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Grand Asia Market, Cary

I’ve been reading the blog Poor Girl Eats Well quite a bit lately, and the author reminded me to think outside the box when grocery shopping. I’m pretty good about saving money at the grocery store, and I’m always looking for a better deal. But what really inspired me to go to Grand Asia Market in Cary was the outrageous price of coconut milk at my usual supermarkets. Kroger, Food Lion, and Harris Teeter sell coconut milk for $2.50 a can. The cheapest I’ve seen it at Kroger was $1.69, on sale.  So I dragged my dad to Grand Asia today and he pushed the cart while I shopped. Thanks for being a good sport, dad! There were a few different brands of coconut milk, and I found one for 99 cents a can. Plus, you wouldn’t believe how varied their selection of tofu, wheat gluten and soy products is.  I got all this food for under $20:

Groceries

  • Eggplant
  • Mung Bean sprouts
  • Broccoli
  • Red pepper
  • avocados
  • Baby bok choy
  • cilantro
  • Black rice noodles
  • 6 cans coconut milk
  • Frozen soy beans
  • Soy “chicken” cutlets

Exciting News! I’m a Recipe Contest Winner!

Me and Chef Billy

Me and Chef Billy

I am very proud to announce that my Peanut Tofu Wrap won third place in Lowe’s Foods “Best Restaurant in Town: Your Kitchen!” Recipe Contest!  The winners were honored last night at Bleu Restaurant in Winston-Salem. There were 10 winners, one grand prize and 3 each in women’s, men’s, and children’s categories. There were over 350 entries! I’m really psyched that a vegan recipe won a prize; it just goes to show you that eating vegan can be super tasty!

My dinner at Bleu was excellent. I had a lemonhead martini, Chinese flat noodles with barbecue tofu, and a mango sorbet for dessert. The menu at Bleu is very seafood and meat heavy, but there are a few veggie options, and the martinis were superb.

It was great to talk to the other contest winners, especially the kids who won in the “Fixing My Own Lunch Box” category. The kids’ winning recipes were a kiwi strawberry lunch pocket, fresh spring rolls, and a spinach lasagna. Yum!

Billy Parisi, the official chef of Lowe’s Foods, presented me with my certificate and my prize, a set of non-stick cookware. Chef Billy does a lot of instructional cooking videos that are on the Lowe’s Foods website.  There’s an orange chicken recipe video up now that looks like it could be easily veganized.

I’m so stoked that my vegan meal won a prize, and I can’t wait to try out my new cookware. Thanks Lowe’s Foods!

Big Meows at Carolina Tiger Rescue

Tiger

On Saturday, I went to the Carolina Tiger Rescue with a group of friends. Formerly called the Carnivore Preservation Trust, the sanctuary boasts 55 acres of land for about 60 wildcats. We saw tigers, ocelots, a bobcat, a serval, binturongs, and a kinkajou, all of whom seemed to enjoy their large and unique habitats. While we observed one tiger, a worker came by with a burlap sack full of beef and newspaper, which she swung over the high fence for the tiger to nosh on. The workers are dedicated to making the animals’ lives as rich as possible, and one enrichment activity is making a meal into a game; the tigers enjoy ripping through the burlap and paper to find their prize.

Our tour guide told us that the main reason wildcats are taken to the sanctuary is the exotic animal trade. People buy these animals when they are little and cute, but once they hit 100 lbs, suddenly the owners realize it’s not so practical to keep a  tiger in the backyard. Did you know it’s legal to own and sell tigers in North Carolina and eight other U.S. states; you don’t even have to get a wild animal permit! Our guide said there are about 5,000 privately owned tigers in the state of Texas. WTH are these people thinking?! Why didn’t the mauling of a three year old Apex boy encourage harsher laws? Seeing these beautiful cats up close is enough research for me to know that they are not meant to be owned by humans. Luckily there are places like the Carolina Tiger Rescue that help rehabilitate these animals. The CTR website says,

Carolina Tiger Rescue is working toward the day when:

  • wildcats are not owned by individuals as pets
  • wildcats are not used for entertainment purposes
  • no trade exists for wildcats or their parts
  • all wildcats prosper in sustainable, native habitats

If you live in North Carolina, plan a trip to the Carolina Tiger Rescue. It’s only $12 a ticket, and you won’t forget the amazing cats you will meet!

Kinkajou

The Kinkajou is Level 4 Aggressive – same as a tiger!

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