chocolate Truffle (gf)
Grapefruit Shortbread Cookies
Seasonal Mini Bundt Cakes
Chocolate Chip Bar

Wednesday:

Lemon-Hibiscus Cupcakes (gf/sf)
Mint - Chocolate Truffle (gf)
Oatmeal Citrus Cookies
Seasonal Fruit "Pop Tarts"
Chocolate Chip Bar

Thursday:

Brownies (gf)
Almond-Chocolate Truffle (gf)
Oatmeal Citrus Cookies
Creme-filled sandwich cookies (sf)
Seasonal Foccacia Bread
Chocolate Chip Bar

Friday:

Green Tea Raspberry Cupcakes (gf/sf)
Almond-Chocolate Truffles
Chocolate Krinkle Cookies
Seaonal Fruit "Cheese"cake (gf)
Chocolate Chip Bar

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Sunday Staff Profiles: The People of Perelandra


One of the things that makes Perelandra so special is our wonderful staff! We are fortunate to have employees are from all over the world with very diverse skill sets and backgrounds, and they are instrumental in creating the "great energy" that our store is famous for. Our customers rely on our staff to answer their questions, help them find what they're looking for, suggest products and to be a friendly face in this big city. Get to know Chris, Perelandra's Bookkeeper, in this weeks staff profile.

Photo from this interview with Chris on Fightland.vice.com


Name: Chris

Hometown: Queens!

How long have you lived in New York City?
My entire life.

Length of time working at Perelandra:
Almost 3 years.

What are your favorite products at Perelandra?
“All of the fresh produce – whatever is fresh and in season is great.”

“The fresh focaccia that the kitchen makes on Thursday – I buy it like a religion.” 

“Lundberg short grain sweet brown rice – it’s nutrient dense and it goes well with all of the different types of cuisine that I like- Asian, Indian, Italian, etc.”

What is your favorite thing about working at Perelandra?
Definitely the organizational competency – I like the way it’s run, and I like the amount of thought that gets put into the decisions that go into place.

What's the most important thing you've learned since you started working here?
The level of research necessary to make decisions when running a business – it pays to take your time to make one right move, once.

Favorite Book
East of Eden by John Steinbeck. The message of the book is that your life is in your hands and the opportunity is there for you, but - it is really up to you to take it.

Favorite music
I really like a group called Electric Masada, it’s an all instrumental jazz rock combination. I also really like Miles Davis ‘In a Silent Way’ and Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets’.

Interesting facts
I spend most of my time as a visual artist doing wood engravings – I am a historian of the sport of fighting and my wood engravings will one day be in the MMA hall of fame.

I am a self-taught bookkeeper- I learned it after watching others do it for many years. It is a great way to balance my aspirations as an artist.

Monday, June 2, 2014

June's Vegan Dessert Menu

Lime Mint Cupcakes
Vanilla-Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
Oatmeal-Fig Cookies
                             

Everything on our menu is vegan, made with organic ingredients and made by hand, in house! 

Menu effective June 2-30!

Monday:

Lime-Mint Cupcakes (gf.sf)
Strawberry-Chocolate Truffle (gf)
Oatmeal Fig Cookies
Creme filled sandwich cookies (varying flavors)
Chocolate Chip Bar



Tuesday:

Vanilla-Walnut Cupcake (gf/sf)
Strawberry - Chocolate Truffle (gf)
Oatmeal Fif Cookies
Seasonal Quickbread
Brownies (gf)
Chocolate Chip Bar



Wednesday:

Chocolate Marshmallow Cupcakes (gf/sf)
Strawberry - Chocolate Truffle (gf)
Sweet n' Salty Shortbread Cookies
Seasonal Fruit Bread Pudding
Chocolate Chip Bar


Thursday:

Peanut Butter & Jelly Cupcakes (gf/sf)
Cookies and Creme Truffle (gf)
Sweet n' Salty Shortbread Cookies
Seasonal Fruit Granola Bars (gf/sf)
Seasonal Foccacia Bread
Chocolate Chip Bar


Friday:

Chamomile-Blueberry Cupcakes (gf/sf)
Cookies and Creme Truffles
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
Seaonal Fruit "Cheese"cake (gf)
Brownies (gf)
Chocolate Chip Bar

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sunday Staff Profiles: The People of Perelandra

One of the things that makes Perelandra so special is our wonderful staff! We are fortunate to have employees are from all over the world with very diverse skill sets and backgrounds, and they are instrumental in creating the "great energy" that our store is famous for. Our customers rely on our staff to answer their questions, help them find what they're looking for, suggest products and to be a friendly face in this big city. Get to know Jacob, one of our supplement department experts. If you shop at Perelandra, chances are you have spoken with him! He also writes our Beerdmaster blog series. Get to know him in this week's staff profile.




