And we’re back!

This poor abandoned blog. As usual it’s not you- it’s me. I’ve changed. 

You see I’m sleeping a LOT less. A tiny tyrant has entered my life. One with an aficionado for midnight snacks in the form of a bottle. 

He sure is cute though. This is evolution at its finest. Babies would so just be left out somewhere if they weren’t so cute! 

So, said little tyrant is now 19 months old. Just started walking after the PT said to bribe him with chocolate chips (seriously), and is sleeping more. Still loves a night-time snack often but I’m a bit more coherent. Maybe the typos in this first post back won’t be so bad. A girl can dream

I am different. Becoming a parent does something to your priorities- it obliterates most that aren’t kid related. Your life revolves around this new person now. And yes, we all had those goals that we wouldn’t be those parents before kids. We would live our own lives! Not much would change! bla bla. It’s ok. I though that too. 

And so here we are. Life is different yet I would still love to blog. I still get just as excited when I find a great meal and I want to share! 

I also get really really excited about finding a great deal on must have baby gear. I think every parent needs to get the skip hop toddler harness for when their kid starts walking and wants to lick the beer cans in the store (not that that happens to me or anything…). 

So somehow- this blog will have to be both. I’m not sure what that will look like- just that I want it. Perhaps you, the reader, have changed and we can change together.

Love, 

Mariana 

Yosemite 101- Vegan & Gluten Free!

I recently got to teach during Animal Camp at the San Francisco SPCA and I always made sure to read each class one of my favourite children’s books: The Whale and The Snail. It’s a lovely tale about a whale taking a snail around the world. There is a moment where the snail, looking at all of the majestic nature around her says, “I feel so small.” I always would ask the kids if they had a moment like that where they were surrounded by such majestic nature that they felt so small. Lots of little hands would swing up and the kids would all share tales- usually about Yosemite National Park. You see, with the right traffic conditions it is a mere 3 hours away from San Francisco and it is just as gorgeous and majestic as people say. We loved our weekend there!

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The Moving Diaries- All about getting a car!

I prefaced my last post with mentioning how we recently got a Prius and how that makes us terribly basic. Here in San Francisco it also makes us terribly crazy! “Who on earth gets a car in San Francisco??!!!” you might wonder… Well, obviously us! Read on to the whys, the hows, and to see if leasing or buying a car in this crazy city is right for you!

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Vegan and Gluten Free Brunch in Vienna

Not only did we recently sign a lease on a Prius (because – San Francisco – I told the dealer that we were conditioned to lean towards Prius since they are EVERYWHERE), but I am also writing this blog on a new to me 12” Macbook (thanks Martin!). I know what you’re thinking, “how BASIC.”

You’re right. It’s all terribly basic. The Prius, the Macbook, and most of all that this is a post about brunch! But hey fellow avocado toast loving millennials- if you can’t beat em join em I say! So here comes a super BASIC post about the awesome vegan and gluten free brunches I recently had in Vienna. ?

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Tusker House in Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Vegan & Gluten Free review

Friends,

It has been a long week which started off with a spontaneous flight to Austria due to a family emergency. Things are looking up on that front and in order to maintain some normalcy, I am back with another Disney dining review! This time Tusker House- it almost needs no introduction being such a staple in the vegan disney world. Yes, it has characters and they’re fun; Yes, it has a super fun immersive atmosphere and that’s fun; but none of that is why we go. We go because the food is crazy delicious! Are you like me and can happily eat your weight in plantains? Well then you must make a reservation at Tusker House!

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The best gluten free & vegan counter service meals in Walt Disney World

Have you ever had a moment where you thought to yourself, “I can’t look at another portion of fries again?” No. That’s madness am I right? Who could ever get sick of french fries? They are golden salty greasy sticks of deliciousness and such a treat! Alas, if you eat them almost everyday such a thought does eventually come. On our first trip to Disney World two years ago we thought to ourselves exactly this! It was hard to find gluten free and vegetarian food. We had such crappy meals guys. Fortunately our lesson has been learned, more research has been done mostly with the help of the Facebook group: veg disney, and this trip we ate like royalty! I am happy to report that we did not eat french fries at any meal!

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Disney World Dining Reviews – Jungle Skipper Canteen

I LOVE the Jungle Cruise as much as the next person. It’s so fun to hop on those boats and listen to all the corny and sarcastic jokes from the skippers. The first time we ever went on it in Disneyland we didn’t know this was the spiel and felt so awkward! Like, “oh! Is he allowed to say that?! Will this person get fired???” I laugh so much when I think of that now. ? Serious Disney fans will also appreciate the nostalgia of a ride that was so close to Walt Disney’s heart. So of course when I heard there is a new restaurant in the Magic Kingdom based on that ride with a vegan item on the menu. Well, it was the first reservation I made when we started planning our Walt Disney World vacation!  Continue reading “Disney World Dining Reviews – Jungle Skipper Canteen”

The Butcher’s Son – so good it feels bad!!! ?

Last Sunday was a particularly sunny day here in SF that simply begged its residents to get out there and soak in the vitamin D! ?  So off we went hopping into the BART and across the bridge over to Berkley! Sorry SF. We see you all the time… sometimes we need a change of scenery- it’s not you, it’s me. Berkley is just where my people are (exhibit A: gluten free & vegan Viennese cookies). Gluten free vegan food abounds amongst charming bookstores, protest posters, and everything hippie. Which is why every veggie minded person visiting the city by the bay must make their way over there- and when you do, eat at The Butcher’s Son.

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