Toast Coffeehouse is a bustling breakfast house on Patchogue’s main strip. Like many in-touch eateries, they get that a vegan option is easy enough to throw together. The dish on the rise at omni establishments all about the country seems to be the Tofu Scramble. I have a growing list of eateries on my radar that offer it. And on Long Island too! Toast has a flavorful tofu scramble though the cubed tofu could use some marination. Big points for the fresh spinach and very delicious potatoes. PicMonkey Collage2

Next, some sweet treats. Little Nook Cafe is a kooky lil’ coffeeshop with a limited menu, included vegan pizza options of the Daiya kind. They also have a separate bakery case with that is all-vegan. Inside, treats from Vegan Treats, Long Island’s Pride Enjoy, as well as Betsy Bakes, a local gluten-free & vegan baker with no website. Or no website I could locate, at least.IMG_4206

Betsy Bakes! makes a yummy gluten-free, vegan cupcake! Far better than most I’ve had on Long Island. It was moist and chocolate-y. The kind that sticks to your fingers like a Devil Dog. Don’t you just love that? I also got her chocolate chip and potato chip cookie. I’ll report on that after I try it–great combination!PicMonkey Collage

I contributed to Pride Enjoy’s kickstarter a while back and I am happy to see them being distributed locally! I also saw them recently at Wild By Nature. I’m a sucker for rainbow cookies. And Pride Enjoy does them right.IMG_4214

More on Patchogue, see Queen City Cupcakes.

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Passion Flour Patisserie is an all-vegan French pastry shop in Salt Lake City, Utah. I arrived when brunch was still being served so I had to partake in both sweet and savory. 

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There was plenty of pretty, delicate options that I fancied, including French macarons. IMG_4080

But it was their croissant that had me at first glance. Croissants at vegan eateries are often not croissants at all. They take a croissant shape and appearance but they are not layered, flakey, buttery, etc. These are real croissants. Finally. The best I ever had.IMG_4079

My choice, as always, would be the Benedict. But I substituted the English muffin with one of their croissants. Delicious. But the packaged Canadian bacon was really not necessary–the tofu was flavorful enough on its own! This was a great Hollandaise. I wanted to lick my plate!IMG_4084

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Driving from Salt Lake City into the red rock area is a spectacular display of towering rock formations. Though there is quite enough of a show without having to even enter one of the 3 national parks in the area, I did enter Capitol Reef National Park close to sunset, a bit of a foolish choice but my choice nonetheless.

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Outside of the park, the sun was already saying Bye Bye. I drove swiftly in hopes of catching the sunset.DSC_0004

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Finally in the park, I started a hike but thought better of it after a half a mile. I wasn’t prepared for a night hike.
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Eventually, I managed a few glimpses of the sun setting in the west. DSC_0037

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After a few pretty harsh hours of mountain driving, True Food Kitchen would be a fine lunch destination with friends in Denver. Turns out the restaurant chain is co-founded by health guru Andrew Weil. There are some truly transformative chains that are spreading into enlightened urban centers. And speaking of, we realized as we searched for an eatery that there was a Native Foods in Denver. Anyway, a menu with vegan options clearly labeled is always easy breezy. True Food Kitchen had plenty to choose from, and like the name implies, no packaged shortcuts.

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A yummy appetizer of heirloom tomato and cashew cheese bruschetta. It’s amazing how simple can be so good. A few green herbs, a creamy blended cashew spread, and let you let those heirloom tomatoes shine.  IMG_4117

My choice after a day barely any nutrients—a bowl of scrumptious plant-based eats: miso-glazed sweet potato, charred onion, grilled portobello, avocado, hemp seed with a mix  of super grains. Just what the doctor ordered!  This is how I want to eat all the time: balanced, fresh, flavorful, and textures.IMG_4119

Back on Colfax in downtown Denver, Voodoo Doughnuts, which is now also in Austin and Taiwan (!) A quick morning trip to Denver’s location, open 24 hours, would be in order. IMG_4127

