About Escapes and Escapades

Culinary graduate adventuring the world.

Let’s Talk About Veganism

Just over 3 years ago I made one of the best decisions of my life. I decided to go vegan.

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I know what you’re thinking, “oh please, you’re just saying that. Nothings changed.”. But let me tell you, everything has changed.  Continue reading

The Hills are Alive in Salzburg

11703144_10204518758872203_1601807759616980948_nWhen I made plans to go to Salzburg it wasn’t so much of a conscious “I’ve always dreamed of Salzburg, I must go!” as it was that it was the cheapest place to fly out of to catch my plane in Oslo back home. So arriving there I didn’t have much to expect. Had I seen the Sound of Music? Well, before this European adventure, no. Funny Continue reading

Chilled Cucumber and Avocado Soup

August is here, a heatwave has hit, and I’m just so ready for colder weather.

I mean, hot weather is great but… I need cold. I need those gloomy days where it’s too cold to go outside, a big cozy sweater wrapped around me and a big cup of something hot in my hands. Perfection.

Yeah, good luck finding that in Texas Sarah…

Anyway, at least I can eat cold refreshing foods in the meantime to cool off from this atrocious heat.

If you can’t tell from it’s bright green glow, this soup is seriously healthy for you. With cucumbers and avocados making up the base, it’ll make you glow just as well.

Enjoy!

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Exploring the Shire

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I always find it amusing what people associate with different countries. The United Kingdom is reduced to London, France is all wine, cheese, and beautiful Paris, and as of late New Zealand has been known as the land of the hobbits. If you are a fan of The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit, New Zealand is a must stop for you.

AdobePhotoshopExpress_3ee0e5cc45e943b3a9464910126cfe63Located just outside of Matamata, a town about 3 hours by bus from Auckland, Hobbiton rests on the Alexander Farm, the last sheep farm in the area. Having seen all Continue reading

Traveling Has Left Me With A Loss

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Tallin, Estonia

 

Upon embarking on a trip, I left my friends and family with a promise to tell them all about my amazing adventures once I returned. As I traveled, I would see something and make a mental note to tell everyone about it. How green the trees were in Finland, how friendly the people were in Thailand, and how annoying my roommates were in Prague. Continue reading

Vegan Travel Tips

I get a lot of questions about being vegan when I travel. “Isn’t it hard to find vegan food?” “Is it really worth the hassle?” The truth? It’s not too hard to find vegan food if you don’t mind foraging grocery stores rather than restaurants and as any other vegan can tell you, it might be a hassle but we’re not going to eat meat so just drop it.

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Anyway, so how do you find vegan food when you are traveling? Let’s start in the airport. More often than not you will always find vegan options here, whether it’s fruit, Continue reading

Chocolate Coconut Almond Granola | VEGAN |

 

Don’t you just love coconut? Maybe I’m a bit obsessed but I put it in like everything these days. Granola, oatmeal, as body lotion… It’s just so good. I know the coconut train has already come and gone but I think we need to bring it back. What do ya’ll think?

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Not All Pretty Places Are Peaceful

AdobePhotoshopExpress_62a0550248544365a12485d1b4d9dbf6When I first arrived in Krakow, I knew only one thing that I HAD to see: Auschwitz  Concentration Camp. It sounds a bit deranged, to go to such a place of evil, but I soon realized I was one of many who wanted to see this historical site. In fact, over a million people visit Auschwitz each year! Who would have thought something so uncomfortable to face, would be so popular? Whatever the reason, history may not be pretty, but as George Santayana once said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”.  Continue reading

Oh La La, La Vieille Ferme

July 5th was my last day for my first semester back in school in three years. Somehow I made it through with only a few breakdowns, which is great considering the classes were accelerated month-long summer courses. I reckon I did alright!

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And so to celebrate I decided to splurge and spend not $4 on a bottle of wine but $7! Continue reading

Hello Lithuania

adobephotoshopexpress_1b4325aa010a436fbbb1d5001dad9a69Before embarking on this past round the world trip, I didn’t know much, or really anything, about the Baltic States. I couldn’t tell you any of its history, what there was to do there, or even what countries made up the Baltic States! But after a few weeks exploring the three countries, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, I was in love. Perhaps it was the nouveau architecture, the laid back lifestyle, the warm and friendly people. I’m not sure. All I know is that I didn’t want to leave. Continue reading