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New 2017 Graphics!

New 2017 Graphics!

Are you excited for this year’s VeganMoFo yet? Don’t forget, you can still sign up here if you haven’t yet!

In the meantime, we’re pleased to present brand new graphics for this year’s event. Thanks to Tansy Rees Illustration (also find her on Instagram here) we’ve got a variety of vegetables you can use to show off your participation in VeganMoFo. Use them on your blog or your Instagram, share them on Facebook or Twitter to let people know you’re involved – spread the word about vegan food!

 

September MiniMoFo

September MiniMoFo

It’s already September, meaning there’s only one month to go until VeganMoFo gets underway! To get you in the mood, here’s our new MiniMoFo challenge.

In September our theme is:  a meal inspired by a book you love.

And there’s a deadline this month – we’d love your submissions before 25th September, so we have time for a roundup before October comes around.

8th September is International Literacy Day, so we’re asking you to cook up something inspired by a beloved book.  Harry Potter fans, how about some vegan butterbeer?  Can you give Willy Wonka a run for his money and create a sublime chocolate concoction?  Show us what you’ve got!

As usual, remember to use the hashtag #MiniMoFo or post your link in the comments below, and check back at the end of the month for our roundup.

September MiniMoFo

June Blogger of the Month: Living the Dream at Deer Run

June Blogger of the Month: Living the Dream at Deer Run

It’s time to shine the spotlight on one of our regular VeganMoFo’ers again, and this time we’re introducing you to Jen, a vegan superstar:  she runs a vegan B&B in the Florida Keys, maintains a blog (Living the Dream @ Deer Run) and YouTube channel, and is an all-round great advocate for veganism.  And somehow she still had time to answer a few questions and help us get to know her a bit better!

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How long have you been vegan?

Approximately 16 years, but I’m not sure of the exact date…it could be closer to 20.

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How long have you had your vegan B&B, and what inspired you to open it?

About 13-14 years. We used to come here for vacations (it was a non-vegan B&B) at the time. I really fell in love with the area and together we started coming here 3-4 times a year.  As we became friends with the prior owner through the years, the other happy vegan began to help her fix things and tinker around the place to help her out (she was a little older). Ultimately, a few years into our visits he finally said to her, “If you ever want to sell this place, give me a call.” She called!

I was reluctant to take the plunge at first as back then The Other Happy Vegan (my partner) was not yet vegan (he is now, and for about 10 years or so). I knew I couldn’t run a business serving non-vegan food. I agreed to partner in the business and move here for one year ONLY if it would be run vegan. He agreed immediately. We’re still here.

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What’s the best thing about running a vegan B&B?

The best thing about running a vegan B&B is a combination of meeting like-minded people, because that really bolsters our own morale knowing we’re not alone being vegan in a non-vegan world.  The other best part, although it sounds very cliché, is when people tell us they have “seen the light” and are going to go vegan. We never know for sure if those who tell us they have had a perception shift decide to stay vegan, but we are able to offer support, resources and an abundance of gratitude to them when they set their intentions. We really do believe food is a large part of advocacy and activism – every bite of food we serve or distribute is literally saving lives.

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What inspired you to start your blog and YouTube channel?

I started these things because I needed a positive outlet to discuss veganism and all the changes in my own life. Instead of feeling isolated being vegan in a non-vegan world, I opted to do something positive and constructive and create my own support system. Despite running a social business, a lot of my part of running this business is solitary – being in the kitchen alone. Since this region of the world is so different from where I’m originally from, I thought maybe a few others would like to experience part of this. I don’t write as often as I used to for the first few years, but I will not abandon my blog. I also really enjoy VeganMoFo as it holds me accountable for a reason to get a post up.

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What’s the best feedback you’ve had on one of your recipes or dishes?

If you said “what’s the worst feedback” that would be easy, but the best? There are people who have said my food was life changing for them. Being brutally honest, the people that will forever stick with me are those who are in some type of health crisis and are searching non-stop for ways to restore health.

