Last weekend I headed to Sacramento, California, to visit with my vegalicious friend Bethany and her husband Scott. Bethany and I met over two years ago in Washington, D.C. when we were going through our Food for Life training thru PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine). So, when I knew I was going to Sacramento we arranged to get together with two other vegalicious gal pals (for dinner), whom I’ve only spoken to by phone or online, but who are friends of Bethany’s as well. As I’m sure many of you already know, when you go vegan, you get this whole new tribe of friends and “family” members and it’s just WONDERFUL! Four or five years ago, I could never have imagined just how blessed I’d become just by simply switching my diet and lifestyle to a healthier and more compassionate way of living!
After Bethany picked me up from the airport we headed to one of her favorite vegan restaurants in Sacramento for lunch called Baagan. Bethany ordered up some yummy dishes from her friend, the owner. Check out this sweet little place and the lunch dishes we ordered!
…Curry Panini. YUM!!!
You would think we’d be full after all of that, but we decided to split one of their amazing raw desserts.
Raw carrot cake dessert with a coconut topping and a sauce that was simply out of this world!
This was a quick trip, so later that evening we drove to meet up with our two amazing friends Linda and Kayle. Linda is also a PCRM Certified Food for Life Instructor…she’s 71 and looks to be in her fifties. Unbelievable! This IS what a vegan diet can do! Our gorgeous friend, Kayle, whom I’ve interviewed about being a two-time cancer survivor (found under Cow Girl Kicks Cancer Twice) is getting rollin’ with giving paid talks and she also has her own awesome vegan t-shirt and accessory line (link is at the end). For dinner we all met up at Nectar Cafe in Auburn, California.
Here’s Linda & Bethany…Can you believe she’s 71?
Kayle & Me
And the four of us…
We had a blast laughing and talking…and listening to some great music, but you really want to see what we ate, don’t you? I had the Thai Green Curry and it was so delicious!
Kayle had the Tacos
Linda and Bethany split the Jamaican Burger and Pad Thai dish.
Dr. Neal Barnard’s phrase runs through my head when I get served vegan food like this. He’ll say, “This sure isn’t suffering!” Isn’t that the truth? With so much amazing vegan food out there, why would anyone not consider this more compassionate, healthier diet? Well, the best part of it all wasn’t the food, but connecting with these amazing women that I’ve known now for over two years. (No, that is not a man growing out of Linda’s neck…LOL!)
The next morning, we all got up early. Ate a delicious oatmeal breakfast with blueberries and other goodies. Then Bethany and I drove downtown Sacramento to join about two hundred other people for free yoga in the park. It was awesome!
Afterwards, we checked out the art market that was going on in the park. I bought a few things and then we ran a few other errands and later met up with Bethany’s son for lunch. We were going to go to…
…but unfortunately Bethany hadn’t gotten his message earlier. You have to call ahead to order if you’re going to go there for lunch. Call at least the day before! I thought this was a great name for a cafe! Well, instead we headed over to Shine. Their menu and food did definitely not disappoint! YUM!
Thai Salad with Grilled Tofu
This was such a great weekend! The weather was perfect and I got to visit with some of the sweetest people I know, plus check out the cool t-shirt that Kayle gave me. I wore it on Vegan T-shirt day! Yes, there is such a day!
What did you wear?
And then…SIGH…it was time to say goodbye to all of these lovely, lovely humans and head back home. I hope you enjoyed taking this little trip with me!
What about you? Have you taken any vegalicious trips lately or are you planning to?
Please feel free to share or recommend your favorite place to travel to! Who knows, we may just run into each other one day!
**Link to Kayle’s “Cowgirls and Collard Greens” shop**:
Check out this Vegan pin! I bought one from Kayle. I love a bit of vegan bling!
Enjoy and Eat More Veggies!
Much Health & Happiness,
I’m honored to be featured on PCRM’s Food for Life News for May 2015, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to highlight some AMAZING AMAZING people whom I’ve had the privilege of interviewing my first two years on a whole foods plant-based vegan diet! These incredible people not only shared their personal stories of transformation with changing their diets, but adopting this lifestyle! You don’t want to miss out! Simply follow the link below:
Happy Vegalicious Reading!
PS. I get to hang out with this lovely woman, Ms. Kayle, this weekend!
