As I’m writing this, cool rain is sprinkling outside. It couldn’t be a larger contrast from my week in a sunny, hot and humid Austin Texas. I’ll be showing you around vegan Austin in the next few posts. I definitely want to go back! I certainly recommend you take a trip there when you can. It’s a great city to eat your way through!
I was walking on asphalt to amazing places, so it didn’t seem so bad. But I did use Uber or Lyft after the first walk of each day. (Note: Both of those links are affiliate links and you get your first ride for free when you sign up through them.)
For the first half of the week, I was at the Vida Vegan Con – the last ever time this vegan blogger conference will take place. Hopefully, someone will swoop in to carry it on or create a new version. The first event was the Vegan Bazaar where I bought cool vegan goodies like t-shirts, mason jar cup, tea, and more. I tried Nada Moo’s Chai Vanilla flavored vegan ice cream – it was perfect!
It’s amazing to meet internet friends in person for the first time. Kristina Sloggett of SpaBettie, JL of JL Goes Vegan, and Dianne Wenz of Chic Vegan and Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen. It was also a treat to meet one my recipe testers, Anna Peltzer who runs Vegan Cookbook Addict.
My weekend started out perfect by meeting up at the airport with Susan Voisin of the wildly popular site, Fat Free Vegan. She creates easy-to-make healthy vegan recipes and takes gorgeous photographs. Her blog is an inspiration to all vegan cooks.
Our first eating stop was The Vegan Nom, an all vegan taco truck at 120 East Loop Boulevard. Click on the link to see the menu and you’ll see why we had trouble selecting just one.
We both ended up getting the Bean Diablo. It’s full of beans, spicy guacamole, vegan chorizo and is topped with both salsa verde and a creamy roasted chipotle sauces.
Susan and I hadn’t seen each other in a few years, but it seemed like we’d never been apart. She is one of the kindest people I have ever had the pleasure to know. You’ll get to see some of our dinner adventures. All I have to say for now is that there were pigs and I fed them!
There’s so much to show you that I’m spreading it out over a few posts. I’ll show you some of the delicious food from Vida Vegan, talk about some of my favorite sessions, and suggest even more bloggers and writers for you to follow. Read more on Vegan Austin Part 2.