Autumn is among us, boys and girls. That delightful time of year when the leaves morph from laundry-fresh green to deep warm hues, and the crisp breeze in the air leaves your little cheeks redder than the pinches from your old Jewish Auntie. Or if you live in L.A. like I do, it's really just the time of year people get grumpy again, and you can buy mad cheap giant bags of holiday-themed candy at Vons. But I digress...
Growing up in Ohio, I was spoiled rotten with annual trips to White House Fruit Farms. I kick myself all the time over how much I took this place for granted. It's a gigantic fruit farm situated in the rural area just outside of Youngstown, and it's purely magical. Fresh picked apples and cider, pumpkin picking, hayrides and blueberry donuts that will make your teeth ache with their sugary goodness. If anyone knows of a place like White House within 4 hours of L.A., please let me know. Until then, the Vegan Pumpkin Spice Twinkies will just have to satisfy my nostalgic longing for the "Taste of Fall". And yes, Vegan Spotters. I'll be starting to sell my themed Twinkies at the restaurant soon :)
First up, Soy Bleu is AMAZING. We used to carry it at Jax, but up until two weeks ago, I'd never seen it in stores. Low and behold, when the new Venice Whole Foods opened a few weeks ago, there it was...gleaming in the fake cheese section like a beacon of faux magic. I bought one package, fully knowing I should have bought two. When I went back a few days later, they were out :( Lucky for me, one of the employees saw me staring sadly at the empty space on the shelf where it should be, and reserved a few packages for me from the next shipment. Thanks Whole Foods Lady!
Delicious Fantastic Amazing. As Emiril would say, this beverage really helps my AM coffee "kick it up a notch", as well as my Chai Tea Lattes. It reminds me of a less concentrated, less sweet version of Coffee Mate Hazelnut Creamer. I believe there are other flavors of the Rice Dream Supreme line, but once I saw the Hazelnut, I had eyes for no other.
Thanks for reading ;) There will be a new recipe post either today or tomorrow.