Rob’s Birthday, Our Trip to Pasado’s Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary, and a Vegan Cooking Class!

Do you ever have a feeling like weekends fly by too quickly? I sure felt that way last weekend! Maybe we just had too much fun? It was Rob’s birthday last Saturday, and since we decided a while ago that experiences, not material things, are the best gifts, I was excited to find out that Pasado’s Safe Haven animal sanctuary was having a tour on its premises AND hosting a vegan cooking class by Fire and Earth Kitchen on that day. So I went on to book the tour as a birthday gift for Rob. On Saturday morning, we started Rob’s birthday weekend off right by having vegan chocolate cake for breakfast! I stayed up till 11 pm the night before making this beauty: A few days earlier, Rob requested a cake that would have chocolate sponge layers and the frosting based on the filling of his favorite Chocolate Peanut Butter … Read the rest of the post

Cooking Class Review: Flavors of Southeast Asia by Fire and Earth Kitchen (Seattle)

When I found out that we were moving to Seattle area, I got very excited: this city in the Pacific Northwest is well-known for its vegan-friendly vibes, which is quite different from what we were used to living in the Deep South. (As Rob recently described the typical Southern restaurant fare, ‘It’s hard to find a salad that doesn’t have a rack of ribs in it.’ Okay, that’s not always true, but you get the point.) What’s even better, there are lots of opportunities in and around Seattle to enjoy delicious vegan food while socializing with like-minded people without going to a restaurant. Case in point: vegan cooking classes! This past Sunday, May 18th, Rob and I enjoyed a cooking class by Renee Press of Fire and Earth Kitchen, a Seattle-based personal chef business that Renee runs with her partner Nick. Renee offers a variety of cooking classes, as well as food coaching … Read the rest of the post