Glass Dharma Giveaway


*waves hello*

I had such a ball reading your comments in my post on foods you loved as a kid. I think I added about 50 more to my list after reading yours. I can’t believe some of us ate the same things- like sugar sandwiches!?! ;)  I think kids lose their teeth for a reason…

Looky who finally got some snow…


Comfort food coming right up…!


Rotini Tomato Pasta with 3 Minute Vegan Parmesan Cheese

I am not a huge pasta fan, but once in a while I do get a craving for it. One thing I have not had since going vegan is Parmesan Cheese. I was excited to find out that making a vegan version is really simple and involves just three ingredients and takes less than 5 minutes! The recipe I used is from Veg Family.

Vegan Parmesan Cheese ingredients:

Directions: Toast sesame seeds until lightly browned and then throw all ingredients into a blender. Process for 30-60 seconds. Enjoy your vegan parmesan cheese!

[Recipe Source]

I cannot even tell you how excited I am over this!!!


It didn’t taste exactly like Parmesan cheese, but I loved it just the same. It made the pasta come alive! I can already see myself sprinkling this on soups, casseroles, lasagna, etc. YUM!


With pita wedges:

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You will not regret making this…trust me on this one!

Eric LOVED it…said he liked it just as much, if not more than Parmesan.


 More exciting things…



David Leonhardt from Glass Dharma recently sent me some of his hand-made glass straws to review. I was really excited to try out these straws given how many Green Monsters and juices that I drink each week.

Hello, my name is David Leonhardt.

I’ve been a lampworker (glassblower) for over 10 years. My wife, Gail & I recently moved from the Sacramento, CA area, to our dream of living on the Mendocino Coast. 

I started doing some work for a local glass shop in town and noticed that the owner had glass drinking straws for sale. I had never heard of these before and I am always intrigued by something made out of glass that I hadn’t thought of.  I was struck by the unique elegance in such a simple item. 

I immediately recognized that here was a partial solution to our “plastics problem”.  Now, granted, there are a lot more plastics in our world than just drinking straws, but bear with me a minute and let me put things in perspective … As of March 2008, McDonald’s serves an average of 52 million meals PER DAY!  (Per their website) How many of those served do you think were given a plastic straw?  I hope it is becoming obvious just how big of a problem these pesky little plastic straws can be.  Remember, this is just from McDonalds!! 

Crazy, eh?

Nothing makes me more happy than seeing people follow their dreams! Rock on David.


Today I would like to review the Beautiful Bend Glass Dharma Straw.


In the juice: 1 pear, 1 carrot, 1 cuke, 1 piece ginger…down (up?) the tube!


My review:

I fell in love with the straws as soon as I saw them. They give such a fun elegance to any drink and it made my juice experience really fun. The best part about the straws is that David offers a Lifetime Guarantee Against Breakage which makes the straws risk free. They are also dishwasher safe, which is nice, because we all do enough dishes! I think these straws would make a unique gift for yourself or a loved one- maybe a Green Monster lover, perhaps?

Would you like a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Glass Dharma???

Simply leave one comment below. Open to CAD or US residents only please. Contest ends Thursday Feb. 25th at 8am EST! Goodluck!!


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EaterNotARunner February 23, 2010

Those straws are beautiful, what a great idea!


Jenn @ Livewellfit February 23, 2010

Comfort food all the way! We are supposed to get snow through the night here in Boston so we are prepping early by creating a comfort dinner ourselves. Though tonight we are going sweet potato syle! Nothin like it :)

I am just loving the Size Healthy links! Thank you for passing all of the goodness on.


Diane February 23, 2010

Love those straws and your comfort food is looking delicious :) I wish I could still get excited about snow…here in Pennsylvania we’re pretty much covered in it, and supposed to get more soon!


Heather (Where's the Beach) February 23, 2010

Well it looks like parm at least. Wish I had some sesame seeds on hand to make this tonight. It’d go perfect with what I’m making.


kt February 23, 2010

Those are so cool! Now I may just go make some pasta… rotini sounds divine.


Kelly Mc February 23, 2010

A new smoothie-lover and an iced coffee fiend…I would love that straw!

(Yes- PA has had ENOUGH snow…and forecast says more for wed!)


sarah (shep) February 23, 2010

i’m currently on a mission to find nutritional yeast and i will not back down until i do! also, those straws look awesome!


Dawn (HealthySDLiving) February 23, 2010

Not a huge pasta fan? Mmm I have to limit my pasta intake–love it way too much!
I’ve seen so many blogs with those straws and have been dying to get one!


Shannon February 23, 2010

ooh, i’ve been eyeing those straws, they seem like such a good idea!!


Jamie @ Tearaveler February 23, 2010

Yay hockey!!! I cannot WAIT for the showdown between Canada and the US on Thursday for women’s hockey – I grew up playing with three of the girls – the Lamoureux twins and Marvin – so it’s just that much more exciting for me =).

And the glass straw is such a unique and sustainable idea! Would love to win one =)


liane February 23, 2010

The glass straw looks so elegant!
I had never heard of nutritional yeast before last week, and now I keep reading about it. I feel like this is the next thing I need to try.


