Tuesday, March 10, 2009
This is going to be a photo-heavy post...
Two Saturdays ago, on the same night as the Vegan Drinks Sante La Brea gathering about which I wrote here, a smaller Vegan Drinks crew met earlier for a private tasting at Locali. Locali is a new eco-friendly convenience store in Los Angeles that generously agreed to host 25 of us for a vegan wine, beer, cheese (Sheese brand Gouda, Smoked Cheddar, Cheddar Style with Chives, and Mozzarella) and caviar (Cavi-Art) tasting.
The incredibly friendly Locali owner and staff passed around lovely silver platters of Sheese on Late July crackers, as well as Dee's Bakery chocolate chip cookies (the best of her products that I've tasted so far).
It was also great fun to wander around the store looking the vegan products (remember that this is a vegan-friendly, eco-friendly store and not a vegan-specific store, so there are omni products sold there, too).
Convenience store-style soft pretzels.
I won a raffle and took home a reusable Locali bag stuffed with so many fun things that it required two photos!
Organic instant coffee, BioBag for dogs, agave-sweetened ketchup (yay, no high-fructose corn syrup!), St. Dalfour giant French prunes that were absolutely fantastic, organic white wine vinegar, garlic-infused macadamia nut oil, and BioBag for cats.
Dry kumquat soda (Locali's owner gave me this to drink because I wasn't sampling the vegan wine and beer), Robbie's vegan Worcestershire sauce, O.N.E. coffee berry juice, Quinoa Gold mango passion energy drink, GojilAnia goji and acai drink, and Lundberg short grain brown rice.
Can you believe the amount of products they gave me? The Locali people are so generous!
I also bought a few things:
A Dee's Bakery cinnamon roll (good flavor, but doughy in the middle).
Some gluten-free vegan treats to share with my mom who has Celiac disease (I rotated the photo in iPhoto, but it wouldn't stay rotated to upload to the blog).
Thank you so much, Locali, for hosting this fun event and for bringing so many vegan products to our neighborhood!