Wednesday, January 18, 2012

So Faux yet So Fabulous!!!

The Zara sale is here!!! And this gorgeous faux-fur jacket is almost Rs 2000 less than its original price!! This is definitely cause for double celebration- so bring out your boots and skinny pants and strut out in style in this lovely cruelty-free ensemble. (Yes, Zara has some amazing faux-leather shoes on its racks).

Looks out for the words "Polyester" or "Acrylic" while looking for faux-fur. Almost all great brands make fake animal-skins. Because its so cool to be fake! ;) 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Would a bunny love your shampoo?

Aloe Vera Shampoo from Fabindia

Avocado Conditioner from Fabindia

Try these awesome non-animal tested products from Fabindia! They smell almost edible and are 100% vegan. When you buy cosmetic products look for the words "Not Tested on Animals" or "Against Animal Testing" on the packaging. After all, little bunnies do not need to be blinded for us to enjoy a nice bath. Buy cruelty-free- because the alternatives are so many and SO much more fun for everyone! :)

Monday, January 16, 2012

Pink Coconut Pancake Heaven @Kalpana, Bandra

Okay, so they're more like crepes. :) But they're called Coconut Pancakes at Kalpana. The important thing is that they're soft and smooth on the outside, crunchy and sweet on the inside, lighter than air, dairy-free, and to top it all- they're PINK!!! <3

Kalpana is a roadside stall on Chapel Road in Bandra. It's a family run establishment (their home is across the road from the shop), with fresh food brought in from their kitchen every afternoon. As a result they run out pretty quickly too. It would be safe to get there in the afternoon between 2 and 4, before the food runs out!

Oh and did I mention these little bites of heaven are Rs 5 each? 

Friday, January 13, 2012

Fusilli alla Puttanesca!

This super spicy, tangy and somewhat salty pasta sauce gets its name from the Italian word "puttana", meaning "whore". Made with garlic, tomatoes, black olives and onions, the Spaghetti alla Puttanesca ("Whore's Spaghetti") was a quick meal prostitutes could prepare between customers. It probably had something to do with the sauce's hot and spicy aroma. The exact origin of the name is highly debated, but either way it's an interesting story! :)

Try this 100% vegan pasta with fusilli instead of spaghetti and some mushrooms, corn and crispy capsicum thrown in for extra nutrients. It takes about 15 minutes to make from scratch- just saute some onions in olive oil, throw in some garlic, add some fresh tomatoes (two whirls in a blender should do it- a little lumpy is good), add salt, red chilli powder and let it cook for a few minutes. Add in the veggies and oh! don't forget to garnish with red chilli flakes!! :D

Monday, January 9, 2012

Strawberry Seduction!

I couldn't think of a better way to start a vegan blog than to post about my favorite vegan smoothie. Although this space will feature almost everything vegan, food is always a good place to start. So let's make a toast to Veganism with this 100% vegan strawberry smoothie that tastes better than it looks (if that's possible ;) ). 

  • Silk Vanilla Soy Milk (My awesome vegan friend Ashley Fruno introduced me to this some time back, and I'm hooked!)

  • Raw Sugar- It's vegan and is definitely WAY healthier than regular processed sugar. (Refined sugar is processed with animal bone char. It is not 'in' the sugar per se, but used more as a filter)

  • Fresh strawberries of course! :)
  • Ice
Just put all the ingredients in a high power blender (preferably one that can crush ice) and give it a quick whirl. And voila! You've got yourself a deliciously creamy, crunchy smoothie, bursting with the goodness of fresh fruit and natural soy!