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!
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.
Japan is a tricky place to navigate as a vegetarian, trickier as a vegan, and when you throw in gluten free well…. did you pack lots of food bars in your carry on?
*UPDATE* As of June 30th, 2017- Antoinette’s Bakery has closed its doors. Sad to see you go!!
Nestled right on Kevin Street in Dublin 8 is the charming Antoinette’s Bakery. A little getaway into all things cute and delicious. Step inside and you will be greeted by eclectic decor and treats that catch your eye straight away. The best part? Everything is gluten free and some offerings are vegan too!
Heuriger Feuerwehr Wagner knows that I am writing this review as they asked me why I was photographing everything (fair question!). What they don’t know is that last year at Christmas they were put to the ultimate test when they hosted the Christmas party of an international school I worked at. Let me paint the picture for you: about 50 staff members representing over 20 different nationalities and at least 10 had varying food allergies/intolerances. What a nightmare! The common solution is to make one allergy friendly dish and call it a day. Feuerwehr Wagner needed no solution. They have a full allergy friendly menu and we were invited to just pick out what we like!
It’s no secret that I can’t have gluten. Sucks but it is what it is. I was way too sick for too long until I discovered this intolerance.
It is also no secret that I much prefer the vegan/plant based lifestyle.
That said, getting all the right nutrients on such a more restrictive diet is HARD – at first! It takes planning and learning about the variety of foods one should eat – and then eating them!