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Pipino Vegetarian Food

Visiting Quezon City, Philippines, and wondering where to find some dairy-free cashew milk ice cream, a vegan blueberry muffin, or just vegetarian kare-kare and tofu skewers? Then head over to Pipino where you will find all your favourite Filippino fare and classic street foods in all their dairy-free, meat-free and ultra-fresh glory. Let’s just say their commitment towards our health and towards the planet is only topped by their commitment to make intensely cute, fun and appealing menus:

These super sweet menus were designed by Alessandra Lanot. See her site here!

Austin’s Vegan Powers…


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We spent fourth of July in Austin – one of the locals was quoted as saying  “the only thing wrong with Austin is it is surrounded by Texas”. I’m guessing that this refers to Austin’s liberal spirit as opposed to the rest of Texas – which is mainly conservative. I can’t speak for the rest of Texas, which seems to be heavily into factory farming,  but Austin is awesome!  It definitely feels like a free-spirited city: colorful, hot and full of cacti. Where a city is free spirited, it usually means that there are loads of vegan-friendly places… Yeah, I am implying that vegans tend to be free-spirited, not to say that my carnivorous friends aren’t or that all vegans are free-spirited. The key word here is free to make conscious choices…

This the first place we ate at in Austin… Boulden Creek Coffee House. Check them out!
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We all had Kool Summer Sammich with grilled ciabatta bread layered with chipotle-pecan pesto spread, local tomatoes, red onions, cucumbers, sunflower sprouts, field greens, shredded carrots, and some additional home-made tofu bacon. It was absolutely divine!
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Daily Juice is a temple of smoothies and juices. We pilgrimaged like loyal minions to pay our respects at the altar of their vitamixes and juicers… Yes, we like da juice, nay we love da juice…
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The pleasure was ours…
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Two of my favorite comedians presenting my fave way to eat chocolate: RAW (just like their humor)!
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My favorite was the chocolate-durian smoothie – I bow to it’s greatness…
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Umm, does this count as vegan?
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Elly’s favourite was the coconut-pineapple-spirulina – she claims it was the best smoothie she has ever had in her whole entire life… that is quite a biggie…
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Kitchen Caravan

Roasted Squash and Pomegranate Salad from Kitchen Caravan

Filmaker Emma Piper-Burket and expert in culinary arts & nutrition Sophia Brittan joined forces in 2007 to bring us Kitchen Caravan, a shared effort to spread their love for Arabic studies and Middle-Eastern culture through our very favourite of subjects – food! Healthy seasonal recipes are aplenty on their blog and cooking show, along with tips on how to cook a 1700 BC Babylonian feast and comprehensive studies on how people eat in different parts of the world (see their Travel section). Check out their Conscious Eating resources and links to all sorts of interesting people dealing with nutrition, education, artisan food production, cooking techniques and food culture in general at their delicious website.

The Tofu Guru’s Channel

Apart from the fact that we are thrilled that someone finally found the place in their heart to stand up for tech support, there are other things we greatly enjoy on the Tofu Guru’s channel, like the championing of Rawvioli, Raw Banana Sundaes, and Father’s Day Snackage. Also, some snappy editing and a sweet hit of geek-core. More!

 

Home Sweet Oklahome – it’s about to get raw…

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Raw cupcakes made from beet pulp: the different colours of icing were achieved with cashew, spirulina, bee pollen, dried parsley powder, and beetroot juice. Yes, we gave in and made raw cupcakes, they were delicious, and although I still can’t claim that they would save the world, they do make it a little more colorful…
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A caprese. Roma tomatoes, nut mozzarella, balsamic reduction, and basil from Farmer Steve.
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Canvas for a pickle.
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Raw Americana: mashed potato made of jicama and broccoli sprouts, with balsamic reduction.
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Enoki bbq burger with marinated carrots. Cornbread on the side…
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Kimchi (or kimchee) is loaded with vitamins A, B, and C, but its biggest benefit may be in its “healthy bacteria” called lactobacilli, found in fermented foods like kimchi and yogurt. This good bacteria helps with digestion, and according to recent studies it helps to stop and even prevent yeast infections. There’s more good news: some studies suggest that fermented cabbage has compounds that may prevent the growth of cancer. A traditional Korean food that is eaten at almost every meal – Koreans say “kimchi” instead of “cheese” when getting their pictures taken! – the ingredients include fermented napa cabbage (and sometimes radish) seasoned with a mix of garlic, salt, vinegar, chilli peppers, and other spices.
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Chocolate and pistachio nougat with orange zest syrup.
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Falafel and hemp tabouleh.
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Heirloom cherry tomatos stuffed with sun-dried tomato and chilli-cashew cheese.
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Dehydrated summer squash rolls with chive and lemon cream cheese, sugar snap peas and alfalfa sprouts with a balsamic reduction.

