Vegan Mofo The End: Saskatoon, SK – The Land of the Living Skies. aka, The Passage way to Elsewhere.

Once upon a time I lived in Saskatoon, SK so I’m ending MoFo where I began writing this blog. Parts of me hated living there (the parts that don’t like to be cold) and parts of me loved it (the parts of me that loved finding fun stuff to do against all odds). People tend to pass through Saskatoon on their way to somewhere else. While I get it, Saskatoon has a surprisingly large amount of things that are actually pretty cool, so maybe you’ll consider sticking around for a day or two on your way to elsewhere. Resources: While I’ve written most of this from experience and memory there are quite a few resources you can check out if you want to learn more. Planet S Magazine – If you’re in town for a while you can check out the special events happening online or in paper form on every street corner downtown. Happy Cow Saskatoon Vegan Saskatoon Meetup Group Raw Food Potlucks: where you can eat stuff like this:

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Vegan MoFo: Vegan Vacation in Victoria, BC

A couple of my favourite people are in Victoria, British Columbia (on Vancouver Island) on a short visit, and since I had spent a few months at UVic last summer, they asked me for suggestions for vegan places to go eat while they are there. I haven’t really decided what my favourite thing is, to visit places for myself myself, or visit places so I can recommend places for other people to go and hear about how much fun they had. I hope my suggestions work out for them. And since I started on the topic of reminiscing about Victoria, it got me thinking… hmm, it’s probably a good idea to make a post about it. After spending the summer in Victoria and finishing my studies I planned to move there in the Fall of 2010, but instead ended up in Toronto (which I’m happy about!). One of my favourite things about Victoria is that it’s truly pedestrian friendly, most things are within walking distance of one another. There are also bike paths and dedicated bike lanes making for easy car less transportation (though the buses might get a bit too close for comfort on the “dedicated” bike lanes.) My resources this time around were mostly just from memory but here are some more just in case you felt like digging. – The Victoria Vegan – Vancouver Island Vegetarian Association – Happy Cow listing – Yelp Transit information: – Bike trails are everywhere. I know there are maps everywhere, I saw a bunch at the…

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Montreal, Quebec – La Belle Province – Vegan Mofo: 30 days of vegan travel: Day 13

I haven’t been to Montreal in a few years, but I spent a month or so there in the summer of 2008 and remember it fondly. Had I not been in university at the time, I would have moved there. It had a vibrant nightlife and cultural community, the food and people were lovely, the parties, the weather (of course… I was there in summer!) and the festivals, just made me feel at home. Unfortunately, my ability to speak French is lacking. 7 years of schooling (two of those at the university level), and while I can understand a conversation, I don’t feel comfortable participating. Anyway. In Montreal, while the primary language is French, you can get by with English and not have much of a problem. I’d like to head over to Montreal in a few weeks, so I might make use of this little guide for myself. The vegan options are amazing and there is always something to do. Merely walking down a street can be interesting since Montreal is full of old architecture and very taleneted graffiti artists! You might occasionally get the feeling you’re in Europe (especially if you head over to Vieux-Montreal). I know I did. The Old City in Poland really comes to mind. Resources and sites to check out: Vegan Montreal/ Happy Cow/ Mallory’s Vegetarian Guide to Montreal Montreal Vegetarian Association (Default in french, with English option) A Vegan Mofoer in Montreal and you know… AHEM: BIG VEGGIE GATHERING – DECEMBER 4th 2010…

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Staycation Weekend: Vegan MoFo Day 11&12

Oh the weekend. It couldn’t come soon enough.  Normally, they don’t mean anything to me, because I have other things I need to be doing, but this week I was ready for it to be Saturday…. on Tuesday. And I got some much needed downtime. I introduced an omnivore to Vegetarian Haven (17 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON) on Saturday. I (almost) wish I could say it was the first time he’d ever been to a vegetarian restaurant, but he’d been to Live before, so not only had he been to a vegan restaurant, he’d been to a raw one and liked it. Regardless, it was a great meal. We started things off with an order of crispy oyster mushrooms and seared dumplings. I wish we had ordered two orders of the crispy oyster mushrooms because I can never have enough, they are so rich and flavourful and the sweet slightly spiced sauce is a perfect compliment for it. We both ordered the Special of the Day which was a tofu skin wrapped taro root mash on a bed of greens, with a side of noodles, an AMAZING mango salad. Our waitress totally sold it when she brought it over. Her description totally got my mouth watering from the very beginning. It adds so much to a meal when the server is friendly, and she was wonderful. I was feeling pretty full after finishing my plate, but there is always room for dessert. My dining companion and I shared a piece of chocolate cake and…

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Vegan MoFo: Biting off more than I can chew this week.