Name: Jacob

Hometown

Austin, TX

How long have you lived in New York City?

Almost two years

Length of time working at Perelandra:

About a year and a half.

What are your favorite products at Perelandra?

Herb Pharm Rishi Extract: "It's an adaptogen that is good for pretty much everything – in traditional Chinese medicine, it’s thought to restore your chi. It makes me feel content and healthy."

Hope Hummus Sriracha Hummus: "It's seriously the best hummus I’ve ever had and it incorporates two of my favorite things – hummus and sriracha. It’s spicy and sometimes I’ll just eat spoonfuls out of the container."

Peanut Butter & Co. Bees Knees: "It's dangerously delicious, and it’s good on a sandwich or out of the jar. My roommates have caught me just sitting and spooning right it out of the jar."

What is your favorite thing about working at Perelandra?

You get paid to learn about health, teach others about health and hang out with cool coworkers in the meantime!

What's the most important thing you've learned since you started working here?

At Perelandra I have learned, or have had reaffirmed, that patience, empathy and compassion are the most rewarding virtues to live by. Customer service can sometimes be stressful, but we’re all human and we all deserve to be healthy. I’ve learned that no matter where someone comes from, we all have similar struggles and are seeking better health. It is always worthwhile to lend a helping hand to those that seek help, or are around you. Life is hard so be kind and love everyone.

Favorite book?
My favorite piece of literature would be The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami.

Favorite music?
One band I always come back to is Explosions In The Sky, the album the earth is not a cold dead place. They’re from my hometown.

Share some interesting facts about yourself.

I have a tattoo of one my childhood cats, Nay Nay. I also draw and write comic books in my spare time. (editors note: Jacob's comic books are AMAZING!)

Some things we love about Jacob:
"Jacob is a great guy. He is smart, creative, friendly and genuine." -James

"Jacob is dependable, a wealth of wisdom and is always an open, listening ear. He gives good advice about pretty much anything." -Keith

"He is very professional, has a great intercom voice and is a kind person." - Hannia

"He is good with words and has a great sense of wit about him." -Jim

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Sunday Staff Profiles: The People of Perelandra


One of the things that makes Perelandra so special is our wonderful staff! We are fortunate to have employees are from all over the world with very diverse skill sets and backgrounds, and they are instrumental in creating the "great energy" that our store is famous for. Our customers rely on our staff to answer their questions, help them find what they're looking for, suggest products and to be a friendly face in this big city. Get to know Anthony, a customer service generalist at Perelandra. If you shop at Perelandra, chances are you are familiar with him! Get to know him in this week's staff profile.






Name: Anthony

Hometown: New York City

How long have you lived in New York City?
My whole life!

Length of time working at Perelandra:
6 months


What are your favorite products at Perelandra?

Natural Factors Osteo-Move: "As a skateboarder for 15 years, it really helps keep my joints and bones in check, and it's a liquid, which is great."

Professor Nut Butter Smoothie (from our Juice Bar) "It's really filling and makes a great base for customizing!"

Ginger People Ginger-Gizer: "It actually tastes like ginger, which I love and it makes me feel good. It really does energize you, too."

Kettle Chips Honey Dijon Flavor: "You can't go wrong with that honey dijon!"

What is your favorite thing about working at Perelandra?

"The family environment. I love it. The amount of product knowledge here and the trainings are great. And I like that it's an independently owned store. It's a rare find in the city."

What's the most important thing you've learned since you started working here?

"I've learned how to multi-task better because there's always so much going on at once here. It really helps keep you focused."

