Toast Pop Travels: Blue Moon Café

Shepherdstown, West Virginia is the oldest town in the state, but a blended atmosphere of home-grown, country, and contemporary combine with its antiquity to make it a wonderful place! There is just as much of a unique atmosphere at its Blue Moon Café. Much of the dining area is furnished outside among a shady green oasis that even includes a fountain. The menu is an affordable variety of sandwiches, salads, soups, wraps, pizza, and a little crab. They have many vegan and vegetarian options, along with several alcoholic beverages. Blue Moon is locally sourced, meaning many of their products were grown or made right in the region. Local entertainment can even be found here at their open mic nights.

Blue Moon Café gets my “Toast Pop Approval” for its support of local agriculture, food quality, meal price, and unique dining experience outdoors! Its well-worth the walk from anywhere in the heart of town.

Plan your visit to Shepherdstown and the Blue Moon Café!

Blue Moon Café homepage: http://bluemooncafeshepherdstown.com/dining/

View the menu, get directions, and get to know their local sources

Blue Moon Café Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bluemoonwv/timeline

Get updates on specials and performances

Shepherdstown Visitors Center: http://shepherdstown.info/

Learn the history, find out about local events, plan a stay, and more!

The Good Bean

The Good BeanDo you ever get tired of the same old snacks that all start to taste the same after a while? We do, that’s why we decided to give The Good Bean a try! Potato chips, candy, cookies, etc. are the foods that fill the pantry of most households, but none of those are healthy for you. We were looking for a snack food that is healthy, vegan, organic, that taste good, and is inexpensive. It sounds like we were asking for the world with a wish-list like that, but chickpeas by The Good Bean have all of those qualities and more!

Here’s a fun fact, chickpeas are as good for the environment as they are for your body. That’s right, by eating chickpeas, you help replenish nitrogen and nutrients back into the soils that the chickpeas were grown in. Talk about a win-win situation. There are two different tasty snacks that they offer: Their all natural roasted chickpea snacks, and the Fruit and No Nut Bar. It’s great to be able to snack on delicious foods while keeping your conscious clean.

The flavors of the chickpeas vary based on the type you choose, there are sweet choices as well as more hearty options. They offer everything from chocolate flavored chickpeas, to mesquite bbq! Talk about variety! This is a snack that you can easily put in your backpack or briefcase and carry around with you throughout the day. It’s healthy, helps the planet, and an all around wise choice to make when looking for snacks. For more information or to order a bag for yourself, visit them online at www.TheGoodBean.com.

Healthy Surprise

Who doesn’t love a surprise? Healthy Surprise is one company that is bringing us all really great snacks that are healthy and taste amazing. They are really setting themselves apart from all of the other subscription food boxes on the market by making their boxes Healthy Surprise Featured Imagebigger and better than the competition. There are a few plans and each one has enough food for you and a few friends to enjoy.

This service gets it’s name honestly, Healthy Surprise sends you vegan, gluten free, soy free, natural foods that you are sure to love. In fact they are so sure that you will like the food that they offer a 110% guarantee! There’s no commitment and you can cancel at any time too. The types of food vary that they send every month so it’s always something new and interesting, and we’re being honest when we say that this box is very generous with portion sizes.

Don’t waste time tracking down healthy food companies then worrying if you will like the food or not once you get it in the mail. This place does all of the work for you. You don’t have to worry about it tasting good because they only include foods that are super amazing in the taste department. The search is literally over for the perfect monthly subscription box for health food lovers, Healthy Surprise has it all: tasty food, good portions, and a guarantee that cannot be matched. Quit ordering food boxes that only you can enjoy by yourself, these boxes were made to share!

For more information or to subscribe to a Healthy Surprise box, visit them online at www.HealthySurprise.com.

Gfreely

Gfreely

Think healthy, now think how hard it can be sometimes to eat that way. What would you say to getting a box filled with super healthy and gluten free snacks delivered right to your front door each and every month? Believe it or not, Gfreely is a company that is making this a reality. For only $19 a month plus shipping you will get your surprise box delivered right to you or a loved one every month.

You will get super cool snacks, recipes, and of course GFree foods in the box. It’s different each month, so there’s never any fear of growing bored with what they send. You may or may not know that it can sometimes be quite difficult to find gluten free foods at your local supermarket and if you do they don’t always taste the best. What’s cool about this monthly box is they hand pick foods that taste amazing and are good for you.