Katy ( The Balanced Foodie ) February 23, 2010

I would love to win! I have been wanting glass straws, I need straws badly but just can’t make myself buy the plastic ones. It feels so wasteful! I also love their story, so great!


Monica February 23, 2010

That pasta looks delicious! I love how you come up with such creative recipes, and vegan alternatives. It makes me want to go vegan all the way, there is so much variety!

Canada better kick some serious butt tonight!

The glass straws look very chic.


Eve February 23, 2010

You’re going to have a zillion entries for this! I have been ogling those straws for forever now, ever seen I saw them on Green + Crunchy. They are gorgeous! And, they would do wonders for preventing my ever present (kidding!) green monster mustache! :)


Ryan @ Greens for Good February 23, 2010

I love Glass Dharma straws! I have 4 of the beautiful bends for smoothies and use them every single day. It’d be amazing to add some of the regular beautiful bends to my collection though!


Allison @ Food For Healing February 23, 2010

I really want to try glass straws, I have never been able to find any anywhere, and that would be such a good thing, and you dont throw them away after each use, eco-friendly, hello! I LOVE IT.

we got a little bit of snow a few days ago, but this week is supposed to warm up just over zero Celsius, I can’t wait! beautiful Sask weather


Aleksandra S February 23, 2010

Hi Angela – longtime reader, first-time commenter.

Let me start by saying zomg I love your blog and your tweets. You are so unbelievably sweet and very “real” in what you tell people. Keep it up!

My thoughts on the glass straw? LOVE! I love drinking out of straws but feel so badly because most straws are made of plastic and can only be washed and re-used so many times. I always feel so guilty throwing them out so something like this would be a great addition to my budding kitchen.

Good luck to all!



Sarah R February 23, 2010

Oh my goodness!! I’ve seen Tina (carrot ‘n cake) using glass straws for months and wondered where I could get them. Too cool!


Lauren February 23, 2010

Those straws are awesome! I’d love to try them out (and stop wasting so much plastic).


Meg @ Be Fit Be Full February 23, 2010

Those straws are a fantastic idea! I drink my coffee out of a straw almost everyday and always feel like I’m wasting so much plastic. So fun!


Katherine M. February 23, 2010

I normally don’t use a straw to drink my daily green monsters but having a glass one would be great!


Joy February 23, 2010

I love those straws – I am going to have to get the dot ones!


Anna February 23, 2010

I would loooooove one of these! I love handmade glass, it’s so beautiful.


Heather February 23, 2010

Oooh I would love to use glass straws!!!

LOL @ Eve – the green monster mustache — too true!


Chelsea February 23, 2010

I can’t wait to try the “parm”. Yom.

The glass straw is awesome. I love that they have a lifetime guarantee.


Juie February 23, 2010

Wow!!!! That’s so cool!! I wonder what this world will invent next! HAHA!


Raw Candy February 23, 2010

Cool — I so want one of these straws, given I make smoothies and juice every day! Down with plastic.


Jaclyn February 23, 2010

Ooh, I always see these straws in pictures but never knew where to get them! Even if I don’t win I think I’ll buy a few.


Courtney February 23, 2010

i LOVE those straws!! I make homemade fresh lemonade every week and drink it with a straw! It would make me feel classy and green (earth green, for not wasting plastic. not GREENgreen!!)


Crystal February 23, 2010

I’ve seen glass straws on a few blogs and have wanted some ever since … I so want to win this :)


Elysha February 23, 2010

As a daily smoothie drinker, I would love to use these glass straws instead of plastic ones!!


Rebekah February 23, 2010

I just learned about these straws a short while ago! I totally would love some! I currently just rinse out my plastic straw I use at home! (The glass straws are also sitting in my wishlist :-)


Sharon February 23, 2010

I’m so in love with these straws. I don’t buy bottled water, send my kids to school with litterless lunches…and yet I never gave a second thought to straws. I most definitely will now. Thank you for the contest and also for bringing up something I had never considered before – and once you see something, you can’t unsee it.


Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty February 23, 2010

I want one of these soooooooo bad!!!! I looove them!! I know I just won a giveaway on your blog, but here’s hoping I can go for #2!!! haha :)


Cassie February 23, 2010

Ohhhh wow, they’re gorgeous! Good for David for doing something that he LOVES. :)
(Can’t wait for the game tonight..! C’mon boys! Also, love your quote. :) )


Aneta February 23, 2010

the glass straws are great! with my new found love of Green Monsters, I would use them every day!!!! yay for giveaways!


Allie (Live Laugh Eat) February 23, 2010

I am itching to try nutritional yeast!! I love cheezy things :)


Samantha February 23, 2010

Oh my gosh my mouth just left drool all over the keyboard. Ha, not really but almost! That pasta looks so yummy. I’ve been seeing glass straws and think they are soo cool!


LindsayH February 23, 2010

ooooh ive been wanting some of those straws for a while now, ever since i saw them over on Green & Crunchy. if she trusts them enough to give to her kids, i know they must be awesome.

ive made vegan parm with walnuts (i think that is what the commercial brand Parma! uses). i just picked up everyday raw today and he uses pine nuts. ill have to try some other fat:nooch combos.


Alexis February 23, 2010

The amount of plastic in the world never ceases to astound me – it’s scary from an environmental and health perspective. That straw looks awesome.


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