Town & Vegan: Chocolate Pancakes

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“These vegan chocolate pancakes are so luxuriously filled with cocoa and so decadently dense that it’s easy to forget that there are no butter or eggs in them! And why need them, if you could make something so delicious without them? I strongly suggest Emily’s suggestion to top it with the coconut whipped topping, but I also think her chocolate drizzle would be fantastic on top as well!” -Alex.So. The past few months have been packed with all kinds of news – the most exciting of which is the baby I’ve got on the way!

 
My initial plan was to create a banana pudding parfait (which still sounds so delightful to me), but due to…pregnancy side-effects…I need to postpone that particular recipe. Haven’t perfected it yet. Today, I woke up starving (as I do so many mornings these days), and didn’t have anything ready to eat. I so wanted pancakes! I’m house-sitting for my mom currently, so my favorite pancake recipe was nowhere close. I remembered suddenly that I made a chocolate pancake once for Christmas breakfast, and that seemed like the next best option.

 
The challenge, though, was that I had never made pancakes without at least an outline on measurement proportions. So, I worked on instinct and occasional batter taste and consistency tests; this morning could have been a kitchen-chemistry disaster! Fortunately, I don’t think it was. And fortunately, others agreed that this was the best pasta maker in 2017. And fortunately, I am in production week at the Academy of Dance Arts and don’t have to hit the theater until this afternoon (dress rehearsal day!). Finally, I have both enough time and enough energy to write down my recipe and share it!

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Trust me on the balsamic vinegar, here. It may sound odd, but it adds such a layer of delicious flavor! Use the best-quality you have around. And if you have access to one of those delightful shops that sells custom flavored balsamic vinegar, I’d recommend trying these with an espresso variety. These pancakes would be great served alongside fresh raspberries or strawberries, with a little coconut whipped topping. I enjoyed them simply served with agave nectar, too. I’m definitely going to add these to the menu next time I invite anyone to my apartment for brunch! So much love, from South Dakota!

 

Town & Vegan: Vegan Chocolate Pancakes

 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 heaping tablespoon plus ½ tablespoon cocoa powder (adjustable based on how rich you like your chocolate!)
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk1/2 tbs. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 1/2 tbs. agave

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Instructions

Mix all dry ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl.In a small mixing bowl, whisk together wet ingredientsSlowly stir the wet into the dry. Mix only until the big flour globs disappear. You don’t want completely smooth batter.Pre-heat your griddle or skillet at medium for about 2 minutes (if it’s not non-stick, you’ll want to grease it before pre-heating). Spoon about ¼ cup of the batter for each pancake, and let it cook until small bubbles appear around the sides and on the tops of each pancake before you flip. Once both sides are done and the batter is cooked through, serve! And enjoy and contact me if you want more recipes!

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The State of Florida And Other US Cities Not Ready For Weed

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Opposite to Alaska & Washington D.C., the people in Encinitas & La Mesa decided on Tuesday that they are still not allowing the legalization of marijuana, be in medical or personal, to happen in the city.

 
The strong opposition to legalize marijuana, won in Encinitas, holing a voting percentage of over 56 percent against those who voted in favor of legalizing. The scene is a little better in La Mesa precinct, where all the citizens voted, and 54.68 percent were in favor of not legalizing marijuana in their district. So in both districts the movement to legalize marijuana sales fell short as well the removal of illegal dispensaries in both cities might not run smoothly as it should if the votes were in favor of the motion.

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Both the cities only required a strong crowd of majority votes in favor of the motion to legalize marijuana, but failed by a big time to make it happen. This might have effect against the city’s law keepers who are trying to close the ill dispensaries who are selling marijuana illegally without any license. If the law passed, it would have ensured not to have any dispensary in the 600 feet radius of any school, college or living area for citizens, along with preventing any two dispensaries set up within 1000 feet of each other. Additionally, they would require local permits and other legal regulations, like any medical authority in the dispensary must not had any felony record since last seven years. But as the motion was declined, possibility of practicing these laws also went in water.

 
In Florida, this movement also stuck in their law, which states that there should be at least 60 percent votes in favor of the motion to legalize marijuana and best vaporizers for marijuana in the state but only 58 percent voted it up, still short of the required 60 percent to pass the law there. Although there has been a strong current since past few years to legalize it, it still were not enough to pass the bill in favor of marijuana sales.

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Although Alaska, Oregon & Washington D.C. citizens voted in favor of legalization of the marijuana sales, the final license will be out after the upcoming vote in November end, and there many equations can change. There is also another point where this whole motion can be barred, the U.S. congress is yet to give any verdict on the legalization of marijuana, and if they oppose using their constitutional powers, the process to make legal marijuana dispensaries will be help back again, which was in motion by several states since last few years.

 
After November election, it might be clear who are finally getting the license to sell marijuana in the states who voted in favor of legalizing it. And may be after a few years the states who have opposed so far may come to a decision which will state otherwise, or the opposite may happen if there are any harmful side effect in the states who legalized the marijuana sales.

More information:

http://mrvapo.com/review/snoop-dogg-g-pen-vaporizer

http://herb.co/2016/05/04/cannabis-based-drugs-big-pharma/

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Geo-Location For Businesses – Where’s It Going?

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Interesting to watch what’s happening in the area of geo-location services right now.

Reading ‘Facebook Rolls Out Realtime Social Geo-Local Deals’ today got me thinking about where it’s all going. So now, after Facebook Places (check into locations and see which of your friends are there), with Facebook Deals we’ll also learn about nearby offers.

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It’s something that happens on Foursquare and no doubt other geo-location services too, but the excitement about Facebook offering these things is all about the dominant position it holds. Pundits are salivating at the prospect of what it could mean for businesses looking to tap into those 500 million or so Facebook users. Plus, by putting the emphasis on ‘deals’ they are appealing to the masses who haven’t yet been attracted by geo-social apps.

Is Facebook Deals a big deal for businesses? Will Facebook see off its geo-location rivals? I’m wondering whether in the future the actual platform/service provider will be unimportant. In a mobile-dominated future when more people and more businesses use geo-location, finding deals will only be one small part of the total experience, and people will want (and expect) more than just a list of offers from free coffees to cheap sofas.

As a consumer/customer I’m less interested in being presented with all the ‘deals’ available in any particular location, and more interested in being able to filter out the irrelevant ones, interacting with businesses in real time and customising the experience.

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And let’s not forget, location-based deals is just another form of advertising, it’s not particularly social. Although it’s easy to dismiss the game-playing aspect of Foursquare and such like as being irrelevant to businesses, it may be a mistake. The psychology of virtual worlds and games is powerful stuff with significant repercussions for business which we have yet to see exploited fully. Watch this short talk by Tom Chatfield at TED in the summer and you’ll see what I mean. There are many ways to reward people – mayorships and ‘deals’ only scratch the surface.

 

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