Vegan Princess in an Omni Kingdom

Adventures of a vegan girl living in an omni world.

VVC 2013 Photo Essay September 2, 2013

Hello. Well, it has been a while hasn’t it? Pretty classic move for me, to attend a blogging conference (Vida Vegan Con) in May, come away completely inspired and blown away and “recommitted” to blogging, and then…. not blog until September.

Since many a re-cap has been posted by my fellow attendees at this point, I will just bring you a few photos of my favorite meals, and people that I spent time with at VVC. The memories and the network is still strong (I was just talking to my Mom about possible new cities to visit/consider moving to, and for each one I said “I know someone who lives there!”).

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There was mac and cheese at White Owl Social Club.

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There was photo booth fun.

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There was Portobello. So good. So so good.

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Sweet pea gnocchi. This was incredible. They are known for this dish for a reason. Also, a shout out to Crissie from Run Crissie Run and Megan (@veganwtsn) for sharing this evening with me.

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Raw food platter from Blossoming Lotus.

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Some of the sweet treats from the “Breakfast Showcase/Showdown.”

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“Prom pose” from before the Gala with my roommates for the weekend, (L-R: Helen, Megan, Dawn and myself).

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Isa teaches us vegans how to properly eat cheese.

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Epic swag pile.

So, there you have it. VVC 2013 in a few pictures. It was such a fun time and I look forward to many cons to come.

P.S. September is Vegan MOFO, the month where vegan bloggers all over the globe blog at least 20 times in the month about all things vegan food. I am not participating this year, but if you want to read some of the other blogs that are, hop on over Randomofo. 

 

Vegan Food Swap Reveal July 2012 July 30, 2012

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I did the food swap hosted by Cat at The Verdant Life again this month. This time more non-bloggers participated, and I was assigned a non-blogger named Anne to send a box to. Since she lives more than 100 miles away from a Trader Joe’s I decided to send her a box full of my current favorite treats from TJs. I bought cookie butter, seaweed snacks, sea salt chocolate covered almonds and more. I forgot to take a picture though, so you will just have to imagine the goodness.

I was sent a box by another non-blogger named Tiana. She sent me a box full of some goodies from Trader Joe’s as well, including the seaweed snacks I had sent to Anne, funny enough.

Food swap package

She included some vegan cookies from Trader Joe’s I had never seen before, some pomegranate jelly, the aforementioned seaweed snacks, a roasted brown rice green tea that sounds interesting, a bag of cinnamon and agave sweet potato tortilla chips that sound amazing. The last item was a bag of peanut butter filled pretzels that I opened about ten seconds after opening the package. They were the perfect snack to eat while watching world class athletes complete at the Olympics.

If you want to participate in the swap next month sign up here, if you are in the United States. If you are in Canada, sign up here. If you are somewhere else in the world, start your own swap! Don’t worry if you aren’t a blogger, you can always guest post on Cat’s blog, or on the blog of the blogger you are paired with.

Thanks Tiana, I love the treats!

 

Food Swap May 2012 May 31, 2012

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I did the food swap hosted by Cat at The Verdant Life again this month. I sent a box to Fawn at Milano Running Mom but it didn’t arrive all in one piece, unfortunately. I will let her show you that, though.

I received a box from Jamie at The Radioactive Vegan. Despite her worries that there aren’t many vegan options in Richland, WA she put together a great bunch of goodies.

Box contents

The box contents.

Included was a bag of pecan almond peanut clusters that I devoured in one sitting, a chili spice kit, five kinds of Stash tea, three fruit strips (one of my favorite hiking snacks), a Clif bar, a Larabar, a “Milkless” milk chocolate bar, and a homemade sprouting mix. The postcard had information about the sprouting mix and a note from Jamie on the back, and a picture of Elvis on the front. 🙂

If you want to participate in the swap next month sign up here, if you are in the United States. If you are in Canada, sign up here. If you are somewhere else in the world, start your own swap!

Thanks Jamie for all of the great treats!

I won’t be participating in June since I will be traveling, but I will hopefully have fun things to show you from my trip to Boston coming up in a couple weeks instead.

