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THE ALTERNATIVE UNIVERSE FEBRUARY 2019 NEWSLETTER
ISSUE 208
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A warm welcome to all my new readers that have subscribed to my Newsletter.

CHAT BEGINS

VIP: I am teaching Level One and Two Reiki on March 2nd and 3rd 2019. To sign up please use this link for the deposit. I will confirm and send you your information. Deposit for Reiki Level One and Two March 2019
Please note I only take four students per class. Lunch is included. For details on what you will learn please click here. >Reiki Level One and Two

Below you will find my new columns. VcToria's Awesome Vegan Kitchen. January's Astrological Column with a link to the dates for the Void of Course Moon. PLUS I do a wee bit of each planet every month and a message from God or your choice of wording from the creator. I have also added the Year of the Pig this month. Lastly my review of my monthly vegan restaurant choice with a link to Jackie's review. I have decided to eliminate the 'Awareness' column.

Last month I left off on the 27th and will pickup from there. I celebrated a late Christmas with my granddaughter Kirsten and my grandson Liam. We headed to the West Edmonton Mall for dinner at Earls as they now have a plant based menu for us vegans. Then we headed upstairs to the Escape Room where I had booked for the three of us. I have to say that was one of the lamest things I have ever done. I will not be doing that again. it also did not help that when a father of three young kids, probably 12, 10 and 8 roughly, saw that we three adults were going in decided to NOT join them. These three kids screamed and ran around like it was a football game instead of a brain game. HORRIBLE!! I wanted to leave right away and forfeit, but my grand kids wanted to stay. So we stayed while these kids ran around in this tiny room moving stuff and generally being a massive nuisance. Had I know that young kids were allowed in an adult brain game I would not have booked. Anyway, other than that the day was truly pleasant with them.

I may as well cover the cat month that I had!! An update on Peter the newly adopted cat that had his teeth removed last month. He is doing fine other than still yelling a wee bit at night. He had a re-check on January 2nd and his mouth is healing well. He seems happy, but I feel that he wonders sometimes why he is here. I try to tell him that it is his home now. He purrs and cuddles and sleeps as a senior cat does. He LOVES his food though and yells for it early in the morning. A habit I am trying to break.

While at the vet on Jan 2nd I brought a sample of China's urine in again to be checked. Last month, as my regular readers know, she started to pee with blood showing. Well unfortunately it still showed blood and back she went on antibiotics.

Venus has had dark gums in the back of her mouth I decided 'what the heck' I'll just get all of their health done and then we will focus on paying it off as the shows start. Off we went on January 9th. I took her to the same vet that Peter had for his teeth. Now, Venus has always been asthmatic. This winter she had been coughing a lot. I showed the vet a video of it and the vet decided to do x-rays. Well lo and behold there were two little knobs showing in her lungs. The vet sent them to a radiologist for verification on what they were. She had said to me that if it was cancer then I would be wasting my money on dental work and her advice was to wait till the results came in. Meanwhile she put her on a 6 week supply of daily liquid antibiotics, a dewormer in case she had worms that sometimes enter the lungs and are not removed by regular deworming pills. Lastly she put her on steroids for ten days. Venus has not coughed once since this program of meds has been delivered to her. Not once, and that I can tell you makes me VERY happy. Now when the results came back it was still not clear if it was the start of cancer or scars from her asthma. Either way, it was only the beginning of anything that might hinder her life. She is still on her 6 week liquid daily antibiotic regime and will have x-rays to see if these two knobs are gone sometime late February. I will update you next month and hopefully have her teeth done by then. Then we ask the Angels for a two YEAR reprieve from vet bills :)

Then came January 23rd, a day I was dreading. China was booked for her ultra sound as the bleeding in her urine was not stopping. I HATE leaving her. Off we went at the ungodly hour of 8 am and I took her blanket, food and bowls. Then I tucked her in her cage with instructions for her to be fed after the procedure. I should have just waited for her. The radiologist arrived as I was settling her in. However, upon asking if I should wait I was told she had to be shaved all under her belly and depending on how she behaved, would depend on whether or not she needed sedation. Well she behaved like a champ that she is. I went home and was not even in the house more than ten minutes and my phone rang. She was done. There was no cancer, no crystals and she was in GREAT shape. So, what I asked is causing this? My vet claims it is 'STRESS'. She has been put on a stress relieving pill and there is actually a food at the vet that is just fed to cats with stress LOL. I bought some. Now the good news is that she has been off all medication for six days and no sign of blood, but the sterile sample they took at her ultra sound showed blood.COSTS??????? Down below in my cat costs paragraph. Trust me it was another HUGE month of expense.

