Veggin’ Out in Tijuana

The Tijuana region is an adventure to explore and has a surprising number of veggie-friendly options. Let’s start off on a sweet note: bakeries are big in Mexico, and two seen locally offer not only the anticipated heavenly smell upon entering but a few vegan treats. Panaderia Integral La Alegria, on Paseo de los Heroes in Zona Rio, sells veggie sandwiches and some alternative meat products. Walking distance from there is La Flor de la Vida — a vegetarian restaurant with a healthy meal of the day, a bakery and store.

Another Panaderia Integral La Alegria on Paseo Ensenada in Playas de Tijuana has a bigger selection of vegan stuff, along with gluten-free and sugar-free items. While in Playas de Tijuana, don’t miss the charming restaurant Aderezo Conejo (pictured above) which serves delicious veggie food in a relaxing setting, with a live DJ at times. Also in Playas, the cute La Veggicheria restaurant is lucky to have amazing ocean views for those enjoying their culinary offerings, and stores called Huerto Urbano Organico (try their tasty vegan brownies) and Semilla Madre Organica are filled with snacks and drinks herbivorous folks would love.

Photo courtesy of La Veggicheria

Farther from the beach in Tijuana, in a friendly food court called Foodgarden on Boulevard Sanchez Taboada, enjoy some veggie burgers, fries and other nutritious fare at Veggie Smalls! Down the street you’ll find yummy Indian food at Punjabi Indian Cuisine. If you hop in the car for just a few minutes to Calle Novena, check out Verde y Punto’s desserts, non-dairy yogurts and cheeses, and other goods.

This is just a sampling of the places you will find in this area; using google and happycow.net can work wonders. Don’t miss out on journeying just across the border from San Diego–you will have fun, find beauty at the lively beaches, and encounter numerous dining options.

January 6th, 2019 by veglady | No Comments »

It’s All About Balance

Life seems to be all about balance. For example, the joy found in spending time with people versus craving moments on our own. The urge to travel–exploring new lands and never-had-before meals–in contrast with the desire for a home base with some favorite go-to foods and hangout spots. Having fun, versus moments for more seriousness and depth.

And last but not least, if we have the ultra-healthy superfood-loaded green smoothie, maybe we can enjoy without guilt the sugary hot chocolate (pictured).

“In life there’s a yin and yang and a balance. And when you don’t have balance, you have comedy.” – George Lopez, comedian and actor

December 10th, 2018 by veglady | No Comments »

Marveling at Mexico City, San Miguel de Allende, and Guanajuato

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Pyramids of Mexico City

Reprinting a favorite from a lovely trip.

Venturing through Mexico is definitely doable, though it takes research and resourcefulness, especially as a vegan. Efforts are needed to avoid lard, chicken stock, and other animal ingredients while also dodging stomach issues that may arise from local unbottled water or produce that has not been cooked or disinfected. Speaking Spanish helps with asking wait staff questions, though there are no guarantees.

In enormous Mexico City, I was mainly fueled by beans, avocados, and steamed vegetables. In charming Coyoacan, the area in which Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera lived, I had a tasty grilled vegetable meal at Anselma Parilla Mexicana, with a broad view of the surrounding plaza and fountain. We soaked up other sights too, walking down Avenida Madero in the historic center and climbing the incredible ancient Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacán, said to be the third largest pyramid in the world.

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Guanajuato Views

We were captivated by the colonial towns San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato, which offered some decent vegan options. From Mexico City, San Miguel de Allende was about three hours by bus, and worth the ride for its gorgeous scenery filled with churches, plazas, and a European feel. Via Organica at Calle Margarito Ledezma 2 was our mainstay, a peaceful environment with many expatriate clients, an organic garden, a natural foods store, and a pretty upstairs patio. I enjoyed their tamales, soup, salads, and green juices. La Media Naranja at Hidalgo 83 is a small and bright spot that prepares a yummy “Mexican Eggs without Eggs” breakfast of spinach, beans, potatoes and pico de gallo, and nutritious juices with ingredients like beet, ginger, and celery. They serve falafel for lunch too. Nectar, at Correo #43, which had fish but was otherwise a vegetarian spot, was a refreshing change with a more gourmet touch. In a relaxing outdoor patio, we could choose quinoa, teff, and millet cereals with almond milk, a vegan meatball sandwich, or zucchini soup infused with lemongrass tea, among other unique vegan and gluten-free options.

