Farm-to-Table Dining in Jamaica

Jamaica’s food scene can be summarized in three words: hot, spicy, and fresh. However, vegan options are usually lacking at the dining table. Instead, curried or spiced meats and seafood dominate the platter, leaving only a few sides animal-free. To find meat-free options, one can find refuge in Rastafarian eateries that serve primarily plant-based cuisine, locally known as “ital,” but few lack the setting or ambience of STUSH in the BUSH. Continue reading

Sawa Restaurant at Marsa Malaz Kempinski in Doha Review

Located in The Pearl, Doha’s premier residential and commercial development, Marsa Malaz Kempinski sits like a regal throne fit for royalty. As an ultra-luxury resort on a secluded island, it exceeds the imagination in its variety of services and detailed aesthetic. Both artistry and attention are evident in unique characteristics like clustered oyster shell-shaped chandeliers, brass plates adorned with Arabic calligraphy, and an enormous exotic fish tank in a staircase base. Continue reading

5 Essential Tips for Muslim Vegan Travelers

Vegan Moroccan Couscous

If you haven’t heard the news, veganism is on the rise!  Some give up meat for ethical reasons and find it cruel to take the lives of animals. Others are motivated by the health benefits of eating more plant-based foods. Still, others are driven by environmental concerns and want to distance themselves from the pollution attributed to meat and dairy farming. Muslims are also seeking out more veggie options when dining at home and abroad, especially when halal options are limited.  So, if you happen to be vegan, Muslim, and traveling, here are five tips to make your trip enjoyable, purposeful, and easier for the next traveler to tread! Continue reading

The Yellow Chilli Oman Review

The Yellow Chilli Oman

By:  Chantal Blake

As a vegan, I’m very familiar with Indian food. In every country I’ve visited, it’s my go-to cuisine for a flavorful, meat-free meal that rarely disappoints. Though I have yet to visit India, it’s safe to say that my taste buds journey there quite frequently. So when I inquired about vegan dining options at The Yellow Chilli in Panorama Mall, I assumed I would enjoy just another mundane Indian meal, but I have to admit that my expectations were totally exceeded. Continue reading

Vegan Detox Retreat at the LifeCo Antalya

Vegan Detox Retreat

Visitors flock to Turkey’s Southern coast for yachting and sunbathing along the Mediterranean Sea, but a select few are drawn to the idyllic location for rejuvenation and renewal.  Housed in the five-star Akra Barut Hotel Resort, you’ll find one of the country’s dedicated detox centers in Antalya.  From as far as the Arabian Peninsula to as close as Europe, LifeCo is a serene sanctuary for all who come seeking a better way of living and a new recipe for life. Continue reading

Turkey’s Homegrown Veganism – Part 3

Bi Nevi Deli

Owners of Bi Nevi Deli

One of the most politically neutral and refreshing dining spaces you’ll likely find in Turkey is Bi Nevi Deli in Istanbul. Branded as a plant-based kitchen, its owners Özge Şen and Belkıs Boyacıgiller are appealing to an uptown crowd that is seemingly more concerned with raw foods and detox diets than animal shelters and speciesism. Though personally committed to the cause of animal rights and veganism, their business vision is to do more than preach to the choir but rather entice the appetites of the veg-curious. Özge shares that “being vegan or calling ourselves a vegan restaurant needs more…understanding of vegan philosophy.” Belkis adds that “plant-based cooking is typically more health-based cooking, which is what we try to do at the restaurant. We try to stay away from processed oils, refined sugar and flour, preservatives, etc. And there were a handful of vegan restaurants, but no one was really doing plant-based, health-promoting cooking, so we wanted to fill that need.” Continue reading

Vegan Guide to Ankara, Turkey’s Capital

Veganka

Vegan Burger and Fresh Salad

Once upon a time, there was a place called Veganka. It was a colorful, lively place where veggie burgers were served and friends were made. Being one of the few places where veganism was understood and honored from soup to salad and appetizers to desserts, my family retreated there often. Unfortunately, due to zoning regulations, this hub for Ankara’s vegan community was closed. It’s rumored to open again soon, but in the meantime, we’ve been looking for a substitute. Instead of finding a singular replacement, we have found pieces of our dietary puzzle scattered all over the city. Some places are home-based vegan businesses, vegetarian eateries, and veg-friendly restaurants and cafes, but in their totality, they feed us when we want a break from feeding ourselves. Continue reading

LifeCo Ankara’s Saf Restaurant Review

Sitting Area

“Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels” is my new mantra. I first read these potent words on the wall at LifeCo Antalya, one of several Turkish-owned health and well-being support centers, and have been reflecting on my own health ever since. After a brief detox retreat, I’ve been trying to preserve the light and lively feeling I felt in between green juices, raw meals, yoga, and cleansing. Backing off of sugar, caffeine, and wheat has been easy, but preparing delicious uncooked meals takes preparation and practice. Thankfully, there’s a LifeCo day center in the Alacaatlı neighborhood of Ankara where I can dine-in by reservation or order delectable meals, fresh-pressed juices, and nutritious snacks for delivery without stepping foot in the kitchen. Continue reading

Vegihi Restaurant Review in Ankara

Entrance

They say that the most successful entrepreneurs are those who know their customer profile intimately well. So, I can’t imagine a more suitable person to open Ankara’s first meatless restaurant than Ilkay. She has lived in her city for more than 16 years as a vegetarian. On a quiet, tree-lined street her veggie haven, Vegihi, sits calm, peacefully inviting guests of all diets. Both the young and old are drawn into the Victorian-style dining halls or the sunny outdoor patio, to enjoy plant-based meals and warm hospitality. Continue reading