Just an added note: For people who know me they may laugh out loud at the 'stress' comment. My cats have a HUGE home here, three of them have seven litter boxes so their toilets are clean and these boxes are scooped EVERY day. They are fed the best food, have filtered water, a cat cage along the house to lie in, in warmer weather. China is allowed out to roam and explore. They have a six foot scratching post, a eight foot long warm tourmaline heating pad, PLUS my bed to sleep beside me. They are groomed every day and kissed and talked to. STRESS?? China really!!!

My vet feels it may be because Peter was added to the house, and my thoughts are that maybe because it is so cold this winter that she is stressed from not being able to walk around outside. Also I had to traveled a lot in November for shows and my neighbor came in to give Peter his pill and she HATES strangers in the house. Actually I have trained them to run from strangers if I am not there. This may have constituted the stress. ?? Next month I will have had another urine test done and hopefully all this has cleared up.

Enough about my cats!! I brought in my New Year with a wonderful meditation and intentions to set my goals so that my nine years ahead of me will bring AWESOME memories once the time has passed. So far my journal has been written in for adding ' on line courses' travel to Rome' and more. I will update all I seed by the end of the year.

January 3rd I went for lunch with my son to celebrate a belated Xmas as I was in Vancouver. January 7th I picked up Jackie and we went down to do our monthly review on another vegan restaurant. This month we had chosen Kanu Cafe. The review is below. I did a couple of yoga classes, as I had received a GC for ten classes. I made sure i attended one under the Wolf Super Moon on January 20th PLUS I did a marvelous meditation during the void of course time that day. I firmly believe that the more energy you put into life the more you get back. Life to me starts with yourself.

Reads? I cannot believe how plentiful they were. My life really shows that you will get all you need. My past shows this, and I assume my future will be the same. Therefore I never worry about money. What I do grin at though, is that as soon as I have all my bill money the Universe says 'there, now rest and focus on self'. So I do!!

Last month I mentioned that I would update you on when my first show was. Interestingly enough, the one I did in mid December that I applied for again, I was refused. I had said to my granddaughter, son and my friend Jackie that I had honestly felt they did not like me there. I said also that I'd re-applied but if I got in I would have to re-evaluate my intuition because all I felt was animosity, particularly from two of the readers. Well I was right.
So my first show will be in April however that is out of town in Fort Mac and my first local show will be in Spruce Grove in May. This one I have been accepted for and it is all paid and I will be the only psychic there :) More on this one in future newsletters.
HOWEVER!!!! I have been hired to do an event at Indigo Book Store on February 3rd. I hired five other psychics to work with me. Now these will be FREE mini five minute reads to the public. However, please call Indigo's and ask if it is a 'closed by invitation only event', or open to the public if you wish to attend. I am at West Edmonton Mall from 7 pm to 9 pm and the celebration is Love Romance. Chapters is now Indigo's, and that is part of the celebration. I am working with Chantal and Julie two of my friends I hired to be there and the other three, Marlene, Tammy and Priscilla will be at the Sherwood Park Mall from 6 pm to 8 pm also doing 'free' mini five minute reads. Again please call to see if it is invitation only and ask for one if it is.

Well I feel I have talked enough about my month. I have an AMAZING medical story to share with you all, but I will keep that for March's Newsletter as I would like it to be the focal point and it is rather long LOL.

Enjoy winter, I know I do. yes, I do have to say that I am able to stay home in my warm toasty house, with the fireplace on and rest and relax. However, I created my life to be able to do this. i always say to people, do not fear change in life because you will miss out on the awesome shifts that give great memories. Do not feel that you 'need' someone to support you, as you will find when you look and put energy into life that it offer a bounty just for you. I can attest that if you use 'fear' to run your life that it is what you attract. If you 'fear' a shortage of money, a job loss, stress etc, etc that is what you will attract. Do not 'fear' for all that is, is an energy, that like a magnet is visualized by you and is brought to you. I hear many people 'fear' getting cancer because other people in their family had it. This does not mean you will. Change your thoughts, change your life. Energy can never be destroyed, only re-shaped and re-programmed. Give yourself that gift. Reshape and re-program all that is need to be shifted.

