Saturday, November 26, 2011

Y'all it tastes just like a mint julep...



Now, readers of YOPV know that Tinsel Shrimpfax and friends have a strong penchant for that "magickal" elixir, kombucha. We were totally ecstatic when we learned that GT's, that Kombucha Powerhouse company out of Beverly Hills, had not only re-issued their classic beverages with original recipe (a "stronger alcohol content"), but had also added two new flavours to their roster of Phat K drinks.

We did approach one of the new flavours, Maqui Berry Mint, with a little trepidation. Berries and mint - they sound like a mix about as enticing as chocolate and oyster. Well, maybe not that gross, but still. The other flavour - Third Eye Chai - well, where can you go wrong with that?

So we searched. These new flavours - and the other original recipe drinks - are a little hard to come by, even 'round these parts where they're made. They're sort of sequestered in liquor stores, beer kiosks and your finer health food stores - none of which are close to were the new L.A. YOPV Headquarters is located. Luckily, there is one grungy beer ditch in Eagle Rock (on Eagle Rock Blvd., as a matter of fact) that sells them. We felt like we were going to a head shoppe to purchase a pinchy... it all seemed so elicit.

We purchased the Maqui Berry Mint and Third Eye Chai, along with an old friend - SUPERFRUITS, which we simply adore.

Upon first taste, we were unhappy with the Maqui Berry Mint - but as we got adjusted to its strange combo of essences, we realized what it tastes like Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Tea. So we give it a good review. As for the Third Eye Chai - simply deee-licious. We love it. And we DIDN'T get hammered. If you are near one of these locations, why don't you drop in and give one of these new little elixirs a whirl?




Friday, July 1, 2011

Canta y No Llores!

¡Aye, que rico!


I never, ever thought I would find it. Queso dip for vegans that doesn't taste like sweaty crack. You know what I mean.

As I was perusing the various hippie comestibles at Figueroa Produce in divine Highland Park, I came across a product that I had only marginal hopes for - yeah, yeah, yeah, yet another vegan cheese substitute. Aside from Daiya, vegan cheese is pasty, it tastes like rotting misery or worse, and it's just plain gross. People eat it because they want to feel included in the whole "I'm a vegan and I TOTALLY don't miss cheese because I have all of these great substitutes!" thing. But guess what? Almost all of it tastes like BALLS.

So I bought it anyway. I like to live on the edge.

I saved it for a few days, mostly because I was afraid that I would be opening some Satanic Jar of Death that would send me into a fainting spell. And then it happened. I grabbed a bag of corn and nopal chips and snapped the top off that jar.

Paradise.

This stuff is SO GOOD I can't even tell you. It tastes just like - no, wait - BETTER THAN - any actual queso dip you could ever have imagined. No aftertaste, no questionable flavors that make you think, "Really? They marketed this as cheese substitute?". It is so good that, as a matter of fact, I might just eat the whole jar of it tonight. And I don't give a shit because it is FAT FREE. Try finding a non-vegan queso dip that can add that to its list of selling points.

Find this shit, y'all, if you have to cross oceans of time in order to do so. It's produced by Food For Lovers - which is an especially appropriate name if by "lovers," they mean lovers of totally fucking awesome vegan queso.