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Coffee Tea?! My Coffee Secret

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NCDT (National Coffee Data Trends) have reported that as much as 67% of Americans drink coffee on a daily basis.  That amount increases to 75% when determining the amount of adults who drink coffee on a weekly basis.  One lesser know fact is that the global coffee market is expected to reach 182 billion by the year 2030.  What is it about that little dark bean, available in so many varieties, that cause people to be unable to go about their daily lives without it?  It must be the flavor as some people swear by coffees made in various countries.  If it's not Columbian or Jamaican coffee, some will not even touch the mug.  Then there are the coffee chain fan clubs who must have their daily Starbucks or Tim Horton's signature espresso in the morning.  Let's be real, the taste of coffee isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially when dark.  Quite possibly, it may be the alertness that coffee provides after consumption which have some people hooked.   The alertness and

Remembering Queen Elizabeth! Making her pancake recipe

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One day after the last Green News Guide article was written, Queen Elizabeth II passed away peacefully on September the 8 th .  I always thought that the Queen would live past the age of 100 like her mother.  The Queen had been visibly getting more frail since the death of her husband. Even though we all know she was up there in age, it comes as a shock because she was just seen appointing the new Prime Minister Liz Truss two days prior.  It goes to show that nothing lasts forever  and what’s here today can be gone tomorrow.     Queen Elizabeth II was blessed to have the longest reign of all monarchs past and present. Yes, there were some negatives that happened as a result of the early British Empire but it’s important to focus on the positive especially considering that history cannot be changed.  If we can remember or learn anything from the queen, it should be her steadfast loyalty. The Queen was an exemplary model of real loyalty and faithfulness, characteristic which are truly ha

How I Veganized Mpougatsa (Bougatsa)

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Mpougatsa is a Greek breakfast pastry pie that is very popular in Greece. I had the chance to make Mboutgatsa and it was very delicious. It was recommended to me by a friend earlier this year. From what I gleaned, the pastry is best enjoyed at breakfast or as an afternoon snack. Mboutgatsa reminds me of cornmeal porridge. If you could imagine porridge as a pie then you've got a good idea about what it tastes like. It consists of a few staple ingredients like semolina, butter and eggs. I decided to create a vegan version for those of you who don't desire milk and eggs. Read on for the recipe. Ingredients: (20-25) sheets of phyllo dough (3) cups oat milk [1/2] cup sugar [1/2] cup semolina (2) Follow your heart vegan egg--will need [10] tbsp water for the vegan eggs 3 tsp vanilla extract 4.5 tbsp of melted earth balance butter Utensils Needed Will require 1 glass 9.5" pie dish Paper towel (to clean up any spills) 1 medium or large pot 1 whisk (for stirring) 1 wooden spoo

Crumbs Gluten Free Bake Shop NYC Review

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There's a new gluten free bakery in town! CRUMBS opened up their first dedicated gluten free bakery in October 2013.  This bakery is one of 4 dedicated gluten free bakeries in all of NYC.  It is right smack in the middle of Greenwich village and a short walk from NYU.  When you arrive at 37 E. 8th Ave, you'll be greeted by squeaky-clean glass windows and a huge blue, block-lettered sign that says, "Crumbs Gluten Free."  You really cannot miss it.  Crumbs decided to open this gluten free bakery to cater to customers that eat gluten-free!  Obviously, they realized the importance of having a dedicated facility where there will be absolutely no chances of customers getting sick due to cross-contamination.  I decided to pay a visit to CRUMBS Gluten Free on a really cold January day.  Boy, was I in for some seriously tasty treats.  After walking in, I was greeted by a very nice, helpful worker who explained various options to me.  My eyes were glued to the glass casings whi