It seemed that the doughnuts are smaller than Portland’s, although maybe this is a change across the board for Voodoo? The vegan selection was on the bottom of the rotating display.IMG_4130 Voodoo swag.PicMonkey Collage Ready to go home now!IMG_4134

Leaving my campsite outside Yellowstone and getting on my way to Idaho, I had to head back south to see an old friend… the Tetons! I missed the sunrise lightshow by just a couple of minutes over at a popular viewpoint Oxbow Bend Turn-out back in Grand Teton National Park. It was still a nice shot… but not of the Grand Teton. I think this is Mount Moran.
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Crossing into Idaho from Wyoming via Teton Pass, the mountains that continued through Idaho as I rode west on one of her scenic by-roads were kind of harshing my mellow. I was heading to a raw lunch destination in-between the haul so that had me within a drab brown welcome map-covered terrain with curves just sharp and frequent enough to have to be on continual high alert. Plus, a lot of obnoxious drivers who did not “Pass With Care,” as the sign suggests. They did get past with care either.

I stopped in for a quick tour of Craters of the Moon National Monument, a site that accepts my interagency parks pass. I’ll admit that coming from Yellowstone & Grand Teton, this landscape does not compare. It’s dark, post-apocalyptic and resembles a mess of asphalt. But it’s the aftermath of volcanoes from tens of thousands of years ago. And it’s a dynamic landscape, still stretching and building with more recent geological events. I guess it’s kinda cool. DSC_0016

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From out of nowhere, the ramshackle seemingly abandoned old western towns and farm communities gave way to a series of yuppy recreational areas, including Ketchum. Ketchum is where I’d have my raw lunch. I couldn’t believe that there would be a raw eatery thousands of miles from the desolate highway I was on for hours. I love stops like that, like this stop to the all-vegan Glow Live FoodsIMG_4046

But I had to eat and run. The cashew cheese spread and tomato sammy with a vibrant side salad and the blueberry mint kombucha on tap was just what I needed. But a “grilled cheese” it is not. IMG_4044

I was real excited to get to Boise to try BBQ4Life, a long-time internet bookmark that I’ve watch grow to really embrace its vegan side. As you can see, they do not shy away from v-bombs.PicMonkey Collage1

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I got the Vegaloaf after discussions with the really great server. The vegan potato salad inside the sandwich and the Hawaiian bread sealed the deal. The bread was spectacular–so much so that I bought a loaf from them. I’ll admit it was partly because I wanted to read the ingredients. The eggy yellow hue was suspicious to me. But there were no ingredients listed. I’m going to contact the local supplier to find out!IMG_4055

Such a delicious sammy. I was really impressed with this place! I will file it under “wish to airlift.”PicMonkey Collage3

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It was time for another highly anticipated vegan stop in Idaho. I am going to say again that there are wonderful things happening in the vegan donut arena–all over the country. Guru Donuts is yet another perfect vegan donut maker. IMG_4066

Clearly labeled, inventive vegan options are so appreciated, as opposed to just chocolate or vanilla. And more great, friendly service. Boise folks are swell, especially if they’re pedaling delicious vegan donuts.PicMonkey Collage

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Thanks for the vegan eats, Idaho. Now there is only one state left…

IntroFor a gal who always sees the first a.m. showing of movies in the theater to avoid people, going to Yellowstone National Park in August is a little counterintuitive. However, crowded in Yellowstone Country is far different than crowded in, say, the New York City subway. It’s 2.2 million acres. Plus, I arrived before dawn each day to get a head start on seeing as much as possible, which helps.

I left my quarters in Teton Village outside of Grand Teton National Park at 4:00 am. My goal was to see Old Faithful erupt around sunrise, followed seeing a whole lot of thermal features, all very popular attractions.

