Jun 19, 2012

Traveling Vegan: North America Part I

While I was getting ready to travel to the unhealthiest country in the world, I was also making lists of what food I am going to get back. Needless to say I overdid it and wished I had booked myself on an airline that allowed two bags per person. The anxiety associated with weighing the bag at the check-in counter was more than I could handle. I could not imagine taking anything out of the bag.

My moto for this trip was EAT EAT EAT. While I was wary because it involved eating a lot of processed food and adding a tyre or two, I was also looking forward to being there during the berry and grilling season.

Apart from how big the serving sizes are there, the fruits and vegetables are also humongous. Most of them might not have as much flavour as the ones we get here, but it's amusing to see an onion bigger than my hand and a strawberry as big as my palm. The sugary foods aren't as sweet as we make it here in India which is a good thing and they are way ahead on the organic, vegan path. I think our generation in India is going to be the unhealthiest and unfortunately we are aping the wrong choices the Americans made.

Okay enough talk. Here's some vegan food porn.

Mushroom and Spinach Pizzette at Nino's 

A typical Canadian confectionery the Nanaimo Bar is available vegan and gluten free 
(By Sweets from the Earth) at certain cafes in Toronto. It has a sweet peppermint filling which is sandwiched between  melted chocolate on top and a chocolate wafer-crumb layer at the bottom. Totally gave me a tooth ache, but totally worth it!

My dear friend Lisa Pitman who took out time to meet me on a working day!
Thanks for breakfast and the awesome goodie bag!

Try choosing from that! And that is only one shelf

 Some raw tarts

Gluten Free Scones

My Gluten Free Sundried Tomato and Olive Scone with vegan butter

 This is how my cupcake looked by the time I got to it! 
Note to self: Just eat it at the store.

All hot dog carts in Toronto have veggie dogs

You can choose your toppings from the display on the side of the cart

Veggie Hot Dog

A huge Vegan Tiramisu from Red Velvet Cafe
Took me a while to eat that

 Veggie Wrap made vegan, again from Red Velvet Cafe

These few pictures are from the Westside Market in Downtown Cleveland. The Market was abuzz with activity on a Friday morning since it was celebrating a 100 years! 

Fresh Mushrooms ready to grill 

 Greens for Salads

Potatoes in many different colours 


Peaches, Avocados, Kiwis, Apricots, Bananas and more 

Jalapenos anyone? 

Coloured Peppers/ Capsicums 

Of course there was a meat and cheese section in the market, but they also had a whole bunch of vegan meats, spreads and cheeses

That's about it for now. The next lot of pictures will be up soon are here!


  1. Young Lady, you take FABULOUS Pictures !! Message came across very seductively !!! lol !!

  2. first time here and absolutely loved all your pics the post s so well written

    1. Thanks for stopping by Anusha! Glad you liked it. :)

  3. Wow! really nice.. those berries had me drooooling!

    1. Thanks Renuka! Me too. I wish I could bring some back!

  4. Awesome Ritzy...shud continue writing!!!!

  5. I'm so glad we got to have a quick visit - it looks like you had a wonderful time at Tori's too. xo

    1. Me too Lisa. Have a lovely time at Tori's. Wish I had more time to go to Live Food Bar!


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