Tuesday, 27 September 2016

What I Ate In A Day #36 - Vegan in Tokyo

Hello friends! I'm back today with another What I Ate In A Day post (you can see last week's food diary here). I'm vegan, so of course everything I'm sharing is free from any sort of animal products/by-products. Of course I drink a ton of water throughout the day - I try to get in at least 8 cups every day. This is a special What I Ate post because I'm sharing what I ate during my time in Tokyo last week!

Breakfast


Most mornings we would buy packs of inari for breakfast, because it was so cheap and delicious! I've never had (or heard of) inari before going to Japan, but now I'm obsessed! Inari are essentially deep fried tofu pockets filled with sushi rice, and they're great with some ginger on top.

Inari

I was blown away by the huge variety of soy milk flavours in Japan! One of my favourites was this Kikkoman Apple Pie Soy Milk - it was so good! These Kikkoman soy milks are made with soybeans from Canada, which I thought was pretty cool. Kikkoman, can you please sell these delicious soy milks in Canada?!

Kikkoman Apple Pie Soy Milk

Lunch

After visiting Tokyo Tower, I turned to Happy Cow to find something for lunch. I decided on Le Pain Quotidien, and I picked up one of their lentil bowls to eat in a nearby park. 

Le Pain Quotidien Lentil Bowl

Dinner 

We knew that we had to check out T's Tantan while we were in Tokyo, and I'm so glad that we did! This ramen restaurant is located in Tokyo Station, and it can be a bit hard to find, but it's worth the potential struggle. I've never had real ramen before (just a ton of Mr. Noodle during university!), and now I'm hooked. The serving sizes were really large, the broth was delicious, and the veggies were fresh. 

T's TanTan Vegan Ramen

Dessert

I found these soy milk ice creams at a grocery store, and omg they were delicious! The vanilla flavour was one of the creamiest vegan ice creams that I've had in my life! If these were available in Canada I'd be eating them all the time... 

Kracie Soy Milk Ice Creams

So that rounds out another vegan food diary! Tokyo, you treated me very well! I hope you'll check back next Tuesday to check out another food diary. What foods have you been loving lately?

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Monday, 26 September 2016

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Sunday, 25 September 2016

Tokyo in Pictures

Well hello, hello friends! I'm officially back from my incredible vacation in Tokyo, and I'm wanting to share some pictures with you. I got home very late Tuesday night, and I returned to work first thing Wednesday morning, and I've been suffrin' from jet lag ever since. So I'm sorry for the lack of posts lately, but hopefully I'll get back to my normal schedule shortly! For now, I'll leave you with some of my favourite photos from my vacation.

Mount Hakone Volcano
Mount Hakone Volcano

Mont Hakone Ropeway
Mont Hakone Ropeway

Shibuya Crossing
Shibuya Crossing

Yoyogi Park
Yoyogi Park

Shinjuku Gyoen Park
Shinjuku Gyoen Park

Zōjō-ji Temple Statues
Zōjō-ji Temple Statues

Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Tower

Odawara Castle
Odawara Castle

The Great Buddah of Kamakura
The Great Buddah of Kamakura

Tokyo DisneySea
Tokyo DisneySea

Akihabara Tokyo
Akihabara Tokyo

My husband and I had an absolutely incredible two weeks exploring Tokyo and a few surrounding cities. These are just a few of my favourite photos from my trip out of the hundreds and hundreds that we took! Have you ever been to Tokyo? I think that Tokyo is such a great place to travel to since it really does have something for everyone - bright lights, bustling streets, delicious food, zen parks, temples, etc.! 

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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

What I Ate In A Day #35 - Vegan in Tokyo

Hello friends! I'm back today with another What I Ate In A Day post (you can see last week's food diary here). I'm vegan, so of course everything I'm sharing is free from any sort of animal products/by-products. Of course I drink a ton of water throughout the day - I try to get in at least 8 cups every day. This is a special What I Ate post because I'm actually in Tokyo, Japan! My husband and I are here for a vacation, and I've definitely been checking out all of the amazing vegan options in Tokyo!

