Archive for Month: August 2011

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Portland / Vida Vegan Con #5: The Conference (Day 1) – We are ambassadors of compassion

In this fifth post of my Portland / Vida Vegan Con recap (you can catch up here: one, two, three and four) I finally get to the “meat” of the conference? What?! Did I just say meat? Why, yes I did because I learned from Colleen Patrick-Goudreau that the origin of the word meat was simply food (non-liquid). Anyway… I began the first full day of the conference with an early morning run with Amber, Christy and Megan. I should note that was my third day in a row of a four-mile loop around the river! After a quick shower […]

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Eleven days on the road: My fitness recap

I left New York eleven days ago. My trip began in Southern California and ended in Portland.  I pretty much ate my way through Portland as evidenced here, here, here and here. But I moved my body, too! I swear! Saturday: travel day Sunday: 3 mile power walk Monday: 4 mile run Tuesday: rest Wednesday: 3 mile city walk Thursday: 4 mile run Friday: 4 mile run Saturday: 4 mile run Sunday: 4 mile run / 2.5 mile city walk after dinner Monday: 2 mile city walk Tuesday: travel day I can only hope that 30+ miles helped burn off […]

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Portland / Vida Vegan Con #4: Opening Reception

I’ve been teasing you over the weekend with all of the fun leading up to Vida Vegan Con with my part one, two and three posts. Before I cover opening night of the conference, let me explain why attending this conference was so important to me. I started using Twitter, and ultimately blogging, to learn how to be a vegan and to share what I learned.  At that time, it was really about how to be a healthy, dietary vegan.  These interactions via social media– which I wrote about earlier this year when I kicked off the Vegan 101 series […]

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Portland / Vida Vegan Con #3: Shopping, “Vegucated” and, well, more food

In my last post I shared food porn from lunch Thursday. After lunch our merry group visited the “vegan mini-mall” where I found a great t-shirt, wallet and purse from Herbivore Clothing. Thursday evening the first “unofficial” Vida Vegan Con event took place:  happy hour followed by a screening of the film “Vegucated” (I am a proud donor to the film!) The wine was average at Vendetta but I wasn’t there for the wine. I was there to meet bloggers that I admire! It was so wonderful to meet Bianca, John and Jill (the masterminds behind Vegan Cuts!), Demetirus (@vegand […]

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Portland / Vida Vegan Con #2: Hungry Tiger Too

Last night Vida Vegan Con kicked off in Portland with a cupcake and champagne party hosted by VegNews.  It was then that I realized there is so much I want to do and not enough time to blog out a great daily summary. I’ll write up some good reports next week (if I ever get back to New York — my flight has already been canceled due to Hurricane Irene). Today I’m just going to give you a glimpse into lunch Thursday at Hungry Tiger Too. I had the wonderful pleasure of meeting Fran Costigan, Julia of Snarky Vegan and […]

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Portland / Vida Vegan Con #1: Food Trucks, Voodoo Doughnuts and a Waterfront Run

Wednesday morning I was up early and on a 7:00 a.m. flight from Long Beach, CA to Portland, OR.  The Vida Vegan Con host hotel was kind enough to let me check in early.  The only thing on my schedule for the entire day was dinner with a good friend, at his home in Portland, so I had the day to play. And play, I did! I took off for what ended up being a 3 – 4 mile round trip walk. Good thing. First up:  Oregon Wines on Broadway to select a bottle of wine to take to dinner […]

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Vegan Eats in Southern California

Hi my friends!  I’m so excited to be back to real-time blogging.  I really appreciated a few days off to enjoy time with my family and I hope you enjoyed the flashback recipes. Now I’m in Portland and, wow, I’m in love.  It’s so green here!  I had dinner with a friend last night and could see Mt. St. Helen from the window in the back of his house and Mt. Hood from the front window.  Stunning.  I’ll be posting more about Portland, and Vida Vegan Con, over the next few days. Today I wanted to recap my vegan eating […]

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Sports Arm Pocket Winner! + A Flashback Recipe: Cucumber & Beet Noodle Salad with Avo-Hemp Dressing (Raw)

