Nashville, aka Music City. That city has my heart. Good food, good people, good times.
My Nashville trip was way too short, just a few days to visit a good friend. In the short weekend I spent in Nashville I went to 3 completely vegan/vegetarian restaurants, a bakery with delicious vegan options and the Nashville farmers market.
If you do visit Nashville, plan to spend plenty of time in Eastwood, which is where most of the vegan friendly joints were located. Five daughters bakery had a couple of vegan options where I had my first vegan doughnut ever, I was not disappointed.
Avo is a restaurant in Nashville that serves high quality vegan food, I have never had such delicious vegan cheeses with many to choose from. The avocado margarita was really interesting, and I felt so fancy drinking it.
My favorite restaurant was Graze, a vegan restaurant that has incredible brunch. The drinks delicious boozy kombucha might be even better than the tempeh based dish I had.
Coming from Lincoln where there are only a few all vegetarian and no all vegan restaurants, Nashville was heaven. There were so many places to choose from and not enough time to go to all the recommended ones. I’ll be back, and soon.
I spent the last week on Pawley’s Island, a small island about 30 minutes from Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. My husband has family that lives there and we regulary visit, usually renting a beach house to stay at for a week or so. I fully recommend renting a beach house when staying anywhere around Myrtle Beach and Charleston, if you have a large enough group. We had 15 total in this house and the cost ended up being around $300 per person for an entire week. With this view, you can’t beat that.
This was my first visit to South Carolina as a vegan, so I was not sure what to expect as far as options in the grocey store, I was pleasantly surprised by the grocery store chain Publix.
Publix has vegan cheeses, multiple different kombucha brands, veggie hot dogs, hamburgers and every type of tofurkey I’ve seen.
This brand of Kombucha is so good. Not only are the names adorable, they are delicious!
The rest of the food I bought was frozen, blueberries, dragon fruit and mangos. My husband and father in law drove to South Carolina and kindly brought my Vitamix along in the car, because what would a beach vacation be without some delicious fruit smoothies.
My grandparents are visiting from Sweden this month, and last weekend we decided to take a short road trip up to Minnesota. We started at the American Swedish Institute, a museum that has a Swedish style restaurant called Fika. I prepared myself to not have many options because at Fika they focus on ‘traditional’ Swedish cuisine which tends to be very diary and meat heavy. However, they have this avocado toast with sprouts, green tomatoes and seeds on this hearty rye bread. It was FANTASTIC!
The rest of the visit was spent driving around these small lake towns in search of the historic markers of the first Swedes that immigrated to Minnesota. My family is a bit obsessed with the book series The Emigrants an excellent series written by Swedish author Vilhem Moberg about a family that emigrates from Sweden in the 1850s and the struggles of the journey and then life as a immigrant in a new country. As a first generation American with Swedish heritage, this series has always had a special place in my heart.
This trip centered around visiting the places that play homage to this story, there is a statues of the fictional characters from the series, a statue of the author who visited the place. We visited small museums, statues and spent hours looking for coffee, with not much luck, (which is not very Swedish).
Looking like real tourists at the statue of Karl-Oskar and Kristina.
Checking out the St.Croix river in Stillwater.
My grandparents posing next the the statue of Vilhem Moberg.
The last morning was spent in downtown Minneapolis at the Walker Art Center sculpture garden. We finished with a quick lunch at Esker Grove before hitting the road back to Nebraska.
All in all, i had two great meals while on the trip. The rest of the time I had pretty basic salads and fries. I probably could have gotten more than that at some of the places we were at, but I still get shy when in restaurants in small towns. I know that Minneapolis has a ton to offer in terms of vegan friendly, but I didn’t plan ahead, and I was not in charge of where we went during this trip. I grabbed a few vega premade shakes and threw them in my purse along with granola bars, so I never went hungry.
Minnesota you were lovely, Minneapolis I will be back soon just to try out all the vegan places.
Nebraska summers can be unbearable, and at the same time they can be wonderful. When I celebrated the summer solstice the temperature was perfect, the food was delicious and the company marvelous.
