Archive for March, 2011

Vegan Delights from Turkey

Turkish Street Food

Turkish Street Food

This guest post was written by Sarah, a passionate vegan who loves to eat and travel. She blogs about her travel at Bliss Vagabond.

Despite what many Turks will tell you, being vegan in Turkey is easy. Yes, Turks love their meat and restaurants tend to serve meat-heavy dishes, but once you know what to look for, staying vegan and staying healthy while traveling the country is a delicious and stress-free undertaking.

First, a few words about what to watch out for. Cooked food, including mercimek çorbası (lentil soup) and pilav (rice) often contain chicken or meat stock. I tend to avoid these as a rule because even when you ask if it’s made with meat stock (“Et suyu var mı?”), your server may not know the answer or may simply tell you what they think you want to hear. Margarine is often used as a butter substitute, but much of the margarine in Turkey is not vegan. Yogurt is generally eaten at every meal, but is often served on the side and is therefore easy to avoid.

Now to the good news: the plethora of delicious and naturally vegan food awaiting you!

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Feeling Rewarded

Vegan Irish Cream Twist Cupcake

Vegan Irish Cream Twist Cupcake

Two of my favourite bloggers, Lisa from Vegan Culinary Crusade and Glauce from All About…(Vegan) Food nominated me for the ‘One Lovely Blog’ and ‘Stylish Blogger’ awards. Actually, I’ve been spoiled with two Stylish Blogger awards, with the second coming from Maria at Get Skinny, Go Vegan. How kind of these ladies! Now it’s my turn to share seven things about myself and pass these awards on to some new bloggers.

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Vegan Cuts: Refer Your Friends & Win

Vegan Cuts

Two weeks ago I made a little announcement about the launch of Vegan Cuts, our membership website that will feature weekly deals on vegan products and services starting in late April 2011. So far we’ve had a fantastic response and I want to extend a big thank you for all your positive comments and support!!

In my last post I mentioned we’d be giving away some special prizes to the people who refer the most new members. Well I’m excited I can finally tell you what those prizes are…

Head on over to the Vegan Cuts blog to learn more. Or, if you’re not a member yet, head directly to our registration page to sign up and get your referral link.

An Introduction to Eating Vegan in Taiwan

Fenqihu (奮起湖) train lunch box served in a bamboo box.

Fenqihu (奮起湖) train lunch served in a bamboo box.

This guest post was written by Seattle vegan and frequent Taiwan backpacker, Brett Boynton. Brett’s tea blog, which currently contains over 30 of his own Taiwan travel stories, can be found at blackdragonteabar.blogspot.com

Taiwan is a vibrant and beautiful island filled with great people, incredible tea, and abundant delicious vegan food. It is not difficult to find all of the above even if your Guoyu (Taiwan’s word for Mandarin) (國語) is limited to Xiexie (謝謝) (thank you) and Ni Hao (你好) (hello). The key is to have a few phrases written in Chinese before you travel.

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Vegan on a Business Trip: Washington, DC

Odwalla Smoothie for Breakfast in YOW Airport

Odwalla Smoothie for Breakfast in YOW Airport

Last week I spent three days in Washington for work. Looking back, it’s hard to believe I squeezed in so much (food) during the visit. John and I headed to the airport super early on Wednesday morning. Not having had a chance, or the appetite, to eat breakfast, I picked up an Odwalla smoothie after we cleared security. It’s awesome to see these smoothies are widely available in Canadian and US airports.  They make for a great breakfast or snack.

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The Intrepid Herbivores Learn to Cook Vegan in Thailand

Thai Food Made Vegan

Thai Food Made Vegan

This guest post was written by The Intrepid Herbivores, Sadie and Joe, who recently spent some time in Thailand studying local cooking techniques and filming the pilot episode for their vegan travel TV show.

Traveling vegan style has so much potential for adventure. You get to bend your expectations and challenge yourself in regards to pretty much all of your senses. For my favorite sense–taste–Thailand has been a goldmine of sensory rewards.

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The Vegan Express from Cairo to Aswan, Egypt

Spices in Aswan

Spices in Aswan

From Cairo, John and I traveled south to Aswan, one of the driest inhabited places in the world. It rains so rarely in Aswan, a lot of people don’t bother to build roofs on their homes. We took the day train from Cairo to Aswan, something the local tourism association tries to prevent tourists from doing by refusing to sell foreigners tickets at the train station counters. We read online that if you just hop on the train without a ticket you can buy one on board. You have to pay a small premium but it still works out to be much cheaper than the more expensive night train that’s just for tourists. Being frugal backpackers, we couldn’t resist the challenge of the day train.

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A New Project: Vegan Cuts

vegancuts.com

A little over a year ago, John and I launched the Vegan Backpacker blog and started writing about our adventures traveling around the world as vegans. Today, we’re announcing a new project…

Save money, save animals

I’d like to introduce you to Vegan Cuts, a membership website that will feature weekly deals on vegan products and services. This idea was born out of our love for buying vegan products and saving money (being frugal helps fund more traveling!).

I need your help!

Our goal is to register 1000 members during the first month and start sending you deals in late April. I hope you’ll visit Vegan Cuts, create an account and spread the word to your vegan friends by sharing our link on Facebook and Twitter.

Are you a blogger?

There will be an extra special prize for the person who refers the most new members during our registration period (more details to come). Register today and we’ll send you a special referral link to share with your network.

Follow Vegan Cuts

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Tasty Bite Giveaway – 2 Winners! – Closed

Tasty Bite Kerala Vegetables

Tasty Bite Kerala Vegetables

Tasty Bite has a line of vegan meals that are ideal for vegan travelers. Their Indian inspired dishes may come in a box but, unlike most packaged foods, they’re free of preservatives and contain only the ingreidents you’d expected to find in homemade curries. They’re small and light weight, which makes them easy to bring along for camping excursions, business trips and more. All you need is a little heat, either from a microwave or pot of boiling water, and they’re ready to eat in just a few minutes.

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Vegan Breakfast in Brazil: Banana Chia Seed Pancake Recipe

Ingredients for a Healthy Vegan Breakfast

Ingredients for a Healthy Vegan Breakfast

This guest post was written by Claude from the Abrams Family World Travel Blog. Claude and his wife have been traveling around the world with their four year old son and are now expecting their second child. If they can travel the world as a family of vegans, so can you!

Inevitably, when travelling for long periods as a family, as we do, you will reach remote regions where obtaining your favourite foods and ingredients are more challenging.

We are in such a place right now – living in an eco village on Brazil’s Bahia coastline close to Itacare. To get supplies, we have to walk 6km along the beach, take a canoe across a river and then walk some more into town. We don’t have a blender either or any of our favourite kitchen appliances.

Yet even in a place such as this, we can make satisfying vegan meals. Our breakfast favourite is vegan banana and chia seed pancakes.

So long as you have access to these basic ingredients and a good non-stick frying pan, these pancakes will give you a satisfying and nourishing start to the day. Chia seeds are exceptionally high in omegas, minerals and protein.

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