I do remember one person who had a very debilitating chronic health condition who I made a very special breakfast for. After she took a bite, she literally began to cry. Long story short, it turned out it had been over a decade since she had any form of pancake as she thought she couldn’t have any with her restrictions. She loved pancakes before her chronic disease diagnosis and missed them immensely. I didn’t know any of this. I gave her the recipe I had created for her to take back home so she could make them too. That was really the first time here that I realized the profound effect my food might have on some people.

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How often do you create new recipes?  Where do you get your recipe inspiration from? 

I used to create new recipes on a weekly basis because I get bored easily.  However I don’t have as much free time anymore, plus it is pretty costly and labor intensive getting a recipe from research & development to the table. I write a few new recipes every year just to keep my edge, but my latest passion is buying vintage cookbooks and veganizing recipes I think have potential. I live on an island, so my access to books can be limited. Vintage cookbooks are fun to play with, and they give me a “base” recipe. My professional culinary training has been almost exclusively privately with chefs, I’ve never had the time to go through an entire culinary program for a chunk of years at one time.

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Are there any other vegan blogs you love?

I absolutely love reading blogs. I get really disappointed and sad when authors I grow attached to either don’t keep up or abandon their blogs (insert sad face here). Thankfully there’s a lot of bloggers I look up from time to time (SO many I’ve discovered through VeganMoFo!).  I especially love The Vegan 8 because the concept is perfect for my life… vegan and 8 ingredients or less is speaking to my soul. I’m a passionate baker, but a very reluctant cook. I could spend all day in the kitchen baking (and often do), but if someone puts a pile of cooking ingredients in front of me I have nowhere near the same excitement. The Vegan 8 to the rescue for sure.

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What’s your favourite cookbook?

Truthfully, my favorite cookbook is a VERY old school out of print vegan book which I don’t talk about because no one can get it anymore. For great modern vegan innovators, I especially enjoy Isa Chandra Moskowitz‘s books and always recommend them (I can’t wait to visit one of her restaurants too!).

I also think the Vegan Black Metal Chef (pictured above in gingerbread form) is fantastic as he is able to connect with an often ignored segment of vegan society: metalheads! He’s edgy, smart, a good thinker, and has a sharp sense of humor too. I think anyone who can inject humor into life is probably someone I’ll gravitate towards. It’s a hard world, and a little levity goes a long way. I think his cookbook (I have it, we backed his Kickstarter) is brilliant. Out of hundreds of cookbooks his stands out for the photos, the ease of creation, the philosophy and personal element he has injected into every aspect, and the music. Additionally, it’s very modern in that every recipe has a QR code. There is so much thought and work behind his book, it far exceeded my own expectations. It’s helped me be more adventurous in my own personal meal creation.

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What’s your favourite cuisine?

My favorite cuisine by far is Italian. Good authentic Italian food is exceptionally limited in the Florida Keys, but there is one authentic Italian restaurant in Key West we’ll go to occasionally. There are limited vegan options, but what they do offer to us is excellent. When I travel up north, I practically live on Italian food to make up for lost time down here.

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What’s your favourite travel destination? 

Admittedly I am not well traveled anymore since we came to Deer Run. Our focus remains on our community, volunteer work and our business. Despite this we make an effort to do a road trip in Florida for a week or so every year. Plus we both have a desire to rent an RV, load up our animals with us and see our country (especially Oregon, we hear it’s so vegan friendly). As far as international travel, we’ll be visiting Thailand most likely when we are able to set aside enough time. Vegan food, beaches, and Thai massage sums up my idea of perfection.

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Have you stayed in any all-vegan accommodation?

YES! The White Pig Sanctuary in Schuyler, Virginia is WONDERFUL. It’s truly an oasis. We have been there a couple of times, and will absolutely go back. It was actually at The White Pig that the other happy vegan went vegan on the spot. Dina (owner/proprietor) allowed us into the pig area to interact. One of the pigs went up to The Other Happy Vegan and began nudging him…. He started to pet the pig, and soon enough this giant sweet pig rolled over just like a dog for a belly rub. At the time, The Other Happy Vegan was not yet vegan (this was a long time ago….) although I was already vegan. I could almost literally see the paradigm shift within him as he was petting that pig. It was in that actual moment that he declared himself vegan, and never looked back. I think if everyone could visit a sanctuary and visit with animals in safe and loving environments allowing their (the animals’) personalities to come forth, it would be a much better world with a heck of a lot more vegans in it.

