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Good Food Isn’t Perfect: Foodie Underground

Good food doesn’t have to be perfect, just real. When it comes to food, what is perfection? Is it a perfectly formed pie, free of burnt spots because the crust wasn’t rolled out evenly? Is it a plate covered with the ideal ratio of starches to proteins? Is it an apple […]

Boost Your Brain with the 20 Smartest Foods on Earth

Simply put, your brain likes to eat. And it likes powerful fuel: quality fats, antioxidants, and small, steady amounts of the best carbs. On a deadline? Need to rally? Avoid the soda, vending machine snacks and tempting Starbucks pastries and go for these powerful brain boosters instead. The path to […]

Oil Spills, Ecology, and the Food Chain

While we become sick to our stomachs watching the spreading plumes of oil in the gulf, viewing photos of oil slicked birds, and footage of oil covered beaches in Florida and Alabama, let’s take a step back and think about the cycle of life. The reason disasters like this happen […]

Foodspotting Friday: Fried Frenzy

Foodspotting Friday gets inspiration from deep in the heart of Texas. “Fried pickle chips?” “Obviously.” That’s how food conversations often go when the EcoSalon team is on the road, and this week we’ve been checking out all the local specialties Austin has to offer. So fried pickle chips were clearly […]

Oh Look, A Coffee Bean Turned into Booze: Is this Heaven?

This isn’t your after dinner coffee drink with a shot of brandy in it. No, this is alcohol that’s actually made from the coffee bean…as in I’m-too-young-to-die-but-if-this-is-heaven-I-guess-I’m-ready. Perhaps it’s the fact that I haven’t had coffee or alcohol in the last 8.5 months (you’re welcome, unborn daughter), or maybe, this […]

“Why Am I Not a Vegetarian?”: Foodie Underground

ColumnEven if we’re not vegetarian we have to be thinking about our meat consumption. There has been a repetitive question in my brain for the last few months. “Why am I not vegetarian?” I consider myself a conscious eater. I am the kind of person that nowadays passes up fruit […]

10 Dinner Party Etiquette Rules, Vintage Style

Some hilarious, but still-appropriate vintage etiquette rules to improve your dinner parties. Just how do you properly host a dinner party? There was a time when throwing a dinner party meant more than sending a mass text to your girlfriends, asking them to bring the wine and cheese. While casual […]

Grilled Vegetable Gyros Recipe with Cucumber-Mint Sauce

A gyro is a Greek dish of lamb roasted on a vertical spit. Since Greek-style spice blends really pack a flavor punch, you won’t miss the meat with this all-vegetable spin on the traditional dish. This medley of brightly colored vegetables offers an abundance of vitamins and minerals and looks […]

Chilled Summer Soup Recipes for Sultry Evenings

This week summer came to the San Francisco Bay Area for the first time in a while, leaving fog-drenched residents blissed out but panting from the searing heat. Seems to be the perfect time to eat chilled soup for supper. When most of us think of cold soup, gazpacho, or […]

Sweet Beet Juice Recipe with Kombucha

Pull out your juicer to make this fresh combination of a beet juice recipe with kombucha, or simply buy the juices to make this sweet and tangy blend with a subtle ginger flavor. Beet Juice Recipe with Kombucha Serves 2  Ingredients 11/2-inch knob peeled fresh ginger 11/2 cups plain kombucha (plain […]

‘Tis the Season: Vegan Cream of Broccoli Soup Recipe

‘Tis the season for broccoli, and I couldn’t be more psyched. Broccoli is delicious however it is cooked and offers the much-needed density that a winter diet requires. You never walk away hungry from a broccoli-based dish, and the same goes for this vegan cream of broccoli soup recipe. The […]

Spring Pea Salad Recipe with Feta and Pistachio

This apring, all focus is on lighter foods, even around a holiday table. Green peas are a great way to get your vegan protein without loading up on hard-to-digest meat, or even tofu. This pea salad recipe combines peas with a light but delicious vinaigrette as well as some spices, […]

Vegan Raw Chewy Brownie Recipe with Fresh Mint

It’s the season of baking and I can already feel the bloat. From sugar cookies to pumpkin pie, it all adds up. This holiday season, why not keep it simple and make one or two high quality, super healthy holiday treats? Would you believe that a brownie recipe can be […]

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Vegan Lemon Cake Recipe: Light, Refreshing, Perfectly Tart

Lighten up your dessert with this delicious vegan lemon cake recipe. When I think of dessert cake, I imagine decadence, density, and a surefire means to a splurging waistline. However, not all cakes are created equal. Some thrive being light and fluffy, just like this vegan lemon cake. It bears […]

Why Hasn’t the FDA Banned Food Coloring Yet?

M&Ms, Skittles, and Starburst are just some of the American candies slowly removing artificial food coloring from their ingredients lists, but Red No. 40, Yellow No. 6, and Blue No. 1 are still relatively commonplace in the U.S. This may seem strange, given recent food trends toward more natural, conscious eating: […]

Is Dieting Making America Fat?

Wherever we go, we hear about dieting: diet pills that help us keep off the weight or keep from getting hungry, diet programs that deliver only the food you can eat, diet tricks like cutting out fat or carbs or sugar, or new fad diets like the corset diet. But […]

Vegan Peanut Butter Oat Bars Recipe with Flax Seeds and Coconut Milk

These vegan peanut butter bars are packed with flavor and nutrition. There are so many nutrition bars brands out there, many of which boast pure, organic ingredients and a glowing nutritional profile. Even so, nothing beats the potential of what you make in the comfort of your own kitchen. You not […]

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Diplomatico Rum: Your New Favorite Liquor is Sustainable and Delicious

Looking for a happy hour choice that’s as sustainable as it is delicious? Diplomatico Rum may be the answer. This Venezuelan rum is made by one of the only liquor companies in the world to have earned the ISO 14001 certification, a prestigious recognition that helps provide practical tools for […]

Vegan, Gluten-Free Crepes Recipe: An Oat-Inspired Take on a French Classic

These vegan, gluten-free crepes bring more sophistication (and nutrition) to your hassle-free breakfast routine. Say au revoir to the egg, butter, and white flour-based crepes of yore and bonjour to their better half: vegan, gluten-free crepes! With a base of oat flour, coconut sugar, almond milk, and coconut oil, these […]

Prep and Eat a Whole Artichoke: No Cans or Jars Required

Learn how to cook and eat an artichoke to perfection with these tips! You may love artichokes, but how often do you prepare and cook them yourself? They come in a rough package with their tough outer leaves,and demand seemingly exhaustive preparation. But, au contraire! Whole artichokes are actually super […]

Zucchini and Corn Fritters Recipe

This zucchini and corn fritter recipe adds spring flavors to a fried favorite. Fritters are fried patties that seem just a notch healthier when made with vegetables. In this zucchini corn fritter recipe, patties are based in whole-wheat flour and cornmeal, paired with zucchini and corn, and then lightly fried […]