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Vegan Dining in Charlotte, NC

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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!

Luna's

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!”

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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! 

V Burger

Modeling V Burger

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!

V Pad Thai

The interior of Luna’s is quite spacious and very relaxing! I was impressed with the style and decor. Have a look!

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The picture below was after everyone had left. We were among the last to leave.
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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…

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…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!
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Dessert

Bzz! Bzz! Bzz! Süße Hummelbiene!

Raw Danish Vegan Salads

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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!

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Asparagus & Cherry Tomato Salad
Ingredients:
Iceberg lettuce
Cherry Tomatoes
Spring onions
Radishes
Asparagus
Oil / vinegar dressing

Salad 1

Kale, Orange, and Pomegranate Salad
Ingredients:
Chopped kale
Honey melon
Orange
Pomegranate Kernels
Toasted pine nuts
Orange juice as dressing
Mette's Appetizers
Veggie Appetizers: Hummus, Avocado and another Veggie Dip

Chick Napkin

**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!
OG…
…Mange Tak Søde Mette! Stort Knus herovre fra! 

Thank You, Food Matters!

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About a month ago I received a surprise email from Food Matters, which said that I had been selected out of thousands of people to win a prize. I normally don’t apply because I rarely win, but for this one I had when I signed up for Food Matters TV (FMTV), which is awesome, by the way! (See link at the bottom) Can anyone relate? So, I was ecstatic! I had actually won something! At first I didn’t know what I had won, but that didn’t really matter. Seemed like a good omen to me that someone would write that I had been selected from 38,000 people to win something! Well, a few weeks later I get the shipping notice that it was on its way. Here’s the awesome gift that I received…

 

Food Matters WinnerFood Matters DVD, brochure, and two FM Magnets

If you haven’t yet watched Food Matters, I highly recommend it! This one is going into my library to be shared with others!

Thank you again, Food Matters! You made my day!

Here’s the link to FMTV:

Food Matters TV