Old faithful is a geyser I’ve seen only in the cartoons from my youth. It was always forcefully delivering karma to some ol’ tom-fooler in a comedic fashion. As I joined the small crowd also up at the crack of dawn, bundled up and sniffling, that ol’ geyser was puffing away gently. White billows that got lost in the clouds. IMG_3754

The eruption began with a sputtering fountain of water at the based, and then water filled the sky upward, looking more like vapor than its liquid state. It was also a softer, more delicate eruption than I had expected.  DSC_0025

What on Earth is going on in that Earth that these geysers spout 100+ feet into the air. “This world. This Earth. So amazing.” This is what was going through my mind most of my time at Yellowstone. DSC_0035

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I was excited to explore the parts of Yellowstone I anticipated the most. Thee “hot” spots. I fell in love with Yellowstone’s geothermal features from pictures. Old Faithful is a thermal feature, but it was the colorful pools of boiling water I was drooling over. I was very excited to see them in person. I devoted most of my first day to their exploration; I was a bit obsessed with them, as you can tell by the quantity of pictures to follow–a very small portion of my grand total. I visited all the designated thermal basins in the park, excluding Black Sand Basin. All of the basins have designated walkways for safety… you don’t want to get boiled alive do you?

The Upper Geyser Basin: This basin is adjacent to Old Faithful. It is actually pretty striking to arrive at the parking lot to see the expanse of land simmering and smoking. Yellowstone sits atop a hotspot in the Earth’s mantle, pretty darn close to the crust. One of the rangers said that there are a few thousand earthquakes in the park every year. What is going on underneath the Earth’s crust is pretty spectacular–it is the reason why the land was set aside to be protected in 1872, the world’s first National Park. DSC_0118

I shot a lot geyser and spring videos as the sound and fury of the boiling and hissing features, along with their striking colors, was surreal. They also smelled. Egg fart central.DSC_0049

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The beautiful, deep springs like this were my favorite. Looking at them, I can slightly understand how one might want to swim within them. But, no way. The first chapter of Death In Yellowstone, a must for anyone wanting to visit, tells the stories of the sad souls who died from partial or total submersion in the hot springs, accidental and intentional. Just this past June, a young man from Oregon died at the Norris Geyser Basin. If you’re going to visit, it’s important to understand the dangers. With many tourists sharing the narrow boardwalks… with children… photographic equipment… untied shoes. You need to follow the park rules and be very careful. I was kind of taken aback by what I saw from the other visitors. Hence, this misdirected lecture. Sorry. DSC_0057

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Aquamarine. Reminds me of my mom’s birthstone ring I used to be fascinated with when I was a kid. DSC_0103

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I’ll admit that a slither of the allure of the thermal feature areas was that I thought that the unstable, eruptive land in the basin areas were less likely to have bears roaming about. You see, I have never experienced the real wild before. Yellowstone is wild. Safety in the park is all about understanding and respecting this. Day one in the geothermal areas would help distinguish this land as wild, a place where nature reigns supreme, a place where the human animal is but a peon. But… I found myself hiking to Biscuit Basin which was quickly secluded and active with living things fleeing from my bear bell. Then I started looking at the tree trunks and skat, convinced there was evidence of bears. My bear spray was in the trunk and not attached to my backpack for ease of use. In the end, I saw no bears. I did see a bison eating near the Upper Geyser Basin. His picture is later.

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More of those deep blues. The colors are created from thermophiles, little single-celled organisms (bacteria) that are really into heat. DSC_0219

Idiot visitors have damaged pools by throwing crap into them–coins, and what not. The rangers vacuum out the crapola when they are clogged but some pools are forever changed. Like this one. DSC_0225

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Yellowstone’s thermal area is the most active geothermal area on the planet. You can travel all around the world and you won’t find this kind of hot, bubbling, spewing and hissing display; won’t find a more beautiful display of shimmering color than right here in your country, The Unites States of America. Yellowstone has two-thirds of all the world’s geysers, too. Fumaroles, mud pots, hot springs, geysers are all the result of that volcanic activity in the giant hotspot.