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You can find out more about the Deer Run B&B via their Facebook page, and make sure you also check out fellow MoFo’er Kelly’s glowing review of her stay.

May MiniMoFo Roundup

May MiniMoFo Roundup

It’s the end of May, and time for our monthly MiniMoFo roundup! This month, we asked to hear all about your favourites. It’s been great seeing the different interpretations of this prompt – from favourite foods, to favourite restaurants, and more.

@lisasprojectvegan

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For Mother’s Day, Lisa went to Modern Love Brooklyn, our very own Isa Chandra’s restaurant! It’s easy to see why this could be someone’s favourite place. Grilled asparagus with cashew hollandaise? Yes please! Check out her instagram post for photos of the other courses she had – all delicious looking.

@veganfeastcatering

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Where would a vegan be without their avocado? I’m sure it’s a firm favourite of many vegans and Janet from Vegan Feast Catering is no exception. Also, how perfect does this avocado look? Jealous here!

@things2eat

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Moon’s account on instagram is packed full of mouthwatering meals, and her birthday meal is no exception (Happy Birthday!). She followed it up with a chocolate brownie, which makes it even better!

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Jenny blogged about one of her favourite restaurants, Lotus Vegetarian Kitchen in Manchester. She posted about a huge variety of foods her and her family ordered – including these prawn toasts, which she describes as “a deep fried toastie” – which definitely sounds very appealing.

@lisarturner

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Lisa’s favourite dessert is strawberry and rhubarb crisp – a classic combination, perfect for a summer fruit harvest. She’ll be posting the recipe to her blog soon, so that’s one to look out for!

@juli.ane_x

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Juli went to Kent’s first vegan pub – and this “Elvis burger” with peanut butter, pickles, and vegan bacon certainly looks like a good favourite to have. Yum!

Walks, Talks, & Eats

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Emma shared her favourite food – chocolate! This time, in the form of chocolate cake. Chocolate cake is always something we can get on board with!

Alien on Toast

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Sal shared a blog post with her current favourite foods – including Tofoo, a new type of tofu she makes scramble with. Plus, ice cream, pancakes, tea, and more – some great favourites to check out!

@dimsimkitty

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Susan also went to her favourite restaurant, Easy House Vegetarian, where she ordered yum cha, including bean curd rolls. They look intriguing and delicious!

Living the Dream

Jen from Living the Dream came through with another wonderful video sharing not one but two of her favourite things – kombucha and tiramisu! She also shares the recipe for the tiramisu on her blog. Watch the video and enjoy!

My Apologies for the Novel

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Julie shared a round up of her favourite things – including a corn & mac bake (the recipe is on her blog) and many more tasty things.

@nicolearciello

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Nicole made pepperoni pizza and pepperoni bread with her homemade pepperoni…any guesses as to her favourite food?

Thank you to everyone who participated in this month’s MiniMoFo, stay tuned to find out what we’d like to see in June!

Vegan In: London

Vegan In: London

Last month we showed you the vegan highlights of Manchester.  Now we’re turning our attention to England’s capital city, famous for Holmes, Dickens and…vegan burgers, apparently!

MoFo regulars Jojo from Vegan In Brighton and Jenny from Jenny Marie provided us with these brilliant posts about some of their recent vegan finds in the Brick Lane area of London.  You can check out there full posts here and here, but let’s see some of their highlights!

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Mooshies is the first of two burger joints that both of these bloggers rave about, and it’s not hard to see why!  We’re talking fish burgers, jackfruit, bhajis…very tempting indeed.  Here’s Jojo’s pulled jackfruit burger.

