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Vegan Traveling to New York City…

Hey there vegan friends,

as you might know I’m right back from the Empire State of Mind, New York City. In case you weren’t there yet, you should definitely note that city on your bucket list. I was there for at least three times and I’m gonna love it even more from time to time. It’s breathtaking, the different cultures, architecture, the style and of course the food.

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There are so many restaurants, food trucks, organic grocery stores and so on that you think you are in food heaven sometimes. Like in the Chelsea food market for example. And the U.S. is very vegan friendly so if you’re asking for a vegan option no one would make fun of you. They are very open to that topic- well, if you aren’t in Texas 🙂 Try it out!

I was there just for 5 days and we were busy seeing the city so I decided to eat mostly on the go or catch my stuff and take it with me to the hotel then. Because eating in a restaurant in NYC is just for a big wallet- most of the time 🙂

We were glad having a lot of organic grocery stores around our great hotel- the hotel 31.. http://www.hotel31.com This i a great location if you want to be in the middle of the city- well not that Times Square middle of the city but very close to 5th ave and the empire state building and to the green subway line 4,5 and 6 at 33h street. It’s located in the 31st street east and the area is a relaxed neighborhood with lots of nice houses vera close to east village.

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We started at the Fairway supermarket for grabbing dinner and breakfast for the next day. This supermarket is located pretty close at 550 2nd Ave New York, NY 10016. This supermarket is open ‚til 11 p.m..


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This was my first breakfast. Bagels with vegan cheese and some yoghurt. The cheese was ok but I liked it more with hummus on it. The chia pod with mango was great and I had good protein to start the day right. I had the almond yoghurt at night and this was kinda heavy 🙂 Very filling but good. I guess these three things were about $ 7… Pretty much but if you’re in NYC everything is a bit more expensive than anywhere else, especially if you wanna eat clean.

Lunch AND dinner for this day was from whole foods market at union square. I love this store- great food, great brands and lot’s of great stuff in there. What I love most about them is their fresh food court with lot’s of vegan choices.

I got these box:

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Falafel, chickpea salad, spinach noodles, peas and potatoes, brocoli.

I loved this! It was super yummy and 500gr/ 1 lb are bout $ 8. So I payed $12 for this box but I could eat twice and it was very fresh and delicious.

We also went to Erin McKenna’s Bakery in the East Village the other day… This will be a separate post 🙂

Hold on, guys- this will be awesome sauce!

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This cake even convinced my omnivore friend that everything’s possible VEGAN 🙂

When it comes to nightlife I went again to 230th 5th rooftop bar. I felt in love with this place in summer 2012 when my boyfriend and me did a 5 week trip through the USA and stopped over there. You could see the Empire State Building right in front of you from the top of this bar. It’s amazing and you should definitely try this out!!!

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This was our $8 BIG APPLE BLAST. You always have to watch out for the specials or happy hours in NYC. That’s the key to have a great but inexpensive time in one of the greatest cities on our awesome planet earth 🙂

When we flew back with TAP Portugal from NYC to Lisbon and finally to Munich we had a problem with the communication between the ground stuff and the stewards because of our food at the plain. My friend and I ordered vegan food but they couldn’t make it and so I had to decide between chicken or fish- I asked if they didn’t even have a vegetarian option cause there is always one when you fly with other airlines. But they didn’t and so I ordered chicken just for the side salad and the fruit. She made fun of me and said „Oh just wanted the vegetarian option and now you choose the chicken?“ and finished her sentence with a laughter. So I said very polite: „yes, cause I just want to eat something and so I eat just the salad. Or do you want to starve me up here?“. She gave me all of the salad bowls the other passengers didn’t eat and overtime she came back she said sorry. This might be a hard time for vegans/ vegetarians in portugal, How comes that TAP is that intolerant on longterm and international flights?

