CUPCAKES

Alright, friends. Living in California and being vegan is one thing. There are vegan shops, cafes, restaurants, and Whole Foods on every other block. In Chicago, on the other hand, vegan food is a bit more hard to come by. Yes, I can get my fresh fruit, veg, and yes my ever so needed protein at Target, Trader Joe’s, and our sole Whole Foods. However, when it comes to sweets, and meals at restaurants that are vegan that’s another story.

For my birthday, I mentioned I was going to make a vegan cake. Yet, on the day of my birthday our gas went out and I was unable to use my stove. Wanting some sort of cake or cupcake because what kind of birthday is it without cake? My mom and I ventured to Whole Foods to see if we could find some vegan cake. They only had gluten-free cakes 😦 BUT they had vegan cupcakes. Naturally, I bought 3 to have one then and then save some for later. It was not only one of the best vegan desserts I have ever eaten but any dessert I have ever eaten. Also, it turns out that the cupcakes are made right here in Chicago.

This morning, my mom and I made the drive there, got there right as they opened and got 6 cupcakes. 3 vegan and gluten-free and 3 regulars (I’m the only vegan in the house).

 

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The outside of Swirlz. Very quaint but super adorable

 

Swirlz (the name of the cupcake place) has flavors of the day. They mainly are nonvegan and filled with gluten but they also make gluten-free ones, and vegan and gluten-free ones. Today’s selection in the vegan and gluten-free department were cookie dough and vanilla. I’m typically not too keen on cookie dough or vanilla. I’m more of a chocolate kind of gal. However, upon returning home, and opening the super cute box the cupcakes were housed in, I have fallen in love with cookie dough cupcakes and the Swirlz cupcake shop in general. The cupcake was sort of like a chocolate chip cupcake with a dollop of cookie dough in it and then topped with vanilla frosting and a cookie dough piece.

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The box
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The cupcakes: Mine are the bottom 3

The shop was super adorable and I am definitely feeling a second trip on a different day for another cupcake type. 😉

PS, I highly recommend this shop to any of my followers who are ever in my neck of the woods. Vegan or not, their cupcakes are to die for.

They are located at:  705 w. Belden, Chicago, IL 60614

Their website can be found here

If any of you have been there or are planning on making a trip, let me know.

Alicia

 

 

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The Top 100 Inspirational Weight Loss Bloggers

Hi, everyone. Look at me double posting. My life update post will be up in the next few days, however, I was checking my stats page this morning and saw that I had a lot of viewers that were referred to my blog by DietToGo.

Curious as to how that was, I clicked the link in my stats and was brought here

I immediately noticed that the post was entitled “The Top 100 Inspirational Weight Loss Bloggers You’ve Probably Never Heard Of (Until Now)” and got super stoked because people have noticed I exist and they think I’m decently cool.

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Your girl (me) was lucky enough to score spot #13 on that list (happens to be my favorite number too) and I’m just so happy/stoked/honored to be put on this list with so many other amazing bloggers.

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So, I recommend everyone check out DietToGo’s post and check out all of the other amazing bloggers who are also featured on the list. I know I did!

Anyway, I want to say again how excited I am that I was featured and want to thank Caitlin (author of the post) for taking the time to hand select my blog and to read some of my posts. It means so much

Talk to you all soon,

Alicia

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My all time Favorite Coffee Shops in San Diego

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Hi guys, so in case this hasn’t been prevalent, I Love coffee and whenever I can, I am trying new coffee shops and different things at these shops. So, I’m going to make a list of my top 5 favorite coffee shop in San Diego, and my favorite things from there. If anyone has any coffee shops that I should try in the San Diego, Phoenix, or Chicagoland areas please let me know!!

  1. Coffee and Tea Collective
  • Favorite thing:  Soy Latte
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  1.   Lestat’s Coffee House
  • Favorite thing: Vegan Cupcakes

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  1.   Heartwork Coffee Bar
  • Favorite thing: Soy Iced Mocha

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  1.   Dark Horse Coffee Roasters
  • Favorite thing: Iced Tea/ donuts (THEY ARE VEGAN!!!!!!)

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  1.   Cafe Italia
  • Favorite thing: Soy Mocha
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I didn’t take a picture of my coffee but this was about a block away from it

 

There you all have it… My favorites. Do you guys agree or have suggestions?

Let me know

Talk to you all soon

Alicia 🙂

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P.S. While searching for a featured image I found a bunch of hilarious coffee gifs and thought I would share

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My Happy Place

Do any of you have a place that you can go and be yourself and just totally relax? I hope you all do. Mine is my bed behind my computer screen blogging, however when I’m in San Diego, it’s a coffee shop in East Village San Diego. It’s called Coffee and Tea Collective and it is literally my favorite place. There is another C&T in North Park San Diego, but it’s always too crowded and too loud for me. Also, the one in East Village shares a space with a juice place called Juice Saves which has a menu filled with juices, kombucha,  and smoothies, which is perfect in San Diego. Typically when I’m at a coffee shop I’m there for hours on end doing homework, writing essays, studying, etc. and I typically eat something from both places.

For all of my San Diego Readers out there or those who happen to end up on my blog, here are some recommendations I have for you

Coffee and Tea Collective

  1. Black Iced Tea
  2. Soy Latte (they do adorable latte art)

Juice Saves

  1. Basic B*tch Smoothie
  2. Any on tap Kombucha they have

From my 4 months of living in SD I have been on a mission to find a safe ad quiet haven for blogging, doing homework, and getting my caffeine fix, and out of the countless coffee shops I have tried, this dynamic duo for sure takes the crown. Hope you all can try it and that you love C&T and Juice Saves as much as I do.

Talk to you all soon

Alicia

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P.S. My picture on the top of my blog was taken at C&T