Midway Geyser Basin: There was major back-up for this basin area. Because I hiked out to Biscuit Basin, I had to hike back. By then, everyone and their mother was up and at ’em. DSC_0276

Midway Geyser Basin has the big star of the Yellowstone thermal area: The Grand Prismatic Spring. This is probably the most beautiful feature in the park, in my humble opinion. This is where there was a lot of bustle on the boardwalk. DSC_0290

Though you can check out aerials on the interweb, there is no way to see it from above. I asked a ranger and he pretty much went on a tirade about how some guides misinform folks that you can take the now closed bike trail to Fairy Falls to see it from above. Turns out that is not the case. Others have climbed off trail to see it… but it is not safe. That entire area is currently closed for construction as the park attempts to create a safe walkway for viewing, fed up with all the visitors who take it upon themselves to make one. DSC_0321

Even if I wasn’t above it, it was extraordinarily beautiful.DSC_0337

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Norris Geyser Basin: This was actually my favorite basin. I liked the milky colors in the Porcelain Basin. Though, like all of the basins, it was so stinky. The smell of sulfur and other gases permeate, some very strong but all ever-present.

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Mammoth Hot Springs: Mammoth Hot Springs are up north in the park and boast the most dynamic of the thermal features. With beautiful, snow-white limestone deposits, orange mounds and unique terraces, the area was like an above-ground cave.

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West Thumb Geyser Basin: By this time, the boardwalks were a mob scene. And I had walked about 10 miles and was hungry and cranky. But this basin was unique as it was next to Yellowstone Lake… and there were lake geysers sputtering out there!DSC_0561

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Mud Volcanoes: On my second day, I pulled in to see this group, which I had initially dismissed. These were so stinky, but super active and wonderful to witness. The pools of mud were bubbling like mad. 

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The Animals: Lamar Valley, near Northeast Entrance Road, and Hayden Valley, between Canyon Village and Lake Village, are great places to spy on wildlife. Did you know that the animal that has caused the most human injuries in Yellowstone is not the bear, but the Bison? Wait, scratch that. The animal that has caused the most human injuries in Yellowstone is… the human being. Yellowstone is not Disneyland. The animals within the park are truly wild. The natural order of the wild is the law in Yellowstone, which means sometimes visitors get injured or die… when they act stupidly and disobey the very important rules of the park, which include keeping a safe distance from the wildlife. This is to protect the wildlife too. Such a sad case about a baby bison that had to be euthanized after being rejected by the herd after being “rescued” by some clueless visitors.

I didn’t see a variety of animals, mainly bison, but I also was not around these areas when animals are most active. I did see this antelope pretty close.

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Here is the bison that an old couple and I nearly walked right into at the Upper Geyser Basin. We were on that boardwalk trail approaching from the right when a guy from the left alerted us not to pass that tree stump. We eventually all walked from the boardwalk to pass him safely. The old timer insisted he take my picture with the bison. I obliged, because I love the old timers. DSC_0111

This was the closest encounter I had: this guy was walking right along my car. These kinds of incidents cause happy traffic, the kind where everyone is excited and happy and smiling at each other in awe. Then they go try the bison sausage at the restaurant in the evening with no connection.

The Grand Canyon Of The Yellowstone: There’s a Grand Canyon in Yellowstone called The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. It was pretty spectacular to hike down the south rim to see the waterfalls and a double-rainbow. But it was a doozy to hike back up! I walked 133 flights that day.

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This is the Artist’s Point view. For the tour groups who can’t hack the hike.ARTIST POINT

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The Terrain: Yellowstone is like its own country with different topography and weather systems within, different feels and textures. Here are just a small sampling of the land.TERRAIN

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The Vegan Food in Yellowstone Park: It’s so kooky to have vegan options at Yellowstone! Here is what I ate and where.

Breakfast at the Old Faithful Inn: This lodge is gorgeous and worth a stop in just to refill your water bottle. But they have a vegan option in the early am (630-10).IMG_3956

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Vegan Breakfast Bowl consisting of Greenwheat Freekeh topped with tofu scrambler, salsa fresca, and diced Anaheim chiles (no cilantro), with a side of home fries I mixed in. It was lacking a bit of flavor but was definitely better than it looked, though chiles tasted tin can-y. Hey, I’m just happy to see the word “vegan.”IMG_3965

I had dinner at Old Faithful Snow Lodge Obsidian Dining Room: the vegan Polenta Fritter, a grilled portobello mushroom, red onion, zucchini, yellow squash, roasted red pepper, balsamic glaze, along with some carrots. Pretty yummy!

