Vegalicious February Travels


A few weekends ago I ventured down to Los Angeles to visit a friend and attend an art opening for Swedish artist Jimmy Strambrandt, plus of course to taste some of the Native Foods…literally, but more about that in a minute. Sharing a few photos from the gallery and from the trip.




Jimmy & Lisa

Two Swedish artists, Jimmy & Lisa

If you’re interested in seeing more of his art, I have added a link to his page at the end of this! I thought the compositions were very clever and enjoyed meeting Jimmy, speak a little Swedish, plus meet some new and interesting people! I even drove a little while in Los Angeles! FYI: I’m a very careful and observant driver!

Driving in LA

The best part of the trip was the trip down to Palm Springs, where I’d only previously driven through. As I mentioned in the beginning, I had to sample the food, so lunch was at Native Foods and I now wish that they were located in every city across the United States!

Native Foods

Native Foods 1

Native Foods2

The Lavender Lemonade was delicious, by the way! Here’s a peek at the dishes I sampled. First Native Nachos. The “Nacho cheese” was delicious!

Native Nachos

Also had to try a few of the Native Sweet Potato fries, but I must admit that I’ve had better.

Native Fries

For the main dish I had the Twister Wrap: Fresh baby greens, fresh avocado and cucumber salsa, creamy chipotle sauce and your choice of crispy, blackened or grilled Native Chicken in a whole wheat wrap. It was delicious!

Native Twister Wrap “Twister Wrap”

Also sampled the Sesame Kale Macro Bowl: Grilled Native Tempeh atop steamed kale, brown rice, creamy ginger sesame sauce, tangy sauerkraut and onions. Garnished with gomasio and green onion and served with crunchy cucumber seaweed salad on the side.

Sesame Kale Macro

A beautiful place to stay in Palm Springs is Korakia Pensione. It has been named “One of the Sexiest Hotels in America” by Forbes and The New York Times. It didn’t disappoint, that’s for sure! I feel grateful to have stayed there…even just for one night!





Korakia is Greek for “crow”. The pool was 90 degrees, by the way! I took a nighttime swim! I also loved the fire pit, but didn’t get a good picture of it, so you will have to look at in on their website at the end. A wonderful place to sit by in the evening and gaze up at the stars!



I apologize for not having as much time to write and share, as I am teaching extra classes both at school and at my business, plus preparing for several upcoming talks! If you want more vegalicious information you can always follow me on FaceBook under my pages “Cancer Project Nutrition And Cooking Class” and “Nourish NW”, as well as “West Coast Vegans” – the page I share with my friend, Alejandra.


Happy Vegalicious March!


Art by Jimmy Strambrandt:

Korakia Pensione:

Native Foods:

About urbanveganchic

I'm an urban chic woman, who is passionate about educating others about the benefits of a whole foods, plant-based vegan diet, cancer prevention & survival, as well as art & life. I love adventures and travel. As an artist and a teacher, I care deeply about healthy living, being a conscious steward of our planet, and being kind & respectful towards animals. Learning about a vegan plant-based diet has been like discovering a new country and falling in love with it, so if I sound like I'm enamored you now know why! As a world traveler, I truly wish I had discovered this beautiful new country twenty years ago! Better late than never, as they say, cause there's no going back now! Born and raised in Scandinavia. Proud owner of a tripod cat & a foxy little pup. Speak four languages...some better than others. Working on the fifth one. We are all either part of the problem or the solution! Health & Happiness to you! ~UrbanVeganChic

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