Category Archives: On the Road

South, a Latin Restaurant in the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth, WA

Interestingly enough, in the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth, nestled adjacent to the Alpine Hills of northcentral Washington State, one can find dining choices besides what is normallySouth Latin-Style Restaurant considered Bavaria, or German, faire. In fact, one of the finest restaurants around is an excellent Latin-syle eatery, which also offers Vegan choices, and excellent ones.

South, billed as offering “Fresh, Modern, Latin Food and Drink”, offers dishes in a variety of cuisines, including Cuban, Argentinian, Peruvian, Brazilian, and more, and features a Fresh Salsa bar, with a variety of types of salsas, with varying heat levels.

Many Mexican restaurants and restaurants that offer other Latin cuisines can prepare a Vegan dish, usually based on grilled vegetables, and little more. It’s been my overriding experience that among the two staples of Latin cuisine side dishes, rice and beans, the vast majority of such restaurants use chicken stock in their rice, and in most of their bean dishes as well. Thus, rice is usually unavailable to a Vegan in a Latin restaurant, and the usual situation is that beans are available, but that their only method of Vegan preparation produces a totally bland, unflavored and generally uneatable result. Continue reading

München Haus in Leavenworth, Washington

In the Bavarian-style Village of Leavenworth, nestled adjacent to the Alpine Hills of northcentral Washington State, one can, surprisingly, find vegan options that are so good to merit a trip to this quaint village, even despite the icy, snowy conditions of the mountain roads leading to the village, and its own 14º temperature that I faced this past week. Populated by small hotels,Map of Seattle to Leavenworth, WArestaurants, bars and beer gardens and a plethora of touristy shops, primarily dedicated to the Bavarian culture, one can also find shops dedicated to selling olive oil and vinegar, soaps, taffy, fudge, tea or cheese, as well as those offering locally crafted beers and wine tasting rooms. And they even have restaurants featuring other ethnic cuisines, but more on that note in my next post.

I first traveled to Leavenworth about four or five years ago, and my fondest memory from that trip was lunch at an establishment named the München Haus, billed as a “Bavarian Grill and Beer Garden. Continue reading

The “Is it Vegan” Smartphone App

A company called “Is it Vegan” has produced a nifty Smartphone app that, as per their representations, tells the user wither a food item is or is not vegan. They describe it as “A mobile tool for anyone interested in eliminating animal products from their diet.”

And, it’s FREE!

Its basic use is as a UPC reader – point your Smartphone camera at a product’s UPC code and their software will immediately analyze the product’s ingredients. They say they can find all the product’s ingredients and analyze it all and most important of all, UNDERSTAND it all. Their reference is “We know that ergocalciferol and xylitol are vegan but carminic acid is not.”

Besides getting that quick answer as to yes or no vegan, an analysis of the product’s ingredients is also provided.

Use the instant scan while browsing supermarket isles, to check some old packages you’re unsure of, or even in a friend’s kitchen pantry. Continue reading

Vegan Options in Las Vegas

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Along with MrsHound, I spent a full week in Las Vegas earlier this month, the longest single amount of time I’d ever spent there, certainly since becoming vegan, on a single trip. I was there for the annual Affiliate Summit West business conference, Affiliate Marketing’s biggest yearly

get-together featuring somewhere over 5,700 participants. We arrived on Saturday, Jan. 9 and the conference ended Tuesday the 12th. We had intended to return home the next morning, but for various reasons that developed, we decided to stay a few more days, until the following Saturday morning. Thus we were faced with the need for many additional food options that we were not anticipating.

Having been to Las Vegas several times since becoming vegan, we did know of a few excellent places for some of our meals, but we were able to add to our list of eateries that were more than accommodating to our vegan needs.
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An Overview of Our Vegan Trip to Seattle

While on an all-too-brief trip to Seattle, MrsHound and I spent some time with our daughter and son-in-law, both orthodox vegans, and sampled some great vegan cooking, got a couple of vegan cooking lessons, and ate at a couple of Seattle’s great vegan restaurants. We evan brought home a few items from a vegan grocery, all fodder for several upcoming posts.

For now, we want to briefly discuss the vegan center of Seattle, the area around University Avenue and NE 55th Street.

For several years, the area around this intersection has been the home to several great vegan outposts. On our first trips to Seattle after the young’ins moved there, we were introduced to Pizza Pi, a vegan pizza parlor. Pizza Pi has gone through several changes in ownership, and while the quality of the product has stayed pretty high, the atmosphere has had its ups and downs, reaching a zenith when it was owned by some of the same people who own other area vegan businesses. We did not eat there on this trip, but previously, in our carnivore days, did enjoy meatless, cheeseless pizzas and calzones there, thanks in part to their great selection of sauces and dips, in particular, their “creamy” garlic sauce.

The area also features Sidecar, a great vegan store, that sells all sorts of vegan products, including pet supplies and food, clothing, and supplements, but features a great array of vegan groceries, many of which can not be found easily elsewhere. I highly recommend their great Cream Filled Dillos, the vegan twinkie, but, made to be eaten NOW, not to “stay fresh” on the grocery shelf for a hundred years. I came home with a bag of assorted vegan mixes, sauces, and snacks, and a couple of Dillos.

Across the street from Sidecar is what we have found to be the best vegan restaurant we have been to, anywhere, Wayward Vegan Cafe. We will be writing more about Wayward, and our two meals there, soon.

And now we have learned that anchoring that brand new building being built south of Sidecar, will be the new location of Seattle’s great vegan Thai restaurant, Araya. We were not able to go there for a meal on this trip, as we have in the past, but did get take-out, and we’ll write more about Araya later on, too.

We had a great trip to Seattle, and the vegan dining was excellent. It would be terrific to see an area in LA County, hopefully near us, explode with a vegan community of restaurants and shops, as has happened in Seattle. There is an area in Claremont, CA with a handful of natural and organic establishments, and we hope to check it out soon, and see what they offer vegans.

Much more on our trip to Seattle, though, to come.