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!

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?