Happy Veganniversary + Vegan Cookbook GIVEAWAY!

happy veganniversary

HAPPY NEW YEAR, FRIENDS!!! AND HAPPY VEGANNIVERSARY TO US! On this January 2, 2018, we celebrate 8 years being vegan!

We’re sure you’ve said or heard how much 2017 sucked…for so many reason. With all the bad there was, we had to say that there were some really good things to happen as well. For example, we got to attend Expo West and Expo East for another year. We signed a lease for V Marks the Shop‘s storefront. We had recipes published in a book (see below). So, it wasn’t THAT bad. We hope it wasn’t that bad for you either!

In addition, we saw A LOT of NEW in the world of vegan from the widening reach of veganism to brand new products hitting the shelves. More people across the globe are taking an interest in a more compassionate lifestyle for a variety of reasons from health to the environment. People are giving a damn, not just about what they eat, but where they shop, what they wear, how they engage with other beings, etc.

We’d like to think that two of the key factors have been technology and social media. While we’ll hold off on geeking out here, it’s hard not to see the truth. We’re seeing technology bring forth greater accessibility (but we got a long way to go) and social media connecting more folks. We’re learning, sharing, growing as a vegan community. With that, we have the ability to do the same with those who are interested.

The new year usually signifies changes, reboots, kickstarts, etc. For us, we’ve passed on resolutions but decided we do need to engage more in self care by treating our bodies better. If you’re reading this and you’re not vegan (yet), we hope we can help in some way by sharing recipes, photos, experiences and conversation.

To celebrate the new year and our 8th happy veganniversary, we’re proud to host a giveaway to win a copy of the Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook by Victoria Moran and JL Fields to which we’ve contributed recipes like Carm’s PB&J Sammie Smoothie and Carlo’ Sicilian Orange Salad!

Enter below for your chance to win! We’ll announce the winner here on the blog on February 1, 2018! (U.S. residents only…sorry!)

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May your 2018 be awesome and delicious! May we celebrate a “Happy Veganniversary” with you in 2019!

A Vegan Recap of The Food Duo’s Life

Ever have those times when “life just gets away from you?” Can life really “get away” like it’s in fear of US? NOPE! With that typed, let me, Carmella, share what Carlo and I have been  up to outside of being The Macaroon and The Artichoke. 

BUSINESS OWNERS: Yes, we’ve been the owners of V Marks the Shop for a few months now. Our teeny tiny business has been chugging right along. We’re learning and growing along the way! 

WHAT WOULD CARLO EAT: It’s coming back! That’s for sure! We recently shared a mini episode on YouTube.

The next “season” will kick off in the summer, because…you know…LIFE. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get the latest updates!

REVIEWS: We’ve got a STACK of cookbooks to review and share with you all. From Leilani Two-Moons’ Baconish to the Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking, we’ve got A LOT to read and cook! 

TRAVEL: Many of you know that V Marks the Shop will be based out of Philadelphia, PA. In addition to our weekly visits, we also are racking up miles for events for the rest of the year for us as The Food Duo and for V Marks the Shop.

EVENTS: Typing about events, did you hear/see us in action as HOSTS of The Philly MAC-Down on May 1st. It was our first-ever hosted event AND our first-ever vegan mac & cheese competition. We’re gearing up for the next food competition we’re hosting this summer AND a vegan pop-up market we’re starting in June! 


#VEGANFOODCHAT: The chat’s going strong. We’re over 2 years old with a great Twitter community of over 10,000. We’ve got a couple of great guests lined up, starting with Ravi and Natalie from iheartkeenwah.comih, and followed by Taylor from YoDish! We’re also back with Nurph. We’re updating our schedule with upcoming topics every Wednesday and Sunday evenings at 8pm ET/5pm PT

NEW FEATURE: We kicked off MVP FRIDAYS last month, and are bringing that back starting Friday, May 13th! Stay tuned on who we’ll introduce you to next!

RECIPES: We’re getting back into the kitchen hardcore! Carlo’s been playing around the idea of “vegan steaks” for dishes. I’ve been coming up with sides (like our Pineapple Fried Rice) and desserts. Who knows what will be posted and what won’t be. We’re testing away!


We thank you all for following our journey as we post away on social media and get back into the groove here at thefoodduo.com. 

Until our next post,
Carmella, aka The Macaroon and Vegan Girl Nerd


Enter our Happy Holidays Vegan Cookbook Contest!


