Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Cookie Sale and Caribbean Vegan Giveaway!

Hey y'all. No food photos tonight. On the last night of Vegan Mofo, I want to tell y'all about some awesome discounts on magical vegan cookies. And then we're givin' away a copy of Taymer Mason's fabulous Caribbean Vegan cookbook.

First the cookies — Last year, I was lucky enough to receive a sample pack of some giant, all-natural vegan Intention Cookies by Bountiful Vegan. Not only are these cookies delicious, they're also said to possess a little mojo magic. Each cookie is supposed to bring about positive qualities — love, determination, success, courage, happiness, or prosperity — as you eat it. I don't know about y'all, but I totally believe in magic and the power of positive thinking. But I'm a little airy-fairy sometimes....

I received an e-mail from Bountiful Vegan a few days ago to let me know that they've eliminated two flavors from their line, but they've added four more — Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, Oatmeal Raisin, and Chocolate Chip. Those are in addition to the flavors they kept — Chocolate Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Chip Orange. Each cookie is named for the quality it's supposed to impart in you as you eat it. For example, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip is "Happiness." Um, duh. I would totally get happy with a PB Chip cookie! See, totally magic.

They're also offering holiday gift baskets with 12 Intention Cookies, a choice of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate (they make the hot chocolate mix themselves!), and a personalized card. Check out the baskets here.

Anyway, Bountiful Vegan is offering a very special deal to Vegan Crunk readers! They're extending their Cyber Monday sale of 30 percent off all gift items through Wednesday, Dec. 1st at midnight. All you have to do is email info@bountifulvegan.com and ask for the "Cyber Monday Extension."

Now for the Caribbean Vegan giveaway! Yesterday, I reviewed Taymer Mason's newly-released cookbook filled with 125 recipes for native foods of Barbados, Saint Lucia, Trinidad, Tobago, Jamaica, Grenada, the French West Indies, and Guyana.

In case you missed the review, you can read it here. Or you can just drool over the photo of Taymer's Hearts of Palm & Tofu Scramble from Caribbean Vegan.

One lucky commenter will win a copy of Taymer's book. Just leave a comment about your favorite exotic dish. Doesn't have to be Caribbean since I'm sure many of you (like me until I got this book) haven't tried that cuisine yet.

For an extra chance to win, tweet about the giveaway and leave an additional comment letting me know you did. For an extra, extra chance, link back to the contest from Facebook and leave yet another comment to let me know. And finally, for a fourth chance, link back to this contest on your blog (if you have one), and leave yet another comment to fill me in. That's four chances to win!

If you don't have a Blogger account with a listed email, please leave your email address so I can contact you if you win. Good luck! I'll randomly select one winner on Sunday night (Dec. 5th).

109 comments:

Jaime said...

I have always wanted to make my own kimchi, but I have yet to truly dedicate myself to the process.

Jan Scholl said...

I have no idea what exotic is because I eat Indian, Korean and other ethnic food all the time. I do love my Kimchee however. I search for the recipe similar to the one at my favorite eatery Charlie Kang's in East Lansing MI but most I find are for the cabbage style. Someday I will find it.

Jan Scholl said...

I twittered!JanScholl Cookbook Giveway! http://tinyurl.com/2vf74vp Yummy Vegan Caribbean . You will love the spiciness. Go enter now!
4 minutes ago via web

Jan Scholl said...

I listed on FB, too.

ward said...

How do you get all these awesome sample packs? You're living the vegan dream, lady. No wonder you believe in magic. :)

In southern China, street vendors sell a fruit called durian, that smells kind of like, um, rotting garbage, from across the street. But the taste is interesting, bitter and sweet. They make mooncake out of it, which can easily be vegan, and often is, depending on the recipe.

Anyway, that's maybe the most exotic thing I can think of right now. I don't really want the cookbook, but your blog is awesome.

To Whom It May Concern, said...