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Alternatively, you could pick up your burger at Pomodoro e Basilico, which doesn’t look too shabby either!  You can find them at Brick Lane Market, which is home to lots of other vegan options…

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…such as the Peanut Butter Bakery where Jojo got this blueberry cheesecake doughnut…

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…or this vegan chorizo roll that Jenny found.

Rainbow Cake

And if you’re looking for something colourful and sweet, follow Jojo’s lead and look no further than Vida Bakery, home of this delicious looking rainbow cake.

Clearly Brick Lane is a great area for vegan visitors to London, but it’s not the only one!  Over at Vegan London you can search by area for all the plant-based options in the city.

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And The Whole Ingredient‘s free, downloadable PDF guide to London, organised by meals (breakfast, brunch, dinner, etc). Including sections on pizza delivery places, vegan grocery stores, vegan markets and so much more, the guide is invaluable for anyone looking to eat vegan in London!

 

What are your favourite spots in London?  Any ideas for our next VeganIn destination?  Let us know!

Vegan In: Manchester

Vegan In: Manchester

Manchester may not be the biggest city in the UK, but it’s definitely one of the best when it comes to vegan grub!  Alongside a wealth of chain restaurants in the city centre with vegan options or even separate menus, there are some great independent cafes and restaurants you should know about.  Here’s a little taster of some of the top spots in this great city –  including the Best Vegan Restaurant in the UK (according to the 2016 VegFest awards).

V Rev

That honour goes to V Rev, a vegan junk food extravaganza.  MoFo regular Jenny (formerly of Spice Box of Earth, now Jenny Mariereviewed it as soon as it reopened in new premises late last year.  Don’t those burgers look incredible?  This place is just as famous for its dessert as for the gigantic burgers.

Teatime Collective

Another all-vegan sensation is Teatime Collective, home of big breakfasts, spectacular burgers and tacos, and an incredible array of cakes and ice cream.  Here’s Jenny’s review.  (They also put on incredible Christmas dinners every year too, FYI.)

Northern Quarter

Back in 2013, MoFo star Caroline from Tea and Sympatico posted on the theme of the Northern Quarter, Manchester’s arty, alternative area which is home to dozens of vegan options.  You can work your way through all of her posts from this one, but here are a few highlights:

This and That

There is no shortage of cheap and cheerful little places offering rice’n’three, including This’n’That Cafe. One such place, Little Aladdin, recently went all vegan too!

Fig and Sparrow

Cake is also plentiful in this quarter of Manchester, and you can always find something sweet in Fig and Sparrow, a lovely cafe and shop.  (Personal tip: you can’t go wrong with a brownie from this place!)

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Restaurant reviewer Vegan Olive is another great resource for vegans visiting Manchester.  You can check out her reviews here, including for this slap-up breakfast at Trof (also in the Northern Quarter).  If you’ve ever wanted to try vegan black pudding, here’s your chance!

Pasta Factory

Olive also has a review of The Pasta Factory, famous for its excellent ravioli, all-vegan alcohol menu and homemade parmesan. Yum!

The Allotment

Venturing further afield from the Northern Quarter, here’s a newcomer to the scene: 100%-vegan fine dining restaurant The Allotment.  There are more Manchester reviews to be found here on Herbivores’ Heaven.

The Garden

You can also find the quintessential British experience in Manchester, with numerous places offering a vegan afternoon tea.  This one at The Garden is a particular favourite – it’s so flavoursome, you won’t even mind the lack of scones!

 

So whether you want a big breakfast, delicious cake, fast food or fine dining, Manchester has you covered!

Vegan In: Paris

Vegan In: Paris

Whether you love veganism, love food, or love love – we have got some French classics and some Paris recommendations for you in this month’s installment of VeganIn.

Up first, a review of four restaurants offering vegan options in Paris, courtesy of Vegeeter:
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Read about Cafe Ginger, Brasserie Lola, Hank Vegan Burger, and Vegan Follies.

Next, Lyra has been playing with cashew cheese for a while and has made this simply stunning blue cheese:

Go give her all the compliments @herb.cuisine so she shares her recipe!