Favorite book: 

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Favorite Music/Musicians
Death metal! Nile; E:cho; Mother Ninja; Geospace Republic; MaxediaMan; Light Bringer

Some things we love about Anthony:
"He's very reliable, I can always count of him to do whatever needs to be done, and he is great with customers." -Dan

"He's incredibly friendly, one of the most friendly people at the store. He's eager to help and easy to talk to." - Maya

"He's even-keel with a delightfully detail-oriented mind, and is always pleasant."- Keith



Sunday, May 4, 2014

The Beerdmaster Review: Installment # 2



Welcome to the second installment of Beerdmaster! Beerdmaster is a Perelandra blog series exploring, appreciating, and celebrating beer, beards, and man culture. You'll find reviews of everything from natural care products and organic beer to herbal-healing wizardry - all available at Perelandra Natural Foods!

Grandpa's Pine Tar Soap 
Used by the notorious Jack Passion, three-time world bearding champion, Grandpa's Pine Tar bar soap makes for a great beard wash. Get your beard smelling like an epic pine forest while keeping it moisturized naturally. It's important to keep your beard clean and hydrated because the hidden skin underneath doesn't usually get the care it needs. Pine Tar soap combined with a beard oil (consider jojoba oil) can help eliminate issues like beard dandruff. Pine Tar soap is also great for any kind of skin irritations including eczema, insect bites, and poison ivy. Just as a heads up: in the box the odor of pine tar might be a little unappealing but I feel like the true pine smell is released once it's lathered. Maybe it's an acquired taste, but I thoroughly enjoy the smell of the pine tar soap in the shower.
 
 
 
 

Urban Moonshine Digestive Bitters
These boutique herbal bitters are handcrafted in Vermont and are great for any digestive issue and general digestive health. Bitters are a good alternative to enzyme supplements. They stimulate the stomach to produce enzymes and get the digestive juices flowing. Unlike other bitters these do not contain an herbal laxative so they can be take them in confidence and without worry. Urban Moonshine even makes flavored bitters. Perelandra carries the Original, Citrus, and Maple flavors. The flavored ones are good for people who may not like taste of bitters (yes, they are quite bitter) and for people who want to mix them in cocktails or mixed drinks. Yes! You bitter believe it! Urban moonshine can be added to your own moonshine at home. They even have some recipes on their website (http://www.urbanmoonshine.com/)! Available in tinctures, bottles, and a spray.



Hope Foods Sriracha Hummus
I seriously can't get enough of this hummus. Hope foods has some of the most unique flavors of hummus on the market - and from what I hear they're just getting started. On top of that they use high quality vegan, gluten-free ingredients. The sriracha flavor is my favorite and is great with chips, on tacos, in wraps, or even salads. I won't hide the fact that I've even just spooned the hummus out of the jar. The sriracha flavor is pretty spicy so sensitive tongues beware. Bring Hope hummus to a party and you are guaranteed to win lots of party points. Hope Foods is usually sampling their hummus every Sunday at Perelandra. Try out the deliciousness for yourself! 




Crabbie's Ginger Beer
I'm pretty sure this is what the spice of life from Dune tastes like. Truly an original, refreshing ginger beer that also gets you a little buzzed. Crabbie's just worked itself into my top favorite beverages. It is a little on the sweeter side, but it will be a perfect summer drink (if the summer ever does make it's way to New York). The ginger kick is right where it needs to be too - not overwhelming or too spicy, but enough to please any ginger fan. With a little bit of ice and a slice of lemon, or even a little bit of rum for an extra boost: boom! Enjoy ginger beer, the spice of life!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

May's Dessert Menu

All items are vegan and made in-house by our talented baker with organic ingredients! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Menu is effective May 1- May 30!

Monday:

Banana Vanilla Cupcakes (gluten-free/soy-free)
Crispy Rice- Chocolate Truffle (gf)
Chocolate-Cherry Cookies
Seasonal Cookie Bars (varying flavors)
Chocolate Chip Bar



Tuesday:

Chocolate Coffee Caramel Cupcake (gf/sf)
Crispy Rice - Chocolate Truffle (gf)
Chocolate-Cherry Cookies
Seasonal Bread Pudding
Brownies (gf)
Chocolate Chip Bar



Wednesday:

Pecan Cinnamon Cupcakes (gf/sf)
Crispy Rice - Chocolate Truffle (gf)
S'mores Cookies
Seasonal Fruit Pie
Chocolate Chip Bar


Thursday:

Lime Poppyseed Cupcakes (gf/sf)
Mexican-spiced Chocolate Truffle (gf)
S'mores Cookies
Seasonal Mini Bundt Cake (sf)
Seasonal Foccacia Bread
Chocolate Chip Bar


