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Voodoo Doughnut in Portland, Oregon

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Voodoo Doughnut in Portland, Oregon

When I eat a doughnut, it’s with the expectation that I’ll have another. And maybe one after that. And sometimes, sometimes, I’ll have—what does that make, four?—yes, sometimes I’ll eat four. What I’m saying is, I like to eat a lot of doughnuts. So I’m immediately at odds with anything that impedes my doughnut eating plan. Which is where Voodoo Doughnuts comes in, because eating more than one (actually, more than half of one) results in an unbridled sense of gluttony I generally like to avoid. When you’re eating a light,...

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Red Velvet Cafe in Las Vegas, Nevada

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Red Velvet Cafe in Las Vegas, Nevada

With it’s decadent interiors and clean lines, this sweet cafe has food to match. The menu features panninis, pizettas, daily specials, and plenty of desserts. Nearly everything can be made vegan, and it’s wonderful to browse a bakery case and see vegan on tags for Red Velvet Cake and Orange Cream Torte. The Veggie Tuna Melt and Veggie Ham and Cheese are great for a quick snack. If you’re staying longer, try the Vegan Taco Salad (basic but good) with Molten Chocolate Cake for dessert. Skip the baked fries and have a salad instead;...

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Go Raw Cafe in Las Vegas, Nevada

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Go Raw Cafe in Las Vegas, Nevada

I have an instant aversion to any restaurant that serves Sour Dreamor surrounds words like cheeseand beans with quotations, but I really want to like this place. With two locations, these cafes inside raw retail stores provide Las Vegas with plenty of living food options. Their menu is full of classic, comfortable dishes like burritos, salads, pastas, and burgers. I order the Mexicali Toast (Mexi pate, guacamole, salsa, sour dream, and hemp seeds) and the Traditional Pizza (buckwheat crust, “almond cheese,” basil pesto, marinara,...

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Miko’s Izakaya in Las Vegas, Nevada

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Miko’s Izakaya in Las Vegas, Nevada

This family-owned sushi bar is such a treat, I visited three times during my stay in Vegas. The owners are knowledgeable about vegan diets, and happy to recommend their favorites from the extensive vegetarian menu. Even the tempura is vegan. With choices like the Kimpira Gobo Roll (seasoned burdock root, ohba, and spicy goma sauce), the Spicy Satoimo Roll (spicy taro root with cucumber), or the Kanpyo Maki Roll (seasoned gourd), this isn’t your typical carrot-avocado-cucumber vegetarian menu. Try the Yakisoba or Ramen for a bowl of...

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Ronald’s Doughnuts in Las Vegas, Nevada

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Ronald’s Doughnuts in Las Vegas, Nevada

This unassuming donught shop is housed in a strip mall a few minutes from the Las Vegas strip. About 80% of the doughnuts are vegan, and the owners are happy to point out the shelves which hold them. With simple favorites like tiger tails, maple bars, apple fritters, and doughnuts filled with cool soy cream, most people don’t guess they’re vegan. And you’ll be surprised the prices are just like any “regular” doughnut shop; put Ronald’s in downtown and fill it with hipsters, and the doughnuts could easily...

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Sweetpea Bakery in Portland, Oregon

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Sweetpea Bakery in Portland, Oregon

Sweetpea Baking Company, part of Portland’s “vegan mini-mall” (which also comprises Herbivore Clothing, Food Fight Grocery, and Scapegoat Tattoo), is housed in an large, airy space with a view straight back through the open-concept kitchen. This view comes in handy the moment you realize that despite the huge variety and the tremendous volume (Sweetpea is also a wholesale bakery), the attention to detail and genuine contentment of the employees is still firmly intact. It’s a great thing to observe. My first bite at Sweetpea is a...

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Posa’s El Merendero – Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Posa’s El Merendero – Santa Fe, New Mexico

For vegan tamales, this is the place. The filling is simple: zucchini, squash, red pepper, green chile and corn, encased in a masa shell and steamed. If you order from the restaurant, try them smothered in red chile (it’s vegan), along with the beans and rice, which are also free of animal products. Not in Santa Fe? They also ship. If you don’t have vegan tamales locally, these are definitely worth trying. Posa’s vegan-friendly tamales Plaza Santa Fe location 3538 Zafarano #A2, near Albertsons The Factory & Restaurant...

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Vegan for Lent: A Guide to 40 Days of Plant Based Eating

Posted by on Feb 12, 2012 in Get It Here, Get It Here - Free, Practices, Uncategorized, _MainPage | 12 comments

Vegan for Lent: A Guide to 40 Days of Plant Based Eating

Want to go vegan or vegetarian for Lent? This guide shows you how. Vegan for Lent features 40 days of scripture meditations, meal plans, and over 60 recipes, in addition to information on eating out, common ingredients, and obtaining ample protein on a vegan diet. What people are saying: “The Vegan For Lent Guide that Joy has prepared was so helpful to many of our people as it caused us to consider what we eat and why. The gift of Lent is that it invites us to actually think and reflect on the meaning of our lives and choices and...

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Top 10 Vegan Travel Foods

Posted by on Jan 21, 2012 in Adventures, Uncategorized | 4 comments

Top 10 Vegan Travel Foods

I’ve been traveling full-time for nearly two months now, and part-time for several years prior to this. In that time, I’ve done lots of experimenting on what works for travel (energy bars, yes!) and what doesn’t (cupcakes, not so much). What makes good travel food? It has to be portable, tasty, and healthy. And of course, safe for travel by plane, rail, bus, or bike. Most of the items I’ve listed below have the added benefit of being raw, so you’ll feel nourished rather than weighed down by heavy foods. Traveling...

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Vegan Road Tripping

Posted by on Apr 29, 2010 in Adventures, BBQ, Italian, Japanese, kid-friendly, soy-free, travel, vegan kids, wheat-free | 7 comments

Vegan Road Tripping

  Clockwise, from bottom left: DHA flax oil, raw cacao and maca, a container of Inebriated Watermelon Salad, fresh herbs and greens, dates, watermelon, soymilk, soaked chia seeds, more fruit and veg, probiotic soymilk, cracked pepper-encrusted Chévre , fresh persimmons, stevia packets, Larabars, fruit snacks. Road trips tend to feature the sort of junky indulgences justifiable only by travelling impossible distances in just hours. After all, caffeine is an excellent preventative of highway hypnosis. Sugar is a great pick-me-up. And...

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