Sugar + Spice + Everything Nice

I came home from work the other day to find cook books all over the kitchen and living room and it only took me about 2 seconds to realize what had happened… my roommate Arielle had officially joined team Fall. There is something about this season in particular that has perfectly paired foods. Sure certain foods and flavors affiliate with certain seasons but fall food is exclusive to fall. I mean you won’t find anyone eating pumpkin pie in April because that would be insane.

I’ve been a vegetarian for about 20 years so I thought I would share with you a few veggie friendly recipes and blogs that I love and will be enjoying over the next couple months!

1. Vegan Chili

This is always the very first thing I want to make when the weather takes a turn. It’s warm, satisfying and definitely ranks as a comfort food. Not to mention it’s perfect for working girls to freeze and heat for quick and easy lunches. (plus its almost impossible to screw up) Here are two I’ll be trying:

This Jamie Oliver one for sure. I LOVE the idea of having sweet potatoes in it. Yum.

veggie chili

Also this Whole Foods spicy veggie chili. Spicy chili is where its at.


I recently stumbled across this Vegan food blog and found this awesome article on fall recipes. There were two featured soups and I couldn’t pick so I’m sharing them both!

Rustic 3 Squash Soup and Creamy Saffron Cauliflower whoa.


3. Heirloom Tomato Tart

I pinned this heirloom tomato tart almost two months ago from joythebaker and haven’t stopped thinking about it. This definitely requires a bit more skill than other recipes, but it sure looks worth it.

heirloom tomatoe tart

4. All the Red Wine

This is where the ‘everything nice’ comes in. I’m a white wine drinker year round sans sept-nov. Red wine is SO cozy and I am SO poor so here are a couple of my fav budget reds!


1. Finca Los Primos – Malbec     2.The Show – Malbec      3.Gabbiano – Chianti

Check out my pinterest YUM board for more recipes. What are your favorite fall eats/drinks?

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Autumn at the Empire

Fall posts have been coming out the wazoo this week and I thought I would add my two-cents. I am OBSESSED with fall. It is bar-none my favorite season ergo I have some pretty strong opinions on how to do it right. Over the course of the next week I will share my fav decor, food, fashion and fun-things-to-do fall musts.


In the words of Colin Nissan: IT’S DECORATIVE GOURD SEASON, MOTHERFUCKERS. (Thank you, Whitney, for this essay. It is perfect.) There is nothing that drums up the nostalgic feeling of cozy autumns past more than the scents + colors + music of fall (and tastes but that’s for another post).

autumn at the empire

This Votivo Aromatic Candle in Smoke on the Water is the perfect fall scent. I have this burning from Sept 1st – Dec 1st without fail.

Next, Japanese Lanterns Physalis. These come on long sparse branches and last FOREVER (literally they dry out and you can save them for a second, even third, season) they are cheap and add the perfect orange hit of fall to your home. I have my apothecary jars half way filled with pine cones and topped with dried japenese lanterns from autumns past.

Lastly music. I have pictured here an old National Album. The acoustic haunting sounds of the National, Bon Iver, City and Color and many of the like are the perfect fall pairing for me. You can listen to my full autumn playlist on songza here. You’ll also find some Metric, Anya Maria, Lana Del Rey and Amy Winehouse on there. You’ll hear this in the background of ritualistic games nights with my girlfriends at The Empire (which is how we have referred to our apartment for the last 3 years) where we will be drinking (too much) red wine, eating vegan chili and playing board games on dark and rainy westcoast autumn evenings. Nothing better.

So what are your favorite fall things for the home?

There’s a Flying Pig in Gastown

Last Friday en route to a BBQ on the North Shore my friend Katie and I stopped for drinks at the new Flying Pig in Gastown. Katie had actually been there the night before but suggested we go again as she was already a huge fan and I hadn’t been yet.

The Flying Pig

While we only went there for drinks I’m definitely going back to check out some menu items.  It isn’t a terribly vegetarian friendly menu, but there are a few appetizers and sides that I have my eye on, particularly the Beef Steak Tomato & Bocconcini Duo + the Crimini Mushroom Gratin. You can check out the rest of their menu here.


Honestly, is there anything better than a perfectly crafted interpretation of a classic caprese salad? We had an awesome bar tender who made one of the best dirty martini’s I’ve ever had and also had a quick chat with the very friendly Erik Heck who is a fantastic chef and one of the proprietors of The Flying Pig. We will be back!

107Katie loving her dirty martini