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Grant Village Lakehouse Restaurant offers a make-your-own bowl casual dinner option.

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Other options I didn’t get to try:

Canyon Lodge Cafeteria has a sandwich station that offers a Gardein option.

Yellowstone Lake Hotel Dining Room has a vegan lunch option: a Red Lentil Burger made with organic lentils from Timeless (Conrad, Montana) on a cornmeal bun, cracked black pepper roasted garlic aioli, sliced tomato, fresh leaf lettuce, onion with a side salad.

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Everything in Jackson, Wyoming revolves around the Tetons. And proving this, I spent my day finding a variety of ways and circumstances in which I could see the Tetons. Starting at the crack of dawn.

The striking hues of a beautiful sunrise can do pretty fantastic things to the sky, so I knew it’d do extraordinary things to the Tetons. I jumped out of bed at 5:40 am, getting dressed in the dark so as to not wake up bunkees in my hostel dorm, and frantically headed into the Grand Teton N.P. I made a B-line to Schwabacher’s Landing to catch them Tetons at the first peek of sunlight, and to see the reflection off Snake River of this first peek of sunlight. A short walk from the parking area at Schwabacher’s Landing Road is more than well worth it. Watch as the the sun rising from the east turned the Tetons pink.

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Till they’re at their pinkest. Then it’s time to chase the sunlight elsewhere to wake other things up. Other things with the Tetons, of course.IMG_3658

Like that old barn at Mormon Row which I photographed in terrible light yesterday. It’s just down the road from Schwabacher’s Landing, so I wanted to see the early morning turn-out. It’s kind of astonishing that others were sleeping away all of this majesty. DSC_0070

Next, a shuttle boat across Jenny Lake shuttle boat to do some hiking… in order to see the Tetons from a different vantage point. The shuttle runs every 10-15 minutes. Hours are 7-7 during the peak season and a round trip ride for an adult is $15 (credit cards accepted!) Once across, there is  Hidden Falls and then Inspiration Point.

I wanted to do this early to save myself from the crowds. Though I managed a shot with no one in it, there were about 10 others on the boat.
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Your tetons are showing.
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Light starting to spread. It was pretty chilly though. I had my insulated hooded sweatshirt on, too!
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After some errands at Teton Village, where I was staying, I headed back into the park, flashing my Interagency Annual Pass like mad. I thought I would eat something. I headed to the Blue Heron Lounge at Jackson Lake Lodge. I tried to get the Heirloom Cauliflower Steak, grilled heirloom Cauliflower, baby greens, and kumquat marmalade, but after ordering and waiting, the Chef realized he had no cauliflower. It was a bummer. I wanted to eat with the Tetons. But I had big dinner plans, so it’d be okay. I enjoyed the nice views at the lodge.DSC_0148

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Next stop would be climbing a mountain… in my car. Taking Signal Mountain Road to the summit of Signal Mountain would have been an easy way to digest a little bit before setting out on some more hikes.  But it wound up being another guise to find the Tetons in a new place.  The scenic drives and scenic turnouts always have more people with not the greatest traits. I guess it has to do with laziness? Or maybe I was just hungry.

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And a few shots from a scenic turnout. The Cathedral Group. 8 of the 10 tallest mountains in the park are in this group, including Grand Teton (elevation 13,770), Mount Owen (12,928), Middle Teton (12,804), South Teton (12,514), Teewinot Mountain (12,325), Teepee Pillar (12,266), Cloudveil Dome (12,026) and Buck Mountain (11,938). Tetons!!!!!!!!!!!DSC_0224

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Next, I tried to hike the Taggart Lake trail but gave up. My body told me to. I hadn’t eaten a meal since noon the day before and was running low on water. And hey, let’s be real. I’m pretty out of shape. There were pretty impressive ladies and gents of all ages marching with me on the trails who were far less winded and disheveled as me. I did take more pictures of the Tetons, real close as the trail went right in front of them. And I also fell in love with these odd, eye trees that are all around the park. DSC_0230

