Learning to Make Fresh Vegan Pasta in Messina, Italy

Homemade Vegan Pasta
Homemade Pasta

We managed to cover a lot of ground during our month in Italy. After traveling south from Padova to Rome, stopping in a bunch of cities along the way, we then took an overnight train from Rome to Sicily. Our first stop was Messina, a small border town. Most people told us to skip it but we wanted to make a quick stop so we could meet Päivi and Santeri, two (newly) vegan nomads who have been traveling since 2004. It was a quick visit but they taught us a valuable lesson: how to make fresh vegan pasta from scratch.

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Support The Intrepid Herbivores

Sadie and Joe, aka The Intrepid Herbivores, are two vegans from Portland, OR who are trying to raise enough money to travel to Thailand and film a pilot for a vegan cooking and travel show. Show your support for this good cause by donating to them through Kickstarter. Besides good karma, donations can earn you postcards, spice kits, homemade goodies and other surprise gifts.

From their Kickstarter profile…

About this project

Come forage with us in Thailand!

We are traveling to Thailand to film the pilot episode of a travel/cooking show geared toward the vegan/vegetarian traveler (literal or armchair).

This show will serve two purposes:

1. To be a field guide for the traveler who loves food but has dietary restrictions. We are vegans and we know the culinary delights of the world are deep and multitudinous–but can sometimes be hard to find if you don’t know how to look. NO MORE! We will venture into different regions of the world and investigate local produce and spices, visit restaurants and food vendors and learn about local specialties. We will also recommend places to eat and things to try and enroll in cooking classes to reach into the depths of indigenous vegan and vegetarian cuisine. We’ll also touch on how to navigate in the local language–with tips on asking for meal specifications, reading menus and ingredients lists, and general alimentary etiquette.

2. To show all you folks at home (whether you’re vegan, omnivorous, or anywhere in between) how to make the splendid dishes and treats we discover. We’ll be taking cooking classes from local chefs, touring vibrant markets and farms, and taking you along with us.

Eventually we want to create a companion series of guidebooks and build a comprehensive website with reviews, recommendations and all kinds of references for the vegan/vegetarian globetrotter–and truly celebrate the diversity of vegan food the world over. If the pilot episode from Thailand gets picked up, it will give us the opportunity to continue and we will film an ongoing series where we forage a different country or region in each delicious episode.

We are raising funds to go toward the pilot episode, to be used for travel expenses, recording equipment and post-production. The overall budget is expected to be about $6000, of which we are hoping to raise half on kickstarter. Oh, and we’ll spend some of it on food. ;-)

Vegan Tips & Trips: December 2010

Welcome to the December 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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Best Vegan Desserts of 2010


In 2010, we traveled around the world, making stops in South America, Europe, Africa, India, Canada and the United States. We ate a lot. I mean, A LOT.

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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Save 20% on Vegan Shoes at Planet Shoes

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Looking for vegan shoes? I know it can be hard to find a good pair. Planet Shoes has a great selection of vegan shoes, including some that would be great for travel.

Use the coupon code “Gifts2010″ to get 20% off your order. This code expires at 3AM, 12/24/2010. And that’s not all! Get free shipping both ways on your entire order over $49.

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Women’s Vegan Travel Shoes

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A Very Merry Vegan Holiday Season for Chocolate Lovers

Sidecar For Pigs Peace

Late July Dark Chocolate Covered Peppermint Sandwich Cookies

Pardon me as I interrupt our usual programming to bring you a post that’s a little less about travel, and more about just how awesome it is to be vegan this holiday season.

Once upon a time, many years ago, it was “hard” to be vegan. I have never known such a time. I started my vegan journey four years ago and have always had access to all of the staples I needed (vegetables, fruit, grains, nuts and seeds), as well as vegan alternatives to milk, cheese, meat and candy. In recent years, the selection has only gotten better. After spending some time in Victoria, British Columbia and Seattle, Washington, I discovered that local vegans are spoiled with choices, even when it comes to holiday treats.

I know the festive goodies I’m about to share aren’t available all around the world, but we do have some amazing online vegan stores that ship far and wide to bring vegan products to people who don’t live near well stocked supermarkets, health food stores and restaurants. If this includes you, be sure to check out Viva Granola, an online vegan store that ships worldwide, Vegan Essentials and Cosmo’s Vegan Shopee.

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Veggywood Takes on Hong Kong, China


Hong Kong, China

This guest post was written by Polly from Veggywood. She recently traveled to Asia and visited China and Japan. Now she is back and here to share her tips for vegans traveling in these countries.

As a vegetarian and then as a vegan, I’d always been nervous about traveling to Asia.  I’d heard horror stories about fish broth being in “everything”, carcasses hanging in shop windows, the prevalence of fur clothing… But when in the beginning of October, I was fortunate enough to travel to Hong Kong for the first time, I found an entirely different world:  one that was decidedly veggie-friendly and even more importantly, respectful of it. With the exception of fur (sadly, people wear a lot of real fur there, and it’s all over the shop windows, a sight I haven’t seen in awhile), I found Hong Kong and Japan surprisingly easy places to travel as vegan.

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Lenny & Larry’s Giveaway: And the Winner is…

Lenny & Larray's Complete Cookie - Vegan

Congratulations to Crystal who won one box of Lenny and Larry’s Complete Cookies.

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Vegan Gelato & Sightseeing in Rome, Italy

Il Gelatone

Il Gelatone

We visited Rome from Sermoneta, taking the train in after breakfast and returning in time for dinner. We were so busy walking around Rome, taking in all of the sights and sounds, that we didn’t stop to eat at any of the city’s vegetarian restaurants. We did, however, make a special trip to Il Gelatone for some soy gelato. We went for ice cream not once, but twice…

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Marie Veronique Organics Vegan Travel Kit Giveaway – Closed

If a product has the words “vegan” and “travel” in its name, I want to try it. Such was the case with the Vegan Travel Kit from Marie Veronique Organics. This kit, comprised of small bottles of gentle cleanser, anti-aging oil, anti-aging mist and moisture serum, is packaged for the vegan traveler who wants to nourish their face while on the road and skip the hassle of checking in luggage at the airport.

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