SBE Paris

The lovely Jenny over at Spice Box of Earth was in Paris back in 2015 and ate all the good food!  Read all her Paris travel trips, and find out about Le Potager du Marais, Cafe Ginger, Un Monde Vegan, Hank Vegan Burger, Las Vegans and Vegan Folie’s.  Doesn’t her photo of these delicious cakes make you want to book a flight to Paris right now?!

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A lot of the same restaurants are reviewed over at Herbivores’ Heaven, along with Brasserie Lola, Gentle Gourmet and a pet cemetery, for all the animal lovers! Vegan croque monsieur? Yes please!

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MoFo regular Jojo over at Vegan In Brighton has a number of Paris-related posts, the most recent from a weekend trip last year.   Check out her thoughts on Brasserie 2eme Art, Ara Chocolat and Cloud Cakes, amongst others.

And April lived many people’s dream by going to Paris for her honeymoon. Just look at all the food she and her new husband devoured!  (For more food inspiration from April, check her out on Instagram.)

Cafe des Deux Moulins, 15 Rue Lepic, 75018 Paris, France

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I really wanted to check this place out on my honeymoon to Paris – I mean, it’s Amélie’s cafe! Unfortunately, they don’t have much for vegans, and the waiter seemed a bit exasperated with me when I tried to hand him my “I’m vegan and I don’t eat these things” card. My husband and I ended up with a baguette, some jam, fruit juice, and espresso. It was still tasty, for all that it was simple.

It was also our first foray into the world of Paris coffee – a few places have non-dairy milk (especially the 100% vegan restaurants), but nobody orders cafe mochas here. You get espresso. Everywhere that serves it generally gives it to you with a packet of sweetener (raw sugar and/or agave nectar at the fancy places, plain sugar elsewhere) and some kind of sweet (usually a small square of chocolate or a cookie, which was often a vegan Speculoos!) As for the cafe, it’s adorable and they know it – there’s a few pictures of Amélie throughout, but don’t expect to see the clear board where she writes the menu backwards; it’s not there.

 

Le Potager de Charlotte, 12 Rue de la Tour d’Auvergne, 75009 Paris, France

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My husband and I decided to go to Le Potager de Charlotte for weekend brunch. If you decide to do the same, COME HUNGRY. I can not stress this enough. There’s a ton of food, and it’s all delicious. We started with several types of fresh bread and a few different spreads, all made in-house. I also got fresh juice and hot chocolate, pancakes with fruit, a breakfast chia oat pudding, and an avocado spinach salad. It’s a good thing we were walking so much while in Paris!

 

Hank Vegan Burger, 55 Rue des Archives, 75003 Paris, France

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Cozy, comfy, and quick – that’s Hank Vegan Burger. They have a bunch of inventive topping combinations for their burgers, as well as sides, drinks, and desserts. The majority of the dining area is upstairs from where you order. We loved our burgers, fries, cookie, and cake!

 

Cafe Ginger, 9 Rue Jacques Cœur, 75004 Paris, France (Inside the Grand Appetit Macrobiotique produits naturels)

Cafe Ginger

We ended up at Cafe Ginger after an attempt to go to a vegan restaurant down the street that wasn’t open. It’s a tiny macrobiotic cafe inside Grand Appetit, which is a macrobiotic and natural foods store. When you go, pay attention to their hours – we got there towards the very end of their open times, and they had pretty much stopped serving their main menu, and we were left with ordering something out of the case. That being said, we ended up with a couple slices of delicious vegetable tart, side veggie salads, and hot tea. Lucky for us, there was a customer in the restaurant who was happy to explain to us what the owner was telling us (the owner had no English, and my French wasn’t quite up to the task). Interestingly, the customer turned out to be an employee of the restaurant down the street to which we had originally tried to go!

 

Veg’Art, 123 Rue Oberkampf, 75011 Paris, France

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All vegan pizza, all the time! This was, by far, the smallest restaurant we went to while in Paris, consisting of only 4 or 5 tables, and barely enough room to walk between them. All of the pizzas are personal size and have some very inventive toppings, and they had a delicious strawberry cake while we were there (not sure if that’s a regular menu item or not; my French wasn’t up to the task of communicating with the gal behind the counter.)