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Mushroom Appetizers: raw vegan buttered lion’s mane mushroom (the white ones) and Asian style sous-vide  maitake shroom both grown by our favourite gourmet mushroom farmers Om Gardens.
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Sprouted quinoa, bell pepper, asparagus, avocado and mustard greens salad, with creamy spirulina dressing.
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An heirloom tomato salad accompanied to the royal food ball by a nut cheese tartlette filled with rosemary, macadamias and honey.
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Strawberry champagne sorbet with coconut yogurt-filled raspberries, garnished with three citrus zest almonds and poppy seeds. Refreshing and a little luxurious… Don’t even ask about the kantaifi-looking strands. Next raw dessert class all will be unveiled!
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Photo by: Meredith Baird

Elly’s Strawberry shortcake: a fairytale of a dessert…
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Maca and mesquite raw ice cream sitting comfortably on a crispy raw chocolate chunk. Need I say: Yum? To order the best maca and mesquite on the market visit our e-store  Troo Food Store
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Lemon tart dessert made by Kerstin Bellah, check out her blog here: Runofthemill Blog
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A ravaged summer salad:  summer veggie platter made with local organic ingredients as served and devoured at Mathew Kenney OKC. The crispy patty pan zucchini with sesame seeds was my addition to this little garden of delectable delight. T//F//L represent @ MK OKC!
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Places that you hit up when in Oklahoma:

Shop Good is a store next to a great sushi place called Pachinko Parlor (try the Doodle roll), it is in downtown OKC and it has really cool sustainable stuff: “Every item in the store—whether it’s a pair of skinny jeans, a hand-poured soy candle or a giant cheeseburger wallet—is socially responsible, fairly traded and connected to a local or international community development project”.
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Elusive thrift store in Norman, Oklahoma really outshined all the thrift and second hand stores we have ever been to… I guess thrift stores in places like London, NY, Paris and all those cosmopolitan cities (sorry Norman you have many delightful qualities but being cosmopolitan isn’t one of them) which have a long standing tradition in thrift stores have somehow become overpriced and pretentious making it hard for us to find any really original items. So when we wandered into Elusive to be greeted by its charming owner and its magical treasures we were no less than euphoric. We found everything from 50’s nurse dresses to antique cutlery, to old recipe books !
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Red Cup Coffeehouse has great coffee, a stupendous outside seating area and the people that work there are soo sweet. They have vegan options for food as well, like vegan chilli and a vegan meatball sub. Not quite gourmet but FUN!
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We may have left OKC for now, but we are definitely coming back for more.      ♥*¨*•.¸¸•  ♥*¨*•.¸¸   The Nubs & Hells Belles

New York City: Food Mecca

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I love it when I can go to a place and order a hamburger. It might taste nothing like a hamburger ( I mean it’s been a while ) but  it satisfies the craving of the idea of a burger, plus digesting it feels equally good. This little gem of goodness, health and deliciousness was had at a favorite raw spot: Quintessence.When in New York you should definitely check it out!

Coconut Kaffir Lime Kefir (a little confusing I know): a seriously special beverage. Tasted like nothing I can compare it with except maybe what I’d like to drink every single day…
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Caracas Arepa Bar in Brooklyn.
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This was my first time eating arepas, a classic Venezuelan corn pocket which is naturally gluten-free. They were crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. I hadn’t eaten something cooked that was new and exciting in a long time… and these were soo delicious. Mine was filled with sweet plantain, black beans and red peppers.
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Mango and Guava Juice – not freshly squeezed, but still pretty yummy.
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Babycakes Bakery
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A vanilla and chocolate glazed donut: Vegan decadence…

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Right out of a vegan pastry musical; a cute girl behind the counter with cupcakes about to break out in song “Baby cakes Baby cakes oh baby cakes baby baby cakes” in the style of that classic Lollipop song by the Chordettes (watch here to see what I’m on about). By the way, cupcakes seem to be everywhere these days. They inspire something in everyone. I mean I like them, but Claire and I where just wondering why they have become the new Che Guevara?! Any ideas ?

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Coffee at Bluebottle. Coffee is a sacred plant, but like many sacred plants it has been exploited and abused, that’s why we choose coffee, like all our food, carefully. Which is why we went to this place. Check out the Blue Bottle Cafe site…

“We are roasting coffee on a vintage Probat roaster, and serving coffee on a variety of interesting devices: slow cold drippers, brand new La Marzocco espresso machines, painstakingly restored 1958 Faema Urania lever espresso machines, and perhaps the longest and most theatrical drip bar on the eastern seaboard. All hot coffee – espresso and pourover – is ground and prepared to order (a la minute, as we are fond of saying), and all iced coffee is brewed cold.”

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Mary and me sipping on rum and passion fruit in Caracas, Williamsburg.
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Raw Oklahoma!

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Elly’s Raw Pizza starting from top left: Macademia ricotta with mustard greens, artichoke and zuchini. Caramelized onions, shitake mushrooms and heirloom tomatoes. Red bell peppers, chilli, marinated shitake shrooms and macademia cheese. Pine- nut parmezan with marinara sauce and rocket!