Positive thoughts to you until March when you will get my next newsletter. :)


CAT COSTS: BUT YET ANOTHER!!! EXPENSIVE MONTH!
Let’s cover the vet bills first: China: Jan 2nd: Her urine analysis and meds from the story above came to $143.53. Jan 15th another urine analysis came to $67.10. Jan 19th I needed more meds as her urine showed blood again. These came to $22.50. Lastly Jan 23rd her Ultrasound, urine collection and culture came to $727.45.
Peter: His vitamins that the vet recommended to help his brain area so he would stop yelling at night came to $105. I refilled his prescription for his hyperthyroidism for 3 months at the cost of $29.00
Venus: Her x-rays came to $640 and that included the radiologist doing the interpretation. Other meds for her came to $15.54.

Now the food: Dry food was not needed. Plus a good friend of mine gave me some bags of dry food and tinned, so I am quite stocked for this upcoming month. Next kitty litter came to $101.38. Tinned food came to $115.33 and lastly raw food came to $54.81.
I bought some more stain odor remover at $36.95 as I always like to have that on hand and I had run out again. [I DESPISE a smelly home]

Total cost was $2058.59. I am now hoping that I will get a reprieve for a long time :)

If you are thinking of getting a pet please know that from the cute stage, they grow with personality to adult stage. Animals feel with unconditional love from their souls. They get attached and used to their homes. If you cannot give up 12-18 years and maybe longer, do NOT get a pet. It is not a companion till you find a mate, have a child, decide to move to an apartment that will not allow pets, it is a companion for life. They also need dental care, checkups and GOOD food. Not this cheap, no nutrient food that I see so many people buy. Your pets will suffer later just as you would if all you ate was junk.

Look at rescue places for loving animals. These pets will not only be grateful, it's almost like they know you saved them and love and adore you for it. Think before you add to your life. Can you give this type of commitment? If the answer is yes then enjoy looking for your new companion. Think older if you can, for some reason older pets are harder to re-home and they are much sadder as they wait not knowing what it was they did to be removed from their homes.

My Coincidence this Month: Trying to think of one! As I stated above, I needed five psychics to do an event with me. I pay $85 an hour so I am not asking for 'free'. I NEVER encourage anyone to do reads for 'free'. Trust me, that never works. it undermines what you do, people do not return, as people value paying for things whether subconsciously or consciously :)
Well the event I spoke of above, that I felt animosity come at me from two readers was not so with this one reader. Interestingly enough she was a vegan too. We spoke and I really liked her. We exchanged information, as I told her I was slowing down from shows and looking for someone who would want to work one day off and one day on with some shows I wanted to keep but not want to work the entirety. Well when this event came up I e-mailed her and she was in Mexico, BUT arriving back by the 3rd of Feb and jumped at joining me. Based on the fact I had asked two other psychics that I normally can get and both said they were busy I was truly happy to have met her and would not have if the event in mid December had not taken place. I know it is not a HUGE coincidence, but the best I could come up with as my winter months consist of a lot of relaxation, movies and time for myself that I feel I need a lot of.


THE YEAR OF THE PIG

Were you born in 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007 or 2019?
Then in Chinese astrology you are The Pig.
1935 and 1995 you are The Wood Pig. 1947 and 2007 you are The Fire Pig. 1959 and 2019 you are The Earth Pig. 1971 you are The Metal Pig, and lastly 1983 you are The Water Pig.
Lovers: You do well with a Sheep and a Hare.
Friends: The Pig makes friends easily with Rats, Oxen, Tigers, Dragons, Horses, Roosters and Dogs.
Enemies: It is not advisable for Pigs to consort with other Pigs. The cunning Snake can also swallow a Pig whole, while ancient almanacs state that 'a Boar (Pig) and a Monkey will be quickly parted'
Western Zodiac Equivalent: Scorpio
Ruling Planet: Traditionally Mars, the 'fire star' but now considered to be co-ruled by Pluto.
Lucky Gem: Topaz
Symbolism: Wealth, family prosperity and general comfort. It is said that the Pig attracts happiness and good fortune.