I twittered.

Also, my favorite exotic food is anything Ethiopian. I have yet to attempt to make anything but there is a Ethiopian restaurant here in San Diego that is definitely a favorite of my boyfriend and I. :]]

littleblackfox said...

Heh, I love exotic foods, my other half refers to me as 'The Gastronaught'!
It probably doesn't sound very exotic, but I'd love to make my own saurkraut (I have a thing for lactic acid fermentation, and love stuff like saurkraut & kimchi). hell, I love fermentation in general, being horribly addicted to sourdough & working in a brewery!

Apfelmusbeet said...

Oh I know that nowadays, hummus is nothing exotic anymore but I cannot think of anything more delicious! Hummus is my 'Happiness'-food!

KTBuns said...

I've always had a desire to try jerk seasoning on something savory... no idea what it tastes like!

susa said...

persian food...rice with lima beans...spinach with kidney beans...yum

Candy Beans said...

I love jerk tofu as made by my very good friend who has veganized so much of her Jamaican cooking for me!

Rick said...

my favorite exotic dish is traditional thai lemongrass soup. i seriously could eat it everyday, forever.

Kara Hadley said...

I just won the monthly Bountiful Vegan cookie giveaway and "Happiness" was one of the cookies I chose. I can't wait to get my happy nom on!

Tofu Mom (AKA Tofu-n-Sprouts) said...

Well, first of all, I wanted to say congrats on Vegan Mofo. I haven't had time to comment but have enjoyed your blog as one of my favorites.

Second thanks too, for having my blog address linked on yours - you send more traffic my way than almost any other site, and as a little, small-time, non-cookbook-writing-basic blogger, I appreciate it a lot!!

Oh, and third, I'd like to be entered in the contest since I'm here! Anything sounds exotic after my month of gravies, let me tell you!

Tofu Mom (AKA Tofu-n-Sprouts) said...

Oh, and I tweeted too.

Erin said...

My most exotic fave foods are all on the buffet line at the International Farmers' Market--I can sample Mediterranean, Ethiopian, Somalian, Indian, you name it! And I dont have to cook it or clean up.

Jeni Treehugger said...

Well done on all your MoFo'ing chica!
(don't enter me please)
xx

Meghann said...

After recently moving to east Texas from Tucson I would gladly take ANY exotic food at this point! I do love a good and spicy Vietnamese dish when I can get it :)

Marla said...

I'm obsessed with all things mochi, and daifuku in particular. Thanks for the contest!

selena said...

My fiance is from Jamaica and he is always introducing me to new flavor combinations. Anything he does to his meat he'll do the same to some tofu for me. My favorite exotic dish to eat and make is jamaican jerk tofu mmm! With a little rice on the side and some sweet plantains!

Millie said...

Bianca I love Taymer...she has some great recipes on her blog that are to die for...would love to be a contestant to win this marvelous book....I will post this giveaway on my blog....

Kelly said...

"Exotic" is such a relative term...! I love pretty much all types of non-American food, but what's coming to mind right now is this jerk tofu dish I had at a little Jamaican restaurant a few months back. So spicy and delicious.

girlinthegarden AT gmail DOT com

Sarah P said...
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Sarah P said...

Sorry for the deleted comment--so many accidental typos! Here's what I meant to say:

I love many kinds of "exotic" foods, mostly because non-exotic (ie, American, European) cuisine use a lot of the veggies I'm allergic to. BUT my favorite exotic type dish is anything that involves tamarind sauce. Thai stir fries, especially, often feature a great sweet/salty tamarind sauce. Yum!

Lauren said...

Not sure if this counts as "exotic" but I love any sort of chai-tea-flavored desserts! - laurenlowe7@hotmail.com

Jennifer said...

Ummm...I am not sure if any of the foods I eat qualify as exotic, but I have taken a real liking to falafel lately. I make a delish vegan wrap with falafel, avocado, hummus, cucumbers, tomatoes, olives and sprouts.

jennylovesjeff (at) hotmail (dot) com

Georgie said...