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My dinner plans set and highly anticipated, I had to make sure I fit the dress code (no shorts or flip-flops) of the high-end Jenny Lake Lodge, Grand Teton’s luxurious lodge. For dinner: A vegan 5-course fine dining dinner. Here we go:PicMonkey Collage

Amuse bouche: compressed honeydew with a date “leather” DSC_0009

Spiced beets: avocado puree, pumpkin seed crumble, carrot vinaigrette, and arugula. So delicious and flavorful. I could eat 5 more of these plates.  DSC_0011

The unphotogenic lentil soup. Despite looking quite boring, it was thick, creamy and so satisfying. I relished in restore so many lost proteins.DSC_0016

The Caramelized Fennel Salad: argula, dehydrated tomato, and a shallot vinaigrette. Again, they knocked it out of the park. My tastebuds rejoiced. (I didn’t eat the croutons. Highly suspect.)DSC_0019

The chef whipped up this vegan entree for me. He called it a Barley & Mushroom Ragout. It had lentils and barley stewed with mushrooms, topped with deep-fried mushrooms and french fried onions. And fennel. It was kind of a mixed bag, but I appreciated it very much.DSC_0023

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It was a busy day of beautiful things, as will be the same tomorrow. So I need to rest up! Goodnight…

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Buford, Wyoming has only one resident, a Vietnamese man who bought the entire town on eBay. Don Sammons, Buford’s previous lone resident who built the town from nothing and wrote a book about his adventure moved away. So it is still population 1. I stopped in to see if I could meet the new sole resident of the town. But it was 3 in the morning.IMG_3600

Finally, I arrived at my home for the next two nights, Teton Village in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, right outside of Grand Teton National Park. And it was time for some food and relaxation, starting with Lotus Café. The café offers plenty of delicious vegan options, like flavorful tofu scrambles, cashew cheese lasagna, as well as a slew of delicious share plates, bowls, burgers, and salads. If you’re spying their menu, note that the “V” means it can be made vegan, which is a significant portion of the menu.IMG_3619

I got the tofu scramble, mostly because it’s got everything you could want, even housemade vegan sour cream.IMG_3622

After and before some rest, I entered Grand Teton National Park some sightseeing in front of my day tomorrow, which will be more scenic-intensive. And I had a quickie photo shoot at the Moulton Barn on Antelope Flats Road, known as the most photographed barn in America (see history here).DSC_0008

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Goodnight, Wyoming. You’re beautiful. Much more tomorrow. I’m just way too tired.

Bushwick, Brooklyn is now home to Elisa’s Love Bites, a gluten-free bakery with a few vegan options always on-hand.
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At the time of my vist, marked v-options included the Black Heart Cake, Original Sin Cake, Fig Buddies and Fluffers, aquafaba meringue cookies.  PicMonkey Collage2

The Black Heart Cake was what I devoured right then and there–rich, delicious, no gluten-free grittiness. A sublime few bites for $5.00. For that price, maybe an addition of a housemade berry coulis drizzle would set this treat over the moon. IMG_3474

Into Manhattan, it was time for a vegetable and herb-heavy bite at Inday: Dosa waffles topped with roasted vegetables and pickled raisins. Yum, but it was missing something. Maybe the chutney that was supposed to accompany would have rounded out the flavor? A nice, unique vegan option, however.IMG_3480

After, we had a reservation at Little Lion’s Cat Cafe in SoHo. We watched a movie with the cats, who were skittish and not really interested in us, unfortunately. I guess my fantasy of being covered in cats would be easily (and more cheaply) accomplished at home, though the money goes to a great cause. PicMonkey Collage

I get to see all the backyard goings-on when I am home for the summer. Like hungry bumble bees getting sustenance.
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Hibiscus monitoring and managing their sun intake. IMG_3418

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The sunflowers building their happy faces.IMG_3424

Beautiful butterflies feasting then fluttering.IMG_3448

Oh, and a case of Kombucha, for good measure. IMG_3467

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