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Eat Here : PositiviTea

20 Dec


New Jersey has really been stepping up its veg game as of late. Which is good cuz in my humble, everything else about NJ is straight, half steppin as of late.

NJ is a crazy place, it’s just nuts. I guess you kind of have to live here to get the full on ‘Jersey Experience’ which is not all that fun at times and never for the faint of heart.

With that said, if you do end up in my state and manage to navigate your way around without having a heart attack or losing a rim, tire or suspension on one of our infamous pot holes…you must check out PositiviTea.

Nestled in downtown Verona, this little spot is truly a gem. Wraps, burgers, waffles, teas and soft serve make this the perfect place to eat till your vegan hearts content. Their burgers are black bean based, their wraps are made with a chickpea based protein and their soft serve in N’Ice Cream, which is off the hook.

Everyone that works at PositiviTea is nice and the place is always clean. Their produce and food are all top-notch (think Whole Foods produce) and everything is prepared fresh to order.

I have been going here almost once a week lately since it’s only like 5 miles from my house. The food is consistently good and I have navigated my way thru many of their meals but I will say their ‘Drunkin Chicken’ is my favorite. And since we all know I can’t say no to sweets, for dessert, I go with an ‘All Jersey’ N’Ice cream sundae.

So next time you find yourself in NJ do yourself a favor, stay of out of the left lane then head to PositiviTea ๐Ÿ˜‰


550 Bloomfield Avenue Verona NJ 07044 (973) -239 -2020

Monday thru Friday – 11am – 9pm Saturday 10am – 9pm Sunday 10am – 6pm

Stay Chizzle,




Meatless In New Jersey : Unity Charter School.

16 Feb

‘The Unity Charter School Lunch Program…thinking outside the lunchbox.’

Impressive sums up the lunch program and the work that goes behind it at the Unity Charter School in Morris Plains, New Jersey. I mean this lunch program is so THOROUGH it just puts any and everything else to shame. From zero waste to sustainability, this strictly vegetarian lunch program not only fills the kids bellies up with healthy food but it also educates them as to where their food comes from. From top to bottom, the effects of what we eat all get covered in this utterly impressive lunch program.

The school encourages their students to eat lower on the food chain. They are taught the effects of factory farming, the negative effects it has on the land and on the environment. They are taught about pollution and waste and learn that if they eat lower on the food chain, they can avoid hurting the planet in those ways. Sustainability, nutrition and life long positive eating habits are all taught and learned at the Union Charter School.

This years meals are provided by the Simply Gourmet, they serve up kid friendly, nutritionally sounds meals. All waste will be scraped into compost bins where it will then be usedย  as organic fertilizer in the school’s organic garden which doubles up as a teaching garden for kids to learn. From beginning to end, this plan is just so on point.

I have no kids so I am very much out of the loop when it comes to what goes on at schools these days. I do know that our children are establishing awful eating habits way younger and also becoming obese at alarming rates. By educating them in the fashion, in school, in real life situations and by showing them why they are eating what they are eating, can and will change the world. Without a doubt. I think this program is ingenious and I only hope more schools follow in the Union Charter School’s footsteps.

Read More Below…

http://www.unitycharterschool.org/vegetarian-lunch-program All About The Unity Charter School Vegetarian Lunch Program.

http://www.simplygourmetlunches.com/ Simply Gourmet.

How To Help Those Effected By Sandy.

5 Nov

So it has been 1 week since this storm wiped our coast line off the face of the Earth. Not only is the coast line gone, towns inland like Little Ferry and Manville have been totally decimated. Staten Island looks like a war zone, FEMA Aid finally arrived over the weekend but there are still millions without power and we now have this gas ration situation going on. I have seen 100’s of trucks coming into NJ from Ohio, Missouri and Michigan to help us get it together and I sincerely thank them.

If you would like to help out those who have been effected by Sandy, I have done some research to give you LEGIT places to donate food, clothing and money to. I already came across some scam sites on the net. Very sad people are trying to make a profit off this disaster. Some people here lost everything, they need the food banks and shelters. Add to that the millions of people without power who in turn cannot cook and do not have heat. Trust me, this is no pity party going on over here, we want nothing more to clean this mess up and keep it moving.

Below I have links to the Humane Society which has set up at 24 hour hot line to reunite people with their pets. There is also information about shelters that can hold people’s pets while they figure out their living situation. Red Cross is on the scene here, please consider donating to them. They are running shelters and offering medical services all over NJ and NY. And since all the shelters are full, they are obviously in need of food. I have attached a link to places in Bergen County where you can drop off food, cleaning supplies, paper goods and other items. Lastly, Feeding America is collecting food and water to bring to this area, so far they have already hauled 73 truckloads of food to those effected in these parts.

Thanks for reading and we will be back to ‘normal’ (whatever the heck that is) tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

http://www.humanesociety.org/ Humane Society. A pop up will open for you to donate to Sandy victims. Here is the link to the hotline they put in place as well… http://www.humanesociety.org/news/press_releases/2012/11/nj-sandy-pets-hotline-110212.html

http://www.redcross.org/ Red Cross. You can donate right on the front page. They also are in desperate need of blood donations.

http://www.nj.com/bergen/index.ssf/2012/11/where_to_donate_to_bergen_county_victims_of_hurricane_sandy.html Places in NJ you can drop off new clothing, food and cleaning products.

Mount Pleasant Animal Shelter.

10 Oct

The Mount Pleasant Animal Shelter is located in East Hanover, NJ. It is a non-for profit, privately funded shelter that does not euthanize any animal due to ‘over crowding’. Mount Pleasant Animal Shelter is active in the local community where they push their messages of spay/neuter, adoption and of course putting an end to the homeless pets situation.

