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

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

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

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

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

Our Vacation in Hawaii, Part 2: Finding Vegan Food on Maui is Easier Than You Think!

Hi all! I know it’s been a few weeks since my last post, but things have been crazy busy around here, so I apologize for leaving you hanging in anticipation for today’s post about vegan food on Maui! Anyway, better late than never, right? So, during our recent trip to Maui we discovered that this Hawaiian island was very vegan-friendly. As a result, I had a number of people tell me that they were planning to go there on vacation pretty soon, so they were looking forward to a post where I’d share all the details about where to find vegan food on Maui. Your wish is my command, so today I’ll be sharing our experience of eating at various vegan-friendly places on Maui. Get ready for all of the vegan deliciousness, Maui-style! (To learn about all of the fun things to do on Maui, check out my previous post.) Before we took off for our … Read the rest of the post

Our Adventures in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, WA: Beautiful Views, Whimsical Art, and Delicious Vegan Food

Hi all! So I was planning on posting a new update on my Seattle Rock’n’Roll marathon training this week, but last weekend Rob and I discovered a new little gem here in the Pacific Northwest – a city of Friday Harbor on San Juan Island that happened to be quite vegan-friendly – so today I decided to share our adventures from last Saturday instead of a marathon update. As you may know, we live on Whidbey Island that’s located just to the north of Seattle. If you look on the map, you’ll see that there’s a whole constellation of islands to the north and a little to the west from us called San Juan Islands. We heard that things were beautiful over there, which makes San Juans a popular vacation destination in the summer – so popular that you have to make hotel/bed-and-breakfast/camping reservations half a year in advance. Last summer that … Read the rest of the post

Our Christmas Holiday Trip to New York: Vegan Food is Everywhere! Manhattan, Family Dinner, and Vegan Airport Finds

Happy New Year everyone! I’m finally back to blogging after our Christmas vacation in New York, full of new ideas for Vegan Runner Eats in 2014. Before I start churning out posts with lots of useful info about vegan diet and lifestyle, I’d like to share with you the highlights of our trip to the wonderful Empire State. It’s been our tradition for as long as Rob and I have been together (going on five years!) to go to New York for Christmas week to visit his family. Rob is originally from New York, and his parents still live on Long Island. This year, however, our trip was a bit different because we were flying to NY from our new home of Northwest Washington state, as opposed to all previous years when we were coming from Alabama. In the past years, it felt to us like we were going from the … Read the rest of the post

Vegan Taste of Portland, Oregon: Restaurants, Street Food, and Cycling for Smoothies!

…Aaaand here I am with a report about the delicious trip to Portland, Oregon, that Rob and I took this past weekend! If you follow my blog on Facebook, you probably saw that last week I asked Vegan Runner Eats page followers for some tips on picking the best vegan restaurants in Portland – and there were a lot of suggestions from you guys! So today I’m going to share with you the delicious adventures we had in Portland following your advice! (I know, I know – the Neat giveaway has ended, and if you’re here to see if the winner is you, just scroll to the bottom of this page.) In case you haven’t heard about the abundance of vegan-friendly restaurants in Portland, you’re in for a treat. That is, of course, if you’re planning to visit this lovely city in the Pacific Northwest sometime soon. If not, make sure to put it on your … Read the rest of the post

How to Eat Plant-Based while Traveling: Think Outside the Box!

Most people following a plant-based diet will agree: it’s the easiest to follow when we can cook all of our meals at home, in our own well-stocked kitchens. However, life interferes, and we may find ourselves stressing over food while getting ready to travel to a new destination that may or may not accommodate our veggie-oriented eating. As you know by now, earlier this month Rob and I moved from our 3+ year home in Alabama to the wild and woolly frontier just outside Seattle, WA. During our transition, we spent a week in hotels equipped with only a microwave and a small fridge (okay, it’s better than nothing), first in New Orleans, Louisiana, then in a little town on Whidbey Island in Washington. Quite a bit of time was spent researching places where we could go eat next, all while trying to keep our meals healthy and affordable. Thankfully, we’re not … Read the rest of the post

First Steps in Going Vegan: Where to Start, What to Expect, and How to Stick with It

I’ve had the idea for today’s post for some time. Too often I see that people who decided to go vegan experience a number of difficulties on their journey, especially at first, so I decided to put together a post that could help them reduce their troubles. Regardless what brought you on the vegan path – compassion for animals, environmental concerns, search for better health – you should know that you’ve made a noble choice, and sticking with being vegan will only get easier for you with time. It’s easy to get confused in your initial research about the vegan diet and lifestyle: internet is full of contradicting information; the reaction of friends and family might be less than approving; settling into a new shopping and cooking routine can challenge even the most determined types. However, your transition will go more smoothly if you keep your eyes on the big picture. There … Read the rest of the post

More Holiday Running Streak: Weeks 4 & 5 (Days 19-32), Plus How I Managed to Keep Running Every Day and Eat Vegan While Traveling

Christmas morning in Huntington, NY Wow, I can’t believe how fast the last couple of weeks flew by! As I continued my Holiday Running Streak making sure to run daily for at least a mile (usually more), I also got a chance to get out of my comfort zone during our trip to New Jersey and New York for Christmas to visit my husband’s family. What was so “out of my comfort zone” about our trip? Well, I’ve gotten very used to my daily routine at home where I could go for a run in the morning in fairly warm South Alabama winter weather, and then follow it with the enjoyment of playing around in my own kitchen fully stocked with plant-based vegan ingredients to make whatever foods I felt like… yep, quite an enchanted lifestyle indeed 😉 . During our six-day out-of-state trip, I wasn’t the one making the rules about our … Read the rest of the post