Hanoi's Best (Vegan) Street Food

August 20, 2016

Upon arriving in Vietnam I had essentially no plan, or idea of what I was doing, except I knew the first couple nights I would be crashing with a young, Russian, aspiring vegan chef. As it happens, it was one of the luckiest choices I've made on the road [...]

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My Unsolicited Feedback for Japan

July 16, 2016

Upon leaving the country, if Japan had given me a feedback form, this is what it would look like: As you know, in Japan we value cuteness above all else. With 1 being "meh, only American-style cute" and 5 being "OMG! KAWAIIIII!!!!," how would you rate [...]

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Poor Man's Mochi

June 16, 2016

Okay, so maybe it's not poor man's mochi so much as lazy man's mochi—or "lazy person's mochi," but that doesn't have much of a ring to it, now does it? Mochi is a traditional Japanese sweet, typically made from sticky mochi rice. It is a long, labor-intensive process that involves cooking, and then pounding rice into a sticky mush with a gigantic mallet. This recipe, however [...]

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A Daily Feast

June 11, 2016

This installment of the Vegan Eats Project comes from Fukui Prefecture, where I stayed for two weeks in a village of only three people (four including me), in the mountains overlooking the Sea of Japan. My hosts are vegan, members of Itadakizen, and I was lucky enough to eat what Akiko-san cooked up three times a day! This was some of the most amazing [...]

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Good Old Fashioned Tofu

May 28, 2016

Well I guess I'm really getting back to my hippie roots here. It wasn't my intention to start the Vegan Eats Project with such basic staples, but as the saying goes: "When in Japan, eat all the tofus [...]

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13% of the Australian Coastline

May 5, 2016

I'd write about the whole thing, but Australia is enormous! To put it in perspective, it's only about 25% smaller in area than all of the European countries combined! After my time in Tasmania I spent 3 weeks in a camper van driving from Melbourne north to Brisbane, catching all the [...]

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Tempeh: So Easy a 3 Year-Old Can Make It

April 19, 2016

The first installment of my Vegan Eats Project, featuring an adorable Aussie kiddo! — Tempeh is a cultured soybean cake—but it’s better than it sounds, I promise. The culturing process holds the beans together, adds flavor, and makes the soybeans more easily digestible by reducing their phytic acid content. Tempeh is a traditional Indonesian staple, but has [...]

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Tasmania!

March 7, 2016

I’m pretty sure I’ve wanted to go to Tasmania since I was a little boy, because well, it’s called TASMANIA! And what’s cooler than Tasmanian Devils and platypuses?! I didn’t manage to spot either in my month there, but I’ve still got some pretty great highlights to [...]

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