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phoenix, arizona

I went to Phoenix, Arizona for a few days in October for a conference. First of all, the short flight from Denver to Phoenix was beautiful. As we flew over the mountains in Colorado, I could see Great Sand Dunes National Park.

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Shortly after arriving at my hotel, I went for a walk to Nami, a vegan ice cream and pastry shop. The menu was full of enticing options, but I settled on a decadent “fluffernutterin tSoynami.” This amazing vegan and gluten-free treat was made of swirled chocolate and vanilla soy/coconut soft serve ice cream with peanut butter, banana, rice mallow fluff, and toasted marshmallow syrup stirred in.

Throughout most of my conference, I ate at or got take-out from Kaleidoscope Juice. Despite the juice-centric name, this restaurant has all sorts of great food. The protein bowl with tofu, brown rice, and ginger miso dressing was fantastic, and so was the gluten free protein waffle with fruit and coconut whipped cream.

I also enjoyed several kinds of Kaleidoscope’s gluten-free muffins (almond, blueberry, and pumpkin) and one of their smoothies. It was a relief to find a restaurant in downtown Phoenix that worked so well with my dietary restrictions.

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lemon ice cream

This lemon ice cream was so easy to make and delicious!

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  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 3 tablespoons agave
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • lemon oil to taste

Blenderize the above ingredients, transfer the mixture to your ice cream maker, and serve with sprinkles if you’re feeling fancy!

vero beach

We went to Vero Beach, Florida in early February to visit my parents and enjoy some warm weather.

Besides the beautiful ocean, sandy beach, and warm pool we had access to, one of the highlights of Vero Beach for me was a little vegan snack shop called Planet Yum. We went there twice and enjoyed vegan soft serve ice cream and milkshakes (the chocolate chai milkshake topped with coconut cream was fantastic), gluten-free waffles, and handmade chocolatey popsicles. Can’t wait to go back!

grape ice cream

I made a batch of delicious and beautifully purple grape ice cream one summer weekend. The only ingredients were a can of coconut milk and a can of frozen grape juice concentrate (and  a pinch of salt), so this ice cream was incredibly easy and inexpensive to make!

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After eating our yummy ice cream dessert, we had enough ice cream leftover to make popsicles from the batch as well!

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You can find the recipe here.

vegan and gluten-free vienna

When most of us think about eating in Vienna, foods like schnitzel and sachertorte come to mind. I had also heard that ice cream is very popular in Austria. Unfortunately, none of these foods fit within my dietary constraints, so I was a little concerned about finding things that I could eat during my week in Vienna. As it turned out, there were lots of yummy things for me to eat in Vienna!

Naschmarkt is a huge outdoor market with lots of fresh produce…

…as well as many small restaurants and specialty food shops. One of the bakeries had a small selection of gluten-free rolls that were really tasty!

We also stumbled upon a tiny ice cream shop on Rotenturmstrasse (between Stephansplatz and Schwedenplatz), called Eis Greissler, that had several vegan ice cream flavors! Even their cones are vegan (although not gluten-free), and all of their ice cream is organic. So yummy!

Indian restaurants are always good news for me when I’m traveling. We loved the food at Zum Inder (shown below) and Nirvana.

We also had a great dinner at Akakiko, a Japanese restaurant.

And the grocery stores also had plenty of food to keep me going. I enjoyed the “fruits of the forest” flavored soy yogurt for breakfast, chocolate soy milk and bananas for snacks, and these gluten-free cookies were a very tasty dessert.

The rolls were disappointingly dry and bland-tasting, but it was a good effort. Almost every grocery store we went to had an orange juice squeezing station, which I thought was pretty cool. We were happy to find peanut butter as well – never a sure thing in other countries!

And I also discovered my new favorite snack in the grocery stores of Vienna. I’ll post about that once I’ve successfully replicated it at home!

denver

Denver has some great vegan and gluten-free food! We had a delicious dinner at a vegetarian restaurant called City, O’ City. This place has an awesome comfort food-laden menu, including vegan mac and cheese and soft pretzels! They also have a number of vegan and gluten-free options. I had the macro plate, which contained spicy tofu and quinoa with a miso sauce, along with steamed greens, pickled carrots, and kimchi. Yum! Jeff had the tofu schnitzel, which he absolutely loved, and even non-vegetarian Greg enjoyed his City, O’ burger. We also enjoyed their extensive tea menu.

We went out to Sweet Action for ice cream. I was delighted to find that in addition to lots of creative dairy ice cream flavors, they also had several vegan options: two vegan ice cream flavors and two sorbet flavors. They even had homemade vegan chipwiches, which I totally would have gotten if they were gluten-free. I had a dish of the vegan ginger ice cream, which was super tasty! There are also some really cool stores across the street – Buffalo Exchange and Fancy Tiger.

I met my friend Lindsay at another vegetarian restaurant, called Watercourse, for lunch. I had enchiladas and a huge frosted sugar cookie (both vegan and gluten-free). Lindsay had a seitan grinder, and her son nibbled on a huge Hostess-style vegan cream-filled chocolate cupcake. This place is very kid-friendly and has a really nice patio.

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