Vegan Backpacker Interview with Planet Green

Mickey Z from Planet Green just posted an interview about the Vegan Backpacker blog. Click here to read the interview and learn a little more about how this all got started.

I answer questions like…

What has surprised you most during this adventure?

What came first, your veganism or your interest in the outdoors?

Vegans Line Up For Sunday Brunch at Cafe Vux in Berlin

Cafe Vux Sunday Brunch

Cafe Vux, Berlin, Germany

Oh how we love Sunday brunch! There’s something special about it, isn’t there? The friends, the food…the food, and the friends. I’m a big fan. In Berlin, there are several restaurants that host a weekly all-you-can-eat, pay-what-you-can vegan brunch. Cafe Vux quickly became our favourite place to hangout on Sunday mornings.

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Summer Love & Vegan Ice Cream in Berlin

Ice Cream Love

Love and Ice Cream in Berlin

I’m going to skip over our time in Brussels (it was two days, we didn’t eat out and my camera was broken) and move on to the sweet stuff. The sweet stuff being all of the vegan eis, the german word for ice cream, we enjoyed in Berlin. We spent six weeks in Berlin. Six lovely weeks without carrying around our backpacks and moving cities! We rented a cute apartment in Friedrichshain, which put us within walking distance to many of the city’s vegan restaurants and two ice cream shops known for having a wide selection of vegan flavours. As part of our strategy to survive the intense July heat, we frequently went on ice cream dates. Keeping cool was our first priority, the second, of course, was research. After many tastings and flavour pairings, I’m excited to bring you a review of vegan ice cream options in Berlin…

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An Indian Feast in Bruges, Belgium

Indian Tandoori

Indian Tandoori, Bruges, Belgium

Oops! I skipped a stop. I got so excited to share our news from Ghent that I passed over Bruges, a famous town in Belgium known for its medieval architecture, fancy lace work and In Bruges, a movie staring Colin Farrell. We visited Bruges on a day trip from Antwerp. We were only in the city for a few hours, and spent most of our time enjoying an Indian feast with a group of new friends.

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Ghent, Belgium: A New Contender for the World’s Most Vegetarian Friendly City

River

Ghent, Belgium

My impression is that most people haven’t heard of Ghent, the city in Belgium. Up until a couple of months ago, I had no idea it existed. But you should know about Ghent because it’s shaping up to be one of the most vegetarian friendly cities in the world. In fact, in May 2009, Ghent was the first city in the world to adopt a weekly vegetarian day. The local government has recognized the positive impact of a meat-free diet and mandated every restaurant in town to have a vegetarian dish on their menu. Every Thursday, school cafeterias serve only veg-friendly options and civil servants and elected councilors are encouraged to abstain from meat for the day. Some restaurants also join in on Thursdays and offer a special vegetarian menu. But the veggie love doesn’t stop there. The city is also home to many vegetarian restaurants, and a few that are 100% vegan. We spent five days in this awesome city and ate out as often as we could.

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Welcome to Belgium! First Stop: Antwerp

Central Station

Antwerpen-Centraal Railway Station

After a couple of weeks in the Netherlands, we were ready to explore Belgium. Antwerp, or Antwerpen as the locals call it, was our first stop. We’d planned to stay there for two days but met some really nice people and stuck around for five. We ate at home most days but did manage to venture out and scope out the local vegan food scene.

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Three Vegan Spots in Rotterdam

Maoz Falafel

Maoz Falafel, Rotterdam, Netherlands

If you’re a vegan or vegetarian travelling in Europe, there’s a darn good chance you’ll end up having at least one meal at Maoz, the popular vegetarian falafel joint. They’ve got locations in major cities across eastern Europe, including Paris, London, Amsterdam and Barcelona. They’ve also opened a few franchises in the US and you can now find them in Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco, Florida and New Jersey. A few years ago, we enjoyed several visits to Maoz in Paris and Barcelona and were excited to have a chance to eat there again while visiting Rotterdam, Netherlands.

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Vegan Tips & Trips: July

Welcome to the July 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

  • Before you know it, summer will be behind us. While the weather is good, pack up your car with vegan snacks and hit the road! Car + Plastic GardenThe Vegan Mom came up with a list of 15 vegan cooler essentials. Her ideas are especially helpful if you’re traveling with some little ones.
  • For more travel snack inspiration, check out the guest post Diary of A Vegan wrote for The Blissful Chef. She put together a list of food staples for international adventures.
  • JL from JL Goes Vegan also has some advice on what to pack for a summer vacation. But that’s not all! Check out her vacation recipes.
  • Does the idea of traveling as a vegan stress you out? Karol from Ridiculously Extraordinary offers up some simple and healthy meal ideas for vegan travelers. I don’t agree with his opinion on what to do if you order vegan food that turns out to contain animal products (he says eat it anyway or find someone who will), but there is some good info in his post.Berlin Apartment
  • Rather than look around for vegan-friendly restaurants, some vegans prefer to book accommodations with a kitchen and make their own meals when away from home. The Tropical Vegan shared some of her travel meal ideas, like black bean burgers and falafels.
  • If you’re a raw vegan who likes to travel, be sure to read Natasha’s tips for being raw on the road. She suggests stocking up on homemade trail mixes, dried fruits, seasoned nuts and seeds, and dehydrated crackers. If you’re a green smoothie fan, find out how you can enjoy a green drink in the air, despite airport securities strict liquid restrictions.
  • Before planning your veggie vacation, read some of the tips recently published by the Examiner, Vegan Around the World blog and Detroit Free Press.

Vegan Travel Bloggers

There’s More Than one Way to Say Go Vegan

Go Vegan!

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Secret Society of Vegans Giveaway: And the Winner is…

Congratulations to Jenny! She is the winner of our Secret Society of Vegans t-shirt giveaway.

A big thank you to the Vx store in London and everyone who entered and promoted the giveaway. Thank you!!!