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Green Tea Chatz. Episode 2. SNACKS ONPLANE!

Hey veg­ans and vegetarians!

Ever won­dered what to bring with you while trav­el­ing by plane? While vegan options are more read­ily avail­able on planes these days, they are usu­ally lack­ing in flavour and freshness.

In this episode of Green Tea Chatz, Jamie explains what snacks and prod­ucts she might bring for a short or long flight above the clouds.

Enjoy!

Oy Vegan!

What snacks do you bring with you when you travel? Com­ment below!

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Restaurant reviews: Vegan Israel — Tel Aviv

I’m back from the holy land, a lit­tle jet lagged and full of fab­u­lous vegan food!

After lead­ing a won­der­ful young adult Taglit Birthright Israel trip with Canada Israel Expe­ri­ence, I  stuck around in Tel Aviv for another 9 days to enjoy the sights, sun, and eats.

Here are Tel Aviv’s top 10 vegan and vegan friendly spots that we vis­ited (in no par­tic­u­lar order):

1. Bud­dha Burg­ers- We ate here almost every day for lunch or din­ner. This really is a vegan restau­rant in every sense of the mean­ing. The vibe here is very relaxed. The walls are adorned with posters, stick­ers, and inspi­ra­tional quotes encour­ag­ing vegan activism, and adver­tis­ing events.

Above: Bud­dha Burger with soy cheese

Above: Wall at Bud­dha Burgers

Above: Salad from salad bar

High­lights: the bud­dha burger with soy cheese. Amaz­ing! The schnitzel cheese burger is also good. The lasagna is tops. I also enjoyed mak­ing my own salad at the salad bar that is fully equipped with count­less veg­gies, tofu, sprouted lentils, and even vegan shawarma made from sei­tan. A great place to meet other veg­ans and hang out with the res­i­dent restau­rant cat.

There are 2 loca­tions in Tel Aviv. Check out their menu in Eng­lish.

2. Vegan Shawarma- Great totally vegan spot to grab some quick super tasty vegan com­fort food!

Above: Cheese­burger, vegan shawarma, and pizza with olives and mushrooms

High­lights: cheese­burger, pizza with soy cheese, schnitzel on a bun, and of course, the clas­sic vegan shawarma.

Loca­tions in Tel Aviv, Beer­sheva, and Haifa.

3. Taam Hachaim- Nice space on Ben Yahuda run by mem­bers of the Hebrew Israelite com­mu­nity. Tasty food that is 100% vegan and organic.

Above: Humus platter

Above: Side salad

High­lights: Lasagna, humus plat­ter, fresh sal­ads, stir-frys with rice, and fresh juices.

Check out the Eng­lish menu.

4. Mezze - This is a very cute veg­e­tar­ian restau­rant on Echad Ha’am that we vis­ited on new year’s eve. The food was fresh and mediter­ranean inspired.

High­lights:  Mush­room wal­nut and cashew pâté served with organic rye toast, vine leaves stuffed with rice, herbs, and nuts served with cashew cream, black rice with pump­kin and tofu, and the quinoa cucum­ber cran­berry salad served with pome­gran­ate tahina dressing.

Check out the Eng­lish menu.

5. Orna & Ella - This hip vegan-friendly bistro on Shenkin is pop­u­lar so try call­ing in advance and mak­ing a reser­va­tion to avoid dis­ap­point­ment. The vegan options are clearly marked on the menu. The dishes we enjoyed were really stel­lar. Though we never expe­ri­enced it, we heard that they serve a tofu scram­ble for brunch!

Above: Antipasto platter

Above: Vegan choco­late bounty

High­lights: antipasto plat­ter, pome­gran­ate tofu with herbed rice, baked cau­li­flower and tomato in tahina with rice and lentils, and for dessert the vegan choco­late bounty.