 

April 2012 Food Swap Box Reveal April 29, 2012

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When Cat of The Verdant Life suggested that we start a food swap with other vegan food bloggers across the country, I jumped right on that opportunity. I had watched other bloggers in the past participate in these types of projects and it seemed like a lot of fun.

I sent a box to Karen of Seattle Veg Coach but failed to take a picture of any of the contents, so I will have to let her show you over on her blog.

I received a box from Jen (and her 7 year old son Otis) from the Suburban Vegan Meal Group blog.

The box was full of all kinds of goodies, from Sweet and Sara marshmallows, to homemade cookies to the fixings for cajun potato wedges, right down to the potatoes! The box also included salsa from Brooklyn Salsa Company, spicy ketchup, plantain chips, a peanut butter cookie Larabar, a True Bar, and flower seeds.

The contents of the box (minus the cookies).

The contents of the box (minus the cookies).

She also baked homemade cookies, which unfortunately had become a little smaller during the journey, but were no less delicious.

Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.

Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.

Cinnamon pecan marshmallows from Sweet and Sara were the one flavor that I hadn’t tried yet (and I may or may not have grabbed a fork to dig in before I had actually unpacked the rest of the box. I am neither confirming nor denying such a thing).

Cinnamon pecan marshmallows.

Cinnamon pecan marshmallows.

The best part had to be the artwork drawn by Otis. The next generation of activists at work!

Front cover of the card.

Front cover of the card.

Inside of the card.

Inside of the card.

Thanks Jen and Otis, I love my box!

To see what others participating in this project received, head over to the Vegan Swap Reveal post at The Verdant Life.

Do you want to participate in May’s swap? Head over to the sign up page and join us!

 

Dinner at Thrive March 3, 2012

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Last Saturday night I went to Thrive for the first time, with a group of fellow Seattle area vegan bloggers. It was a good night to visit because they weren’t too crowded, and our group of five was able to have our own table for a couple hours without feeling rushed at all. In fact, we ended up staying past the time they closed, with nobody asking us to leave, which I appreciated. Unfortunately they were running low on a lot of items, and most of the menu was unavailable, which just means I will have to go back to try the other items that I didn’t get a chance to try.

I had the “Hungry No More” salad with added nori, and tons of nooch (nutritional yeast). At first it didn’t seem like the kind of salad I would like, since I have never been a huge fan of eating seaweed or large amounts of nooch, but it turned out to be pretty good.

Hungry No More Salad

Hungry No More Salad

I also got a juice, the “Northern Light” which has apple, basil, cilantro, ginger and lime. It was really good, and unlike some other juices containing ginger that I have had, this one didn’t burn my lips with excessive amounts of it, it was the perfect amount of spicy, balanced out with the sweetness of the apple.

Northern Light Juice

Norther Light Juice

Thrive is located at 1026 NE 65th Street in Seattle’s Roosevelt neighborhood, across the street from the Roosevelt Whole Foods (which by the way makes for excellent entertainment for 5 food bloggers on a Saturday night). They are open daily from 11:30am-7:30pm.

 

Seattle Vegan Bloggers Cocktail Party February 18, 2012

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If I learned anything from attending Vida Vegan Con last August it was that Seattle has a lot of vegan bloggers. Last night a bunch of us got together at the home of Anika to have cocktails, a lot of great food and conversation. It is always great to be in a room where I can eat everything on the table, and know that everyone in the room shares my ethics.

The aforementioned great food? We had a ton of it.

The delicious spread.

The delicious spread.

So much so that a few hours later, this is how much we still had left.

The delicious spread with barely a dent in it.

The delicious spread with barely a dent in it.

Anika had a great juicer that was super quiet and easy to use, and allowed us to make fresh juice (to add to champagne, or not). I now have kitchen appliance envy.

Making fresh orange juice with a hint of apple.

Making fresh orange juice with a hint of apple.

I didn’t manage to get any pictures of the people in attendance, but others did, so see Helen’s post on the evening to see the bloggers themselves.

I had a lot of fun and look forward to seeing some of the girls for dinner at Thrive next week, and the rest of the group at future meet ups!