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Day 3: The Best of Central Florida

Day 3: The Best of Central Florida

Brunch is a “thing.” It’s different than other meals. Maybe because it’s like two of them. Stakes are higher. Like a bad brunch is doubly bad, a great brunch can make the day. Brunch at Daya, an all-vegan restaurant in the pretty Winter Park downtown, […]

Day 2: The Best of Central Florida {Underwater}

Day 2: The Best of Central Florida {Underwater}

A long time ago, when the Earth was green, I swam with the manatees in Florida’s Crystal River, where hundreds of manatees flock to in the winter months when the waters of the Gulf of Mexico are not as warm. It was time to see […]

Day 1: The Best of Central Florida

Day 1: The Best of Central Florida

The Sanctum has a fresh, vibrant vegan breakfast items that are the perfect start for a long day of sites. Any place with a mural like that is bound to deliver on plant-based goodies… equally important, kick-butt French press coffee equivalent to nine cups of hotel’s […]

Signs of Spring, Part II: Time Outside And With Ice Cream

Signs of Spring, Part II: Time Outside And With Ice Cream

Ben & Jerry’s has gone vegan. Here are two of the four non-dairy flavors. Both flavors were delicious. Now I must find the vegan Chunky Monkey and the Chocolate Fudge Brownie. On my neighborhood walk, I saw these plush nests and their exotic inhabitants. Parrots! […]

Juneau, Alaska / Vegan on Holland America Cruise, Day 5

Juneau, Alaska / Vegan on Holland America Cruise, Day 5

Greetings from the starboard side of the Oosterdam and our grand obstructed view. Yes, the floor to ceiling windows in the stateroom are on the same deck as the emergency life boats. But no fear, our priority was to have the means of seeing the […]

Haines, Alaska / Vegan on Holland America Cruise, Day 4

Haines, Alaska / Vegan on Holland America Cruise, Day 4

After several days at sea it was very exciting to disembark finally. The first port was Haines, Alaska, a sleepy, small city (number of graduating high school seniors in 2015: sixteen) with plenty of natural beauty and wildlife. The kind of stuff people come to […]

Francine, Look at the Nature.

Francine, Look at the Nature.

Having a yard is like having your own park that no one else can visit… unless they’re invited of course. I love watching all the life go on in the yard. And I much prefer to see its critters than those urban critters (i.e. millions of people) […]

Farm Sanctuary / Watkins Glen Vegan Ops

Farm Sanctuary / Watkins Glen Vegan Ops

Maywood Pancake House, in Maywood, New Jersey, is kind of a second location of Rutherford Pancake House (blog report on their vegan challah French toast is here). Both locations feature vegan breakfast options, which is far more a special than lunch or dinner options.  I was […]

Photo Purge

Photo Purge

Dad & Sister coconut whip, blueberry, strawberry chocolate cake parfaits. Happy July Birthdays! Fluff keeping cool in the shade.  Collaborative craft for a special Momma. 5 people are better than 1! Symmetry is a kind of beauty. This salad is from The Purple Elephant in […]

Another Long Island

Another Long Island

A visit to Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge in Sag Harbor is a walk back in time.  Trusting chipmunks eat from your hand.  Swans are shy and evade your camera. The tickling feet of bold songbirds perch your hand’s branch to select the best seeds.  […]

Heading For the ‘Frisco Bay / These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: <b>Bison</b>

Heading For the ‘Frisco Bay / These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: Bison

I never really spent much time in San Francisco. As a reporter of vegan food all about this great country, why wouldn’t I have spent more time in the very veg-friendly Bay Area? It just didn’t sit right with me. No need to fret. The […]

Humane Education / Humane Eats [Day 2 & 3]

Humane Education / Humane Eats [Day 2 & 3]

Days are jam-packed with learning. Luckily I am fed well. Here are the last couple of days’ eats, taken with my crappy camera phone. Mushroon no-quessadillas with nooch cheese sauce. Homemade chocolate ice cream Black bean and corn salad and pico de gallo Root veggie […]

Big Sky Backdrop {Animal Friends & Animal-friendly Eats in Montana}

Big Sky Backdrop {Animal Friends & Animal-friendly Eats in Montana}

It was a whirlwind of a day in Montana. I am grateful to have tasted some really good vegan options… I ate well! And today that started at Bernice’s Bakery in Missoula, which has vegan bakery options. I was there bright and early with some other […]

16 Years

16 Years

Happy 16th Vegan Birthday to me at Catskill Animal Sanctuary.  I’ve been vegan so long. And while every year my passion for vegan food (and vegan food reporting) grows stronger, my reason for going and remaining vegan have nothing to do with food at all. […]

Snow Days and Nights/Pantry Turnover

Snow Days and Nights/Pantry Turnover

My buddy and I woke up to the chime of my phone. 10 minutes before I received the NYC Alert text, The Electrician delivered the sweet, sweet news of the snow day. I texted the other 5th grade teachers and went back to bed, lulled […]

Little Buddies

Little Buddies

After we lost Jack, this little buddy started coming around. He’s of obvious relation. Little Buddy‘s first appearance was to comfort the meowing Jack who was tucked into the cat carrier before the first of 4 trips to veterinarians all over the Island. Since that […]

<i>Jack Nimble</i>, Rest In Peace

Jack Nimble, Rest In Peace

  I named you Jack Nimble because you were narrow and slender and small and I imagined if there were a lit candle you could arc it swiftly.  I felt your spine, each bone under a soft slip of skin, that knocked gently at my […]

Woke Up in Texas

Woke Up in Texas

My head is all sorts of pounding. With the school year ending Monday afternoon and my flight to Austin, Texas on Wednesday morning, my body crunks and shimmies clumsily towards grasping a new routine. But my next two weeks won’t offer this part of me, […]

Addy

Addy

It has been awhile since I have made something that wasn’t edible. My craft desk, sewing machine, miles of cross-stitch floss and pile of fabric has beared with my studies. Unfortunately, a normal week of work and school does not allow for discretionary crafting. But […]

These Are A Few of My Favorite Things: <b>Roadside Attractions</b>

These Are A Few of My Favorite Things: Roadside Attractions

Steve Heller’s Auto Art, Route 28, Boiceville, NY Kelder’s Farm/World’s Largest Garden Gnome, Route 209, Kerhonkson, NY Thrift stores/Swap meets/flea markets/antique shops, Napanoch, NY

ThanksLiving in Woodstock, NY

ThanksLiving in Woodstock, NY

This past Sunday was Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary‘s Annual Thanksliving Feast! It was a wonderful few hours filled with amazing eats, good peeps, numb toes and some extraordinary guests of honor: the turkeys.  Besides those feathered friends, there was much to see at the farm. […]

2008 Thanksliving at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

2008 Thanksliving at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

November is around the corner: layered sweater weather, scarves and thermals, dirty jeans and dirty under-the-fingernails, ruddy cheeks. I want to dig up root vegetables with my hands and bite the earth, rapacious, like Scarlett never going hungry again. Before the holly and mistletoe: November. […]