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When I think of Vermont, the resplendent colors of autumn come to mind, along with rich green fields and forests, and rustic covered bridges. There's also another attractive aspect of the region - a vibrant vegan community. A wonderful expression of the plant-based creativity can be found at Pingala Cafe in Burlington.
Pingala Cafe has an all vegan menu with lots of gluten-free options. They are a local business and use local organic produce. They make a wide range of delicious meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. So it's easy to start off the day in the right way with their popular plant-based breakfasts such as the Hash and Scramble Wraps, Waffles with Ginger Butter, French Toast and Benedict. They even make a southwest specialty - Tofu Rancheros.
The owners of Pingala Cafe are dedicated to putting vegan food and healthy eats on the map. They are committed to the sustainability of the planet's environment and all of its inhabitants. Their culinary philosophy is to make food "bursting with color and nourishment". By keeping ingredients simple and diverse with a worldly influence, they have created amazing and popular dishes that appeal to a broad base of enthusiasts!
Pingala Cafe has teamed up with Treatmo to run breakfast giveaways through October 13, 2015. A weekly drawing for one of their well-crafted morning menu items will be held for those who download the Treatmo App and add Pingala Cafe as a friend. If you reside in the Burlington area and want to experience amazing food in a beautiful location, enter today.
Treatmo vouchers can be redeemed at Pingala Cafe anytime during business hours, so if you plan to visit Burlington this fall, this is a great opportunity to grab delicious food as you pass through town. Map and hours of operation are below.
Using mobile phones for commerce is on the rise. 64% of Americans now have a smart phone according to Pew Research Center and 20% rely on the phone only for accessing online services. This number is expected to grow.
As a result, people are now using smart phones to handle a broad range of activities - not just calling, texting, or browsing. One new emerging activity is purchasing food from cafes and restaurants. When buying by mobile phone, customers avoid handing over cash or credit cards at the point of sale. Instead, they walk in with the menu items already paid for, show the voucher or receipt on their phone, and enjoy the food when it is served.
For restaurants, it's a more efficient way to transact business, saves time at the point of sale, and eliminates the need for customers to carry cash or card into the establishment. Eventually the majority of commerce will go through mobile phones as people become more familiar with the benefits and browse restaurant websites only from their phones (instead of from notebooks or desktops).
Treatmo for merchants is a versatile mobile payments option that curates plant-based cafes and merchants across America, provides an easy platform for accepting payments, allows instant menu upload and editing, and creates an informative store front. Customers who download the Treatmo app can search for the restaurant on their phone, learn about the cafe, see the menu with photos, and order with a few quick taps.
Cafe owners and merchants have seen good value in the technology and have expressed admiration for the ease of use and simplicity in implementing the platform in their business, including set-up, training, and customer interaction.
With mobile payments on the rise and more Americans seeking healthy food, Treatmo is a good choice for plant-based cafes to set-up an immediate mobile store front, to reach a growing audience, and to make instant commerce easy!
More Info: www.treatmo.com
As I hiked through the Olympic National Park in Washington state this summer, I heard rumors about a magical farm on an island in the Puget Sound, the body of water between the Olympic Peninsula and the the mainland of western Washington. The farm produced amazing kale, chard, and cabbage along with heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, and beans and many other fresh vegetables. I picked up that you could stop by the farm's vegetable stand and buy what you wanted at anytime, even right before cooking dinner. It was something I had to see!
I didn't know the exact location of the farm or how to get there. It was rumored to be somewhere among the golden fields and verdant forests of the island and I figured that somehow it could be found with a little luck. The lure of fresh green organic kale in a natural, bucolic setting free from the bane of urban life was impossible to ignore. So I boarded a boat from a port town just outside the park and embarked upon the odyssey to this mythical place.
As I approached the shores of the island, I saw an abundance of wildlife including herons, gulls, osprey, and eagles.
After landing on the beach, I trekked from the bay towards the center of the island through deep forests separated by dry fields. I encountered deer prancing and frolicking in the grass.
Then, unexpectedly, I heard cheerful music in the distance and loud laughter from throngs of people. I continued forward and came upon a sign-post just at the end of the field. It directed me to the market and gardens where the fabled farm flourished. I knew I had arrived!
I followed the signs and arrived at an arcadian farmers market overflowing with great vegetables and fruit. Stands owned by many small local farms were set up to one side of the field while people mingled and chatted on the grass in front of them. Musicians under a white tent played spirited songs and attracted the attention of all who walked by.
But these stalls were not the ones I sought. So I walked through the market until I found the one I had heard about, Lesedi Farms. Unlike the others, the Lesedi Farms stand was not operated by anyone. You were allowed to take the vegetables on the shelf and leave your cash payment in the donation style box. The stand was filled with amazing and unique organic vegetables, all offered at a fair market price, all hand-picked that morning.
