I’m flying! Okay, let me explain. I’m in an airplane right now, heading to Portland for Vida Vegan Con and am super excited. I will say that I’m not a humongous fan of flying (especially in very small planes), so I’ll be even happier when I’ve landed safely in the rain. You’ll know about it because the plane doesn’t have wi-fi, so I can’t post the blog up here.
What’s even more awesome is that I am not coming home until almost a week from now! So, I’m basically expecting to gain a few pounds, be totally inspired and meet amazing vegan bloggers. Sometimes, I really don’t regret parting ways with the design industry.
I bought a new point and shoot camera for this trip, so that I wouldn’t have to lug around my fancy camera and worry about it getting damaged or hurting my neck. I’ll make sure to take plenty of pictures to share with everyone, next week!
While I’ll be busy doing bloggy things this weekend, most everyone else is celebrating Memorial Day. And people, do I have the perfect beverage for you. This ain’t your average lemonade; it has fresh ingredients, plus a kick from jalapeno and vodka.
This beverage is fantastic because you can make large batches of it and place it into a dispenser for easy refilling. Of course, you can tone down the jalapeno if it’s going to be made the night before a party, as it may be a little too spicy. Also, keep the mixture cold, because the warmer it gets, the hotter it tastes!
The weather earlier this week was insane! You want to talk about a scorcher? I thought that I was back working Coachella! Thank goodness I could jump in a pool to cool off. I wish that I had this salad to cool me down from the inside out, though.
I was inspired by a salad that I had years ago, with watermelon, tomato, mint, and feta, plus some vegetarian roe for a salty kick. This one is slightly different, with creamy pine nuts changing up the texture, and a combination of mint and basil to make it interesting (and pretty!).
The best part about this salad is that it comes together in mere minutes. If you chill the tomato and watermelon before assembly it works out even better. This is the perfect side for a summer party, BBQ or as a light snack. Throw a little white balsamic vinegar on there and call it a day!
Before I left for Indio last month, I knew that I would need to bring some snacks with me. I’m glad that I planned ahead, because our team was stuck without breakfast for the first few days we were out there. Yikes! With this post I’ll give you some tips on what to bring with you when your options are limited.
Of course, there are a crazy amount of vegan snack bars that you can choose from, when you need to hold yourself over. I love bringing a couple in my purse when I’m flying, to replace the typical “pretzel or nuts” choices. My bars of choice are Vbars, PureFit bars (which are a lot like Power Bars) and usually Clif bars (only because they are everywhere). The good thing about these types of snacks is that they are small and easy to fit in luggage/bags.
If you have a little more room to bring stuff with you, say you’re driving to a family member’s house or something like that, I would highly suggest making foods that really only need a bit of hot water added to them. Take for example, my Portable Oatmeal Breakfast. You can pack three day’s worth of breakfast into one large jar! Plus, it’s easily customizable to your preferences.
But, what I ended up making for this trip was downright awesome. It took some time because I dehydrated most of the fruits at under 118ºF, but that’s not something that you need to do. Here we have a mix of mango, banana, tart berries and coconut roasted almonds. Crunchy, chewing and filling it’s all you want from a trail mix. Next time, I’m making a massive batch of this and adding it to granola and yogurt for breakfast, it sounds so good!
Well, it’s Thursday, which means that we are almost to the weekend! What is holding me over until then are thoughts of this past weekend, where I went to the LA Vegan Beer Fest, Gentle Barn and plenty of great vegan restaurants! Sorry, I’m really not trying to brag, but I did have a great time with some great people. One of the restaurants that I went to is a new pizza joint in Orange County, called Vegan Pizza (weird, right?) that has some awesome food, and I can’t wait to go back and try their calzone!
Aside from that, I now have time to get back into the swing of things, and am looking forward to a busy next few months. First up, I’ll be heading to Portland in a couple of weeks for Vida Vegan Con! I can’t even describe the anticipation I feel, I’m just really excited to be attending something so awesome. Once that is over, I’ll do a thorough re-cap on it; but, now I have something else for you.
Here’s a recipe to get your mind thinking of warm summer breezes and good times. This tropical sorbet has a splash of lime and an underlying flavor of coconut from some Malibu Rum! Of course, you can leave out the booze, but if you’re on the fence about it, definitely add it in! Also, you can use the process for making this sorbet for any ice cream or sorbet-like treat, and it’s super easy.
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