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Mandala

Guanajuato was about a four hour bus ride from Mexico City. I was completely enticed by the steep alleys filled with colorful buildings and tranquil vibe. There were tours of mines, and creepy museums filled with mummies and torture devices used by the Holy Inquisition. Habibti Falafel at Sostenes Rocha 18 was a small funky restaurant that became a favorite, dishing up delicious falafel, hummus, grape leaves, and salads. Mandala, 32B Calle Sangre de Cristo, served flavorful Indian food in a cheery environment. They also had vegan brownies! Midi Bistro, in South of France style at Calle San Jose #4, had an appealing minestrone soup and couscous along with live music and art.

For more nutritionally-balanced trips, I suggest staying somewhere with a kitchen that enables you to prepare your own meals, and remembering that the joys of travel outweigh the lack of culinary variety.

Photos by Paige Newman

November 1st, 2018 by veglady | No Comments »

Beauty is Everywhere!

One fun thing about all the trips I took this summer was seeing artistic, inspirational messages in the various airport shops I passed through, whether in Seattle, San Francisco, or Mexico.

Many of us get tired from all the processes involved in traveling, from taking Ubers to passing through security to searching for a decent meal at the airport while lugging around our suitcases.

Seems better to focus on the positive and seize the day!

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September 3rd, 2018 by veglady | No Comments »

Picture Perfect Pacific Northwest

I forgot how absolutely beautiful the Pacific Northwest is, especially on warm summer days.

It’s been a great time visiting loved ones and some old haunts where I went to college in Bellingham, WA.

 

 

 

 

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July 15th, 2018 by veglady | No Comments »

Thinking of Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai has been one of my family’s homes for decades and is such a special place to many. I am hoping we all send great, positive thoughts to the gorgeous island as the locals recover from the flood.

Photo by a dear friend and artist Elsa Flores Almaraz.

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May 1st, 2018 by veglady | No Comments »

Beautiful Art in Mexico

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March 6th, 2018 by veglady | No Comments »

Life Flying By

veg Lately I am feeling nostalgic as the years fly by, and I wanted to share a few pics from years past. To the left, you’ll find me showing off rather curly hair and wearing adorable veggie overalls — so fitting for a lifelong vegetarian. In the photo to the right, my older sister and I are wearing motorcycle helmets from when our dad was doing advertising for a motorcycle company. Life flies by, so seize the day!2012_01_23_11_13_40.pdf000

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December 4th, 2017 by veglady | No Comments »

Coastal Healing

I just returned from a Central California jaunt to spend time with family, honor my father who passed away last year, and enjoy the coast. Taking a train was a refreshing way to avoid traffic and read with a frequent stellar ocean view, though it does add a few hours onto the journey.

If you venture to Cayucos, check out nearby Harmony, a town claiming a population of 18! The town which seemed a block long features some lovely pottery and jewelry and other pieces by local artisans, and a room with free coffee and water for any passersby!

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October 9th, 2017 by veglady | No Comments »

Breathtaking Kauai

kauai tunnelsThere aren’t words, really, to describe the outstanding scenery in Kauai, Hawaii! Even with having been there numerous times because my family made the island home a few decades ago, it is always amazing to see a rainbow and the lush green mountains pouring down into the sea.

One of my favorite places to eat on the island remains my parents’ Postcards Cafe in Hanalei (bottom two photos). They are very veggie-friendly; just ask the server for options.

 

 

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July 22nd, 2017 by veglady | No Comments »