 

Cafe Pinson, 6 Rue du Forez, 75003 Paris, France

Cafe Pinson

The ordering system at Cafe Pinson was a bit confusing to us, and we ended up sort of pointing at things in the case while the gal behind the counter tried to explain what we could get. For one price, you get an entree and main dish, or main dish and dessert. They also have fresh juices and coffee. Luckily, the gal behind the counter had enough English to catch that we were vegan, and was able to point out which things were vegan and which were just vegetarian. The salads and main dishes were fresh and healthy, and I was happy to get hot cocoa with vegan whipped cream on top.

 

Vegan Folie’s, 53 Rue Mouffetard, 75005 Paris, France

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Vegan Folie’s is mainly a bakery with punny names for their sweets (the James Brownie, Rosa Pinks, Red Astaire, and Choc Norris, for example). They also have giant sandwiches, which are probably enough for most people to split (though my husband wanted a whole sandwich to himself – again, I was glad for all of the walking we did!).

 

Gentle Gourmet Café, 24 Boulevard de la Bastille, 75012 Paris, France

Gentle Gourmet

This was, by far, the fanciest restaurant that we went to the entire time we were in France. Also, the priciest, but for a splurge, it’s a great choice. Gentle Gourmet goes for quality over quantity, and their plating is exquisite. We experienced all sorts of complex flavors and textures. For dessert, we got the sampler plate, which was the first time in my life I’ve ever eaten French macarons! These were made with aquafaba and were little bites of absolute heaven. Reservations are very important here – if you don’t have one, you might not be able to eat there that day.

 

La Verrière, 24 Avenue de Tourville, 75007 Paris, France

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We weren’t quite sure what to expect from this restaurant, and found a sort of buffet set-up. We spent some time foraging amongst the offerings, and came out with all sorts of fresh veggie dishes, as well as tasty savory and sweet tarts. The ambience is spare and modern (makes me think of IKEA a bit).

 

Crepe de la Joie, 4 Rue du Fer À Moulin, 75005 Paris, France

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Seriously, y’all – vegan crepes! My husband and I each got one savory crepe (galette) and one sweet crepe. They were delicious, and we also got hot cocoa with non-dairy milk to go with.

 

Un Monde Vegan, 64 Rue Notre Dame de Nazareth, 75003 Paris, France

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Not a restaurant; this is Paris’ only 100% vegan grocery store. They had *two whole cases* of vegan cheese, which was quite exciting. My husband and I stocked up on vegan cheeses, “meat” sticks, drinks, and chocolate to snack on at our apartment and on the train to Angers. We also got a vegan paté that was quite tasty!

Le Potager Du Marais, 24 Rue Rambuteau, 75003 Paris, France

Le Potager du Marais

This restaurant is larger than some of the others we visited in Paris, but not by a lot, and diners will be seated in fairly close quarters with others. Also, reservations are important here. This was one of the fancier places we went, and the flavors in the dishes were interesting and fun. This was another place where I got super-fancy vegan hot cocoa (yay!) and delicious pudding.

Facebook friend Donna (whose son created the Is It Vegan? app)  agrees with this recommendation, and notes that reservations are essential here as she saw people being turned away.  She also shared a few notes on a couple of her other favourite places in Paris:

Loving Hut, 92 Boulevard de Beaumarchais, ParisFrance,75011

We ate at Loving Hut a couple of times. It was economical and close to the metro stop. Their food was better than the Loving Huts I have been to in the US.  The appetizers were all so good.

Veget’Halles, 41 Rue des Bourdonnais, 75001 Paris, France

We also liked Veget’Halles, a vegan/vegetarian restaurant  near Le Centre Pompidou with a lot of options.

 

Are there any places we’ve missed? Have we motivated you to book a trip to the city of love and vegan macarons?  Let us know, and stay tuned for the announcement of next month’s VeganIn destination!

