Five Tips For Going Vegan

On July 12th, 2015 I officially went vegan. If you’ve read some of my posts about veganism in the past you will know that I find veganism to be one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself. I could go on and on about the benefits I’ve seen since going vegan but today I want to talk about a few things YOU can do to transition to being vegan. Ready to take the next step?

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  • Educate yourself; 

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Panzanella Salad

Is there anything worse than a sad salad? Especially coming from a vegans perspective, when everyone assumes all you eat is a salad with shredded carrots and tomatoes so that’s all they have to serve you. Yeah, no thanks…

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Wine and Food Pairing 101

Pairing wine with food can be daunting. I’ve always just stuck to the age-old advice of red wine with meat and white with fish and salads. Though, now that I’m vegan, even that’s changed. So then I thought, well, red wine with heavier dishes? White with everything else? It always sounded so intimidating but over the years that I’ve learned more about wine, I began to realize it’s not as hard as I thought to pair wine with food, even if I’ve never tasted the wine before. I’m going to share a few basics that will set you up for success for creating the perfect combo.

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First off, in order to at least have an understanding of what kind of wine your buying, Continue reading

My Top 4 Museums Around the World

Growing up I wouldn’t say that I didn’t like museums, it’s just that I wasn’t all that interested in them. Sure, some were really cool, like the ones with all sorts of cool toys Continue reading

Vegan Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread

When life gives you ripe bananas, make banana bread. Or something like that. At least that’s what I did. I hate wasting food so if somethings about to go bad there is always a use for it. Old veggies in soup, ripe bananas in baked goods, stale bread in bread pudding. The options are endless.

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I’ll admit, this recipe was quite literally something I just threw together and hoped would turn out okay. I mashed up one banana, added some vanilla, a splash of milk, sugar, flower, baking powder, and chocolate chunks and voila. A super easy loaf perfect for lunch or afternoon tea.

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Now, normally I would give you guys a recipe as well but I’ll be honest I really did just throw a bunch of things together and hoped for the best, so I don’t have exact measurements. BUT! I can make a list and a few approximations for measurements in case you guys want to try recreating it on your own.

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In addition, if I were to have extra chocolate on hand I totally would have drizzled some on top but unfortunately, I was out. But you could definitely try and see how it works for you.

Ingredients

1 ripe banana, mashed

1 tsp vanilla

2 tbls soy milk

pinch of salt

1 tsp baking powder

3/4 cup sugar

1 cup flour

1 tbls coconut oil

vegan friendly chocolate chunks

Mix everything together and bake at 350f for 25-35 mins. Serve with non-dairy milk and enjoy!

Why Use Grapes For Wine?

Have you ever wondered why grapes are used to make wine? Why not strawberries or blackberries? At least, why not more of those types of wine? I had this same question recently, so I decided to do a little research. Here’s what I’ve found:

To keep it simple grapes have the perfect balance of tannins, sugars, and acids to create Continue reading

How I Got A Black Eye in Peru

AdobePhotoshopExpress_212e156a08554a808309408fa8b53818Ah Peru, so full of adventures. So full of excitement. So full of stories. Like that time I got a black eye in Peru. My parents only slightly freaked out when I returned with a blue bruise as a souvenir.

So what’s the story? Did I get attacked by someone at midnight while walking home? Yes, but that’s a Continue reading

What Is Cabernet Sauvignon?

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One of the most popular wines in the world, and definitely one of my favorites, is the good ole’ Cabernet Sauvignon. But what do you know about this staple wine? Personally, I knew very little. So I did a little research and am here today to share what I found. Continue reading

A Melancholic Day in Austin, TX

I was born and raised in Austin, yet, there’s a part of me that just doesn’t feel like I belong. Which is a bit surprising, even to me. I mean, I’m vegan, I love music, I love quirky vintage things, so what gives? Austin should be a haven for me!

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Maybe it’s the surge of people moving in who have changed this city. Maybe it’s the Continue reading