Friday:

Chocolate-Pistachio Cupcakes (gf/sf)
Mexican-Spiced Chocolate Truffles
Jasmine Green Tea Shortbread Cookies
Seaonal Fruit "Cheese"cake (gf)
Brownies (gf)
Chocolate Chip Bar

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Sunday Staff Profiles: The People of Perelandra

One of the things that makes Perelandra so special is our wonderful staff! We are fortunate to have employees are from all over the world with very diverse skill sets and backgrounds, and they are instrumental in creating the "great energy" that our store is famous for. Our customers rely on our staff to answer their questions, help them find what they're looking for, suggest products and to be a friendly face in this big city. Get to know Remoy, who is at customer service generalist at Perelandra, and started here more than 8 years ago! You'll see him most frequently in our produce department, his favorite place in the store to work. Get to know him in this week's staff profile. 

 


Name: Remoy

Hometown: Amarillo, TX

How long have you lived in New York City?
8 years

Length of time working at Perelandra:
This is my third time working at Perelandra. I worked here during school, and I just got back from living in Portugal for a while, but I started originally 8 years ago.

What are your favorite products at Perelandra?

Dr. Bronners Lavender Castille Soap: "It smells great, and a little goes a very long way with this stuff! I have never experienced that with soap before."

Macro-Vegan Samosa Dumplings: "It's like a samosa, but it's a dumpling! And they're delicious cold."

Synergy Trilogy Kombucha: "It's super refreshing when it's hot."

What is your favorite thing about working at Perelandra?

"I really love working in the produce department because we work directly with farms and small distributors, and I like to know that I am working closely with small farms and farmers directly.  

"Also, it has always been a special place to me. It was my first job in New York. Growing up in Texas, I had no concept of consumption responsibility, and after working here for a few months I drastically changed my diet, and it changed my mentality on many things. The staff challenged me on things that I didn't expect, and I have made some of my best friend here. 7 years later I still see lots of the same customers and they remember me, and talk to me. And I always feel like I am part of a family here."

 


What's the most important thing you've learned since you started working here?

"Being responsible for your consumption habits. People take it for granted. It's a mentality that will trickle down if you start with your food consumption. It affects the way you think about a lot of things. So many people consume things without regard for much else other than taste or desire, and once you put in the idea of what it means to consume and how to be responsible for what you put into your body it makes you more aware and more sensitive to the daily habits that have become routine."
 

Favorite Book: "The Secret Lives of People in Love" by Simon Van Booy

Favorite musician/music: I like anything top 80/contemporary. I also like country because it reminds me of home (Texas!)

 

Some things we love about Remoy:

"He has a delightfully complex intellect." -Keith

"He is really intelligent. He is also a really cool guy and he works really hard." -Hannia

"I have known Remoy for a long time, and beneath his alternately pensive and witty veneer, there is a truly enlightened guy" -James

"Remoy is a tremendously good and kind person. He is thoughtful, funny, smart and very self-aware" -Allison


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday Staff Profiles: The People of Perelandra

One of the things that makes Perelandra so special is our wonderful staff! We are fortunate to have employees are from all over the world with very diverse skill sets and backgrounds, and they are instrumental in creating the "great energy" that our store is famous for. Our customers rely on our staff to answer their questions, help them find what they're looking for, suggest products and to be a friendly face in this big city. Get to know Derrick who has been ordering Perelandra's grocery products for more than a decade! If you shop at Perelandra, chances are you are familiar with his great smile. Get to know him in this week's staff profile.
 
 


Name: Derrick

Hometown: Chantimelle, Grenada

How long have you lived in New York City?
Almost 30 years

Length of time working at Perelandra:
14 years


What are your favorite products at Perelandra?

Nature's Path Heritage Flakes: "My favorite cereal. It has lots of whole grains and is very healthy. It tastes great!"

Beanitos Chips, Nacho Flavor: "These taste great and has the best nacho flavor, especially when compared to other Nacho chips."

Newman's Own Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil: "I love the flavor of this olive oil."

What is your favorite thing about working at Perelandra?

"I love the environment and the staff. It's a very low stress environment and everyone gets along well."

What's the most important thing you've learned since you started working here?

"I've learned a lot about how to run a business and how to give great customer service."