Breakfast

The night before I had stopped by Doughnut Plant in Shinjuku Station, because I heard that they had donuts made with soymilk! They only had one vegan option when I went - peanut butter & jelly - and I bought the last two! It's not all that often that I'm able to find vegan donuts, so I was pretty excited about this! I'm in Tokyo for another week and you better believe that I'll be going back to see if they have any other flavours available!

Doughnut Plant Peanut Butter Jelly Donut

Lunch

We stopped by Ain Soph Ripple for lunch, and my husband and I each got a burger and shared a plate of fries. He got the "chicken" burger, and I got the regular veggie burger. Both were absolutely delicious, and the buns were so fluffy!

Ain Soph Ripple Vegan Burgers

Snacks 

After people watching in Harajuku, we decided to get some ice cream because it was so hot out! After consulting Happy Cow (a must have free app for veggie travellers!), we walked over to Brown Sugar 1st, a new organic vegan ice cream parlor. I got a Strawberry Ice Cream, which was really yummy! The consistency wasn't the smoothest or creamiest vegan ice cream I've ever had, but it was a nice treat on a hot day.

Brown Sugar 1st Strawberry Ice Cream

We stopped into a local market and I picked up a bottle of blueberry juice, which was delicious and refreshing!

Blueberry Juice

Dinner

This one's an exciting one! After checking out the crazy Shibuya Crossing, we had dinner at Genki Sushi. This is a conveyor belt sushi place, meaning that you order your food on an iPad, and it's delivered to you via conveyor belt! They had a few vegan options on their menu, and there is an English option on the iPad. I got a cucumber rolls, inari (sweet tofu skins stuffed with rice), and kanpyo roll (sweet squash). I also got a giant slice of pineapple, but I forgot to take a picture! This was such a fun experience, so I'd definitely recommend stopping by if you're ever in Tokyo.

Genki Sushi Tokyo

I'm absolutely loving Tokyo, and although it can be hard to find out if something is vegan if you don't speak Japanese, it is possible to eat ethically here. I have a ton more restaurants on my list that I want to try out, but also let me know any recommendations that you might have! xo

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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

What I Ate In A Day #35 - Vegan

Hello friends! I'm back today with another What I Ate In A Day post (you can see last week's food diary here). I'm vegan, so of course everything I'm sharing is free from any sort of animal products/by-products. Of course I drink a ton of water throughout the day - I try to get in at least 8 cups every day. I'm actually flying to Japan today, but this food diary was from when I was still in Ottawa!

Breakfast

I was feeling adventurous, and I decided to test out my new donut pan! I baked up a batch of Chia Donuts (recipe from the Oh She Glows Cookbook), and drizzled them with some chocolate icing. Icing aside, these donuts are actually really healthy, and full of Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fibre, and on top of all of that they're delicious too! 

Oh She Glows Out-the-Door Chia Power Doughnuts

Oh She Glows Out-the-Door Chia Power Doughnuts

Lunch

My mother in law makes a delicious orzo salad, and I decided to put my own little twist on the recipe! I cooked up some orzo, which takes no time at all, and chopped up some veggies - carrots, onion, cucumber, red bell pepper. I also added in some corn and garlic, mixed everything together, and then drizzled on some balsamic vinaigrette. If I do say so myself, this recipe was pretty delicious, and it tastes even better as leftovers the next day!


Orzo Summer Salad

Snacks 

My husband and I wanted to treat ourselves to some vegan ice cream while it was still Summery out! We went to Strawberry Blonde Bakery, which is a vegan, gluten free, and nut free bakery in Westboro. I got their Vegan Ice Cream Sandwich, with chocolate-vanilla swirl in between two chocolate chip cookies. It's been at least a decade since I had an ice cream sandwich, but it definitely won't be that long until my next one! 

Strawberry Blonde Vegan Ice Cream Sandwich

Dinner

My husband made chow mein for dinner, which was really yummy! He used egg-free chow mein noodles, onions, carrots, bean sprouts, red bell pepper, and Veggie Paradise Meatless Ginger Chili Infusion Strips. Yum!

Vegan Chow Mein

So that rounds out another vegan food diary! I hope you'll check back next Tuesday to check out another food diary. What foods have you been loving lately? Also, if you've ever been to Tokyo please let me know what your favourite vegan restaurants there are! :)


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