In the end all came well and we get our vegan breakfast as we flew from Lisbon to Munich and this was great:

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I’m sorry for the bad quality but I was kinda tired and didn’t want to pull my camera out of her bag 😦 But it was delicious and some other passengers went jealous with their white bread awful cheese and bacon things, haha …

If you were in NYC and checked out some great vegan places please let me know.

Have a nice Sunday everyone and keep reading 🙂

xoxo,

Alex

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Vegantravelling to Thailand…

Hallo vegane Weltenbummler,

 

ich bin vor ein paar Tagen von Thailand zurückgekommen. 10 Tage Paradies, 10 Tage Entspannung und 10 Tage vegane Ernährung in einem anderen Land auf einem anderen Kontinent.

 

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Pakweep Beach, Khao Lak

 

 

 

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Sonnenuntergang Khao Lak

 

 

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Ausblick aus unserem Hotelzimmer, Le Meridien Khao Lak

Asien ist wohl der denkbar beste Kontinent um vegan zu reisen. Die Asiaten trinken selber Sojamilch und nutzen die Sojabohne auch für Tofu, Margarine und vieles mehr. Ein Traum! Allerdings geht die Reise ja mit dem Flug zum heißersehnten Reisehotspot los und das kann schon mal zu Komplikationen führen 🙂

Ich bin mit Etihad und deren Tochterfirma Airberlin nach Phuket geflogen- ca. 12 Stunden Flug mit Aufenthalt in Abu Dhabi. Insgesamt also ca. um die 15-17 Stunden musste ich für den Transfer nach Khao Lak einplanen. Da es für viele Fluggesellschaften als ungeschriebenes Gesetz gilt, dass Vegetarier allesamt auch Fisch essen, gab es in meinem vegetarischen Menu Fisch. Super, als Beilagen dann noch Joghurt, Butter und Käse für das Brötchen. Ähäämmmm, was dann noch übrigbleibt für die ersten 6 Stunden Flug ist der „Obstsalat“ bestehend aus 3 kleinen Trauben, 2 mundgerechte Stück Melone und Ananas. Satt wird man davon nicht. Also nehme ich auf längeren Flügen mein eigenes Essen zur Sicherheit mit (Thailändische Airlines bieten veganes Essen an, bei allen anderen am besten im Vorfeld abklären und dann auch gleich reservieren!). Ein bisschen Obst, Riegel, Brote mit veganen Aufstrichen, Smoothies- es gibt einige Snackalternativen, die lange Flüge überleben und Euch satt machen!

IMG_9038Selbstgebautes Sandwich aus zerdrückter Kartoffel (=Aufstrich), Broccoli, Paprika, Tomate garniert mit Eisbergsalat.

 

In Thailand angekommen ist veganes Essen kein Problem mehr, beim Frühstück die extra Sojamilch anfragen und schon kann man das Müsli mit supertollen exotischen Früchten und Nüssen genießen, oder das Brot mit Sojamargarine und Marmelade/ Gemüse etc.

 

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Rambutan, Guave, Mangostan, Pittahaya, Wassermelone, Phuket Ananas

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Haferflocken und Cornflakes mit getrockneter Guave, getrockneter Mango, Cashews, Erdnüssen, Rosinen und Sojamilch.

Abends oder als Mittagessen gibt es dann diverse Auswahl:

von Som Tam (typischer thailändischer Papayasalat, seeeeeeehr scharf)

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über asiatische Gemüsesuppe als Vorspeise zu grünem Spargel mit Sojasauce oder Asianudeln mit tollem Gemüse als Hauptspeise geht es dann zu gegrillter Banane mit Kokosmilch oder Mango mit Kokos-Klebreis zur Nachspeise.

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Rote Wasserkastanien mit geeister Kokosmilch- ein Gedicht!!!

Ich konnte mich 10 Tage abwechslungsreich und superlecker ernähren. Auf den Thai-Märkten habe ich mir regelmäßig leckeres Obst oder tolle frischzubereitete Smoothies für sehr wenig Budget gegönnt.