Some things we love about Derrick:

"Derrick is always happy and joking- I have never seen him in a bad mood." -Dan

"He always knows the answers to my questions, and he's always very positive." -Ramon

"He is the happiest man on earth." -Keith

"He's got a good attitude and is really reliable. He always follows through on things." -Chris

"He's always upbeat and can turn any situation into a positive experience." -Carrie

Monday, April 14, 2014

New Menu Items for Spring!


White-bean raddichio salad

French couscous salad with asparagus and cherry tomatoes

Strawberry-vanilla cupcakes

New spring additions to our menu! As always, it's all vegan and made in-house daily with organic ingredients!

  • Creamy celery root soup with leeks, thyme, garlic and lemon

  • French couscous salad with asparagus and cherry tomatoes in a lemon-tarragon vinaigrette

  • Spring quinoa pilaf with toasted sunflower seeds, radish and fresh basil in a champagne vinaigrette

  • White bean-raddichio salad with charred scallions in a roasted garlic vinaigrette


Monday, March 31, 2014

April's Vegan Dessert Menu

 

All items are vegan and made in-house by our talented baker with organic ingredients! 

Menu is effective April 1- April 30!

Monday:

Toasted Almond Cupcakes (gluten-free/soy-free)
Chai Mookie - Chocolate Truffle (gf) - made with locally made Chai Mookie Chai spices!
Oatmeal-Apricot Cookies
Seasonal Fruit "Pop Tarts" (varying flavors)
Chocolate Chip Bar


Tuesday:

Double Chocolate Cupcake (gf/sf)
Chai Mookie - Chocolate Truffle (gf) - made with locally made Chai Mookie Chai spices!
Oatmeal Apricot Cookies
Seasonal Fruit Tart
Brownies (gf)
Chocolate Chip Bar


Wednesday:

Strawberry-Vanilla Cupcakes (gf/sf)
Chai Mookie - Chocolate Truffle (gf) - made with locally made Chai Mookie Chai spices! (gf)
Double Chocolate Cookies
Seasonal Quick Bread
Chocolate Chip Bar

Thursday:

Orange-Raspberry Cupcakes (gf/sf)
Lavender Chocolate Truffle (gf)
Double Chocolate Cookies
Seasonal Sandwich Cookies with Creme Filling
Seasonal Foccacia Bread
Chocolate Chip Bar


Friday:

Chocolate Chip Cupcakes (gf/sf)
Lavender Chocolate Truffles
Peanut Butter Shortbread Cookies
Seaonal Fruit "Cheese"cake (gf)
Brownies (gf)
Chocolate Chip Bar

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sunday Staff Profiles: The People of Perelandra

One of the things that makes Perelandra so special is our wonderful staff! We are fortunate to have employees are from all over the world with very diverse skill sets and backgrounds, and they are instrumental in creating the "great energy" that our store is famous for. Our customers rely on our staff to answer their questions, help them find what they're looking for, suggest products and to be a friendly face in this big city. Get to know Dan, Perelandra's Sales and Inventory Manager, in this week's staff profile. He's the person responsible for all our great sales, so be sure to tell him what your favorite products are the next time you see him!



Name: Dan

Hometown: Loveland, CO

How long have you lived in New York City?
Almost 2 years

Length of time working at Perelandra:
Almost 2 years


What are your favorite products at Perelandra?

Brooklyn Bell Ice Cream- Salted Caramel: "All of their flavors are delicious, but the salted caramel is the best salted caramel ice cream I've ever had. It strikes just the right balance of salty and sweet."
Hope Hummus- Spicy Avocado: "I love guacamole. I love hummus. This combines both to create a spread like nothing I've ever had."
J.K.'s Scrumpy Hard Cider: "Not too sweet and easy to drink!"

What is your favorite thing about working at Perelandra?

"I love finding fun things to put on sale. I talk to brand brokers and work out deals, for example if we buy ten cases of something, I can negotiate a lower price per case and pass on the savings to our customers."

What's the most important thing you've learned since you started working here?

"Customer service. I've learned to recommend products, track down items if a customer can't find something, and most of all to be an attentive communicator. It's not just about helping people. It's making people feel like they've been helped." 