Suppose Chinese counts as exotic...so my favourite exotic dish is dan dan noodles using tempeh (from Vegan on the Cheap by Robin Robertson) - Who can pass up the combo of tahini, peanut butter, tempeh and noodles?

Terra D said...

I love Ethiopian food! Shira, is an amazing sauce that you eat with Injera (bread)! Love it!

HD said...

Oh jeez. I love kim chi and sauerkraut. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE

Olivia said...

I love love love Kik Alicha (Ethiopian split yellow peas with onion and ginger... so easy to make!). I also often frequent the closest Indian grocery store to me and pick up n ENORMOUS vegan samosa for 99 cents. Yuuum.

I love Caribbean food--I hope there are some Ital (vegan Rastafari) recipes in there!

Karen said...

I would have to say anything Ethiopian...mmmmmm....LOVE Ethiopian...

Laura said...

I adore anything involving plantains.

sTyliSH1 said...

I never heard of this book before but I love Caribbean food so I'd love this one :)

bookworm bri said...

My favorite exotic dish is Thai Red Curry with Tofu & Eggplant yummmmmmy :) Love your blog!!

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The Kuntrageous Vegan said...

I'll tweet this my dear <3

It's hard for me to think of foods as exotic since I became vegan because nothing seems...out of grasp for me. I'd like to experiment/try more raw/fermented foods and learn to make those on my own.

HeyitsBeth said...

My favorite exotic dish is these jackfruit smoothies from Urban Vegan. They're soooo creamy and delicious!

Lee Ann said...

I love Indian food, not that it's that exotic anymore.

Astrid Lyra said...

i used to live in vietnam and hell yeah i love my pho. it was hard to get it vegan, but the little cart across the street managed to do it, for my sake! awww.

Jenny said...

Exotic? Well, I really love Middle Eastern ever since I spent time in Egypt and Israel. I ate some street food there that I would definitely call exotic now.

Lyra said...

listed on fb :D a little self-deprecating since i know my friends will come on, drool, and then enter too, but what the hot fudge, the more the merrier right? hahah.

Lyra said...

oh, and i tweeted too <3

The Kuntrageous Vegan said...

i tweeted.
that sounds dirty but it's not.

Astrid Lyra said...

i also blogged on my danish blog! <3 btw, i am both Lyra and Astrid Lyra, and my email is astriiid @ gmail.com. forgot to add it to the first comment, oops!

Jessica said...

Deep fried sesame balls filled with red bean paste. yum!

Sara said...

Corn soup! I had two friends from Trinidad who used to make this and it was heavenly.

Ali - YumVeggieBurger said...

hmm, favorite exotic dish... I don't think of it as that "exotic" but it's not American, so I'll say sweet-and-sour red cabbage, which an old German lady taught me how to cook years ago. It's delicious :)

Jessica said...

Those cookies do look good. My favorite exotic dish is probably pho.

Jessica said...

Hmm... favorite exotic dish is gomen. Looooove it. I love me some collard greens but the Ethiopian way is seriously amazing :)

Jennifer said...

Being from a small town in the Midwest, most things are exotic around here. I love miso soup, not exotic for most, but difficult to find here.

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this book, i've been checking out Taymer's blog for a while now and drooling over all the awsome food porn on her blog. My family is from the carribean and i remember that every year around Christmas time my mom would make a drink called sorrel. It basically hibiscus leaves boiled in water, ginger, and allspice and rum can be added, its always drunk cold. So thats my favorite exotic food item. Congrats to Taymer on the book and congrats to the lucky winner.

Brandi said...

Hmmmm. I really don't know what to consider as exotic when it comes to food I eat. Does falafel count? vegetable curry? sweet and sour tofu?

