Lately, as we’ve been getting closer to home, we’ve started reflecting on some of best and most interesting food we ate this year. I thought it would be fun to do a roundup of all of the awesome vegan desserts we sampled. It wasn’t easy, but John and I managed to agree on a top 10. Without further ado, I present to you our top 10 vegan desserts of 2010….
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Welcome to the October edition of Tips & Trips, a roundup of vegan travel tips and blog posts by vegans who have recently traveled and documented their food finds. If you have some tips or want to submit a link, please contact us.
Vegan Travel Tips
- Many airlines offer specialty meals on long flights but, due to cutbacks, meal options are limited on short trips. I’ve yet to fly with an airline that has a vegan sandwich on their buy-on-board menu. This is why I was super excited to hear about Vegan Pimp‘s experience with Jet Blue. She bought the ShapeUp box, which was full of healthy vegan snacks.
- Babe in Soyland has some ideas for vegan ladies who want to pack smart, and light.
- Do your furry friends come along for family vacations? Check out the It’s a Vegan Dog’s Life blog for a list of their favorite travel products.
- Maria from Vegan World Trekker just launched her first eBook, which has tips for vegan travelers. For another new book that features some travel advice, check out Street Smart Vegan by Jay Wesley Anderson.
- Whether you’re going on a short business trip or visiting friends for the weekend, why not pack your essentials in a stylish and vegan-friendly travel bag? Corrie from Brooklyn Bliss, has created a short list of vegan weekender bags.
- Users of Vegan Diets, a site for questions, answers and information, offered some great advice to a teen who is trying to eat vegan while traveling with her family.
- Are you a vegan with allergies? If yes, I’d recommend reading the latest post by the Discerning Kitchen, which documents the advanced planning required when traveling as a vegan who also avoids soy, corn, gluten and other major allergens.
- If you’re planning to travel somewhere cool (as in temperature), Heather from the Healthy Vegan Recipes blog has some advice on foods you can eat to warm you up while on the road.
Vegan Travel Bloggers
- I shared some stories from Prague earlier this month but didn’t manage to cover all of the city’s veggie options. For more on this city, you can read reviews by Vegtastic and Vegan in Brighton. But don’t stop there! Read about Vegan in Brighton’s adventures in Vienna, Zurich, Luxembourg, Cologne and Berlin.
- Sarah, The Ordinary Vegetarian, also had some recent European eating adventures. This month she wrote about her visit to Spain and Amsterdam, where she found so much awesome vegan food, she had to split up her review into two parts. As if that isn’t exciting enough, she also published a post with tons of photos of the food she enjoyed while in the vegan mecca that is NYC.
- On the United States front, To Happy Vegans visited Portland, Oregon and summarized their finds into two categories: eating out, and eating in. For even more US food, Bitt of Raw has posted about her time spent in Massachusetts, DC and Virginia
- We visited Florence, Italy in August, when everything was closed, including all of the city’s vegan and vegetarian restaurants. Our tips (coming soon) will be limited to food we found at “regular” restaurants but EuroCheap has a great article with a roundup of the best places to find veg-friendly fare in the Florence.
- Speaking of vegan food in Italy, check out some food porn on the Vegan Around the World blog. The photos were taken by Feather, who has been traveling for several months and most recently touring around Italy.
- Christy, The Blissful Chef, has been busy traveling around Asia. She’s been reporting on her trip, and including some notes about vegan food finds in Malaysia, Thailand and Japan.
- The traveling nomads from The Never Ending Voyage blog recently passed through Sucre, Bolivia, where we were earlier this year, and have compiled an off the beaten track tour of Sucre’s vegetarian-friendly (some vegan options) restaurants.
- Polly from Veggywood recently returned from a trip to Asia and posted her first travel recap with lost of pictures and information about her vegan finds in Hong Kong. She’ll be posting more about her trip in coming weeks so stay tuned :)
Europe is a wonderful place to visit for so many reasons but one big one is that it’s easy to hop from country to country with just a short ride on a bus or train. We wanted to take advantage of this luxury so we caught a bus from Berlin to Prague. Before starting our bus journey, we made a quick trip to the supermarket. We picked up fruit smoothies, grapes, wholegrain rolls and a jar of tomato spread made from sunflower seeds. Having forgot our cutlery, we also snagged some chopsticks for spreading. There were no plastic knives, spoons or forks in sight. Sometimes you have to get creative. After five hours on the bus, we arrived in Prague. Ready to eat, of course!
Please note: Hans Wurst has closed as of January 2011.
Before arriving in Berlin I asked a lot of people for restaurant recommendations and everyone suggested I check out Hans Wurst. The restaurant serves organic vegan food and has an interesting menu with a mix of seasonal specials and standard items like salads, burgers and pizza. I ate there twice, once for brunch and once for dinner.
If you haven’t caught on yet, I’ll tell you straight up that Berlin is a very vegan-friendly city. In addition to all of the restaurants, cafes and fast food joints serving up vegan food, there are a lot of bio shops and regular supermarkets that have a great selection of vegan items you can buy to make meals at home. Another place worth checking out, although you may have to make a special trip to get there, is Veni Vidi Vegi. It’s an all vegan store with a whole lot of vegan food, books, shoes and clothing packed into one small shop.
Maja’s Deli is one of the few restaurants in Berlin that falls somewhere between fast food and fancy. It’s pretty causal, but has a really nice atmosphere, healthy dishes, and affordable prices.
Wanna hear a cool idea? Wouldn’t it be fun to start a monthly meet up where a bunch of people make vegan cakes and get together on a Sunday to eat cake, have a coffee or tea, chat and relax? It’s simple but just so perfect. In Berlin, there is a monthly event called Fika Berlin that brings together a group of people who want to enjoy all of these simple pleasures without all of the commercialization.