Some things we love about Dan:

"Dan goes above and beyond with tremendous frequency, and it makes him one of the most dependable and on point people around" -James

"Dan is helpful and humorous. He's like a big brother...with fabulous hair." -Hannia

"He's a very understanding guy. Great listener." -Derrick

"The Danager? He has a great giggle." -Lucy

"Dan is super committed to doing a really good job. He's really smart and very quick-witted. He's one of the best people I've ever worked with. He does whatever needs to get done." -Allison

Local Vendor Day at Perelandra!


We are so pleased to host 15 of the best vendors in NYC this Saturday during our local vendor event! Join us to sample their amazing goods! We'll also have special dishes in our kitchen made with locally produced ingredients and two gift bags full of local products to raffle to two lucky winners. 

We are proud to support more than 60 local vendors at Perelandra! We are committed to sourcing the best, high-quality natural and organic foods available, and in many cases these foods are made by small local businesses run by individuals who are truly committed to higher food standards- just like us! 
On Saturday we'll be featuring:


Please join us, and spread the word!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Tanya's Top Ten List!

 Tanya (a.k.a Tawni)  is the Supplement Department Manager at Perelandra. She fuels her busy New York City lifestyle with delicious plant based meals, nutritional supplements and vegan cupcakes. She finds balance teaching and practicing power yoga, meditating, laughing with friends and studying yoga texts. We asked Tanya to compile a list of her top ten must haves at Perelandra - here they are!





courtesy of oliviasorganics.com
1. Leafy Green:  Olivia’s Organics Baby Arugula. One of my favorite ways to prepare this bitter green is in pesto. ½ C olive oil. ½ C walnuts. 2-3 cloves of garlic 1 container Baby Arugula. Salt to taste. Put ingredients in a food processor or blender in that order. Voila! Great over pasta, on bread or as a dip for veggies!








courtesy of sunchlorella.com

2. Green Superfood: SunChlorella Powder. Chlorophyll. Vitamins. Minerals. Enzymes. Protein. This green algae has it all + does it all. I like the energy boost it gives me and it has a gentle cleansing effect. Mix it in with water, juice or a smoothie. It will change the color of your drink + change your day.







3. Juice Bar item: Bri’s Morning Scramble. 3 letters: OMG. As a brunch-loving vegan I’ve had many tofu scrambles over the years. Ours is one is the best I’ve eaten, seasoned to perfection. Top with some OrganicVille Sriacha for a spicy twist.






courtesy of kaiafoods.com
4. Savory snack: Alive & Radiant Foods Kale Chips. If you’re not already on the kale bandwagon these tasty snacks will get you there. Raw, vegan + guilt free they are the perfect substitution for more calorie-laden fried potato chips! My favorite flavor is Quite Cheezy, made "cheezy" with nutritional yeast and cashews.








courtesy of luluaschocolate.com

5. Sweet snack: Lulu’s Raw Maca Butter Cups. The delicious combination of raw chocolate, almond butter paired with maca root... yum!







 6. Tea: Daily Detox tea keeps my blood, liver, kidneys, skin and lymphatic system clean + clear. It has a pleasant taste and can be enjoyed hot or iced.









7. Beverage: Taste Nirvana Coconut Water. Made from sweet Thai coconuts, this is the by far the sweetest and most  flavorful coconut water on the market. It is also packaged in glass rather than plastic.











8.  Supplement: Natural Factors PharmaGABA keeps me calm and focused without causing drowsiness. These chewable wafers begin to work in just 15 minutes and the effects are long lasting.







 9.  Face + Body: John Masters Argan Oil. If you want your body to feel silky + smooth Argan Oil, also known as Moroccan oil, is the answer.












10. Hair Care: Giovanni 50/50 Balanced Conditioner. Here’s my secret to great curls: I leave in regular conditioner. Traditionally leave-in conditioner is just watered down conditioner. For super curly hair I need a super moisturizing super natural full strength conditioner.








Thanks for the wonderful tips, Tanya!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Vegan Dessert Menu for March

All items are vegan and made in-house by our talented baker with organic ingredients! Menu is effective March 3- March 29!

