Monat: April 2015

Vegan travelling to Saigon, Vietnam // food tips for the road

I’m in Vietnam since a week now. I travelled from Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, to the Mekong Delta and back to get to the center of Vietnam, Da Nang and to Hoi An. I like this country so far. There are lots of really nice and helpful people, the weather is hot but I could handle that.

If I travelled on a sleeping bus there was a woman sitting next to me. If the bus stopped and some food traiders come into the bus for selling their fruits and vegetables, this woman offered me immediately one of her buttercorn (it was made with plant oil, i smelled it). She was so sweet! I really love the people

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But when it comes to vegan food in general it could get a bit difficult for you. I would like to share some tips with you.

1.) Make a list
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Write down your favorite things you’d like to eat and ask your receptionist at the hotel to put it down in the spoken language for you. Or get it from the menu if you’re in a restaurant where they translate their dishes.

2.) Whenever your in a supermarket where they sell any kinds of vegan food like fruit, bread, jam or whatever, get what you could carry and store. Just in case…

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Noodles with veggies and nuts at the l’usine.

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3.) don’t be shy

Ask the waiter if you could have just a rice/noodles with vegetables. That should be ok all around asia.

4.) eat a lot
If you’re in a restaurant with vegan food then eat as much as you can 🙂 You don’t have to starve a long time till you find another food court.

You don’t have to be scared of asia because you’re vegan. There’s always a way to get good food for you! But sometimes it turns out that eating vegetarian is a good compromise here in Vietnam, because you never know what they especially put on the veggies or in the soup even if it looks ,clean‘. I really enjoy my time up here and I hope you liked the quick tips for the road.

What do you do as a vegan abroad? Any tips I might add to this list?

I had some great experiences here in Saigon at these places:

– the khanhcasa tea house http://khanhcasa.com

– the hum restaurant http://www.hum-vegetarian.vn/default.aspx

– the l’usine restaurant http://lusinespace.com

xoxo,

Alex

Vegan brunch – meet family and friends

Dear Vegans,

if you read this blogpost I’m officially on my way to Saigon, Vietnam. I’m looking so forward to get there I couldn’t tell 🙂

Before I headed to South East Asia I had a real good brunch with my family on a Sunday morning.

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They aren’t vegan but they share my experience with that lifestyle and even my stepfather brought a vegan apple pie he made for me. That was sooo sweet! So we had a great time together and ate real good stuff.

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I bought a few vegan pastes like tomatoes spices, curry and a paste called „Bauernschmaus“ which means it’s spiced rustically.

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I also made plates with lots of fruit like mangoes, raspberrys, strawberrys and bananas which I topped with roasted coconut.

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As a dip I took coconut whip from Soyatoo.We used this for the pie as well and my stepfather really liked this one in his coffee.

We drank a smoothie made from my boyfriend with bananas, kiwis and oranges.

I wanted to have a salad with basil and tomatoes- I love love love the italian cuisine! So I did a bread salad with wholewheat toast and roasted the toast in a pan with olive oil and topped it with truffle oil. I mixed it all together in a bowl and I added some balsamico vinegar. It was delicious! My mum couldn’t stop eating this 🙂

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I also prepared my beloved avo-cucumber salad, you could find the recipe here: https://veganmunich.wordpress.com/2014/05/20/avocado-meets-cucumber-a-delicious-combination/

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It was such a fun and hands down- it wasn’t that busy preparing those things but all of our snacks were great and very tasty!

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Do you want to surprise your non-vegan friends? You’re good to go, the best thing for me is the brunch. You’re starting the day tighter, sitting all around talking and laughing, everyone could try a lot of different things- I think this will be great.

Do you have some brunch ideas? Just let me know.

Xoxo, Alex

Cruelty free and vegan sunscreen- good for tanning, bad for cancer!

Hey Vegans,

are you informed about your sunscreen? Really?

Do you know that it could cause cancer and it’s bad for the enviroment plus most of them aren’t cruelty free at all?!

Especially when it comes to water resistant sunscreens it’s not that clever, using such products for your or your kids skin. And if you go into the blue after using this may not be the best food for fishes and the water itself. So I guess it’s time for a change…

I dind’t want to buy such a shitty product any longer and decided to DIY my sunscreen and give it a try!

I walked to my favorite store in Munich when it comes to natural cosmetics and their resources: Duft und Schönheit http://www.brennessel-muenchen.de

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What you need isn’t any preservative cause my sunscreen preserves itself because it’s just made of oils… WHOLY MOLY! And you reach a sun protection factor of 25! It really worked, the oil protected my boyfriend in Thailand from getting a sun burn if he put on some lotion. He was pissed the other day he forget the lotion and looked like a tiny cute lobster 🙂

The lotion isn’t oily, it really absorbs into the skin very quickly and your skin feels hydrated. It also smells just a bit of coconut oil but just at the moment of putting the lotion on your skin. There will be no danger because of mosquitos.

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What you need is exactly this:

– 40g jojoba Oil (natural sun blocker)

– 35g sesame Oil

– a tiny bit of Vitamin E Oil (good for your skin and anti-ageing effect)

– 30g coconut Oil (natural sun blocker)

– 10g Sofi Tix sun protection (natural sun blocker)

– 5g ceralan (consistency builder)

– a bottle for filing up these natural miracle – great if you don’t want to use all of this liquid gold at once, which I could definitely understand 🙂

What you have to do:

Heat the coconut oil and the cerulean so you get a liquid consistency. Mixe all of the ingredients and stir them well. Fill the oil in your favorite bottle ( the best you could choose is made of glass of course 🙂 ).

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Now you’re ready for the beach, mermaids!

Have a great and skin safe summertime.

xoxo, Alex