Link to PCRM’s Food for Life May 2015: http://www.pcrm.org/health/diets/ffl/newsletter/food-for-life-in-the-news-may-2015
Who would travel across the United States on their day off to rendezvous with a European friend? Well, of course I would! I left Seattle Friday morning and arrived in Charlotte, NC to just in time for dinner. At first, when this trip was presented to me, I hadn’t expected to find any vegan restaurants in this part of the country, but I was pleasantly surprised! Actually, there are three or more vegan restaurants in Charlotte. They have more vegan restaurant options than in the city I currently live in. However, I believe that it is a growing trend everywhere in this country as demand for cruelty free and healthier dining options become more of the norm and more people start realizing that it is not only better for their health eating this way, but also for our precious planet! Not only is it a win-win situation, it is simply also smart business for the future!
We studied the menu’s for each of the three restaurants in Charlotte (Bean, Fern, and Luna’s Living Kitchen) and settled on going to Luna’s Living Kitchen. We were definitely not disappointed. First, we started with an appetizer of Sweet Potato Sushi roll with red bell peppers, cucumbers, arugula wrapped with sweet potato rice and nori leaves, garnished with lightly spiced chili sauce. This appetizer was incredibly delicious and the dipping sauce simply outstanding! My friend, who isn’t a vegan, had a look of sheer delight on his face after the first bite, which was priceless! He said, “I had no idea that vegan food could taste this good!”
Then it came time for the main meal. I had ordered the “Skinny Witch” burger “wrapped in collard leaves w/ cucumber, greens, an bill’s local ‘piccleville’ pickle relish”. My friend got a kick out of the title, but it was just as delish! Seen here with a raw beet salad. We shared!
My friend went for the Pad Thai, which consisted of crisp zucchini and sweet potato noodles, bean sprouts, purple cabbage and bell peppers served with almond butter pad thai sauce – garnished with fresh cilantro and a dash of their spicy sambal sauce. YUM!
The interior of Luna’s is quite spacious and very relaxing! I was impressed with the style and decor. Have a look!
The picture below was after everyone had left. We were among the last to leave.
I had to convince my friend that we should have dessert despite the fact that we were both full after this meal…and it certainly did not disappoint. Here is the Lemon Berry “Cheese” Cake…
…and which I, of course, had to model! The “cheese cake” was perfectly balanced in all its flavors and so delicious that it should have been illegal! SO, Vegalicious ones, if you make it out to Charlotte, North Carolina one day, Luna’s Living Kitchen is one place you don’t want to miss!
Have a Wonderful Vegalicious Week!
Vielen, vielen Dank, lieber Ralf! Ich habe vergessen, die dänischen Marzipan Leckereien zu bringen. Wir reden später! Hoffe du hast gut geschlafen!
Bzz! Bzz! Bzz! Süße Hummelbiene!
A few weeks ago, I returned from spring break in Denmark. It was a short, but delightful visit to the place where I was born, visiting family and friends. I also had the opportunity to speak again for the Danish Cancer Society, which I was honored to do in their new beautiful location! My cousin Mette went with to hear the new talk that I gave – her second time to hear me speak. A few days later I was over at her house for lunch and I couldn’t wait to see what she had come up with because she gets quite creative in the kitchen! I asked later if I could share the two salads and she said, “Of course!” They are pretty easy salads to make…yet so incredibly tasty, so I will bypass telling you to chop and mix the ingredients!
Asparagus & Cherry Tomato Salad
Oil / vinegar dressing
Kale, Orange, and Pomegranate Salad
Toasted pine nuts
Orange juice as dressing
Veggie Appetizers: Hummus, Avocado and another Veggie Dip
**The only way chickens should ever be served on a plate! **
After making one or both of these salads, I’d love to hear what you thought!
Happy Meatless Monday!
…Mange Tak Søde Mette! Stort Knus herovre fra!
Good morning Plant-Based Lovers,
I wanted to alert you to this VERY important Kickstarter campaign for the new documentary, PlantPure Nation. If you, like myself, thought that Forks Over Knives was an extremely important documentary in educating the public to turn to a plant-based diet for their health, then I know that this one will be just as significant! I am SO excited about this film, so please check out the trailer for it and learn about why they’re doing this Kickstarter campaign! I truly believe that this is going to be the most significant film you will be seeing on the big screen in 2015, so let’s all show our support so they can reach a wider audience!
FILM is a POWERFUL medium!
Thank YOU for YOUR support!!!
Nina, Urban Vegan Chic