Whelp. I’ve slacked off on my posting lately. Somehow two jobs seemed like a good idea at the time. 🙂 What’s your favorite spice or spice blend? I like mixing my own blend of whatever, but I think if it was down to deciding on one, it would be cinnamon. Perfect for both savory and sweet dishes! You have $20 to spend on fresh groceries and produce for the whole week (with a fairly well stocked pantry of dry goods, legumes, grains, and spices). what do you buy? Okra, Kale, 2 cartons of soy milk, chocolate sauce, extra firm tofu, apples, bananas, tomatos, mushrooms, carrots and potatoes. What’s your favorite way to make tofu? Fried and battered in quinoa Vegan guilty pleasure? any kind of vegan cake If you could make anyone vegan, who would it be? I don’t like the idea of making anyone do anything really. If you could only read one other vegan blog, what would it be? That’s WAY too hard. How about everyone on the MoFo feed… Were you always interested in cooking, or did veganism change the way you saw and interacted with food? I was always interested in food and food prep. I liked experimenting with flavours and trying new things. I went vegan fairly early in life so I don’t know what I would have done had I been on my own for a while as an omnivore. Excluding analogues, what new things have you tried that you probably wouldn’t have as…

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Vegan MoFo: 30 Days of Vegan Travel – Day Ate – Washington, DC – Looking for The American Experience

This last summer I met a girl from France, while I was in San Francisco. She was au pairing in Washington, DC and we got to talking about travelling. She told me that the museums in DC were free. See, this is why I love hostels, I never would have met this random girl over breakfast, and learned this delightful piece of information. For whatever reason, this blew my mind. It didn’t make any sense. Free museums? And why hadn’t I been there already? Anyway, ever since that moment, I’ve been plotting to go to DC so I can satisfy my hunger for both delicious vegan food and delicious free information. How can I go wrong? That’s right, I can’t. After a very depressing search for flights, bus rides, train rides, etc, I know it will be a while before I head over there, and it will probably coincide with some kind of NYC/Buffalo bus trip, because taking a flight out of Canada can really stink. Resources VegDc – The Vegetarian Guide to Washington, DC and surrounding area. Yelp Search The Smithsonian Institute Another MoFo’er ACTUALLY in DC A Blogger’s Vegan Visitor Guide to DC (from 2008, still good info though) Transit The Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority. A day pass for the MetroRail is $9 and a weekly pass (there is no day pass) for the MetroBus is $15. They don’t seem to be cross functional passes. Each bus trip is $1.70, but the fare is good for 2 hours.…

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Vegan MoFo: 30 Days of Vegan Travel – Day Seven – Staycation weekend – Urban Herbivore

This weekend was a nice little break, today it’s back to the grindstone. I finally tried a chimichuri sandwich at Urban Herbivore, and after all that wait, it was… okay. The moment the sad little sandwich was passed over to me in the paper box, I felt sad that I didn’t get a quinoa bowl. Sure it was tasty enough, but it felt oddly like fast food, without the requisite smile. I didn’t have my camera, so cellphone pictures will have to suffice. My lunch companion and I were talking about the many uses of pumpkin. It’s one of my favourite autumn veggies, especially when it’s spiced. I suggested some pie alternative pumpkin dishes, savory options like pumpkin curry or salted roasted pumpkin and some that were sweet but not pie related (pumpkin cinnamon buns, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin sorbetto). After all of this pumpkin talk it seemed perfect that when I turned around, I saw a piece of gluten free pumpkin pie in the glass case. My mouth was primed for pumpkin, so I had to order it, and I was not disappointed. Very delicious, and I loved the crust. My only question… does Urban Herbivore have plates? If so… I sure wish I got one.

