What? Not done with your holiday shopping? Yeah, neither are we. But we've been making lists -- and checking them twice -- and we've got some suggestions for the nice people on your list. Today, Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the Vegetarian.
The Grinch isn't the only who's gone green this holiday season. Chances are you have a few friends that lean toward the more leafy lifestyle. And if you yourself are not among the growing vegetarian community, never fear - we've got your shopping guide right here.
The New Moosewood Cookbook This book, originally published by Mollie Katzen in 1977; has been listed as one of the top-selling cookbooks of all time by the New York Times. It's filled with hearty and healthy vegetarian dishes that everyone can enjoy from soups to salads, casseroles to pastas. It's the perfect cooking guide for any gift recipient, whether they're a novice herbivore or a green guru.
Gift card to Green New American Cuisine/ Nami Although the idea of vegetarian dinning was planted long ago, it's taken some time to spread its roots in metro Phoenix. Fortunately this city now has a handful of quality, earth-friendly eateries including the doubly located Green New American Cuisine in Tempe and Phoenix, which serves everything from burgers and fries, to stir fries and pastas.
And the literal icing on the cake? Nami Bakery and Soft Serve sits just next-door to the Green in Central Phoenix, catering to the sweet teeth of vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free eaters alike. Because giving up meat is one thing- but giving up chocolate? That's a whole different story.
Subscription to Vegetarian Times What better way to test out your improved eyesight from eating all those carrots than with a year subscription to Vegetarian Times. This monthly magazine offers the latest in living an eco-friendly lifestyle from how-to tips and recipes to nutrition guidelines and homeopathic healing- because plants aren't just for eating, people (they're also good for rubbing on cuts and smoking when know one's looking).
Right now, Vegetarian Times is offering 11 issues for $14.95. Visit Vegetarian Times online.
Gift card to Chakra 4 Herb and Tea House
Nestled inside the Town & Country shopping center at 20th and Camelback, Chakra 4 Herb and Tea House is a your one stop shop for all things homeopathic and healthy.
At Chakra you'll find you find a wide selection of bulk herbs ($3-20 per ounce), teas ($5-8), elixirs ($33 per 2 ounces), flower essences (Deva flower remedies are $18 per ounce), as well as single herb capsules and combination herb capsules formulated by Chakra owner and herbalist, Kita Centella (21-69₵ per capsule).
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Chakra also doubles as a vegetarian cafe so if your gift recipient isn't as fond of potions and powders as you may have thought, he or she can also apply that gift card toward some fresh, organic grub.
Custom olive oils from Olivastro Oils and Balsamics
To most cooking connoisseurs, a custom box of specialty olive oils is as good as any bouquet of flowers. In fact it's one giant leap up in the gift department when you consider how long a gift box of bottled oils and balsamic vinegars from Olivastro will last you ($16.00 for 375 mL, $12.00 for 200mL). And chances are your dinner guests are more likely to appreciate a dressing of lime infused olive oil and strawberry balsamic vinegar than they are some discarded daffodils in their salad.