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Vendor Feature: Ojas Vegan

Thank you, Ojas Vegan for introducing these snacks to me!

Who Is Ojas Vegan?

  1. When and why did you start your business?Ojas Vegan was a work in progress since last year and has just launched 2 month ago! Ojas Vegan provides the need of the hour to-go Vegan snack options that are Guilt- Free. Clean ingredients and variety of flavour was our key basis to launch the product so that eating heathy doesnt sound boring!
  2. What was your background? Our founder comes from an entrepreneurial background with over a decade of experience in Apparel business, food and beverage industry and real estate development. He started his career as a Assistant geologist for a mining company and in due course found his love for business & marketing and started a new chapter towards his future.
  3. What is special about your products? All our products are Vegan, gluten free, non gmo, kosher and made with no artificial ingredients. Its as clean and yummy as they come!
  4. What else do you want to share? Ojas Vegan lives by the motto: “ Be the change you wish to see” and We believe by offering vegan snacking options we have started our part to a healthier and environmentally more sustainable future!

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http://www.ojasvegan.com/

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Book Review: Tales Of The Swordsman (Runaway)

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Summary

A wandering swordsman saved a young girl and she decided to follow him. Reluctantly, they both faced different adventures and issues of poverty of the ancient China days.

Conclusion

This free novel has only five chapters. But, there were a lot of details about Chinese history and culture. I liked that the author added authentic Chinese characters and their meanings in the story.

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Book Review: The Funny Travel List (Texas)

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This was a quick and interesting read!

There were some slang that I recognized, like “Bless your heart.” This phrase could be used sarcastically among ladies!

It would be interesting to ask a local Texan to see if they agree with these terms….

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Vendor Feature: Sassy Frass Kitchenary

Thank you, Sassy Frass Kitchenary, for this delicious gift.

Who is Sassy Frass Kitchenary?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

The idea of Sassy Frass began in 2019 while trying to find the perfect birthday gift for my mom. I was looking for the perfect gourmet gift for her kitchen as she loves to cook and I just couldn’t find anything that fit my vision. I literally decided in the aisle of that store that I’ll just do it myself. If I was looking for something like this then maybe others would too-hence Sassy Frass Kitchenary was created.

2) What is your background?

I have a background in Engineering, marketing and product development. I have a love of design. I love to cook and experiment with flavours and I come by it naturally as my mom is a great cook, I feel like I learned through osmosis 🙂

3) What is special about your products?

Each Sassy blend is hand crafted and mixed by me, with the highest quality, organic herbs. Each blend is preservative free, gluten free, kosher & vegan. They are the freshest dried herbs with a nice potency where you can really taste the flavours. I have a slight obsession with tiny spoons and when I developed Sassy, having a spoon was a must! I call it the Sassy Spoon and there is one included in each blend. All are individually inspected and finished with a beautiful rose gold basil leaf wax seal.

4) Finally, what else do you want to share?

One last special thing, that not a lot of people notice is the cute little poems featured on each package. The poetry is written by a local poet and I thought it would be a lovely addition to my product and a great way to display the beautiful poems. Each poem was picked specifically for the blend and the description I wrote of the product and I think they fit together perfectly.

Check them out!

https://go.sassyfrasskitchenary.com/bsassy

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Vendor Feature: Melissa’s Klassy Kitchen

Recently, at the Planted Expo, I met this lovely lady who sold these gluten-free mixes! Thank you, Melissa’s Klassy Kitchen!

Who is Melissa’s Klassy Kitchen?

1) Why and when did you start your business?


I started Melissa’s Klassy Kitchen in June of 2021. I am so excited to be celebrating my one year anniversary at Planted Expo! One year ago I had a booth in a small town farmer’s market and a year later I’m dipping my toes in with the big leagues!

I was diagnosed celiac and dairy-free 9 years ago. I began a journey of learning how to change my diet and cooking in a whole new food realm. At that time, there weren’t the options there are now. Therefore, I did a lot of experimenting plus trial and error, to create my own gluten and dairy free recipes.

My mom always said, “If anyone can face a diet change like celiac and a dairy allergy, it’s you!”

The reason was that I love to cook and be creative in the kitchen! This served me well in facing such a dramatic diet change.

I was actually starting to write a cookbook to capture all my years of celiac recipe-making as two years ago, when I met my now-husband who was vegetarian. This meant I had to incorporate yet another change into my diet. Then, when the pandemic hit, I had a lot more free time to be in the kitchen making recipes. Out of that was born my baking mixes and my new business, which kept growing ever since.