A lot of monthly subscription boxes offer small sample sized portions of the products that they feature, and while you will get sample sizes in this box, they also include full sized foods and even things you can cook and eat as your entire meal. They don’t just send you cheap food, they send you a whole new lifestyle in a box. You will feel better and notice that the food you eat taste better when you try eating gluten free, and there is no better time or way to start than right now with a Gfreely subscription.

For more information on Gfreely or to subscribe to their monthly box be sure to check out their website, Facebook, or Twitter.

Objects With Purpose

Objects With PurposeMost everyone can appreciate the smell of a candle or the ambiance that they create, especially during the Fall of the year! However, what most people do not know is that most candles are toxic, that’s right, they are harmful to use. How then are you supposed to enjoy the benefits of a candle or give one as a gift and enjoy it with a clear conscience? The answer is simple, you need an alternative. Luckily, one business by the name of Objects With Purpose is working to make candles that you can enjoy in more ways than one and candles that are not harmful in the least!

How exactly is a candle from OWP different than a normal mass produced candle? For starters you can use them for more than just burning. You can use it as a candle (obviously), a body butter when they are warm, and a solid perfume when they are cool. Talk about a versatile product! Now onto what they are made of. Essential oils along with organic renewable coconut shea and apricot butters are what make up these candles that serve more than one purpose.

One very important for any candle though is how it smells. Don’t worry about the smell lacking because it doesn’t. In fact the scents are comparable to that of high end boutique candles and to be honest they smell even better than those. You can tell that thought was really put into these candles, from the scents to the uses of them. These aren’t just candles you burn once and throw away, these are the kind of thing that you want to give as a gift and perhaps get one or two for yourself while you’re at it. This holiday season don’t settle for a boring and harmful store bought candle, light something that will make memories and fill the air with cozy scents, then enjoy the other benefits that these candles offer. Do it all with a clear conscience knowing that you and your loved ones won’t be harmed by these candles.

For more information or to place an order be sure to check out ObjectsWithPurpose.com or their Etsy Shop!

Eco-Emi

Eco-Emi BoxWhat would you say if I told you that you could stay home and get really cool environmentally friendly products sent straight to your door each and every month for only $15? Well, that’s exactly what Eco-Emi’s subscription service does! Every month your box will include five to ten samples of natural, organic, green, eco-friendly, cruelty free, vegan, vegetarian or Fair Trade products and they are all packaged and wrapped very nicely, perfect and ready for gift giving!

One of the coolest parts about this box is it’s a surprise as to what you will get. For me, the surprise alone is worth the price. There is a theme for each month, so for example the October box was packaged in some really fun halloween materials and one of the items in the box was a fantastic coffee flavored soap! It wouldn’t be fall without some coffee, or coffee soap that is! Everything from the packaging to the items was quite magical and makes you feel like you are getting something truly special.

Right now there is a waiting list for the box, which means that this little box is growing in popularity, and to that we are excited! Eco-Emi is a wonderful subscription box that deserves all of the attention it can get and the fact that their goal is to deliver high quality products that you can feel good about using right to you front door, is a goal that more and more companies should strive towards. To find out more about the box or to get on the waiting list, just visit EcoEmi.com.

Starbucks Secret Ingredient: Beetles

I am a huge supporter of Starbucks and their amazing selection of coffee and coffee related products, but when news came about that they were using crushed beetles, yes, crushed beetles in their strawberry and red colored products, I almost got sick to my stomach. Don’t fret, not everyone has been drinking these beetles, just those of you who have been drinking their strawberry drinks and smoothies, eating their red velvet pies or cake pops, and snacking on their pink colored pies.

Now let’s get down to the facts. There are these exotic beetles that when frozen and crushed make a red liquid that the FDA has even approved. Starbucks, along with many other companies and manufactures including cosmetic brands, yogurt companies, and even ice cream makers, have been using this dye material for quite some time. Recently Starbucks was petitioned (thank God) by a group of Vegans and Vegetarians. Now Starbucks claims that by the end of June they will have replaced the beetle based dye in their products with a tomato based product. It’s hard to believe all of this, but it’s all too true. Now only is it gross and sickening to think about, but it’s very inhumane to take thousands, possibly millions, of beetles and just grind them up into a juice for us to enjoy at around $5 a cup at our local Starbucks. I am just glad to hear that Starbucks is doing something to change this, though it does make you wonder what is in all of the food we eat and drink, doesn’t it?