6. MizLaLaThis is the urban casual younger sis­ter of fine din­ing restau­rant Catit. Mizlala fea­tures the inven­tive cook­ing of Chef Meir Adoni. We went here on our last night in Tel Aviv. This is a place to see and be seen and is a favourite of Israeli celebs such as model Bar Refaeli. We called ahead and let them know we were vegan. They cre­ated meals for us when we arrived. The staff was extremely atten­tive to us and wanted to know if we were enjoy­ing our food and if it was sat­is­fy­ing us from a foodie stand­point. The flavours really were out­stand­ing. This is a more expen­sive place for Israel, but a lovely spot for a nicer dinner.

Above: Cucum­ber, Mango, tomato, corian­der, dark quinoa, and vinaigrette 

High­lights:  Salmon ceviche with­out the salmon– Mango, cucum­ber, tomato, tapi­oca, dark quinoa, corian­der, and vinai­grette. This dish is extremely flavour­ful and totally worth it!

Check out the Eng­lish menu.

7. Café Biren­baumThis veg­e­tar­ian kosher café on Naha­lat Binyamin was our go-to break­fast spot while in Tel Aviv. We went here almost every morn­ing! I miss the salad bar!! Run by two sis­ters, Café Biren­baum has been busy serv­ing Tel Avi­vians since 1962.  It’s very busy so I rec­om­mend arriv­ing early. The salad bar is all you can eat and fea­tures a major­ity of vegan sal­ads that are fresh and tasty. Biren­baum is a must-visit for a healthy, fill­ing, vegan breakfast!

Above: Salad from the salad bar

High­lights: The salad bar– fea­tur­ing over 20 dif­fer­ents sal­ads such as quinoa salad, sweet potato salad, orzo and mush­room salad, lentil salad, cel­ery herb and apple salad, kim­chi cucum­ber salad, pesto pasta, beet salad, and  (my per­sonal favourite) the mini sweet potato latkes.

8. The Chi­nese WallWe were on a des­per­ate mis­sion to find Chi­nese food in Israel as it is a favourite cui­sine of ours. While most estab­lish­ments are not open late night like in Toronto, there are a num­ber of yummy restau­rants open nor­mal hours of oper­a­tion. The Chi­nese Wall is a kosher restau­rant run by a Chi­nese fam­ily that con­verted to Judaism. It fea­tures a num­ber of dishes that are vegan friendly– just let your server know.

Above: Chi­nese tea

High­lights: Veg­etable dim sum, Tofu and rice noo­dles in brown bean sauce, and the Szechuan tofu with rice.

9. Giraffe Noo­dle Bar- Asian cui­sine with vegan options. Just let your server know and they will have sug­ges­tions. You can also order for deliv­ery if you want a low key evening.

High­lights: Veg­e­tar­ian Maki, Pad See Ew (ask for it with­out egg)

Loca­tions all over Israel.

Check out the Eng­lish menu.

10. Thai HouseA super tasty Thai restau­rant. This place is near and dear as it’s the first meal I had after my engage­ment! This is a another pop­u­lar Tel Aviv estab­lish­ment on Bograshov, so call ahead to make a reser­va­tion. The décor is bam­boo and bud­dhas and the food feels a lot more authen­tic than most Thai restau­rants out­side of Thailand.

Above: Papaya salad

High­lights: The Papaya Salad, Pad Thai with tofu (minus egg, shrimp), Browned rice noo­dles– with Tofu (veganized)

Check out the Eng­lish menu.

Above: pub­lic bench on Hertzl Street

I have to say there is a strong cur­rent of veg­an­ism sweep­ing the coun­try. I could really feel it when I was there. Just say , “Ani Tivonit (F)/ Tivoni (M)” (I’m vegan) and peo­ple seem to under­stand. I even had some great con­ver­sa­tions with peo­ple in the street about veg­an­ism. I hap­pened upon about 15 peo­ple in front of Dizen­goff cen­tre mall who were leaflet­ting about ani­mal rights. I even brought home a pin that says “basar” (meat) with a big bloody cross through it. This coun­try is really pas­sion­ate about many things and veg­an­ism is fast becom­ing one of them!

In the end, it was an incred­i­ble, unfor­get­table trip to Israel. Tel Aviv and the Brown Tel Aviv Hotel will for­ever be in my mem­ory as the place where I was pro­posed to and the place where I ate my fill of deli­cious food!