Now that you have all the information on The Year of the Pig you may google the rest.

THEN NOW AND FOREVER A MEMOIR BY VcToria Gray

INFORMATION: My book is now available from Amazon and other places. To see the forty year old love letters that are scanned and up on the website, PLUS pictures of me and Donald, the main characters in my memoir, and others, you may go to my Author website that is up and running. www.vctoriagray.com

The only way to get an autographed copy of my book is to order it from my website. If you wish to do that then Click Here>Then Now and Forever by VcToria Gray There is also a choice of ONE MP3 file gifted to the order from my website. You may choose either a Guided Meditation or Attracting Money or Removing Negative Energy. These are my later Fathers work and always receive rave reviews.
If you wish to read the first three chapters this link will take you there. >PREVIEW of Chapters Then Now and Forever a Memoir by VcToria Gray

If you choose to buy the book, know that every action in it was true. Every emotion was factual. Every lesson was learnt 😊. Thank you for supporting my work if you choose to buy. Please feel free to comment on my blog on the author’s website. Or review on Amazon, as some have chosen to do. I have a five star rating Click here > Amazon Book Order
VIP: I am in the process of transferring the royalty payments of my book directly to me. Therefore this book may not be available via Amazon till mid February but it is available via my web store on my web site with a full autograph and channeled message.
WHAT MY WEB STORE OFFERS
As an added addition I wish to explain spells and rituals first. My late Father published five books. I have all the rights to his work. I am in the process of re-publishing The Mystic Grimoire of Mighty Spells and Rituals.His alias was Frater Malek for this book, in case you are googling it. Within this book are the spells he created plus 27 rituals he devised. It also contains the booklet needed to work the rituals.The Amulets.
I am now offering to boost the energy of his work as many people use a creation of energy to enhance their lives. In this case the words 'Spells' and 'Rituals' are used as titles. Please know i have no interest in negative work. Therefore if you ask me to do a spell breaking up a marriage the answer will be "NO". My Father only worked with POSITIVE light and that is all I will work with too. To set an intent or buy a spell or have me do it for you please go to the web store by clicking on this link>SPELLS
Please note that Spells are not Rituals. Rituals take a lot of effort and time. They do have more power in the intention though. Click here for the Rituals>RITUALS

I also offer FULL Numerology charts, FULL Astrology charts, Phone Reads, Skype Reads, my late Fathers CD's on Guided Meditation, Attracting Money and Removing Negative Energy. To order anything please click here>Webstore for The Alternative Universe

APPOINTMENTS

VcToria books her appointments around your schedule. The only time she will not book is first thing in the morning. Appointments are from 1pm to midnight. Her office is located in the West End of Edmonton, AB.

Home Office Appointments: Please look at my website for prices and the package of your choice before you call. Please note I do NOT do the mini reads at home that I do at the shows around town. Or out of town.

Please go to www.alternativeuniverse.ca under the menu bar for all prices and descriptions of reads. 780-4817238 OR click here to go directly to the prices>Prices of Psychic Reads

FEBRUARY'S ASTROLOGY PLANETARY INFORMATION
THE SUN

Where is the Moon void of course this month? Below this column there is a link for you to print it out. Try it for 30 days as a tool to see if your life shifts when watching the emotional affects.

Last month I talked about the Moon and how it affects our emotions. This month I cover the Sun. However, as I stated last month, using the Moon's time frame you can adjust your life to a great meditation time. Void of Course is also the time to be careful, slow down and think before you shop :) Also look at the sign it is in and use the astrological traits of the sign to help with life.

Your astrological chart contains twelve houses. In one of these houses sits the Sun. This house will tell you where your strengths lie.

My Sun sits in my first house in Aries. I thank the Universe for that! This is where my strength lies for myself. Although it does bring a selfish streak to one, if you understand that and use it to better yourself then it is not selfish, it is understanding that you cannot help others if you have not helped yourself. Kind of like being REALLY hungry and giving your food to another and having to watch them eat. Why would you do that? Feed yourself and then use the strength to find food for others.
However, the negative is, that until you understand that, the selfish streak remains. Look at your chart to see what house your Sun sits in. This will tell you where to use the strength of the masculine energy of the Sun.
Leo is ruled by the Sun. My Father was a Leo. He kept scrap books of all his work when it was put into the newspapers etc etc. I have all his scrap books! Leo's like the spotlight. The Sun rules their energies. Think of the people you know who are Leo's.

