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

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 Vacation in Hawaii, Part 1. Things to Do in Maui: from Hiking Black Sand Beaches to Visiting an Animal Sanctuary and Driving to the Top of a Volcano

Hi all! As you probably know, we recently went on vacation in Maui, Hawaii, and now that we’re back, I’d like to tell you everything about this adventure! Yep, it took me a while to put this post together because, you know, life interferes, but better late than never, right? 😉 To begin with, let me say that we had a wonderful time, and were surprised to find out that Maui is a perfect place for a vegan-friendly vacation. I originally wanted to put together just one post about our experience, but realized that it would most likely be mile-long, so I’m splitting my recap in two parts. Today I’ll tell you about all of the awesome places we visited on Maui – hopefully you’ll find this useful if you’re ever planning to go there yourself. My next post will be about all of the vegan food on Maui, and I’m sure you’ll … 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