Monday:

Coffee Cupcakes (gluten-free/soy-free)
Puffed Millet - Chocolate Truffle (gf)
Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Creme-filled Sandwich Cookies (varying flavors)
Chocolate Chip Bar

Tuesday:

Lemon-Pistachio Cupcake (gf/sf)
Puffed Millet - Chocolate Truffle (gf)
Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Seasonal Fruit Pie
Brownies (gf)
Chocolate Chip Bar

Wednesday:

Vanilla Chocolate Cupcakes (gf/sf)
Puffed Millet - Chocolate Truffle (gf)
Macadamia Shortbread Cookies
Seasonal Dessert Bars
Chocolate Chip Bar

Thursday:

Coconut Cupcakes (gf/sf)
Raspberry Chocolate Truffle (gf)
Macadamia Shortbread Cookies
Seasonal Layer Cake
Seasonal Foccacia Bread
Chocolate Chip Bar

Friday:

Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes (gf/sf)
Raspberry Chocolate Truffles
Oatmeal Ginger Cookies
Seaonal "Cheese"cake (gf)
Brownies (gf)
Chocolate Chip Bar

Perelandra's Definitive Guide to Vegan Cheese

Growing up, I always thought of the cheese platter as the pinnacle of sophistication, something to be eaten in a little black dress while talking casually about modern art and trips to Paris. But by the time I was old enough to actually encounter a cheese board, I was vegan. I tried to console myself, "Who cares about being fancy when you're doing what you think is right?" Only I did care. I wanted to eat my cheese and be vegan, too.

Six years later. Enter Perelandra. I stopped in one day to pick up a pack of Daiya mozzarella style shreds--my absolute favorite pizza topping--when I noticed a group of other vegan cheeses, elegantly wrapped and looking like they could hold their own at a cocktail party.

Perelandra carries more than 25 varieties of non-dairy cheeses from Teese, Daiya, Dr. Cow, Punk Rawk Labs, Tofutti, Treeline and Follow Your Heart. Every flavor is distinctly delicious and has it own best uses. Some can be paired with olives or fruit for a beautiful cheese board.  Surprised by all of the options? Use this guide to find the best ones to serve the next time you feel like throwing a party and spending more time on your outfit (and catching up on modern art) than cooking!

Perelandra's vegan cheeseboard! "It's a tough job eating delicious vegan cheeses, but someone's gotta do it." - Testers






courtesy of followyourheart.com

Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet: This product is one of the first commercially available vegan cheeses that we can recall - first there was Veganrella, and then there was Follow Your Heart many years later, and for a long time it was the only game in town. It is made by the makers of perennial vegan favorite, Vegenaise. It is available in mozzarella, monterey jack and cheddar flavors and has a base of soy protein.
Sliceable? Yes, it is sliceable, and it is easiest to slice just out of the fridge. It has a more gelatinous texture than any of the others and is suitable for grating as well.
Meltability? It melts fairly well, especially when put under a broiler.
Best uses: Pizza and lasagna. We don't recommend this one for eating straight from the package.
Staff Comments on Follow Your Heart Mozzarella: "I don't like this one." "I can see it being good in lasagna." "Not great on a cracker." "Bland, but I can see it being tasty if you're cooking with it."



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The Organic Gourmet Soy Feta: This is the only feta substitute that we've seen. Formerly owned by Sunergia, it has been around for a long time and has a loyal following. It has an organic soymilk base and carries the USDA certified organic seal.
Sliceable? Yes, you can slice it but it is quite crumbly like real feta. It has a firm tofu-like texture.
Meltability? It is not meltable.
Best uses: Recipes that call for feta, pizza with roasted veggies.
Staff Comments: "Tastes like what you would expect feta to taste like, with good flavor. Not great by itself, but would be good in a dish." "I like the texture."



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Dr. Cow: Made in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, this cashew-based cheese is fermented the same way dairy cheese is fermented, so it has the same savory, umami tang. It comes in both hard cheese and spreadable forms, and all have a simple base of cashews, probiotics and Himalayan sea salt. They make an array of flavors, including one with kale, one with algae, and a sun-dried tomato-turmeric variety.
Sliceable? The hard cheeses are very easy to slice, and their small size makes the slices perfect for crackers.
Meltability: These cheeses do not melt.
Best uses: Eat the hard cheeses right out of the package. They are ideal for cheese plates and pair perfectly with a slightly sweet cracker (like Back to Nature's Crispy Wheats). They're great with very sweet fruits, grapes in particular. The spreadable cheeses are perfect on bread, bagels or crackers. These are delectable cheeses to eat on their own, but they don't taste as good when cooked, and they can easily overpower other ingredients.
Staff Comments on Dr. Cow's Kale-Cashew Cheese: "Interesting flavor, really good." "Too tangy." "Looks good on the cheese plate." "I didn't like the flavor." "I love this one."



