A Business Trip to Kitchener, Ontario – Vegan Style

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This guest post was written by Talia Boo, a vegan and a business woman living in Toronto, Ontario. She recently started a new job that has her traveling throughout Canada. She started a blog, Let’s See What Happens…, to document her travels and shares photos of the vegan food she finds along the way.

Living in Toronto for the past 17 years has made the transition to becoming vegan a lot easier than I ever expected.  The grocery stores have sections filled with vegan foods and there are health stores at every turn.  If I wanted to eat out I could have tofu scramble from Sadie’s Diner for breakfast, a BBQ tempeh sandwich from the Raging Spoon for lunch and the mega-life plate (organic greens, brown rice and marinated tofu) from Fresh for supper.  All  three of these restaurants are in my neighbourhood!

I recently took on a new position which requires travel throughout Canada and I found out it takes a little more creativity when the restaurant names, menus or even grocery stores aren’t branded with ‘vegan’ labels.  Fortunately, it hasn’t been that difficult!  Most recently, I was sent to Kitchener, Ontario for three nights.  Even though it’s less than two hours from Toronto, I had to rely on my knowledge for finding vegan options as they weren’t always pointed out to me.

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Genesis Today Giveaway: And the Winner is…

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Congratulations to Valerie, the winner of our Genesis Today giveaway. She will receive a sample of the three Genesis Today juices.

Genesis Today is doing a large giveaway that is open until December 20. Click here for more details (US and Canada).

Genesis Today will choose one lucky Grand Prize winner to receive the “Ask Dr. Lindsey – Prize Pack.” This will include a personal health consultation from Dr. Lindsey Duncan himself suited to your specific health and nutritional needs and will include a three month supply of Genesis Today products – a $600 value. Second Place will receive a three month supply of Genesis Today Superfruit juices, and 25 Runners up will receive a free bottle of Genesis Today Superfruit juices.

First Taste of Truffle, Eating Fruit off Trees & Other Vegan Adventures in Sermoneta, Italy

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Eating in - Sermoneta, Italy

Before we went to Italy, if I had to guess which city was going to be my favourite, I’d probably have said one of the big, famous places like Rome or Venice. But, as it turns out, one of our favourite stops was in Sermoneta, a small town in the Latina province that’s about 40 minutes from Rome by train.

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Lenny & Larry’s Vegan Protein Cookie Giveaway – Closed

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I enjoy a good energy bar as much as the next vegan traveler, but sometimes it’s nice to mix it up and try something new. Enter Lenny & Larry’s Complete Cookies. They’re vegan, contain 15g of protein and 5g of fiber. Not only that, but they’re big, chewy, soft and tasty. I don’t want to try and convince myself, or you, into thinking they’re a super healthy snack. After all, they are cookies. But with so much protein, all natural ingredients, zero preservatives, and a selection of delicious flavors, they’re definitely a smart choice when weighing vegan cookie options.

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A Gift Guide for the Vegan Traveler

I can’t believe it’s December. Not because the holiday season is fast approaching, but because the start of December marks the 11 month of our year long journey. It’s crazy to think back. It seems like just yesterday we were making very specific holiday wish lists, including only the most essential travel items.

With a whole lot of travel behind me, I’ve come to learn what you actually need to pack for vegan travel. Here are some gifts ideas to surprise and excite vegan travelers. And not only vegan backpackers, but vegans heading off on vacations, business trips, camping trips and more.

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Vegan Tips & Trips: November 2010

Welcome to the November 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

  • Health Travels Booth in Toronto AirportVegNews assures us things are looking up for vegans flying during the holiday season. More and more vegan options are popping up in airports, and more airlines are offering vegan and vegetarian meals.
  • The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) just released the results of a study that found 82% of major US airport restaurants now offer at least one low-fat, high-fiber, cholesterol-free vegetarian entrée, up from 79% last year.
  • If you’re nervous about keeping up your healthy vegan lifestyle while traveling for the holidays, check out these 10 tips from the Healthy Voyager.
  • Sherri from Vegan Nosh has some advice on what vegan food items you can get through airport security.
  • If you’re traveling by car, rather than plane, check these road trip snack ideas from Sarah at The Ordinary Vegetarian blog.
  • Heather from Healthy Vegan Recipes delivers more great vegan travel advice this month, bringing us tips for cooking on the road without oil. She’s also started a discussion about whether or not vegans who choose healthy meals are missing out.
  • This month I was introduced to The Veggie Bus, an online resource put together by a bunch of “hardcore vegetarians who are traveling the world (well Asia to start with) seeking the finest (and cheapest) veggie cuisine from China, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia.”
  • Do you have vegan travel tips to share? Submit your best tips for a chance to win a Kiss My Face gift pack from the Tomorrow Austin blog. You can enter until January 11, 2011!

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Genesis Today Juice Giveaway – Closed

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John and I are back in Canada and currently hanging out in Victoria, British Columbia. Before we return to “real life” and get back to working full time, we’re taking a month to relax, unwind from our travels, and give our bodies some extra love and care. We’ve set a goal to do 30 days of hot yoga (we’re already half way there!!) and refresh our bodies with an overload of fruits, veggies and healthy homemade meals. Given our current state of mind and health goals, it was a pleasant surprise to hear from Genesis Today with an offer to send us some samples of their new super fruit juices.

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Our First Taste of Italian Dining

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Le Piccole Vele Resturant

We were two weeks into our Italian getaway before we realized we hadn’t eaten in a single restaurant. With all the veggie restaurants closed for August, we weren’t tempted. We used this time to give our budget a break and cook our own meals. By the time we arrived in Sermoneta, which is about 40 minutes outside of Rome by train, we were ready to treat ourselves. We were delighted when our Couch Surfing host, Martine, suggested we eat at Le Piccole Vele (The Little Sales), a small restaurant located in the Lepini Mountains, just a short drive from Sermoneta. The picture above may not look like much, but it captures the scene. After driving up the mountain, we parked the car and came around a bend to see these lights shining from inside a small house, and smoke coming off the barbecue. We knew we were in for a special meal.

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Vegan Pizza in Italy

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We ate a lot of pizza in Italy. Just look! Whenever we found ourselves craving pizza, there was a pizzeria anxious to serve one up. Pizza often seemed like the best option when we were out and about, sight seeing and away from any kitchen. They’re a great choice because they’re cheap, easy to share, and can be taken to a park for a simple picnic lunch.

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Pure Bar Giveaway: And the Winner is…

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Congratulations to Rhonda, Sarah and April! Each of our winners will receive one 12 pack box of Pure Bars.

A big thank you to Veronica from Pure Bars and everyone who entered and promoted the giveaway. Thank you!!!

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