SUNNY GANDARA

Creating plant-based food and wine experiences for the omnivore

Showing Cider Some Love

I’ve been feeling a big inspiration to dive into ciders lately. Maybe it’s because I live in New York state, the second largest apple-producing state in the country, and it seems only fitting that I should learn and drink more from this category. But maybe it’s...

Norvegan Cider Donuts

Autumn has finally arrived! One of the best things about this time of year is the smell of sweet cinnamon everywhere. So naturally I had to think of a fitting recipe for my favorite time of the year. My husband is not really fond of sweets or a ton of baked goods, but...

Moroccan Tagine with Chickpeas and Vegetables

When I went vegan nearly 8 years ago I was committed to never missing out on the flavors, textures, sensations, and pleasure I so enjoyed while eating the traditional dishes I’d grown up with. So much of our food is based on tradition, memories from childhood, fun...
We’re all trying to add more vegetables to our meals. What if you could learn to pair wines with plant-based meals to make the process more delicious?

 

Finding it difficult to choose a wine to go with plant-based dishes and need some pointers?

Maybe you picked up a bottle at the wine shop that was recommended to you, or already have a favorite wine and want to know which meal to make that will make it taste even better…

 

You’re in the right place!

Hi, I’m Sunny, your guide to enjoying everyday gourmet food with perfectly paired wines…the plant-based way.

It’s time to up-level your idea of wine and of plant-based dining…

I’m here to show you that you will miss absolutely nothing by leaving animals off your plate.

On the contrary: by learning how to properly cook with plants and how to pair your meals with the best wines (not the most expensive!) you will wonder why you haven’t experienced this bliss before!

FACT

When cooked optimally, vegetables have a capacity for flavor that animal-based meats simply don’t have.

 

My work (and this site) is dedicated to sharing tips and recipes that will help you embrace vegan food and wine, that is better for you, better for the planet, and of course…better for the animals!

“Vegetables are my life… Vegetables are much more generous and luxurious than any protein from an animal…
They are the portal to the treatment of all other foods.”

Chef Michel Bras

“But, don’t you miss…(insert chicken, cheese, shrimp, etc.)?”

What most people don’t realize is what they are missing…

Let me show you my cream cakes or my version of “beef bourguignon”…or my grilled cheese with freshly made tomato soup or ‘scallops’ made from King Oyster Mushrooms…Then we’ll talk.

Consider this your invitation to open your mind and allow yourself to experience flavors and textures without discrimination.

If you are like any of the people who’ve come to my home for a meal I promise you will be positively surprised!

“But, don’t you miss… (insert chicken, cheese, shrimp, etc.)?”

What most people don’t realize is what they are missing…

Let me show you my cream cakes or my version of “beef bourguignon”…or my grilled cheese with freshly made tomato soup or ‘scallops’ made from King Oyster Mushrooms…Then we’ll talk.

Consider this your invitation to open your mind and allow yourself to experience flavors and textures without discrimination.

If you are like any of the people who’ve come to my home for a meal I promise you will be positively surprised!

Enough about food… What about the wine?

 

Did you know that not all wine is vegan?

It’s true.

But don’t worry, the wines you’ll find here are organic and vegan and many come from small family wineries.

These are wines with a story, personality, and vision. They evoke inspiration, admiration, and just pure gratitude…

Being plant-based is so amazing!

Visit Arctic Grub—my site of recipes, travel tips, and stories about the cuisine, history, and culture of Norway, my home country. 

New York is where I call home now, but my Norwegian roots are strong and Arctic Grub is where I share my love for ‘Norge’.

Explore the blog, try out a Norvegan recipe or two, and leave me a comment to let me know how it goes.

Be sure to get your free copy of my ebook, Arctic Grub Favorite Recipes, while you’re there.