2016 Vegan Beer and Food Festival in Portland, OR: Comfort Food, Banjos, and More Beer Than You’d Ever Need

Vegan Beer & Food Festival in Portland, OR

Imagine a situation in which lots and lots of vegan people came together to eat delicious food, drink vegan beer (or non-alcoholic beverages), and listen to great music on a breezy summer day. That’s exactly what Rob and I experienced last weekend when we went to the 2016 Vegan Beer and Food Festival in Portland, Oregon. I wanted to go to this festival last year in September, but at that time I was in the middle of what turned out to be a failed attempt to train for a bikini competition (dieting and all-you-can-eat-and-drink scenario of the festival didn’t mix well). So as soon as I found out that this year it was scheduled for mid-June, I jumped on the opportunity. I asked Rob for a trip to this event as a birthday gift, and that’s exactly what he arranged. Thanks, sweetie! This also happened to be our second trip to Portland – I wrote about … Read the rest of the post

Exploring Western Olympic Peninsula: the Pacific Coast in La Push, Vegan Food in Forks, and Giant Trees in the Olympic National Park

Sea stacks as seen off the First Beach in La Push, WA

Recently Rob and I realized that the daily grind was getting a bit too unbearable, so we made a decision to take a quick overnight trip to the Western Olympic Peninsula in our home state of Washington. I’ve been so grateful that two years ago we decided to move to the Pacific Northwest, which turned out to be more beautiful that we ever hoped for. In the two years that we’ve lived here, we’ve discovered so many amazing places, and continue to find more every month. The Western Olympic Peninsula turned out to be quite a gem! On Saturday morning, we took an early ferry from our home ground of Whidbey Island towards Port Townsend on the Eastern Olympic Peninsula. The ferry ride takes about half an hour going across Puget Sound. Once we arrived in Port Townsend (a lovely place, by the way, deserving its own separate post), we … Read the rest of the post

Healthy, Skinny, Fit: My Long and Winding Road to Body Acceptance

Body image motivation

Ooh, things are about to get real. As I grow more and more dissatisfied with the be-perfect-or-get-out nature of social media presence of countless health and fitness celebrities and #fitspiration gurus, my desire to raise my middle finger to this culture of perfection has grown proportionately. Today I want to talk about the battle that I’ve quietly fought for years, and why the time has come to put an end to it. If you’ve ever experienced anything similar, I hope my message reaches you. If you met me in real life, you would never think that I am one of so many people in our Western society who has had history of struggling with their body image. I’ve never been particularly large, nor have I ever gotten so skinny that it would have invoked concern from friends and family. I’ve never been clinically diagnosed with anorexia or bulimia (although today … Read the rest of the post

New Recipe: Vegan Fajita or Taco Filling with Soy Curls, Peppers and Onions

Vegan fajita filling with soy curls

I know it’s been a while since I posted a recipe here, so today I’m excited to share with you one of our current weeknight favorites – Vegan Fajita or Taco Filling made with soy curls! This recipe is so simple that for a while I didn’t even consider it blog-worthy. But since the demand for easy, quick and tasty vegan meals is always there, here we go: Back in our pre-vegan days, fajitas were one of my favorite things to order at Mexican restaurants. I loved the assortment of sizzling hot, slightly charred crisp vegetables tossed with strips of chicken or steak, served in a hot cast iron pan, along with guacamole, sour cream, warm tortillas, rice, and whatever toppings each restaurant could come up with. Assembling each individual fajita from all those fillings was always so much fun! Then I went vegan, and for the most part the appeal of fajitas … Read the rest of the post

I’ve Decided to Stay Vegan – and Here Are 10 Reasons Why

10 reasons why I choose to stay vegan

Believe it or not, I don’t have a lot of vegan friends on my personal Facebook page. Whenever I happen to meet a cool vegan person, I sometimes get too lazy to look them up and send them a friend request. So when a vegan Facebook friend of mine recently announced that he was getting off the vegan grid after advocating for it for many years, I felt a familiar tinge of disappointment. “Oh man, now all of his non-vegan friends will be convinced that being vegan is unsustainable…” Eventually, I managed to overcome my initial judgmental thoughts and wished him the best of luck. At the same time, I asked myself, “Why is it that I never feel like I don’t want to be vegan anymore?” The ex-vegan movement seems to be on the rise these days. In the past couple years, some big-name vegan bloggers have announced that … Read the rest of the post

Our Vegan Adventures in San Francisco Bay Area: Millennium Restaurant, Davey Jones Deli, Smart Alec’s, Blossom Vegan Restaurant.

