Glass Dharma Giveaway


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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…

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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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Rebekah February 24, 2010

Glass straws….what will they think of next. Very beautiful, I love them!


Anne P February 24, 2010

I would love a glass straw!! Straws make drinks way more fun :)


Tracey February 24, 2010

Those straws are great! Everything I drink is normally with a straw so this would make me feel so much better about using them. Would love to get at least 1!


Amanda L February 24, 2010

I would love to win those straws. I love using straws but always feel bad about the environmental impact of throwing them out.


Michelle February 24, 2010



Beki February 24, 2010

Those are the coolest straws ever!! I’ve never seen glass straws before. I would love to buy some of those.


courtney February 24, 2010

I pretty much only drink from a straw, and specifically buy glasses/waterbottles that come with reusable straws… The idea of glass straws is awesome, and I could use any glass! Cool giveaway, I hope I win :)


Monica February 24, 2010

How great! I’d love those!


Amy R. February 24, 2010

I’ve never seen these before! Loving the simplicity, and I’m grateful to have your “place” to go to each morning – it’s a lovely break from work!


Dani February 24, 2010

Mmm.. I love pasta.. am definitely going to have to try out the vegan parm soon!

I really like the idea of resuable straws.. plus they’re cute! :)


Lauren February 24, 2010

The vegan parm sounds interesting. All these vegan recipes make me contemplate going vegan. (I’m not even vegetarian right now…). I know there are definite health benefits. Last night I asked my boyfriend if he would still love me if I was a vegan (jokingly, of course). He shrugged his shoulders and said it didn’t matter to him.

Are those glass straws easily breakable? Reusable straws is a clever idea, but how functional might they be in a commercial setting (i.e., a restaurant)?


Jen M February 24, 2010

I love drinking with straws, but hate the waste of using them regularly. This would be ideal!


Jess - The Domestic Vegan February 24, 2010

Such a fantastic idea!! I’d love to have these straws!

I make vegan Parmesan cheese similar to the recipe you posted, but it uses almonds instead of sesame seeds & has a little miso added. YUM!


Nancy February 24, 2010

I would love to buy one of these straws. I have been wanting one for a while, but haven’t taken the plunge.


Ashley February 24, 2010

Oh my gosh, I have been dying to try those straws! Being a broke college student means that they’ve been pushed to the bottom of my list for awhile.


Ursula February 24, 2010

Great idea!


Kim February 24, 2010

I love these straws and would love to win!


Stephanie February 24, 2010

The straws look amazing! What a great idea!


Mandiee February 24, 2010

enter me, please :) i love the idea that we’re saving plastic by using them!


nadia February 24, 2010

what a great idea! perfect for green monsters…


Carbzilla February 24, 2010

That’s a fine piece of glass – hope to win me some!


Trisha February 24, 2010

How fun! I think I’d start drinking everything from a straw if I had one of these!


Amie February 24, 2010

I love the parm idea! I put it on stuff more for the texture than for the exact taste, so I think this would be a perfect substitute for me. What a great idea to make glass straws! I wonder how they feel on your teeth?


CB February 24, 2010

How cool are the straws!?! So stylish and a plus for the environment.


Sara February 24, 2010

Love the straws!! I’m entering on behalf of my environmental conscious – I’ve worked with animals in many capacities and straws are always no-no’s in any establishment because so many of them end up inside animals! I drink a green monster everyday so these straws would come in good use… currently don’t use a straw but that means I practically inhale the smoothie… and I hear slow and steady does it?!


Ruslana February 25, 2010

I would loooooove one of these!


Brianna Jauregui February 25, 2010

pretty cool straw… i love straws because I have braces!!! =)


Ben Bach February 25, 2010

Great straws!


Katie February 25, 2010

Great idea! I’ve seen glass straws on carrotncake and thought they were such a good idea!


Amy @ Everything is Homemade February 26, 2010

I already commented and I know the contest is over, but I just wanted to let you know that I made the vegan Parmesan cheese last night and it was super good! I think I’ll be making that quite often from now on. Thanks for sharing the recipe.


Lexi February 26, 2010

oooo me!


Amy April 8, 2010

I would love one of those straws! I’ve been eyeing them forever! :)


Annie June 26, 2010

If it isn’t too late I would LOVE the possibility to win the certificate! xoxo


Annie June 26, 2010

I don’t know how in the world I wound up on a specific post from so long ago! I thought I clicked on the second page of posts but this is from a while ago.
Lol thinking I could win a contest from Feb ;)


Jess June 3, 2012

I made this 3 minute parmesan and I have to say – I like it even better than parmesan cheese! It is sooo delicious.


Laura Inman February 1, 2013

My mother collects glass straws and I really loved drinking out of them as a child. It just made juice and cookies so fancy :-)


Devra February 4, 2013

What a neat idea! I love the notion of cutting down on waste, and I have to admit that I do use straws. Smoothies just taste better when being slurped up instead of spooned. Anyway I can still enjoy the straw effect and cut down on waste is a win-win in my book!


M Elizabeth Fawcett February 9, 2013

Thank you for the wonderful recipe! Was looking for a nut free option of the cheese and this fits the bill!!

Re the glass straws….I have several….I love them. The clean easily with a little brush….they are amazing in smoothies (wide enough so your cheeks don’t cave in when you are trying to drink!! LOL) and I feel better knowing that I am not contributing to the landfill. I bought my first one a couple of years back…but dropped it, while on my way out, on my cement porch in – 40 weather…and it broke…I was SOOOO sad. So I purchased a few more. I have been extolling the straws’ virtues…and my adult children are eying them as are my friends (actually one of my friends actually bought one after trying mine!!). So Readers, if you are wondering if you should buy one….if you don’t win one…….YES!!! They are amazing! They would also make awesome gifts….I know that is my plan!


Kelly December 16, 2013

What a really cool idea!


Joyce February 19, 2014

Glass Straws,
A great substitute for teeth whitening chemicals and agony!
Great for the environment and our smiles!
Wonderfully supportive information, thank you for sharing, which I will now do with friends.
Sincerely yours,


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