Earth travels around the Sun and it returns to its exact position that is was when you were born on your birthday. Hence this is the strongest time of the year for you. HOWEVER, determining what house your Sun sits in will determine your strength. If it sits in your twelfth house you have a tendency to be a loner in life. However, your psychic ability would be off the charts. Your birthday would be a time of feeling an inner loneliness, OR if you have come to understand your strength then a great time to go into the subconscious for exploration.

Each month the Sun moves into another sign and you can use this information to further your actions if you choose.

Now I found this in one of my Karmic books. Most of my books are rare. Last month I did not post this so two of the signs will be posted this month. Each month I will post each sign. Now, please, do not be offended if I use the word God. Please feel free to substitute it for Angel, Creator, Buddha or any other word that you use for your belief. This is Gods' explanation for all the signs. By December I will have the last words that God speaks for the explanation of ALL twelve signs. I LOVED this and hope you do too.

......... And it was morning as God stood before his twelve children and into each of them he planted the seed of human life. One by one each child stepped forward to receive his appointed gift.

"To you Aries I give my first seed that you might have the honor of planting it. That for every seed you plant one million more will multiply in your hand. You will not have time to see the seed grow for everything you plant creates more than must be planted. You will be the first to penetrate the soil of men's minds with My Idea. But it is not your job to nourish the Idea nor to question it. Your life is action and the only action I ascribe to you is to begin making men aware of My Creation. For your good work I give you the virtue of Self Esteem."
Quietly Aries stepped back to his place.

"To you Taurus I give the power to build the seed into substance. Your job is a great one requiring patience for you must finish all that has been started or the seeds will be wasted to the wind. You are not to question nor change your mind in the middle nor to depend on others for what I ask you to do. For this I give you the gift of Strength. Use it wisely."
And Taurus stepped back into place.

NEXT MONTH: I cover Gemini. The end will be the BEST message ever. Stayed tuned :).

VcToria's AWESOME Vegan Kitchen

Well no one sent me question so the Universe is telling me that it is not necessary to offer that detail in this column.

Last month I covered the most used items in my kitchen to prepare food. I also covered my daily intake of Hemp seed and the nutritional value that it offers. This month I cover chick peas, a wonderful staple for a quick healthy snack. Plus my recipe is a wonderful, hot steamy soup for these blustering winter evenings.

Chick Peas: As you may have noticed, last month I posted a wonderful winter recipe that included chick peas. Below there is a link to January's Newsletter. Sure, it is easy to buy a tin of chick peas, but did you ever wonder why they last so long in a tin and not in the fridge? That is because unnecessary addictive's are added to keep it fresh in the tin. Some nutrients are also removed during this process. I always buy dried chick peas as they are simple to cook, easy to store, and way more healthy to eat.

Soak dry chickpeas overnight for 5-10 hours. Rinse thoroughly. Take a large pot and add the peas covering them with water. Make sure the water is about 3-4 inches above the peas. Add 1/2 tablespoon of salt. I use Himalayan. Bring to boil and then reduce heat to simmer and simmer for 3-4 hours. If you have an Instant pot no doubt you can do these in less than an hour. However, I have not used an Instant pot yet although I plan to purchase one. Rinse well using a colander and store in the fridge. I eat them quite quickly, as I use them for snacking, but they do keep for about a week.

Once done, you can keep the water to make vegan butter OR discard it. I will cover vegan butter next month. If you plan to use the water for butter do NOT add salt to the peas while cooking them.

Use chickpeas as a snack. Bring them to work and put them on your desk. Use them in last months recipe. Keep them refrigerated, but they can stay outside of the fridge for quite a few hours. Add some truffle oil to them or nutritional yeast or any spice you like. They are YUMMY as is. Note they contain copper as well and that is GREAT for the hair. RDI= Recommended Daily Intake.

Here is the nutrient value of chickpeas. In a one ounce serving [ 28 grams] here is what the body receives.

Calories: 46 Carbs: 31 grams Fiber: 2 grams Protein: 3 grams Folate: 12% of the RDI Iron: 4% of the RDI Phosphorus: 5% of the RDI Copper: 5% of the RDManganese: 14% of the RDI

Chickpeas are high in protein and fiber, which makes them a filling food that may help lower appetite and reduce calorie intake at meals.

