Celebrate with Vegan Easter Candy

The Good Egg by Resuce Chocolate

The Good Egg by Resuce Chocolate

Whether you celebrate Easter or not, I think it’s hard to avoid getting excited about all of the new Easter themed vegan treats that are available this year. While in New York City, John and I picked up The Good Egg by Rescue Chocolate. This cream-filled egg was stuffed with delicious creamy chocolate. As usual, 100% of Rescue Chocolate’s proceeds go to animal rescue causes.

Dandies Tweets

Dandies Tweets

We also have some of Chicago Soydairy’s Dandies Tweets to enjoy this weekend. We picked up a bag of these bunny-shaped orange marshmallows while in Syracuse, NY at Strong Hearts Cafe. They are really yummy but I’d recommend eating only half a bunny at a time to avoid going into a sugar comma.

Over the long weekend I’m going to catch up on some blog writing and next week I’ll be sharing the story of all our NYC eats. Happy long weekend!

Travel Skin Care Kit 40% off at Vegan Cuts

Vegan Cuts Deal from Moxie Organix

I haven’t been blogging much lately but it’s not be because I’ve lost interest or been feeling lazy. John and I have been working hard behind the scenes on Vegan Cuts, our weekly deal website for vegan products. Today we launched our first deal with Moxie Organix. For a limited time, Vegan Cuts members can buy Moxie’s Mini Fav’s Kit for 40% off. Regularly priced at $20, you can now buy this travel-sized skin care kit for $12 + shipping (available in the U.S. and Canada). Head on over to Vegan Cuts to learn more about purchasing this deal.

I’d love to hear any feedback or suggestions you may have for Vegan Cuts. Let me know what you think…

Vegan Samples Galore at the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival

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Last weekend John and I drove to New York City with some friends to check out the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival and explore more of the local vegan restaurant and bakery scene. We visited NYC in April 2010 but didn’t get close to trying all of the popular vegan spots.

Last Sunday we woke up early and headed to Veg Fest where we spent the day talking to all of the lovely food and drink vendors, listening to presentations by vegan superstars, and chatting with other vegans.

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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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