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 Collard Greens in a Slow Cooker – a Southern New Year’s Day Tradition

This time of the year in the United States, we are reminded from every direction about the Southern tradition of eating collard greens and black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day to bring in good luck and financial stability with us into the rest of the year. I don’t know where this tradition originated, but I’ve sure seen huge piles of dried black-eyed peas on sale in every Southern Alabama grocery store I’ve stopped by in the past few days. Southern people make no secret of how much they love their traditions! Since I’m a Russian who’s only lived in the US for the past seven years, I still find new American traditions all the time. The flavor of classic Southern collard greens is especially dear to me because it reminds me of something that I used to eat in the kindergarten long, long time ago when the Soviet Union still existed. My … Read the rest of the post