Chickpeas are an excellent source of protein, which has a variety of health benefits, ranging from weight management to bone health. They are a great choice for individuals who avoid animal products.

Chickpeas contain a moderate amount of calories and are high in fiber and protein, all properties that play a role in weight management.

Chickpeas have a low GI [glycemic index] and are also a great source of fiber and protein, all properties that support healthy blood sugar control.

Chickpeas are high in fiber, which benefits your digestion by increasing the number of healthy bacteria in your gut and helping waste flow efficiently through your digestive tract.

Chickpeas have many characteristics that may help prevent some chronic illnesses, including heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

Chickpeas are cheap and taste great when added to a variety of recipes. They are the main ingredient in hummus and make a great substitute for meat due to their protein content.

Now for this months recipe.
I made this twice. Once with peas, as to my horror I had it all ready and had no corn in the house. It was great with peas as well. Any Cob's bread store has vegan bread. Buy some crusty rolls to serve with this awesome soup. Prep is about 10 minutes and the rest is eesy peesy. I froze some of mine. I preferred it freshly made, but it was OK once defrosted. The veggies are just a little less crunchy.

Vegan Corn Chowder [nut free as well]
Ingredients:

3 tablespoons of oil. I use 'refined' coconut oil but any kind is OK. Avocado, olive etc.
1 large onion finely chopped
3 cloves of garlic finely chopped
2 stalks of celery chopped
1 large carrot chopped
2 large potatoes peeled and chopped in squares
1 tablespoon of vegan butter
1/4 cup of flour [I use the flour that is made for gravies etc as it does not clump]
1/2 cup dry white wine [omit if you do not stock it]
4 cups of vegetable broth. [I use Better than Bouillon No-Chicken Broth]
1 1/2 cups of corn kernels. [frozen is better, but you can also use canned or in the summer, fresh off the cob]
1 teaspoon dried thyme [VIP to add this]
1 cup of unsweetened soy milk. [I use Ripples pea milk as this is GREAT, it boils well]
1 teaspoon of salt, I use Himalayan and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper.

The best way to cook is to prepare all of the chopping and cutting beforehand. I use a colander as I chop and peel and then just rinse them all together before putting them in the pot.

Take a large pot and heat the oil over medium heat. Then add your onion, garlic, celery, carrots, potatoes and cook stirring twice a minute for about 4-5 minutes. Add the salt and pepper. Add the one tablespoon of vegan butter. Stir in the flour and cook for 2 minutes stirring constantly. [If you are not using the gravy type flour I suggest you mix it with a bit of cold water and stir till smooth then add it in]
If you are using wine, then add it now. Stir.
Add broth, corn kernels, and thyme and bring to boil. Cover and reduce heat to simmer. Set timer for 15 minutes or until the potatoes and carrots are tender.
Add the milk that you chose to use. Simmer for 3-5 minutes. If you want more taste at this time add more salt and pepper. Stir and serve with hot crusty bread.

KANU CAFE RESTAURANT REVIEW WITH VcToria and Jackie.
10803 Jasper Ave, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

This plant based restaurant is fairly new to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Opening in September 2018 it caused quite a lot of chitter chatter on the vegan groups on FB. I was so excited to go and try it out. The first supposingly high end plant food restaurant to be in Edmonton.

I have to say it was a huge, and I mean huge disappointment for both of us. Jackie and I were extremely happy to be seated by a window in a booth type placement, although I have to say my side was much more comfortable. I was VERY surprised that a high end restaurant thinks plastic chairs on one side is OK. Cushioned would have been pleasant. However, Jackie chose to sit there, so who I am to complain LOL.

Looking at the menu we were impressed. Tons of gluten free foods for Jackie and me? heck I was just happy to be there and be able to order what had been hyped as high end food.

It has a liquor license and although I am not a big drinker at all, I do miss the Caesars that I used to drink when I was vegetarian. I am now vegan for the new readers. On the liquor menu it had vegan Caesars. YES!! I ordered one and we both decided to have the cheese platter while I drank my drink and Jackie had water.