I’ll be in Portland in a few hours!  Tomorrow I’ll fill you in on my trip to L.A. and try not to be too obnoxious about how excited I am for Vida Vegan Con! For now, how about the Sports Arm Pocket winner and one final flashback recipe? *** The winner of the Sports Arm Pocket from Given Brand Arm Pockets© is Lisa @Fit in the Midwest!  Lisa, email your mailing address to  jl AT jlgoesvegan DOT! Congratulations! *** After two days of grilling here’s one of my favorite raw recipes.  I love this Cucumber & Beet Noodle Salad with […]

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Flashback Recipe: Quinoa-Daiya Burger

I had dinner with L.A. bloggers last night! Can’t wait to tell you more about it later! For now, just days away from Vida Vegan Con, here’s another flashback recipe. *** Here’s another favorite burger recipe. I loved the melted Daiya in the middle!  The Quinoa-Daiya Burger. JL’s Quinoa-Daiya Burger PRINT RECIPE Ingredients (Makes 4 burgers) 1/2 can red kidney beans 1/2 cup TVP (mix 1/2 cup TVP with 1/2 of veggie broth & a dash of Louisiana hot sauce and let sit for 20 minutes) 1/2 cup cooked quinoa clove of garlic 2.5 T flax/3 T water (whisk together; […]

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Flasback Recipe: Protein Burger

I’m on my way to Vida Vegan Con!  For the next few days, while I’m a bit unplugged, I will share a few flashback recipes (photos with my old camera!) until I’m back online. *** A year ago, wrapping up my first summer as a vegan, I was experimenting with veggie burgers.  Here’s one of my favorites. The protein burger. JL’s Protein Burger PRINT RECIPE I served this vegan burger between two tomato slices, with a dollop of Vegenaise. Ingredients (Makes 4 burgers) 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa 1/2 cup of TVP (soaked in 1/2 cup of vegetable stock for […]

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Vegan news you can use (8/21) + A weekly round-up

I’m in L.A., getting ready for my brother’s wedding!  I thought I would share a couple of things I came across this week. 1.  All Things Vegan podcast.  I just subscribed to this podcast and am enjoying it. I listened to the episode featuring an interview with Rip Esselstyn (of the Engine 2 Diet) which was interesting (vegan isn’t a dirty word, Rip, but I get your intention) but I found the news leading up to the interview equally interesting.  Lots of news on animal abuse (enough to make me teary on the elliptical) and a very interesting bit about […]

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West coast, here I come!

Happy Saturday! My bags are packed and later today I’ll be on my way to the west coast!  I’m going to spend a few days in L.A where I’ll attend my brother’s wedding (yay!).  I have managed to find some time to meet up with an old friend for a lunch date and I will get to have an L.A. blogger meet-up over dinner, too. Can’t wait! From L.A. I’ll fly up to Portland, OR for Vida Vegan Con. I can barely contain my excitement! Tomorrow I’ll post a few vegan news items that I’ve come across this week and […]

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Serafina in White Plains

White Plains, NY is bustling. No, seriously.  A lot of new restaurants and bars are popping up. My guess is that living in NYC is so expensive that more young people (and young families) are choosing to stay in (or move to) Westchester County.  The business community has responded. Serafina White Plains recently opened and I was anxious to try it. I’ve been to one of their Manhattan locations, Osteria Serafina, on many occasions as a vegetarian so I figured there was a good chance I could find something on the menu. We went on a Saturday night, without a […]

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Nutty Tomato Dressing + Megan’s Mediterranean Chickpea Soup recipe

Does anyone else find it a little strange that I was eating higher raw in the dead of winter and much less so this summer?  I guess I just listen to my body.  This week the body has been craving raw.  I’ve been eating big salads for lunch. Small raw cabbage salads with a cooked dinner. Here’s lunch today: Unpacked. This morning I massaged some kale (from my garden!) in just a tiny bit of avocado oil and a dash of sea salt, diced some cucumber and then stared at the Vita-Mix. I wanted a creamy dressing.

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Fitness Friends! Here’s a Given Brand Arm Pockets© review (and a giveaway!)