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Mango-Coconut-Juice

 

 

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von rechts nach links: Mango, Papaya, Pomelo und Mangostan

 

Kurz gesagt: Thailand war für mich ein veganer Traum! Und falls mal etwas anderes oder zusätzliches gewünscht wird, erfüllen die Thais alle Wünsche (wenn es ihnen möglich ist). Die Leute sind so herzlich in diesem Land und trotz ihrer wenigen Möglichkeiten versuchen sie immer alles in ihrer Macht stehende um Ihre Gäste glücklich zu machen und verlieren nie ihr Lächeln auf den Lippen. Man füllt sich sofort aufgenommen und herzlich willkommen. Ein besonderes Lächeln erntet man, wenn man versucht, ein bisschen Thai zu sprechen, z.B.:

Guten Tag – Sawadi Kah (weiblich), Sawadi Krab (männlich): geht einher mit einer kleinen Verbeugung

Danke – Kop Kuhn Kah (weiblich), Kop Kuhn Krab (männlich)

Chai – ja

mai chai – nein

 

Ich kann nur jedem Empfehlen, dieses tolle Land zu bereisen und sich von Land und Leuten in den Bann ziehen zu lassen!

Wer von Euch ein paar Reisefotos ansehen möchte: Instagram – alex_andra0107

Bon Voyage 🙂

 

// english version:

Hi vegan globetrotter,

i came back from my journey to Thailand a few days before. 10 days paradise, 10 days relaxing and 10 days vegan nutrition in a foreign country on a foreign continent. It was awesome!

Asia is the best place for vegan travelling, i guess. The Asian people drink soy-milk, use tofu and there is allways a soy-margarine on every breakfast buffet as well. But first you have to fly to your dream destination and there is the poo 🙂 As long as different airlines offer fish as a vegetarian meal option quite natural, vegan travelling by plane is quite difficult. Cause beside the fish there is a bread with butter,  joghurt and tiny little fruitbites- cold as hell and not really tasty. But if you’re prepared and bring your own fresh fruit and different snacks with you everything is right. I brought a few cherrys, bananas, sandwiches and smoothies i bought at the airport to survive 15 hours door to door  travelling to Khao Lak.

If you’re finally arrived in Asia there are no more problems with a vegan diet. The menus are filled with delicious tropical fruit and vegetables you could only dream of. Just order your extra soy milk for breakfast and enjoy your bowl filled with cornflakes, cashews, peanuts, dried guava, raisins and mango and start your day right. Or take fresh fruit just like dragon fruit (white or pink), papaya, lychees, langostan, rambutan, mangosten and a lot more. It’s like vegan heaven 🙂 For dinner you get everywhere noodles or rice with yummy steamed, fried or deep fried vegetables or even better: thai som tam- it’s a thai papayasalad, known as the typical thai dish. But you should order it „nitnoi spicy“ cause there’s a lot of chilli in it, even for hot ones… As dessert there a fresh fruit plates, mango with sticky rice made with coconutmilk or red water chestnuts with iced coconutmilk for example.

I had an 10 day eating experience full of different flavors and dishes in Thailand and when we where on the go there was allways a thai market nearby where i could buy baked bananas with coconutsauce, vegan spring rolls or fresh fruit for a low budget. It was a great time.

And if you have some questions or extra wishes about your food or anything else the people there where so friendly and warmly wellcoming you and triet to do everything for you. Even if they have not much material belongings they seemed to me pleased and happy. All we could give them back was a few words in thai like „thank you“:

„thank you“ – khop khun kah (female) khop khun krab (male)

hello – sawadi kah (female) sawadi krab (male)

yes – chai

no – mai chai

But even if we couln’t speak that much thai they seemed allwas enjoyed that we tried 🙂

As you could see I could highly recommend travelling to Thailand!

If you want to look at a few pics made in paradise come and see my Instagram page: alex_andra0107

Bon Voyage…