Wednesday, July 6, 2016
I'm not a beach person. With a book I can manage to squeeze out a few hours at the beach before I get bored and want to leave to do something else. I'm more of a city person and because of this I don't tend to vacation or travel to tropical destinations. But only one word can describe my experience in Hawaii: Paradise. When Matt and I decided to finally take a trip to Hawaii, I needed a vacation. A real vacation. One where I'm not running myself ragged trying to fit every possible experience in. I needed a real break. What I found was that it's easy to relax in Hawaii, even when you are a person like me that finds it hard to sit back and relax. The whole atmosphere of Hawaii lends itself to relaxation and rejuvenation and that's what I found there. It was an amazing trip and it was only made better by all of the truly delicious food we had there. Oahu has become not only one of my favorite places to visit but a place that has some of the best vegan food in the world.
Monday, April 11, 2016
Cleveland, Ohio is my hometown. My emotions on the city and the 20 years I spent there are mixed, depending on the day. My history and childhood are there but it wasn't somewhere I wanted to stay. No way. My goal from the beginning was to get out as FAST as I could. Growing up, I saw Cleveland and Ohio in general, as being behind the times, too slow paced, a forgotten place with no real significance in the world at large. Some of these things I still think are true.
Over the last few years and as I've gotten older (now officially in my 30's), I've come to look at Cleveland with more of a fondness than outright disdain. Dare I say, apprehensive pride? Would I have felt so negatively about the city and the suburbs I grew up in if I had grown up somewhere else? I guess I'll never know.
The city and it's surrounding areas are now in an upturn as tons of money is being put into making the city a place where people want to live, and even visit of their own free will. Gasp!
One of the things that really made me see Cleveland as a city that could be part of the future instead of just the past, was all the vegan restaurants/options that I was able to enjoy on a long weekend trip I took there recently.
Is Cleveland somewhere I would like to live again? No. But it does pull at my heart strings from time to time. But I guess it's true what they say,
You can take the girl out of Cleveland, but you can't take ALL of the Cleveland out of the girl.
Saturday, February 6, 2016
Galway is the quintessential Irish town. Poky cobbled streets, little shops and rain. Lots of rain. If you visit, you will experience all of these things and then be told how great the weather was the week after you left. Despite the weather that haunts almost every corner of Ireland, Galway is a great place to visit and is extremely charming. At first glance, the vegan traveler might cringe at this small town thinking they will have to live off protein bars and fruit during their stay, but fear not. Surprisingly, Galway has several vegan options that will make sure you can enjoy the little town without worrying about your stomach.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
This post is way overdo but I'm so excited to share with all of you a podcast called Dolls & Doughnuts that I started with Robin from vegandollhouse.com. We will be posting our fourth episode on February 1st so now would be a great time to subscribe and get caught up on the past episodes!
Dolls & Doughnuts is a vegan centered podcast covering everything from animal rights to delicious vegan food. You can click here to find it on iTunes and here for our YouTube page!
Monday, January 25, 2016
Belfast is my husband's hometown, so naturally we spend quite a bit of time there while we are visiting Europe. Honestly, Belfast has been one of hardest places to find vegan options in my travels, so we spend most of our stay eating his mom's home cooked vegan meals. Though many European cities are bursting with delicious vegan options, Belfast is not yet there. Thankfully, every time we return we can usually find one additional option. So, don't fret if you are planning a trip to the north of Ireland in the future. It's becoming more vegan friendly every day.
Monday, January 18, 2016
Chico is a small college town with that is bursting with charm and is a nice little place to spend the day. We came across Chico after spending the day with the amazing animal residents of Farm Sanctuary and wanted to stop somewhere for a bite to eat. One place in particular was recommended to us by the staff at Farm Sanctuary so we scooted on over there to check it out. We were not disappointed.
Friday, January 1, 2016
Las Vegas is one of my favorite travel destinations. It's relatively cheap and almost everything is on one street! I love the lights, shows and the shopping. Every time I revisit Vegas I find new and exciting vegan options to try. I hope that growth will continue! Here are some of my favorite vegan spots in Vegas.