They have many animals for adoption at the shelter and they are open 7 days a week for adoptions. If you are looking for a specific breed of dog they will find it for you. You can adopt any type of dog these days, no need to go to a breeder, everything is for adoption now, it is not like it used to be. Mount Pleasant also hosts fund raisers and other events to help their shelter but donations are always welcome.

You can check their website for events, adoptable pets and other information.

Mount Pleasant Animal Shelter. 194 Rt 10 West. East Hanover, NJ. 07936. 973-386-0590. It Is Literally Behind PetSmart, In The Back Lot.

http://www.njshelter.org/ Homepage.

Please Help New Jersey’s Horses.

15 Sep

I know that most of you reading this blog are not from New Jersey and I know deep down inside that most of you are saying ‘THANK GOODNESS.’ ‘BETTER YOU THAN ME’ and ‘HELL NO I AM NOT FROM JERSEY’. So if we can redirect our hate towards this state for one minute and help out our equine friends, that would be rad. Sure NJ gets super bad rap cuz all the rest of the world sees is Jersey Shore (trash), Real Housewives of New Jersey (UBER trash), Jerseylicious (you gotta be kidding me). Add to that all the bad press we get for being violent (Newark and Camden, thanks), dirty (Superfund sites galore) and obnoxious (we are not all like that) and you have a recipe for disaster. In actuality yes, parts of Jersey are super hood, super dirty and yes a lot of people here are super rude but once you get past that nonsense, New Jersey is a mind blowingly beautiful state full of horses. Yes you read that last word right, NJ is full of horses. I actually grew up in ‘horse country’ so this bill that has landed on Governor Chris Christie’s lap is very important to me and many of my friends here in New Jersey.

NJ Bill A2023 has been passed through legislation already where is was approved, now all we need is Mr. Christie to sign it. This bill will effectively end horse slaughter for human consumption here in NJ. It will also ban the sale of horse meat and parts as well as banning the transport of live horses for slaughter purposes. This is an awesome bill that covers all the bases, there are no loop holes to get through, this bill sounds like it protects the horses through and through. The USA does not actually slaughter horses for human consumption but they are sent to Canada and Mexico where the slaughters are legally allowed.

This bill is imperative at this time in this economy. With so many people going belly up, they are being forced to sell their horses at auctions when in actuality these horses are healthy and in great condition and they should be adopted to rescue groups or placed on farms where people have room. Something like 92% of all the horses that go to slaughter are in good condition, that is just straight up WRONG. So please help us out here in Jersey by supporting this bill. You can contact Governor Chris Christie at 1-866-692-7270 and tell him to sign the bill and save the horses. Mr. Christie himself lives in Mendham, smack in the middle of the most beautiful part of NJ, full of horses. Now we must apply the pressure for him to do the right thing.

Read More About This Below…


The Thick And Thin Of Us All.

15 Aug

2011’s fattest and slimmest states according to BMI have been announced and leading the battle of the bulge for the 6th straight year is the state of Mississippi. Texas rounds out the Top 10 list that looks a little something like this…

1. Mississippi 34.9

2. Louisiana 33.4

3. West Virinia 32.4

4. Alabama 32.0

5. Michigan 31.3

6. Oklahoma 31.1

7. Arkansas 30.9

8. Indiana (tie) 30.8

8. South Carolina 30.8

10. Kentucky (tie) 30.4

10. Texas 30.4

Now on the flip side of the coin we have the trimmest states and although we give them props for being on the bottom of the bad list, their percentages are still nothing to write home about. Even the slimmest state for the second year has almost a 21% obesity situation going on. The bottom half looks something like this…

1. Colorado 20.7

2. Hawaii 21.8

3. Massachusetts 22.7

4. New Jersey (tie) 23.7

4. District of Columbia 23.7

5. California 23.8

6. Utah 24.4

7. New York (tie) 24.5

7. Connecticut 24.5

7. Nevada 24.5

As we all know there are a multitude of issues that come with being obese, from diabetes to heart attacks obese people are more prone to it all. That is the bad news and for some more bad news real the image below. But there is good news, as we know it can all be changed with daily exercise and a plant based diet ๐Ÿ™‚

Tasty Treats Review: Papa Ganache.

26 Jun

So my date with Papa Ganache had been a long time coming. I don’t live close to nor do I frequent the Jersey Shore so getting there was always totally out of my way. Then my parents decided to move down the shore and viola, I was to be passing right by the exit for Keyport, the town where this fabulous little vegan bakery is located. Everything they offer is vegan but they also serve up some gluten and sugar-free options. They also use organic ingredients as much as possible.

Tucked away down by the water, Papa Ganache is a vegan bakery with a heart.ย  Not only do they serve up some of the best vegan treats ever, they also run the Papa Ganache Project which helps at risk youths and families learn how to overcome their challenges and build upon their life skills. So not only are you support the vegan game you are also help others. When I walked in I just wanted one of everything so I tried 6 different cupcakes and some of this delicious ‘yodel’ type roll cake. Everything was better than the next, the Peanut Butter Cup, What’s Up Bunny (carrot cake) and a Mint Chocolate one were my favorites. I didn’t get around to trying the muffins or other pastries they offer but I will next time.

So if you plan on hitting the Jersey Shore this summer be sure you stop off in Keyport and grab some vegan treats for your ride. They will be moving to Main St in Matawan this summer but remain open in their Keyport location for now. Support your local vegan businesses ๐Ÿ™‚

Papa Ganache. 25 Church St. Keyport, NJ. 07735. 732-217-1750. Open Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm. Saturday 9am-6pm. Sunday 9am-3pm. Closed Mondays.

http://www.papaganache.com/ Papa Ganache Homepage.

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