I liked a challenge, so even though we weren’t vegan, I decided to make my mixes plant-based since it was a natural fit with already eliminating dairy. Not only were my products egg and dairy free, but I didn’t just provide substitute options for recipes that were meant to be made with dairy. I specifically tested and designed all my recipes originally to be dairy and egg free. However, if someone decided to use dairy instead, they are the ones substituting. Why should we always be the second thought?

3) What was your background?

I had a background in human resources which I still did on the side. This business came out of a lifelong passion for cooking and food. I am a gluten free foodie and love making food for other people with allergies and food sensitivities can enjoy!

I travelled as a celiac. Therefore, I loved to learn about the foods of other cultures and bring those ideas back to my kitchen where I can make them with my substitutions. I loved being creative in the kitchen and making unique mixes, like naan bread! I continued experimenting in the kitchen and adding new products as I perfect my recipes.

4) Some interesting facts about your product?

I have a Mennonite family background and it was disappointed to not be able to eat our traditional foods anymore. In spite of my family saying “you can’t make that; all that’s in that food is gluten, dairy and eggs”, I was determined to try! Then, I succeeded! Since then I’ve made several traditional items gluten free and plant based including perogies, which are now available for purchase, and roll kuchen!

I just relaunched my double chocolate cookies with fair trade cocoa, chocolate chips and organic cane sugar. I wanted to use fair trade products since I started because I think everyone in the process deserves fair wages and treatment. The sugar and chocolate industries could be really brutal on the producers. Hence, this is a small way I can make a difference for them. Now that my business kept growing, and I was able to incorporate fair trade suppliers and I’m so excited about it!

Unlike many gluten free products, I didn’t use any xanthan gum in my mixes, nor are any gums required. I accomplished a similar binding in my food with psyllium husk and chia seeds which were natural, non-processed alternatives. They also added fibre to the recipes and eliminated an element that some people have sensitivities to, making them accessible to more people.

Check them out!

https://melissasklassykitchen.ca/

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Summer Fabfitfun 2022

I have received my box for awhile, and finally opened it! Here’s what is inside!

1) Z. Gallerie Multi-Use Storage Duo $45

2) New Balance Ab Wheel $25

3) Kayo Body Scrubber $15

4) Poolside Water Resistant Pouch $35

5) Ahava Essential Day Moisturizer $89

6) IGK Dream Shampoo $40 and Conditioner $40

7) Natura Ekos Leave-in Conditioner $35

Can’t wait till my next box!

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Vendor Feature: True Soapery

The instant I opened my lovely gift from True Soapery, the whole room was filled with the lovely scent of the soaps inside! Thank you, True Soapery!

Who is True Soapery?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

I started making soap by accident.

I set out to formulate a lotion. I have always suffered with dry skin and then about five years ago eczema appeared on my hands. I wasn’t happy about the prospect of using steroidal creams long term, so I set out to discover what I could do to formulate a lotion specific to my needs.

Being a crafter and a gardener plus loving to cook set the stage for my quest. I began to read about the ingredients used to formulate such lotions and along the way soapmaking kept coming up. First bar of soap I made, I was hooked! A fellow soapmaker says it’s baking without the calories!

True Soapery is a new company only a baby less than a year as an official business. However, I’ve been formulating for five to six years.

2) What was your background?

I have no science background to speak of, but love to create. I always believe that the more wholesome anything is, it is better for you including skincare ….the saying of if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it is kind of true here as well. Everyone should know in today’s market WHAT is in the product we put on our skin.

3) What is special about your products?

True Soapery products are made with olive oil cocoa butter, shea butter and coconut oil. Plus, there maybe the addition of coconut cream or oat milk depending on which bar you purchase. Ultimately, all ingredients are listed for products and have all been CNF listed through Health Canada.

4) What else do you want share?

The sunflower lotion is the one I first formulated and still use today. Hope to bring more to the line! I’m a fussy girl and tend to test them for a long while before they make the product line…

Check them out!

https://www.trusoapery.com/

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Movie Review: Senior Year

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Summary

After waking up from a coma of twenty years, this 37 year old was determined to go back to high school and finish high school the way she planned….. She was a head cheerleader and fell into a coma after a cheerleading accident. When she woke up, she assumed life was the same as before…. Most of life was different, but her high school rival was still determined to destroy her even after all these years. Her rival married her high school boyfriend, who became infatuated with her again when he saw her!

What will happen when she forces herself to blend in and excel in the high school social zoo?

