Japanese-style Black Sesame Okra Salad :)
Because of my kitchen deprivation for the past 2.5 months, I created this on the same day I made Coconut-Peanut Ice Cream and my Coco Loco Vegan Waffles.
I felt a shortage of vegetables, particularly of the green, and relatively un-greasy variety, while I was in Sri Lanka. So, I attacked all green and/or leafy vegetables in sight. One of my first tasty victims was the Okra in this ridiculously easy, surprisingly tasty, simple and fresh salad, which some of its early doubters now claims could rival movie food and/or pulutan. Simply:
COCO LOCO: Vegan Waffles with Coconut Meat and Home-made Coconut-Peanut Ice Cream!
My take on one of my most favorite breakfasts in life ever (from Hariharalaya Retreat Centre in Siem Reap, Cambodia). :D
I’ve been away from the kitchen for so long since my 2.5-month trip around Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Sri Lanka, that cooking was the activity I immediately sought out as soon as I had time away from sleep and get-togethers.
A week before leaving, the ice cream maker I had ordered had just come in and I only had 2 chances to experiment with it then. This time, I made some rather delightful home-made Coconut-Peanut Ice Cream, which I later decided would go well with this waffle. :)
Cheap Vegetarian Eats in Chiang Mai, Thailand
A pleasant surprise I’ve come to realize on this trip is that it really isn’t that hard to maintain a vegetarian diet while traveling. You can always find yummy vegetable dishes or salads, and you can always ask people to omit the meat in your Phad Thai or replace it with veg-friendly tofu.
I’ve also found that vegetarian dining can be the easiest to your pocket, and that was especially true for me in Chiang Mai.
Deconstructing The Lotus Seed: My Cheap Cambodian Thrill
I find joy in the simple things, and I hope my boyfriend agrees with me when I say I’m a cheap date. And while eating a lotus seed might not seem exciting to most people (particularly to Cambodians), I feel it is deserving of its own blog post.
Hariharalaya Retreat Centre: Getting Comfortable Outside My Comfort Zone
It’s not my proudest moment when I say that I’m a city girl.
I don’t like dirt, but it’s something you can’t avoid forever (something you can’t avoid ever, actually) at Hariharalaya. Dirt is omnipresent, on the soles of my feet - people walk barefoot indoors and outdoors, underneath my fingernails, and the constant film of soil or sand or clay on my skin.
I’m not exactly the biggest fan of bugs either. Let me rephrase. I hate bugs, and the mere thought of some of them is enough to give me goose bumps.
Although I’ve explored yoga more in the Philippines 3 months before I left for my trip, and had 1 meditation session at White Space, I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about being surrounded by what in my head would be hardcore hippie yogis, compounded by being away from home, and not knowing anyone, and not really having internet access.
Veg Cooking Session: Artisan Pizzas and Vegan Lasagna
Initially, I had just asked to meet Alessa so I could talk to her more about her vegetarian beginnings and her business Pipino. The meeting kept getting pushed back (because I extended my stay in Baguio), but somehow, I became even more delighted with what our supposed interview turned out to be!
Vegetarian Food Find: Army Navy’s Tortilla Soup
Okay, so I stopped counting my food finds.
I actually had Army Navy’s Tortilla Soup a couple of times before but hadn’t really recognized its vegan-ness ‘til now (because I’ve become more conscious about what’s in, or what’s NOT in the food I eat).
The Tortilla Soup (P110) is mostly a tomato-based soup with a super spicy kick and cilantro freshness. :) You can also get this with an extra side order of Tortillas (P35) for extra dipping.
Buuuut Army Navy being Army Navy, I usually have to order their Freedom Fries (P65) and Libertea (P75) (really, this is what I used to go to Army Navy for, and not their burgers and burritos. Notice how they have fancier names for those two things). Their Cheese Quesadilla (P150?) doesn’t hurt either.
This might not look like much (in my opinion), but this is seriously a decent meal for 2 people. The Tortilla Soup is a lot more filling than one might think, so it’s definitely a bang-for-buck order. You might wind up spending a bit more on another Libertea though because the soup is seriously spicy!
So next time your friends are hankering for burgers, know that vegetarian-friendly, non-burger-lover (like me) options await at Army Navy, whose mission it is for you to come in hungry and walk out happy. :)
[Ugh, I’m sorry if I sound like an ad, but this is all just me, and I can only wish Army Navy actually paid for this post as well. :P]
(All over the Philippines, really)
NM Veg Rating
n/a Freelancer-friendly — didn’t try.
Value for money