Oy Vegan!

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Sexy Summer Salads!!!

Sum­mer is com­ing and if you’re like me, you don’t want to eat really heavy lunches and din­ners. Here are some sexy sum­mer salad recipes that are nutri­tious, deli­cious, and per­fect as we greet the warm weather!

This Viet­namese Salad from chef Lan Cao from Viet Café in NYC is sim­ple and super tasty!

Chef Alan Roet­tinger, author of Speed Vegan, shows us how to make the per­fect Bal­samic Vinaigrette!

This Spicy Peanut Gin­ger Kale salad from Kathy Patalsky’s Healthy. Happy. Life blog is seri­ously out of this world! And her idea for sal­ads in a jar, pure genius!

 

Vegan Yum Yum has a num­ber of gor­geous look­ing salad recipes. Check out Lolo’s Potato Salad Two Ways and her BLT salad which uses smoky tem­peh strips and kale in a healthy, mouth water­ing vegan ver­sion of this classic.

 

As for me, I love a good salad. My secret ingre­di­ent to freshen up any salad? Cilantro!

Add some chopped cilantro to any salad to give it oomph. I’ve included a recipe below that I make all the time. The quinoa gives you a com­plete pro­tein, while the pump­kin seeds pro­vide you with iron which the bell pepper’s vit­a­min C helps you absorb.

Oy Vegan Sum­mer Salad

Ingre­di­ents:

• Let­tuce and baby spinach mixed

• One bell pep­per chopped

• 6 or 7 white but­ton mush­rooms chopped

• A few stalks of cel­ery chopped

• half of a cucum­ber sliced

• one avo­cado chopped

• a hand­ful of cilantro roughly chopped

• a half a cup of cooked quinoa

• Pump­kin seeds

Dress­ing: (Whisk the fol­low­ing ingre­di­ents together until combined)

  • 1–2 cloves gar­lic, minced
  • 1–2 table­spoons minced fresh gin­ger root
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1 table­spoons Agave
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 table­spoons of fresh lime juice

 

Com­bine all the salad ingre­di­ents in a bowl, toss, and enjoy!

 

Oy Vegan!

 

 

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Oy Vegan takes London! Restaurant Review: Itadaki Zen

Japan­ese food and the term ‘vegan’ aren’t com­monly uttered in the same sen­tence. When I was in Japan last year, it was quite dif­fi­cult to find food that didn’t have fish in it in some form or another. So it might sur­prise you to know that in the heart of Lon­don, near King’s Cross tube sta­tion there exists a Japan­ese restau­rant that is com­pletely organic and vegan!

Itadaki Zen  even sources its veg­eta­bles from its own organic farm just out­side of Lon­don. We went there on a Fri­day evening when the city was really buzzing. After being seated, I was delighted to read their mis­sion state­ment as a vegan organic restau­rant on the first page of their menu. You can read more about their vision here.

There were many options rang­ing from tra­di­tional Japan­ese food to a few Korean options such as home­made Chap che (sweet potato glass noo­dles with veg­eta­bles and shi­take mush­rooms). I regret not order­ing it as it looked really deli­cious when I saw it come to our neigh­bour­ing table.

We ended up order­ing a num­ber of items à la carte instead of choos­ing one of their set menus (which looked tasty as well). I started off with Miso soup and we shared a salad.

Above: Tofu steaks with spe­cial sauce and salad with seaweed.

Then we ordered Tofu Steak in Yangyeom (a spe­cial home­made sauce) and assorted veg­etable and sea­weed tem­pura. We also ordered an assorted sushi plate and an udon bowl. Both were delicious.

Above: Assorted veg­etable and sea­weed tempura.

Each dish was expertly sea­soned. You could tell that they use fresh organic qual­ity ingre­di­ents. There was a beau­ti­ful sim­plic­ity to the dishes that let the ingre­di­ents speak for themselves.

Above: cucum­ber and mush­room assorted sushi

Above: Kabocha (Japan­ese pump­kin), jujube and chest­nut cake with vanilla tofu cream.