Wow! We started 2015 stating it was “The Year of the Vegan.” If we had known then what we know now, we could have made it BIG as fortune tellers, right?

The rise of veganism in the mainstream has been tremendous from news coverage to the number of people adopting more compassionate, plant-based lifestyle. In no other area is that reflected than in the number of vegan cookbooks that have hit the shelves this year. As we enter into 2016, having new cookbooks to kick up our culinary game wouldn’t hurt, right?

With that, thanks to our friends at St. Martin’s Griffin and Vegan Heritage Press, you now have the chance to add one, two, three or FOUR vegan cookbooks to your collection. Up to 4 lucky winners will be drawn at random to win one of the following vegan cookbooks:

Vegan Bowls Cookbookvegan-richa-indian-kitchen

We’re excited to also mention that 3 of the 4 titles are by past guests of #VeganFoodChat!!!

Enter below between now and December 31st! We’ll announce the winner on our first #VeganFoodChat of 2016 on Sunday, January 3, 2016 between 8pm & 9pm ET!

Happy Holidays! Best Wishes! Good Luck!

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V Marks the Shop: Philadelphia’s Vegan Convenience Store

Have you heard the news? We, The Food Duo, are starting up a vegan business called V Marks the Shop! It will be a 100% vegan convenience store, based in Philadelphia, PA!

Our plans for the store are rolling out, but we need your help to make it all a reality for Philly and beyond (there will an online store too)! We have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $50,000. We know it’s a lofty goal, but we really believe that in order to bring something to a community, you need to have the community “all in.” We’re starting to see that happen now! We’d love for YOU to be a part of it

The mission of our store is rooted in “Community. Compassion. Convenience.” We see the store as being a community meeting place for vegans and non-vegans alike, spreading a message of compassion for all. It will also demonstrate that veganism is for everyone!


Please watch our video to learn more and then scroll down to see how you can help and be a part of our community convenience store in Philly and online!


  • If you are able to contribute, we’re offering a number of rewards to capture the community spirit with a zine, V Marks the Shop gear, treats (more coming), food crawl fun in Philly and more! 

    Any amount will greatly appreciated

  • If you’re unable to contribute, all we ask is that you share our campaign with your friends and community. This store will be for everyone! The more support we have, the merrier!

Thanks so much for your support and love. We look forward to seeing you at V Marks the Shop, whether in Philly or online!

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Get Ready for Vegan Halloween Fun!

Tonght’s #VeganFoodChat on Twitter is all about what’s deliciously spooky and ghoulishly fun! We’ll share vegan Halloween recipes, favorite candies and decorating tips that are 100% vegan and cruelty-free. We hope you’ll join us!


Can’t make it? No worries! We’ve put together a few resources to help you get your vegan Halloween game ready for trick-or-treaters, haunted houses and “Monster Mash” cooking.

The Ghoulish Gourmet by Kathy Hester of Healthy Slow Cooking is a great e-book chock full of vegan Halloween recipes like Witches’ Brew of Pumpkin Juice! This will be your go-to for “bewitching” party pleasures. You can order your copy at VeganHalloween.com and also get a few tips for your haunted holiday planning!

The Ghoulish Gourmet by Kathy Hester
Photo by Kathy Heste

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The VegNews Guide to Vegan Halloween Candy Not sure what to give to your neighborhood trick-or-treaters that’s 100% animal-free? This guide from VegNews Magazine will set you on the right track with a list of candy types and brands! 


Five Tips for a Joyful Halloween Our friends at Generation Veggie share a lot of great information for those raising plant-based families. This post puts parents at ease in getting the kids ready for a fun event


Guide to Vegan and Cruelty-Free Halloween Make-Up will help you put the finishing touches to your vegan Halloween costume

When in doubt, Pinterest it out! Pinterest has a lot of content and boards dedicated to celebrating a vegan Halloween. For example, Earth Balance shares a lot of delicious party recipes! We’re growing our Vegan Halloween Fun Pinterest board! Let us know what we should add! 

Follow The Food Duo’s board Vegan Halloween Fun! on Pinterest.

We hope you have a happy and safe vegan Halloween!

Be sure to also catch up on the #VeganFoodChat Halloween fun by catching our replay and continue the fun on Twitter and our new Facebook group!

In the comments, tell us what some of your favorite things about Halloween are!