I few weeks ago I was offered the opportunity to try out a Sports Arm Pocket from Given Brand Arm Pockets©. I’m always looking for a way to carry money and keys on my workout so I was excited to try it out.  Given Brand promptly sent me an arm band in return for a review with my honest opinion. I’ve used an item like this in the past (a freebie in a race swag bag) and didn’t like it. It was bulky and stretched too much, I think because it offered way too much space for stuff. Give me […]

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VLOG: A Pressure & Rice Cooker Lesson (When the pressure cooker’s rockin’, don’t come a knockin’)

My friend Megan bought a pressure cooker and rice cooker last week and she asked if she could come over for a cooking session together–a perfect opportunity to VLOG! A few follow-up notes to the VLOG lesson:

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JL’s Summer Lentil & Millet Chili on The Kitchenarian!

Friends, I am so excited!  Lorie, who you may know as The Kitchenarian, is going vegan for a week! She invited me to write a post about what going vegan has meant to me, which I was delighted to do.  I also created a summer chili recipe just for Lorie! Head on over to The Kitchenarian to read my guest post and recipe! *** Today on Stop Chasing Skinny I want to know…does Gaining 15 pounds = “torture”?

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Vegan news you can use + A weekly round-up

I read and heard so many great things around the vegan world this week I couldn’t resist.  Here are my top five. 1.  Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s Food For Thought podcast. I finally subscribed to this podcast.  What have I been waiting for?!  I laced up my shoes and headed out for a long walk — and Colleen inspired and educated me the entire time.  Of particular interest: Where do I get my calcium if I don’t drink cow’s milk?  This piece equips you to explain to others why you don’t drink cow’s milk…and why YOU DON’T NEED IT! The Protein Myth […]

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Kale Smoothie and a Garden Update

I lazed around this morning. Reading blogs, drinking coffee, messing around with iTunes.  It’s a gorgeous day so I finally got out for a long walk.  When I returned I started cleaning up the garden and realized I had been up for five hours and had nothing on my stomach. Kale smoothie time! As I was cutting the kale I decided to take a few photos to provide you an update on the garden — my first garden ever, you may recall. 

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PureFit Bar review (and a coupon code for you!)

Recently PureFit invited me to review their vegan PureFit Bars, which are high in protein, gluten-free, all natural and use non-GMO soy (and were named Nutrition Bar of Year by Bike magazine). I was intrigued but, as always, I asked if in return for an honest review of their product they could do something for my readers. PureFit was quite generous and offered a promo code just for you! More on that later…let’s get to the bars! I’ve been traveling quite a bit this summer and have made a point to pack a PureFit bar to help in “vegan-emergency” situations. 

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6:00 a.m. Lentil Salad

Wednesday.  6:00 a.m.  Still on west coast time I stumble out of bed. As I walk into the kitchen I discover something tragic. While my husband did set the coffee maker to go off at 5:00 a.m., he forgot one, important thing.  The carafe.  Yep, coffee all over the counter and floor. I holler for him. His mess and his wife needs coffee. STAT! With no coffee in hand, watching him clean up, it seemed like the perfect time to make lentils. The result?  This incredibly tasty lentil salad. JL’s 6:00 a.m. Lentil Salad

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There’s nothing to eat! (Turns out, there is)

Tuesday morning I was out of sorts.  We got home around 10:00 p.m. Monday from San Diego and we were wide awake.  (There may or may not have been a midnight pizza delivery.) After only a few hours of sleep I was trying to figure out what to have for breakfast and what to pack for lunch and snacks for work. As I scanned the empty fruit and veggie bowls on my counter I whined, “There’s nothing to eat!”  Then I thought no, there’s something to eat, I just have to figure this out. I opened the refrigerator to see […]

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The Day After BlogHer 2011: R&R