As I stood inside the stand, another door to the right quietly swung open, move by an unknown force. I stood there not knowing what to do. I glimpsed great greenery through the opening, so I walked through it and found myself among the burgeoning gardens of the farm. Rows of hanging tomatoes, forests of kale, and low lying bushes of cherry tomatillos, beans, and mint grew abundantly. It was a paradise!
I filled my backpack with copious amounts of fresh vegetables, deposited my payment in the box, and then traveled back across the fields and forests to the seashore. As I waited by the small dock for the next boat to take me across the coruscating waters, I could smell the raw vegetables in my pack. I reached for a sweet red tomato and devoured it as the waves crashed on the shore. It had been a fantastical day and one not to be forgotten among the rows of gardens of Lesedi Farms!
You can purchase products from Lesedi Farms such as Kale Chips, Peri-Peri Sauce, Pumpkin Seed Sauce, and Heirloom Bean on Treatmo App. Download Treatmo.
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Download the iPhone app and see the wonderful vegan and vegetarian places that are good enough for treating yourself or a friend!
Find fresh soup-in-a-jar in Portland, vegan crepes in NYC, broccoli bites in Burlington, Vermont, or a juice pack in San Diego! Buy it, share it, and chat about it! Most of all, eat healthy beyond the kitchen with ease and love it!
In the spirit of summer, we are giving away a free delivery of six delicious organic, cold pressed juices ($65 value) of your choice from Illuminate Juice in San Diego! If you live in San Diego County or plan to visit this summer, enter to win these amazing treats! Simply download the free Treatmo app for iPhone or iPad and friend 'MakeSimpleVegan Treats' in the app to enter by July 30. The drawing will occur on July 31!
We will draw a winner at random from our MakeSimpleVegan Treats friends and send you a voucher for the juice pack. Illuminate Juice is San Diego's cold pressed juice delivery! Produce used to make the juices comes from the San Diego area so they are a local and green business. Try options like 'rise', 'shine', 'enlighten,' 'energy', 'vitality', or 'bliss' and "illuminate your body within" with their refreshing beverages!
The Treatmo app let's you find amazing juice bars and health inspired bakeries and cafes across the U.S., including California, New York, Florida, Texas. Purchase items with a few taps and pick it up or have it delivered (depends on the merchant) and then chat about it with images and messages so others can experience what you enjoyed. Discover the best veg-friendly places to eat and stay healthy in your own community or when you're on the road! We all know that traveling vegan is hard in a new city or town, but Treatmo makes it easy to know where to eat or snack! You can even purchase ahead of time to reduce hassle...
Thanks for participating and see you in the app! If you win, enjoy the amazing cold pressed juices on us in San Diego this summer! Cheers!
Thanks to all who entered! We have selected a winner and they have been treated through the Treatmo app!
Two thing inspire me about Penang Island which is just off the west coast of Malaysia, about a 4 hour car ride north of Kuala Lumpur on the main highway. They are sunsets and vegan food! Penang has an abundance of both. The sunsets seen from the north part of the island at a location called Batu Ferringhi are magical. Equally wonderful is the wide range of vegan food options and restaurants throughout the main city of Georgetown and around the rest of the island. Could this be a tropical paradise for vegans? It's close. The island is becoming quickly urbanized from economic growth so it doesn't quite have the peaceful happy tropical vibe some may want for a paradise, but the food is amazing and the sunsets do make each day wonderful. Needless to say, I hope I can make it back often.
The Leaf Healthy House Cafe (Penang)
How can you go wrong when the name of the restaurant has 'leaf' and 'healthy' in it? It's my favorite vegan cafe in the area and it has a very green vibe. The dumpling soup is wonderful and the vegan version of Bak Kut The which is an herbal soup with veggies is excellent. They have a large menu with many juices and the prices are low. It's just a short distance from the waterfront and a relaxing place to enjoy great food.
Janxden Greenlife Restaurant (Penang)
Janxden Greenlife Restaurant is a nice place to eat on a pretty street in the main city. The food is tasty, especially their Tom Yam soup. They have unique juices and friendly service. Their rice dishes are also large and wonderful. The interior is simple and clean.
It's wonderful to know people who know things - such as how to make almond brazil nut milk - fresh and homemade. All I can say is 'WOW'! It tastes much better than the store bought versions of dairy-free milk. In fact, I stopped buying the common brands on the shelf because the list of ingredients was somewhat concerning and the flavor was just not that appealing.
Well, when my sister stopped by and made a batch of almond brazil nut milk, it totally energized me. The flavor was balanced and delicious. Now I make and drink it frequently, especially when almonds go on sale. I recommend you try it, even if you don't consider yourself skilled in the kitchen. Simply soak the nuts over night, blend them with water, pour the mixture through cheese cloth and squeeze it as much as possible and that's it! Our recipe will be forthcoming but the photos below will guide you through the general process of making of my new favorite vegan beverage - no sweeteners added or needed. Cheers!
