Closing 2016: Galician Food Tour

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2016 has been quite the year for me. I moved out of my house, I lost my dog and, most importantly, I was able to reflect on the important things in life: like not taking our president-elect seriously.

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I have better things to do than think about Trump — like enjoying a piping hot cup of espresso at Panris Cafe!

It’s only apropos that I ended the year in one of my favorite countries: Spain, far far away from the chao-sity that is the U.S. of A. I love it, I hate it, I don’t understand it, but it is my home in the end. And by god, I needed a break from it! Two weeks in England just left me wanting more!

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Here we are in Asturias, amongst the gorgeous lights!

Galicia was my very first foray into Europe. The same time last year, I boarded the plane with high hopes and a nervous tummy, hoping the Galicians I met would know what a “vegan” was. I was met with a few paused contemplations, questions clarifying what constituted vegan, and generally a very accommodating culture that both surprised and delighted me.

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A peek into the glorious Factoria Verde!

This year was no different — actually, it was even better than the last year! I discovered a medley of new vegan products and an all-vegan shop called Factoria Verde, the waiters at every vegan restaurant I went to were still there, and still recognized me (I guess I’m like one out of 3 vegans in all of Coruña) and I ended up discovering even more vegan goodies in the supermarket.

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One of my favorite new vegan items I happened to find by chance at Mercadona!

Be sure to check back periodically for my Galician Food Tour posts as a respite to all the shitty Trumpian updates… it’s the least I can do for my country.

Urban Meadows: Hotel Trickster

Normally I don’t frequent restaurants-attached-to-hotels, but this one caught me unawares. It didn’t really look like a hotel-restaurant with its design, outdoor seating and no indication in its name (usually these type of restaurants would say “Hard Rock @ The Four Seasons) or something. Ambiance:  Urban Meadows looked like your run-of-the-mill modern-chic Anthropologie-esque sustainably sourced […]

Getting Catty at Catskill Animal Sanctuary

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Ask a vegan what they’d prefer spending their day doing and you’ll most likely get the reply: eating vegan donuts spending time with animals doing hot yoga. CAS at least has one out of those three, which is pretty decent as far as getting wishes fulfilled goes. For my birthday weekend, my ever-enterprising (also vegan!!!) […]

Vegan, Abroad: London + Manchester + Edinburgh


*I will be adding to this post as I create the reviews for the restaurants I’ve visited in the UK & Edinburgh!* Traveling as a vegan can be a stress-inducing prospect for many. For me, I think of it as a culinary challenge that informs me about how little/far a country other than the USA […]

By Chloe: Show-e by Far

It’s a fact: smart, entrepreneurial and super cute vegan chicks are taking over the world (or, at least, parts of the US). By Chloe, a chic, hip and cute-sy vegan fast casual restaurant, has had steady lines out the door since they opened July 28th of last year. Don’t be mistaken though: BC is pretty […]