February Blogger of the Month: Lisa’s Project Vegan

February Blogger of the Month: Lisa’s Project Vegan

This month we’re shining the spotlight on Lisa’s Project: Vegan, a wonderful blog full of Lisa’s simple yet delicious recipes.  You can also lust over all her food on Instagram: it won’t be long before you’re clicking through to her recipes!  As a bonus, most of her recipes take just 30 minutes to make, so you’ll never be slaving away.

Lisa was kind enough to answer a few questions and help us get to know her a bit more.

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How long have you been vegan?

I have been vegan for over a decade.

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What inspired you to start your blog?

I started my blog 6 years ago. When my son was a baby, and took long naps, I would be I the kitchen experimenting. I didn’t have a repertoire back then and was kind of amazed when I made cream sauce out of cashews. I posted my lunch on Facebook because I was so impressed with myself! An old friend from high school asked for my recipe and if I had a blog. I didn’t even know what a blog was but once I figured out that I could post and record my recipes online, I created Lisa’s Project: Vegan.

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What’s the best feedback you’ve had on one of your recipes or dishes?

I have gotten a lot of great feedback over the years but mostly that my recipes work, are easy, and inspiring. I always remind people that cooking is an art and often people tell me that they added this or that to one of my recipes and came up with something they love. Nothing makes me happier.

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Where do you get your recipe inspiration from?

I am inspired by my family and what we like to eat. If we go out to a restaurant and we love the menu, I will figure out how to make a dish at home. If we see a recipe in a magazine, a cookbook or a cooking show, I will adapt it to work for us in terms of flavor profile, portion size and technique.

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Are there any other vegan blogs you love?

There are so many great blogs out there now but I will always have a special place in my heart for the old PPK (Post Punk Kitchen).

 

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What’s your favourite cookbook and cuisine?

Right now I am obsessed with Salud Vegan Mexican by Eddie Garza. It is so different than a lot of the new vegan cookbooks that have been coming out lately. Mexican has always been one of my favorite cuisines and this book takes it a whole new level for me. It is going to be a cooking challenge the likes of which my kitchen has not seen since my early vegan cooking days. I have already made churros (my son thinks I am a genius) and cauliflower palm heart ceviche. I will be posting a book report and these recipes on my blog soon!

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Which holiday do you most love cooking for?

I love cooking for Thanksgiving. It was a big deal when I was growing up when my entire extended family descended on my house and my mother went all out. That tradition continues today when everyone comes to my house and I get to feed my family with healthy, vegan versions of old traditional foods and, of course, some new ones too.

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Do you have any plans to create a recipe book/ebook in the future (or a different cooking/blogging ambition)?

Yes, in fact, I am working on a book about how to cook vegan. I want to teach people the basics of vegan cooking – from tofu and tempeh to beans and grains – and how to plan, shop and create custom recipes and meals that they, and their families, will love.

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What is the one recipe of yours that we should all check out?

Try my tempeh meatballs and beet burgers.

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So if you’re stuck in a rut of the same old recipes all the time, head over to Lisa’s Project: Vegan for something healthy and delicious!

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Who would you like to see featured next? Leave us a comment and we’ll check them out!

Interested in being featured as our Blogger or Social Media Mofoer of the month? The best way to get noticed is to participate in our monthly #minimofo challenges and VeganIn features, as well as the veganmofo main event!

Vegan in Australia

Vegan in Australia

One of our new VeganMoFo initiatives is to showcase some of the great vegan destinations around the world.  We have participants in VeganMoFo from all around the world which gives us a wonderful opportunity to find out what it’s like to be vegan in all different places. This month, we’re kicking off with a whole country:  Australia!

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Susan from Kittens Gone Lentil  has shared this brilliant guide to her native Brisbane, featuring her top five vegan spots (and numerous other suggestions too).  She also has lots of posts about other Australian cities that would be great for helping you to plan a trip to Australia:

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And Susan is not our only Vegan MoFo’er from Australia.  Head over to Little Vegan Bear for a huge variety of beautifully photographed  restaurant reviews (both in Australia and New Zealand) and travel guides.