Lastly, we indulged in a dessert. Usu­ally, I don’t get dessert at Japan­ese restau­rants, but the Itadaki Zen muf­fin descrip­tion looked too good. I’m so glad we got it. It was del­i­cate and divine. The pump­kin cake was won­der­ful, not overly sweet which I appre­ci­ate, and the tofu vanilla cream was the per­fect accompaniment.

All in all, Itadaki Zen is a must for any veg­head in Lon­don. Read more of their menu here. The ambi­ence was lovely, the ser­vice was great and the food was top notch.

Oy Vegan!

Itadaki Zen is located at 139 King’s cross Road, London

Hours: Mon-Thu 18:00-22:00/ Fri,Sat 18:00–22:30

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Oy Vegan takes London! Restaurant Review: Inspiral

Who knew Lon­don had so many scrump­tious vegan estab­lish­ments? Actu­ally, I had an inkling. I mean, the term “vegan” was coined there after all.

So for all you veg­gie jet set­ters, I want to share some of my expe­ri­ences and reviews of the hottest veg­gie spots in Lon­don. Watch out for Ams­ter­dam restau­rant reviews com­ing soon!

After a short overnight flight across the pond, I was ready to eat some­thing fresh and healthy. Luck­ily, my boyfriend was already in Eng­land and was ready to eat! After drop­ping off my bags, we walked down Haver­stock Hill to Cam­den Town to a lovely vegan café called Inspi­ral.

Here you can choose from their hot food bar and fill up a small (£3.95), medium (£5.95), or large bowl (£7.45). The bar boasts dishes rang­ing from bean sal­ads, daal, and roasted parsnips, to scram­bled tofu, roasted mush­rooms, and quinoa. They also have cold sal­ads, and var­i­ous main dishes that you can choose from. I opted for the Spelt Crusted Chunky Veg­etable Rata­touille upon rec­om­men­da­tion of the girl behind the counter with Amy Winehouse-esqe black cat eyeliner.

Above: Spelt Crusted Chunky Veg­etable Rata­touille, steamed greens, mush­rooms, bean salad and vegan gar­lic mayo.

We set­tled down to eat at a table over­look­ing the river and Cam­den mar­ket. The food was flavour­ful and fresh. A relief and a com­fort after a day of trav­el­ling! They also offer a gen­er­ous dol­lop of their home­made vegan mayo on the side for dip­ping pur­poses. I chose the gar­lic mayo. It was light, fluffy and delicious.

They also sell pre-packaged foods such as assorted tasty flavours of kale chips. Inspi­ral was a great vegan din­ing expe­ri­ence and very well priced for Lon­don. Need­less to say, we came back to eat here a few more times before leav­ing for Holland.

Oy vegan!

Inspi­ral is located at 250 Cam­den High St, London

Hours: Mon­day to Thurs­day 9:00 — 22:00/ Fri­day — Sat­ur­day 9:00 — 2:00 (late)/ Sun­day 9:00 — 23:30

near­est tube: Cam­den Town

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Vegan Mac n Cheese and Salad– Oy Vegan quick dinner!

 

What I ate for din­ner last night!

 

Just thought I would share this recipe with you. It’s for Vegan Mac n Cheese. This is a fun recipe to have in your back pocket as the fall air grows crisp with win­ter. The only dif­fer­ence with the recipe below is, instead of buy­ing canned french fried onions, I did it myself.

I did so by slic­ing a medium yel­low onion into thin strips, soak­ing the onion slices in soy milk for 5 min­utes, then run­ning the onions through spelt flour. After, I fried them in organic canola oil. Then presto! Vegan onion rings! They were awe­some by the way! I also used organic brown rice mac­a­roni noo­dles to make it gluten free.

Check out the vegan mac n cheese recipe here. I also sprin­kled some paprika on top for fun.

The salad is com­posed of let­tuce, cilantro, avo­cado and a shi­take miso dress­ing. I also added some flax oil for omega 3s.

Yum yum! Shout out to Vegan Nom Noms!

Oy Vegan!

 

 

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