It has been three months since I moved to my new home and the cross-country transition has been exhausting. I am slowly but surely reimplementing hobbies such as reading (books and blogs), blogging, increasing my days of yoga practice, and pragmatically addressing my rage against the machine.
In even more exciting news, this month I am celebrating my two year veganniversary! My jaw dropped each time I met a vegan who had been vegan for yearS [emphasis on the S], and I can’t believe that is me!
Now that I am in my new home, I’ve made Sunday my weekly grocery shopping day. The best part of grocery shopping at a vegan friendly store are the free food samples. In the past month I’ve tried raw vegan cheesecake, chai tea, and Parmela. Two weeks ago I was making my way towards the cash registers and found a table along the way where I was offered a sample of Parmela. I read the words on the lid:
I will admit I miss cheese most of all as a vegan — I think it’s okay to reveal that, after all, I am human and veganism for a newer vegan involves plenty of self-control. I usually stay away from processed vegan replacements because the taste usually grosses me out. But I will never pass up a free sample in hopes of finding something different. I took the small cup being offered to me and tasted the parmesan “cheese.” I read the ingredients: blanched almonds, cashews, nutrional yeast flakes, soybeans, salt, tamari, vegan lactic acid; and within a second picked up a container of Parmela and put it in my shopping cart.
I bought a vegan pizza and sprinkled Parmela over each slice — finger licking amazing! I took the container to my boyfriend’s kitchen and requested to make pasta just so we could have some Parmela.
The aged nut cheesy flavor of Parmela is delicious! I ran to the store last week and bought two more containers of Parmela. Want to try Parmela? Fortunately, Parmela can be bought on Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Parmesan-Style-Aged-Nut-Cheese/dp/B009F2OLOK for $3.99.
I am absolutely nuts for Parmela!