Cammy said...

sorry im the one who just posted about sorrel but i accidently posted anonymously

Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day said...

I love Jerk Tofu! and anything with Habanero in it. Yay! I really want to win this book!

Zee said...

mochi with peanut butter. yes i got the idea from you!

The Vegan Snorkeler said...

Is Thai food exotic? I love all vegan Thai food! Especially pad thai, spring rolls, and mango coconut milk sticky rice. Yum!

Lauren said...

i'm always too nervous to make "exotic" food..i always feel like it won't taste as good as when you order it at an authentic place! that cookbook sounds so good though :)

SweetKaroline said...

favorite exotic food is probably red lentil coconut soup. is that even exotic? haha

Kari said...

Hmm. Ginger tofu soup. With lots of veggies.

Radish said...

My favorite Caribbean food is the local Jamaican place's Tempeh Curry, Rice & Pigeon Peas, and Plantains. I think my favorite overall "exotic" food is Chana Masala and Samosas. Love Love Love Indian :)

danna said...

curry!! though i'm headed to the caribbean in 4 weeks for the first time and can't WAIT to try some vegan grub there.

T said...

I love pad thai! And Vegan in the Sun!

Lauren said...

Falafel is probably as exotic as I get right now. I really need to expand my food horizons!

lauren.chesnutt at gmail dot com

vegan, today! said...

My mother's side of the family is Jamaican and I've always loved my grandma's ackee fritters. and her rice and peas. and her gungo peas stew! She's recently veganized a lot of her family recipes for me and I can't thank her enough!

Erin said...

In the way of Caribbean food, I definitely love jerk seitan or tofu and rice and peas. There's a Jamaican restaurant in my old hometown that makes the most amazing Jamaican vegan food, and now I have a hankering for it!

Amie said...

I'm Cuban, so I love veganizing traditional dishes. On the Caribbean tip, though, there is an amazing all-vegan Ital restaurant in North Miami that is to.die.for.

Mirkat said...

Chiming in with the kimchee love. My husband makes HUGE batches of it and it stays good for-nearly-ever. :)

Ashley said...

I'm going to go with Thai basil eggplant...although I don't know how exotic it is ! :)

Stephanie said...

Coconut cookies i had in Hawaii. They were like the combination of sugar cookie and macaroon..mmmmmm

Amanda @ Hungry Vegan Traveler said...

I ate an amazing meal at a Rastafarian restaurant in Jamaica earlier this year. That meal (and that trip) is actually what brought me to creating my blog.

http://hungryvegantraveler.blogspot.com/

Ju said...

My favorite is one of my improvised Jamaican recipes - curried ackee puffs with a side of callaloo. To me it's not exotic, because I grew up there, but the fact that it's ingredients from home used in a vegan way is a nice twist!

moonsword said...

Grilled Moorish Kebabs

moonsword said...

Grilled Moorish Kebabs

thedalyn said...

I'm struggling ot think of any of the food I eat as vegan as well. But, I know that my family would balk at jackfruit (which I like in tacos) and my favorite soup is mulligatwany and pho.

tofuhead said...

It's hard to decide between Middle-Eastern and Japanese, but today I'd say Japanese. (next week it could be Middle-Eastern or Thai or...)

ellie said...

Vietnamese noodle dishes are my favorites.

Mara said...

It's hard to say what's "exotic" when we have dishes from around the world available just blocks away. I'm a big fan of Indian and Ethiopian foods, so either Aloo Palak or Gomen. Both are YUMM and eaten with bread - does it get any better than that?!??!!

tahinitoo said...

I pretty much like anything with pineapple and coconut. But, I also like plantains!

Domingo said...

I gotta say that trying 'soul food,' vegan of course, seems a heavenly idea for a food to try.

Domingo said...

Tweeted about the contest:

http://twitter.com/DJMoronta/status/10604793525440512

Domingo said...

I linked it up on the Facebook too!

veganbehappy said...