Finding your favorite Curry Mee in Kuala Lumpur, the main city in Malaysia, is a popular thing to do. It's so popular, MasterCard listed it as the main activity for visitors in its airport advertisement (see below). Just as you might search for the best salsa in Mexico, the best mojito in Cuba, or the best pad thai in Bangkok, resorting to extreme measures, even during the hottest part of the equatorial day or the latest hours of the night, to find the curry mee that changes your life is part of the cultural experience of the city!
Curry Mee is a medium thick noodle soup with a yellow curry and coconut milk base. Sometimes soy milk is used and even water, but for aficionados, coconut milk creates the richest and creamiest flavor. Mee is the local word for noodles. The vegan version of the soup will contain several different types of tofu and vegetables including green beans, potatoes, carrots, okra, mushrooms, bean sprouts, mint leaves, and even eggplant. The flavor can be mild or fairly spicy. For me, the lure is the curry flavor which is very fresh and unique. When hot chili peppers are added, it actually cools off your body and makes the outside heat more tolerable. The soup blends all of the vegetables and tofu together and delivers a warming and wholesome meal.
So did I find Kuala Lumpur's best vegan curry mee? I sure did! In fact, I found my two favorite curry mee soups. The first is at the vegetarian food patio behind a Buddhist Temple in Kuala Lumpur in the Ampang area. The Dharma Realm Guan Yin Sagely Monastery on Jalan Ampang near the city center has a special hawker stand for a variety of mee soups and dishes. As can be expected, the curry mee menu item is highlighted in yellow (see images below). Their curry mee combines nice mushrooms, green beans, and three different types of tofu. The flavor was perfect and I felt great after eating it! Try it out if you are ever on a similar quest in Kuala Lumpur! This food patio also offer a variety of fruit as a dessert. My favorite one after the best curry mee is sweet jackfruit!
My equally favorite vegan curry mee can be found at The Origin, a vegan hot spot which is also located in Kuala Lumpur's Ampang area. This curry mee is slightly thicker and has less tofu, but more noodles and veggies. I prefer this version on the weekends when there is more time to relax and enjoy it. The Origin also has a variety of other amazing food options including curried eggplant, mushroom salads, and fried rice dishes. It is always an experience to eat here.
So there you have it - the two best vegan curry mee soups in Kuala Lumpur. Both amazing and both an experience not to be missed!
Bangkok, the the capital and largest city in Thailand, is a cosmopolitan experience. The city has grown from a regional attraction to a global destination. Even though Bangkok is located in the tropics, it has more of an urban feel with staid high-end shopping streets to frenetic tourist areas while still being accessible to those backpacking through Thailand. As a veg-friendly destination, the city has a lot to offer, however, vegan and vegetarian only restaurants are scattered far apart. Because of the traffic, it's not always convenient to get to the popular plant-based restaurants, so the experience is one of finding vegan dishes in regular restaurants. Because Thai food lends itself very nicely to vegetable dishes, this is not hard and there are some nice discoveries to be made!
Na Aroon Restaurant (Sukhumvit Soi 1)
I visited two unique veg-friendly food spots in central Bangkok. The first was Na Aroon Restaurant which is part of a garden styled hotel at the end of Sukhumvit Soi 1. The restaurant has a refreshing atmosphere, like an oasis in sharp contrast to the bustling and sooty streets of the city. So it's a wonderful place to decompress while eating some amazing food. The restaurant does not serve meat, but does serve fish. The menu clearly displays a 'V' for vegetarian and 'NV' for 'Non-Vegetarian' options. They are also very accommodating per any dietary request. Both times I visited for lunch it was not busy and a very enjoyable experience. Take a taxi to get there, but if you want to walk, ride the BTS (elevated rail) to Ploen Chit station, then walk to Sukhumvit Road, one of the main streets in the city, and find Soi 1 (about 15 minutes). Then walk to the end of Soi 1 (about 10 minutes). You will be pleasantly surprised!
Eathai Food Court (Central Embassy Mall - Ploen Chit BTS)
Located in the Central Embassy Mall which is connected to the Ploen Chit BTS station by an elevated walkway, which helps you avoid street level commotion, is the wonderful Eathai food court. The food court is located on the bottom floor down two escalators. It is a very high end style food court simulating hawker stalls in a Thai village with representative food options from all parts of the country. Most importantly, they have a vegetarian counter with about fifteen different options. The ones I tried were all delicious. Everything is made fresh in an open kitchen and brought to your table. The prices are very reasonable, if not surprisingly low for the quality and comfort of the experience.
The food court has not been discovered by the main stream tourist crowd and is mostly filled with Thai business people and those living in the area. To say I ate here a few times would be an understatement. It was my main place! It is also connected to a specialty Thai grocery market with neat stuff such as boutique rice, coconut oils, dried fruit, soaps, chili sauces, and anything else you could want. I bought most of my gifts for friends and family at home from this market. If you are staying in central Bangkok and pass through the Ploen Chit BTS station, then stop here and try it. Best of all, there is little chance of getting Bangkok Belly when you eat here!
This map should help if you are in the area. Once you get a feel for central Bangkok, you are ready for memorable culinary treats and a very positive veg-experience!
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