T//F//L reporting from Turtle Island a.k.a. Amerika…! Well what is half of the T//F//L team doing there you ask? Glad you did! Well…we are getting certified, working in the best, most gourmet raw food restaurants in the world and learning from the most amazing raw chefs… plus we are having a ball doing it…jealous? Don’t be! The plan is to return to Greece and show everyone what we learned! This post is a re-cap of our month in Oklahoma City at Mathew Kenney’s 105 degrees Academy. I didn’t have a computer hence the delayed post. Lets see… Oklahoma City… aaaaa, well I’m not gonna lie – we didn’t expect too much from the city of Ok and wondered “why was this incredible raw food school located in the buckle of the bible belt?”…but we were pleasantly surprised. So much so that we can say this: We have been in New York City (city of dreams, city that never sleeps, contradiction there guys? NYC center of the universe, yada yada yada…) for the past month and we actually miss Oklahoma! And of course its the people we miss. Everyone at 105 is hands down lovely. And I mean EVERYONE! Our teacher Haylee is a stupendous instructor: firm yet funny, a real peach I tell ya – with phantasmagorically great dance moves under her karate belt… Megan our gorgeous and inspiring academy director, Casey –  the talented and cat-eyed 105 executive-chef, Crystal – the impeccably chic ballerina posing as a hostess, the dude of dudes: the chillest and jolliest dude we have met, Mat Downey not Jr., behind the bar we have expert smoothie maker Britanny – she looks like an old school actress, you think you should be seeing her in black and white, and then she hands you a luscious  technicolor smoothie! Damn yummy,  still thinking about the blueberry one 🙂 I can’t possibly mention everyone who works there but a couple more words… Pastry chef Kersten the woman behind 105’s Tiramisu, OH MEE GEE, you don’t understand the magic of this dessert… it is absolutely sublime and she invented it! I’m not even kidding when I say this dessert has brought us close to nirvana…

And although 105 seems to be run mostly by a matriarchy (even if it appears otherwise!) just the way we like it…There are a few special guys that are able to stand tall and I don’t even mean that metaphorically I mean literally. Sean and Jamie could have been on a basketball team, but luckily for everyone – they chose a raw kitchen! Both charmin’ and passionate about food – they make everything look cool and easy… Oh! and Will, Wild Wild Will – the Inventor – Will is the mixologist @ 105, magic with sake, sparkling wine and generally anything he gets his hands on. Ok too much writing. Here’s another pizza picture:

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This one is mine: What you see here is double cheeze ricotta & parmezan with fresh marinara sauce and roasted heirloom tomatoes, roasted veggies and you can also partially see chanterelles and porcinis. The crust was made out of sprouted buckwheat! Believe me when I say these pizzas rivaled any cooked ones I have had… The only one that comes close was the gorgonzola mushroom  and thin crust I had in Torino  many many years ago and still remember it fondly…

Cheeze is the last frontier, I think everyone who has given up animal products will agree. Which brings us to the next set of pictures :

What’s so cheezy about peace, love and understanding?

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Yup! They taste like cheeze, yup some are creamy and spreadable while others have a rind…yup they are 100% raw, 100% delicious and they are good for you, the animals and the planet!

And where there is cheese there is bread!

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And where there is bread and cheese together it leads to an inevitable love affair!

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Local Gold :

Oklahoma is famous for its pecans! The Pecan is famous for its richness in omega 6 Fatty acids, protein, manganese, magnesium, zinc and phosphorous!

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Kombucha Sorbet! Kombucha is a drink  I had never tried before 105. It is absolutely addictive, totally good for you cuz’ its full of probiotics and Haylee (our beloved instructor) makes it by the bucketful. These little gems are her invention: Raspberry Kombucha Sorbet – soooo good…

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Obsessed with Kale chips…

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A little friend in the wheatgrass… that’s when you know its really organic!

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Blueberry Yogurt Crepes with fresh fruit that looks like eyeballs!

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And now for something completely different: Things that made Oklahoma memorable…

Our posse! Our crew! Our Raw Class… Britanny is the cute blonde – she is our oklahomie! There will more of her in future posts especially Chapter II of Raw Oklahoma!

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Birds rule Oklahoma!

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Bike One: Best bicycle place in Oklahoma Check out their Site BIKE ONE…They say it’s dangerous to ride your bike in OKC but don’t believe the hype, especially if you come from a big city and know what it means to bike in traffic. Riding the wide streets and empty parking lots of OKC is exhilarating, you feel the wind in yer hair and freedom is yours. Plus the good people at Bike One will help you find the scenic route to anywhere…We had a little bike gang going… kinda like a Hells Angels type situation…only a bit scarier. This is what we looked like riding the streets of OKC… Pictured here: Me and Bloody Mary – coolest darn gal’ in our Universe… All these pictures on our Raw Oklahoma Post are taken by her infamous Leica… and here is her awesome blog Click here if you don’t believe me, go on I dare ya! Photobucket

This was in the bathroom of The Earth Natural Cafe & Deli – a great vegan/ vegetarian place in downtown Norman!

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Something I’ve never witnessed before: A fresh Horseradish root! Exciting stuff for food geeks…

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Dawgs!

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Before the roller derby match (more about that in the next post) we found Santa – he was right by the old farmers market… Ok there is a lot more to write but I’m gonna give it to ya in small doses…

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