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Faye from Veganopolous is a Melbourne-based blogger who has a large list of  reviews and posts about the vegan scene there – split into districts for ease of reading!

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Five time VeganMoFo-er Johanna at Green Gourmet Giraffe is also Melbourne based and has written a guide to eating vegan there too.Chart

If you’re interested in the vegan scene in Australia, check out the findings of this survey of 726 Australian vegans conducted by Hesham Mahdi.  Amongst other things, you can find out their reasons for going vegan and any books or documentaries that were contributing factors. Hesham’s website, Vomad, also has a free downloadable vegan product guide to Australia for those interested in finding out more.

 

In February we’re getting all romantic on you and preparing a Vegan in Paris post.  If you would like to contribute, please get in touch via email or message us on social media.  We’re looking for:

  • a review of an eatery in Paris
  • a veganised French recipe
  • any tips about buying vegan food in Paris – what to look for in supermarkets or shops
  • anything else you’ve got up your sleeve about the vegan scene in Paris
Social Media MoFo’er of the Month

Social Media MoFo’er of the Month

One of the main aims of Vegan MoFo is to give you all the chance to expand your vegan network and discover new plant-based blogs and social media accounts.  This year we’re going to bring you a blog and social media account of the month to help you find some of the most active and inspiring vegan feeds out there.

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We’re starting with Instagrammer Happy Little Lunch, who posts almost daily photos of the packed lunches she makes for her vegan kindergartener.  As soon as you see them you’ll wish that she were packing you off with your lunch as well!  We’ve seen themed lunchboxes for Halloween and Christmas, as well as some great tie-ins with the VeganMoFo prompts.

We chatted with Honora, the woman behind the account, to find out where she gets her inspiration and what the kindergarten crowd thinks of these little boxes of goodies!

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How long have you been vegan?

Nine years.

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What inspired you to get onto Instagram?

My older daughter was about to start kindergarten and I knew I’d be packing her lunch every day, which felt a little intimidating – I’d packed a lot of lunches in my day, but always for adults. A few days before school started, I decided on a whim to start this account to (a)keep myself accountable as far as the variety and quality of her food goes, and (b)not overwhelm my personal IG with food pics.

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What’s the best feedback you’ve had on your packed lunches?

A couple of people have told me they look forward to packing lunches like mine for their future vegan kids – that makes me smile.  And in real life, my daughter has gotten a lot of positive comments about her lunches from the staff and students at school – I like that we’re representing veganism well and I love that she feels proud of her food.

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Are there any other vegan social media accounts that you’re hooked on?

So many!  I really love @myzoetropeeats – Michelle’s photos are always so colourful and enticing and just make me happy.

I also love seeing what @jayastafacateringandevents creates.  I remember him posting years ago – I believe when he was still a teenager – on the old PPK forum about adding vegan items to the menu at his family’s restaurant on Long Island.  Seeing how far he’s come and his incredible creativity is really inspiring!

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Where do you get your packed lunch inspiration from?

Mostly from what’s in the fridge!  But the PlanetBox lunchbox I use has actually been really helpful for planning purposes – thinking of the different compartments as main/veg/fruit/etc makes packing a balanced lunch less daunting.

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Do you have any favourite cookbooks and cuisines?

Isa [Chandra Moskowitz] and Terry [Hope Romero] are my forever faves.  I also really like Chloe Coscarelli’s recipes and find them to be very kid-friendly.  And I feel like Dreena Burton is the queen of vegan recipes created with kids in mind.  As far as cuisines go, I’ll try anything!

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What do you cook when you’re not making packed lunches?

Breakfast and dinner!  Our evenings are busy and I make a lot of bowl-type meals and stir fries that come together quickly.  I got an Instant Pot recently and have been having fun with that too.  I love to bake but don’t have much of a sweet tooth, so I really look forward to fundraisers and events that allow me to make desserts for other people.

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Make sure you check out @happylittlelunch yourself – this is an Instagram account that will revolutionise your approach to lunch, whether you’re preparing for a child, loved one or just yourself.  You’re never too old for a rice and kidney bean panda, are you?!