Vegan food adventures in San Francisco Bay area

So 2016 is in full swing, and I finally have a new blog post for ya! Even a few months ago, I wouldn’t have expected to start it off with travel adventures, but here we go – we recently went to visit Rob’s side of the family in San Francisco Bay area, and in less than two weeks we’ll be heading to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras. One trip down, another to go! This was my first time ever visiting San Francisco and the Bay area, and I was definitely very impressed! I’ve heard that it was a true vegan haven, but since we were with the family, eating at as many vegan places as we could wasn’t really our goal. We still found a few vegan gems though, so hopefully our experience helps you if you head that way at some point! In case you’re wondering, the boots I’m wearing … Read the rest of the post

Top Ten Most Popular Posts in 2015: Vegan Food, Marathoning, and the Never-Ending Search of Awesomeness

Top blog posts of 2015

Oh my, is the year almost over? Time flies when you’re having fun, and there’s definitely been plenty of that going on here in the Vegan Runner Eats headquarters, broadcasting straight from my kitchen table 🙂 . To finish 2015 with a bang, I’ve put together a list of the most popular posts published this year. In case you’ve just recently joined the Vegan Runner Eats reader family, here’s a great way to catch up! So here we go: in no particular order, the top ten posts of this year. Actually, there is somewhat of an order: I’ve grouped the posts by their topics for extra smoothness of reading 🙂 Enjoy! 2015: Most Popular Posts about Food & Health (Click on the red title to see each post.) How to Cook With no Oil: 8 Useful Tips. The idea of oil-free plant-based diet has been popularized by such nutrition and health heavyweights like Drs. Caldwell … Read the rest of the post

How to Become Your Healthiest Self by Ditching Your Protein Obsession: Dr. Garth Davis Explains It All in His New Book (and I’m Giving Away a Copy!)

Proteinaholic by Dr. Garth Davis

If you’ve been following Vegan Runner Eats for a while, you’ve probably noticed that I’m a big fan of the health aspect of the vegan diet. I especially love it when the facts are presented by highly versed scientists and medical professionals who have devoted their career to studying the connection between plant-based diets and our health. This is why today I’m very excited to bring to your attention a recently published book by Dr. Garth Davis, MD, called Proteinaholic: How Our Obsession with Meat Is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It. To sweeten the deal, I’m also giving away one copy of Dr. Davis new book, courtesy of his publishing company! Dr. Davis has been one of my vegan health heroes for a while. An experienced bariatric surgeon from Houston, TX, he’s been a passionate advocate for a plant-based diet ever since he faced his own … Read the rest of the post

Vegan Girl Power Series, Episode 1: How Lacy Davis Overcame an Eating Disorder, Gained Strength and Started Helping Others Become Vegan Superheroes

Interview with Lacy Davis from Super Strength Health

Hi all! It’s been some time since I published a new post here, so I’m glad to break the silence today with a new series of posts that I’m going to call Vegan Girl Power! My last post about my experience with training for a bikini competition resonated quite a bit with you guys, which sparked a thought that it would be great to share stories of other vegan women who embraced lifting weights and shed the pressure of the society to look a certain way. I learned that weightlifting can give us a great boost of confidence while making us legitimately strong – a quite logical connection, in my opinion – so I decided to ask a few prominent vegan women who lift about their take on the subject. My first guest is the wonderful Lacy Davis from Portland, Oregon! I’m excited to have Lacy in the very first … Read the rest of the post

What I’ve Learned from My Attempt to Train for a Bikini Competition, Plus 6 Things an Aspiring Competitor Should Keep in Mind

Bikini competition training lessons

This post was by no means easy to write. However, I believe that I need to share my experience with training for a bikini competition so that other women in a similar situation could make the right decision. I’ve recently learned a big life lesson: When you’re planning to have your life go in a certain direction for the next few months, life itself won’t necessarily oblige and go that way. Even if it does, it may not necessarily make you as happy in the process as you thought you would be. I know all this sounds vague, but here’s what happened in a nutshell: a few months ago, I announced in this blog post that I wanted to train for a bikini competition (‘bikini’ here is one of the bodybuilding divisions). But as I started training for it following a specially designed diet and workout plan, I realized that the … Read the rest of the post