There’s Nuttin’ Ordinary About This #Vegan Cheese

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Anyone who knows me knows I am pretty “connected” in the world of vegan cheeses. From Miyoko’s Kitchen to VioLife, I’ve been very fortunate to always have on-hand any number of flavors or varieties of simple sliced or artisanal variety vegan cheeses. So, when I have an opportunity to try one I’ve never tried before … of course, I jump at the chance,

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Nuttin’ Ordinary is a plant based company in New Hampshire that manufactures naturally dairy-free, naturally-delicious, palate pleasing foods. The company was created after plans to launch a plant based restaurant in NH fell through back in 2011 and now we can all enjoy their inspirational flavors through their innovative line of vegan cheeses.

In 2013 Nuttin’ Ordinary built a commercial kitchen in Harrisville, NH and started producing cashew cheeses that are described as “clean, simple, and great tasting“… and they are truly GREAT TASTING. Sort of a cross between Treeline and Miyoko’s Kitchen, these spreadable cheeses have all the “Umami: the 5th taste” you’d ever expect from an artisan cheese while at home on a simple cracker or melted into a creamy pasta sauce.

Nuttin’ Ordinary continues to grow and is getting ready to launch their plant based cashew filled ravioli, and will be introducing a couple of new products in 2016. They are a true contender in the new plant based cheese industry that continues to expand everyday and I feel so fortunate that I got to try two of their delicious flavors (original and Italian herb) and I will also get to try their Spicy in the coming weeks.

Nuttin’ Ordinary is currently available at Whole Foods in the North Atlantic region (Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, RI, and Northern CT) and are also available at co-ops and independent stores throughout New England.

AND … they now have distribution in New York City at Mrs Greens in The West Village and are looking to pick up more locations in the coming months. For more information, visit NuttinOrdinary.com or find them on Facebook and Twitter.

And, for your health, the environment, and the animals …

Go Vegan.

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Wild, Wild West – ExpoWest 2015

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This morning when I woke up the air temperature in Ithaca, New York was -20° F. This was the actual temperature, not the wind chill or “feels like.” This was it. The nose-hair-freezing, finger-numbing, water-bottle-in-your-car-exploding, actual temperature. So, I thought it was the perfect time to blog about my upcoming trip to California!

Go west, young vegan.

ExpoWest, held from March 6-8th in Anaheim, California, has called my name. In addition to soaking up some much-needed sun (even if it’s only 50° there … that is still 70° warmer than where I am now), I am honored to be working with the team at Miyoko’s Kitchen on expanding their already very successful vegan cheese company into a broader wholesale market. While most of my time will be spent there, I am also going to finally meet some of my other contacts established over the years since starting this blog.

Specifically (and I hope I am not leaving anyone out), I am thrilled to meet my friends from VioLife who are using ExpoWest as a launching pad to finally bring their amazing products to America (from Greece). Over the past two years I have built such a valuable relationship with this company and am so looking forward to meeting face-to-face. If you’re going to ExpoWest, I highly recommend you to visit their booth and sample their products.

I also can’t wait to meet Justin and Emily from BeyondMeat! I’ve been a Brand Ambassador for over two years (although I think they call them Super Fans now) and I’ve been such a huge (super) fan of all their products. Last year they exhibited with an actual full-scale Taco Bell restaurant as their tradeshow booth so I can’t wait to see what they’ve come up with this year!

Other companies on my “must-see” list are also the companies that have been with me every step of the way toward my transition to veganism:

… and … there are no words that can describe the anticipation I am feeling about finally meeting, in person, so many of my fellow vegan bloggers (ironically, some of these first meetings are going to be with east coasters):

First timer like me? Then you have to download the “Insider’s Guide to Natural Products Expo” from the wonderful Whitney Lauritsen, aka Eco-Vegan Gal. This is the complete guide to the Expo. Written by a seasoned expert, Whitney has attended for nine years and provides “all you need to know … Expo.” Judging by the size of this event, we can all learn a thing or two (or ten or twenty, if you’re me) from this new e-book.

There are also business meeting, contacts, and connections I will make while there (which is actually the point of the trip). And, of course …

Food. Endless and endless amounts of food to sample. I do think it’s kid of ironic that everyone I know is SO excited to go to a natural products expo … only to load up on junk food.

I don’t think anyone is going to try apples.

Are you going? Comment here or send me an email … would love to meet up with other Expo-pros or newcomers — like me!

Go vegan.

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