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Good-bye America!

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Travel

Today, Scott, the pugs & I all become ex-pats.

In the four years I've had this blog, we've moved to two new homes. We moved from Boston to Los Angeles and then from Los Angeles to New York City. Both adventures across America were spectacular and now we're on to our third home... 

Only this time we're leaving our home country altogether and relocating to St. Maarten, a French/Dutch island in the Caribbean. I guess after we've lived on both sides of America, the only place left to go was outside! 

(Quaid is ready!)

We loaded all our Earthly belongings into a storage pod last week (it's surreal to see your entire life packed up into one big container!) and this afternoon we fly to our new home.

Four giant suitcases, three laptops, 2 dogs and 1 husband. Oy vey. I'm going to be a hot mess at the airport!

(Essentials! a.k.a. ingredients I probably can't get on the island so I'm taking with me! p.s. Under those two bags of vegan marshmallows I have a 3lb bag of nutritional yeast!)

This move is, without the question, the hardest yet. Each move has been sad but this one is almost gut-wrenching. We've loved living in New York City and we've enjoyed the good company of many friends. Plus, the vegan food is off the hook here. Where else in the world will I have not one by two vegan ice cream parlors?

Still, we're excited. Living in the tropics will be the experience of a lifetime---an opportunity you don't turn down, no matter how scary, sad and emotional the relocation could be. (Plus I'm salivating just thinking about all the cheap, year-round tropical fruit!) 

So, with a humble conclusion:

New York--and America, it's not good-bye, but, I'll see you later. 

au revoir.

Charleston, SC

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Travel

Scott & I spent the weekend in Charleston, SC for his 10th Citadel reunion. It was the first time I was back in Charleston since our wedding and since I was vegan. 

Although the South--and especially Charleston, is known for its hospitality, I had to wonder how hospitable it would be to some rather picky vegans from New York City.

Turns out the South has charm even for the vegans. Three of the restaurants we visited, Caviar & BananasFish and Mellow Mushroom, had vegan options on the menu. (C&B actually had a vegan sandwich called "Herbivore" which I just *had* to order). Then, Coleman Public House had vegetarian items aplenty (that were easily adaptable to be vegan) and even Wild Wings (a famous wing house) bent over backwards to create two vegan dishes we could eat! (p.s. I think my idea to put their famous BBQ sauce (that's vegan!) over some fries was pure genius! It was like eating the wings again but without the cruelty and cholesterol!)

I also found this little gem that was vegan, too:

A Charleston Sweet Tea Vodka Martini. 

And we enjoyed one of our most beloved Southern foods which are naturally vegan---boiled peanuts! 

Here are some photos from the Citadel reunion: 

Inside the barracks Scott lived in (the checkered floor is called the "Quad")

Scott (in blue) saluting his company as they passed by during parade.

Our beach house--quite the spacious change from our NYC studio!

Also, here, Scott & I are sitting at the exact table, in the exact seats, where we met almost seven years ago. It was purely accidental that we ended up at this restaurant (we'd ducked in to get out of the rain and suddenly realized where we were). When the hostess asked us if we wanted to stay for a drink, and we saw that our table was open, we sat and savored the seven years we've been together. It was a fine start to a memorial trip.

Going back was indeed interesting. It feels as though we lived there many lifetimes ago. I suppose it is true, then, that life does indeed change you and with each passing moment, you are a new and slightly different person.

Thank you, Herbies!

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: News

In my anniversary post I touched on how Happy Herbivore would not be where it was today without you -- without the support and press of bloggers, friends and fans of Happy Herbivore. I am so grateful for your efforts and today I'm sharing a few blog posts about HH recipes written by HH's fan... enjoy!

Keri at I Eat Trees made HH's brown rice pudding (that is her awesome picture) and HH's zucchini muffins (we all need more zucchini in our life!). Plus, Lindsey of Eat Read Run also rocked the pudding! 

Ms. Sarah at See Sarah Eat rocked HH's meatloaf (and her photog makes me wish I wasn't allergic to broccoli!) while Gabrielle at Oh Just Gabbin' made HH's mac n' cheese gluten-free! 

Next, my girl Megan (Sweeton) of Sweet On made HH's single-serving brownie (and her pic makes me want one....NOW!) while my good friend Danielle of It Starts with Me inspired us with HH's Apple Crisp Muffins during her plastic-free week!

Then Kendel of Eating Abroad adapted one of my fave recipes: HH's Chocolate Zucchini Muffins (doesn't her picture make you want to lick the computer screen) and  Mary of Risen Loaf/Rooted Faith turned HH's famed black bean brownies into a pie! 

and still more delicious food porn and black bean brownie love from Katey of Bonne Sante and Tyffanie of La Chilenguita.

Plus Anu of Baking Adventures of Vicki and Maiis making me hungry for HH's cheesecake while Emily of AnEmily's Vegan Adventure makes me want to whip up another personal fave:  HH's teriyaki chickpeas!

Still more tasty StephORama of Veg Fort Worth baked up a batch of HH's cinnamon buns and Steffers of Thoughts of Life and Dark Chocolate admits to being addicted to HH's Red Lentil Dal! 

Lastly, J & J of Sketch Free Vegan added a pear-spin on HH's blueberry oatmeal muffins while Sarah S. of Ordinary Vegetarian rocked HH's quiche (pictured).