After two crazy, wonderful days at BlogHer 2011, Sunday was a day of rest.  Or, perhaps simply more “restful?” Lisa and I took off for a seven mile walk/hike. The weather was perfect, the scenery was gorgeous, it felt awesome to sweat and move but, as always, the conversation was the best part. We worked up an appetite on our 2+ hour walk.  Off we went to La Jolla, for brunch. Lisa and I were recalling a “Chef’s Mercy” dinner at Nine-Ten years ago and Lisa thought it could be a perfect brunch spot.  She was right. We kicked brunch […]

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I would like your opinion

Thanks for reading my BlogHer 2011 recaps (Day one and Day two).  I really enjoyed the conference and hope that some of what I learned influences the direction of this blog. During a content session at the conference we brainstormed the different types of posts that are offered on blogs.  I do some of these but not a huge variety. I thought this would be a good opportunity to ask you, the reader, what types of posts you would enjoy here.  If you want to take it a step further (and I hope you will!), tell me why you read […]

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Day Two of BlogHer 2011: A trail run followed by blogging inspiration (plus a weekly round-up)

Day two of BlogHer 2011 started out great. First, I blogged day one early in the morning (and loved your delightful comments about chocolate, breasts and vibrators!) Then my friend Lisa and I got out for a 45 minute run. Delightful! I had a fabulous breakfast, courtesy of Jimbo’s Then it was time to head back to the San Diego Convention Center. Look who I ran into right away! JL from Healthy Heyday! The first session focused on pitching freelance work. 

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Day One of BlogHer 2011: Bloggers, Food and Vibrators

I know it’s going to be a good conference when the first table I find at the expo is covered in sex toys.  I know it’s going to be a GREAT conference when, a half hour later, I am going through the swag bag from said sex toy company and discover they actually provided two vibrators! I was sitting with Crunchy VT Mommy and her sister, waiting for the morning keynote, and squealed  “look a vibrator!” I then saw someone at the next table turn to look at me.  It was the “other JL,” JodyLynn of Healthy Heyday!  Big hugs […]

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Eating my way to BlogHer 2011

Hi all! Writing from San Diego (actually, Del Mar).  Yesterday morning we scored at the JetBlue terminal at JFK in New York.  Veggie Omelet, hold the eggs. I love veggies for breakfast! We went to Zel’s Del Mar for lunch with our pals Lisa and Vince (who are hosting us) and I had this fabulous vegan salad. After lunch we went to Jimbo’s to pick up food and wine for the weekend. I was stopped by a radically fabulous young woman outside of the store asking me if I support gay marriage.

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On blogging: My BlogHer 2011 Strategy & A Blogger Meet-Up at Candle 79

I’ve been blogging at JL goes Vegan for over a year.  And shortly after the one year mark I launched a second blog, Stop Chasing Skinny.  Overachiever? Nope, I just discovered that I have two passions, though related (when I started eating compassionately I found myself able to be more compassionate with myself, and my body) they are distinct enough that they deserve their own space.  Blogging has become a creative outlet for me. It’s also become a way to learn. To learn to live and love as a vegan.  To learn to live with a body shape that I […]

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Beer Baked Sweet Potato French Fries (vlog)

Oh, baby, I love me some french fries! So I vlogged the recipe and process for you!

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FLOW Restaurant: It wasn’t lunch, it was an event!

When we took off for Pennsylvania last weekend I did what I always do. I did some basic research. I simply typed “vegan Poconos” on Google to see what hits might lead me to some decent dining. That’s how I discovered Everybody’s Cafe, where we were able to stop by for lunch on the way to our hotel (and two days later on our way home). That search also turned up a link to the Stabin Moykin Building. I clicked the restaurant tab and was intrigued. The menu indicated that “vegan and vegetarian options” were available. I IM’d a link […]

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Vegan 101: How to share your passion with compassion

We’re back with another, fantastic, Vegan 101 post! This post is really worth the wait.  I started reading Lisa’s blog Vegan Cookbook Critic very early on in my vegan days.  It was the perfect place to read cookbook reviews before making a purchase. But Lisa went a step further and she made numerous recipes from the books she reviewed. She is a talented chef and photographer so her reviews were very enticing!  This really helped me determine if it was “my kind” of cookbook.  Her blog evolved and is now vegan culinary crusade, which really says it all.  Lisa is […]

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