Part 3 -Big Life updates

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My mom passed away on October 16, 2022. She had pancreatic cancer so I was prepared for this but it still hard. My dad also passed away from cancer so I was already familiar with the process of what happens after a parent passes this time is different because my mom and I did everything together before. My mom and I were each other’s bubble during the pandemic and we were each other’s social life for a long time. It is a tough adjustment now living in a different city where I don’t know many people without the person that I spent most of my free time with. My moms last words to me were be strong you are strong I will hold on to that. My mom also wrote a goodbye letter to my brother and me. I’m not sure if my brother has read it yet but I want to say if you are going to write a goodbye letter don’t wait until you are heavily medicated and in lots of pain to do it or just don’t do it. I’m holding on to the actual memories I had with my mom the letter has been given to my brother to do wh

My experience with meal kits





Meal kits are when you are sent a bag of ingredients and you cook your meal. My attitude has always been I like going to the grocery store and cooking everything myself or get a fully cooked meal from a restaurant. To me meal kits seemed to be an in between that isn’t for someone like me. 

I like free things though so awhile ago I was given a free meal kit from a different company Good Food. It was okay I don’t follow recipes I didn’t use all the ingredients and the food was just okay. I did like that it is convenient if going on vacation or sick and can’t get to the grocery store so I kept the account its easy to keep the account and not buy anything. 

When I was recovering from surgery I couldn’t get to the grocery store so I thought it would be perfect to try another company. This time I tried Hello Fresh. The food was extremely tasty but there were so many steps and so many dishes needed to make anything. I have changed to a vegan diet and they only offer the option of getting vegetarian boxes and not using ingredients. I feel this is too wasteful they have said that they will offer vegan in the future. Their customer service confused me as I got many different replies to the same question. They decided to cancel my subscription as they don’t currently offer vegan options. 

I decided to research if there are any vegan meal kits in my area. I came across Veganofoods and Mannameals. The pictures for Vegano looked so good. Mannameals is a little different you reheat the food instead of cooking it. I always take my time and follow social media before I buy anything. I couldn’t decide which of the two I should try. Then Vegano had a promo for a free box and I got that. They also have a marketplace which is free delivery if you have a meal kit. I ordered a vegan tiramisu and some sproud pea milk. A link to a picture of tiramisu on my Instagram @livingvancouverloca

When delivery day came I got a text delivery would be in 15 minutes. I wasn’t sure how the driver got in my building without buzzing me the box was outside my apartment door. The box seemed very small for a meal kit. It was just my marketplace order. I got a text later that delivery would now be the next day. I was glad I work at home so was easy to rearrange my schedule. Delivery in my area is on Sundays normally. I waited for the delivery suspected it wasn’t coming then I got a call they explained that my kit had been damaged they couldn’t make a replacement. I was disappointed because I hadn’t bought groceries for the week. The customer service was great they gave me a credit and adjusted my order so I would get the following week. 

I was a little skeptical that I would receive the kit this week. I now have it and am impressed with how little packaging there is compared to other meal kits. The meals are in paper bags that all go in the fridge and have QR code’s on them for instructions. 




I am trying to decide on which meal to make today. All meals are vegan. I am trying to choose between udon with cabbage, French onion Mac and cheese, Palak paneer (tofu). 

You can see all the meals on my Instagram @livingvancouverloca the see next post for my experience making these meals 




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