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Vegan MoFo: 30 Days of Vegan Travel – Day 5 – Charleston, SC – The Holy City

Today I’m feeling like taking a vacation somewhere lowkey, warm and relaxing, but still with a rich history and decent arts community. So I decided on Charleston, South Carolina. It is a cloudy 3C (37F) in Toronto this morning and Charleston is much warmer. I want to be somewhere where I can say “it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” It’s known as The Holy City because of a large number of churches dotting the lowrise cityscape. Another thing I found interesting about the city is that it’s been billed as “the best mannered city” in the United States and won a lifetime achievement award for manners. Resources Forbes – The Best of Charleston Charleston City Paper – A good place to find local events and information. Happy Cow Things to eat. The Sprout – Organic Cafe and Juice Bar – They have one heck of a delicious looking menu. I’d be very excited to check this one out. They have entrees and desserts. Yum Fast and French Gaulart & Maliclet French Cafe (98 Broad St, Charleston, SC) – Ah, a french restaurant with vegan options! The O’Vegan Sandwich sounds yummy (Tapanade on Toasted Canadian Rye bread. With soup or tossed salad) Brent’s On Broad (19 Broad St, Charleston, SC) – There are hummus and veggie sandwiches, I like this place primarily because it’s very close to Waterfront Park, and I imagine I’ll wander there at some point. Daily Dose Cafe (1622 Highland Ave Charleston, SC) – Word on the…

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Vegan MoFo: 30 Days of Vegan Travel – Day Four – Orlando, FL – The City Beautiful – In honor of the shuttle launch

Well, the Space Shuttle Discovery Mission STS 133 was going to launch today from Kennedy Space Center, but was pushed back to Friday due to weather conditions. I’ve always wanted to see a shuttle launch, but I haven’t had the opportunity, so in fantasy internet vacation land I’m pretending to be there. Orlando, FL is reasonably close to the Kennedy Space Center so seems to be the best destination, especially since while I am an unabashed nerd, I’ve also always wanted to visit Walt Disney World and EPCOT Center. It’s one of those things I’ve never outgrown. I blame watching Mickey Mouse Club as a child. Of course, when in Orlando… there are also a bunch of other silly/fun/random things to do in addition to those two. Resources: Orlando VegGuide yelp.com Happy Cow VegBlogger – From Daytona Florida Transit Information The Central Florida Transit system is called LYNX. They have a trip planner, so that’ll make getting around easy. It’s 4.50 for a single day pass. or $2 one way. Where to stay I’m partial to these two, but they both have separate things going for them: Orlando’s Palm Lakefront Hostel (4840 W. Irlo Bronson Hwy 192 – Kissimmee, Florida) (19$/person for a dorm room or 36$ for a private room for 2) they have wifi Buses (for about 2$) out to places I’d want to see inexpensive. is a hostel Imperial Swan Hotel (7050 South Kirkman Road Orlando, FL) Has a decent location. Is not a hostel, but is…

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Vegan MoFo: 30 Days of Vegan Travel – Jour Trois – New Orleans, Louisiana – Eating Vegan in the Big Easy.

First of all, I want to say that the majority of the pictures in this blog post were not taken by me (hence why they have names other than MeShell on them.) They are taken from the pool of creative commons license photos on flickr. If one of these is yours and you don’t want it used on my blog, please let me know and I’ll take it off right away (and please remember to change your license settings on flickr). Yesterday my roommate was cooking a spicy gumbo that filled the condo with the heavenly aroma of spices and slowly simmered vegetables (including okra, one of my absolute faves). Today I feel like going to New Orleans more than ever, I wonder if it is just a coincidence… Worst of all, I checked how cheap a bus ride would be from Toronto… sigh. Or even a direct flight… Mardi Gras in New Orleans 2011… A girl can dream right? Knowing me, I think pretty much anything is possible at this point. On surface, New Orleans seems like an unideal destination if you’re vegan or vegetarian, and in a lot of ways… it is. Especially if you want to actually eat something at a restaurant, which as it happens, I enjoy doing a lot. I’ve heard from a variety of sources that there are next to no options in the French Quarter, but I am pretty stubborn, and I always like to hold out hope that I’ll hunt something down.…

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