Day 2 Jamaica trip 2024

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I’m writing this post a few weeks after returning to Ottawa but the next few days I wrote while I was in Jamaica. It was a very busy trip but this was a day I got to stay at the resort. Jewel Paradise Cove while my friend figured out our plans for the remainder of the week.  The resort posts the activity schedule on the app, on tv’s in the room, and on a screen in the lobby. I had seen that there was a resort tour at 11:00. I have stayed in many resorts and it usually the company that you booked with doing these tours. I liked that there was no need to wait for a specific tour rep and the hotel was doing this. My friend was out up and early for the garden tour. I slept in and went for breakfast at 10:30. I wanted my friend to come in the hotel tour with me because I have no sense of direction but we later discovered we weren’t getting each others text messages and I thought she was still on the garden tour.  I had received my friends text that she was disappointed there were no plantai

Boxed Vegan Mac and Cheese Review


Update March 2024 Kraft NotCo has arrived on the shelves. I found it at Walmart Canada in Ottawa. The shells and white cheddar were the only variety available. It was $2.67 which is on the cheaper side of other boxed vegan Mac and cheese. 


You can see an Instagram Reel of preparing this Instagram Reel Preparing Notco KD. The instructions say to add plant based butter and plant milk, I only had a salted cashew butter and there is a lot of sodium in this so I knew this was going to be a little extra salty. I do like the protein amount and that a serving size is a whole box. 



After cooking the texture is good.  I don’t feel it’s much  different than other vegan Mac and cheese products other than its smooth and the powder mixed into the pasta nicely. If you don’t like the pineapple taste that Notmilk has you won’t like this. I happen to like that taste in the milk but I thought it was a little overpowering in this. I do like this but I had to add nutritional yeast and pepper to make it better, I think it’s a good product but I don’t think it’s the best boxes vegan boxed pasta I have tried. For the price I think it’s worth it to buy again. I am hoping to try the cheddar variety in the future which will make it easier to compare to the non vegan version. 

2023 Vegan Boxed Mac and Cheese reviews below 



Annie’s vegan Mac and cheese was $3 at Giant Tiger. It’s the first one I tried. The macaroni is the same as the texture I remember from Kraft. The cheese pack had a distinct vegan cheese smell. The taste of this Mac and cheese is good but it is definitely vegan cheese powder. My apartment has a lingering vegan cheese powder smell. If you really like Kraft Mac and Cheese this is a good vegan substitute. 

I have had the Farm Boy vegan and gluten free cheesy Mac for awhile. I think it cost around $3. Farm boy has a lot of great vegan products so I am excited to try this. I also just got back from a vacation with a lot of flight delays so I am very hungry. 


The cheeze sauce is very creamy and tasty. It tastes like a homemade vegan cheese sauce. 


This is a very good vegan mac. It tastes homemade I wish I had some extra vegan cheese to add to it and bake it. This is something you could serve to guests. It is very good I would buy this again. 


I found Vegan goodles at target in Vegas. I don’t think they are in stores in Canada but I believe we can order online. They were $3.99 US so a little more expensive also only for a limited time. I heard about regular goodles a long time ago from the creator of 2B mindset she mentioned these were a favourite of her kids and if a nutritionist is promoting them they are probably good. These are high in fiber , protein, and contain probiotics so a healthier noodle. 


I had to add about a cup more milk to the cheese mixture to get it into a sauce form. I did use creamier plant milk but I also feel like the measurement in the directions was too little. Other than that I really like the noodles. I found them a bit salty at first but once I added pepper and a little hot sauce they were really good. They don’t taste healthy at all so if you have access and want something a little more nutritious than what normally comes in a box they are worth trying. The instructions said to eat out of the pan so I did. 


I still have more Vegan Mac and cheese to try. Do you want me to do a part 2? Let me know in the comments or on Instagram @livingottawalocal. 

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