Here is where we got our first BIG disappointment. The platter arrived with small chunks of three types of cheese, two withered looking raspberries, a couple of dried apricots and some almond fennel crackers. On a positive note the crackers were awesome. I gave them a 10/10. The black truffle and charcoal cheese maybe a 6 out of 10. The aged cashew cheddar cheese we gave it a 5 out of 10 and lastly the crusted chevre we gave a big fat ZERO. It was not even edible, and Jackie asked if it was rancid. When the waitress came over to ask how we liked it I mentioned that Jackie thought it was rancid. Now for a high end restaurant you would think that she might look a wee bit disturbed or concerned? maybe take it back to the kitchen and ask them to taste some? No, not at all. Not even a wee concern. We could not eat it and clearly left it on the plate. $27 for this. Not worth it at all. Steer clear.
However, in all fairness the Caesar was fantastic. A 10/10 for the Caesar.

I then ordered the mushroom and veg burger with a little gem Caesar salad on the side. It was OK, but truly I would not order it again. The side salad had weird croutons but was probably the best tasting dish. Jackie ordered the kimchi dumplings and butternut squash nachos as they were both gluten free. Unfortunately they had cilantro in them and I am one of the people who have that taste bud effect that makes anything with cilantro taste like soap. So to read about Jackie's interpretation please see her Newsletter.

Lastly, we ordered Creme Brule for dessert. I was so excited. This was one of my favorite things to eat when I was vegetarian. It came looking lovely with the burnt sugar on top. It is made from sweet potato BUT as i took a bite, a massive taste of cinnamon hit me. I know, as you read my next series of words, your thoughts may be 'wow she is fussy for a vegan' and I agree. Some spices I just do not like and cinnamon is another one. Jackie raved about this dish but I could not take another bite. I then took the waitresses advice on the banana cream pie over the chocolate pecan cheesecake. I was not impressed, but figured I was fairly full at this point so I took it home. The next day I judged it. I found the nuts in the crust to be stale in taste and nothing special in the cream.

On our way home we stopped at Die Pie for really good cheese. Kanu might want to walk over there, its about 4-5 blocks away and taste their cheese. You can eat this cheese as it is and simple DIE for it.

I truly feel that unless Kanu changes up its menu it will not have a very strong following from the vegan community. Sad too, as it has lovely air plants hanging in the establishment and you can see the precision with which the cooks work. Whoever has been trained in this type of cooking needs to be a bit more on the ball if you are still going to choose to charge very high prices for not a very good meal.

To see Jackie owner of The Golden Lady's review of Kanu Cafe click here >Jackie The Golden Lady's Review

NEXT MONTHS REVIEW: Copper Branch

VcToria's INFORMATION

Phone Readings: VcToria offers phone reads by appointment. She books seven days a week from 1pm till Midnight. VcToria prefers to see her clients in person, but if you do not reside in Edmonton and are not in any of the towns she travels to, please do call for a phone read. Click Here> Phone or Skype Reads

House Parties: VcToria offers house parties catered around your choice. She can supply as many psychics as you need for your party. Click Here> House Parties She also offers her services to corporate events. Click Here>Corporate Events. If she is driving through your town you can also arrange a house party at that time. She will stop and do mini psychic reads for your guests. Please call to see when she is traveling and if she is passing your way.

Readings: VcToria offers five packages of readings. You may choose from a variety of Tarot Cards/Numerology/Palmistry/Mind, Body and Soul/Astrology Charts and the latest read The Third Eye. To view her packages please click on this link Prices of Psychic Reads

Clearings: Do you need your home or office cleared of bothersome energies? VcToria offers clearings of all homes and offices in Edmonton. If you wish to have a home or office clearing and she is passing through your town she will stop to accommodate you. VcToria uses her Fathers voice and direction to start the clearings. She then uses her own energy, crystals and smudging to clear and heal your home. You will also have a personal clearing. For more information or to book an appointment please call her. 780-481-7238.You may also purchase the protective/energy clearance CD that VcToria has always used, on the website store.> Remove Negative Energy. Note this is VcToria’s late Fathers original work.

Personal Clearings: VcToria will open up your chakras by activating her Reiki knowledge then ask your guides to be present. She will then smudge and clear you, speaking very clearly about removing energy as she cleanses. You will leave with your chakras balanced and your aura energy vibrating. As a physical body needs a bath or shower so the outer energy needs clearing every so often. Duration of personal cleanse 10-15 minutes. Only available in conjunction with a reading.