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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Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place February 23, 2010

I’ve seen these straws all over the blog world and I’d love to try them!


Katelyn February 23, 2010

Those straws are so cool! I have been intrigued ever since I first saw them in the blog world.


Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday February 23, 2010

I would love love love to win a gift certificate. That straw is soo cool.


Carla February 23, 2010

Angela, I have a major thing for kitchen gadgets as well as smoothies and Green Monsters. The gift certificate from Glass Dharma would be exceptionally amazing for me! :) Almost as amazing as the Glo Bars I just received… delish!


Mel February 23, 2010

What a neat idea–glass straws!
I’m wondering how your parm compares to the supermarket vegan parm sold in the shaker. I forget what kind we have, but it has a green label.


Christina February 23, 2010

That pasta looks so delicious!
Those straws are very cool and I would love to try one out!


Hillary B February 23, 2010

those straws are SO COOL! I would love to win! Also I am def. going to try that vegan parm cheese!


Kris February 23, 2010

I have never heard of a glass straw! That is so cool! Love it!!


Lisa (bakebikeblog) February 23, 2010

I am definitely going to give this parmesan ‘cheese’ a try – what a great idea! I just need to find nutritional yeast in Aust!


Stacy February 23, 2010

I am soooo happy to be at work on the west coast right now and not snowed in at home on the east coast!

I must go through 10 straws a day… I drink everything through a straw, even coffee. Glass straws are such a great idea!


Carolyn February 23, 2010

I want one!!


page February 23, 2010

i would love to have one of these glass straws!!
i enjoy many a green monster and i love to drink them with straws. i almost always think of the waste i am contributing with my straws and wish they were recyclable or there was another option. i would use that $25 to get myself a glass straw and further reduce my carbon footprint. hey, every little bit helps!!


maren February 23, 2010

would love to win the glass straws!! my shakes would be all the better :)


Janna (Just Flourishing) February 23, 2010

Oh boo snow!

Would love to try out glass straws! Question – can they be hand washed? I don’t have a dishwasher!


Jen B February 23, 2010

I’ve NEVER see anything like that! Did it get cold?!


Jade February 23, 2010

What an awesome idea! I know that corn straws have been developed that may be composted, but reusing straws is an even better method to reduce waste!


Jackie February 23, 2010

I would love to try those! I have very sensitive teeth and I use a straw for everything I drink.


Jenny (Green Food Diaries) February 23, 2010

wow, i never realized all those straws from fast food restaurants must add up… this is great.


ikkinlala February 23, 2010

Those straws look great!


Angie (Losing It and Loving It) February 23, 2010

Love the glass straw! I have hard plastic ones that I reuse all the time but this would be even better. His prices are so affordable.

The vegan parm sounds good!


Jenny February 23, 2010

I love straws! Everything just goes down so much smoother :)


Angi February 23, 2010

Those are so cool! I am a straw user and I think this would be a great way to reduce the amount of waste I create by using plastic straws!


Emily February 23, 2010

Such a chic way to have fun with Green Monsters! I want some!


Annie February 23, 2010

Carlos (my cat) asked me to request Sketchie pics, lol


Elizabeth February 23, 2010

I love these glass straws, and I love hearing about people livin’ the dream. :) Thanks for the chance to win.


Emily February 23, 2010

What a fun idea! :)


Kate February 23, 2010

Glass straws! I’ heard of metal ones, but glass seems brilliant. So eco-friendly.


Brooke February 23, 2010

A glass straw? What a fabulous idea!! I <3 it!


Hilary February 23, 2010

i absolutely MUST use a straw to drink my green monsters, and i hate wasting so many plastic ones! i’d been wondering about reusable straws that weren’t plastic, but had never heard of these glass ones. amazing idea!


Meg February 23, 2010

I’ve been wanting to try the stainless steel straws like Tina uses on Carrots and Cake, but I think the glass ones may be prettier! I’d love to try them!


Gina G February 23, 2010

those straws are so neat! love them =)


britt February 23, 2010

i’m drinking a green monster as i type this and would love to drink it through a glass straw! i love the idea of glass straws because regular straws seem so wasteful so i never buy them.


Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) February 23, 2010



Laura February 23, 2010

I was just looking on amazon for either glass or metal straws….hoping I will win the gift certificate to be able to purchase one!!


Mallory February 23, 2010

wow, how cool is his story?!?

would LOVE to win this one :)


Kristina February 23, 2010

I have wanted a glass straw for a couple years now…

and I think tonight I may try your “parm” cheese !! :)


jean February 23, 2010

I would love to drink my smoothies with this straw!!!!!


Laura E February 23, 2010

Thanks so much for the opportunity! I would love to have those straws!


Jennie February 23, 2010

I’d love to win a glass straw! They’re so pretty!


Susan February 23, 2010

oh my gosh! i’ve been dying for glass straws. I hope I win! :)


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