A New Project: Vegan Cuts

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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.

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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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Vegan Tips & Trips: February 2011

Welcome to the February 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

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Vegan on a Business Trip: Victoria, BC

Vega Shake and Go at the Airport

Airport Smoothie

Last week, I had a chance to visit Victoria, British Columbia, a beautiful city on the west coast of Canada. I traveled there for work but found some time to dine out and sample the local vegan options. I left Ottawa early on Wednesday morning, heading to the airport before having any breakfast. Before hopping on the plane, I tore open a vanilla Vega Shake & Go Smoothie packet, mixed the powder with some water, gave it a shake, and voila…I had a protein drink to get my day of travel started. This is really the only way to go when you can’t bring liquids through security. There’s a Booster Juice at the Ottawa airport but I try to avoid soy milk when I can.

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On the Hunt for Vegan Food in Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau, Bahamas

This guest post was written by Spencer Hope Davis from the Observations from the Road Less Traveled blog.

When I headed off on an extended vacation to Nassau, the capital city and largest city in the Bahamas, I searched the web for places that might be vegan friendly and frankly, I didn’t find a lot of possibilities. Happy Cow didn’t help. No restaurants were listed when I Googled “Nassau vegan.”  In fact, the few blog posts on the matter specifically said Nassau had no vegan friendly spots. I was concerned, but not deterred. After all, my blog is about observing the road less traveled, so I was stubbornly certain that I would find what I was looking for by looking hard enough—even in the land of conch (sea snail) fritters.

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At Home: B-day, V-day, Winter Eats & Weekend Faves

Vegan Cupcakes from Thimble Cakes

Vegan Cupcakes from Thimble Cakes in Ottawa, ON

There’s been a lot of celebrating going on here at the Vegan Backpacker household and no shortage of excuses to eat special things like cupcakes, for example. My birthday just passed, as did Valentine’s day, and friends and family came to visit us from Toronto and Halifax. That’s three great reasons to enjoy a cupcake. These cupcakes we’ve been indulging in, there from Thimble Cakes, a new cupcakery in Ottawa, Ontario. They’re a nut-free bakery with a great selection of vegan offerings. Our friends Calina and Dan, the same couple we traveled around South America with, came up for a weekend and surprised us with this trio, which included a banana split, espresso and double chocolate cupcake.

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The Vegan Food Scene in Cairo, Egypt

Vegan Baked Goods from Sugar and Spice in Cairo, Egypt

Vegan Baked Goods from Sugar and Spice in Cairo, Egypt

I’m very thankful that we were able to visit Egypt during a more peaceful time, while locals were in ramadan and fasting for the sunlight hours. We ate a lot of homemade Egyptian food, but also ventured out into the streets of Cairo to find some vegan baked goods, ful sandwiches, kushari and Indian food. There aren’t a lot of places for vegans to eat in Cario; you really have to know where to look. We were fortunate that our hosts, Joey and Manar, were able to introduce us  to places like Sugar and Spice, where we bought this box of vegan baked goods. At this little bakery and cafe in Zamalek (an island that is known to some as the Manhattan of Cairo), we picked up a mini chocolate bundt cake, rice crispy square and two mini carrot cake loafs.

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Trinidad & Tobago: A Vegan Paradise

Doubles (Trini-Bajan Style) on flickr by coreycam

Doubles (Trini-Bajan Style) on flickr by coreycam

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!

Who’d have thought that the Carribean islands of Trinidad and Tobago would be such a vegan paradise? We travelled to both islands last October for the first time and the food was as much a highlight as the weather and beaches. While the cuisine choice is grand, there are some catches – and the key is timing.

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At Home: Cookbook Overload & Vegan Coupons

Vegan Cookbooks from the Ottawa Library

Vegan Cookbooks from the Library

Now that I’m back home, I’m rediscovering all of my old hobbies. I’d completely forgotten how awesome the library is. The Ottawa Library has every vegan and raw food cookbook you could ever want. New and old. And not just one copy at each branch; they’ve got something like 20 copies of the more popular titles. I went through the list of vegan cookbooks that were added to the catalogue during 2010 and submitted online requests for almost all of them. A lot of the books had long waiting lists, so I figured they’d come trickling in one at a time. Nope. I suddenly found my inbox full of emails with notifications that my requested books were ready for pickup. So many came in at the same time, I couldn’t fit them all in my book bag. Now I’ve got a whole stack and almost no time to read them (the lending period is three weeks but I’ve been super buys). From this stack I managed to make one recipe, African Yam Stew from Vegan Yum Yum (I’ll share a picture in an upcoming At Home post). And after skimming the recipe index, I decided to buy a copy of Vegan Brunch. If you know any good recipes from the cookbooks pictured above, please let me know right away…I think they’re due back on Tuesday.

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