November is World Vegan month and many countries around the globe have begun celebrating it through vegan festivals. Finally, the Philippines’ time has come and we too, get to come together for two weekends of movement workshops, talks and vegan food.
This year’s theme is all about Climate Change, a battle we have been losing for nearly half a century now. If you listened to Leonardo DiCaprio’s speech when he won the Oscar for Best Actor, you probably caught “Climate Change is REAL…” For the longest time, we have been dismissing the idea because this phenomenon never posted immediate harm…until now.
Manila, you are just about to run out of excuses NOT to go plant-based. I’ve listed down six vegan delivery services that will knock your socks off and make life so much easier for you. Now, there’s no need to worry about where to go. All you have to do is pick up your phone and let them find you. And darling, I say that is sweet surrender. No need to run away from your broccoli the way you did when mom tried to shove that fork into your mouth. Continue reading No Escaping Your Greens: The Vegan Food Delivery Service Guide→
Here it is! I saved my favorite part for last–the food. If you read my first entry about the recent Yoga Retreat I had at Atmosphere Resorts and Spa, I mentioned I would write a completely separate post on the food they served. I find it rather challenging to recall all the memories of dining at the resort only because I could barely do it without salivating (excuse me) and dreaming about my next food trip there. But yes, the taste and how deliciously rich their dishes were are clearly embedded in the memory bank of my tastebuds.
As one who has been on a plant-based diet for the past four years, I can say that Manila is truly evolving. Susi, the recently opened restaurant at Burgos Circle, BGC offers only Vegan and Gluten-free food. It’s the first Vegan and Gluten-free restaurant to run within one of the top commercial areas in the Metro.
When I was first told in October last year about Susi, I thought it was pretty bold of them to pick Burgos Circle as their first location. If you ask me why, I’d give you two connecting reasons. One, veganism is a concept that majority of our population still hasn’t embraced and two, Burgos Circle is a prime spot. And given the costs of keeping a business running in a high-traffic area, Susi is going to need all the diners they can get to step into their doors. But it seems Susi has this all planned out. Continue reading SUSI Brings Vegan and Gluten-Free Food into the Metro’s Mainstream→
I don’t mean to disappoint you guys but I won’t be sharing the recipe to vegan cookies and muffins today. I just had to get it out there! I couldn’t even bake to save my life. I will, however, show you how to get these delicious, cruelty-free treats and even introduce you to the wonderful, inspiring woman behind them.
Bali, most especially Ubud, is a haven for vegetarians and vegans. Nearly every corner in Ubud had a vegetarian restaurant and all the places we visited there were able to accommodate vegan requests. Here are a few spots I would recommend you to check out:
DOWN TO EARTH CAFÉ AND MARKET – UBUD
Down to Earth serves raw, organic vegan food that’s absolutely delicious. Nic got the Seitan Steak and I ordered the Planet Platter. The platter’s contents change depending on what fresh produce is available. Among all the restaurants we visited in Bali during our trip, Down to Earth food has to be my favorite.
At the ground floor of Down to Earth is its organic market with shelves of natural, plant-based and compassionate products.
Right next to it is Paradiso, the first organic vegetarian cinema in the world.
I just found my version of the “friendly neighborhood diner” I always see in the movies. Both my belly and heart are doing the happy dance.
Situated along the busy road of Kalayaan, I have been eyeing the place for several months but never got the chance to stop by. Seriously, it’s easy to miss! Juicesabel is a humble, little café that started out by serving cold-pressed juices. As the business gradually evolved, they began to offer vegan burgers and wraps. Today, the menu has expanded to a variety of lunch meals, vegan cakes and cookies made fresh everyday.
Your grocery cart is your vehicle to a healthier diet. But although many groceries and supermarkets these days carry healthier options, the most affordable yet fresh produce can still be found in wet markets. Going vegan and/or cleaning up your diet doesn’t always have to start with a pricey juice cleanse. With just a bit of creativity, the regular amount of money you spend on the food you currently eat will definitely go far.