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Punk Rawk Labs: Made in Minneapolis and created by a chef trained in Matthew Kenney's raw food academy, Punk Rawk cheeses are handmade using organic ingredients using a process that is similar to traditional cheesemaking, except with nut milks instead of dairy milks. They use either cashew or macadamia as their nut bases and have a variety that is a blend of both types. They are deeply tangy, salty and very rich and smooth.
Sliceable? They are sliceable, and slice best when they have just been taken out of the refrigerator. As they warm to room temperature, they become softer. Perfect for scooping with a cracker or crostini!
Meltability: These cheeses do not melt.
Best uses: Perfect on a cheese plate, spread on a cracker, or sprinkled on a veggie pizza. Try the original cashew variety with a slice of tomato and a few leaves of fresh basil on sourdough bread for a mind-blowing sandwich. The nacho variety, not surprisingly, makes outstanding nachos. Try Perelandra's favorite nacho recipe: Garden of Eatin' blue corn chips, Upton's Ground Chorizo Seitan, Jeff's Naturals Pickled Jalapenos, Amy's Refried Black Beans and thin slices of Punk Rawk's Nacho Cheese. Put in the oven for 15 minutes at 350 to warm through. YUMMMMM!
Staff Comments on Punk Rawk Plain Cashew Cheese: "Realllly good." "Tastes like real cheese." "It doesn't taste nutty or like fake cheese. If I didn't know better I would think it was cheese." "Impressed with the tang, has a nice creamy texture."




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Daiya: Daiya is the most widely available of the vegan cheeses. It comes in shreds, wedges, slices and cream cheese. Its tapioca base makes for prime meltability, and it comes in a number of varieties, including cheddar, pepperjack and mozzarella shreds; provolone, Swiss and cheddar slices; jack, jalapeño-garlic harvarti and cheddar wedges. They make pizzas that use their shreds as well.
Sliceable? The wedges are definitely sliceable, and the slices are, well, slices.
Meltability: Daiya melts easily and well in an oven, broiler or in a pan.
Best uses:
Shreds: Pizza, quesadillas
Slices: Grilled cheese sandwiches
Wedges: With crackers, on a cheese plate, grilled cheese sandwiches
Cream cheese: Replace regular cream cheese with this to make an awesome cheesecake and top your bagels with it, too.
Staff Comments on Daiya's Cheddar Wedge: "It actually tastes like cheddar cheese." "It has a weird texture." "This really impressed me, I would use this for a grilled cheese." "Not too exciting on it's own, it's good with pasta and on veggie burgers."



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Teese Vegan Cheese: Made by Chicago Vegan Foods, makers of the famed Dandies vegan marshmallows, Teese is soy-free, gluten-free, peanut & tree-nut free. It has a pea protein, tapioca starch and coconut oil base. It comes in cheddar, mozzarella and cheddar cheese sauce.
Sliceable? It is sliceable (except for the cheddar sauce)! It comes in a tube and your slices will be perfect circles. It's easy to slice and shred, and is really super firm if kept in the refrigerator prior to use.
Meltability? It melts very well, and becomes stretchy. You can even make a surprisingly authentic and super simple macaroni and cheese with the creamy cheddar variety if you combine it with cooked pasta.
Best uses: Anything melty! Macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese, nachos, quesadillas...
Staff Comments on Teese Mozzarella: "Very mild flavor, a little salty, I can see it being good on pizza." "I didn't care for the consistency." "Very easy to slice."




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Treeline: Made in the Hudson Valley, these creamy, spreadable cheeses are made from cultured cashews, probiotics and salt.Treeline is currently perfecting a hard cashew cheese as well, but it is not currently available.
Sliceable? Sliceable when it's just been taken out of the fridge. Once it warms it won't retain its form.
Meltability: These cheeses do not melt.
Best uses: Cheese plates, crackers, and bagels (oh my!). The ingredients of Treeline cheeses are really similar to those of Dr. Cow's, but official Perelandra taste-testers report that their flavors are different, with Treeline winning the prize for tangiest cheese.
Staff Comments on Treeline's Scallion Cream Cheese: "This is my favorite!" "The scallion flavor is delicious." "Really good, best flavor of all of them." "It has a big flavor to it." "Great taste, I could just eat it on it's own."




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