Musings on vegan lifestyle, music, and ex-pat life.

Spiralized Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Pesto (vegan, gluten-free)

I got my first spiralizer in 2008. I had just switched to a plant-based diet, and very quickly started eating 85% raw foods. Then, somehow, the spiralizer was pushed to the back of the cupboard and I forgot about it. With my increased focus on nutrient-dense and unprocessed foods, the spiralizer has once again become … Read more…

Musings on vegan lifestyle, music, and ex-pat life.

Creamy Roasted Garlic Salad Dressing (Vegan)

garlic from the Panajachel market

I recently rediscovered Dr. Joel Fuhrman‘s Eat to Live program. As I was researching material for a weight loss retreat, I tested the program on myself and promptly lost the 10 extra pounds I’d been carrying for the past year. One of the Eat to Live guidelines is to have a big salad every day, … Read more…

Musings on vegan lifestyle, music, and ex-pat life.

SSL and Choosing a Web Hosting Company

Secure website image

I have five websites, including this blog. If you have your own website, you’ve probably seen that Google is really pushing secure sites: they’re now penalizing insecure sites in search results. To have a secure website, you need to install an SSL certificate. I needed to secure all of my sites, but my previous hosting company, … Read more…

Musings on vegan lifestyle, music, and ex-pat life.

Travel to Quiriguá and Rio Dulce, Guatemala

Map of Guatemala

I’ve traveled through many parts of my adopted country of Guatemala, but had never explored the eastern area. A destination high on my “must visit” list was the Rio Dulce, the river that flows from Guatemala’s largest lake, Izabal, into the Caribbean. Since we had headed east from Lake Atitlán to Copán, Honduras, we decided … Read more…

Musings on vegan lifestyle, music, and ex-pat life.

The Vegan Traveler: Copán Ruinas, Honduras

Hieroglyphic stairway, Copan

I’ve wanted to visit the archeological site in Copán for years, and I finally got there in January. Copán was the capital city of a Classic Period Maya kingdom (5th to 9th centuries Common Era). It’s located in the extreme southwest of the Maya territory, in what is now Honduras. The ruins are remarkable. Copán Ruinas … Read more…

Musings on vegan lifestyle, music, and ex-pat life.

Sweet Potato Pecan Pie (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

sweet potato pecan pie

In my pre-vegan days, pecan pie was one of my biggest holiday downfalls. You know, the rich, gooey pie made with about a gazillion eggs. I’ve make plenty of vegan pecan pies, but this year I wanted something a little less sweet and some kind of nutrition. I found this recipe for Sweet Potato Pecan … Read more…

Musings on vegan lifestyle, music, and ex-pat life.

Christmas in Guatemala (Boom!)

Firecracker stalls in Panajachel

Guatemalans love to celebrate pretty much everything with loud, booming blasts. Christmas is no exception. In preparation for the annual Christmas Eve blast-fest, vendors are lined up with stall after stall selling all manner of things that go boom. This photo was taken on the Calle Principal in Panajachel, a block down from the market. … Read more…

Musings on vegan lifestyle, music, and ex-pat life.

Creamy Tomato Soup (Vegan, Oil-Free)

creamy tomato soup

I remember how surprised I was the first time a co-worker told me tomato soup was one of her comfort foods: I simply couldn’t relate. For me, comfort came in the gloppy can of Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup. So imagine my surprise today when, as I was feeling a bit under the weather, I … Read more…