Cookbook Crush: The Homemade Vegan Pantry (Review + Giveaway)


Chefs and cooks who make everything from scratch have always impressed me. I thought, they must have major cooking skills -and a lot of time in their hands! After all, who has the time and skills to make their own vegetable broth, bread, or butter? What luxury must it be to have homemade staples in…

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Top 5 Tips: Being Vegan Among Family of Omnivores

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I’m the only vegan in the family and sometimes it could be tough to attend family gatherings and celebrations. I’m lucky in the sense that my family does not give me a hard time about being vegan and fully supports my Astig Vegan endeavors. But, I’m still saddened that they couldn’t jump into veganism especially if…

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Vegan Longganisa Sausages – FAQ

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A big THANK YOU to those who have tried the vegan longganisa recipe. I’m so glad that people enjoyed creating this dish. Few did take photos and here they are: Many thanks to @trishaxddr, @ecobeautyvivi, and @baci_da_nikuleta for trying the recipe. Mary at Mary’s Test Kitchen reviewed the entire Longsilog series on her YouTube channel. I appreciate her thorough…

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Last Minute Gifts for Mother’s Day

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Have you bought your Mother’s Day gift yet? The other day I was shopping for Mother’s Day gifts for my mom, my sister, and Chris’ mom and got great bargains. I thought I should share them with you in case you haven’t bought your gift yet. Here are 5 affordable, last minute gifts for Mother’s Day. I’ve…

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Top 5 Tips for Growing Your Own Food

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In celebration of Earth Day, I’m featuring top 5 tips for growing your own food. I am by no means an expert in gardening but I do know someone who could share invaluable advice to the rest of us. My brother-in-law, King Pablo, is an avid gardener who is extremely passionate about growing all kinds of vegetables and fruits -from rainbow…

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Top 5 Vegan Skincare for Spring

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When I was transitioning to a vegan lifestyle, skincare products came last on my list to veganize. I started with food then wardrobe and eventually makeup and skincare. I thought I was doing a good job at it until I recently found out that some cruelty-free skincare products could also be harmful to my health. I started learning about all the…

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Full Video of my Adobo Nation TV appearance

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Recently, I was invited to appear on the TV show, “Adobo Nation” to talk about my work at Astig Vegan. I’ve been on TV before -promoting theater shows, even reporting the news, but there’s nothing like being on TV to talk about my life’s passion.  I was invited to talk about my own work. I’m still pinching myself in disbelief! What’s…

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Two New Changes on the Blog

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I’ve made two important changes on my blog. One, I updated the page, “Astig Vegan Recipes”  which now features a menu list of my recipes.  The recipes are neatly organized by courses: Appetizers, Entrees, Breads, Snacks, and Dessert. I’ll keep adding to this list as I feature new recipes. With the recipe list, you don’t have to feel lost searching for…

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Most Intriguing and Top Vegan Snacks at Expo West 2015

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Out of all the food categories at Expo West, I’d say snacks reigned supreme. Everywhere I looked, I spotted a snacks company handing out samples. The demand must be high for natural and organic snacks. Personally, I’m not a fan of processed food but if I need a ready-made snack, I would go for the natural, organic, and…

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Part 3: My Top Vegan Meats at Expo West 2015

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I don’t usually cook with mock meats but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy having them in my meal. I see mock meats as great convenient food when I’m on the go or when I’m eating out at vegan restaurants. Below is my list of top vegan meats I found at Expo West, a natural and…

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