Conclusion

I actually enjoyed this movie. All the school bullies didn’t disappear even though the principal worked to become inclusive of everyone. I feel very much like her at times as I enjoy many of the past times of younger generations. Past times like social media, really help me to stay current. However, some people of my generation or older, don’t understand and even make fun of my involvement with younger generations.

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Vendor Feature: Kove Ocean Foods

Sometimes a little sprinkle of joy makes all the difference! That’s exactly what I was thinking when I was trying out Kove Ocean Foods’ Sea Spice. Thank you for the gift!

Who is Kove Ocean Foods?

1) Why and when did you start your business?


About one year into building seaweed farms and starting the process of growing seaweed at scale (in partnership with local First Nations), our founding partners at Cascadia Seaweed determined that the highest and best value for the seaweed that we are growing, would be ideal to develop our own brand of consumer food products. Eventually, that was when I joined as a partner and how our CPG food brand Kove was born.

2) Next, what was your background?


Previous to Cascadia, I was running a charity that I helped co-found with my best friend, Ruben’s Shoes Society. When Covid hit, our work came to a stand-still as all of our events were cancelled or postponed. Ultimately, all of my fundraising activities came to a halt. I had nothing but time on my hands. I focused on my health, running and meditating for hours. Soon, this opportunity came to me via a text message one day in May 2020.

3) Interesting facts about your product?

The foods we eat have a significant impact on the health of the planet. At Kove, we’re developing the tastiest, most delicious foods made with seaweed grown in the pristine waters of the Pacific Ocean while creating economic opportunities for First Nations in British Columbia. SEA SPICE is our signature seaweed seasoning done in a furikake style and is made with Sugar Kelp flakes grown by Cascadia Seaweed. Seaweed is incredibly healthy for the planet as it grows in the ocean so there is no demand on land or fresh water. Furthermore, as it grows seaweed provides essential nutrients to ocean life and helps to create healthy habitat and promote biodiversity.

Sea Spice is incredibly flavourful and acts like a natural organic flavour enhancer, enhancing the taste of everything it is added to. We currently have our original flavour available and will be launching 2 additional flavours, Sriracha and Lemon, very soon. People are loving it on avocado toast, ramen, and poke bowls, it takes popcorn to new heights and is an easy salad dressing when you combine sea spice with your favourite go-to olive oil. It is also great on eggs, steamed rice, and absolutely awesome with potatoes either mashed or baked!

4) Finally, anything else you would like to share?


Our 3 pillars:

Good for the planet: Carbon capturing and oxygen producing; seaweed is a regenerative powerhouse for the planet.

Good for the community: We work closely with First Nations in British Columbia (Vancouver Island) to help us build seaweed farms and cultivate our seaweed in ways that are climate and people positive. We currently have 7 regenerative farms in 5 different territories.

Good for you: Ancient cultures knew what we are only rediscovering; seaweed is nutrient rich and incredibly healthy to eat. The sustainable way to snack #trulygood #weareseaweed

Check them out!

https://koveocean.com/

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Vendor Feature: De Mello Coffee

I love coffee! What about you?

Have you ever tried coffee skin care? I am very thankful for De Mello Coffee for sending me these items!

Who is De Mello Coffee?

1) Who is De Mello Coffee?

Our adventure stretches back to 2007 when our co-founder Felix and Won Cha met specialty coffee in Australia. Cultivating a passion for coffee, they moved to Canada and opened a local coffee shop and a small roaster in Midtown Toronto, where it became a community of coffee lovers enjoying the warmth and the creativity that comes from our specialty coffee.

2) What was their background?

The experience at De Mello cafe inspired Felix and Won to expand the business into a full-fledged coffee roastery in pursuit of creating coffee of the highest quality that holds a unique interpretation to each of its own. From a local casual coffee to an award-winning coffee, we are proud of our De Mello crew–from producers to baristas– and the quality product we make as a team to deliver the best coffee experience to you and the community.

3) What is special about your products?

We strive to promote coffee culture by introducing coffee in a fun, vibrant, and diverse way. Our community and our relationships define the De Mello coffee culture; without trust and transparency throughout the De Mello fraternity–from producers to customers–a true De Mello coffee cannot be brewed.”

4) Some fun fact might be… our products other than coffee is pretty clever and well designed.

Also, the baby tiger character on our items somewhat looks like our dog “Paco” and the character from NOMNOM series is drawn after Felix, our co-founder.

Check it them out!

https://hellodemello.com/

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