Glass Dharma Giveaway

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on February 23, 2010

*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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Marie-France April 24, 2014 at 11:55 am

Was starting to be concious of the effect all the smoothies I drink could have on my teeth but hate the idea of throwing out so many plastic straw out there. This is the perfect solution!!!


Cheri May 13, 2014 at 12:17 pm

I got your cookbook this week. Between the blog and the cookbook, I have only eaten your recipes this week. I might be converted. Stay the course, Angela, you are doing us an amazing service.


Laura July 9, 2014 at 10:18 pm

I apologize if this has been asked before, but how should the sesame seeds be toasted?


Barbara July 29, 2014 at 10:57 am

Do you have to cool the roasted seeds before blending?


Linda January 20, 2015 at 8:42 am

I’ve been looking at the stainless steel straws, but I *much* prefer glass – these ones are absolutely STUNNING!!


Linda January 21, 2015 at 5:23 pm

Vegan parm is YUMMY!! Thanks so much!
Just wondering what the life expectancy is (I assume it doesn’t require refrigeration)


amy January 21, 2015 at 8:23 pm

love the 3-Minute Vegan Parm Recipe! Thank you…!!!!!!!!!!!


carol February 4, 2015 at 2:43 pm

Just discovered your site & I am quite excited to try your delicious looking recipes.

Love the idea of thte glass straws.


Amanda February 20, 2015 at 11:52 am

Would love to try these glass straws. I already drink from a glass, but can’t seem to escape the plastic straws. Looking forward to using these. :-)


Valery February 24, 2015 at 1:13 pm

I think things taste better if you use special dishes, cups, glasses and straws. Bring it on!


Laura January 29, 2016 at 7:44 pm

I’m a diabetic vegan and can’t wait to make this. Other recipe I’ve tried have been disappointing. Thank you Angela. I love your books.


Karen January 10, 2017 at 4:49 pm

I haven’t used straws for years due to the whole plastic thing, so these glass strqws would be a real treat! I’m going to make some of that “Parmesan” as soon as I can get out to buy nutritional yeast. Thanks for both the recipe and the straw giveaway opportunity-much appreciated.


daisy skinner January 20, 2017 at 9:51 am

hi there! i just found you at Whole Foods market by your book. Came online to check your site out and am a fan already. i’ve been vegetarian for over 45 years and raised my kids this way also. now playing with vegan cooking and loving it. thank you for all of your recipes and adorable blog. you are now in my favorites and tonight making either Italian Bean Balls and Spaghetti Squash or Lemon Dill Tofu with steamed vegis or salad. sooooo much to choose from. thanks so much!!! daisy


Linda Coomans February 15, 2017 at 1:10 am

Love the glass straws! Just returned from five weeks in Vietnam and was instantly transported mentally to Thailand, Malaysia and Central America. These countries have a plastic crisis on their hands which mars their beautiful beaches and countrysides. We all need to give a global thank you to David for making these glass straws. There must be a way to make them appealing and cost effective for restaurants and bars on a global basis. My thanks for his ingenuity and to you for spreading the word. Good work.


Cindy Hayen June 24, 2018 at 11:01 am

We make this over and over again in our household. It goes by the name of ‘Crack’ here since it is so addictive and we put it on everything!


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