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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Part 2: My Top Vegan Cheeses at Expo West 2015

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Before going to Expo West, I had promised myself I was only going there to network and find companies to collaborate with. I told myself, I will NOT get distracted nor post about vegan products that were not related to my theme, vegan Filipino recipes. But after three days of exploring the expo, I realized I…

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My Top 5 Vegan Drinks at Expo West 2015

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Here in California and on social media, Expo West is all the buzz. Expo West is one of the biggest (if not the biggest) natural and organic food expos in the country. It’s not open to the public, only to the press and industry members. Still, it has shattered a record-breaking more than 71,000 attendees this year. I…

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Rocky Road Chocolate Cake for my Sister’s Birthday

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My little sister is all grown up. Today, she’s celebrating her 31st birthday. Now that I’ve come to think of it, she has been more grown up than me! My sister is very wise, head strong, and independent. The kind that you don’t want to mess with. She also has the kindest heart, always lending…

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