I love to do onigiri. For a Japanese, that can be the most normal meal however I like to improvise the different fillings and surprise the people. And they are so kute...

Naturally Mel said...

exotic to me is something new and exciting you have never tried before. I love the taste, smell and texture of new foods. Now that's exotic especially if it is yummy and savory

Jess of Midwest Vegan said...

My favorite exotic dishes are Indian. I love savory coconut rice with tofu jalfrezi (three pepper tofu), as well as palak tofu, and veg biryani.

I haven't tried much Caribbean food yet, other than jerk tofu (lol, I love me some tofu), but I'd really like to taste more.

Jess of Midwest Vegan said...

I also linked to the giveaway from my blog. :)

Amey said...

oh fun! Right now my favorite exotic food is japanese food. I haven't been able to stop thinking about the glorious japanese meal I made for mofo and I just want more!!

Kristen said...

i could eat indian food all day everyday. In fact I;ve had it for 3 meals in 24 hours recently

rainbowlens said...

Not too exotic, but Carribbean. Bahamian peas n' rice which I have veganized and nom to death whenever I can. I would get so crunk with this cookbook!

Gem

Babette said...

Is this open to Canadian residents? If so, I'd love to win.

My favorite exotic dish is attieke, a dish that's very popular in Ivory Coast. We make it vegan by replacing the meat with tofu cooked in peanut sauce... and the best part is that we eat it with our hands!

VeriityKae said...

I LOVE jerk tofu. I feel like Im just following the crowd though, it seems like on of the most popular answers! So I also love heluski (spelling?). I used to eat it when I wasnt vegan but would LOVE to veganize the recipe. Its basically dumplings that are boiled then pan fried in butter with onions. (Maybe use egg replacer in the dumplings, EB, and its VEGAN!)

Renee said...

My fave is Curried Cabbage!

Renee said...
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Renee said...

I tweeted!

Renee said...

I aslo posted on FB!

ju-elz said...

Wow this sounds amazing! Soup soup soup!!!

Jeannette said...

I miss eating vegan tofu fajitas....not exotic back home in Cali but exotic here in Utah.

Elisabeth said...

My favorite exotic dish? Burritos and guacamole are pretty exotic for me since I grew up in Czech Republic:-) I also love vegan kimchi and miso mayo.

Ruthe said...

At the moment, chana masala is my favorite. I can't get enough! When it comes to food, I have an addictive personality, so when I find something that I really like, I eat it until I find something new again :).

dreamloud DOT RH AT gmail DOT com....hope that makes sense :)

Elisabeth said...

I just tweeted about this contest @CzechVeganBlog

Elisabeth said...

I shared this contest link on my personal Facebook page.

Natalie @ cinnamonbums said...

my favorite exotic dish is kabocha squash with miso-tahini dressing over brown rice!

Meisha said...

My favorite exotic food is tamales but their a pain to make so their more of a special occasion food.

Nichole said...

I've had my eye on this book for a bit now. I'd love to win!

DanaS said...

Ethiopian and Indian are my favorite cuisines. My favorite dish would be kashmiri naan!

Lebkuchen said...

My favorite exotic dish is moroccan tagine! I love the one in VWAV in particular.

Anonymous said...

I love aloo gobi and pretty much anything Indian (vegan, of course). When I was in college there was a vegetarian Indian place nearby that had a huge vegan selection...I ate there more than I care to admit! Love your blog, can't wait for your cookbook!
sante.erica@gmail.com

Sarah S. said...

I have zero experience with Caribbean food, but would love to change that! My favorite exotic food is a toss up between Indian and Thai. Mmm!

Kim said...

I love Indian Food and Thai Food!

Lateria said...

I'm Bahamian and so I've been missing a lot of those Carribean flavors since switching to a vegan diet, but one of my favourites is peas soup and dumplings with Bahamian sweet potatoes, cassava, and plantains -umm so good.