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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Vegan Mofo: Day 2.5 – Not Following a Theme – Quinoa Crusted "Chicken"

So, it’s almost midnight and the post I’ve been eagerly working for the day on is not quite finished. So in lieu, I want to talk about how I actually cooked myself a (nice big) meal for dinner yesterday, which doesn’t happen very often. After getting back from New York City yesterday morning I felt completely beat down. It’s amazing how exhausting an overnight bus ride for 12 hours can be. So this meal was a protein extravaganza, but I feel I should mention that I didn’t eat both pieces of “chicken”. This was so damn tasty and exactly what I felt I needed after a long day of travelling. So someone asked me for a recipe for this, and I suck at writing recipes, so here let me demonstrate. You’ll need: About a cup of uncooked quinoa (whatever colour you feel like using. I used white) Some bread crumbs. (however much you want, there is only so much breadcrumb that can attach itself to the cutlet. oregano & salt to taste olive oil 1/4 white onion, chopped Gardien Dijon cutlets Preheat the oil on medium, and throw in the chopped onion, fry until glazed. Mix the quinoa, oregano and the breadcrumbs in a small bowl, throw in a dash of salt. You need to make sure the cutlet is moist because otherwise nothing will stick to it, throw it in the bowl, flip it over and make sure it’s covered with the quinoa bread goodness. Throw it in the…

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Vegan MoFo: 30 Days of Vegan Travel – Day Two – Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Boy, I feel like I should have broken up my New York post into three parts or something. Phew. So, I’m living in Toronto now, it’s the biggest city in Canada, and all around a pretty swell location. First of all, Toronto has a well connected transit system (aka the TTC) (and as of a few weeks ago you can use google maps to plan trips in and around the city, welcome to the future!) but if you are using the TTC to travel around the city costs can add up quickly (each trip is $3 dollars, no stopovers allowed.) There is a 10 dollar day pass that’s worth every penny. If I only had ONE DAY to explore and eat in the city first stop would be brunch at Sadie’s Diner and Juice Bar (504 Adelaide St. W Toronto,ON). I’ve had an on-again off-again relationship with Sadie’s, and the food can be hit or miss depending on who’s cooking. When it’s good, it’s great, and when it’s not good, it’s still okay but nothing special. The Breakfast Burrito is a yumfest (on a good day) or the french toast. They also have really great vegan cupcakes (most of the time). My friend is very into the Tofu Club and always orders a smoothie (and I agree that the smoothie is a good call.) After filling up on good breakfast food, I would head over to the Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON) (aka ROM), it’s an amazing…

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Vegan MoFo: 30 Days of Vegan Travel – Day One: NY and NJ

So, I’m being ambitious here. I’d like to turn November into a month of fantasy travel. My worklife has limited my ability to run off and go wherever I want to, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t places I’d like to go… eventually. I’m going to save myself some time, preplan them all in one mad month, and maybe in the meantime someone else can make use of my work. Right now I’m on my way back from a brief visit to (primarily) New York City, so this will be a non fantasy vacation, since I was actually there. A friend in New Jersey was kind enough to offer me a place to stay, so I spent some time in Jersey City, but most of the time was spent in Manhattan and Brooklyn. I preplanned this trip as I (try to) do with all of them, there were some websites that were absolutely invaluable in terms of finding things in the area. Since it’s such a popular place to visit it’s easy to get overwhelmed with information, but it was nice to have a few really great resources to sift through. Supervegan.com, gives you the option of organizing their listings by a variety of variables (like type of cuisine, neighbourhood, how vegan they are, price range, and other info), Yelp was helpful in terms of confirming my expectations. Plus the PPK forum is probably my favourite way to figure out if a place is actually good. So my absolute To…

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