Vegan Travel on the Big Island of Hawaii: Restaurants, Farm Tours and Beyond

A couple weeks ago Rob and I went on a long-needed vacation to the Big Island of Hawaii. A while ago, we both agreed that we wanted to go somewhere warm at the approach of the cooler season here in the Pacific Northwest. Even though Hawaii wasn’t our first choice (we just went to Maui last year, and this time around we were considering Caribbean), we were glad that we decided to give it a go. Today I’d like to share with you our experience with finding vegan food on the Big Island in the hopes that you may find it useful for your own future travels. Last year in Maui we stayed at a condo that we booked via AirBnB. My favorite part about that condo was the opportunity to make our own meals a few times, which was way cheaper than going out to eat three times a … 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

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

Fremont Fair: Seattle’s Quirkiest Neighborhood Shows Us More Than We Asked For

Wow, this past weekend was definitely something to remember! On Saturday, Rob and I visited the Fremont Fair – a giant fun event celebrating the summer solstice that took place in Fremont, the quirkiest neighborhood of Seattle. This annual fair took place for the 43rd time, and while we only found out about it a few days ago, we were definitely glad that we did! Just how quirky is Fremont, you may ask? After living in the Deep South for almost eight years, I consider seeing anyone wearing clown shoes on an average day the pinnacle of quirkiness, but for the dwellers of Fremont it’s just casual Tuesday morning attire. In fact, this Seattle neighborhood has an official motto of ‘delibertas quirkas’ – the freedom to be peculiar. The Fremont Fair concentrated this free spirit the same way sugar cane juice is concentrated to turn into molasses – it may be light and thin at first, but … Read the rest of the post

Cooking Class Review: Flavors of Southeast Asia by Fire and Earth Kitchen (Seattle)

When I found out that we were moving to Seattle area, I got very excited: this city in the Pacific Northwest is well-known for its vegan-friendly vibes, which is quite different from what we were used to living in the Deep South. (As Rob recently described the typical Southern restaurant fare, ‘It’s hard to find a salad that doesn’t have a rack of ribs in it.’ Okay, that’s not always true, but you get the point.) What’s even better, there are lots of opportunities in and around Seattle to enjoy delicious vegan food while socializing with like-minded people without going to a restaurant. Case in point: vegan cooking classes! This past Sunday, May 18th, Rob and I enjoyed a cooking class by Renee Press of Fire and Earth Kitchen, a Seattle-based personal chef business that Renee runs with her partner Nick. Renee offers a variety of cooking classes, as well as food coaching … Read the rest of the post

Seattle Vegan Restaurants Review: Plum Bistro, Wayward Vegan Cafe, Araya’s Place, Flying Apron Bakery

On our recent trip to Seattle, I was very glad to have an opportunity to eat at a number of all-vegan restaurants that are so numerous in Seattle area. This was a nice change from our current town in Southern Alabama where we don’t have any fully vegan eateries… I mean, we still manage, of course, but generally any eating out experiences are limited to choosing the only thing on the menu that has no meat, and then asking to not put any cheese on it either… At least two positive things come out of not having lots of vegan restaurants in our area: We cook and eat at home a lot, which is almost always healthier and cheaper; Going out to eat is not a temptation anymore to stuff ourselves with junk! This alone is a great thing, right? Since I don’t want to trash-talk our otherwise lovely town any further, … Read the rest of the post