Plant based foods, mini sparklers and a sweet surprise hits all the notes for the holiday season, or any time of year.
1/ Faux- getta ‘Bout It
Plant-Based eating is here to stay, and that’s a good thing. From reducing our environmental footprint to ethical food sourcing and health benefits, boosting our intake of phytonutrients is beneficial in more ways than one. Rather than solely creating an alternative to dairy, The Frauxmagerie, a certified VegeCert company is a game-changer , producing a variety of artisanal, aged, plant-based ‘frauxmage’ , think botanic aged Camembert, blue and boka and botanic fresh (mauxarella, Greek Frauxmage and frauxmage curds). The plant parm, a combination of crunchy crushed nuts, nutritional yeast and spices makes a crunchy topping for pasta bakes and pizza. thefrauxmagerie.com
2/ Under The Sea
With a master’s degree in traditional Chinese medicine, founder of SeaSnax, Jin Jun strongly advocates nutrition as a tool for healing, self-empowerment and disease prevention. Seaweed, long consumed in Asian cultures for its abundance of nutrients (iodine, iron, and vitamin C) and antioxidants has been gaining popularity in the west as a trendy food du jour. The colourful SeaVegi, a salad mix of Wakame, Agar, Suginori, Tsunomata, Mafunori can be rehydrated allowing the vegetables to ‘bloom’, and added to salads or lightly dressed with a splash of soy, mirin and sesame oil as an accompaniment to a poke bowl. seasnax.com
3/ The Host with The Most
You can never go wrong with fine chocolates for a host/ hostess gift but not every box is created equal (raise your hand if you eat all the caramel bonbons first). Purdys Merry and Bright Gift Tin, made with 100% sustainable cocoa is packed with exciting, modern flavours like Yuzu, Turona and Caramel Carnival, so you’ll never be bored with the same old boring flavours. Purdys Merry and Bright Gift Tin, $25; purdys.com
4/ Little Wonders
Anything mini is cuter! Whether in mini bottle or can form, pint size sparkling wine in its diminutive form make great party favours, cocktail party drinks and the ideal portable libation for New Year’s celebrations. The pretty pink Francis Coppola Sofia brut rosé is a light, fruity effervescent and creamy style, while Canella Prosecco DOCG offers a hint of sweetness with notes of apple, and stone fruit with balanced acidity.
5/ Granola’s Little Black Dress
The sleek, sexy black packaging and simple typeface evokes luxury, but this isn’t your grandmother’s granola. Made with vegan, gluten-free and non-GMO ingredients, Granolust a Canadian line of premium granola in four flavours can be eaten as a snack, or topped on yogurt. The super unique rosemary parmesan crunch with its savoury bent, adds crunch to baked or stovetop macaroni and cheese. 300g $15; granolust.com
This original products we love article first appeared in the Winter 2019/2020 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.