WANTED: Contributors for this Year’s Vegan & Cruelty-Free Holiday Gift Guide!

The holidays will be here before we know it and I’m putting together this year’s Vegan & Cruelty-Free Holiday Gift Guide… but doing it a little differently!

I’ve met a lot of amazing vegan bloggers and companies over the last year and want to help support them!

So, this year, I am looking for 10 vegan bloggers to contribute items to the gift guide, in the form of a short, high quality video and/or image, and written description (no more than 200 words). All contributors will be fully credited for their submissions.

The product categories that will be included in the gift guide are:

  • Cosmetics
  • Hair care
  • Skincare
  • Body care
  • Snacks
  • Clothing and apparel
  • Subscription boxes
  • Deliverable gifts (think cookie boxes, meal services,etc.)
  • Health and #wellness
  • Other

If you’re a vegan company that sells any of the above, or a vegan blogger who would like to contribute, please send me a DM with your ideas on IG @ Vegantreasurehunter or email vegantreasurehunter@gmail.com.

All submissions will be subject to review and edited to create one cohesive gift guide. Submissions may not be accepted if the quality of the video/image or written description do not meet the requirements. All contributors will be required to share the guide on their IG.

Here’s to a happy holiday season!

The Green Cat Juice Bar and Market

Location:

3801 Pacific Ave.

Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451

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Atmosphere: Go put on a pair of (vegan) Birkenstocks, download The Doors Greatest Hits from iTunes, and roll up a fat… lettuce wrap on your way to the oceanfront.  This small restaurant/shop channels the hungry souls of Hendrix and Joplin, all while serving you a $9 smoothie.  The front end of the store sells vegan leather bags, jewelry, stationary, and other souvenirs. The restaurant’s menu is all vegan and organic, making ordering a simple task… or so I thought.  With a multitude of smoothies, smoothie bowls, salads, oatmeal options, and soups to choose from, I appreciated the friendly suggestions from the counter girl.  This place has windows throughout, so there’s  no shortage of sunshine… which adds to the overall relaxing and cheerful vibes.  There is patio section, with even more sunlight, and a small green house (What exactly are you growing in there, huh?)

Food:

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After deliberating  for quite some time, I decided on the “Sippin’ on Zen” smoothie, for $9.00 (no, that is not a typo), and the “No Chicken” Salad for $12.00. The smoothie was thick, flavorful, and an absolute treat.   Bananas, strawberries, almond milk, and agave made it sweet and fresh, while almond butter gave it a rich, smooth texture and taste.

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The salad was interesting. It was everything that you would find in a traditional chicken salad… like onion, tomato, celery, pepper, carrots, broccoli, and it even had raisins… only with no chicken. I was expecting a meat alternative to be in it, and I have to admit, I’m not the biggest fan of throwing sweet fruit into mixtures of savory ingredients. However,  the mix of the sweet raisins and savory vegetables in a creamy cashew dill dressing was actually pretty pleasant.  It was crunchy, tangy, and sweet… not at all what I expected, but shockingly good.

DIG IT OR DITCH IT?

For the hippy vibes, the fresh all vegan menu, and the overall groovy atmosphere of this place, I’ll say that there is vegan treasure here! I DIG IT! While this place is expensive, it wouldn’t be a daily (or even weekly) stop on my list… but for a fun, healthy spot to hit up while vacationing or hanging on the beach, this place is perfect.  Dab on some patchouli, dig out that tie dye t-shirt you made in 4th grade summer camp, and get your little hippie butt to The Green Cat and let me know what you liked best!