Today’s Vegan MoFo “tip” is actually an announcement and how I plan to work my vegan lifestyle into said announcement.
We are moving!
After twelve years in New York, my husband and I have decided to relocate to Colorado Springs!
We are both doing consulting and coaching work which means we can live anywhere. We have chosen Colorado for all kinds of wonderful reasons.
Since my Vegan MoFo theme this month is offering tips and tricks for vegans when it comes to food and food prep, I thought I would share some things I’ve done to prepare for the move.
- Find the vegans. In May we made the decision to move (I can keep a secret, can’t I?) and I immediately signed up for the Colorado Springs Vegetarian Group Meet Up. This group is very active and all summer I’ve been jealous; I wanted to join them for everything! Lucky us, last week we were in the Springs to secure our new housing and there was a Meet Up event at Trinity Brewing Company. We had a great time meeting new friends and I – the red wine lover – even had two pumpkin ales.
- Find the vegan-friendly grocery stores. Obviously I can find lots of vegan food at any grocery store: fruits, vegetables, beans, grains, and nuts/seeds. But this vegan loves nutritional yeast, vegan Worcestershire sauce, Daiya cheese, bulk beans and grains, sea vegetables, vegan mayonnaise and more. While I may find some of these things at the local grocers (Albertsons, King Soopers, and Safeway stores are all within two miles), I suspect I will be spending some time at the Whole Foods seven miles away (which, incidentally is about how far my current Whole Foods is from my home in New York). Mountain Mama Natural Foods is close, too, and has a bakery: “Golden Brown, Hearty, Delicious… a few words to describe our awesome breads. No preservatives & nearly all organic ingredients. A few wheat-free breads are on the menu as well as some great originals. Also, if you have never tried a vegan cookie, you have not lived, seriously.” When in Denver I will also be sure to stock up at Nooch Vegan Market.
- Find the vegan-friendly restaurants. Done and done! I have dined at, and enjoyed, the following: Trinity Brewing Company, Poor Richard’s, Rasta Pasta, TAPAteria, and Adam’s Mountain Cafe (where I got this amazing Coconut Curry Tempeh Bowl).I can’t wait to try Uchenna Ethiopian Restaurant in December!
- Get involved. I will be researching ways to get involved with the Vegetarian Society of Colorado, Vegan Outreach, Pikes Peak Animal Rights Team, and Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary, located in Deer Trail, CO which is just a two-hour drive (not all that different from my drive to Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary).
Moving when vegan isn’t just about the destination – this woman has to eat on the journey! We will be driving across I-70 over four days – if you know of any vegan friendly markets or restaurants along the route, please let me know! Oh, we will be traveling with two cats and could use any advice you can offer on that element of the move, as well – thanks in advance!
I have seven more weeks as a New Yorker and I plan to eat my way through the vegan joints in NYC – a farewell tour, if you will. More on that, later.