Traditional Midsommar is a big deal in Sweden, which is where I learned how to celebrate this holiday. Last summer in Sweden I spent the day surrounded by family and friends, we picked flowers from fields, made flower crowns, sang songs, enjoyed good food and beverages and stayed awake until the sun came up.
It was magical.
Sadly this year I could not make it to Sweden for the summer, so I decided to host a small gathering. As always, the best part was the food. My guests went all out with what they brought. We had vegan cheesecake, homemade rye bread, scrumptious peach cake with a homemade caramel sauce, and homemade elderberry syrup to make drinks with. I required each guest to bring a bouquet of flowers so each could have their very own flower crown. I almost felt like I was in Sweden.
Can’t forget to add Delta the poodle, who helped me relax the morning after the party.
It’s summertime, which means it’s family vacation season; road trips, theme park outings, and family gatherings. With the rise of veganism in the United States, (1.6 million people in the United States currently identify as vegan) more and more folks find themselves wandering the grocery store isles aimlessly trying to figure out what the heck to have in the house for that vegan family member. Hopefully this post can help with that!
I am currently house/pet sitting and it amazes me that I am at the end of my first week here and haven’t yet had to go grocery shopping for ‘vegan food’. I am reminded of the misconception of the ‘mystical vegan food’ that many people think vegans eat. The fact is that most people eat lots of vegan friendly foods, they just happen to also consume things that are not vegan friendly.
Most folks will have lots of vegan friendly items in their pantry, they may just need some supplemental items to create well rounded meals for their vegan friends and family. My favorite is when the host offers to take me grocery shopping, this way they don’t have to stress and I can get what I want. If you have a whole foods or health food store, there are bound to be endless options.
I live in Nebraska where football parties are a monthly, if not weekly event in the fall. These parties will usually have fruit, veggies, and chips that I can snack on. However, occasionally I will stop by whole foods on the way to fill up on the salad bar. That can be a little pricey, so I don’t suggest doing that every day, but when you want to treat yourself, it can be perfect.
There are lots of fake meat options at the local grocery stores here in Lincoln, which can be great from time to time. However, just like with most processed food, I don’t usually feel the greatest after I eat most fake meat substitutes. If the family is going to be grilling out, I love to join in on the grilling with a frozen black bean burger or vegan dog.
If you are going to have a vegan stay with you for a visit, this list can be a great starting point for what to stock your pantry with. The best part about this list is that most of these items you can find at your local grocery store, even in a small town.
· Brown rice
· Fresh fruit (this can be as simple as bananas and apples)
· Fresh vegetables (whatever is in season or on sale, organic if possible)
· Canned beans (or dry if you have the time to soak and cook them)
· Peanut butter or almond butter
· Pasta (most types that you find in the grocery store are vegan-friendly)
· Chips and salsa
This list is very basic, and can keep a vegan happy for a week or more depending on the person. Of course, every individual has their own preference. So if you are in doubt, just ask. I know that when people ask me what they can stock their pantry with before a visit I am always happy to provide suggestions.
We have hit that part of spring where we are all crossing our fingers that the nice weather will stick. Here is Nebraska the temperature is reaching 80 degrees some days and there is nothing better on a warm day than a healthy and refreshing smoothie.
I love looking at how the color of the drink changes everyday, even if the recipe stays relatively the same. Here are some throwback pictures of my smoothie creations from last years spring and summer.
My go to base for a smoothie is 2 frozen bananas, cashew milk, frozen berries or pineapple, ginger and spinach or kale if I want to make it a green drink. 🙂
Last weekend we attended an event at the Venue, and I excpected I would have a nice salad for dinner. (I always prepare myself for a salad, so I’m not dissappointed.) I was so excited when I saw this on my plate!
Still, after 3 years of being vegan, I don’t enjoy grilling the server on the menu ingredients. However, the Venue knows their stuff and the server could tell me right off which items were vegan.
So add The Venue to your list of places in Lincoln to find delicious vegan food.